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Travel etiquette: local customs & laws

Acquaint yourself with the local customs and laws of your destination Before you leave, it’s worthwhile to research the local customs of the country you’re visiting. Each culture has its own customs and laws, some of which would seem downright quirky, and being oblivious to these might get you into trouble, and may even result […]

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Travel etiquette: learn ‘Thank you’ in the local language

I read an article on MSNBC recently about types of tourists who are “killing” tourism. Some of the examples were all too familiar: like the piling of plates at the buffet spread. No, I’m not guilty! Anyway, inspired by that article, I’ve decided to start a new series on travel etiquette. This series will feature […]

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Travelling is good for you.. even if you’re unemployed

I read this article on MSNBC yesterday and I can definitely relate to Jisook’s experience. I was in banking myself for ten years when the ‘hammer’ came down on me last year. Like Jisook, I was already planning a world trip when it happened and it was like a dream come true when I boarded […]

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What’s the safest spot on a plane?

In the aftermath of the recent Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam, in which nine people died but others walked away with little more than a few bruises, many are asking which is the safest place to sit in a plane. The topic is currently a popular one among the Dutch media. I don’t believe that […]

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The best seat on the plane

I was once assigned a seat in the middle of a row of five on a Boeing 777 on what turned out to be my longest flight ever: strong head winds extended the flight time of the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam to 14 hours 15 minutes!! I can’t remember ever feeling so elated […]

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