• Luggage Repair On-the-Go

    Posted on June 28, 2014 by in Ask Aston

    Damaged or malfunctioning luggage while traveling can put a damper on your trip. But before you throw away that suitcase or attempt to replace it in high-priced touristy places, try these quick fix techniques to get you through the rest of your trip. For seam rips that duct tape won’t fix, pack your items in […]

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  • Best Exchange Rates

    Posted on June 28, 2014 by in MJST Prep School

    Exchange rates vary greatly based on a number of factors such as location, type of currency and commission rates. Monetary value fluctuates often and getting the best rates requires preparation. Keep track of these fluctuations by using a currency converter.  The best rate is the interbank exchange rate that is negotiated between financial institutions. This […]

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  • Traveling for a Destination Wedding

    Posted on June 21, 2014 by in Ask Aston

    Making sure airport security does not put a damper on the big day requires pre-planning. Pack all required supportive documents (marriage license, affidavits, etc) in your carry on. Make sure names on the airline tickets and passports match. It is up to the discretion of the individual TSA or immigration officer to decide if a […]

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  • Adventure Tourism

    Posted on June 21, 2014 by in Elle Renee, Theme Travel

    Adventure tourism is travel involving exploration with perceived/possible risk depending on the type. It is generally divided into 2 categories; hard and soft. Hard adventures are typically extreme activities that carry some danger (ie paragliding, bungee jumping and rock climbing). Soft adventures are leisurely and often educational (ie bird watching, architectural and safaris). If you […]

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  • St Vincent and the Grenadines

    Posted on June 21, 2014 by in Destination Spotlight

    Located between St. Lucia and Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines is comprised of 32 islands and cays. With only 9 of the islands inhabited, this nation is truly unspoiled, transporting visitors back in time to old days of the Caribbean. There are over 40 dive sites throughout the country including the Tobago cays, a […]

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  • International Souvenir Responsibility

    Posted on June 21, 2014 by in MJST Prep School

    Souvenirs are an integral part of travel that majority of travelers purchase to commemorate their trip. And most travelers attempt to bring home souvenirs that are unique in nature. But, some of these unique souvenirs may be illegal. The obvious illegal items include illegal drugs, exotic animals, ancient relics/artifacts and products made from endangered animals. […]

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  • Guatemala

    Posted on June 14, 2014 by in Destination Spotlight

    The northern most country in Central America, Guatemala is roughly the size of Tennessee yet home to a population of 1.5 million people. Much of the land is protected with 3.5 million square miles of mainly virgin jungle wilderness in the Maya Biosphere Reserve alone. The area of El Peten is considered the “Cradle of […]

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  • Choosing a Destination Wedding Date/Month

    Posted on June 14, 2014 by in Ask Aston

    The location has been chosen, now it’s time to choose the date. The best month to have a Destination Wedding is dependent upon the location and types of activities that are planned. If a colder destination is chosen but outdoor activities are planned, the best months should coincide with the warmer, nicer temperatures of the […]

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  • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

    Posted on June 14, 2014 by in MJST Prep School

    The STEP program is a free service that allows US citizens and nationals to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or consulate in their destination. Once enrolled, travelers receive important information from the local embassy about safety conditions, etc in the destination country. Enrolling also helps the US Embassy contact travelers in an […]

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  • Falkland Islands

    Posted on June 7, 2014 by in Destination Spotlight

    The Falkland Islands is a 4700 sq-mile archipelago of over 740 islands located 400 mi south of South America and 800 mi north of the Antarctic Circle. Known for their penguins, these islands are home to >400 wildlife species giving rise to its nickname, the “New Galapagos”. The pristine and unspoiled environment allows for great […]

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