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Ebola: Why You Shouldn't Worry

11.10.2014

by elias

You've heard it, we've heard it. We've all seen it play out on 24-hour news cycle after news cycle. "The Ebola threat is real," right? As planners of international travel, we've definitely heard the hype. And since the first cases in West Africa were publicized, you can trust that we've kept ourselves educated on the issue as much as possible.

For the record, this blog post is not meant to play down the danger of the very real Ebola outbreak, nor the hardship that the people of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali and Liberia are enduring. Its goal is to educate international travelers on the actual dangers they face, and to quench fears of a largely avoidable threat.

Why You Won't Catch Ebola

The Ebola virus is spread through the direct contact

of an infected person's bodily fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) with your eyes, nose, mouth, or open wound. According the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "there is no evidence indicating that Ebola virus is spread by coughing or sneezing." Unless you've directly rubbed an infected person's bodily fluids on your person, there is little chance that you have Ebola.

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Road Trippin': Namibia

10.8.2014

by elias

red-dune-landscape

One of the best, most cost-effective and personal ways to travel in Namibia is in a car. American travelers are usually taken aback when they learn this. The Road Trip is a very American convention. From Route 66 to Pacific Coast Highway, the best way to see the 50 states is from behind the wheel. We list Namibia among the few overseas destinations where we suggest the same.

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Best Times to Travel in Tokyo

9.24.2014

by elias

Asakusa District

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10 Myths About Hiking the Inca Trail

6.19.2014

by elias

View of Machu Picchu

1. Hiking the Inca Trail is the only way to get to Machu Picchu.

Thousands of travelers visit Machu Picchu every day, and only a fraction of these visitors got there via the Inca Trail. After hiking for four days through sparsely populated mountains, many Inca Trail hikers are surprised to find a small but bustling modern town at the base of the mountain, complete with a crowded train station. The Peruvian train system is extensive, and has been shuttling travelers to the base of Machu Picchu mountain from the Sacred Valley for years.

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Packing for Treks: Peru

4.16.2014

by rebecca

Machu PicchuRebecca is a Global Basecamps MVP traveler who has trekked all over the world and back again. Having gained knowledge and experience packing for her various treks, she was kind enough to offer her tips for future travelers! In our "Packing for Treks" series, Rebecca will give general tips, as well as destination-specific tips for Nepal, Tanzania and Peru!

Poles in Peru?

Whether you are hiking in the Andes, retracing the steps of the Incas, or exploring the depths of Colca Canyon, the common denominator, apart from the stunning scenery, is often the steep, slippery and treacherous terrain.

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