Monday, February 15, 2010


Advice from the USA Government site: International Travel Site

When you travel abroad, the odds are in your favor that you will have a safe and incident-free trip...
We have prepared the following travel tips to help you avoid serious difficulties during your overseas travel. We wish you a safe and wonderful journey!


What to Take

Safety begins when you pack. To help avoid becoming a target, do not dress so as to mark yourself as an affluent tourist. Expensive-looking jewelry, for instance, can draw the wrong attention.

Always try to travel light. You can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended.

Carry the minimum number of valuables, and plan places to conceal them. Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe. When you have to carry them on your person, you may wish to put them in various places rather than all in one wallet or pouch. Avoid handbags, fanny packs and outside pockets that are easy targets for thieves. Inside pockets and a sturdy shoulder bag with the strap worn across your chest are somewhat safer. One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing.

Bring travelers checks and one or two major credit cards instead of cash.

Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport’s information page to make replacement of your passport easier in the event it is lost or stolen.

Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage.

Consider getting a telephone calling card. It is a convenient way of keeping in touch. If you have one, verify that you can use it from your overseas location(s). Access numbers to U.S. operators are published in many international newspapers. Find out your access number before you go.

What to Leave Behind

Don't bring anything you would hate to lose. Leave at home:

  • valuable or expensive-looking jewelry
  • irreplaceable family objects
  • all unnecessary credit cards
  • your Social Security card, library card, and similar items you may routinely carry in your wallet.

Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home in case they need to contact you in an emergency.

Make two photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, driver's license and the credit cards that you plan to bring with you. Leave one photocopy of this data with family or friends at home; pack the other in a place separate from where you carry the originals.

Leave a copy of the serial numbers of your travelers' checks with a friend or relative at home. Carry your copy with you in a separate place and, as you cash the checks, cross them off the list.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

NEW: women's travel adventure

Flavor of Crete:
Myths, Medieval ports & Mountain Villages
Discover the beauty of Crete, Greece's largest Island. Explore ancient sites & caves where the Great Mother goddess was once worshipped and the oldest convent on Crete with its 2000 year old myrtle tree. Sample local olive oils. Visit one of Greece's best wineries. Stay in traditional mountain villages and meet local artisans. Learn Cretan dancing and healthy island cooking and feast on traditional Cretan cuisine.

Dates: Sept 26-Oct 6
Early Booking Price: $3169.00 pp
Small group size

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