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Travel fails: mistakes, mishaps and embarrassment on the road

At lunch today I was discussing with a colleague travel mistakes, mishaps and/or embarrassments while on the road. One that I can vividly remember is staying at a hotel in Venezuela and confusing the owner for the restaurant waiter. Later that evening, when the owner clarified he was the “owner not the waiter” I laughed thinking it was a joke. When I saw it was not a joke I felt so embarrassed and apologized for my mistake.

What travel mishaps have you experienced? The Lonely Planet published a funny article about this topic. You can read more about it at: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blog/2013/06/22/lonely-planets-travel-fails-mistakes-mishaps-and-embarrassment-on-the-road/#ixzz2cXMIgsxt

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Top waterfalls in Latin America

The Spanish newspaper “El Pais” highlights several amazing waterfalls in the world. In particular it highlights Latin American waterfalls found in Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Guyana and Brazil.

Guyana: Kaieteur Falls, located in Potaro-Siparuni forests in Guyana, double in height Victoria Falls, and it is five times higher than Niagara Falls. It’s drop reaches nearly 230 meters.

Venezuela: Angel Falls in Canaima National Park. The water falls is 979 meters from the edge of one of the geological formations, the plateaus known as tepuis – oldest in the world. It is named after Jimmy Angel, the American aviator who in 1937 managed to land on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil: The Devil’s Throat is the largest of the 250 waterfalls spread over 2.5 kilometers, which exist in the Iguazu Falls located between Argentina and Brazil.

Chile: Hanging Glacier suspended between two mountains at the Queulat National Park in Chilean Patagonia.

Peru: Salto de Gocta also known as La Chorrera, in the Amazon region of Peru. Its fall 540 meters making it the fifth highest waterfall in the world.

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Pack for a Purpose and put your luggage to work for a good cause

Interested in putting your luggage to work for a good cause? Why not positively impact communities in South America by bringing meaningful contributions to the destinations you visit?  All it takes is extra room in your luggage (2.27 kilograms) and a willingness to bring in what’s needed. PackForaPurpose.org. is a brilliant organization that pairs travelers with destinations that need supplies. “You can make a big impact on children around the world.”

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New specie discovered in Venezuela by a BBC team

New species were discovered in a cave system of a remote Venezuelan table-top mountain in the Gran Sabana region which included a swimming cave cricket, a no-eyed harvestman and a cave catfish.  Although members of the BBC team believe that they are new species, the three creatures have not been formally described.

To read more on this story in English click on the following link: ‘New’ swimming cave cricket species filmed

To read more on this story in Spanish click on the following link: Equipo de la BBC descubre “nuevas especies” en Venezuela

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Travel tips: essential gear for camping and hiking

Getting ready for your next camping and/or hiking adventure? The Lonely Planet published an article on essential travel gear for camping and hiking.  For those who enjoy the outdoor adventures, I thought this article would be interesting to read. Enjoy!

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Why is travel insurance important?

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died yesterday, March 5, 2013. If you are traveling through Venezuela right now your trip/itinerary will probably be affected. This is just one of many reasons why it is important to purchase travel insurance before traveling. It will protect you against the unexpected.

Reasons to buy travel insurance
1. Your flight has been cancelled.
2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.
3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.
4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.
5. You need to cancel your trip due to illness.
6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.
7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.
8. A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.
9. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort, hotel or cruise.

For those looking for good insurance companies I recommend this article: Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. It gives you great tips on how to pick the best policy.  We recommend (and use) the The Travel Insurance Center.

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How to pack a suitcase

Ever wonder how to pack a suitcase like a pro? In article from Real Simple magazine experts reveal their trusted, time-honored solutions. Try out these tips on your next vacation and let me know what you think. You can also check-out more travel tips on the TIC Pinterest page.

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A promising multigenerational travel…

I wanted to share a great article I read today on PANK “professional aunt with no kids”. The article is about how career women who don’t have children of their own but who love to travel enjoy sharing the experience with young relatives or acquaintances.

Can’t wait to organize a trip to South America for such great and inspiring women!

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Happy New Year! May 2013 be a year full of learning, exciting travels and new discoveries

To all our wonderful followers, Happy New Year! Turpial Travel wishes you a year full of learning, exciting travels and new discoveries.

We wanted to start the year by sharing this wonderful article “5 Things That Really Smart People Do” which describes five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts. It recommends:

  1. Quieting Your Inner Voice

  2. Arguing With Yourself

  3. Acting Like You Are Curious

  4. Finding the Kernel of Truth

  5. Focusing on the Message Not the Messenger

How about applying these principles to your travel? It will keep you engaged, impressionable, relevant and constantly learning new things.  Do you think Albert Einstein would agree?

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Single for the Holidays?

The holidays is the perfect time of year to be with the one you love the most: yourself. If you are unmarried, divorced, widowed or simply apart from friends and family this holiday season you have the opportunity to be in the direst desert in the world or if you are up for a bit of adventure how about trekking Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, or trekking Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia? What about seeing the anaconda in person? Explore “solo travel ideas” and spend some wonderful time with yourself.

 

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