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The World’s Worst Tourism Slogans

It seems like every country or region in the world these days is a "Wanna Be" when it comes to Tourism. New market are constantly opening with new authorities getting in on the act. This in turn points a lot of people that don't really know what they are doing along with some spectacularly bad slogans!
Here are s few World's Worst contenders: Hilton: “Travel should take you places” - Indeed it should, but for a major Hotel chain it's rather a pointless statement. Perhaps Travel could “take you some place fascinating”. One only wonders how many people stayed at the Hilton because "Travel should take you places?". Fargo, North Dakota’s “Always Warm!” - They are having a laugh! Anyone that has actually been there knows it’s warm in the summer and hellish cold for the remainder of the year. Perhaps this slogan was referring to the Hospitality, however  it does not say that!British Colombia’s  “The Best Place on Earth” - Words like ambitious come to mind or e…

Tongue and Cheek Airline and Aviation Acronyms

The Travel Industry the world over features its own brand of insider amusing coded language and quirky communications.

None of this is directly intended to cause offense, neither does it necessarily serve to be an accurate indication of service levels or the qualities of the organizations involved, Moreover, as you will notice, some no longer exist. Instead they were likely created at moments of creativity or by way of a travellers frustrated expression to have a laugh.

Some of these acronyms or more precisely 'backronyms' and can be potentially offensive, so if you are very easily offended, then this is not a recommended read.
Here goes in alphabetical order: AIR INDIA After I Return I'll Never Do It Again.ALITALIA Always Late In Take-off, Always Late In Arrival!AWAAmerica's Worst Airline.BEA Britian's Excuse for an Airline BOACBoys Overseas After CrumpetBWIABut Will It Arrive? or Britain's Worst Investment Abroad!DELTA Divert Everyone's Luggage To Atlanta…

Sailing in Greece is One of a Kind Experience

The sailing industry in Greece is very much matured with extremely well maintained Yacht chartering services available readily. There is no better action in Greece than sailing its beautiful waters. Sunny Sailing offers one of the best Yacht charter in Greece.

Every Yacht here is as good as new and its filled with all the luxury wanted to make your sailing trip enjoyable and most comfortable one ever. They also have interesting Flotilla sailing packages that is best opted by tourists who travel with family and kids.

The Ionian seas provide the perfect location to start sailing in Greece - Despite losing some of its freshness and most of the flowers, the Ionian and Northern Aegean islands will remain green and fertile throughout the whole sailing season.

You can really avail good and economic Yacht charters before May. From the last week of July to the first week of September the beaches of Greece attracts a lot of tourists and there may be a demand for Yachts. So its always advisabl…

Navigating through Airport Security with a little dignity

Ask yourself; is this the posture of a free man?
The original concept of this article was conceived towards the end of my marathon journey vacation in 2009, which ended as I arrived to London Heathrow to see a rather disturbing sign, posted just prior to the Immigration check, with these telling and unwelcoming words...
"Tougher checks take longer"

What has travel come to? My instant reaction at the time was to resist and say to myself "this statement is only true in a disorganized system with insufficient trained staff and advanced techniques to manage the flow of people". The years that followed demonstrated that despite the extra security checks and the ensuing dehumanization security process we are all subjected to on a regular basis, our safety or even the perception of it has not improved one jot!

The reality of the matter is that the vast majority of travellers never asked for extra checks in the first place and many believe a more intelligent approach should…

Mexico wins the top spot for the world's best country retirement haven, according to International Living

International Living has gain fame and notoriety among Expats for its high credible means testing, ranking, rating, and naming of the world's best retirement destinations, better known as the "Annual Global Retirement Index". I remember buying the International Living Newsletters, books and special report back in the 1990's when I first retired and today there still going strong!

As time and tide passed, International Living actively added new categories and considerations into the mix, gathering compelling and fresh ways of looking at the data, as well as increasing the number of questions and penetrating deeper towards a wider audience of Expats.

Over the years, countries tend to come and go on the International Living Top 10 list. For example Malaysia entered the frame in 2000 and Colombia in 2007.

In 2017 however, the winner "Mexico" has been constantly in the Top 10 throughout the past 14 years. Moreover, Mexico is celebrating the top spot for the …

The World’s Top 10 Airlines in 2017 rated by Travellers

The Skytrax World Airline Awards feature the most acclaimed recognition within the industry that any airline can wish to win! As such the awards are commonly known by insiders as the "Oscars of the aviation industry”. Each airline knows that the annual announcement has become a truly worldwide benchmark of airline excellence.

Travellers across the planet take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to determine the eventual winners. The Skytrax Survey and Awards Methodology is fully transparent, and the process remains 100% independent, meaning no payment or advertising by any airline takes place, nor is there any involvement of any other outside organizations, concerning any aspect of the customer survey or Awards presentation event.

So as every Perpetual Traveller wants to know, who are the winners, losers and shakers for 2017? Here below is the world’s Top 10:

1. QATAR AIRWAYSup 1 place from 2016
Destinations covered: 140 destinations Global

A History of more than 4000 years of Taxes, when will we ever learn!

Once upon a time In the early days of so called Human Civilization the Tax base succumbed to an extortionately high intolerable level, which in fact was in the 100% Tax bracket. Not surprisingly the people dominated by it were called “Slaves”. The masters that the Slaves worked for, were the original founding Tax collectors who comprised of various types of Nobles. The Nobles acted on behalf of and reported to the Kings that maintained a dedicated bloodline to keep the wealth and control of people in the family.

