Travel Packages To Disney World: The Cheapest Way To Feel the Magic

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Travel Packages To Disney World: The Cheapest Way To Feel the Magic

It is still every parents dream to bring their children to Disney World so that they can experience the magic and beauty of this fun-filled place. American families have always made time to plan trips to Orlando, Florida so that their children can have the greatest time of their lives. Disney World is still an important tourist destination, but all the same, it is quite expensive. For this reason, Disney packages have become very popular because they are the most affordable means of getting your children to see the theme park.
Most families prefer taking a single trip to Disney World. What they do not know, however, is that by spending a just a little more, you can take your family three times and you will be spending just as much as you would on a single trip.
Several Disney vacation packages can be found online or advertised in the papers. All these sound very interesting but you should be careful because not all of them are the same; make sure that you get the best and most affordable deal.
There are many helpful ways to be able to plan a more affordable trip to Disney World. The Disney World Vacation Savings & Travel Guide can help you find affordable ways to enjoy Disney World. They can help you get the tickets at the most affordable price; while still making sure that the children will have the greatest time. Apart from the Disney tickets, there are other things to consider; and these are the plane tickets and food inside the park. Much of the bulk of the expenses go on the food that is consumed while inside; and if you know where to buy your food, then you can definitely save so much more money.
The Disney World Vacation Savings & Travel Guide will assist you with everything. It can even help you locate a hotel that will fit right into your budget so in the long run, you did not only find the cheapest way to Disney World but you also found the easiest way to get there. In fact, the guide can even share with you very important tips; such as which lines to queue on and which to avoid, location of secret entrances and the like. It is like having a magical tour guide all by your self.
There will be lots of different tour packages and most of them will be very hard to resist. When making your decision, it is important that before you take final actions that you have surveyed everything first.
Make sure that you have checked all the offers and that you have chosen the best deal. A trip to Disney World is always a great treat for the children, but why should it not be the best treat for you, as well?
When making your decision, take down all the packages and jot down all the other details about the trip.
Planning for the trip is done with care so as not miss out on anything important. The guide can help you make the plan and it can also assist you on the entire process. Do not pass up the opportunity to take your children to the best place on earth. Disney World is affordable for everyone, as long as you know how to find great deals.

East Africa Safari ,The Beauty Sorrounded By Trees & Flowers,tourists flight

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East Africa Safari ,The Beauty Sorrounded By Trees & Flowers,tourists flight

Do you know that East African wildlife has the variety of features like,mammals,reptiles,insects ,trees & flowers that make it beauty and greener?If not then you have the pleasure to learn about trees & flowers found in East Africa both on the Coastal Region, The National Parks,in plantations ,Nyika Plateaus,on mountains,in semi-arid areas,on islands,lakes,rivers,marshy grounds,swamps,damps,rocky and hillsides .These flowers and trees are differentiated with their appearance,size,and the areas ,that the enviroment favours them.

There are different types of Trees & Flowers found all over East Africa as below,


Almost unmistakable ,with its swollen trunk and thick root-like branches.Some specimens have trunks measuring 9m or more in diameter reaching a height of up to 18m.During the dry season they bear no leaves but at the onset of the rains they develop a dense canopy.They bear white flowers about 15cm wide and develop oblong, woody fruits up to 30cm in length. The structures of the trunk is  fibrous andd holds a certain amount of water when no surface water is available. At these times Elephants often inflict considerable damage in search of moisture as relief from the drought conditions.

Yelllow Barked Acacia/Fever Tree

A reasonably common species easily recognised by its yellow/green bark colour. It is usually to be found along the banks of rivers and streams and in areas of damp,marshy ground. Early explorers of the region associated the tree with their developing ‘fever’ hence the name . Infact the ‘fever’ was due to malaria transmitted by mosquitoes that principally inhabit the damp areas favoured by this tree.

