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While travelling somewhere, the main concern most people have is the safety and security of their personal belongings. It is 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 [...]

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While travelling somewhere, the main concern most people have is the safety and security of their personal belongings. It is 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 Anti Theft Handbags For 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.

Anti Theft Handbags

Anti Theft 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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Best Travel and Microfiber Travel Towel YOU Must Have http://www.aswetravel.com/best-travel-and-microfiber-travel-towel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-travel-and-microfiber-travel-towel http://www.aswetravel.com/best-travel-and-microfiber-travel-towel/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:43 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=48559 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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.

Best Backpacks HERE

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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 http://www.aswetravel.com/understanding-difference-skin-cancer-mesothelioma/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=understanding-difference-skin-cancer-mesothelioma http://www.aswetravel.com/understanding-difference-skin-cancer-mesothelioma/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:24:04 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=48056 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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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How Your Travel Insurance Can Help If You Are In an Accident Abroad http://www.aswetravel.com/travel-insurance-can-help-accident-abroad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=travel-insurance-can-help-accident-abroad http://www.aswetravel.com/travel-insurance-can-help-accident-abroad/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:35:05 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=48064 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

Accidents just happen, regardless of place or time. If you’re involved in an accident in your home country, you could easily get all the medical attention you want in accordance to your health plan. However, if you happen to be outside U.S. soil at the time of the accident, then there’s a pretty good chance [...]

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Accidents just happen, regardless of place or time. If you’re involved in an accident in your home country, you could easily get all the medical attention you want in accordance to your health plan. However, if you happen to be outside U.S. soil at the time of the accident, then there’s a pretty good chance that your wallet will suffer a considerable blow due to medical expenses. An easy way to deal with this problem is buying the right type of travel insurance that covers any possible mishaps occurring while you’re traveling abroad.

Referred to as Medical Protection Plan or International Medical Insurance sometimes (each company sells it with a different name), travel medical insurance is generally a medical insurance that provides coverage to a person traveling abroad. If you’re wondering how your travel insurance can help you if you’re in accident abroad, then simply read on.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

How Your Travel Insurance Can Help

Basically, your travel insurance policy covers or should cover three basic elements of international travel, i.e. trip cancellation, baggage loss, and medical expenses. With a proper travel insurance plan, you can safely travel abroad without having to worry about emergency evacuation and medical costs. The medical insurance plan usually includes coverage for emergency treatment of sound teeth (within policy limit) and medical transportation services (ambulance) in the event of an accident.

Once you’re transported to a safer location, you’ll get appropriate medical care – quite crucial in accidents where you’re knocked unconscious and there’s a threat to your survival. Also, in the event of your demise, while you’re traveling, repatriation coverage ensures that your body is appropriately transported to a nearby funeral home or your own home.

Term Life and AD&D Benefits

More often than not, travel insurance includes a few term life and AD&D (Accidental Death and Dismemberment) benefits. These are paid irrespective of the coverage you’ve got back home regarding covered injury. This way, your family gets extra coverage and your injury coverage may be used for filling out the life insurance benefits in the event of a severe accident.

Medical Coverage provided by Travel Insurance

Following is the usual medical coverage included in an average insurance plan.

ü  Medical facilities are paid in advance in order to aid emergency transportation when you’re involved in an unfortunate accident.

ü  Travel accident and AD&D benefits ensure that you are taken care of in the event of serious injury (or your family when you’re killed during traveling).

ü  Unforeseen medical costs are reimbursed as part of emergency medical attention.

ü  Emergency assistance services that help you locate a proper local hospital or medical facility that meets your and your family’s medical needs while traveling.

ü  Unforeseen dental costs are reimbursed as part of emergency medical attention.

Always remember to buy proper travel insurance when you’re traveling abroad and do not forget to read the fine print at all times. Since you’ve understood how your travel insurance can help you if you’re in accident abroad, make sure that you’ve made the right decision to protect yourself and your loved ones by choosing a travel insurance policy that duly meets your requirements.

