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Travel-Induced Health Conditions: A Quick Guide

Travelling to other countries is probably one of the best and most unforgettable experiences one can ever have. I mean, who doesn’t want to go and explore the most beautiful spots in the world aside from their own land.

Travelling is definitely fun but there are a number of things we need to consider before setting sail to some far off place – from flying to the health risks like infectious diseases which you can get once you land on your destination. Like they say, we can never be too cautious when it comes to our health.

AIRPORT TRAVEL

People with inner ear balance problems such as Meniere’s disease and labyrinthitis may be reluctant to travel by airplane, fearing that the atmospheric changes and resulting pressure in their ears may worsen their symptoms.

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It affects each person in a different way, but commonly its symptoms include vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss and a feeling of fullness in the ear. People with Meniere’s disease can fly safely as long as they’re guided by their physician.

Labyrinthitis is also an inner ear infection usually caused by a virus or bacteria which causes acute inflammation of the labyrinth, which affects a person’s hearing and balance.

Meniere’s disease and Labyrinthitis have similarities but are dissimilar disorders. Both are conditions which affect the inner ear, both can cause vertigo and affect a person’s balance. Both also have similar symptoms and risk factors. The main difference is that Labyrinthitis is curable, whilst Meniere’s disease is incurable.

Many people regardless of Meniere’s disease or Labyrinthitis experience ear pain during takeoff and landing, this is because of a difference between the air pressure in the ‘middle ear’ and the atmospheric pressure of the plane.

TRAVEL-INDUCED HEALTH CONDITIONS

A lot of infectious diseases are transmitted through contaminated food and water, as well as insect bites. We’ve gathered some of the most common travel diseases which you should avoid when stepping foot into other territories. This can serve as your simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad.

Typhoid

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by the Gram-negative bacillus Salmonella typhi. It is acquired through contaminated food or water and is endemic to areas with poor sanitation. Vaccination is highly recommended before traveling to countries where the risk of typhoid is high. It’s most commonly contracted in developing countries such as India and parts of Asia, Africa and South America.

Symptoms: high fever, fatigue, severe headache, weakness, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, rash, constipation or diarrhea

Treatment: Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection and is typically treated effectively with a course of antibiotic medication. If not treated, typhoid fever can be fatal.

Malaria

Malaria is a serious disease spread by female mosquitoes carrying a parasite called plasmodium. The disease progresses quickly, and can be fatal. Malaria is prevalent in tropical countries. These days, you can contract malaria from at least a hundred countries around the world.

Symptoms: fever, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting

Treatment: There is no approved vaccine for malaria but there are preventative anti-malarial tablets prescribed by physicians for travelers going to high risk destinations but these tablets are also known to have unpleasant side effects. If infected, treatment can include a run of antiviral medication.

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is potentially a deadly disease which is transmitted by a bite from infected mosquitoes most commonly found in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. This disease is characterized by a high fever and jaundice or the yellowing of the skin and eyes, hence, yellow fever. This viral disease can be potentially fatal as it can damage the liver and other internal organs. Yellow fever can be prevented through vaccination but it needs to be administered at least two weeks prior to travel.

Symptoms: high fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting

Treatment: There is no antiviral medication or specific treatment for yellow fever, but supportive care in a hospital is critical and patients should be treated in an intensive care setting.

Travellers’ diarrhea (TD)

Traveler’s diarrhea is the most common of all travel illnesses. Food and water contaminated by the bacteria called E.coli is the primary culprit of this disease. The unsanitary handling of food, as well as food that has not been thoroughly heated or has been exposed to flies can result to TD. Fortunately, traveller’s diarrhea is rarely life-threatening and usually lasts a few days. Developing countries, including some parts of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia are high-risk destinations.

Symptoms: urgent need to have a bowel movement, abrupt onset of passage of three or more loose stools a day, nausea and vomiting, explosive and painful gas, cramps, loss of appetite

Treatment: The most effective treatment for TD is usually a sequence of an antibiotic and an antimotility agent. It’s also important to stay well hydrated as dehydration is the most likely complication of TD.