Flat Topped Acacia

There are some 1,200 species of acacia distributed across the tropical and warm temperature regions of the world. The Flat Topped Acacia is afamiliar sight in grassland areas of East Africa ,its spreading canopy providing shade for many savannah animals. A native tree found over much of Africa and the Middle East, it produces profilic amounts of fruiting pods that provide much needed fodder for animals in dry areas. A medium sized tree growing to a height of around 15m in suitable areas.It is extremely drought resistant and can survive in dry semi desert areas with low annual rainfall. Under these conditions it may only grow to a height of a metre or so.The flowers are white andd grow in small clusters,they have a very aromatic smell. In some regions of Africa the Flat Topped Acacia is the main species collected by local people for firewood and for charcoal production. In some areas of Tanzania this species has been severely reduced by Elephants that strip and eat the bark.

Whistling Acacia

An abundant small bush armed with long white spines and adorned with blackish galls the size of small golf balls.The galls,each of which has several small holes leading to its hollow centre,are inhabited by colonies of aggressive CREMATOGASTER ants, which form mutually beneficial partnership with the acacia. The bush offers housing for the ants by way of the galls and the ants provide protection for the acacia by swarming over any browsing animal and inflicting upleasant  bites to the lips and tongue. Despite the presence of the ants and the sharp spines, Giraffes often browse unconcerned at least for a few  minutes until the ants begin to bite home,thereby encouraging the individual to move on elsewhere.

Sausage Tree

A widely distributed tree in wet savannah areas and along water courses at altitudes below 1,850 m. A substantial tree growing to a height of about 9m, the flowers are trumpet shaped , dull red in colour, about 12cm in length and posses a rather unpleasant smell. The flowers hang on cord-like strings and bloom during the night,falling to the ground during early morning. The fruits are large and hang on the tree like long sausages , hence its popular name. The fruits are not edible but are used for medicinal purposes in some areas. They reach lengths of 60cm and can weigh up to 7kgs.

Candelabra  Tree

A succulent tree common in some areas of the Rift valley . A large forest of Candelabra Trees can be found in Lake Nakuru National Park. They grow to a height of 15m .The trunk is short and thick nd forms a solid base from which spread a multitude of branches that resemble the shape of candelabras.

Flame  Tree

Originally discovered in Madagascar in the early part of the 19th century , this beautiful tree has since been cultivated in tropical regions throughout the world. Growing to  a height of around 15m and flourishing at altitudes below 1,500 m , this tree creates a stunning sight when in full flower. The flowers, which appear before the leaves develop, are rich scarlet red and grow in dense clusters . A  decidous tree that sheds its fern-like leaves at the onset of the dry season, having flowered andd developed long brown seedpods.

Date  Palm

Common throughout much of the region in the hotter drier areas, usually to be found along the banks of streams and rivers. Arab traders first introduced the Date Palm to the region as asource of food. Growing to a height of 20-50m , the slender trunk iscrowned with 30-40 pinnate leaves up to 4m in length. There are in the region of 40 different cultivated varieties of Date Palm throughout the tropics, the fruits of which ripen at different times of the year . The leaves are used in the production of baskets and mats.

Doum Palm

One of the easiest palms to identify, being the only one having branches which divide regularly into two.They often reach heights in excess of 15m. The fruit is orange/brown in colour and about 8cm long. It is not edible by humans but is eaten by elephants that are, to a great extend, responsible for seed dispersal.The leaves of the Doum Palm are used in weaving of baskets and mats.

Coconut Palm

Some mystery still surrounds the original home of this species, but it is  assumed by many to have drifted on ocean currents from South America to colonise the African shores . Growing to a height of around 30m ,the slender trunk is usually swollen at the base and is crowned with 20-30 pinnate leaves reaching up to 6m in length.Restricted in distribution to coastal regions the Coconut Palm is extremely salt tolerant and can live for up to 100 years , producing 50-80 fruits each year. The fruiting nut provides a valuable source of food and drink in some areas as well as the outer husk fibres providing material for rope making,matting and house thatching.


