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Brazil: Bolsonaro wins presidential election
Indonesia: Tsunami kills over 1500
Fiji: increased cases of Dengue Fever
Venezuela: Further anti government protests planned.
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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The Middle East

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

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Indian Sub Continent

Key Safety Points for travelling India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (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.  The 2018 monsson in India has caused extensive flooding acorss the country, notably in Kerela and Assam. In Kerela the monson has lasted longer than normal, by teh middle of August over 1m had been evacuated from parts of Kerela. 

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Central And South America

The best bits of Latin America are the rural areas. The topography and environment is diverse, there are many cultural and historical differences and most gappers have a superb time. Our rural highlights would be the Pantanal in Brazil, the Andes, Chile's Atacama Desert, Patagonia, the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District. Of the big cities Rio, BA, Medellin and Cartegna are great fun and rewarding but its important to prepared for higher levels of crime than in Europe. Its critical to check the weather, too many travellers go to Peru and Bolivia in period January to March when its the wet season.

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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. Both Myanmar (Burma) and Vietnam have seen a very significant increase in the number of reported cases of Dengue Fever, as at August 2017 Vietnam have reported over 90,000, a 67% increase compared to 2016. 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. The 2018 monsoon in India has caused wide spread flooding across the country, many northern areas such as Assam, will be affected for some time. Travellers are reminded that Indonesia & Japan ara an active earthquake zone, a series of quakes on Lombok in Sept 2018 & a tsuanami on Sulawesi killed junders of people.

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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. Travellers to west, central and east Africa should be aware that many countries require a Yellow Fever certificate for entry.

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Thailand - Full Moon Party

Thailand – The Full Moon Party by Charlotte McGrath

In order to make sure you are staying in the best hostel (this matters as its where you will ‘pre’ and often you go to the party with people you have met in the hostel) its best to pick a date and book the hostel about 2/3months in advance as the best ones go quickly. The Full Moon happens once a month with a half moon once a month too (I didn’t go to a half moon but have heard good things).

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Travelling East Africa Feb 2018

I have just returned from a short trip to Kenya and Tanzania. The former was returning to Nairobi and visiting the highland area around Nanyuki whilst in Tanzania it was a familiarisation trip to Zanzibar.

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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 Island New Zealand

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

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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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