Dengue Fever

Dengue is a virus spread by an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, that habitually bites during the day. Dengue fever is a risk in tropical and subtropical areas including parts of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America the Western Pacific Islands. The best way to avoid infection is to avoid mosquito bites. Protect yourself by covering up, using nets and applying mosquito repellent on your clothes or exposed skin.

Symptoms: fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, rashes

Treatment: Currently, there is no particular anti-viral treatment for dengue. Usually, dengue clears up in a few weeks and serious complications are uncommon, but there are also severe cases which sometimes results in death.

Romantic Holidays in Malta: Where to Go for Dating Holidays

Is there any more romantic place to holiday than Malta? Think of those Knights of St John strutting about chivalrously in search of damsels in distress. Glinting armour to arouse the amore within a woman’s heart. Beautiful vistas on this stunning archipelago to stimulate the romantic tendencies of lovers from around the world. Looking out from your five-star hotel balcony over pools and into the distance to see boats floating on the blue Mediterranean Sea; does it get any better than this? It’s enough to make even the shyest female want to disrobe and jump into cotton sheets with her rampant beau.

We all, occasionally, want to escape from our hum drum lives and venture out into romantic territory. Who does not want to be embraced on the balcony of some five-star hotel suite overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? Love is better in exotic locales and Malta delivers on that score in spades. Take a cruise or a flight to Valletta and check into somewhere divine for a week or two of romantic holidaying. Old buildings and stirring vistas can make for magic nights with your partner. Look up at the stars in the heavens over Malta and you will understand what so many children have been conceived on this archipelago.

Romantic Holidays in Malta: Where to Go for Dating Holidays

The ancient Greeks called the place Melite, meaning ‘honey sweet’ and we all know what happens on honey moons. Malta is dripping with honey and will have you buttering your crumpet with the stuff. Dating in the land of honey is a smart move and taking your date on a romantic holiday in Malta is a sure fire recipe for crumpets and honey. When the sweetest taste is your lover’s lips make Malta your destination.

With a subtropical Mediterranean climate, Malta encourages you to take your clothes off. There is only so much swimming one can do; so you must find other activities that involve nudity. Think about your favourite naked pursuits and who you like to share them with. Dating couples will find the weather to their liking on this island nation. Services support coupling in-house in your hotel suite and on secluded beaches on coves around the islands. Outdoor activities will stimulate couples no end. Malta is a paradise for lovers of all ages and persuasions; put some magic back in your life and get thee to Malta.

Retirement Holidays in Malta: A Destination for Grey Nomads

Malta is a sensational destination for retirees on holiday. It may be part of a cruise through the Mediterranean, or a stand-alone visit to one of the most historically interesting archipelagos; whatever your method of getting here Malta delivers. There is so much to do and see around these islands. Whether tourists are young, or older, they will find an endless amount of visual stimulation on this island nation. With a population of some four hundred and fifty thousand people, Malta is a small but intensely interesting travel destination.

What do they say about age and wisdom going hand in hand? Self managed superannuation funds often deliver the funds for great holidays. I think that is why older and wiser heads find Malta so fascinating. The Phoenicians, who were the world’s first great traders, were here in Malta during the Bronze Age. These sea going merchants traded between cities in Europe and Africa. They were the first to invent coloured clothing; dying fabrics purple and other exciting colours. The Phoenicians developed one of the earliest alphabets and greatly contributed to the development of written language.

Retirement Holidays in Malta: A Destination for Grey Nomads

The Romans were also here in Malta, conquering it in the third century BCE and this began a lengthy association with the place until it fell to the Vandal Kingdom in the fifth century CE. The Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) recaptured Malta in the sixth century CE and held it until the ninth century CE, when it fell to the Arabs. Malta and Sicily share some history through the Muslim-Byzantine Wars, as it was Sicilian Muslims that recolonised Malta in the eleventh century CE. The Maltese language evolved out of Sicilian and Arabic. Next, it was the turn of the Norman Crusaders to conquer Malta, when Roger I of Sicily defeated the Muslims on Malta. Malta became part of the Kingdom of Sicily under Norman rule until late in the twelfth century CE. It was part of the Holy Roman Empire for seven decades in the thirteenth century CE.