An original native of Brazil  this tree can now be found in parks,gardens and city centre avenues over much of the region. They grow to aheight of 10m or more and have fine fern-like leaves which they shed during the dry season. The flower after the short rains blossoming into a mass of delicate bell-shaped violet blue flowers, which grow in clusters.

Bottlebrush Tree

Originally from Australia these very ornament trees have beeen extensively planted in parks and gardens throughout the region. It derives its name from the numerous red flowers arranged around a stem in the shape of a bottlebrush . They produce woody fruits that are disc shaped . They can grow to heights in excess of 7m.

Candle Bush

A comparatively small shrub reaching a height of around 3-4m at most. It has a rounded shape and bears very handsome erect spikes of yellow flowers giving the effect of a candelabra bearing numerous canddles, hence its common name. It is commonly found along roadside verges and woodland edges over much of the region.


A native plant of Mexico imported to East Africa by early settlers and extensively cultivated for the manufacture of twine and rope. Although not cultivated to gthe same extend today it can still be found in parks and gardens and along roadside verges. It has elongated leaves up to 1.5m in length that have sharp spines at the tips and grow in a circular formation at ground level. The flowering spike,which erupts from the centre of its cluster of leaves,grows to a height of 6m and bears branches of yellow flowers.


There are in the region of 60 Aloe species to be found in East Africa.Volkensii is tall, growing up to 6m in height. It has grey-green leaves forming a rosette at the top from which branch spikes of red flowers. They are found at altitudes upto 2,300m, usually on rocky ground.


Originating in the West Indies this familiar small tree is often found in parks and gardens throughout the tropics.It has a distinctive shape with regular branching . The flowers are variable in colour including pink,white and yellow and are strongly scented.The petals are arranged in an overlapping fashion, reminiscent of an open fan. It is thought to have been named after the French botanist Charles Plumier who first described it during his travels in the Caribbean in the 17th century.

Desert Rose

An indigenous succulent scrub or small tree of dry areas and rocky hillsides throughout much of the region  at low altitudes. The trunk and branches have a swollen and slunted apppearance and bear very attractive pink flowers about 5cm across.The sap is very toxic and in the past was used by local people to impregnate arrowheads.


A very attractive and common native shrub of Brazil found thoughout  East Africa. It is thorny shrub often forming dense hedges in parks and gardens and is amass of the most colourful bracts which  range  from purple to crimson,pink,red,white and yellow.

Pyjama Lily

This very attractive plant has long tubular flowers that are pink and white striped, giving rise to its popular name Pyjama Lily .The leaves are grey-green in colour. It is a reasonably common plant of open grasslands at altitudes up to 2,700m.

Fireball Lily

This superb lily appears soon after the first rains in areas of open grassland and savannah ,on rocky hillsides and forest edges at altitudes up to 2,200m. The spectacular red flowers are carried on a single stem and as many as 150 individual flowers can be found in one spherical spike which can be 20cm in diameter. Once the flowers have faded and died the thick upright leaves appear.

Sodoms Apple

There are around 50 species of solanum to be found in East Africa :incanum is very common along roadside verges and on areas of waste ground. It is quick to colonise recently excavated ground.It is a very  tough shrub with fearsome spines on the stems and stalks. It bears flowers that are blue to mauve with yellow centres that measure around 15mm across. The fruits take the form of hard yellow balls which although edible are rather bitter.

Leonotis Nepetifolia

There are 9 species of leonotis to be found in East Africa,L. nepetifolia is very common over most of the region, flourishing along roadside verges. A plant growing to 1.5m with spherical clusters of orange flowers growing at intervals along the plants woody stem. The individual flowers, of which there are many on each cluster,are about 25mm in length.

