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If you are planning your next international trip, it will likely be a 2012 event. In anticipation, National Geographic Traveler magazine has tapped twenty destinations as Best of the World 2012. There’s something for everyone, and they all hold promise for improving mind, body and spirit for those who make the trip. You can visit the picture gallery online to…

If encountering KFC signs abroad makes you wonder why you booked the trip, you’re ready to join the vanguard of the culinary tourism movement. Discovering local foods has always been a cool travel experience, but now the public’s enthusiasm for organic and “slow” food is putting gustatory experiences at the top of many itineraries. According to the International Culinary Tourism…

My eyes were opened to the threat posed by multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) when I read about Dr. Paul Farmer’s evangelical efforts to raise the world’s consciousness in Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains.  Years later I’ve learned the threat continues to grow. The World Health Organization works very closely with Farmer’s Partners In Health organization to monitor and combat…

The heaviest rains to hit Peru in the past fifteen years have caused mudslides with serious consequences today -- 4 people have been killed and 2,000 tourists have been stranded in and around Machu Picchu. Reports from our contacts at Pardo Medical Center based in Cusco, Peru indicate that the heavy rain is not letting up and that is causing…

Worldwide, 46% of all highway fatalities are "vulnerable road users"-pedestrians, cyclists and people on two-wheeled motor vehicles, according to the recent WHO report on road safety.  But we've run some numbers and found that in Peru, for instance, pedestrians alone account for 78% of all highway deaths. In the U.S. and India that figure is 12%. Travelers typically explore their…

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