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Traveling should be fun and enjoyable but too often, situations arise and put a damper on your trip. This article will give you five of the top travel issues that you can avoid altogether with careful planning and advanced preparation. Planning carefully and preparing in advance are the key factors in traveling without the stress or the hassle. There may be some things you have no control of but that doesn’t mean they are not going to happen. In fact, most of the things that do happen when people travel can be actually be prevented. Some, however, you just have to make the best effort to avoid.

5 Top Travel Issues and How to Avoid Them

  1. Flight Delays and Cancellations

Flight delays and cancellations are hardly preventable since these occur primarily because of the aircraft’s mechanical issues or weather conditions. You can, however, minimize a delay or cancellation by choosing direct flights instead of those with stopovers to get to a destination. You won’t miss a connecting flight if the layover between your flights is longer even if there are delays. Check in with your airline if you are bumped off your flight as a result of overbooking. Airlines typically compensate with their passengers when such incidents happen by giving them lodging and/or food compensation. If, however, the flight was cancelled as a result of a mechanical or weather issue, you don’t receive any compensation. Keep updated with your flight schedules to avoid this.

  1. Jet Lag

While the jet lag experienced by frequent international travelers is truly dreadful, you can do some things which would lessen your jet lag’s extent. When you book your flight, for instance, ensure that you have time for sufficient sleep by moving around during the flight. Set your watch to the time zone of the place where you will land.  Give your body a time to adjust before leaving for your destination. Move bedtime up by 30 minutes every night if you are heading east and move it back by the same number of minutes if you are traveling west. Do this a week before your actual departure to give yourself sufficient time in adjusting to different time zones.

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Jet Lag – Top Travel Issues

  1. Scams and Crimes

Travelers can avoid both scams and crimes by being alert and vigilant in foreign environments. Remember that where travelers congregate, scammers will soon follow. Be especially wary of those pretending to be police offers and accosting you for bogus violations. Scammers presume most travelers are not aware of how police uniforms of other countries look like. If scammers coerce you to part with your money, criminal force you to give up your cash. Pick pockets and muggers are common encounters which you can avoid by not looking like you are ripe for being victimized. Never look like you are lost. That is easy to do when you have a camera dangling from your neck and looking up from a foreign language dictionary or trying to figure out a big map.

Unless you know people in the country you are traveling to – like former classmates, relatives, friends, etc. — go to your consulate or embassy and ask for advice on what areas to avoid. If you are fortunate to know locals you can trust, ask their advice on safe attractions, restaurants, and other sites which you may want to visit. You can also ask to accompany you.

  1. Lost Items

The worst travel issue is loss or theft of items such as wallets and passports. For seniors, the loss or breakage of contact lenses or eyeglasses and/or hearing aids is, undoubtedly, frustrating since their visual and auditory functions will definitely hamper their enjoyment of the trip. What you can do is make several copies of all the important documents that you will need while traveling prior to your departure. Copy account numbers, telephone numbers, expiration dates, etc. on index cards and tuck them away in an envelope where your passport should also be once you have arrived at your hotel or lodging. This envelope should be placed in a secure place where it can be readily retrieved when needed. Always carry copies of important documents with you when you go out of your hotel or lodging.

Emailing those copies to your own email address guarantees that you can retrieve them online should there be a need for them and all other options have been ineffective. Avoid cash shortage and leave some with the concierge and/or security of the hotel’s vault. Don’t keep all of your money in just one place. Leave half in your bag and half with you.

Wear clothing with several pockets if possible and distribute your money in them. If, by misfortune, you encounter a slick pickpocket or a fast snatcher, you won’t lose all your money since it is in several places. Write down the serial numbers of your traveler’s checks, their dates of issuance, and the issuing agency’s location for faster facilitation of their replacements.

Always bring a spare pair of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when traveling. Most people hardly ever give consideration for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when going on a trip, yet either lost or damaged can bring your sightseeing to a grinding halt and ruin your travel. Keep a copy of your prescription with you at all times. Additionally, keep another copy online.

Have the phone number of your eye doctor in case you will need a recent prescription to buy a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are great deals on eyeglasses in some countries that have lower costs of living such as Thailand where you can get frames for your eyeglasses at cheaper prices. Or you can get prescription sunglasses to use as backup.

Have a lens cloth and tiny screwdriver in a case to do basic repairs – tightening screws, for instance – on your eyeglasses if they tend to get loose; when this happens, it is likely that your eyeglasses can just become unscrewed and get broken or damaged. For users of contact lenses, bring a spare pair in an unopened case.

  1. Illness

Getting sick while on a trip is not unheard of. If your trip is overseas, ensure that you have been vaccinated. Aside from a first aid kit, keep common medications in one container that can be easily accessed. These medications include those for motion sickness, diarrhea, indigestion, cold and flu, fever, cough, stomach upset, etc. If you use syringes or needles for insulin injections, keep your medical certificate with — from your doctor — indicating these are for your medical use.

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Travel Insurance

Why Get Travel Insurance?

The reason for having travel insurance with medical coverage cannot be emphasized enough. These top five issues may all be covered with a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Having such cover will give you peace of mind and security in cases of theft, loss, and flight delays and cancellations as well as immediate medical treatment in case of serious illness, injury or accident. Some people may tell you that having travel insurance is not necessary. On the contrary, travel insurance ensures security for so many things involved in the course of your travel including, but not limited to, repatriation in case war breaks out in the country you are in, theft or loss of your personal items, and medical attention for an injury or accident, among other circumstances.

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Do You Need Travel Insurance When Traveling to Canada from the US or Europe?

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and traveling to The Great White North is one of the more memorable experiences you can have. This article tells you what kind of travel insurance and why you need it so you can enjoy your Canadian trip safely and with peace of mind. If you have been consistently traveling, you know it’s important to have travel insurance, a practical and necessary way to ensure that you are prepared in any case of eventualities. Travel insurance is no longer a luxury. From flight changes to family surgery, injury, illness or death in the family, travel insurance is mandatory for a majority of working holidays and Canadian border authority may be inclined to check if you have sufficient cover. You may want to ski or snowboard in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, for instance, which will require you coverage for any possible injuries which may occur while engaged in those activities. Travel insurance for Canada means a plethora of rates, providers, options, add-ons, and other variables that you should know about to make an informed decision.

