Treasure Hunting 101

Pirate’s Booty. Doesn’t get better than that.

If gems are what you’re after, try Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Yes, we said Arkansas. Last year alone, over 900 diamonds were found, some of which were whoopers and not just your typical one carat or less. In 1975, a 16.37-carat rock was found. Bling went the strings of my heart.

Do you prefer emeralds, aquamarines, garnets, rubies, amethysts, and sapphires? They can be found in North Carolina at Gem Mountain.
How about Gold? California Gold Company takes tourists to Woods Creek, reputed to be one of the richest creeks in California. Another destination is Oak Island in Nova Scotia.

Thar's gold in those hills.

Safe Vacation Destinations

According to the latest analyzed data from U.S. State Department and the United Nations, the safest countries can be identified. Some of the obvious choices are New Zealand, neutral Switzerland, famously clean Singapore, the Scandinavian countries and countless small island nations

Some of our findings are startling. The Emerald Isle is least violent country in Europe. In fact, according to the latest Mercer rankings, Dublin is less dangerous than major cities in Japan, Australia or Canada.

Cyprus is another destination earning a surprisingly safe ranking. The high per capita income of Cyprus doesn‘t hurt. When trouble mounts in the Middle East, people are often evacuated out through Cyprus because it's the safest destination.

Going from most dangerous to least, the U.S. is the least safe of the Western nations, at No. 24 in per capita murder, well head of France (40th), Britain (46th), Germany (49th) and Japan (60th).

Safety First Travel Insurance’s lead carrier, HTH Worldwide, has a travel advisory department available to give travelers advice and security updates for your traveling safety.

Ticket Mixups

Always check your verification e-mail immediately upon receipt. You can correct your ticket if a mistake is caught early enough, otherwise mistakes can cost extra time and money.

First, the facts. Passengers are not turned away at the gate because of a typo on their tickets. Airline systems sometimes have limits that abbreviate names or lack non-English characters. Last names and first names are frequently reversed. Ticket agents know this. Itinerary problems are another story.

Once again, it always pays to catch mistakes early.

World Headed For a Smash-Up

According to the World Health Organization, 85 percent of countries lack adequate laws to protect travelers against problems related to traffic deaths and injuries. Traffic accidents are the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, surpassing AIDS and TB. The laws just don’t exist. We say, that translates to only one thing: you better be well insured. Safety First Travel Insurance comes to the rescue from the minute you’re in the ambulance.

Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general, announced in New York. “Even when the legislation is adequate, the problem we have is enforcement.”

The 287-page report surveyed 178 countries, representing 98 percent of the world’s population. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders make up almost half of the deaths.

Safety First Travel Insurance’s travel policies have excellent coverage for traffic mishaps, and we highly recommend this coverage.

TRAVEL BOOKS ARE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE

TravelBooksOnline.com offers ove 200 titles of recommende travel reading. Check them out.

AFRICA - 29 Travel Books

1/ In The Heart Of Africa By Sir Samuel W. Baker
2/ Ismailia - A Narrative Of The Expedition To Central Africa By Sir Samuel W. Baker
3/ The Nile Tributaries Of Abyssinia And The Sword Hunters Of The Hamran Arabs By Sir Samuel W. Baker
4/ First Footsteps In East Africa; Or, An Exploration Of Harar. By Richard F. Burton
5/ Letters From The Cape By Lady Duff Gordon
6/ An Account Of Egypt By Herodotus
7/ The Spell of Egypt by Robert Hichens
8/ Missionary Travels And Researches In South Africa By David Livingstone
9/ A Popular Account Of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition To The Zambesi By David Livingston
10/ A Voyage to Abyssinia by Father Jerome Lobo
11/ Egypt (La Mort De Philae) by Pierre Loti
12/ The Man-Eaters Of Tsavo And Other East African Adventures By Lieut Col. J. H. Patterson, D.S.O.
13/ The Discovery of The Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke
14/ How I Found Livingstone Travels, Adventures And Discoveries In Central Africa Including Four Months Residence With Dr. Livingstone By Sir Henry M. Stanley

Elder and Youth Hostels are for Everyone

Do you think they're only in Paris or London? Think again. We've found elder hostels across the travel spectrum.

Consider staying in the senior, student accommodation during your next vacation. Youth hostels are generally clean, have good facilities and cheaper than staying in a hotel.

What is a hostel ?
The hostel offers short-term accommodation for travelers. You can rent a bed in a dormitory -style atmosphere or in a small room with two or three people. Or you can rent a room for yourself and the people you're traveling with . The rooms are usually basic, and you will often share a bathroom with a few people in your hallway. Some of the new hostels have rooms with private bathrooms .