September 2018

Issue 27 | Volume 8

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CONTENTS

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On The Cover
If you decided to visit Greece, you have a lot of options for a relaxing and entertaining leisure, also according to the duration of the trip. Anybody’s trip to Greece has to include a visit to its great icon, the Acropolis, with Athena’s sacred temple, the Parthenon.

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Top Destinations of 2018
Many times, when we plan a vacation, we know where we want to go. But, perhaps you don’t have a specific place in mind and are looking for some vacation destinations to choose from.

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International Cuisine
Morocco has a very delicious cuisine indeed, and its just one more reason to visit this fascinating country. Everywhere you go, the aroma of bubbling tagines and simmering spices will drift from alleyways and local houses.

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Top Mountain Trails
You can have a wonderful holiday mountain biking particularly if you are with companions. You will find hundreds of sites advertised on the internet and most at very reasonable prices.

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Creating Cultural Awareness
Cultural travel is a type of travel that emphasizes experiencing life within a foreign culture, rather than from the outside as a temporary visitor. Cultural travel goes beyond cultural exploration or discovery; it involves a transformation in way of life.

Departments

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TRAVEL TIPS
You don’t need to fret about the world turning upside down, but it does help to be informed of some travel safety tips to help you enjoy and have fun the most on your travels.

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TRAVEL TALK
There are common sense travel suggestions, like Check at least three web sites to get the best deal on plane tickets. Then there are the tips which are more along the line of secrets. It is these that are the little-known tricks learned by experience. Here are some of the greatest of those.

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THE KNOW HOW
None wants or intends to drop a bundle when planning a vacation but many people with strict budgets seek inexpensive vacations to ensure they get the most for their money when it is time to make travel plans.

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ONLY THE FEW
Okay, you have taken a sabbatical, or you’ve retired, or you are just sick of work and feel life is too short. You will have the time of your life, so stop putting it off, get planning and go traveling.

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS
It is almost impossible to imagine our life without tourism. Travelling gives an insight of the world around us, introduces us to other cultures and traditions and lends variety to our daily life.

In Every Issue

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ASK THE EXPERT
Tourism has become an important, even vital, source of income for many regions and even entire countries. Annie Wilkes and Terry Malloy answer some of the most common questions relating to travel.

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TRAVEL GEAR
A travel pack is a specialized type of rucksack developed for adventurers, and popular with backpackers. Much like ordinary rucksacks in appearance, travel packs have the added benefit of being able to zip shoulder straps, hip belts and shoulder harnesses out of sight.

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PHOTOS
Taking good pictures on your family vacation is pretty easy when you know some basic photography skills. Here you will find some really simple things you can do to take your travel photos from so-so to fabulous.

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BIG ADVENTURES
So you’ve packed your rucksack, booked your ticket and taken out specialist backpacker travel insurance; now you’re looking for the kind of adventure that you’ll be talking about for a lifetime.

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HIDDEN PLACES
Indulgence is all about taking your vacation in style and living life as a fantasy. A must to escape from daily grind and give beat to burnout, choose any luxury packages to luxurious hotels and retreat in the world where you will live a life like a dream come true.

From the Editor

The English loanword “wanderlust” was already extant in the German language dating as far back as Middle High German.

The English loanword “wanderlust” was already extant in the German language dating as far back as Middle High German. The first documented use of the term in English occurred in 1902[2] as a reflection of what was then seen as a characteristically German predilection for wandering that may be traced back to German Romanticism and the German system of apprenticeship (the journeyman), as well as the adolescent custom of the ‘Wanderbird’ seeking unity with Nature.

Jim Thiel

May 2017 Worldwide Excursion Magazine

Top Travel Destinations of 2018

Written by Sandy Baker

Many times, when we plan a vacation, we know where we want to go. But, perhaps you don’t have a specific place in mind and are looking for some vacation destinations to choose from. The first order of business is to decide your budget. Yes, you’ll have to number crunch and find out how much you want to spend. From there, finding vacation destinations is simple.

Perhaps you are looking for information on some of the big name vacation destinations such as Disney World, Las Vegas, or the Bahamas? Finding information on these vacation destinations is simple as it is everywhere you look. Or, perhaps you want a specific kind of vacation like a tropical island, a beach, or a ski resort? There are exotic vacation destinations and family oriented vacation destinations. The sky is the limit.

