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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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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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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One advantage to International Expeditions' location along Alabama’s Cahaba River is that we see so much wildlife. This hooded warbler had to be rescued by our own nature travel planner Charlie Weaver when it was injured after running into an office window. After a few minutes, this warbler was back in the wild. But the experience made us wonder what we can do to help birds steer clear of reflective windows. Here are a few tips we found from wildlife experts.

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When one's nature travel plans lead them to Tanzania, a safari is almost certainly on their mind. Some travelers also devote time during their Kenya and Tanzania safari taking in landmarks that dot the nation. For vacationers who want to marvel at both the local wildlife and natural wonders of Tanzania, a stop at Olduvai Gorge is a must.

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It’s a highlight of any Galapagos Islands cruise experience — standing just steps from comical male blue-footed boobies as the honk, sway, whistle and dance their way to a mate. But it turns out that dancing ability may not be all it tales to impress a female.

According to a group of Spanish and Mexican researchers, the intense blue hue of the male bird’s feet is actually an external indicator of age and fitness for breeding.

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