Monday, December 16, 2013

An Aware Traveler


(reproduced from DailyOM)

; by Madisyn Taylor

An aware traveler sees each new journey as an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of humanity.

As the technology of travel grows ever more refined, the world grows smaller. Whereas a journey of a hundred miles once took many days, we can now travel across the globe in mere hours. The four corners of the earth are accessible by plane, train, and ship, and there are few pleasures in life as soul-stirring and transformative as travel. In a new land, the simplest of joys can be profound—meditation takes on a new quality because the energy in which we are immersed is unfamiliar. Our sensory experiences are entirely novel. Yet the relative ease with which we can step out of our own culture in order to explore another means that we are ambassadors representing not only our own way of life but also the culture of the traveler. As a conscious citizen of the world, you can add value to the locales you visit while simultaneously broadening your own perspective.

A truly aware traveler sees each new journey as an opportunity to improve international relations, spread goodness, and gain a greater understanding of humanity. To immerse yourself in foreign cultures is to open your mind to fresh ways of being. Your natural curiosity can help you navigate the subtleties that define a culture. While you may not agree with all the traditions or laws of a country, abiding by them demonstrates that you understand and respect their value. Staying centered in another culture is often simply a matter of learning about your destination, being patient with yourself and others, and accepting that people may treat you as an example of your country’s attitudes. New worlds will open to you when you take part in the everyday life of a locale—the reality of a destination is in its markets, its streets, and its people.

Traveling presents a wonderful opportunity to practice being open-minded and grounded. The voyages you make help cultivate a worldwide community in which we as humans can acknowledge and appreciate our differences as much as we recognize and appreciate our similarities. Though you will eventually return home, the positive impression you leave behind will remain as a testament to the respect and amicability that marked your intercultural interactions.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fwd: This Week's Top 20 Travel Deals

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TOP 20 DEALS * -- 11 December 2013

$145 -- Historic Sydney Hotel for up to 4, Save 33%
Source: The Menzies Sydney

$119 -- Brisbane Studio Apartment w/Parking & Late Checkout
Source: Punthill Brisbane

$5302 & up -- Fly Business Class to Paris with Air France
Source: Air France

$1299 -- LA & San Fran 2-Nt Packages inc Flights, $669 Off
Source: My California

$1399 -- 7-Nt Radisson Fiji Holiday inc Flights & Extras
Source: Spacifica Travel

$539 -- 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise Pkg for 2 w/Extras, 35% Off
Source: Emeraude Classic Cruises

$50 & up -- One Way Earlybird Flights across Australia
Source: Tigerair Australia

$479 -- Siem Reap: Luxe Park Hyatt Break w/Extras, Reg. $914
Source: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

$119 -- 4-Star Canberra Hotel Stay w/Breakfast, 54% Off
Source: Mercure Canberra

$9499 -- 16-Day Antarctica Expedition inc Flights & More
Source: Adventure Destinations

$419 -- Hunter Valley Short Break for 2, Save 37%
Source: Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels and Resorts

$1096 & up -- Non-Stop Flights to India in 2014
Source: Air India

$592 -- 3-Night Kangaroo Island Stay for 2, 33% Off
Source: Wanderers Rest

$160 -- Dublin: 4-Star City Centre Hotel w/Meals, Save 46%
Source: Ashling Hotel Dublin

$330 -- For 2: Margaret River Cottages, 1 Night Free
Source: Peppermint Brook Cottages

$545 -- 2-Nt Luxury Eco Lodge Stay in New Zealand, $137 Off
Source: Rimu Lodge

$9 -- Central Coast: Half Price Dive Permit
Source: Visit NSW

$179 -- Central Budapest: 2-Night Stay w/Breakfast, Save 50%
Source: Mirage Fashion Hotel

$99 -- Peter Doyle @ The Quay: 3-Course Dining w/French Wine
Source: Peter Doyle @ The Quay

$2925 -- 8-Day 'Blue Danube' River Cruise, $570 Off
Source: Global Journeys

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Holiday Safety tips

5 Holiday Travel Tips from the 

National Security Institute:

1.If you'll be gone overnight, be sure to secure your home. Remember, the holidays are a boon time for burglars too! You'll want to hold your mail and newspaper deliveries, and generally make the place look like somebody's there. You may use timers to turn various lights on and off. Or you may ask a neighbor to do the same.

2.Speaking of home: Take a look around at your valuables. Fine jewelry and other small, easily stolen items should probably go in a safe deposit box. So should critical documents such as auto titles, birth certificates, and Social Security cards.

3.If you're driving, prepare your vehicle for the trip. This is especially important if it's cold where you live and/or if you have younger kids. Make sure your fluid levels and tire pressures are correct (don't forget the spare!), and pack an emergency kit with coats, water, flares, snacks, etc. in case you end up broken down in the middle of nowhere.

4.If you're flying, prepare ahead of time. Make sure friends and family have copies of your itinerary, and bring all necessary ID to avoid delays. Do you have a supply of all necessary prescription meds? Also, when packing, obey all TSA guidelines regarding toiletries. This can spare you much hassle in security lines.

5.It's a good idea to have extra cash during travel, but you should sift through your wallet or purse to make sure you don't bring too much personal info. For example, you might bring your driver's license and a single credit and debit card, leaving the rest in a safe place so it can't be lost or stolen.

6.And one more tip from us:  Be mindful about what you share on social media.  Broadcasting your travel plans (or pictures) on social media to a wide audience can invite the unwanted attention of opportunistic burglers. Enable privacy settings to limit your audience so you can share the joy of your vacation, without putting yourself or your valuables at risk.

Have a great festive season