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Contraception when Going on Holiday Abroad

Holidays are about having fun, sharing new experiences, meeting new people and doing things you may not usually do at home. People tend to feel free from the restraints of everyday life at home which can lead to increased risk taking. Travel lacks the routine of everyday life which is fantastic but this can mean things you usually do at home routinely are more likely to be forgotten. Contraception and sexual health is an area that people often don’t consider in t...

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College Credit and PADI

Learning to scuba dive is always an enjoyable and rewarding experience, especially when you walk away with PADI certifications like Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster or the PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course). However, did you know that there’s also the opportunity to pick up college credit along the way?

Depending upon the country in which you study, PADI qualifications can sometimes be transferred to your home country and co...

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Food and Water Hygiene when Abroad

Many illnesses contracted abroad are transmitted by contaminated food and water. These include Typhoid, Hepatitis A, traveller’s diarrhoea and cholera. These diseases can be life threatening and ruin your holiday and those you are travelling with. Traveller’s diarrhoea is the commonest illness contracted abroad affecting overseas travellers and can be caused by a variety of bacteria such as E coli, Shigella, salmonella, Campylobacter and Giardia amongst others...

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How to avoid mosquito bites and other insect bites

Did you know there are only a few insect-borne diseases that are preventable with medication or immunisation. Insects can be carriers of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis amongst others. Apart from this, insect bites can result in unpleasant and occasionally severe localised reactions. The only real protection against the large majority of diseases is therefore bite prevention. Consider this as your first line of defence...

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Ski Instructor Training

It’s great to get away skiing in the Alps on holiday to get a break and the everyday grind. The only problem is that it only ever lasts a week or two. Have you ever considered taking a gap year or career break and doing a whole season? Not only will you not have to cram all of your skiing into a few days, but you’ll be able to develop your skills and skiing technique to a whole new level. There are a few options for budding ‘seasonairs’ out there, but one of the ...

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Wildlife and Conservation Holidays

Over recent years, people are becoming increasingly ethical and environmentally conscious when choosing a South African wildlife holiday. Wildlife and conservation related travel is becoming more and more popular and with wider choice out there, a South African wildlife holiday can range from a traditional tourist safari up to a fully blown Wildlife Conservat...

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Adventure Travel Holidays Worldwide

Adventure travel holidays worldwide and adventure travel have become increasingly popular over recent years. Increasingly, the British public are choosing to travel further afield than their typical Mediterranean beach breaks and are splashing out on adventure travel holidays worldwide. Examples of more diverse destinations include adventure travel Venezuela or adventure travel South America. With a whole world of ...

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Travel Health Tips Before you go Abroad

Before going abroad it is essential that you have adequate information about travel health, the correct inoculations and enough antimalarials. Below are a number of tips about travel health.

Do Your Homework - You can get excellent information on the internet about the countries you are travelling to and the diseases you might wish to avoid contracting! The following websites are very useful and provide country specific information.
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Wildlife Volunteering Abroad

If you are looking for wildlife volunteering project opportunities, Yomps gives you the chance to volunteer on game reserves in Africa from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. We have first hand African knowledge and only select the best value wildlife volunteering projects in Africa, ensuring that you have the time of your life! These projects all help to conserve the future of wildlife such as the African elephant, cheetah and many other species. Volunteering trips can be spl...

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Raising Funds for a Gap Year

Gap years are by definition one of the most exciting and adventurous times of your life. You’ll travel thousands of miles, experience diverse and exciting cultures and meet plenty of fun and interesting characters along the way. Unfortunately like most things in life, it comes at a cost. Raising funds for your gap year can be a challenging task. If you’re fortunate enough to have generous parents, then great. If not, then you’ll have to look for other sources of ...

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Horse Safari Work Experience

Horse safari holidays have gone from strength to strength over recent years and South African horse experiences are among the most exciting and invigorating out there. Immaculately trained horses and years of experience allows a handful of South African equine experts to operate unique and breathtaking horseback riding vacations deep in the heart of Africa. Open to riders of all levels from beginners to advanced, horseback riding holidays and equine work experien...

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Getting Flights to South Africa during the World Cup

Unless you live under a stone you will know that the football World Cup is being hosted by South Africa this June and July. Until now this meant that flights were either very expensive or fully booked, however this has now improved! A number of months ago when the World Cup was announced, a lot of operators held seats on planes to sell with their packages, until they knew when each country was playing. Now the various draws have been made and the operators have a be...

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Worried Parent's guide to taking a Gap Year

You’ve spent the last 18 years or so bringing up your child and they announce that they want to go on a gap year. Like many other parents you will probably panic, think “oh no, how will he / she cope?” Or maybe even “oh no, how much is it going to cost me?”
Don’t panic, I am here to help, give you a few tips and put your mind at rest. I might even help put you off the idea and not to let him or her go!

A Gap Year is a fairly new trend for young people...

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Gap Year Qualifications

Planning a gap year can be a complicated task so depending on your budget, time scale and ambitions, you should set yourself some aims and objectives of what you want to achieve during your time away. Not only will this provide you with some direction and motivation during your travel, but it can assure parents and a university that you’re gap year was a productive and worthwhile experience.

One of the best ways to achieve something on your gap year is ...

