Travel Free 4 You …

My name is Geoff Venning here in Christchurch beautiful New Zealand and I would like to share with you a tour which I am personally going to experience in August.

My daughter lives in London and works at Kings College University so I thought it time to visit and look around England, Wales, Scotland and including Ireland. We have a niece in Northern Cyprus so on 3rd October we fly to Istanbul then onto Cyprus for 10 days. I thought I would share my coach tour details with you as I did spend sometime researching different options like whether to self-drive or not. The tour I have selected below I believe overall provides the best value for money.

It includes a treasure trove of historic sights, rolling countryside and cultural jewels to explore on this fascinating tour. Breathe in fresh air as we explore the best that Britain and Ireland have to offer, from Roman ruins and stunning Cornish coastlines to Shakespeare’s birthplace. Sights include dazzling London and mystic Stonehenge in addition to the charming streets of Edinburgh and the ancient Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

 “Insider” Experiences also provide for …

  • Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop
  • Local Guide in Londonderry/Derry, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Be My Guest Visit one of the most beautiful privately-owned castles in Scotland and meet the family whose ancestors have resided in it since the 16th century. After a tour around the castle with your hosts, enjoy a specially prepared buffet lunch
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint pulling demonstration
  • Unique Insight Visit the fascinating ‘Another Place’ by British artist Anthony Gormley at Crosby Beach near Liverpool
  • Unique Insight Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times
  • Local Expert Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director

Travel Highlights include …

  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms/private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats/on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map

Tips for keeping your Passport safe:

  1. Always keep your Passport in a secure place
  2. Don’t carry your Passport in your pocket
  3. Have an additional means of identification on you
  4. Never ever hand your Passport over as a guarantee
  5. Don’t ever leave your Passport in your vehicle
  6. Make a note of your Passport number and take a photocopy of your personal details page, keep this separately from the Passport

So, I have my new e-Passport (contains an integrated circuit chip) new suitcase, I have had a flu jab, booked flights with window seats … always fun when flying over new destinations. Nearer the time I will go online to register all my travel plans with our Ministry of Foreign Affairs (safety precaution only) I have had 2 heart procedures so any practical medical insurance cover is out of the question unfortunately!

As a Tour guide for many years I can truly recommend a World-Class International Travel Company for all your travel experiences.  www.travelfree4you.com 

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So … Are You Passionate About All Things Travel?  Would You Like To Travel?

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 Email: geoff@realnewzealandtours.co.nz    Phone: 64 -27- 234- 3141

 Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

Travel Safely with a NinjaStik

Don’t leave home witho…. Wait – I think that line is trademarked.

You could be preparing for a trip to the mountains of Nepal, a quick business trip, a resort with sandy beaches, or just a road trip across the country.

In any situation, travel security is important, locking up your valuables, not wearing a fanny pack with all of your stuff in it, have back-up copies of your documents, etc.

What about your data and financial security?

There are serious risks to your data when traveling but the NinjaStik has you covered.

Here are a few scenarios that you may find yourself in while traveling and how the NinjaStik can protect you.

1) Using an unknown or public computer.

You are traveling, you need to get to a computer.  You decide to use a hotel computer, a business center computer, borrow a computer, or use an internet kiosk.  Any computer can easily be setup to record your activity – it takes only seconds to compromise a public computer like those in a hotel business centre.  A compromised or infected computer can record everything you type and look at.   This includes websites you visit, logins, passwords, credit card numbers and pin numbers. Using an unknown computer can give someone complete access to your financial data, your money and your identity.

You just wanted to check your credit card balance, and now someone has cleaned out your credit card and your bank account. All because you used an unknown computer.

If you have a NinjaStik, you are protected from malicious software because you are booting from the NinjaStik – bypassing any software that is already on the computer. All of your data is saved to the NinjaStik, encrypted and secure. There is no trace of your activity on the computer you used – nothing at all.

2) Using an unknown wifi connection.

You have your own computer, so unlike the first scenario, you don’t have to worry that the computer is infected or compromised.  Now you only need to get connected to the internet.  A common hacker tactic is to setup a free wifi signal in a busy tourist area.  Unsuspecting travelers will see the free wifi connection and use it to access the internet.  As soon as you connect, your computer and your data are accessible to the people running the wifi connection.  They could potentially install viruses, malware, keyloggers and other software to steal your data or identity information.

Any data sent through this connection could also be compromised. Most banks, many websites and some email use HTTPS, a secure form of communication, but it is still a risk. When in doubt, don’t use free wifi unless you know the provider or you have a NinjaStik.

Again, a quick check of your credit card balance could leave you with nothing in minutes.

The NinjaStik protects you by using a secure, encrypted connection for all data. With a NinjaStik you can use any open wifi connection securely and safely. Because the communication is encrypted and anonymized, hackers are unable to read your data.

3) Undemocratic, Oppressive countries and regimes / Untrusted Internet Service Providers

Another consideration is the law of the country you are traveling in. Internet privacy and freedom is not always a right. In some countries your internet activity is actively monitored by government agencies. Your internet usage could be monitored and used against you. In the case of business travelers, your company activities could be monitored and valuable data stolen. Corporate espionage is a real and serious threat. This concern applies to all internet connectivity in some countries, where by law all internet communication is monitored, even if you are using the wifi of a major corporation, airport or hotel chain.