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To find information regarding different vacation destinations, it is no longer necessary to visit the travel agent or even the library. There is a wealth of information right on the internet that you can get right from your home. It’s as simple as doing a web search for one of the many vacation planning websites. One great example is www.e-travelpromos.com where you can find many choices in vacation destinations.

Now, back to the budget we go. While we can look at all kinds of vacation destinations and set our dreams high, remember to realize that all vacation destinations will cost you something. Remember to consider hotel accommodations, airfare or transportation to the location, car rentals, meals, drinks, taxes, tipsFree Web Content, and spending money. You may choose to visit a vacation destination where there are a lot of sites to see. Realize that most likely you will need to pay a per person fee to see attractions or to rent equipment. There are many items to include in your budget. Once you have done this you can consider which vacation destination will be right for you.

Top Destinations As Of 2018:

  • Georgia, USA
    Georgia is more diverse than many people realize, with a scenic seacoast, mountains and large cities as well as extensive rural areas. In 2017 rock on at one of Georgia’s 75 music festivals, such as June’s AthFest in Athens, home of the B-52’s and R.E.M.
  • Oman
    Until 1970, Oman was an under-developed nation, and almost completely closed to visitors. Since that time, education, public works and tourism have taken off throughout the country. In 2017 the US$120-million Majarat Oman, a futuristic theme park for families, is set to debut.
  • Moscow, Russia
    A truly iconic, global city, Moscow has played a central role in the development of Russia and the world. In 2017 the city will host football matches in the Confederations Cup and in 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • Georgia, USA
    A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts. In 2017 the city will unveil the Seoul Skygarden, touted to rival New York’s hugely popular High Line park.
  • Papua New Guinea
    For people who can make it out here, the experience is unforgettable. The incredible natural beauty is simply indescribable. In 2017 come and celebrate one of the cultural events: Mask Festival in Kokopo, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, and the Canoe and Kundu Drum Festival in Alotau.

Don’t you think it’s time to get away?

What are you waiting for?

May 2017 Worldwide Excursion Magazine

International Cuisine

Written by Bryony

Morocco has a very delicious cuisine indeed, and its just one more reason to visit this fascinating country. Everywhere you go, the aroma of bubbling tagines and simmering spices will drift from alleyways and local houses. Here’s a quickie guide to Moroccan cuisine.

National specialties which you should try during your Morocco holiday:

  • Harira (a spicy tomato-based soup).
  • Pastilla (a pigeon-meat pie layered with flaky dough and dusted with cinnamon and sugar).
  • Couscous (a savoury semolina dish cooked with local vegetables and/or meat).
  • Tajine (a rich, fragrant stew, with some combination of lamb, chicken or fish with onions, olives, almonds, tomato, herbs or dried fruit).
  • Mechoui (slow-roasted stuffed lamb or beef).

Regional food preparation traditions, customs and ingredients often combine to create dishes unique to a particular region

Fusion isn’t a new thing in Morocco, where the cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean, Arabic, Jewish, Persian, West African and Berber influences. Traditional Morocco food is nourishing and delicious with the staples being couscous [semolina] served with stews of lamb, chicken and vegetables. Main towns, like Fes and Marrakesh, have lots of international restaurants at reasonable prices including French, Italian, and Spanish dishes.
The best way to see Morocco is by rental car, so that you can stop an enjoy really local food on the road. There are a couple of companies offering excellent and unusual Morocco adventure tours that will help you get the best out of your trip.

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Top Mountain Trails

By Sam Spade

You can have a wonderful holiday mountain biking particularly if you are with companions. You will find hundreds of sites advertised on the internet and most at very reasonable prices. Just put in a keyword in your browser and up will come all these exciting holidays for you to choose from. This sport is also great for keeping your fitness levels up and keeping your weight down.

Finding bicycle treks is a daunting prospect if you are a novice, mountain biking is a physically demanding sport and you need to have the right amount of power and stamina to conquer specific types of mountain bike trails. If you are a novice, do not over estimate your capacity to negotiate mountain bike trails. There is really no point risking some serious injuries when negotiating a mountain bike trail, so be very careful in choosing one. There are plenty of mountain bike trails that are suitable for novices. Forget about those challenging trails that end up at the top of the mountain. You can try those types of trails later when you have gained enough confidence in the field. To stay on the safe side, take a trail that loops back to your first point. Now, do not think that these types of trails are too easy or not challenging enough for you. There are plenty of circular trails that pose great challenges to mountain bikers.