Choose a Local Insurer

Take note that insurance is compulsory requirement prior to the issuance of an International Experience Canada (IEC) visa. You will be asked to provide insurance details if you arrive in Canada and should you not be able to comply, you may not be issued the visa. Insurance coverage must be valid for your stay’s duration, cover not only hospitalization and medical care but repatriation as well. Additionally, each entry into Canada must be covered and its details made available for any port of entry officer for his or her review. Choosing a local insurer has numerous benefits such as having comprehensive coverage to include routine medical check-up and/or exam and maternity benefits. It is also less difficult when you make claims – and receiving money – with a local insurer.

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You DON’T Save Money without Travel Insurance

You don’t need to buy additional coverage for sports and any type of injuries sustained at work. Getting your local insurer also means you get direct billing and avoid dealing with an overseas insurance company which could be costly in terms of phone bills. The Canadian Health Care System doesn’t cover holders of IEC visas, that is why travel/medical insurance is recommended for them. If you think that not getting travel insurance when traveling to Canada will save you money, it won’t. First, you will be denied entry into the country. Second, without travel insurance, you are vulnerable to all kinds of risks, not the least of which is an emergency of a medical nature. Medical costs can run up to several thousands in Canada for simple tests or doctor’s visits.

What You Need to Know for Coverage Extensions

Your Port of Entry or POE Letter of Introduction entitles you to obtain your work permit when you arrive in Canada and only then will you know how long you can stay. The length of your stay is dependent on your nationality; it could be a year or two years. It is essential for you to have coverage for your visa’s full duration because any immigration officer may:

  • Ask you to show proof of your insurance cover policy and question you regarding its details.
  • Limit the duration of the work permit you were issued to match your policy’s duration if this is validated for a shorter period of time.

Although some insurers will allow a policy extension, there will be some that won’t. In case your chosen insurer allows an extension, however, you still need to exit from Canada on a temporary basis as a requirement for that extension. If you plan on staying longer in Canada, ensure that you and your chosen insurer both have a clear understanding of what an extension will entail.

Insurance Coverage for Winter Sports

Most of the standard policies exclude coverage of winter sports like snowboarding or skiing but you have the option to add such coverage. Ensure that you are well informed on the extent of the coverage for the winter sports you engage in while you are in the country since these have a potential for injuries and surgery, especially for beginners. Your travel insurance policy should have medical coverage as part of it or as an add-on. Be aware of whether or not it covers pre-existing medical conditions and non-emergency conditions. You also have to know the up font costs of what your insurer will pay and the costs which you have to pay for in order to obtain reimbursement and how long it will take to get reimbursed.

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Travel Insurance

One thing we all have to buy before leaving on our long-term travels is travel insurance – traveling the world without an insurance is really not worth it in case something serious happens. But the travel insurance industry is like a jungle, it’s really difficult to know which one to choose and what they normally should cover. When comparing different travel insurance companies you will see that they often look very similar on the outside but actually differ quite a lot when it comes down to the details. If you’re not sure exactly how long you will be away, make sure that the travel insurance company allows you to update and extend your travel insurance, it’s also a great bonus if they can pay you back the difference in case you go home early.

When comparing travel insurance companies, make sure that they cover:

Lost, Stolen and Damaged Items

Lost passport and travel documents, as well as your belongings like jewelry, clothes and electronics should be covered. However, there are many circumstances when the travel insurance won’t cover you. To sum it up, they will cover your belongings if it was stolen from you despite being locked up in safety box or concealed storage compartment, or if it’s stolen from you while you’re carrying it.

What it doesn’t cover…

It won’t cover you if you left your baggage unsupervised in public areas, for example not caring for the safety of your belongings.

Overseas Medical/Dental Expenses

If you get ill or injured during your trip that can cause serious harm if it’s not treated, the insurance should provide cover for urgent and necessary medical treatment and emergency dental treatment or hospitalization.

What it doesn’t cover…

I won’t have to say that it won’t cover plastic surgery and similar things, but also know that it doesn’t cover medical check-ups, vaccinations, STD’s, treatment where injury was caused by alcohol and drugs (remember that one!), chronic and reoccurring illness and pre-existing medical conditions that were there before you started traveling. Compare this carefully between different travel insurances, especially if you have planned to do a bit of adventure sports. Many insurance companies have different types of insurance deals depending on what you need and how you will travel, whether you will be going on a two week ski holiday in Europe or backpack through South America.

Canceled Flights and Accommodation

If your trip is interrupted or if you get ill before your trip and have to cancel flights and pre-booked accommodation due to illness or a close relative’s illness or death, you should be covered. The insurance should also cover the flight home if there is a case of emergency and you have to interrupt your trip. If your transport has been canceled due to bad weather, illness or failure in service from the transportation provider, your travel insurance should cover the cost.

Good to know…

If your flight is canceled, overbooked or delayed for more than 6 hours many insurance companies will cover reasonable expenses for hotel, meals and local transportation.

Other Things Travel Insurance Should Cover: 24 hour emergency phone assistance, Personal liability coverage in the case of damaged 3rd party property or injury and all countries you will be visiting and the entire duration of your trip (including the day you return home). Now that you have a check-list on what should be included in your travel insurance, compare different companies with each other and see if they all cover the things above and if some even have extra benefits.

 What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance

After all the RTW planning you do for what to pack and where to go, there are those extra expenses left that many people forget to include into their travel budget: travel insurance is one of them. It’s also one of the things that can be either super expensive, or barely noticeable in the overall budget – but don’t let the price completely decide which company you choose – it’s about the coverage you get for your money. So when looking for travel insurance, also look into the details to find out what they actually cover. If something happens to you while you are traveling around the world, you need to be covered! Before looking for other companies to provide international travel insurance, check with your home and content insurance to see if they can offer you a cheap deal as an added bonus to your existing home insurance.

Here is a travel checklist for the basic things you should make sure they cover:

  • The countries you’re visiting: This is very important. You don’t want to have bought travel insurance for Europe, break a leg in Switzerland and realize that it didn’t cover that country.
  • Lost, stolen or damaged items, including electronics: But make sure you save the recepits for them, otherwise you will not get the money back!
  • Overseas medical/hospital expenses: Read the fine print here, because it’s often limited and there are many exceptions
  • Expenses for transport home in case of personal emergency
  • Reimbursements for rebooking cancelled flights and accommodation
  • 24-hours emergency phone assistance (you want to be able to contact them at all times)
  • Personal liability cover in case of damaged 3rd party property or injury
  • The entire duration of your trip

If the insurance company covers all this for a reasonable amount, you should be able to save some money while at the same time stay safe on your journey if something happens. But this isn’t like FDCIFor the experienced travelers out there: Is travel insurance something you always make sure you get for your travels?