A business trip to build new opportunities could result in loss of confidential data, loss of business and unnecessary risk in general.

The NinjaStik protects you in this scenario in the same way as it does for untrusted wifi connections – all communication is fully encrypted, anonymized and protected from intrusion. The NinjaStik uses the TOR network to route all data, which means the systems trying to monitor your activity are unable to even see your data, much less monitor it.

4) Hostile Authorities / Border Guards

In a similar situation to hostile countries and ISPs are other authorities including border guards and police. If you are in a country that does not have personal and privacy rights, your computer can be inspected and/or confiscated.

The NinjaStik uses 256bit encryption for all data saved to the usb drive. 256 bit encryption is so strong that there is no known method of cracking it – not by anyone – governments, police, border guards etc. If anyone takes your NinjaStik and plugs it into a computer it will appear to be an ordinary, empty, unused flash drive. The NinjaStik doesn’t even have a logo or name printed on it – it just looks like a regular USB flash drive.

5) Theft of physical data – if someone steals your computer or regular usb drive.

Last but not least is theft. Most frequent travelers have been victimized by theft at some point or another. You may have had a cell phone, camera, money or other possessions stolen. If someone steals your computer, they can gain access to all of the data saved. Even if you have your computer password protected, it can be accessed quite easily. This includes personal data, email accounts, financial data including saved passwords etc.

A stolen laptop in the wrong hands could lead to a financial loss you may never recover.

This is another situation where the NinjaStik has you covered – if someone steals your NinjaStik, you will certainly be unhappy, your data is gone. The good news is that no one will be able to read or use the data. All data saved to the NinjaStik is protected with 256 bit encryption. So, yes, losing your NinjaStik is not fun, but there is a great deal of peace of mind knowing that the data is never going to get into the wrong hands.

Travelers and Outdoor Safety

Enjoying the outdoors and outdoor excursions are a core part of many travelers’ vacations. Unfortunately, the outdoor pursuits that travelers can participate in are not devoid of safety hazards. Violent crime, extreme heat or cold, avalanches, water currents, contaminated provisions or water, and dangerous or poisonous animals are only some of the hazards that vacationers may be unfamiliar with or unprepared for. Whether the event all of you are considering involves hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling, backcountry skiing, or something still more unusual, these six safety recommendations exist for you.

For more education on outdoor safety, visit the Outdoor Safety Institute’s website.

 Organize the Outing

Without spoiling the unique nature of outdoor adventures, it is possible to provide them with some organization that significantly improves safety. Most outdoor activities and areas feature unique risks that visitors are not going to foresee. Definitely research your planned undertaking online and/or in a guidebook as well as talking with knowledgeable locals. You really do not need to plan every element of your excursion, just put together a simple overview. Most importantly, make sure your selected adventure matches your outdoor skills, competence level, and health and fitness.

 Never Go Alone

Even if you are travelling alone, find some other people to join in your outdoor activities. You never know in advance what variety of unexpected accident may take place in the wilderness and at least one other person is always the best emergency resource you can have on your adventure. In addition to helping in the event of an accident or injury, small groups usually are less exposed to theft or attack when compared to outdoorspeople travelling alone.

 Tell Others

Alert at a minimum one trustworthy individual know where you are going. You do not need to put together a full schedule covering every single second you will be outside. Simply give your friend or family member a simple plan and when you will be back to a location where you can easily be in touch. Contemplate scanning or taking a digital photograph of a map with your route drawn onto it and then emailing it to dependable family members or friends. Sending this map out will instantly allow one of your contacts to send the map to nearby rescue groups if you are overdue. Once complete your outing just be certain to email or call each of your contacts before they alert authorities that they haven’t heard from you!

 Carry the Right Gear

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Equip yourself according to the intended landscape and environment for your trip. Make certain that you have the recommended equipment and clothing to take care of the activity and itinerary you have chosen and the expected weather conditions. Spare drinking water (or perhaps even water purification tablets) and food, a flashlight (or, even better, a small headlamp), and spare clothes are items each and every group should have. A map, compass, fire-starting tools (lighter, matches, and a candle), as well as a compact 1st aid kit can easily be critical, yet come with some responsibility when it comes to understanding how you can use them. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat are modern day fundamentals that could be required depending upon conditions. Additionally, a pocketknife (especially a Leatherman or Swiss Army type multi-tool) can be crucial.

 Cell Phones Can Save Lives

In quite a few nations around the world with good mobile coverage area, outdoor travelers are increasingly reliant on cellular phones to call crisis assistance. This has the potential to function well; nonetheless, too many wild places do not have strong network coverage. If you cannot obtain a useable cell signal it is helpful to understand that texting can work even at times when calls do not. For genuinely isolated areas a reasonably priced Fast Find locator beacon or a satellite telephone (very expensive) are the best options for obtaining emergency assistance.

 Be Extra Careful Near Water

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Drowning is known to be one of the leading causes of accidental loss of life world-wide, especially for youth. Everybody is advised to use a life jacket (PFD) during any boating activities. Only strong swimmers ought to venture into the water in areas lacking a lifeguard and, ideally, someone should always observe all those in the water, especially children. Give consideration to using the buddy system when on or in the water and certainly never mix swimming or use of small boats with drinking alcohol.

Always do your homework and find out about the areas and outdoor activities you are participating in. This article includes only a few key safety pointers, there are absolutely more dangers that aren’t mentioned here.