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World TB Day – #TBsmart

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day. It commemorates the day Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium causing tuberculosis (TB). The Centers for Disease Control reports, “Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. One-third of the world’s population is infected with TB. In 2015, 10.4 million people around [...]

By | 2017-02-24T19:56:49+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on World TB Day – #TBsmart

All aboard – A comprehensive guide to traveling with disabilities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL7T9lb2eu4 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates accessibility and equal treatment for disabled travelers.  It’s the law in the USA.  A lawsuit recently settled which brings the importance of compliance to the forefront.  The U.S. Department of Justice charged Greyhound Lines with failing to comply with the ADA.  They claimed Greyhound did not [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:46+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Spring break in Mexico?

Mexico is an exotic enticement with roundtrip airfare starting at $200 and all-inclusive resorts tempting travelers with photos of turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches, palm trees, and sunsets.  “Cerveza, por favor!” At first glance, it appears to be the dream vacation for spring break, especially for people with a bad case of the winter blues. [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:46+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Love and Valentine’s Day around the world

Valentine’s Day originated in Rome, Italy and has become a multi-billion industry in many nations.  Today, it is a globalized holiday celebrated all over the world with many different customs and on different days in some cultures. Here are some unique cultural traditions centered around ‘LOVE’ to consider if you are looking forward to romancing [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:47+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Mardi Gras traditions around the world

Many Americans take the opportunity to travel for Mardi Gras.  The New Orleans Mardi Gras is the most famous festival.  In 2017, it falls on February 28.  Mardi Gras occurs after the holiday season when late-winter doldrums really set in. The timing is spectacular.  Countries all around the world gear up for their versions of [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:47+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Featured|1 Comment

How to celebrate Groundhog Day

Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day get a lot of credit for travel holidays, but save a spot on your itinerary for Groundhog Day. This quirky holiday has surprising origins, old traditions, delightful surprises and plenty of reasons to travel. Ever wonder about Groundhog Day? Where did it come from? How is it celebrated? Or, if [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:47+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Top 5 world’s deadliest beasts

Name a dangerous animal.  What came to your mind?  It’s probably the old “Wizard of Oz” refrain: “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” The Telegraph published an article about the most deadly animals in the world with regard to how many people they kill every year.  It’s a motley list with a wide margin [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Rock valentine’s day with these amazing getaways

Did you know the name Valentine was such a popular moniker throughout history that many people carried it? Or, that the Catholic church stopped venerating St. Valentine in 1969? The name Valentine means “strong, vigorous and healthy.”  A man named Valentinus was martyred near Rome in the 3rd century. One historical account of St. Valentine [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Ultimate guide to celebrating the Chinese New Year

The days between January 27, 2017 and February 11, 2017 are a magical time to visit China trenched in centuries of rich traditions and culture. The Chinese New Year, now known as the Spring Festival, is an ancient lunar holiday dating back to the Shang Dynasty that can last up to fifteen days. Today, it [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Quick Guide: boosting your mental health while abroad

Let’s face it - traveling is stressful!  It opens up a whole spectrum of new experiences.  Some induce anxiety, others cause eating and sleeping disorders.  Some may even lead to risky behaviors with alcohol or drugs. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns, “Overall, mental health issues are among the leading causes of ill health among [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments