What Every Traveler Needs to Know About Influenza

Influenzas:  Avian Flu, H1N1 (Swine flu) and other upper respiratory viral illnesses Almost annually, there is a warning about a new flu strain that could impact on travelers. Often people forget that the seasonal influenza kills tens of thousands of people each year...

Tours vs. Independent Travel

What is your idea of a great trip? Do you like to travel with others? Do you enjoy group activities? Do you like to have someone tell you what you are seeing? Are you content to be taken from place to place with little or no time to wander on your own? Do you like to...

Independent Travel: Guide or No Guide?

The difference in experience between having a guide and not having a guide can be vast. Which is better?  Well, there is no hard and fast answer to this.  It depends on you, your level of knowledge about a place, your level of comfort in interacting with people when...

Should you Use a Travel Agent?

I’ve heard stories from several friends recently about using a US based travel agent to arrange travel in Asia.  One friend was headed to Vietnam and Cambodia.  She has a long-time travel agent who booked all the flights and hotels for her plus guides in each place. ...

How to Travel Independently

The first question is why travel independently? Do you want to visit exotic international destinations but have no idea how to book flights and hotels? And once you get there how do you get around? How do you know what sites to visit, who to trust and what you should...