Useful Tips When Buying Travel Insurance for a Safer Trip Abroad

Traveling is fun. It’s an invigorating experience that lets you visit new and exotic locations, helping to avert your mind from that busy everyday routine you have to deal with back home. However, things may not always work out the way you had planned them, especially when there’s an unexpected personal emergency cropping up a few days before your departure or there’s a sudden unrest in a middle-eastern country you were about to visit. In any case, you can’t risk losing your hard-earned cash simply because your travel insurance doesn’t cover certain lost costs.

Thus, to protect your trip payments, you’ll need to invest in a travel insurance that ensures your good time abroad or keeps your money safe in the event of a cancellation. The following useful tips when buying travel insurance will help you choose the right type of insurance, covering your needs and requirements for a safer trip abroad.

Checking for Cover Levels

When buying travel insurance, make sure it covers three important areas, i.e. medical expenses, personal belongings and baggage, and cancellation cover.

Medical Cover

Medical cover should always be provided in a figure in millions, although it’s highly unlikely that you’ll require more a $1 million for each traveller. Increasing this figure will just mean that you’ll be paying for expenses you won’t even need.

Personal Belongings and Baggage

You should always make sure that you’re aware of the replacement value of your holiday items. There will be a limit on valuable items and that’s why if you plan on taking your valuables with you, make sure that you’ve gone through your policy of home contents. More often than not, adding them here can prove be rather cost-effective.

Cancellation Cover

Cancellation cover should always amount to the entire cost of the holiday, as advertised on the basis of per person, featuring all additional expenses like car hire. The whole process of cancelling is stressful enough and you don’t want to risk all that paid money as well, so this is basically a MUST.

Cheap Prices can Fool You

One of the most useful tips when buying travel insurance include staying away from low cost policies that do not cover people with medical conditions or travellers aged above 50. Prices are likely to vary, but make sure that you’re looking out for policies that provide special offers, such as free travel for children (there are policies that cover travellers less than 18 years of age).

Sporting Activities

While buying travel insurance, consider the fact that whether or not you’ll be taking part in any sporting activities. Always check the wording of your holiday policy clearly for activities you may be pursuing as not all policies follow the same criteria.

Keep an Eye out for Exclusions

You may be surprised by the fact that there are some policies that do not readily offer medical expenses or cancellation cover. As a matter of fact, travel insurance policies are only legally obligated to provide some sort of personal belongings cover and that’s about it. Thus, another one of useful tips when buying travel insurance includes checking the fine print on your policy and having a copy of the signed wording as it will help you contact the right people in the event of an emergency.

Adhering to the above useful tips when buying travel insurance can help you save a lot of time and money in planning the perfect holiday abroad.

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Cenote Recyclable Hydration System by Polar Bottle is the BEST! http://www.aswetravel.com/the-best-cenote-recyclable-hydration-system-by-polar-bottle/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-cenote-recyclable-hydration-system-by-polar-bottle http://www.aswetravel.com/the-best-cenote-recyclable-hydration-system-by-polar-bottle/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:40:38 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=48111 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

The company which manufactures Polar Bottle, has announced that it is going to be launching a cost-effective hydration system that features a water reservoir which you can easily recycle. Called the ‘Cenote’ water hydration system, it will cost $13.99 for a reservoir with a two-liter capacity and $14.99 for three liters.  Cenote Hydration System According [...]

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The company which manufactures Polar Bottle, has announced that it is going to be launching a cost-effective hydration system that features a water reservoir which you can easily recycle. Called the ‘Cenote’ water hydration system, it will cost $13.99 for a reservoir with a two-liter capacity and $14.99 for three liters. PURCHASE POLAR BOTTLE HERE

Cenote Hydration System

Cenote Hydration

Cenote Hydration

According to Judy Amabile, president of Product Architects which designs and manufactures the Cenote system, there were constant complaints from customers regarding the hygiene of the reservoirs. Since the reservoirs would get dirty after being in use for only a few weeks or so and weren’t that easy to clean, there was no option for them but to throw them out. In light of this, the company decided to produce an eco-friendly alternative, the parts of which could easily be replaced. It wouldn’t cause any damage to the environment and not cost the customers too much.

