June 16, 2011

Keep Your Shoes On!

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Our friends at MedjetAssist are always current on the latest happenings in travel, and they’ve just filled us in on a proposed TSA procedure that let “trusted travelers” keep their shoes on, leave laptops in bags and avoid the dreaded body scanners.

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Today’s insider’s travel tip comes to you courtesy of our Creative Services Editor, Emily, who loves checking out the cities she visits on foot.

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When booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari, most travelers will likely expect to spend a good deal of time exploring the majestic animals that populate Serengeti National Park. While more prominent animals like lions and elephants may be bigger draws, there are hundreds of lesser-known species populating the region that can be just as compelling. Animal lovers will delight in studying peaceful herbivorous creatures like antelope, including native topi, while exploring the Serengeti.

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There is no shortage of amazing attractions on a Kenya and Tanzania safari, yet few capture the might and majesty of the natural world quite as soundly as the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania.

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Avid adventurers have embraced the Malaysian island of Borneo as one of the newest hot spots for nature travel thanks to its various local cultures, unspoiled wilds and the wealth of natural attractions its mountainous landscape has to offer.

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One of the last remaining wild frontiers, Patagonia is a beautiful and natural expanse of land that expands across the southern tip of South America, incorporating both Argentina and Chile.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent a week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santa Cruz Island, the most populated island in the archipelago.

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One of the most awe-inspiring natural formations that one can encounter on a nature travel excursion is a waterfall. With gallons upon gallons of water rushing over the edge of a rocky outcropping, there may be no more eloquent and beautiful statement of nature's strength.

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The Caribbean may be more popular for its beaches than the possibilities for nature travel, but those with an eye for birdlife are going to love International Expeditions’ new journey to Guyana and Trinidad. While there is a wealth of birding destinations for travelers heading to the island nation of Trinidad, there is no better place to spot the local avian life than Asa Wright Nature Center.

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An Amazon cruise allows travelers to glimpse a number of unique and beautiful animals during their excursion, but that is a perk not solely reserved for the river proper. The 1,200-mile long Rio Ucayali is one of the many offshoots of the complex river system, and offers a wealth of wildlife both along its shores and in its waters.

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