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Because I am tired of hearing about all these naive Americans who travel to foreign and dangerous countries, and then get “caught” by the authorities over there or even worse, caught by “tribesmen”, I felt it necessary to provide this helpful information for those planning to travel to these dangerous places in the future.

The U.S. Government has a website you can visit, to figure out what countries are safe, and what countries (if you had any sense), you would stay away from.

PLEASE, if you plan to travel to some exotic far away place…..CHECK THIS SITE FIRST:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html

Yemen: Country specific information: This link has everything you need to know about the country. It is valuable information about safety, recent news, entry/exit requirements, crime, medical insurance, plus much more.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1061.html

This information is provided for each country you chose to research or read about.

The following is only a partial excerpt from the web site, under the Warnings section:

Yemen

February 25, 2010

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities.  The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Yemen.  American citizens remaining in Yemen despite this warning should monitor the  U.S. Embassy website and should make contingency emergency plans.  This replaces the Travel Warning for Yemen issued June 26, 2009.

Interpretation:  DONT go there unless you HAVE TO.

To read the article about the couple caught by “tribesmen” in Yemen, you can find the link here:

http://www.islamtribune.com/2010/05/25/armed-tribesmen-kidnap-us-couple-in-yemen.html

This is my random information for you today…..hope it helps.

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In late 2008, a couple from South Africa crossed the Atlantic aboard the beautiful Queen Mary 2  alongside the Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s maiden voyage.  While taking pictures of the QE2’s historic crossing, their camera slipped and disappeared into the deep blue sea.

In January of this year, fifteen months after the camera was lost, a fisherman trawling the ocean floor found the camera in his fishing net. The camera was inoperable but the memory card and photos were intact.

The fisherman viewed the photos, which included a picture of a woman standing on the deck of a ship with the QE2 at sea in the background. The fisherman contacted the BBC, where a correspondent determined that the passengers had been aboard the Queen Mary 2.

Cunard Cruise Lines  was notified and they were  able to identify and locate the couple, and reunite them with their photos,which were  plucked from the bottom of the sea.

I read this story and thought….wow…that is so cool!

Needed to post something positive….before I go on “spring break”….so if I don’t post anything for a few days….well, I’m trying to either, relax, discover, experience, vegitate, forget, pretend, gamble, laugh, relax again, hurry because i’m late for something, hike, observe, enjoy, and finally relax again before going back to reality and work.

 
Ciao,
 Trisho

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There used to be a time when I didn’t worry about where I would go for vacation, but now…because there is so much planning that goes into such an endeavor (and you do want to make good use of your vacation time), I now do much research, almost like an investigative reporter, as to what me and my family will be doing.

Have you ever had a vacation where after the fact, you thought to yourself, “Well, that was lousy and now I have to wait another year” Everyone can relate to that, right?

Here are some travel sites I use while planning: http://www.tripadvisor.com
http://www.farecast.com
http://www.aboutairportparking.com
http://www.tripbase.com

For vacation rentals: http://www.flipkey.com

For transit systems: http://www.hopstop.com

To organize and share your Itinerary: http://www.tripit.com

I am always looking for new and helpful information, so please feel free to share your “secrets of travel planning” with me.

Trisho

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