All the mentioned species of  Trees & Flowers are found in East Africa for you to have a scenic safari you can use A Private Charter Fixed Wing Or Helicopter. East  Africa inhabitants are farmers and they own big plantations of maize, sugarcanne,cassava,millet,finger millet,flowers,potatoes,soyabeans,pyrethrum,sunflower which earns them foreign exchange when they export them.There are Major International Airports to serve these purpose in Uganda, Entebbe International Airport,Tanzania, Daresaalam International Airport ,Kilimanjaro International Airport andd Mwanza while in Kenya Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,Eldoret International and Moi International Airport for cargo and freight flights all over the world.You can do aerial survey and photography of  The Great Rift Valley in Kenya,Ngorongoro Crater and  Oldonyo Lengai In Tanzania and Karuma Falls ,Kabalega in Uganda.

You come as a visitor and you get to discover area of investments with you bussiness and gives an opportunity to use you holiday as abussiness venture, what a great deal!East Africa is comprised of many bussiness opportunities which when visiting can take advantage to learn more and even invest. There are mining sites in Tanzania ,Geita  85 miles North of Mwanza .

We have companies providing both commercial flights and private charters all over East Africa ranging from Bussiness Jets,Beechcrafts, Caravans,Helicopters,Small piston engine aircrafts.Especially Kenya and Uganda is the gateway for flights to the war troubled South sudan,Democratic Republic Of Congo and Chad.United Nations and Ngos have their Regional offices located in Kenya and Uganda for the Eastern and Central Africa operations.

All you need, safaris,wildlife,flights,investments  are all available in East Africa.

Travelers Irked by Luggage Fees, Rude Help

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Travelers Irked by Luggage Fees, Rude Help

Those surveyed were asked to rank their complaints regarding airlines, hotels, and rental car companies.  Although baggage fees ranked highest as an irritant, other fees (note this was an issue for all three travel industries), and rude or unhelpful staff behavior were identified as major concerns as well.

Clearly the best way today to annoy airline passengers is to charge for luggage. There has been very little compassion for any airline that charges for baggage, even though there are many travelers who enjoy the fact their fare did not increase, due to the extra dollars collected by charging others for their extra weight and cost to the carriers.

Interestingly, poll respondents said that lack of information concerning airline delays was more frustrating than the actual delays.  Passengers were also aggravated by fellow airline passengers who take more than their perceived fair share of seat space and/or carry-on space.

Airline passengers indicated they understood the reason for waiting in long line at security check in points and the absence of snacks on flights.

There was a marked difference in annoyance levels between the sexes and generations of those who participated in the survey.  Women were more upset than men by pricey hotel room snacks, insufficient bedding, and aggressive rental car staff pushing upgrades.  Older passengers were less patient with poorly behaved children on airplanes.

Perhaps the cheapest, more important, takeaway of this survey for the travel industry is to train and convince their staffs to be helpful and polite. Given airlines creativity when it comes to charging new fees, maybe the day will come when they will charge passengers willing to pay for courteous customer representatives.

Terrorist Protection and Travel Security Measures

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Terrorist Protection and Travel Security Measures

*Taken from the syllabus of The Law Enforcement & Bodyguard Association International LEBAI, special thanks to former Police Commissioner Norman E. Jennings

The aim of this lesson is to give you an introduction into Travel Security and the need to understand the importance of Travel Security and the role of security while in transit

The reason you need this information is for you to have an understanding as to correct security procedure while travelling in transit

All security personnel must understand and practice the basic rules of individual protection, as you may become the potential victim of a criminal or terrorist organisation or group.

To the extent possible, security operating in personnel in ‘threat areas’ must avoid routine in the routes and times of movements to and from the work site, your place of residence, and around town (i.e. shopping) even to the point of not eating at the same restaurants on a regular basis. Do not become a creature of habit. Past incidents indicate that terrorists kept their victim under surveillance for a substantial period of time to discover patterns and to determine a suitable time(s) and place(s) for the attack. You are vulnerable when on the move and probably most vulnerable walking to and from the car. Terrorists will most likely choose a time you are inside your automobile. You are fixed – and he may attack in a variety of ways.

