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As a Westerner, your trip to Asia will be filled with exciting new experiences as well as a few challenges. The time difference, new foods, and complex itineraries can throw even the most experienced traveler for a loop. Perhaps the biggest challenge of all, however, will be the different customs and traditions you’ll encounter along the way. Navigating them successfully…

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As the spiritual home of healing, Asia is an ideal choice for a detox holiday to cleanse your body, clear your mind and improve your overall well-being. To help you along the way and ensure you get the very best out of your healing escape, Health and Fitness Travel, the UK’s leading specialist in healthy holidays worldwide, handpicked some of…

When you travel to a new place, you usually have some concern over making sure you adhere to local customs and etiquette practices (assuming you have some level of self-awareness). What’s the proper greeting? How do I cross my legs without offending someone? Is my go-to hand gesture considered obscene? Smart travelers pay attention to travel etiquette, and we’re here…

We love to travel, but we hate to fly. It seems like I’m having more and more conversations with people who detest the process of getting on a plane. And that – dealing with the inconvenience of flying – was a major theme this week in the travel media. There’s science behind people’s trepidation. A new study by Air Plus…

Experiencing cultural differences and learning about the way people live in other countries is one of the great allures of international travel. But it can also be intimidating trying to navigate another culture without offending the locals. And one custom that changes from country to country and that can seem perplexing is tipping; what’s the proper amount to tip someone…

As much as we all love traveling and exploring the globe, sometimes it doesn’t always go quite as smoothly as we’d like. And these past few days have given us some prime examples of the fun and excitement being robbed from a trip abroad. Most notable was the San Francisco to Shanghai flight that was, well, shanghaied. The supposedly 13-hour…

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chikungunya fever continues to be active in Asia and the Indian Ocean region: In 2009, the Ministry of Health in Malaysia reported over 4,430 cases of chikungunya fever. No deaths were reported. The most affected areas were the northern provinces of Sarawak Kedah, followed by Kelantan, Selangor, and Perak. Chikungunya fever activity has…

Though it may be far from many travelers’ minds, rabies poses a lethal threat in most parts of the world.  Today’s travel bulletin addressed the 100th rabies related death in Indonesia.  Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on a fatal case of rabies acquired by a Virginia man in India in 2009. Rabies is rare in…

We’ve linked tolerance with health in the past. Now the unexpected outburst of ethnic violence in the Kyrgyz Republic is a vivid reminder of how tenuous the grip we humans have on tolerance, dignity, survival and health. With the Kyrgyz atrocities as a backdrop, the U.S. State Department yesterday released its annual report on human trafficking around the world, highlighting…

Good news for travelers throughout Asia.  There is a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis that significantly reduces typical side effects. We all know that mosquitoes transmit some very serious viruses to humans. In addition to malaria and dengue fever, another mosquito-driven disease is Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) JEV is endemic in parts of…

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