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Mon
06
Jul

Traveling? 5 Ways to Care for Your Body

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Our self-care habits tend to take a back seat to other priorities when we're traveling or in a new environment.

In fact, it's when you're taken out of your routine that you need self-care more than ever.

I define self-care as the simple act of taking care of yourself.
Yes, before others. Yes, even when it's not easy. We can only offer the best of ourselves to those who need us when we've addressed our own needs.

Since many of you will be traveling this summer -- from family visits to international destinations to local parks and cities -- I thought I'd share what I've learned about taking care of yourself in different environments from living in six cities around the world and traveling to 18 countries.

Our bodies do most of the hard work for us in new environments -- enduring long drives or plane rides, traveling during late or early hours, and not having access to your usual food.

Mon
22
Jun

Sleeping on a Jet Plane

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I am at 30,000 feet in the air sitting in an airplane, a narrow metal tube 12 feet across. Fellow passengers ahead and behind me are sleeping because we boarded at 7:20 a.m., and like myself probably had awakened at 5:00 a.m. or earlier to be at the airport on time. However, unlike them and Jack Ryan, the protagonist of many Tom Clancy novels, I cannot sleep on an airplane. I suppose there are many reasons for this "failure," turbulence (the bane of Jack Ryan), noise, uncomfortable seats, anxiety or rumination of upcoming events, but am I better off for it?

Thu
18
Jun

Comment The Cleanest Airlines In The World, Because No Trip Should Be A Germfest

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Ahh, what a breath of actually fresh air.
The airlines with the cleanest cabins were announced Tuesday as part of airline consultancy Skytrax's annual World Airline Awards. Taiwan-based EVA Air took top honors in the category, winning the award for tidiest seats, tables, carpets and lavatories in the skies. 

Thu
18
Jun

US Department of Transportation to assist Ghana’s aviation sector

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Mr Anthony Foxx, the US Secretary of Transportation, has pledged the readiness of the United States Department of Transportation to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to the Ghana Aviation Training Academy (GATA).
He said the US Department of Transport would also collaborate with Ghana in the development of training courses, workshops, and other technical assistance.
Speaking during the signing of intent or Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Ghana, Mr Foxx said the collaboration would also involve the conduct of initial Training Needs Assessment to be performed by both Ghana and the US.
Mr Foxx and Mrs Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport, signed the MOU.
“There would also be the exploration of bilateral framework for future cooperation to support the further development of GATA, based on the results of the Training Needs Assessment and GATA’s achievement of ICAO Trainair Plus Accreditation,” he said.

Mon
15
Jun

Eco-friendly budget travel – latest guide

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Low-cost, low-carbon transport
Budget flights continue to dominate the way we travel but there has been a growing interest in alternative overland transport. Carsharing on long-distance journeys (rather than just hitching a ride to Glastonbury) has seen a spike in popularity thanks to sites such as BlaBlaCar.

Thu
11
Jun

How prevalent is the tourist naked selfie?

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Four Western tourists, including a Briton, have been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly taking naked pictures on a mountaintop considered sacred by tribes. Is this a growing phenomenon, asks Justin Parkinson.
A group of 10 people reportedly stripped off to take photographs of themselves on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. Four people have been arrested and could be charged with causing a public nuisance.
Mount Kinibalu is believed by local tribes to house the spirits of dead ancestors, with some of the more superstitious even linking the disturbance to a fatal earthquake that took place last week.
Several famous tourist attractions, including places of religious significance, are being used for naked images in the same way by holidaymakers and gap-year travellers.

Wed
20
May

What is the best car to drive around the world?

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A weekend trip to grandma’s, this is not. Mountainous terrain, flood-prone paths and extreme weather are in store for the intrepid few who dare drive around the world.
Finding a vehicle with the right balance of reliability and durability is the key to picking the best vehicle for your trip. Members of the online question and answer community Quora.com have compiled a few suggestions for the journey, and the dream garage, as it were, is  as diverse  as the cultures a driver would experience along the way.
The obvious choice

Tue
19
May

The new tech changing airport security

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Queuing to be searched at the airport is a major downside of going on holiday. What is the airline industry doing to improve it? Katia Moskvitch investigates.
A young woman approaches airport security in a pair of stiletto boots, designer sunglasses, and a big wide belt that matches her fashionable handbag. All that glamour, however, is about to disappear.
Boots, belt, glasses and purse land in a plastic tray, and the woman is suddenly looking a lot less like a member of the international jet set.
Perhaps she is also asked to step into a full-body X-ray scanner. Depending on the technology used, the security official may well see everything there is to see, on a monitor that may show her completely nude. At least the scanner will spare her a hands-on pat down – unless, of course, there’s a suspicious object.

Tue
28
Apr

The quest for the perfect pad Thai

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“Oh god!” said the American expat, rolling her eyes disdainfully, when I told her I was here in Bangkok to write about pad Thai, the noodle dish found in almost every Thai restaurant around the world.
I understood her aggrieved response. Pad Thai is the first dish most newcomers to Thai cuisine try. And going to Bangkok to find the perfect pad Thai is, to a Thai food aficionado, the culinary equivalent of wearing a Nickelback concert T-shirt. It’s just not cool.
But pad Thai was my introduction to Thai food some 20 years ago, and I was immediately hooked. I loved how the flavour of the crushed peanuts interacted with the prawns and rice noodles. I’d never tasted anything like it before. I’ve since moved on to more regional Thai fare, but I wanted to revisit my roots, however uncool that may be.

Tue
21
Apr

Thailand's secret, supernatural ink

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A sacred mark

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