Make sure the unvaried portions of the route (choke points) are as short as possible. Memorise normal activity. This includes memorising cars that normally park in the area. You can be approximately 80% certain that any attack will occur in a choke point and probably near your home during a routine trip. It is important to remember that you are a better target if you are predictable – the best defence is common sense.

Dr. Mark D. Yates at teaches the following security measures on his security training programmes.

1. If possible, use different doors and gates when departing and entering your home or office.

2 . When going out, avoid going alone. Try to travel with a group of people. If your SSM or Senior Guard has a two-man rule in place, obey it – there is safety in numbers.

3. Conduct a route survey and look at the choke points from the terrorist’s point of view.

4 . Be aware of your location at all times, even if you are a passenger in a car.

5 . Know the location of police, hospital, military, government and public facilities or other secured areas along your routine routes. These areas can provide a safe haven in case of trouble. Know as much as possible about the stores and merchants along your normal route of travel. Are there pro or anti U.S. sentiments displayed by flags, colours, or slogans painted on the buildings.

6 . In so-far as possible, travel only on busy, well travelled thoroughfares; stay away from isolated back-country roads. You will be advised during your in-country brief by the OIC of dangerous areas, pay heed and avoid them.

7. Be constantly alert to road conditions and surroundings, to include possible surveillance by car, motorcycle, or bicycle. All passengers should be vigilant. If you feel you are being followed or are in danger, drive to the nearest military installation, Police Station or Embassy. Keep the vehicle in the centre of the road to have room to manoeuvre in case of an attack. On multiple lane roads, never drive in the centre lane.

8 . Try to get around road obstructions, utilise a shoulder or ditch. Attempt to crash through a vehicle blockade, if necessary, striking the blocking vehicle a glancing blow, no more than one quarter of the way down its length, preferably at the rear wheels. Keep your vehicle moving at all costs, regardless of its condition: for example, flat tire, disabled cooling system, etc.

9. Be alert for, and give wide berth to, cars or trucks parked along the road, particularly if there are several people around them.

10. Maintain adequate distances between your car and vehicles preceding you. Avoid being blocked in.

11. Never exit the vehicle without checking the area for suspicious individuals. If you are in doubt, drive away.

12. At night, always try to park in a well lit area, of f the street, if possible.

13. Lock the duty vehicle when it is unattended.

14. Parcels and other things should not be left in the car so that strange objects can be spotted quickly.

15. Before entering the duty vehicle, ascertain that there are no suspicious objects or unexplained wires or strings outside, underneath or inside.

16. If you find suspicious wires or packages in the vehicle, do not touch them, report them immediately to the proper authority as outlined in your post guard orders. DO NOT TOUCH THE OBJECT, immediately call for assistance.

17. Keep vehicle in a high state of maintenance at all times. It can be a good weapon if used properly. Vehicles should have: outside rear view mirrors, a locking gas cap, inside hood lock, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, semi metallic disc brake pads, heavy duty shocks, premium radial tires with the maximum tire pressure as printed on the tire side wall, and a vehicle alarm system. Always keep the trunk locked. The gasoline tank should be at least half full at all times. Tinted windows make it difficult for someone to tell who is in the car and where they are sitting.

18. If your vehicle has to be left for any length of time, it should be searched before being used again. Whenever possible have the driver stay with the vehicle to observe it.

19. A full search procedure by the driver should include:

• Looking Carefully Around The Outside Of The Vehicle.

• Looking Through All The Windows.

• Checking Around And Behind Each Wheel.

• Taking Off The Hubcaps.

• Looking Underneath The Car (Particularly The Exhaust And Behind The Gas Tank) -.
• Using An Angled Mirror On A Stick If Available

• Opening The Driver’s Door.