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Learning a new language is a tough challenge while traveling, and it can easily get so overwhelming that you finally just give up. I don’t have a quick fix to learn a foreign language, there are no magic pills. I have traveled on business to many countries and being able to communicate, even at a simple level, is not only critical for your business, it’s polite.  I have had the opportunity to study many languages, and have found out what works and what doesn’t work for me and which way is the best to learn a foreign language.

To learn a foreign language fast you need 3 things:

Interest, Courage and a situation that forces you to learn.

If you’re not interested in learning you’ll never learn no matter how much someone tries to push it down your throat. But most importantly, you have to have some guts. I honestly believe that most of the people are simply too shy and too afraid of making a mistake, that they don’t even bother trying. Add a No Option Situation, and you’ll be guaranteed to learn fast!

I’ve used translation services when traveling to Central and South America both for business and personal needs while in country, and also prior.  A fellow business acquaintance has had great success using a company to translate and proofread for cultural and grammatical correctness, but nothing compares to learning Spanish and some of the culture yourself.

The No Option Way

We are phenomenal at finding ways to avoid complicated things, and it’s not until there is no other option, not until you’re actually forced to learn – that you will really get it. That’s why you need to create this situation for yourself. The absolute best situation to put yourself in is in the country where they speak the language you want to learn, in a place where everyone will speak to you in that language and most people barely understand English at all.

Germany, China, France, Italy are good examples of this.

Surround yourself with the language, completely immerse yourself in it – if everything you see and hear is in that language you will learn faster – simply because you have no other choice.

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My 3 Best Ways To Learn A Language:

Find a practice buddy

Is there someone you know who also wants to learn the language? Do it together, and practice with each other. Do the same language course, go out together and help each other. Be aware though, if you are close friends, it is very easy to give up and just start speaking your native language.

Go Out And Meet Local People

You don’t have to be fluent in a language before you can talk to someone. Practice a few phrases, even write them down on a piece of paper, go down to town and practice them with people in the shop or on the streets. Ask them relevant things like “how much is this?”, “How do I get to”, “What’s the time?” etc. If you already know the answer that’s great, it’s a way to learn how to say it. Nightclubs and pubs can also be a place to practice your language. There, people are already open and happy, and you can make a fun thing about it. Try to say a few things in their language, and then mix with your own etc. Often people find it a lot of fun teaching someone words and sentences. Perhaps they will teach you a few words you normally wouldn’t learn in language teaching books (come on, you know what I’m talking about!) ;)

Don’t be scared to mix English and the local language. If there is one word in the sentence that you have no idea how to say, then say everything else in the sentence and simply say that word in English. Chances are that they know that word in English, and can inform you of the real word, or just simply reply to your question. Nobody thinks it’s strange, they understand.

Hang out with a English speaking local

If you don’t want to force yourself totally yet and ONLY hang out with people who can’t speak English at all, then try something in between until you feel more confident. Hang out with someone who speaks both english and the language you want to learn, and meet their friends. Watch and learn, body language goes a long way in communication. When you don’t understand you have your friend who can explain to you.

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Well there are a few tips to get you started on the road to language learning. There are many language courses and books to learn foreign language fast out there, but the truth is that if you really want to learn a language, learn from the people who speak it and interact with them in real life on a daily basis.

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Finding the time and extra money to travel when you want can be a real challenge nowadays, especially for busy mothers. However, it’s important for your mental health and well-being to get away every once in a while. Calculating your miles using online tools can help you enjoy more freedom if you use it strategically. […]

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Finding the time and extra money to travel when you want can be a real challenge nowadays, especially for busy mothers. However, it’s important for your mental health and well-being to get away every once in a while. Calculating your miles using online tools can help you enjoy more freedom if you use it strategically. There are benefits to a United Travel Credit Card so you can enjoy a freer lifestyle. Checkout our Round The World Travel Guide which includes over 100 pages full of lessons and tips we learned while traveling around the world on our first RTW trip.

The Benefits of Travel Credit Card

If you are busy with responsibilities such as work, raising kids and maintaining a household, it can be difficult to take vacations. Saving money these days is not easy; bills and everyday expenses have a way of eating up most of your income and savings. However, with a Travel Credit Card selected after searching through a comparison tool such as the one by MileCards.com, you can save up travel miles and use them for flights, hotels and other travel-related expenses.

The great thing about a card such as a United Travel Credit Card is that you use it on products and services you would normally purchase anyway. That way, as you accumulate miles on the card, it’s like free money that you can use for those excursions you’ve been dreaming of.

The specific benefits you earn with a Travel Credit Card will depend on the card you get. However, many cards not only allow you to earn travel miles but also other perks such as nights at popular hotels, memberships in airline travel clubs and the right to check bags for free. The latter is an especially good benefit as airlines are charging more and more for baggage fees.

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Budget Travel Tips to Keep in Mind

There are quite a few ways to create a freer lifestyle where you can travel more frequently. Having more money at your disposal certainly helps, but it’s also a matter of managing your time. Time is a resource that’s often quite scarce in the life of the typical mother. Planning can go a long way in helping you make the most of your time.

While it can be fun and romantic to decide to take a last-minute weekend trip to Paris or the Bahamas, for most people in the real world, it’s easier if you plan ahead. Planning also allows you to seize the best travel deals. If you can plan a trip or two off season, that’s even better for saving money. Combining this with using travel miles you’ve saved up on your credit card can really make a difference and help you enjoy economical trips.

Sometimes choosing an all-inclusive vacation can help you to save money. These include resorts and cruises. Aside from being cost effective, such trips can be fun because once you pay for it, you don’t have to worry about adding up all the separate expenses. On the other hand, if you have enough miles saved on your travel card, it might be more economical to use your travel points on hotels. If you have enough points to take care of both airfare and hotel, most of your trip is paid for!
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Choosing the Right Travel Destination

When planning trips, you have to consider your interests and preferences as well as your budget. Do you prefer a vacation that’s relaxing or one that’s full of activities? Do you like beaches, snow or bustling European capitals? Of course, you might like all of these at different times. You should, however, consider what you want to get out of your journey so that you can select the destination and type of trip that’s most suitable. You can feel great about spending money where it counts the most, letting you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

In some cases, you don’t have to go far or for a long time to feel rejuvenated. For example, getting away for a weekend at a place that’s a short flight away can be reasonable and easy to plan. It can be just as refreshing, if not more so, than a longer and more elaborate trip. There are other considerations as well when choosing a travel destination. If you’re traveling with kids, you naturally want to choose a hotel or resort that’s child friendly. Weather conditions during the time of year when you’re traveling also must be planned for.