What all of this means for the visiting Grey Nomads and the menopausal generation is that the islands are incredibly rich in history. The architecture reflects this wealth of historical interest and there are things to see everywhere you look. It also means that the cuisine in Malta is distinctively different, encompassing the many cultures that have influenced the nation over millennia. Arabian spices, Spanish ingredients, Sicilian recipes and so much; more make mouth-watering dishes almost common place. Super funds can help retirees reach the savings to make travel possible to exciting destinations like Malta.

Executive Travel in Malta: Business and Conferences

If you are looking for that unique destination for your corporate event, Malta has all the answers. Just like in The Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart, everyone is looking for it, looking for that special experience. Malta has the lot: a rich and exciting history involving great battles and conquests. The Romans were here, along with the Islamic hordes, then the Spanish Armada, the French and then the glorious British navy. Business thrives on comparisons with great moments in military history. Great men and women standing on the precipice of immortality. Make your conference a ripper in world class Malta.

Incentivise your sales team with a splendid trip to the islands of Malta, present a ground-breaking business conference to knock the socks off even the most jaded corporate critic. Five-star hotels and fabulous facilities will furnish your corporate event to surpass all expectations. This island nation offers awesome weather for outdoor activities like boating and swimming. Relaxing by the pool with a cocktail or two is what Malta is all about. A bevy of beautiful Maltese girls adorn the streets and clubs of this tiny but colourful country. Corporates will be endlessly stimulated in Malta.

Executive Travel in Malta: Business and Conferences

Deep sea diving and sailing will stretch the bucket list of your management team. Attending international rugby matches in our architecturally inspiring stadium will be something your colleagues will remember forever. There is more to do in Malta than you ever thought possible. Malta is also a popular destination for sporting teams for their end of season trips away. Maltese nightclubs rock on till dawn; you will dance your pants off. Party hard with team mates and put smiles on the faces of your peers and buddies.

Award winning restaurant serve up an exciting mix of culinary dishes. Maltese cuisine is unique in the world; reflecting the many cultures that have made Malta their home. Spanish influences meld with Sicilian influences and Arabian spices to produce world-class fare. You will find French and British dishes on menus at cafes and hotels around the islands. Good food, great wines and friendly service means much fun and enjoyment to be had by all. The executive on holiday in Malta will be constantly surprised at just how good the hospitality is in this island gem. No wonder so many cultures have fought over Malta; it is much more than a highly advantageous naval base, it is the gem in the crown.

Horse Racing Around the World Trips

For those that love the thrill of the race, especially the thundering hooves of horses as they charge down the straight; we offer trips to great horse races around the globe. Imagine yourself, impeccably dressed and accompanying someone special, sipping Champagne in the Members Stand at Royal Ascot or the Kentucky Derby. You look around and casually wave at the Agha Khan, who is standing nearby; and over there is Mick Jagger laughing at something Princess Mary said. The breeze is blowing white silk flags on a sunny perfect blue sky day and the tickets in your hot little hand are hundred pound bets to win on some sure thing. Your Amani suit stylishly clings to your svelte form and you can just catch your reflection in your shiny new Florsheims. God it is good to be alive right now!

This does not have to be a dream; we can make it possible for you and your loved ones. First class travel to the great racetracks around the world. Tickets into their Members’ Stands. A Rolls Royce with chauffeur parked outside and awaiting your instructions for your next destination. Five-star accommodation in the heart of London at The Savoy. An invitation to a garden party at the palace. When you travel to the world’s best races with us, you do it in style. A day at the races is truly a memorable experience to savour.

Horse Racing Around the World Trips

We can take you to the Melbourne Cup; the richest horserace in the world. Hob nob down under with a cornucopia of celebrities and stars. Attend exciting AFL matches at the MCG. Dine out at world class restaurants in one of Australia’s finest gourmet cities. This package also includes tickets to the Breakfast with Owners, Trainers and Jockeys who are participating in the Melbourne Cup.

Or, we can transport you to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse. Spend a day with the very rich and famous. Rub shoulders with a mass of fanatical Chinese gamblers. Eat delicious food and party like there is no tomorrow.