• Checking All Doors Before Opening Them, Seats And Floor

• Opening And Inspecting The Car Trunk.

• Examining The Spare Wheel.

• Checking All Tools.

• Opening Hood Carefully And Examining The Engine Compartment.

During the residential training lessons provided by Dr. Mark D. Yates he suggests your suspicions should be aroused by:

• Unusual Objects.

• Objects Out Of Place.

• Outward Signs Of Tampering.

• Loose Wiring, String, Or Tape.

• Packages Left Under The Vehicle.

• Ground Disturbed Around The Vehicle.

20. Do not leave your vehicle on the street overnight if at all possible and never leave garage doors unlocked. Check garage doors for unknown objects or strings tied to door. DO NOT touch anything that looks strange to you.

21. Never pick up hitchhikers or stop to assist unknown persons in distress. Terrorists have frequently utilised these situations as a trap prior to assault.

22. During travel, always fasten seat belts, keep doors locked and windows closed.

23. Do not permit taxi drivers to deviate from known and desired routes. Do not always use the same taxi or bus stop. Do not take the first available cab.

24. Be sensitive to the possibility of surveillance. Before departing anywhere, check up and down the street for suspicious cars or individuals.

25. Try to note whether you are being followed. If you suspect so, promptly notify your Senior Guard so the incident can be documented.

26. Avoid civil disturbances and disputes with local citizens. If a dispute occurs, distance yourself with it as quickly as possible.

27. Do not unnecessarily divulge your home address, telephone number or any information about your fellow EPO’S.

28. Ensure that your Senior Guard provides you with a list of key phrases in the host country language: I need a policeman; take me to a doctor; where is the hospital; take me to the embassy; help.

9. Learn to use host country telephones.

30. Learn emergency telephone numbers: Embassy; Senior Guard Residence; you should always carry the exact change needed.

31. All mail should be received through the Approved channels.

32. Never accept unsolicited packages.

33. In most cases the VIP will secure some sort of host country identification document to be carried by you at all times, your blood type and allergies to particular medication should be kept with this document and should be bilingual: English and the language of the host country.

34. Identification by belief of importance, not only by the individual, but also from the terrorist’s point of view, can cause you to become a target.

35. All duty rosters should be destroyed, not thrown away when they become obsolete.

36. The best way to keep from being identified and selected as a target is not to say, do, wear, use, or display anything that will help the terrorists identify you as a Foreigner.

37. If you intend to hire domestic help, do so through the Community Liaison Office or (CLO).

38. Do not attract attention to yourself. Keep a low profile. Try to blend in as much as possible.

The measures listed above are not intended to be a complete or a definite list of individual protective measures. You should be able to think of many more. The bottom line here is DO THINK, and always exercise common sense.


It is a known fact to security specialists that terrorist groups and organised crime groups implement surveillance techniques when choosing a target/s. Dr. Mark D. Yates runs both surveillance and counter surveillance training programmes specifically aligned to countering terrorist attacks and kidnap for ransom incidents. Mark Yates advises all travellers to purchase a kidnap for ransom insurance policy from prior to leaving your Country of residence.

Your best chance of avoiding a serious terrorist incident is to spot pre-attack surveillance. The surveillance team may not be as professional as the gun team; several mistakes are now common knowledge by prior surveillance teams. The most common area for mistakes that could be noticed by the victim is at the surveillance pick up point. This is where they first begin to follow. The mistake made is correlation. Their movement or actions can be correlated to your movement or actions. The surveillance team is usually too intent on not losing sight of you to realise they are attracting your attention. For instance, as you leave the driveway, you note to the front or rear another car starting to move as you do. The car should be watched carefully. Do not let on that you are suspicious. You can test the suspect vehicle to confirm surveillance. As you depart from home or work, be aware of activity around you. Notice anything that seems suspicious or that may indicate correlation.