The Cenote hydration system can be easily recycled and reused. The main idea behind the Cenote system is that its manufacturers wanted consumers to have a hydration product which is cost-effective. Which means you can buy two or three of the bottles and use them in other ways as well, not just for keeping water.

You can use the Cenote for a number of other things including storing your protein shakes for drinking after a workout and even keep your beer in them. Though all of these things will get the reservoir dirty, it is really simple to clean and reuse it.

You can cut off the dirty plastic where the cap is placed and recycle the area using other plastics. Better yet, if you do not have a clue regarding how to recycle, you need not worry because you can send it for recycling. The package is pre-postmarked so that you can easily send it to the people who manufacture the Cenote, and get your pack recycled.

Cenote Hydration System Features:

  • The materials are BPA-Free and Phthalate Free.
  • The bite valve has an on/off feature.
  • The cap is completely removable.
  • Easy to clean. Comes apart completely.
  • Clear plastic gives fresh feeling once its recycled
  • Fits standard backpacks.
  • Available in 2 or 3-Liter.
  • Made and assembled in the USA.
PURCHASE POLAR BOTTLE HERE

Judy Amabile also said that the company had put in considerable time and effort to promote their new product. They want their product to benefit customers not just in the US but internationally as well. This is why it has been part of an exhaustive internet marketing campaign, making extensive use of social media. The idea and name for Cenoté is inspired by after natural water systems formed by limestone.

Cenote Hydration System

Cenote Hydration System

The Cenote hydration and water reservoir system is made in Boulder Colorado. The main components, including the hose and the bite valve, are imported and the entire product is assembled and dispatched from Boulder.

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Review for Leather Snugg Stylish New iPad 3 Case & Stand http://www.aswetravel.com/review-leather-snugg-stylish-new-ipad-3-case-stand/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-leather-snugg-stylish-new-ipad-3-case-stand http://www.aswetravel.com/review-leather-snugg-stylish-new-ipad-3-case-stand/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:22:11 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=47463 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

The new stylish leather  for you if you’re looking for an accessorisable option. Plus, the case offers incredible protection for your iPad 3 against scratches and drop bumps that cause you mini heart attacks. With this robust beauty you need not worry about that anymore. Comparison and Unique Features of the Snugg iPad3 Apart from [...]

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The new stylish leather Snugg iPad 3 flip stand and case can be a really cool product  for you if you’re looking for an accessorisable option. Plus, the case offers incredible protection for your iPad 3 against scratches and drop bumps that cause you mini heart attacks. With this robust beauty you need not worry about that anymore.

Snugg iPad3

Snugg iPad3

Comparison and Unique Features of the Snugg iPad3

Apart from the availability of other brands like MoKo Slim-Fit Folio Stand Case for Apple New iPad 4 & 3 (3rd and 4th Generation with Retina Display) / IPad 2, Black and the Tech Armor Apple iPad, you are way better off buying the new amazing leather Snugg case available in different colors.

The most awesome feature of the leather Snugg case is its folio-style attribute that offers an improved and trendy way to keep your iPad 3 out of harm’s way. Moreover, the product comes with the added benefits of a stand, a hand strap and a stylus holder. Amazing isn’t it?

Fantastic Fit, Perfect Protection

The case is tailored to fit your iPad 3 perfectly and smoothly so you don’t have any problem placing it in while you are in a hurry. Plus you can even secure it firmly using the Velcro strap provided. After you place your smart device, this goes without saying that you’ll be using the touch screen, well duh! So be sure to pull the loop out hanging above the stylus so you can also use the front camera cut-out.

The loop is designed protect the pen from dropping off when you’re mobile with your device. When the front case is closed, you will notice that your entire iPad will be safely covered. You don’t have to fret over accidentally spilling your food or drink on the iPad while having a snack. With the device being fully covered you will still have access to your iPad’s buttons and ports. Just in case you want to lie back and listen to music while sipping your favorite tea, very genius indeed.