Make Travel a Part of Your Life

If you want to arrange your life so that you have more freedom to travel, you may have to make a few adjustments. You may simply have to decide to make this a priority and make sure you plan a few trips each year. Getting a good Travel Credit Card such as a United Travel Credit Card can certainly help when it comes to paying for the trip. The main thing to keep in mind is that you can travel more frequently if you really want to. The first step is making the decision to find ways to make this a reality.

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Jetting off on a family holiday is an incredibly exciting time, for both parents and children alike. From pre-planning the itinerary to finally packing up the suitcases, family holidays are a fantastic way to bring everyone together. However with multiple heads to take care of, things can soon get quite expensive. To help you plan […]

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Jetting off on a family holiday is an incredibly exciting time, for both parents and children alike. From pre-planning the itinerary to finally packing up the suitcases, family holidays are a fantastic way to bring everyone together. However with multiple heads to take care of, things can soon get quite expensive. To help you plan a family friendly getaway without breaking the bank, we’ve put together this handy guide that talks you through everything you need to consider when booking a family holiday on a budget:

However with multiple heads to take care of, things can soon get quite expensive. To help you plan a family friendly getaway without breaking the bank, we’ve put together this handy guide that talks you through everything you need to consider when booking a family holiday on a budget:

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Family holidays Flights

Planning Family Holidays Flights

Depending on your destination, flights could be one of your biggest expenses. The sting is bad enough for one person however when you’re booking three or more seats, things can really add up!  As such, it always pays to source the best possible deals. As a rule of thumb, booking in advance is generally the most effective way to secure the cheapest prices.

If you’ve got any babies or very young children, it always pays to check with the airline whether or not kids under a certain age are eligible to fly for free. If they are small enough to spend the flight sitting on your lap or in your arms, you could save a significant amount of cash.

You can also go through an online travel agent that will help you find flight deals at prices that aren’t advertised anywhere else. An even smarter choice is to look at booking an all-inclusive package holiday. When you bundle together flights, accommodation and even activities, there are some amazing savings to be had!

Planning Family Holidays Destination

While it’s important to be thrifty when planning big expenses such as flights and accommodation, it’s also advisable to think about the cost of the actual destination itself. After all, there’s no point in securing fantastic deals on flights and accommodation if the activities, restaurants and entertainment options blow the budget! To help you choose, we’ve come up with three of our favourite budget destinations that your family is guaranteed to love.

Family Holidays Lapland

For a budget friendly holiday with a difference, why not whisk your family away to the wintery delights of Lapland? Located in the heart of the Arctic Circle, the magical destination is home to the fantastic winter resorts of Levi Fell and Olos. With husky sledding, reindeer petting and Santa sightings galore, you’ll be giving your family a holiday that they’ll never forget.  For cheap holidays to Lapland departing from Gatwick and Machester, check out the fantastic deals on offer from Cosmos.

  • Orlando

If your family is all about adventure, a trip to Orlando is sure to have the kids squealing with delight! The fun filled Florida city boasts world famous attractions including Universal Orlando, Sea World, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While the US isn’t well known as a budget holiday destination, if you book with a leading travel agent you can pick up some incredible deals on flights and accommodation. Compared to the UK, eating out and entertainment is also very reasonable.

  • Lanzarote

With sun kissed beaches, wonderfully warm weather and an abundance of resorts that won’t break the bank, Lanzarote is the budget holiday destination of choice for a huge number of British families. Flights are cheap, food is affordable and activities are surprisingly inexpensive.

Planning Family Holidays Insurance

Some nomads like to take the risk of omitting the expense of insurance, but if you’re travelling with your family, insurance really is an absolute must. The easiest way to find the best deal is to jump onto a quote compare site, enter your details and let their search engines trawl the database for the best possible prices.
Family Holidays Baggage
 

Baggage allowance

When booking your flights, it’s essential to read the small print and determine whether or not you’re going to be slapped with extra baggage fees. Some budget airlines may look like they are offering an amazing deal however most of the time they won’t include baggage costs. This means that you’ll be forced to add on luggage fees at the airport which often comes with an extortionate price tag!

Pre-book entertainment

If you’re really organised, there are some great savings to take advantage of when it comes to entertainment and attractions. For example, if you’re heading off to Orlando, booking early bird tickets to some of the premier theme parks could save you a lot of cash! Whether you’re planning a close-to-home European getaway or have your heart set on somewhere further afield, these handy tips will help you organise a fabulous family friendly getaway that’s easy on the bank account.

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While travelling somewhere, the main concern most people have is the safety and security of their personal belongings. We believe the best travel handbags are the number-one safety measure everybody must take in order to keep all your important things like credit/debit cards, travel documents, smart devices, etc, safe. Failing to take safety precautions might […]

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While travelling somewhere, the main concern most people have is the safety and security of their personal belongings. We believe the best travel handbags are the number-one safety measure everybody must take in order to keep all your important things like credit/debit cards, travel documents, smart devices, etc, safe. Failing to take safety precautions might leave you vulnerable to pickpockets and identity thieves. Therefore, it is smart to use secure anti theft handbags for travel no matter where you go. You can use them for your travel purposes as well as in your daily lives.

Best Travel Handbags For Anti Theft Travel

So, what types of a bag do you like carrying? A sling, a cross bag or perhaps a good old-fashioned backpack? No matter what you prefer, you have to make sure you get one which is slash proof and contains a minimum of one or two zipper compartments which can be locked. Fortunately for you, there are a number of different Anti Theft Handbags available which you can use for different purposes.

Best Travel Handbags Anti Theft Handbags

Best Travel Handbags Anti Theft Handbags

Best Travel Handbags Types of Anti Theft Handbags For Travel

The Travelon Anti Theft Cross Body Bag

Travelon’s anti-theft cross body bag is a popular travel bag preferred by many. Although this edition does not include RIFD blocking, you can get a RFID wallet or credit card holder that you can keep in the bag securely. The best thing about this Anti Theft Handbags is that it has a lot of different sections where you can store all your belongings. There are compartments which are lockable. There are plenty of pockets and card slots, a zippered pocket available for smartphones, and two front pockets.

Plus, there is also another zippered compartment in the bag which faces you when you carry the bag. The central compartment of the bag can be locked by hooking the zippers on to the metal loop provided. The whole Anti Theft Handbags is made of nylon which is slash proof. The strap is also made to be slash and cut proof.

