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Myanmar: Continued outbreak of Dengue Fever
Brazil: Further anti government protests expected
Kenya: Election result expected today
Venezuela: Further anti govenrment protests planned. 
Turkey: President Erdogan wins referendum
Kenya: severe drought affecting much of the country
Sri Lanka: Outbreak of Dengue Fever
Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak in Minas Gerais
SE Asia: Increase in cases of Dengue Fever across the region
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Fiji: Dengue Fever outbreak.
SE Asia: Increase in cases of Dengue Fever across the region
Turkey - High threat from Terrorism, especaily in Ankara & Istanbul

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Indian Sub Continent

Key Safety Points for travelling India, Sri Lanka, Burma & Nepal. The greatest risk are from road traffic accidents and getting sick, especailly in India. Contracting Dengue Fever is certainly a risk in many parts, use insect repellant with 50% DEET to reduce the risk. In the winter months pollution is a serious probelms in the big cites of India and seems to be getting only worse. Monsoon flooding kills over 250 in mid August  2017 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

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Travelling Africa

Africa is a less popular travel destination but offers huge opportunities.  Many counties in North and Central Africa should not be visited due to security issues.

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South Island New Zealand

First visit to South Island New Zealand and some thougths on Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Kaikoura.

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The Middle East

Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Iran & Libya

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Dengue Fever, Zika & Chikungunya Fever

 In South America, Central America and South East Asia Dengue Fever is a persistent threat & now Chikungunya in spreading into Central & South America. Zika is now spreading across much of South America, especailly in Brazil.

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South East Asia

Most travellers have a fun and safe time in SE Asia, the area has huge opportunitites. Parts, especially in Thailand are overflowing with travellers so one has to make a bit more of and effort to get off the beaten track and explore the unspoilt areas.   During 2016 there was an increase in the cases of Dengue Fever across the region and this is being repeated in 2017. Dengue is casued by day biting mosquitoes. Covering up and using insect repellant with 50% DEET is a good precaution. Chikungunya Fever is also a risk, bite avoidance, is once again the key. Burma (Myanmar) is a becoming a popular travel destination. 

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Colombia Nov 2016

In the middle of November 2016 I returned to Colombia for the first time since 1990. The country has clearly had a torrid last two decades (well really five), just mentioning it’s name prompt comments about Pablo Escobar, rebel gangs and a generally thoroughly dangerous place. Happily things are improving, Escobar met a sticky end in a roof top shoot out in 1993 and from the turn of the century President Uribe took on the rebel groups, principally the FARC and ELN

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travelling in Iran

I have just returned from 10 wonderful days travelling in Iran. Whilst it may be slightly off the beaten track for a gap year traveller, I joined my son and two friends who are driving from London to Beijing on their gap year. Iran is also a popular destination for many people doing the Mongol Rally.  Below are my thoughts on the country and some practical advice.

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