A Magnetic Case…

Get ready for the cooler part of the Snugg’s brilliant casing, once you uncover your case you will see that your iPad will wake up. This is due to the built-in magnetic sleep and wake functionalities of the Snugg, awesome, pure and simple.

The magnets are built to be strong, allowing ease of opening; you don’t have to worry about the case opening itself. The Snugg’s interior consists of a soft material known as nubuck fiber which acts a shield against scratches. Moreover, there is also a hand strap designed with elasticity so that you can easily hold the iPad when using it.

With this being said, it is still difficult to keep the front folded back with firmness, which is the only potential downfall of this product, as with many others.

Verdict

At the end of the day, the Snugg’s stand is really sturdy, not the ones which just flop down as soon as you put the device upright. No sir, you’ll see that when using FaceTime or typing on your iPad and it is guaranteed that you will appreciate its capabilities.

Overall, the Snugg is a very impressive case. It doesn’t add to the iPad’s bulk nor is it too heavy; it’s perfect. The product is built to last and is very professionally designed with excellent build quality.

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Love Road Trips? 8 Stunning USA Self-Drive Tours and Adventures http://www.aswetravel.com/love-road-trips-8-stunning-usa-self-drive-tours/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=love-road-trips-8-stunning-usa-self-drive-tours http://www.aswetravel.com/love-road-trips-8-stunning-usa-self-drive-tours/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:17:52 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=47422 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

Love Road Trips?  Road trips are a wonderful way to enjoy the United States. So much so, that many Americans and up taking their own road trips each year in the country. Residents of Canada and Mexico frequently come to the United States for road trips as well, thanks to the close proximity. You can [...]

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Love Road Trips? 

Road trips are a wonderful way to enjoy the United States. So much so, that many Americans and up taking their own road trips each year in the country. Residents of Canada and Mexico frequently come to the United States for road trips as well, thanks to the close proximity. You can enjoy the United States this way when you visit by renting a vehicle. With the plethora of car rental choices available to you, it doesn’t need to be difficult to plan an inexpensive yet fun driving holiday.

Also if you are entering the US from abroad make sure you do your checks and research on getting an ESTA visa well ahead of travelling.  The Esta visa waiver program allows tourists to enter the US for up to 90 days without a visa.

8 Stunning USA Self-Drive Tours

Road Trips - Everglades

Road Trips – Everglades

Florida’s Beaches

Amelia Island – Cedar Key – Clearwater – Crystal River – Daytona Beach – Mount Dora – Orlando – Sarasota – Seaside – St. Augustine – Tarpon Springs – Wakulla  Springs – Anna Maria Island – Everglades – Florida Keys – Seminole State Preserve – South Beach

For those who prefer a semitropical beach holiday, taking a tour through Florida’s beaches is an ideal solution. From Amelia Island to South Beach, you’ll get to sample some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches and most rugged coastlines. Although the beaches are the highlight of this self-drive tour, you’ll also get to see a glimpse of Florida’s interior forests. The Everglades and Mount Dora provide the perfect place for hiking, camping, and other summer activities. This is a great escape that allows a little bit of everything to be experienced.

Road Trips New England Countryside

New England Countryside

Boston -  Kennebunkport – Jackson – Green Mountains – Woodstock – Woodstock – The Berkshires – Stockbridge – Newport – Cape Cod – Boston departure

For this lovely New England holiday self drive tour, you’ll start in Boston. This will allow you to fly in from wherever you are easily. From there, you’ll rent a car and head out into the New England countryside. This is a great trip to take in the fall, between the months of September and November. This is when the leaves are at their brightest colours in New England, with vibrant reds, oranges, yellows dominating the countryside. A variety of beautiful little inns or bed and breakfasts dot the landscape, allowing you to stop for rest almost anywhere. As you travel through, be sure to sample the local seafood.