Alternatively, you may prefer to experience the joys of the American Triple Crown. Firstly, in Kentucky for the Derby; then, at Pimlico in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes; before finally, shaking yourself in New York for the Belmont Stakes. Those Yankees sure know how to have a good time; and you will be close to the action throughout the day.

Don’t let these opportunities remain dreams; your bucket list priorities are awaiting your green light as we speak!

 

How To Promote Your Travel Company: Traditional vs Digital Marketing

Travel companies today have expanded their reach integrating their services with online functionality in hopes to reach their target audience in a timely and effective manner. Marketing has evolved greatly allowing for more options which several industries can choose in the present. The same can also be said with regards to travel companies as they are given a lot of extra breathing space to experiment their marketing endeavors. Traditional and digital marketing which should you choose in promoting your travel company?

There is no denying the huge popularity of digital marketing and more and more individuals are leaning towards such practice in the present.. Because of its far reaching effects and its huge access to a larger audience, several companies today spend a huge amount of resources conventional advertising like TV, radio and billboard ads are being invested in digital marketing alternatives. Furthermore, companies are able to manage and monitor the results with more accuracy and in real time which gives it a clear edge when compared to traditional marketing.

The impact of social media in the travel marketing industry is indeed huge with travel and tourism depending heavily on the use of word-of-mouth to spread opinions and recommendations, and social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow customers to easily share tips and suggestions, which can be enormously valuable when positive. The use of social media for travel agents has indeed grown overtime and it is good to hear that there are several avenues such as Facecbook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram travel companies can use towards digital marketing.

Digital marketing however, requires careful thought and action. Companies are advised to seek the services of a digital marketing agency for them to be able to come up with a robust online marketing plan which increases the likelihood of them finding success with their endeavors. There are indeed a lot of factors that need to be implemented when you consider digital marketing. This includes personalizing your website, its content as well as the services that you provide. It is important to produce great content as this is where traffic is usually garnered. For that matter, blogging plays a vital role in achieving such success. This along with having a cool looking website will help keep your visitors stay much longer.

Another noteworthy addition is the use of online videos. Video in travel marketing are awfully popular in the present. According to a study published by Think with Google in August 2014, travelers are spending more time watching online videos than ever before. As such it important that you use both images and videos in promoting your travel company as this helps give your visitors an overview on what to expect.

Traditional marketing is still considered to be a viable option in the present and sometimes it all leads to a matter of preference for companies in choosing what is best for them. Travel companies can also consider sharing items such as promotional coffee cups to their clients to help them remember the services that they provide. What is important however is flexibility in which they are able to change their marketing campaign as they see fit. Having marketing strategies as well are vital regardless of what marketing approach that you choose.

Human Trafficking in Malta: Sex Tourists We Don’t Want You

Europe is a wonderful destination for tourists, with great scenery and history all around. Malta is located on an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea and is one of Europe’s smallest countries. It is rich in history and has been an important naval base for many civilisations. These include: the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Sicilians, Spanish and British; to name just a few. Malta gained its independence from the British in 1964 and became a republic in 1974.

Malta has come to the world’s attention for all the wrong reasons lately, with a US State Department report listing the small country as a hotspot for human trafficking. The trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation to be precise. Although, the number of human trafficking prosecutions are not large by world standards, Malta only has a population of under half a million people. Media reports within the country, have also pointed to the likely assumption that the numbers involved in sex trafficking are considerably larger than those identifying who have been caught in the act. Trafficking for the purposes of slave labour has also been found to occur within the nation, as two Chinese men were discovered as victims of this type of trafficking.

Human Trafficking in Malta: Sex Tourists We Don’t Want You

The United States has criticised Malta for its lax laws and police corruption in regard to human trafficking on the island. Greater interaction with international anti-trafficking organisations has been recommended. Along with increased scrutiny of vulnerable communities and harsher penalties for those who are successfully prosecuted for human trafficking in Malta. The US State Department report finds that there have been modest improvements in Malta’s criminal code prescribed punishments, but more could be done.

