When you are young, you would not notice that time would pass you by. There would be numerous occasions in life where you would have so many chances to enjoy life more, but you might miss out on these chances due to your own negligence about the fact that there would come a time in your life where you cannot have such experiences in the same way again. This is why you need to focus on activities that make you happy when you are young. You would have the time and the energy to engage in what you love, and this would allow you to have many memorable experiences that you would later cherish much in life. One of the best things that you could do when you are young would be travelling. It would do well for you to understand why travelling would be so good, and then know the best ways that you could travel.

 

Travelling would be able to give something for every person of every taste. If you are a person who enjoys peace and quietness, it would be possible for you to travel to a place that is away from your home and then enjoy some alone time. If you are a person who loves a bit of adventure, there would be so many locations that you could go to where you would be well capable of fulfilling your adrenaline filled tendencies. Depending on your preferences, you could either travel alone, in the company of a travel partner or you could even travel in a group. What matters is that you enjoy your travels properly. When you are young enough to enjoy everything that comes in the way of travelling, it can be said that you will have many ideal experiences in your travels.

 

It is a fact that you would get busier as you get older. Even if you might have more money than what you have now, it is highly unlikely that you would have the money. When you are young travelling on a budget would not be something that is hard for you. Likewise, there would be certain advantages that you could make use of given the fact that you are young.

 

Depending on where you want to go, you could go all over the world and have a great time in your travels. However, this does not mean that you have to stop travelling as you get older. You need to do what you love, and it would be easier for you to do so in when you are young.

 

 

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An encouragingly growing number of people are beginning to think about the impact of their actions on the planet. Climate change triggered by global warming has been a debilitating issue, one that we have been slow to act on. In some ways, we still are; however as the saying goes, better late than never.  After all, we only have one habitable planet, and we need to protect it. That we know of that is. In recent times, there has been action taken in the right direction, spurring a wave in turn of increasingly large proportions, though of course there is still a lot we can do. Here are a few ways how eco-friendly cleaning starting with your home and workplace, can have a positive impact on the environment. And you.

Cleaner Air

Much as you may not think about this on the regular, the air we breathe today is basically polluted. If you live and work in urban areas, then this is certain. There is no escaping it. Pollution from vehicles, buildings and more, including pollutants released from non-green products forms a toxic combination that causes many supposedly sudden illnesses. The truth is, they build up in our bodies over time, inevitably making us sick down the line. Look towards eco-friendly cleaning so you can help keep your environment as pollutant free as possible.

Less or No Toxins

Eco-friendly cleaning products are typically chemical-free, which makes them incredibly safe for use. This also helps those with sensitive conditions such as allergies, and it also reduces the risk of everyone coming into contact with harmful chemicals. For instance, Uber Clean House uses chemical-free products with their eco-friendly cleaning services, which means that you can enjoy a less toxic environment as a result. If you have very young children, this is an especially great feature.

Be Good to the Environment

Of course alongside all of this, the effect eco-friendly cleaning has on the environment is immense. Though it might not feel like your efforts have much impact, you certainly are making a difference no matter how small. When these efforts add up, it becomes a collective initiative and these are what spark change. Treat your neighbourhood better, be kind to nature around the vicinity, and be mindful of consumption habits. Often when people see others doing it, they follow suit. And this is one trend that should definitely catch on.

Healthier Population

If we all step up, we could together help build a healthier population, starting with our town communities. If you are going to mobilise the world, you have to move first. Eco-friendly cleaning undoubtedly helps create a healthier populace with time, which in turn means less ‘modern day’ diseases getting in our way. We have become rather careless with our health owing to pressures of 21st-century living, but that does not mean it is too late. Help guide future generations down the right path so they in turn will learn and develop these good habits. We certainly owe it to them to leave this planet a little better than we found it.

