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Travel and Security Warnings for week of 25 to 31 December 2016


Christmas Day Greetings from Limassol, Cyprus! 

Numerous PT's are travelling across the world during this festive period and as such, with so many gatherings of people for celebrations and the like, the security risk has been notably heightened, especially in major western cities. 

Fellow travellers take special care wherever you are and take a few moments to go through the below Travel and Security warnings for the week ahead 25 December to  31 December with your best interests in mind...

Asia: Several countries tighten security ahead of Christmas, New Year’s Eve  Several countries are on high alert following foiled attacks in Indonesia. Jakarta local news reported raids and arrests of suspected militants who were planning to carry out attacks during the festive season. Indonesia plans to deploy 155,000 police and military personnel and increase security at churches, entertainment venues and public gatherings during Christmas and New Year holidays after police fo…

10 things to know before visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

The Holy Land makes for inspiring, fascinating, confusing travel. To some, the chunk of territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is all Israel. To others, it's all Palestine. For most -- as is true so often in this region of shifting truths and manipulated historical narratives -- it's a bit of both.

1. For beaches, it's Red, Med or Dead
Israel is hemmed in by sea. The Red Sea is popular for beaches, snorkeling and diving.
Eilat has snorkeling and beach activities on the Red Sea side. Rosh HaNikra has stunning cliffs on the Mediterranean Sea side. At the Dead Sea you can float away at Ein Bokek, where the salty waters of this inland lake effortlessly support your body.

2. Identity is complicated
Onlookers frequently cast the conflict here as simply between Jews and Arabs.
Axe-grinders on both sides like to evoke an enduring death-struggle between Muslims and Jews.
But for long stretches of history, no such struggle existed. In truth, the problems …

The nightmare security scenario of multiple checks at airports in India

I recently attended an awe-inspiring, colorful Indian Wedding in Puri India, which was hosted by a close colleague at work for his delightful daughter bride. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and as the only full blooded westerners (apart from Mike) attending the 4 day cultural marathon, my family (wife and 5 year old son) and I felt blessed to be part of it.

We faced some interesting experiences on our journey to Puri, which included an Air India flight from Dubai-Delhi-BBI return. Overall our Air India experience was a pleasant one, especially on the Dreamliner except from Dubai to Delhi, however the local leg was served by an old plane that for all intense and purposes should have been retired with broken seats and arms hanging off. The staff were well trained and pleasant, however and even for a short journey the food was plentiful, although not always edible for the western palate.

One of the most bizarre happenings we as a family witnessed was the vast number of se…