Increased funding for anti-trafficking activities by the Maltese authorities has led to more training for over one hundred professionals to combat the nefarious trade. Government inspections of clubs and massage parlours have increased and these have resulted in detections of trafficking for sexual exploitation. A media campaign involving government anti-trafficking announcements on television and radio has been confirmed to run shortly. There has been no crack down on the commercial sex industry as a whole. Erotic massage and brothels are widely available on the island. There is speculation that Malta may be a sex tourism haven for economic reasons and that this is why it maintains a lax attitude toward commercial sex acts in general. Human trafficking preys on poverty and institutional corruption to achieve its vile aims. Sunny Malta has a shadow side, which is not as visible to many of the tourists who visit it for holidays of a more wholesome nature.

Psychic Festivals Itinerary: Travel The World Telling Fortunes

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Many people are born with psychic skills but other people develop their psychic abilities through some training and started giving psychic readings to family and friends before working as professional psychic reader. If your psychic ability is clear and accurate you have the opportunity to use this gift as your vocation. Working as a professional psychic can be extremely rewarding. You can set yourself to a psychic job working in an established company like www.psychiccentral.com.au by giving psychic readings by telephone or you can give face to face psychic reading. Developing your psychic skills and combining it with other forms of healing modalities and counselling will give you added dimension. There are lots of ways to turn your psychic skills into opportunities to meet like-minded people and travel the world telling fortunes at psychic festivals.

There’s no way to renew commitment to self-expression and healing with a community of like-minded souls. Independent psychics who love to travel and meet different people can share their gifts with people nationally and internationally. It’s now possible to link up with other psychics and spiritual practitioners around the world by attending new age and psychic festivals. Psychics from different places will enjoy personalised experience as most festival organisers invite psychics all over the world and tailor packages which offer exclusive passes to cater to different modalities.

Body-Mind-And-Psychic-Expo

Body Mind & Psychic Expo is Australia’s largest psychic, alternative health and wellbeing 2 day festival scheduled on 14th & 15th of May 2016 at the Adelaide Showground at Wayville on the edge of the CBD.  It’s a showcase of Adelaide’s alternatives from health and fitness, lifestyle and nutrition, natural remedies, relaxation and recreation and a chance to explore the Psychic through tarot and astrology, palmistry and numerology plus a chance to win 1 hour free psychic reading with one of Australia’s top psychics Anil Nar.

Psychic-and-Holistic-Fair

The Big Purple Psychic & Holistic Fair UK is held three times a year in the modern Atrium of Chessington Community College with workshops in David Kemp Theatre. They provide affordable, accessible, quality fair spreading love and light to everybody who visits. They have hosts to varied talks and workshops from recognised practitioners you can listen, learn, participate and have fun joining spiritually minded people. The aim of this festival is provide visitors the most enjoyable and informative Psychic & Holistic Fair.

Psychic-Fair-Psychic-Festival

The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo is Salem’s longest-running psychic festival where you can explore the future with a psychic reading. The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo features the Witch City’s most gifted Psychics, that is officially licensed by the city of Salem. Meet real practicing Witches, and have an appointment with talented psychic readers as you delve into your destiny or explore the emporium of magical gifts. The festival will be hosted by Brian Cain, Christian Day, and the Witches of Salem.

Mind-Body-Spirit-Festival

Mind Body Spirit Festival is a fun-filled day at Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapy festival. Visitors will surely learn from over 200 exhibitors and free inspirational seminars. You can participate in psychic reading, watch the free stage performances,  join a free meditation session, try some body pampering and taste some delicious health foods.

 Conscious-Living-Expo

Conscious Living Expo is a festival that creates connections for the expansion of consciousness. It inspires people to co-create a more sustainable way of living in peace, harmony and happiness. It provides a local and global platform for emerging authors, musicians, speakers, psychics and artists to communicate their ideas, to express their purpose and vision in contributing to a more conscious world.

Check out psychic and spiritual directories like Spiritual Events & Directory and Body Mind Spirit Directory to find Psychic Festivals, Trade Shows, Holistic Health Expos, Retreats, Conferences and Travel Opportunities that cover Body Mind Spirit, Conscious Living, Natural Healing, Nutrition, Gluten Free Lifestyles, Whole Foods,  Organics, Green Lifestyles, Wellness, Yoga , Sustainability, Self Reliance, Metaphysics, Faeries, Gems, Beads, Spirituality and Inspiration all over the world.