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Do I Need Shots to Visit Africa?

January 1st, 2010
One of the more unpleasant aspects of international travel is making sure you are vaccinated against diseases that might be present where you are traveling. Of course, as unpleasant as it is to your arms stuck full of holes, it is a thousand times worse to get seriously ill overseas. Also, some countries won't let you get a visa if you don't have the appropriate vaccinations. For example, yellow fever vaccinations are often required for travelers visiting countries where the disease, which causes flu-like symptoms and sometimes fatal liver damage, is present. This guide will show you what shots you need to get a visa for each country in Africa. However, please talk to your doctor before your trip in case there are vaccinations that aren't required but that you should get anyway. V


Do You Need a Moldovan Visa?

November 22nd, 2009
Moldova borders on Ukraine and Romania. Although it is a beautiful country, it is primarily known for its wine. Moldavia has too many vineyards to name-360,000 acres worth, according to Wikipedia. For centuries, winemaking has been one of the primary occupations of Moldavian citizens, and many families still make wine based on ancient family recipes, using their own strains of grapes. One of the main tourist activities in Moldova is going on winery tours.  You get an "up close and personal" glimpse of the wine-making process, and of course, you get a chance to sample the goods. Leif Patterson visited several wineries in Moldova and wrote a report on his blog, Killing Batteries. Here's what he had to say about the trip: "It’s a wine-drinkers once-in-a-lifetime experience, borde


Getting Visas To Go Backpacking In South America

October 12th, 2009
Europe has long been a favorite destination for backpackers, but what if  you'd like to get off the beaten path? Adventurous backpackers might want to consider backpacking in South America. For example, STA Travel is chronicling the journeys of Melanie, a 24-year -old from B0ston who plans to spend four months traveling through 6 different countries.  The first of series, this article discusses the basics of planning for a South American backpacking trip. This article, from the Aquinian, describes a student's  journey through Uruguay, Boliva, and Peru.  It is a great description of the ups and downs of life on the road in South America. There's so much to see...rainforests, mountains, beaches, and towering ancient cities like Macchu Picchu are just a start. However, before


Schengen Countries: Do You Need a Travel Visa?

October 8th, 2009
The Schengen Agreement is an agreement between 24  countries in Europe. It is designed to encourage travel between member countries by eliminating border checkpoints between them.  This means that if you enter one Schengen country, you have up to 90 days of continuous travel in all Schengen countries. The 24 Schengen countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. What does this mean to you? Well, if you are an American citizen traveling to any of these countries for business or tourism and you plan on staying less than 90 days, you don't need a travel visa at all-just


Why You Should Apply for An Express Visa: What Happens If You Try To Travel Without One

September 7th, 2009
Picture this: you've planning a trip to another country for months. You have your hotel booked, your itinerary planned out, and your passport. You're completely ready to go-or are you? Did you remember to check and see if you needed a visa? What happens if you don't have the necessary visas when it's time to leave? If you need a visa and you don't have one, your wisest course of action would be to apply for an express visa to make sure that you have it in hand before your plane leaves. If you try to leave without the visa, a couple of things could happen: You may be able to apply for a visa when you arrive in the foreign country. However, only certain countries will allow this option. Many will not. Plus, who wants to spend time filling out visa applications after a long interna


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