Specifications:

The bag measures 14.5”x12”x1.5” and weighs 12 oz. The shoulder strap measures 55.5” in length and can be measured. You can lower the strap up to 15” to 28”. You can choose to buy the bag in over 6 colors. Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag an affordable bag priced at $57.

Pros:

  • Lots of manageable compartments/pockets
  • Cost-effective

Cons:

  • No RFID blocking.

The Pacsafe Citysafe 400 GII

The Citysafe 400 GII travel bag is best suited for fashion savvy women who want to add a bit of style to their traveling. The Citysafe 400 is a big Anti Theft Handbags but is designed to give a casual and trendy look. It also features a sleeve that can be slid to expose a wheeled luggage handle which makes the bag a good carry on Anti Theft Handbag. The bag is designed to be comfortable and has adjustable straps.

Specifications:

The bag measures 15.9 x 13 x 6.7 inches, with a 20-liter gear capacity made with nylon. It is has 2 main compartments and weighs 1 lb. The Pacsafe Luggage Citysafe 400 Gii Hobo Travel Bag is priced at $120.

Pros:

  • eXomesh slashguards in the side, bottom and lower front panels
  • Smart zipper security
  • Strap, for anchoring the bag to a fixture
  • RFID-blocking pocket
  • Smart zipper security™
  • Turn & lock strap hook
  • Slashproof detachable shoulder strap

Cons:

  • Limited colors

Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag

The Travelon Messenger bag is designed to be thick and big then its previous version, but it is also a bit short and not that wide. The messenger bag is cut proof and features a chain link with various compartments with zippered locks. The shoulder strap can be adjusted accordingly, and can also be fixed into position.

The central compartment of the Anti Theft Handbags is pretty wide and you can store quite a few big things in there, for example your DSLR camera or a tablet. There are also different manageable pockets given in the bag to store different things. The bag also has a magnetic flap on the front which conceals a zippered compartment and also has a zippered pocket at the back. They can both be easily locked and secured. There are also two side pockets given which can hold a water bottle or a small umbrella.

Specifications:

The Anti Theft Handbags weighs 1 lb and measures 11.5″ x 10″ x 4.5″. It is made of nylon and is slash and cut proof. The Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag is priced at $90 and is available in 5 different colors.

Pros:

  • Good organizational storage.
  • Compact and light.
  • Inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Pockets provided in each of the compartments cannot be zippered and you will drop coins should you decide to keep them there.
  • No RFID blocking feature.
  • Strap can get uncomfortable if the bag is heavy.

Types of Anti-Theft Handbags

Packsafe Citysafe 200 GII Anti-Theft Handbag

If you are in the market for a hobo-style purse which is trendy, it is strongly recommended that you go for the Pacsafe Citysafe 200 which is available in 6 different colors. Both the bag and its straps are manufactured using pure water repellent ballistic nylon which is slash and cut proof. The central pocket of the bag is quite large and you can store quite a few things in there, for example a small notebook, a small umbrella or other documents.

The compartments are zippered and there is also a soft but sturdy laptop compartment given as well. There are pockets for headphones and RFID.

Specifications:

The Anti Theft Handbags measures 14.6″ x 9.4″ x 3.9″ and weighs 1lb and 1oz and Pacsafe Luggage Citysafe 200 Gii Handbag is priced at $80.

Pros:

  • Can hold lots of things.
  • A numberf of theft-proof features.
  • Comfortable to carry.
  • Great quality.

Cons:

  • Easy to overstuff, so it can get heavy if carried for a long time.

Travelon Anti-Theft Hobo Bag

The Travelon Hobo bag is both styles and overly theft proof. The entire Anti Theft Handbags features slash proof, cut proof and chain linked manufacturing. The strap given on the handbag is adjustable and cut proof. The central pocket of the bag is quite roomy and can be secured by a concealed carabineer which allows you to chain your bag to a lamp post or bench.

Specifications:

The Anti Theft Handbags measures 12 1/4″ x 10″ x 3 1/2″ and is made using 900 denier nylon and weighs 10oz. The handbag is priced at $55.

Pros:

  • Sufficient space in the main pocket
  • RFID blocking compartment with passport slots
  • Main compartment  can be locked with lobster claw clasp
  • Shoulder strap can be adjustable and is cut/slash proof
  • Bag can be secured via a chain which can be attached anywhere
  • Front zipper pocket

Cons:

  • The outside pocket does not lock

So, there you go..These are some of the most reliable Anti Theft Handbags and travel bags which are both anti-theft and stylish at the same time. If you plan to travel anytime soon, be sure to get yourselves one of the above mentioned Anti Theft Handbags.

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So, you have decided to go on a journey, a dream trip to enjoy and have the time of your life leaving all life’s stress behind. You have packed and are ready to go, but wait, are those towels taking half of your luggage space? And this is actually true; towels can be really annoying […]

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So, you have decided to go on a journey, a dream trip to enjoy and have the time of your life leaving all life’s stress behind. You have packed and are ready to go, but wait, are those towels taking half of your luggage space? And this is actually true; towels can be really annoying when it comes to packing and travelling. First of all they are bulky and require a lot of space. Secondly, you cannot just pack one towel. You have to pack two or three of those suckers and lastly, well, they are just a nuisance. But not anymore! You don’t have to deal with those heavy traditional towels anymore. Instead just pack a couple of microfiber travel towel and you are good to go.

Another advantage of bring your own travel towel is the Green Travel aspect. Using your own travel towel is an excellent way to Going Green. Here is a nice article about Green Travel

What is a Travel Towel?

Specially designed travel towel provide an excellent alternative to traditional towels. Travel towel are durable and versatile, they are light and easy to roll and pack regardless of what you use them for. If you go for a swim and come out to dry, they absorb water faster. Plus, they dry off quite easily and quickly. The most popular travel towel are ones made of microfiber material. This material is smooth and soft as compared to chamois leather. There are a variety of travel towels you can choose from and here are some:

Travel Towel

Travel Towel

Best Travel and Microfiber Travel Towel

Types of Travel Towel

Shandali Microfiber Travel Towel

The Shandali microfiber towel are currently rated as the best travel towel. Preferred by many for long or short distance travels, the towel is made of microfiber material which is soft like velvet and smooth like a baby’s skin. The towel has the ability to dry rather quickly and has the quality of absorbing water faster without bleed or dripping. The Shandali UltraSport Travel Towel – #1 Rated Travel Towel, Sport Towel, Beach and Microfiber Towel. Super Absorbent! Ultra-Fast-Drying. Perfect for Camping, Backpacking, Showering is priced at $14.95 on Amazon.

