International Travel Tips For a New World

The Internet isn’t the only thing that has changed how you plan your international travel today. The events of 9/11/2001 and subsequent airline security measures have complicated things, but as long as you plan ahead, know what you’re doing and pay attention to rules and regulations, international travel can be as safe and secure as ever.Among the most important things for Americans to remember about international travel are (1) you are not in the U.S. anymore, and (2) you need to respect local cultures and laws. The “ugly American” of 1950s paperback novels was something of a cultural imperialist, never showing any interest in other lands or cultures. The main way to ingratiate yourself with your hosts in a foreign country is to be sincerely grateful for their help, and respectful of their laws, religious beliefs and customs.Low-tech considerationsInternational travel, for the inexperienced, should always be coordinated through a reputable travel agency, friend or relative with solid experience in various parts of the world, particularly the ones you are headed for. You should also do your “homework” before leaving home, so that you are aware of possible difficulties with language, local politics, religion and the state of the destination country’s water and food supply.In addition, of course, you will need to make sure your passport, identification, travelers checks, tickets, etc., are all in order and easily accessible to you during your travels. Don’t pack these essential documents in a suitcase that can get lost while transferring at London’s Heathrow Airport.High-tech guidelinesYou can usually take your laptop through airport security as long as you can turn it on when asked. Make sure your battery is charged before heading out, or have the AC adapter handy, because showing the security officers that it works is essential. Your phones, PDA’s, DVD players and other electro-geegaws are usually safe on your person or in your carry-on, but check with the airlines to be certain.Another high-tech device that may be a lifesaver is the new kind of pocket translator that actually speaks common phrases in a number of languages. Ten-language devices that have every tongue from French and Italian to Russian and Chinese will help you in every part of the world, and if you don’t have language skills yourself, these can prove indispensable.Planning is always keySecurity is the topic on everyone’s mind while traveling the world today, of course. The best way to stay safe is to plan your trip with as many details, and on as tight a timetable, as you can. Make sure to check in with family at home at set intervals, and check in with the travelers’ aid offices and the U.S. embassies when you have any problems in a foreign country.When you plan properly and get professionals’ assistance, all the difficulties in international travel fade into the distance and you are able to enjoy the trip without worrying about flights, reservations, currency exchange, language barriers or cultural clashes. You will have no nasty surprises if you get the right help in planning your trip, and international travel can remain the educational pleasure that it really is.

Establishing the Importance of Education

Education is just one of the priceless possessions one can have. However, as the world age and the technologies advance, this value slowly depreciates. Today, people say that education is no longer important so long as you have the skills, you know how to use it, and you know how to improve it. The importance of education is redefined and disregarded. People should think again before deciding to go with the flow of this spoiled modernization.That is a challenge to those who have totally shut their understanding to the importance of education. Now, let us discuss and re-establish the importance of education.Education is a National Treasure. The future of a country, its growth and development, and its successful relationship with other countries, relies on the minds of its future.• Now, imagine an uneducated leader ruling one, or the people of its administration. How can they carry on a country’s heritage, or even govern the country? Can we say then, as long as you have the skill to govern and know how to use and improve it, you can effectively become a president? You don’t learn the ethics, principles, governance, politics, etc., by just reading resources from the internet; education is the only way to realize a potential leader.• What about the Nation’s economy? Can you simply count 1 to 10 and boost it? You will need to learn problem solving to make a progress.• How can you turn unemployment into more job opportunities for people? You will need to develop businessmen, economists, industry leaders, and innovators to overcome unemployment, and much more, poverty.• How can a Nation realize peace, justice, and equality? If there is no rule, no law, no ordinance, then imagine complete chaos and total disaster. You can’t just impose a rule or a law on someone and make him follow.• How can a Nation protect its resources and environment? Imagine a derelict jungle, that’s a nation without leaders to protect its resources and environment. Survival of the fittest does not work in real human life, everything and everyone needs to be regulated.• How about discovering a cure for cancer? Can we say that it flows naturally from within and you can simply create one in the kitchen? Or to discover a disease and its cure can be easily diagnosed by just looking at a person who’s been affected? Again, you don’t learn that aside from being educated.Education is an investment. This is a regularly unrecognized fact about the importance of education.• You build and secure your own future through education.• A person who gets the privilege of an education is free to choose his career and professional path. Where do uneducated ones go? They scavenge job listings, compete with a more suitable applicant, go find other jobs, compete again, so on and so forth. They do not have much option but accept whatever is available.• A stable job. A person who invests in education will be secured to land a stable job. Companies and firms prefer people who are knowledgeable rather than those who just completely rely in instincts.• Financial security. Stable job means stable income, opportunities of pay raise, and retirement pay.With those importance of education discussed and stated above, who will dare to say skills are just enough?