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Sunlight lowers Blood Pressure; could this be a boost for the Travel Industry?

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Ever since Coco Channel returned from holiday sporting a bronze Suntan some decades ago the Travel Industry has blossomed into the worlds greatest industry, which every country and region seeks to capitalize on.
In recent times however sun-tanning has been linked to cancer and it's becoming somewhat unfashionable partly due to health reasons. However, this could all change now, as Scientists weigh up the benefits of sunlight as opposed to the dangers. The balance is tipping!

The trouble with Science is that today's knowledge will be proved wrong by new knowledge tomorrow in ever increasing circles of knowledge. Researches at the University of Edinburgh have now found that exposure to ultraviolet light actually lowers our blood pressure.

It's commonly known that high blood pressure is one of the main risk factors in heart disease and stroke. Approximately a third of the population on earth suffer from this.

According to scientists, UV rays in sunlight cause nitrogen s…

The 10 best treks in the world!

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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 …

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

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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…

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

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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…

Top 10 Recession Proof Travel Tips for 2017

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Everyone in the western world seems to be tightening their belts with Government led Austerity, as our planet's global recession (reported in some media circles to be the worst since the Second World War) enters the pain threshold for the average man in the street. Both small and large travel orientated companies are actively seeking means and ways to reduce costs, convenience and little luxuries in a frantic effort to decrease credit, liability, risk and perceived unnecessary baggage.

People and their families the world over still desire to travel though, as in the past utopia years of Tourism, travelers across the developed world have habitually become accustomed by the very ritual of leisure travel and taking regular holidays. But will they take the plunge and travel regardless this coming year in the face of austerity? Or will the vast majority be turned off by the media, high costs and gloom involved? Certainly, once again, the leisure market is both apprehensive and pessimi…

The paradox of temperatures when travelling

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Our crazy world is often upside down and turned-around. Why is it that when one packs for travel to Miami, Manila or Marrakesh in the summer, it's necessary to bring a jumper, long trousers and warm clothes? 
Of course this is because the air-conditioning temperature is so cold indoors, as the thermostat is often set as low as 16 degrees Celsius. I know a sanitation expert in Miami that claims it's best to set the thermostat at such low temperatures, because it kills certain viruses etc. Recently in Manila I was conducting a training course for new Instructors and had to take the class out of the classroom every hour or so to thaw out, due to extremely cold temperatures. Some of my participants even wore wooly hats and Jackets!
At the other end of the scale, when packing for Munich, Manchester or Montreaux at the height of winter, it's necessary to bring shorts, light T. Shirts and Flip Flops as the heat inside most facilities is best described as tropical! Here the therm…

Best All-you-can-eat Places around the World!

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We travellers really appreciate foreign cuisines. Travelling means getting to know foreign lands, cultures and people.

But how do you learn more about foreign cultures? Eating their food and appreciating their flavors is the basic step. Cuisine is the reflection of a culture in a mirror!
From Asia to the USA, these are the best all-you-can eat places on earth!
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Navigating through Airport Security with a little dignity

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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…

Positively the worst Airports in the World!

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A mere 3 digit code like LHR, LAX, or CDG can strike fear into the heart of the best Perpetual Traveller and there is nothing worse than queuing up at the check-in, security or the gate of an unfriendly airport somewhere on the planet.
Airports are a necessary evil in the capacity of gateways to travel, as some of them, particularly the worlds major hubs are considered by the travelling public to offer an unpleasant experience. Recent security procedures have added to the pain, however its the temporary network of add-on terminals with little or no services that really gets our back up.

With flight routes scheduled as they are, the worlds major hubs are becoming increasingly unavoidable. Repetitive challenges like unfriendly airport staff, unnecessarily long check-in, security and immigration queues, concourses that feel longer than runways, badly announced gate changes, delays to take-off, land and even find a parking spot, male the whole experience nauseating.

According to more tha…

The World’s Most Dangerous Cities

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Upon scheduling your next business or pleasure orientated travel, it would be wise to avoid if possible the below-mentioned cities that form this article. The list below in essence, features the world’s most dangerous places on the basis of murder incidents per capita.

Here is a Bullet Point Summary of the results in 2016:
My former home Caracas, Venezuela has now risen to Numero Uno spot with 119.87 murders per 100,000.The lively city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras which occupied the top position in 2015 comes second with 111.03 murders per 100,000 in 2016. San Salvador is worthy of mention, as a rise in mass-styled killings and growing violence between alleged gang members, has practically doubled the city’s murder rate from 61.21 to 108.54 taking the 3rd spot. Interestingly, August was most violent month overall in San Salvador, with more than 900 killings, including an unprecedented 52 deaths registered in one single day.The other two cities that complete the top 5 most dangerous pl…