Benefits:

  • It has a little loop you can use to hang the towel anywhere you want. No more dropping your towel clumsily and getting it dirty.
  • It is a big towel but when you fold, it becomes compact and you can store it anywhere easily. You can carry it around in your gym bag, your suitcase, a bag and even in a purse!
  • You can use the towel anywhere you want.
  • Comes in two sizes, small and medium.
  • It is lightweight and weighs just a few ounces.
  • The towel is coated with silver-ion antibacterial. This offers users protection against bacteria. The silver-ions prohibit the formation of germs and bacterial on the towel.

Sea to Summit DryLite Travel Towel

Sea to Summit DryLite travel towel are an excellent option if you decide to go camping, on holiday or on a trekking adventure. These towels are made of microfiber material and are extremely fast drying, not to mention highly absorbent. Sea to Summit Tek Towel Wash Kit

Benefits:

  • Soft and smooth on the skin
  • Made with 70% polyester and 30% nylon Microfiber and detailed with supreme suede linings
  • Highly efficient at both drying and absorbing water
  • Can be washed in the machine
  • Available in different colors, including Kiwi, Green and Berry
  • Soft brushed feeling when using it after a bath

You can use the Sea to Summit DryLite travel towel to wipe dishes when on a camping trip and can use the same towel anywhere you want. They are perfectly suited for your travel and are extremely light to pack. And since they are multipurpose towels, you won’t have to pack 2 or 3 towels. And the best part is that these towels are available in a whole range of different sizes which makes packing easier and hassle-free.

Sizes:

  • Extra Small, (30cm x 60cm), Weight 37g
  • Small, (40cm x 80cm), Weight 62g
  • Medium, (50cm x 100cm), Weight 100g
  • Large, (60cm x 120cm), Weight 145g
  • Extra Large, (75cm x 150cm), Weight 200g

The Sea to Summit DryLite edition is available in different colors including cobalt blue, outback red and jade green.

Lightload Towels – The Only Travel Towel That Are Survival Tools

With regards to space and the weight of towels, nothing can beat Lightload travel towel. You can store them anywhere, even in you back pocket when folded. Once you unpack them, they turn out to be really big and have efficient water absorbing capability and you can use them anywhere you want to.

Benefits:

  • Once unpacked, the Lightload travel towels expand to a large size, measuring 60 inches x 36 inches. Consider it a large beach towel.
  • Super water absorbent ability. The towels are made with viscose fibers which can absorb up to 10 times the towel’s weight.
  • Dries really fast.
  • You can re-pack it into its packing size and fit it into your back pocket.
  • Available in assorted colors.
  • Lightload towels are machine washable.

Lightload Travel Towels Three Pack are best used for camping, trekking and general travelling purpose and are priced at $6.49 for a three towel pack.

MyQuest Microfiber Towel

The MyQuest Microfiber towel is manufactured using fine quality microfiber material and is a fast drying towel. It is made with millions of micro-woven rings which are attached to the towel. The micro-woven rings eradicate the largeness and bulkiness of traditional towels. MyQuest Microfiber Towel

Benefits:

  • Fast drying, smooth and extremely soft on the skin.
  • Can be used and stored anywhere easily.
  • The towel is of a large size, measuring 30” x 60” and can be repacked in its own packing which measures 8” x 8”!
  • Antimicrobial treatment on the towel prevents bacteria from forming on the towel. It also keeps the towel fresh and sterile all the time so you can it whenever you want.
  • Available in medium blue color.

The MyQuest Microfiber towels can be used for many things including as a hot yoga towel, a yoga mat and it is great when you finish a gruesome cardio workout. It can absorb sweat really fast and dry off just as fast and doesn’t give out any bad smell.

You can also checkout our Travel Towel Reviews – Best Travel Towel – Which To Buy?

So, these are some of the best microfiber travel towels you can use anywhere and for anything, whether you are traveling or not.

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What Is Backpacking? In short, backpacking can be described as an independent, often international, low- budget way of travelling. Someone who  is called a ‘Backpacker’. Backpackers generally travel for a longer period of time than most other tourists, and they tend to travel in several different countries during their time away. The number of countries […]

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What Is Backpacking?

In short, backpacking can be described as an independent, often international, low- budget way of travelling.

Someone who backpacks is called a ‘Backpacker’.

Backpackers generally travel for a longer period of time than most other tourists, and they tend to travel in several different countries during their time away.

The number of countries differs and a backpacker can be on the road all from a few weeks to several years.

However, that is again the short way of describing it.

Backpacking is a very loose definition – there are backpackers who go tramping in the forests sleeping in tents and on the beach, and hitch-hike their way around the world, and there are those who backpack with roller-bag suitcases, sleep in hotels and buy their own car to get around a country.

These are two completely different types of traveling, but they both like to call themselves backpackers.

You can however separate these into 3 different backpacking genres if you like:

  • Backpacking RTW Travel
  • Ultralight Backpacking
  • Flashpacking

The two later ones are newer styles in ways of backpacking.

Ultralight Backpacking

What is Backpacking

What is Backpacking

Ultralight backpacking is becoming more and more popular.

Today the industry puts a lot of focus on making things ultra light. The backpacks are light like feathers, and the sleeping bags can be squashed down to the size of your palm.

This is definitely something for anyone to look into, as it could really help you ease some weight from your backpack.

These Ultralight backpackers go all the way, counting every ounce, cutting their toothbrushes in half to ease weight.

Although if this is your first time on the road, you will never understand WHY people would ever want to travel like this – but trust me after more than 6months travel, with your back hurting – you will start to consider this style of backpacking more and more.

You find more and more Ultralight backpacker using smaller packs (under 50L) and buying lightweight clothes, quick drying travel towel etc.

Here are two article for more information regarding travel towels:

Best Travel and Microfiber Travel Towel YOU Must Have

Travel Towel Reviews – Best Travel Towel – Which To Buy?

I think in the future a balance between this style and Backpacking RTW Travel will become more and more normal.

Flashpacking

Flashpacking is a new type of backpacking. It is generally where you travel more expensively and with higher living standards.

Many people like to explain the definition of a flashpacker as someone who travels with a lot of tech gear like iPods and laptops and such, but I think that has become so common these days that nearly everyone carry an mp3 player with them, and laptops are hardly something expensive anymore – so the view of a Flashpacker now is more of someone who has all the latest stuff, doesn’t save up for a trip, spends his money on drinking, partying and staying in nicer places.