May 2017 Worldwide Excursion Magazine

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Creating Cultural Awareness

By Melanie Daniels

Cultural travel is a type of travel that emphasizes experiencing life within a foreign culture, rather than from the outside as a temporary visitor. Cultural travelers leave their home environment at home, bringing only themselves and a desire to become part of the culture they visit. Cultural travel goes beyond cultural exploration or discovery; it involves a transformation in way of life.

Cultural tourism includes tourism in urban areas, particularly historic or large cities and their cultural facilities such as museums and theatres. It can also include tourism in rural areas showcasing the traditions of indigenous cultural communities (i.e. festivals, rituals), and their values and lifestyle, as well as niches like industrial tourism and creative tourism.

It is generally agreed that cultural tourists spend substantially more than standard tourists do. This form of tourism is also becoming generally more popular throughout the world, and a recent OECD report has highlighted the role that cultural tourism can play in regional development in different world regions.

Cultural tourism has been defined as ‘the movement of persons to cultural attractions away from their normal place of residence, with the intention to gather new information and experiences to satisfy their cultural needs’. These cultural needs can include the solidification of one’s own cultural identity, by observing the exotic “others”.

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Q&A With Outdoor Enthusiast Annie Wilkes

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

Q: Will my credit cards work overseas? What can I do to make sure that I don’t have problems with my banking overseas?

For your credit card, be sure that the valid dates will remain valid while you are vacationing, know your existing spending amount and don’t forget to allocate some room for emergencies. Regularly check your ATM and debit cards and total limits.

Q: What should we know about traveling to a foreign country that speaks another language?

Know some local language. If you are traveling to a country with a foreign language, it’s always nice to be known of some native languages. Knowing the “polite words” and just a few local expressions is a huge help. You will find that locals really love this and will tend to be more open to your questions. Maybe you will even make a new friend while you are on a foreign country.

May 2017 Worldwide Excursion Magazine

Q&A With World Traveler Terry Malloy

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Q: What are the must have items when traveling around the world?

Here’s you final travel checklist: Passport, tickets, credit cards, medications or prescriptions, car rental and hotel reservation receipts/agreements, if required, addresses, password and any other needed information that you may need. Don’t forget the most crucial thing: your bold travel mind, see and learn as much as you can and have the best time of your life!

Q: What happens if you lose your important documentation while in another country?

Email yourself the important information including the flight information, credit card numbers, airline numbers, passport and driver’s license numbers and anything else that may be of value to you. This way if anything is misplaced or stolen, you are just an internet connection away.

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May 2017 Worldwide Excursion Magazine

The Leisurely Greek Vacation

Travel in Greece – If you decided to visit Greece, you have a lot of options for a relaxing and entertaining leisure, also according to the duration of the trip. Anybody’s trip to Greece has to include a visit to its great icon, the Acropolis, with Athena’s sacred temple, the Parthenon.

Another major landmark when visiting Greece is the The National Archaeological Museum from Athens. It’s an exhibition of countless artifacts. You will come across the Greek Kouroi statues which are the representations of male youths from the Archaic period in Greece; you can also enjoy the Egyptian Art collection, Stathatos collection, the Library of archaeology and also new exhibits.The best time for visiting is early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the masses. There are pedestrian walkways that helps you to visit by using the Athens Metro.

Greece and Greeks welcome thousands of visitors from around the world that flock to admire and explore, through a unique stay in this charming country, the richness of Greek culture.

Another preferred trip for tourists visiting Greece is the Cape Sounion where the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon are. This place is encircled on three sides by sea. You can also observe the name of the English romantic poet, Lord Byron, engraved in the ruins. Delight yourself in the light of the sunset over the Aegean Sea.
If you want to party and also check out the Greek nightlife, don’t skip Mykonos, one of the most popular Greek island. Mykonos is enchanting, exciting, attractive, and recognized for stylish, worldwide goings-on. There is a lively nightlife, shopping, nude and non-nude beaches.

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