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The African Big Five

Venturing into the African ‘bush’ on safari is one of the most exciting and adventurous travel options out there today. Each year, tens of thousands of tourists opt for a more daring and adventurous holiday compared to the usual beach retreat. One of the great things about going on a safari is that you actually learn new things as you cruise along, with your Field Guide answering questions and explaining all about the bush, from the birds and insects to the mamma...

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South African World Cup 2010

For the first time in history, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be held on the African continent in South Africa. Welcoming sixteen national teams and an expected half a million visitors from around the globe, the southern most African nation will be one of the most popular travel destinations for 2010. With the qualifying matches already underway, the tournament promises to be a lively and entertaining world sporting event.

In preparation for the world’s l...

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Achieve Something on Your Gap Year

So you’ve told your parents you want to go on a gap year? I bet you they have asked what you are going to do, achieve, especially if they are paying or contributing! Well I’m sorry to tell you, but they are correct to be concerned!

Students going on a Gap Years often say to their parents that it is good for their CV, which is correct if you achieve something, but I’m afraid it will mean next to nothing if you just travel around the normal sights of Austr...

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The Cheetah

The cheetah is part of the cat family and is famed for being one of the more impressive and majestic animals on the planet. Designed with predation in mind, they are famed for their phenomenal sprinting capabilities and stunning appearance. Instantly recognisable by the dark spots on their golden fur, cheetahs are one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

With the ability to accelerate from 0 to 68 mph in three seconds, they rely on their speed...

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Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) is the largest barrier reef system in the Atlantic Ocean and the second largest in the world. Located on the Northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef stretches along seven hundred miles to the Bay Islands in northern Honduras. The reef covers over one hundred million acres of seabed and includes coastal zones, ocean habitats and tropical and cloud forests. Also known as the Great Mayan R...

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Reasons to Travel to South Africa

As the credit crunch has really begun to bite at home, there has never been a better time to escape all the doom and gloom of the depressing daily news headlines. At the moment, there are some fantastic deals on cheap flights around and with the Football World Cup 2010 just around the corner, South Africa is thriving. As a bonus, with the South African Rand being at the weakest point it’s been for several years...now is never a better time to get out the rucksack...

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French Travel Phrases

Believe it or not, French is the official language in 41 countries. France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg are the obvious ones, but Canada, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and the Seychelles are some of the less obvious examples. In total, it’s spoken by around 300 million people throughout the world. If you’re planning on venturing into a French speaking country to travel, party, board, hike, take a gap year or even learn to paraglide, you may find some of th...

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Skiing Responsibly and Safely

Many of us have spent hours on the pistes in the Alps, the Rockies and the Pyrenees skiing at our leisure as we keep an eye out for hazards along the way. Anybody who’s spent any amount of time on the snow has probably seen the unlucky casualties as they’re towed down the slopes in the orange sleighs by the mountain safety team. The majority of us use our common sense and a little skiing etiquette to avoid such events but all too often, these accidents are due to...

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Spanish Travel Phrases

Taking a Spanish course abroad is a great way to develop your Spanish skills and many accomplished linguists argue that in order to truly learn Spanish, you must spend a good few months being totally immersed in the language in a Spanish speaking country. Believe it or not, Spanish is the primary language in 21 countries. Spain and Mexico are the obvious ones, but Andorra and Tobago offer some of the less obvious examples. In total, it’s spoken by around 450 mill...

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Planning a Trip to Kruger?

Kruger National Park is one of the only truly wild but accessible nature reserves on the planet. Located in the North Eastern region of South Africa, sprawling along different terrains in an area the size of Wales, Kruger is the undisputed flagship of South Africa’s national parks. Created in 1898 to preserve the nature and wilderness of the South African Lowveld, the park is home to more than 300 species of trees, almost 50 species of fish, over 30 species of am...

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Travel Tips for Mexico

Languages spoken
Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, there are also other languages spoken known as the Indigenous Amerindian languages.

Getting to Mexico
Mexico is a very popular destination and there are regular daily flights. For people in the UK, a good flight company is Wexas Travel who find some very good flight prices to Mexico. Contact Alex Crosby +44 (0)2078...

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What to Take on a Safari Trip

Over recent years, Southern Africa has become a popular choice for those in search of exploration and adventure. The region offers stunning natural beauty, friendly inhabitants and a culture rich in diversity. There’s an endless list of things to do and see but at the top of any true adventurer’s to do list is a safari. Whether you’re cruising along the dirt roads in search of the Elephants in Kruger National Park, or off-roading through the ‘bush’ on one of the ...

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Travel Tips for South Africa

Getting to South Africa
South Africa is a very popular destination and there are lots of airlines flying there every day. This is also due to the fact that South Africa is often hub for a lot of African airlines. For clients in the UK a good flight company is Wexas Travel who find some very good flight prices to South Africa. Contact Alex Crosby +44 (0)2078 385861.

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Choosing a Camera for your Gap Year or Career Break

When choosing a camera for your gap year or career break, there are many different things to think about to ensure you get the best photos possible for your budget and to ensure that you get those photos to remind you of your adventure holiday.

Type of Camera
The main question is what sort of trip are you going on?

For wildlife photography the bigger the lens the better! Ideally for wildlife photography you would use a Digital SLR c...

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