Alexander the Great
Then one day seemingly out of the blue to many at the time, came “Alexander the Great”, leader of the mighty Macedon Army. “Low Tax Alex” as he was aptly known by many during this period in world history, proudly announced wide ranging Tax cuts for everybody that supported him without a the need to fight for the territory he desired to control. In reality this meant no more...
Sales TaxesProperty taxesValue-added taxesPriority TaxesStealth Taxes Revenue enhan…

Top 10 reasons to retire to Uruguay

Once dubbed as the Switzerland of South America, Uruguay, is also famous for its beach resorts and safe easy living, which  is attracting attention as a great place to retire. 
Here below is a Top 10 list of reasons why to retire to Uruguay:
Safety: Simply put this is the top criteria for people from other parts of South America. In order to relocate it must be safe! Uruguay now has a reputation for enjoying the lowest rate of crime in the whole of South America, which makes it an attractive place to settle.Stability: At present Uruguay is without doubt one of the most economically and politically stable countries in South America. It is a free country away from the ills of world controversy. The local banks have never succumbed to tactics shown in other South American countries such as expropriating, freezing or forcing a fixed currency exchange of deposits. Over the last few decades they have proved to be as trustworthy as a bank can be. Excellent Health care: Private hospitals featu…

The cultural shame and outrages of MASS Tourism

As the summer of 2017 kicks in, this article is more poignant as ever!
Tourism is the greatest industry on the planet and until the 2008 recession kicked in, world Tourism growth was rising at an approximate rate of 8% year on year. In order to achieve such massive Tourism growth across our planet, the mass market had to be penetrated by essentially Tour Operators, Airlines, Cruise Lines and more to the point Budget mass market operators. Expansion plans in the last two decades have reached historic proportions in most parts of the world, competition became ever greater in the global village and it seemed that every country had a brand, a power message and wanted a piece of the action. Tourism no doubt has fueled economic growth, but there is a dark side too, which is the essence of this article.

Mass Tourism means in reality that not all the people travelling are sufficiently educated on the previously respected customs, etiquette, traditions and expected social behavior of the dest…

Ramadan Careem - How to assure a smooth experience in the Muslim world

Ramadan is now officially at an end - Happy Eid Mubarak!
Ramadan started on the 27th of May 2017 in Dubai and if you live in, conduct business in or aim to travel to the Muslim world over the next month, there are several things you absolutely need to know to ensure a smooth Ramadan experience.
Ramadan is a special month of the year for one billion plus Muslims across the planet. The purpose is to encourage a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims consider Ramadan as a fine-tuning of their spiritual lives.
Fasting forms the 3rd “pillar” of Islam’s religious obligations and the practice gives rise to many health, bodily and spiritual benefits, the most important of which is learning self-control and discipline. Fasting is a way of experiencing hunger, providing a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence and allows one to develop empathy for the less fortunate, as well as learning how to give thankfulness and appreciation for all of God’s bo…

How to professionally handle a Complaint

Below is a fascinating summary of the standard process that is rarely mentioned in the public domain of how to handle a complaint...

By rights front line staff should listen to your complete complaint without interrupting and simultaneously demonstrating positive Body Language, including eye contact, the mirroring skills technique and the correct supportive expressions.

If they do not listen to you, it demonstrates a lack of training, so you should immediately and kindly request that they take more care to listen to you as a common courtesy. Some staff just need a reminder.

Here the person receiving the complaint is supposed to show empathy, which means to demonstrate an understanding of your complaint, circumstance or situation. All too often service people get this part wrong and proceed to explain coldly, quote policy or attempt an early conclusion thus skipping empathy. This usually puts the conversation on a track to failure.

At this stage, make sure that yo…

What do Perpetual Travellers dislike most about Airports?

Well, there is a lot to dislike about airports when you really think about it; for example, there’s the pre-travel arrangements for a start, getting to the airport, especially a Budget airport and if that isn’t bad enough we then have the pleasure of actually arriving to the airport itself, not knowing what we may find when we get there!

Depending upon which airport you find yourself in, the service, attitude and facilities can vary dramatically often lacking consistency when it comes to Rules and Regulations; by this I also refer to Security. It’s difficult to find 2 airports who operate by exactly the same system and layout.

What we need is a team of independent international “Airport Inspectors” representing consumers to check and regulate Airport facilities, in order to ensure that the Perpetual Traveller out there has at least some fundamental comforts concerning communications, toilet related conveniences, clean water, soap and somewhere to eat and adequate public seating. I’m …

The 10 best treks in the world!

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:

1. GR20, France

This demanding 15- day (168km, 104mi) slog through Corsica is legendary for the diversity of landscapes it traverses. There are forests, granite moonscapes, windswept craters, glacial lakes, torrents, peat bogs, maquis, snow-capped peaks, plains and névés (stretches of ice formed from snow). But it doesn’t come easy: the path is rocky and sometimes steep, and includes rickety bridges and slippery rock faces – all part of the fun. Created in 1972, the GR20 links Calenzana, in the Balagne, with Conca, north of Porto Vecchio.
2. Inca Trail, Peru

This 33km (20mi) ancient trail was laid by the Incas and is currently traversed by thousands each year. The trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu …

Put your Smartphone down - the EMF's are dangerous!

The social and health impact on mobile phones today are many fold and it appears that we are nurturing a generation addicted to Smartphone usage, whereby the real consequences will not be fully known for another decade to come.

Ask yourself this crucial question: Do you control your Smartphone or does your Smartphone control you? If you hesitate, then the answer is the former. Just imagine for a moment, we now use our Smartphone with over a million Apps even at the dinner table, which is a real conversation and friendship killer. We use Smartphones to wake us up in the morning, control our finances, virtually manage our social life, support our business and store our memories through photos or videos.

The Mobile Industry has come a long way since the humble Ericsson or Nokia that was used primarily for phone calls. However, despite the convenience and ease of use, our health is at clear and constant risk:

Facts About Cell Phone Use
It is estimated that talking on a cell phone as little a…