How to Pack Smarter and Lighter: Rules of Style : Details

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Tips for packing light for guys! Pretty stylish pieces featured.

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NYT: Are travel agents back? – Travel – Travel Tips – msnbc.com

According to those in the travel agent industry, clients like Ms. Griffin are not alone, and are in fact helping to stanch the bloodletting the industry has experienced since the onset of D.I.Y. booking more than a decade ago. Nearly one in three leisure agencies is hiring, according to PhoCusWright, a travel research firm. And in 2011 travel agencies experienced a second consecutive year of growth; their bookings account for a third of the $284 billion United States travel market.

This comes after years during which all signs seemed to be suggesting that travel agents would soon go the way of telex operators. And it’s true that the numbers are stark: During the industry’s peak years of the mid-1990s, there were about 34,000 retail locations booking trips. Today, there are 14,000 to 15,000, according to PhoCusWright. In 2009 alone, in the throes of the recession, bookings through traditional agencies plummeted by 23 percent.

Could it be? That Travel agents are coming back after years of decline?

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Remembering Gallipoli: must-see sights for Anzac Day – travel tips and articles – Lonely Planet

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From Turkey, Australia and New Zealand to Britain and France, people join together every 25 April to remember soldiers who died in the Allies’ fight against the Turks at Gallipoli during World War I. While Anzac Day has come to encompass all soldiers lost in the war, the day still has distinct meaning for countries across the world. Visiting the Anzac Commemorative Site in Gallipoli is almost a rite of passage for young Australians and New Zealanders. Despite the campaign’s failure to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), which was an ally of Germany during WWI, it was the first major action the two countries took part in and is seen as a defining moment for their countries’ national identities, making them distinct from Britain.

I was lucky enough to travel with Kiwis and Aussies to this special place and found it very moving to learn about history through their eyes.

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Remembering Gallipoli: must-see sights for Anzac Day – travel tips and articles – Lonely Planet

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From Turkey, Australia and New Zealand to Britain and France, people join together every 25 April to remember soldiers who died in the Allies’ fight against the Turks at Gallipoli during World War I. While Anzac Day has come to encompass all soldiers lost in the war, the day still has distinct meaning for countries across the world. Visiting the Anzac Commemorative Site in Gallipoli is almost a rite of passage for young Australians and New Zealanders. Despite the campaign’s failure to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), which was an ally of Germany during WWI, it was the first major action the two countries took part in and is seen as a defining moment for their countries’ national identities, making them distinct from Britain.

I was lucky enough to travel with Kiwis and Aussies to this special place and found it very moving to learn about history through their eyes.

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Sleek successor to fanny packs | Outdoors | The Seattle Times

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Nathan’s Shadow Pak is designed to carry essentials like keys and cash and is available in several colors.

An updated fanny pack. It’s more streamlined, and less bulky. Great for runners or people who want to carry minimal items when out.

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Itineraries – Holy bat cave! New tour puts millions of bats on display

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Nothing scarier than a bunch of bats flying towards your head. At least you know they’re probably helping you out and eating the bugs.

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Five travel apps that could save your life – USATODAY.com

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    If you travel with your phone, check out these apps that could save you in a bind.

By Bob Riha, Jr., USA TODAY

If you travel with your phone, check out these apps that could save you in a bind.

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ICE 4 Travel 

Everyone should keep an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact on their phone. But what about when you’re abroad and don’t speak the language? ICE 4 Travel lets you store information on your immunizations, allergies, medications, emergency contacts, and other life-saving information on your phone—and translates it all into seven different languages. ($2.99)

Smart Traveler 

When you’re traveling, you can go for days without reading a newspaper or hearing what’s going on in the world. But what if something is happening in the place you’re visiting that you need to know about? Download Smart Traveler (no relation to SmarterTravel; this is the State Department‘s official app) and you’ll be kept in the loop about travel alerts and warnings. There’s also a great “Know Before You Go” section that will tell you what the entry/exit requirements are for countries, local laws, and even where the nearest U.S. embassy is located. (Free)

SaferBus 

Traveling a bit closer to home? If you’re planning on taking a bus, you should download the Department of Transportation’s SaferBus app. Look up safety ratings and records for bus companies. Frighteningly, some companies are deemed “not allowed to operate,” so if you’ve bought a ticket on one of those, you should cancel it. (Free)

Help Call 

Sure, everyone knows to call 911 in an emergency—but what’s the right number when you’re abroad? Download the Help Call app and it will automatically detect your location. Then you can simply press one button to be connected to the local police, fire, or ambulance. You can also set it to call for help just by shaking the iPhone—or to call a designated emergency contact. ($2.99)

mPassport 

Ever found yourself in a pharmacy trying to mime the symptoms of an upset stomach because you didn’t speak the language? Avoid the embarrassing charades game with this app that will find the local brand equivalent of a medicine that you’re looking for, translate medical terms and phrases, and help you find a doctor, dentist, hospital, or pharmacy nearby. You can even use the app to schedule a medical appointment! ($0.99 per city)

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A list of 5 life saving apps for iphone users. As for Android users, looks like you’re out of luck.

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UNESCO called Machu Picchu’s problems “urgent,” caused by everything from overdevelopment to heavy rains. (Luq1 / Dreamstime.com)

In 2007, UNESCO flagged the Galapagos Islands as an endangered place. But in 2010, after Ecuador’s government stepped up conservation efforts, the Galapagos were dropped from the list. It’s a story that gives us hope: With conservation efforts, funding, and a hefty dose of eco-focused TLC, we can turn potential disasters around. With that in mind, we researched places with unique features—wildlife, geography, culture—that would be devastating to lose. Once Africa’s wild lions are extinct, for example, there’s no replacing them. Ditto the island nations of the world, and the 9th-century buildings of Venice. Of course, it’s impossible to rank these spots-how can you say, for example, that the Great Barrier Reef is more (or less) important than the Amazonian jungle? Instead, we put together a timeline that shows just how quickly we could lose these earthly wonders if we don’t act now. Yes, this is a sobering read, but the silver lining is that youcanmake a difference-here’s how (and how to visit responsibly if you so choose).  

SEE THE PLACES

A list of endangered tourist sites. Although most of us will be dead before these sites will be gone.

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Kids Activities: Travel with the Family to See 2012′s Cutest Zoo Babies | Travel Deals, Travel Tips, Travel Advices, Vacation Ideas | Budget Travel

 Kids Activities: Travel with the Family to See 2012s Cutest Zoo Babies | Travel Deals, Travel Tips, Travel Advices, Vacation Ideas | Budget Travel

Maggie the giraffe weigh 80 pounds when she was born January 12 at California’s Oakland Zoo. 

(Courtesy Oakland Zoo)

I can’t think of anybody that doesn’t like Baby animals.

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Netherlands poised to curb marijuana tourism | Travel | The Seattle Times

Dutch coffee shop owners went to court Wednesday in a last ditch bid to block a government plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana in the Netherlands.

Lawyers representing the coffee shops oppose what would be the most significant change in decades to the country’s famed soft drug tolerance: turning marijuana cafes into “members only” clubs open solely to Dutch residents.

Members would only be able to get into the coffee shops by registering for a “weed pass” and the shops would only be allowed a maximum of 2,000 members.

The move comes into force in the south of the country May 1 and is scheduled to roll out nationwide on Jan. 1, 2013.

I think some tourists will be disappointed, but it won’t curb the traffic too much.

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