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Travel Around the World Guides

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

1-Price your trip as an “Around-the-World” ticket.
For train travel. Amtrak is the national rail company in the United States. In Europe, consider buying Eurail (for non-EU citizens) or Interail (for EU citizens) international railpasses. In Asia the Trans-Siberian railway goes from Moscow to Beijing where you can connect to Shanghai then Tokyo.
For bus/coach. In the United States, Greyhound provide bus travel. In Europe, Eurolines provide a pass to cover travel between more than 45 European cities. Megabus provide intercity bus travel in North America and Europe.
For air travel. Air travel is generally the most expensive way to travel. Use flight comparison websites such as travelsupermarket, skyscanner and kayak. Use flight brokers such as travelocity, expedia and opodo.

If you want to go by plane, or by plane for parts of the trip, there are Around-the-World tickets. These tickets allow you to fly from city to city around the globe on your own schedule for significantly less than you’d have paid for individual tickets. Pay close attention to restrictions. Many “Around-the-World” tickets mandate that you must always be going in the same direction, ex. L.A. to London to Moscow. You could not go L.A. to Paris to London, this takes significantly more preparation.
For ship/ferry travel. Cruises can be cheap if you consider accommodation and meals are included. Cunard operate transatlantic cruises. TheCruisePeople compare cruise prices.
2-Get accommodation. Some ideas for housing are hostels, which are located all around the world or if you have friends or family who live internationally, staying with them.
3-Buying groceries. Making your own meals will dramatically cut costs, as opposed to eating out every meal.
4-Stay in touch. For safety purposes, every few days find an Internet cafe and email your parents or friends, so they know where you are in case of an emergency.
5-Spend time with the locals and be aware of your surroundings.
6-Set a budget. Based on where you are going, how long you will be there and whether the country is 1st, 2nd or 3rd world. Obviously, first world countries are the most expensive (Europe, Canada, USA, Japan). Second world countries are a bit harder to define, but are usually somewhat developed (Mexico, Eastern Europe, China, Egypt). Third world countries are the cheapest but most difficult places to travel (most of Africa, Bolivia, Peru.

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Staying Safe With White Water Rafting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

White water rafting is a challenging sport that involves paddling a raft along or across open water or rivers and navigating the raft to calmer areas. The degree of roughness of the water varies greatly and the sole purpose of the sport is only for the adrenaline rush that rafters experience. If you are new to white water rafting, it is best to participate in an organized tour. The leader will instruct you on how to handle yourself and the raft in the water, and will advise you on safety measures that must be taken.

There are several different companies throughout the country that offer white water rafting tours for a reasonable amount of money. They will not only take you out for your day of white water rafting, they often also provide lunch and sometimes dinner for your group. These guides will advise you on what level rafting to begin with, this is described in terms of “class”. The higher the class rapids, the more difficult the trip will be. When you are starting out, you will want to stick with one of the lower class. In this type of rafting, the water will be less tumultuous and there will be a lesser chance of you being injured.

There are a few things that you can do in order to stay safe in the water. The first is to always wear a life jacket. You may think that because you are in the raft, you are safe and will never end up in the water. This is not necessarily true. The water you will be rafting in is extremely rough and can toss you around your raft like a rag doll. It is not uncommon for a white water rafter to be thrown out of the boat, in which case, a life jacket will come in handy. Don’t panic if you end up in the water, just stay calm and point your feet downstream while you wait for your buddies to get you back into the raft. This will protect your head from hitting rocks as the flow of water propels you downstream.

On the off chance that you or one of your friends is injured, you should have a first aid kit with you in the raft. When choosing a first aid kit, look for one that can float. Your first aid kit should have plenty of anti-bacterial ointment and bandages in case you cut yourself on one of the jagged rocks.