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Who does not want to travel? Everybody loves to skip off into the great wide unknown, looking to explore, seek out new cultures, sample amazing food and in general get to know the vast expanse of the globe. And in recent times, there appears to be an increasing number of people choosing to do just that. With budget airlines and accommodation also making their entry into the industry, we have more choices now than ever, and this is only set to grow. Seasoned travellers have the resources and knowledge they need to make the most of economic choices, but first-time travellers need to learn what to watch out for. Whilst most of it is pretty much trusting your gut and being responsible, the rest are things you may miss/forget to do. So here is a checklist to get you on the road.

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Travel Insurance

Many travellers still do not travel without insurance, and whilst it is not mandatory, it is definitely in your best interests to get one. All sorts of things can go wrong when travelling, so instead of letting those things put you off, you can take measures to mitigate them. You could lose your luggage, fall ill or lose your documents. The right travel insurance in place will help you protect yourself against these sudden happenings, allowing you to enjoy yourself more.

Carry Enough Money

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This might seem like a no-brainer, but while you do not need hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a good time, you do need to carry sufficient funds at all times. Travelling in a foreign land with no money on you is not exactly the smartest idea. Consider traveller’s cheques, and make sure you scout out reliable money exchange agents like Exchange Now to get the best deals on exchange rates. If you are not careful when changing money, you could end up losing out financially, so it is important that you are vigilant in this regard.

Know What You Are Going Into

Different countries have different rules and regulations, and as a visitor, you most certainly do not have the right to break them. Respecting the culture and traditions of the country you are visiting at all times is essential. Read up and research the destination, so you can be sure of your trip being a hassle-free one. People do not like foreigners belittling their customs and disregarding their laws, and doing so is a sure fire way of getting into trouble, maybe even being banned from re-entry.

The Embassy

Find out where your embassy is in the respective country. This is just as important as everything else, as your embassy can protect you in case there is a sudden occurrence like political unrest or act of violence. If the situation is particularly grave, it might not be possible to get a flight out immediately, so you can turn to your embassy for assistance. Always have this information on-hand at all times, especially if you are someone who travels a lot. Plus with the Internet, it has never been easier, so there really is no excuse if you do not.

 

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There is a certain joy in travelling all alone. But many would agree that the best travelling experiences that they have had were done in the presence of a travel partner. What a travel partner does is just as the name suggests, they would come with you in your travels. When there is a travel partner with you, you would be able to share many good experiences and make many new memories. In addition to that, you would not have to worry much about being alone in a time where you need assistance. Even when the travels are over, you would be able to use what you gathered in your travel in leading a good life. However, in order to fulfil these, you would have to know how to choose a good travelling partner.

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A person that would be a good travel partner to you might not be a good travel partner to someone else. You would have to know the fact that it is something that is subjective. Hence, when you are focusing on choosing a travel partner, it would be best for you to choose a person that fits your preferences, has the same taste as you in travels and understands you properly. The bond that travellers build with their travel partners would be ones that would last life-times. The travel partner that you choose would have to be enthusiastic about the travels as much as you are or even more. A good travel partner would not only make your travels better, they would make sure that your life is better as well. In addition to ticking all the boxes of your preferences, there are a few more qualities that a person should have as a travel partner.

 

In your travels, there would be many situations where you would have to take quick decisions. There would also be occasions where you would have to improvise and carry out your travel plans accordingly. The travel partner that you choose needs to be in such a manner that they are capable of making such decisions. They also have to have the necessary understanding on how the budget has to be managed while travelling. Finding a travel partner that is well experienced in travels would be the best way to get about the matters.

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You go on travelling because you want to have a good time. When you get the best travel partner you could to join you in the journey, it would be clear that the enjoyment of the trip would be enhanced in an effective manner.