Road Trips Grand Canyon

Western Wanderer’s Tour

Los Angeles – Palm Springs – Grand Canyon – Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park – Springdale – Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park – Visalia – Yosemite National Park – El Portal – San Francisco – Pismo Beach – Depart Los Angeles

Plan lots of time for this trip; you can expect this trip to take you approximately 2 weeks. You’ll start and beautiful sunny Los Angeles, which is almost tempting enough on its own. From there, you’ll travel to Palm Springs, eventually reaching the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. That’s the great thing about this self drive tour; you’ll experience everything from beautiful Pacific beaches to Death Valley National Park and onto Yosemite National Park. Is a multifaceted self drive tour that can provide you with true glimpse of Western America.

Road Trips Yellowstone National Park

The Mountains in Summer

Denver – Colorado Springs – Alamosa – Durango – Grand Junction – Moab – Salt Lake City – Jackson – Yellowstone National Park – Cody – Sheridan Rapid City – Cheyenne – Estes Park

If you prefer a holiday with plenty of outdoor activities, dazzling mountain scapes, and plenty of fresh air, visiting the Rocky Mountains in summer is the perfect holiday itinerary for you. This self drive tour will take you from Denver through Colorado Springs, where you’ll continue under Grand Junction, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, and on through Cheyenne and Estes Park. This is the perfect holiday to take in late summer, although spring and fall are equally nice as well. There’s plenty of swimming, camping, fishing, and hunting, but amenities are nearby to most of these locations if you prefer a bit of comfort. This tour will take you approximately 20 days.

Road Trips Civil War tour

The Deep South

Atlanta – Nashville – Memphis – Natchez – Lafayette – New Orleans – Pensacola – Montgomery

This plenty of history to be found in the deep South, and the self drive tour will take you through several of the most famous historical areas. Atlanta was once a hotbed of social activity, before the Civil War tour the country apart. Nashville is the home of country music, and Memphis isn’t far behind in that regard. From Lafayette through New Orleans, you’ll enjoy plenty of Creole food, friendly locals, and celebrations. New Orleans amazing around Mardi Gras, so this trip should be held around the same time as possible. Pensacola and Montgomery will finish off your trip, allowing you to get the beaches with ease.

Road Trips Wild Mustang Sanctuary

America’s Best Locations

Kootenay National Park – Yosemite National Park – White Mountains – Del Monte Forest – Dinosaur National Park  – Boothbay Harbor – Great Smoky Mountains – Ybor City – Big Bend National Park – Mt. Vernon – Wild Mustang Sanctuary

This self drive holiday is designed to allow you to see the best of the United States all in a single trip. Kootenay National Park actually begins in British Columbia, Canada, but it’s an excellent starting point for this trip. You’ll travel on from there to Yosemite National Park, where you can And swim. The White Mountains are next on your list, and then the Del Monte forest. Dinosaur National Monument  and Boothbay Harbor all provide plenty of historical interests, and the Great Smoky Mountains are known for their beauty. You’ll continue on to Big Bend, Mt. Vernon, and the US’s Wild Mustang Sanctuary, where you can catch a glimpse of the horses that remain wild to this day.

Road Trips Chicago

America Cross-Country Self Drive Tour

Chicago  - St. Louis – Springfield – Tulsa – Oklahoma City – Amarillo  – Albuquerque – Santa Fe – Holbrook – Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas -  Santa Monica – Los Angeles

This is a trip that’s designed for those who want to experience the USA from The East Coast To The West Coast. You can expect this trip to take approximately 20 days, although it can be done in 16. You’ll start in the bustling Chicago, where you’ll travel on to St. Louis in Springfield. These are all busy cities, but they hold their own charm. From there, it’s on to Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Then, Holbrook in the Grand Canyon National Park invites you to come and enjoy their beauty. From there, you’ll reach Las Vegas in Santa Monica, and then onto Los Angeles. This trip is great for those who prefer to see the natural beauty around them, while sticking close to amenities.