Watching for signs of surveillance or attack should be continuous. If, for instance, there is a vehicle behind you in traffic and you notice that is has been there for quite some time, you should make note of the number of people in the car along with their approximate ages. The vehicle may not be anything out of the ordinary. A terrorist would not likely use an eye-catching vehicle.

You must get the vehicle to make another statement. This can be as simple as speeding up just slightly, slowing down, or changing lanes. If the following vehicle does the same, then you have one more piece of information.

If the vehicle has not used several opportunities to pass, but suddenly moves out as if to pass, you should be ready. Take note of the traffic and figure which technique you would use. Watch for the placement of the other vehicle’s occupants, and if the windows are down on the side next to you. If the day is cool or it is raining, this is a very valuable tip. If the vehicle doe’s not complete the pass in the same speed as used in beginning the pass, be ready. Don’t let it stay in your blind spot. Turn and look over your left shoulder. If attacked, or you see weapons, act quickly.

The vehicle in front of you can also conduct surveillance. You can test this vehicle in the same manner as a following vehicle with some additions. Surveillance is normally conducted by the person in the right front seat. The driver cannot glance very often in the rear view mirror without, you becoming suspicious. They know this, so the person in the right front seat does the looking by using the outside right mirror. If you follow a normal vehicle you will not see a face in the out side right mirror as you do in the outside left.

If you do see someone’s face in the right mirror, it is the face of the passenger, meaning the mirror has been adjusted for that person’s use rather than for the driver. At that point you should make the other tests to confirm surveillance, such as changing lanes or speed. You can also easily note correlation by watching the turn signals of the car in front. If you make an unscheduled turn and wait later than normal to activate the turn signal, you will see possible correlations. Do not wait so late that they become suspicious of you. If you believe you are being followed, you should consider the following actions:

Do not reveal to those following that you suspect them. if you do not have radio communications, notify authorities as soon as you arrive at your destination.

If you have communications in the vehicle, notify authorities that you are under surveillance. Give your location, the direction of travel, identifying data of suspected surveillant(s) and your intentions.

Dr. Mark D. Yates advises that you never stop or take other actions to force a confrontation.

Immediately determine any identifying data that you can observe unobtrusively; for example, make, colour of car, licence number, number of occupants, description of occupants, etc.

Normally, existence of surveillance means you are not in danger of being attacked. Consider deviating your route slightly in an apparent normal manner in order to verify that you are being followed. Do not warn the surveillant(s) that you are aware of their presence. Terrorists usually conduct extensive surveillance prior to an attack in order to establish your routine and evaluate your security consciousness. As a rule, surveillance teams are neither trained for, nor have the mission to, assault the potential target.

If you feel you are in danger, immediately drive to the nearest safe area. Do not drive to your home. Be alert for slow-moving motorcycles or bicycles as these could be attempts to slow your car. Drive around them at the first opportunity.

Report all suspected surveillances immediately to the appropriate security office.

A great value for money security purchase is the Dr. Mark D. Yates home study programme on close VIP protection and/or the home study course on anti terrorist driving skills. Both of these written training programmes contain extensive security counter measure information and are available from

Remember, your goal is to avoid an incident. If you can spot the surveillance, you have an opportunity to feed false information to your attackers. You have an audience, play to them! Show them changes in routine that make an attack very difficult to plan. They will probably go to some other victim since they normally watch several potential victims at the same time; finally picking the one where success is guaranteed.

Best Drive in the United States California Highway 1

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Best Drive in the United States California Highway 1

I guess that’s why they call it Highway 1. A rcent online survey voted California’s Highway 1 the Top Road Trip in the U.S.

Highway 1 is known to be one of the most beautiful highways in the country, and a must when planning a trip to California. It takes you from the edges of the Southern California Coast, through Los Angeles and inland through the Central State. Highway 1 then curves back out to the coast, giving you a flavor of both Southern and Northern California coastlines. The difference is striking.