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There would be many occasions in a person’s life where they would want to travel. If you want to travel, you would want to have a certain experience off it. It could be relaxation, it could be some thrill, it could be visiting a place that you may have wanted to visit for a long time or it could be any other matter. In any case, anyone would agree in the fact that despite how spontaneous your travels might be, there needs to be a certain level of planning that needs to go in to the travels. The way that your travels happen to be would depend on the nature of your travel plan. Therefore, it would be very important for you to make your travel plans in the best possible way. When you are making such a plan, there are a few factors that you need to take into account. Once you know these factors, you would be able to make a travel plan that would be capable of bringing you such a good set of travels.

 

It should be obvious that the destination that you are travelling to would have to take the topmost spot in your travel plan. But sometimes, the journey is as important as the destination, or even more important. Hence, you would have to pay attention towards ensuring that the mode of transportation that you pick suits the situation accordingly. Another factor that you would have to focus on would be the accommodation that you are obtaining. It would do well for you to do a bit of a search and find a suitable place in the area that would fit your preferences just right. Some people would like to travel alone, some would want to travel in small groups, whereas some would want to travel in large groups. It is up to you to decide how you go, but you need to make sure that you put it in your travel plan.

 

Calculating your budget and managing it is another crucial aspect of making a travel plan. You would have to take various types of expenses into account here, and then it would be possible for you to allocate the budget for the travel as a whole. It is recommended to keep a safe margin of money above the expenses in case some emergency expenses might arise.

 

Making travel plans is something that is certainly interesting. But you need to do it right by taking the right factors into account, because it would directly affect the way you enjoy your travels.

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Travelling is something that most of us would be passionate about. When a person is passionate about something, it would be necessary for them to put in some effort into following those passions. There would obviously be certain limitations and challenges that you have to face along the way, but it would be a part of the enjoyment. When it comes to travelling, a problem that many would have would be the financial aspect of it. The monetary aspect of travelling also happens to be the one that is least interesting, but if one knows how to manage to finance well, and travel on a budget while still managing to have great travel experiences, it would be clear such travels would prove to be ideal. When you know the basics of travelling on a budget, it would be possible for you to adapt the rest of the solutions according to the nature of your travels.

 

Firstly, one needs to understand that travelling with a zero budget is not something that is advisable. There needs to be some money in place. You always need to be prepared for unpredictable situations, and having at least little amount of money in hand is a necessity. When you have some money, you need to decide which travel experiences are more worth than the others. Since you are limited on the budget, you may have to compromise one aspect of travelling for another. As an example, if you want to visit a certain area that would cost you a considerable amount of money, you could allocate the money for it by choosing a cheaper place to stay. Likewise, you should be ready to compromise in order to have the best possible travel experience.

 

It would be crucial that you know how to minimize unnecessary spending. When you spend on what is only necessary, you would be able to stick to your budget. Whereas when you are spending on matters that are not directly affecting the travel experience that you have planned, you might run out of budget and miss out on some good travel experiences. Hence, you need to plan out your expenses and know when and when not to spend.

 

In any case, there are a few matters that you should not compromise despite how limited your budget it. A good example for this would be your security. Once it is clear to you on how you could travel on a limited budget in a proper manner, you would be able to go on many more travels without having to spend much money.

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Partnership in International Medical Education (PRIME) has been asked to organise this conference. PRIME is closely related to Christian Medical Fellowship in UK and ICMDA Eurasia. PRIME has strong links with other Christian Medical Associations, missions and medical institutions in many parts of the world and is currently working in more than a dozen countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, The aim of PRIME is to improve health world-wide through medical and healthcare education, through providing a programme of whole person care in medical schools and at post graduate level especially in primary care. A palliative care branch has also been founded.

PRIME seeks to promote genuine partnerships between medical educators in the developed and the developing world. Teaching is done from a Christian model of the whole person, body mind and spirit but the courses run are designed to be accessible to people of all faiths or of none. Tutors are Christians with a proven track record of involvement in medical education in their various home countries, and include people at the top of their respective fields. We look for increasing involvement of those in nursing and professions allied to medicine all of whom will be welcome to contribute to this conference.

During 2005, PRIME has definite commitments in more than a dozen countries in Europe Africa and Asia, with several more planned to commence during the year.