Road Trips Seattle

Western Frontiers

Seattle – Vancouver – Vancouver – Kamloops – Jasper National Park – Banff National Park – Kootenay National – Glacier National Park – Missoula – Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone National Park – - Grand Teton – Jackson – Salt Lake City – Bonneville Salt Flats – Elko – Reno – Lake Tahoe – Sacramento – Wine Country-San Francisco

Enjoy the best of the North West with this Western frontier self drive tour. You’ll start in busy Seattle, and you’ll even wander into Canada briefly. If you enjoy spending time in national parks, this tour will take you through several the most beautiful national parks in all of Canada and the United States combined. Thanks to the inclusion of the Grand Teton Mountains and the Bonneville Salt Flats, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the Northwest most beautiful landscapes. You’ll end in wine country, where you can spend some time relaxing. Travel Back in Time on the Apache Trail Drive

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Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Simply the World’s Best http://www.aswetravel.com/greek-extra-virgin-olive-oil-simply-worlds-best/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=greek-extra-virgin-olive-oil-simply-worlds-best http://www.aswetravel.com/greek-extra-virgin-olive-oil-simply-worlds-best/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:30:09 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=47409 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Simply the Best Here’s a challenge for you: name different ways in which you can use olive oil. How many have you come up with? You’ll find, in fact, that it can be used in more ways than you might think: cooking, baking, salad dressings, sauces, dips, health products and [...]

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Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Simply the Best

Here’s a challenge for you: name different ways in which you can use olive oil. How many have you come up with? You’ll find, in fact, that it can be used in more ways than you might think: cooking, baking, salad dressings, sauces, dips, health products and to fuel oil lamps. It even plays a role in some religious ceremonies, including Catholic baptisms.

The term “extra virgin” olive oil denotes a very fine grade of oil with a very low acidity, typically less than one percent. Olive oil from Greece is world-renowned and extra virgin olive oil from this relatively small country is particularly celebrated.

Here are some of the reasons why

Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Greek extra virgin olive oil is considered the world’s best:

The Place in History

Grown on trees native to the Mediterranean area, olives have been part of Greek gastronomic practice for thousands of years. How far? Possibly as far back as 2, 500 BC and it’s believed that the Greek island of Crete was where they were first grown. With all that experience, it’s hardly any surprise that Greece trumps the rest of the world when it comes to making good oil.

Olive oil consumption in Greece is high and a reported 80% of Greek olive oil produced is extra virgin — far higher than any other country. Olive oil from Italy and Spain, also big producers of olive oil, includes around 65% and 30%, respectively, of the extra virgin variety, and many other olive oil producing countries make only about 10%. So, on your next weekend in Athens, make some room in your holiday for a walking food tour to taste some of this world-famous extra virgin olive oil and learn more about the history of their product as well.

The Quality of the Olives

While you’re sitting in a quaint Greek cafe, surrounded by the Acropolis and other ancient monuments, dipping fresh bread in the finest olive oil, and tasting the local cuisine, stop to consider just what the olives went through to get there.

Extra virgin olive oil is best made from perfectly ripened olives, often picked by hand to avoid any bruising. The whole olives are then pressed, without heat or chemicals, and a trained tasting panel samples the product to ensure the taste is spot on. The oil is then taken off to the laboratory to verify the oil has a very low acidity and no defects.

Greek extra virgin olive oil

The Health Benefits

Studies have proved what many have claimed for years to be true: extra virgin olive oil has a number of health benefits. When you hear the world “oil,” you might assume the product is fatty and bad for you. Olive oil, however, is high in monounsaturated fats, which can actually help lower your cholesterol.

The Mediterranean diet, heavy in extra virgin olive oil, has been shown specifically to lower the risk of having a heart attack and stroke. Extra virgin olive oil also contains high levels of antioxidants and has been shown to lower the incidence of some cancers and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

As you can see from above, the Greeks sure know their stuff when it comes to olive oil. They’ve been making it so long that they could almost make it in their sleep and still make finer oil than the rest of us. Do they deserve such a fine reputation? Most definitely.

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