Another way to define the flashpackers would be to say – ‘THEY BACKPACK IN STYLE’. They prefer to go to the main guidebook destinations, do the main attractions, see what everyone else tells them to see – and they view backpacking more as an extending party than anything else.

The Changes Of Backpacking…

Backpacking has changed considerably the last decade. It has always been around, but today it’s easier than ever before.

The flight tickets are cheaper, in many places it’s safer, the communication is better etc.

Plus, you don’t have to take care of the boring part of traveling like plane tickets anymore, there are hundreds of organisations over the world that help you with that stuff.

Some people actually buy all their tickets to each country (including the one back home) before they’ve even left, through one of these companies.

All you do is to go into their office, tell them where you want to go, how long you’d like to stay in each place, and they’ll book all the flights you need for a trip round the whole world if that’s what you want.

Although, they obviously don’t work for free, and certainy won’t spend extra time looking for the cheapest flights.

There are also heaps of tours you can make. How about biking through Africa or New Zealand on a bicycle?

These days everything is more easily accessible, so that is also why you start to see more and more people leaving their home towns and exploring the world – which is such a wonderful thing, whatever way you do it.

The Original – Backpacking RTW Travel

This is the type of backpacking that you will find the most information about on our website. Backpacking in this term means traveling on a budget, usually for longer distances, seeing many different countries and for a longer time than normal holiday travelers.

These backpackers can be quite diverse, exploring different cultures and travel both in cities as well as on the country side.

Some of them might make a short hike for a few days or do some volunteer work, and then continue their travels – they view backpacking and travel more for seeing amazing new cultures and as a personal growth than as a party, or simply a short get away from the real world – they see the whole world as their home, and don’t really feel a need to get back to the ‘real-world’ anytime soon – travel is their life.

For you who weren’t quite sure what the term backpacking means, I hope this made it more clear for you and that you are now interested in also going out there no matter what type of backpacker you are and start exploring the world. It’s a real fun way to travel and it’s not just young people who do it – backpacking is for everyone!

If you’re already planning a backpacking RTW trip, stay tuned for our next 3 part series about how to choose the right backpack for your trip.

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When you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, you’ll need to think of what travel gear you’re going to need. A good quality travel rucksack is without a doubt going to be at the top of your list, but which one will be best suited to your needs? The following tips will have you ready […]

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When you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, you’ll need to think of what travel gear you’re going to need. A good quality travel rucksack is without a doubt going to be at the top of your list, but which one will be best suited to your needs?

The following tips will have you ready to choose the right type of rucksack for your travels.”

Choosing the Right Travel Rucksack

Travel Rucksack

Travel Rucksack

What is a Travel Rucksack?

Travel rucksacks are tailored to meet the needs of backpackers and travelers, with a range of key features that set them apart from hiking rucksacks.

Side Opening - The first feature to look out for is side access to the rucksack’s main compartment, this is commonly via lockable zips and is similar to the opening you would find on a suitcase.

Removable Daysack - The second feature you will find is a detachable daysack, this is a smaller sized rucksack that is attached to the front of the bag. Daysacks are normally attached to the main bag by zip or clip fastenings and are great for day trips or for using as hand luggage on flights.

Concealed Straps - Finally, you will find that the rucksack’s shoulder straps are concealable by way of a zip panel. This panel helps to protect the rucksack’s back system during flights and other journeys, preventing material snags and other damage.

Which Size Do I Need?

If you’re travelling for a long period of time, you may well think that buying the largest travel rucksack on the market is the way forward. This is not necessarily the best option, as larger rucksacks can put too much strain on your back and tempt you to pack far too much gear.

Travel rucksack sizes range from 40 litres in size to 100 litres, with anything smaller than 40 litres verging on daysack territory and most definitely not suitable for a round the world trip.

When choosing your travel rucksack, consider your height, the activities you plan on doing during your trip, such as trekking, and what gear you intend on packing. These three simple steps will make selecting the right bag a much simpler exercise.

When it comes to packing, lay out everything you want to take then start eliminating the things you could do without. Rolling your clothes is a well-known tactic used by many travelers to optimize the packing space inside their rucksacks. Handy accessories such as compression sacks can also help to minimize the size of your clothes and travel gear.

Travel rucksack

Key Comfort Features

Most travel rucksacks on the market are fitted with adjustable back systems, made up of shoulder straps and a hip belt for added support.

Rucksack back systems are often padded with an air mesh material for breathability, helping to reduce sweating and provide a more comfortable carrying experience.

The back system’s hip belt is designed to bear most of the weight from the rucksack and take the strain away from your shoulders, helping to avoid back injuries and discomfort.

Lowe Alpine introduced the concept of a length-adjusting back system back in 1967.  Since then many outdoor gear manufacturers have come up with their own designs and styles of adjustable back systems.

Ensuring your rucksack is fitted correctly will ensure you don’t injure your back when travelling and make carrying it around much more comfortable!

Women’s Rucksacks

While women are able to opt for standard rucksacks, a female specific option may be a better choice, particularly for the more petite among you.

Women’s rucksacks are designed with a shorter back length, as women have a shorter torso compared to men.

Other features you can expect from a women’s rucksack include additional padding on the hip belt as well as more contoured shaping on the shoulder straps and hip belt.

Some women may not feel the need to opt for a shorter back length, but may want something that looks more appealing, compared to plain black rucksacks. For these travellers, other colours of rucksack are available, the Vango Freedom 60+20 comes in either black or plum and Karrimor offer a range of colours from pink to blue.

Wheeled Rucksacks

If you don’t think your back could take the strain of carrying a rucksack around for the duration of your trip, a wheeled rucksack is a feasible alternative.

Wheeled rucksacks give you the option of carrying the rucksack on your back with shoulder straps or wheeling it along using oversized wheels and an extending towing handle.

However, due to the presence of an aluminium telescopic handle on most models, the back systems on wheeled backpacks tend to be fairly basic and are rarely adjustable.

There are some wheeled rucksacks with adjustable back systems, but they don’t come with a towing handle, which isn’t always very convenient if you’re on the tall side.

Rucksack Accessories & Extras

Giving your rucksack some TLC during your trip is essential to keeping it in good condition. There are many accessories on the travel gear market that help to protect your rucksack and improve its performance.

A Backpack Transit covers is a great way to protect your rucksack during flights and other journeys, this completely covers your bag and stops it getting damaged on airport conveyor belts and carousels.

No rucksack is completely waterproof, so a rain cover is a good investment if you want to keep its contents dry and protected from the elements.