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As part of Tour Hosts’ commitment to CSR, last week, Tricia Tate, Business and Operations Manager of Tour Hosts’ Queensland Office, was proud to present a cheque for money raised by Tour Hosts staff to Cameron Prout, Chief Executive Officer, Heart Foundation (Queensland Office), during the Heart Foundation Conference 2009

Each year, Tour Hosts selects a charity campaign and activities are held throughout the year to raise money. 2008/2009’s charity is the Heart Foundation. Funds will be put towards vital improvements and advances for prevention and research of cardiovascular diseases, the number 1 factor of death in men and women that the Heart Foundation supports.

Tour Hosts was the Professional Conference Organiser for the Heart Foundation Conference 2009 held at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The Conference was held alongside a successful exhibition.

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The central business district and adjacent Darling Harbour are 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. A taxi costs approximately A$25. A regular airport to city bus service operates from approximately 0600 to 2100 hours (not recommended for those with large amounts of luggage). Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at the Airport.

Taxis: Taxis in Sydney operate under 2 pricing structures. From 0600 – 2200 hours the standard fare applies. On the left hand side of the taxi meter, above the word “rate” you should see the number 1. From 2200 – 0600 hours, a 20% night tariff applies, at these times the meter should be set on rate 2. Please check the meter is set correctly when you begin your journey.

Trains: There is a train station located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run on average every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes 10 minutes to reach Central Station and 15 minutes to Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes a few minutes longer.

Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for the easy transfer of luggage.
Fares from the Domestic Terminal to the City start at $10 per adult single and $15 day return. For further information on the service that the Airport Link provides, please see the following website: www.airportlink.com.au.

Banking/Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1). Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations.

Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.

Business Hours

Banks generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday – Friday. General office hours are 0900 – 1700 Monday – Friday. Post Offices operate these hours, however stamps are often available from hotels.

Climate And Clothing

April is autumn and the temperature range is 15° to 23°. Sydney expects to enjoy an Indian summer during April, but like all coastal cities its weather can change quickly.

Generally Australians are informal dressers. We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions. A light jacket is recommended for evenings. Please see the social program for dress details at social functions.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying. At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called BYO restaurants, an abbreviation for bring your own.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

GOODS & SERVICES TAX (GST) / TOURIST REFUND SCHEME (TRS)

Since 1 July 2000, Australia adopted a new taxation system incorporating the Goods & Services Tax (GST). All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of GST, unless otherwise specified.

As part of this taxation system, the Australian Government introduced the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). The scheme is administered by the Australian Customs Department and took effect on 1 July 2000. The TRS enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund only applies to goods, which travellers take with them as hand luggage when leaving the country. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia, however the goods can be used before departing Australia.

Language

The official language for the Symposium is English. For interpreting assistance, please contact the Symposium Managers.

Parking

Parking is available at the Symposium venue, The Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, as per the following rates:
1 hour = A$6.00
1 – 2 hours = A$12.00
2 hours + = A$18.00 (daily maximum charge)

Passport & Visa

All travellers to Australia, other than New Zealand, require a valid entry VISA prior to travel to Australia. For many nationalities (29 in total) an Electronic Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) can be obtained from your travel agent or airline when making your travel arrangements. Please see your travel agent or airline for further details.
Planning Your Travel

Because of time change and jet lag, the Organising Committee suggests you consider arriving in Australia by 4 April, 2003. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Symposium. Don’t forget you will lose a day traveling across the dateline from the US – only to gain it back on the return flight.

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.

Shopping

Shops in Sydney open from 0900 to 1730 during the week with late night shopping on Thursday. On Saturdays, most shops open from 0900 to 1600. On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops are open from 1000 to 1800 and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1600.

Time

Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Vaccinations

A current valid international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever is required if passengers come from, or travel through, infected areas. Check this carefully with your airline or travel agent.

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters and a gratuity of about 10 per cent is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

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