You will never forget your first time driving over The Golden Gate Bridge.

Growing up in California, Highway 1 was the site seeing drive. For trips that demand speed, Interstate 5 through California’s Central is the preferred route. Highway 1 let’s you savor the coast line and the wind shaped rolling hills of the Coastal Interior above Santa Barbara.

If you want a real way to discover California, Highway 1 is the best way to learn about the quieter side of the Golden State.

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Cruising South To The Antarctic

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Cruising South To The Antarctic

Two nautical charts are on the ship’s navigation table. Never surveyed waters surround the ship, according to both charts. A reasonable path, the captain opts to maintain a course drawn on depth soundings. This channel is new to him, though he’s sailed the Antarctic many, many times. Go to this site for further information on <a href=’’>antarctica cruise adventures</a>.  Oncoming dusk makes it harder to see, then the heavy snow starts. The icebergs encumbering the channel are even harder to track as the giant snowflakes cling to the windows. We luckily have radar, which shows us a safe route to follow. The large ice blocks show up orange on the screen. One enormous glob dominates the channel ahead on the monitor. The ice is only three kilometers from us.  The captain whispers his command at one kilometer.   No one else speaks. The helmsman deftly moves the wheel and the ship alters its course. Peeking through the snow and fog, we see the ghostly tabular iceberg.  It’s a sight that can only be experienced in the southern ocean. Sporting straight sides that rise rapidly into the air, this berg is over one hundred feet tall.  The top is very flat and very wide.  Not for the first time, has the sheer magnitude of Antarctica stopped me in my tracks. We are heading to the Antarctic Circle in our polar class cruise vessel. We’ll pass some of the most desolate and inhospitable areas in this world as we travel. After being discovered in 1820, another 79 years went by before a human spent the winter there. Explorers were quick to search for the South Pole, but soon perished.  Scientist came next. Just recently, tourists who were not filthy rich could begin visiting Antarctica. You could experience Antarctica for about the same cost as visiting a Caribbean island. Go to this site for further information on <a href=’’>adventure antarctica cruises</a>.  Antarctica looks a little bit like a manta ray with a curved tail. South America is separated from Antarctica by 500 miles of ocean. This is known as Drake Passage.  It is home to the roughest seas on the planet. It has also been called the ‘Slobbering Jaws of Hell’ and extracts a high price for passage. One caring passenger reminds us to stow our gear carefully and then make sure our cabin portholes are latched well.  After sailing from Ushuaia, in Argentina, we sailed through the Beagle Channel and reached the open ocean. We spent two days on very rough seas with no land in sight. The wind approached gale force for the entire time. As waves broke over the bow, ocean spray shot up beyond my fourth deck window. Swells could be seen in the range of fifteen to forty feet; size varied according to the observer’s level of seasickness.  The Southern Ocean greeted us two days out from South America. The view of a coastal enclave filled my porthole the next morning. Due to the land, the water seemed to have quieted. The tops of the high mountains were sheathed in wispy clouds. The ridges stuck through the smooth glaciers at sharp angles. Rough, tumbled ice filled with cracks and dirt fell into the sea in large slabs. The mountains, which looked they could house Everest, appeared to jump straight up from the sea.  One traveler found the travel to Antarctica to be akin to childbirth’s labor. Antarctica is the world’s windiest, driest, coldest and highest continent. Holding 70 percent of earth’s fresh water, the polar plateau gets the same amount of precipitation as Death Valley does. No animals stay all year long on Antarctica and there is no indigenous human population.  No one even owns the land.  The shore landings and sailing routes must depend on the weather. Though we’ve been counseled by the guides to remain flexible, our original shore landing becomes reality. We’ve been assigned groups and told to meet on deck. I climb into an inflatable boat with the nine other people in my group. We quickly ride across the quarter mile of water. And then, with just one step, I am among the few who can say they’ve stood on the Antarctic Continent.