Hydration bladders are a must have if you’ll be trekking during your time away, allowing you to stay hydrated via a handy tube that feeds through the top of your rucksack. Many models of rucksack feature specialised pockets and tube ports for hydration bladders and will be described as ‘Hydration compatible’ if they have this feature.

If you consider the above points, you will hopefully have a much more comfortable and less frustrating time with your travel rucksack, allowing you to enjoy your time away with minimal disruption and discomfort.

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Understanding Difference between Skin Cancer – Mesothelioma: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than ten thousand people fall victim to skin cancer in the U.S. on an annual basis. This means that one out of five Americans is liable to developing skin cancer within their lifetime. With millions of people being diagnosed with skin cancer […]

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Understanding Difference between Skin Cancer – Mesothelioma: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than ten thousand people fall victim to skin cancer in the U.S. on an annual basis. This means that one out of five Americans is liable to developing skin cancer within their lifetime. With millions of people being diagnosed with skin cancer each year, the need for understanding this malady i.e. its types, causes, symptoms and treatment options, has become quite necessary. Although rare, mesothelioma is a serious cancer that results from asbestos exposure, occurring in the thin tissue that shields most of the human body’s internal organs. This type of cancer takes twenty to fifty years to progress, appearing in the linings of the heart, chest, abdomen, and lungs. Being a deadly and aggressive form of cancer, mesothelioma does not consist of benign (noncancerous) tumor occurring within the chest. It is sometimes referred to as solitary fibrous tumor or benign mesothelioma.

Understanding Difference between Skin Cancer – Mesothelioma

Causes of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is regarded as the most common form of cancer in the United States where millions of Americans are afflicted with the disease each year (with the number rising quite rapidly). However, if diagnosed at an earlier stage, it can be rather easy to treat. On the other hand, if the cancer is allowed to spread, it can lead to disfigurement.

Basically, skin cancer refers to the uninhibited growth of skin cells that are abnormal. This usually happens when the skin cells’ damaged DNA (caused through ultraviolet radiation resulting from tanning beds or sunshine) is left unrepaired. This leads to triggering of mutation – genetic defects –causing the cells to grow rapidly, thus forming cancerous tumors.

Skin Cancer Types and Symptoms

Skin cancer is divided into two main forms, i.e. melanoma and non-melanoma.

Melanoma

Melanoma may initiate in tissue that’s heavily pigmented, like a birthmark or mole, and generally pigmented skin as well. Usually, melanoma appears mainly on the back, chest, or extremities, although it can arise on the foot’s sole, the under a toenail or fingernail, in the eye, the palm or even in the mucus linings of the anus, vagina, or the mouth. Melanoma is potentially life-threatening due to its aggressiveness. It is easily detectable and can be treated within earlier stages of growth. However, due to its speedy growth, compared to other forms of skin cancer, it can affect other parts of the body as well, along with the brain or bones.

Non-Melanoma

Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma – most common forms of skin cancer after melanoma – are both referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers are seldom life-threatening. These are usually curable along with being detectable. Basal cell carcinoma has the slowest growth (accounting for most of the skin cancers). Squamous cell carcinoma on the other hand is somewhat aggressive with the tendency to spread. Also, there are some rare non-melanomas, like Kaposi’s sarcoma. This is a possibly life-threatening cancer categorized through purple growths in combination with an inhibited immune system – usually seen in the elderly or patients suffering from AIDS.

Facts about Skin Cancer

ü  Each year, more cases of skin cancer appear compared to the combined occurrence of lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers.

ü  From 1992 to 2006, non-melanoma cancer treatments have increased by 77%.

ü  In the U.S., over 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in more than 2 million people on an annual basis.

ü  Half of the adult population has reported one sunburn at the very least within the past year.

ü  One out of five Americans is liable to developing skin cancer within their lifetime.

ü  Around 90% of the non-melanoma cancers are linked to UV (ultraviolet) radiation coming from the sun.

Once you’ve understood what skin cancer is and how it should be dealt with, living a healthy life will become much easier and you’ll always know when to protect your skin from developing malignant diseases.

Mesothelioma

Types of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a mesothelium – a thin membrane lubricating and protecting various body cavities like the abdomen and chest – cancer with the following types:

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

This mesothelium cancer occurs around the abdomen, accounting for twenty percent of entire diagnoses.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Being exceptionally rare, this mesothelium cancer surrounds the heart and often appears in combination with pleural mesothelioma.

Pleural Mesothelioma

This mesothelium cancer surrounds the lungs and chest, accounting for seventy five percent of all diagnoses as majority of the asbestos fibers enter the lungs through inhalation.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Peritoneal

  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures (reported in 10% of the patients)
  • Ascites
  • Weight loss
  • General fatigue
  • Bowel irregularity
  • Weight loss
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart murmurs
  • General fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent chest pain
  • General fatigue
  • Effusions
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent dry cough

Pericardial

  • Weight loss
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart murmurs
  • General fatigue

Pleural

  • Weight loss
  • Persistent chest pain
  • General fatigue
  • Effusions
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent dry cough

Causes

Almost exclusively, mesothelioma is linked to persistent exposure to asbestos. Due to its ability to resist heat and provide insulation, naturally occurring asbestos became quite popular in the twentieth century. The fibers of this mineral can be ingested or inhaled and lodged within the human body, being rather difficult to expel. In the majority of cases, the asbestos fibers reach the mesothelium (membrane) surrounding the chest and lungs referred to as the pleura. There are other cases where the fibers are ingested and then end up in the abdomen and stomach, i.e. the peritoneal lining. Over time, the pleural region is disturbed by these collected fibers leading to genetic damage and the growth of scar tissue. Also, this causes normal cells to replicate constantly, becoming abnormal.

Risk Factors

Since the usage of this toxic substance is so vast, great deals of people tend to be exposed to asbestos. Individuals working in insulation manufacturing, factories, or shipbuilding, involved in installing or removing it are at a greater risk of developing this malady.

Mesothelioma Treatment Options

Mesothelioma treatment varies in accordance to the type of cancer, i.e. peritoneal, pericardial or pleural. Following are the available treatment options:

  • Surgery – only available for the initial two stages, provides extended life
  • Radiation – cancerous cells are targeted with high radiation levels
  • Chemotherapy – medication slowly kills growth by circulating the bloodstream
  • Multimodal – different treatments are combine together
  • Clinical trials – for patients considering additional options
  • Alternative medicine – help patients in recovery, examples include acupuncture, yoga and meditation

Prevention is the key to averting any disease. Be it your workplace or home; always try to follow safety precautions when dealing asbestos.

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