Mursi Women in Ethiopia with prominent lip plates
Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian photographer famous for his extraordinary black and white images of life in some of the most remote and least visited parts of our planet.
Salgado’s latest work is the monumental project called Genesis, a collection of more than 200 images from the far reaches of the Earth, and showcases the results of an eight-year long project
This unique body of work is now exhibiting at London’s Natural History Museum through to September this year.
The collection contains startling images of the daily life of Siberian nomads, Papua New Guinea natives and Amazonian tribes photographed over weeks and months on location in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
Salgado’s images of the Mursi tribe of Ethiopia ( filmed by Globe Trekker in 1996) and his images of South Georgia in the South Atlantic ( filmed by GT in 2009) and are among the most memorable images of the exhibition and a testimony to the extraordinary talents of this Globe Trotting photographic genius of our age!
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis is at the Natural History Museum, London, from 11 April to 8 September
Ticket prices £10 adults, £5 child and concession, £27 family
I have been working in travel for 30 years and have become accustomed to the most common phobias amongst travellers.
The phobic traveller will always worry that “something” could go wrong! Words: Neda Dorudi
Here are some of my picks of the most common travel phobias.
1) Checking in on line has caused the traveller great worries, this travel phobia is very common, why, because the traveller thinks if a problem occurs whilst checking on line it means they won’t be able to get on that plane. Never fear as
this is really not an issue, checking in can still be done at the airport and bags can be dropped at the bag drop area,and you can still get your boarding pass at the airport, all this is still possible, it is just a bit more time consuming.
2) The next most common phobia is the worry that their bags will be lost and they will arrive without their luggage. What will they for 2 weeks without their luggage?
The answer to this is simple. Should your bags not arrive, you go to the Airline customer services, these would be located at the arrivals area, and even in the baggage claim area. You give them your luggage tag and they will have to locate your bags, as its very possible the luggage has gone on a flight bound for a different destination to yours. The airline will give you a tracer Reference and take your details to get the luggage delivered once found. You can claim compensation for the items you have had to purchase within a certain amount to be advised by the airline, if you have travel insurance you can make a further claim with your insurance company.If possible don’t panic!
3) The phobic traveller is never far from a worry when setting off on a trip, and the next worry is ” what if my flight is delayed”?
Air congestion is a modern day travelling issue, as there are so many elements to battle with.
The biggest problem is usually the weather, or strikes at airports.
It can also be due to the airline losing their slot, so having to wait to get back in the take off queue.
Stay claim, and keeping checking for updates, don’t let the airlines fop you off, as if the delay goes into the next day, they are obliged to put you up at their expense. Never cancel your reservation, wait for the airline to do that and re route you, this is referred to as “involuntary change” meaning not at the traveller’ s request.
Once again you can claim for delay from insurance company, but be sure to have read all the cans and cannots when taking out the policy.
4)The phobias continue, into the realm of seating.
The worry of not getting a good seat. I know the seat I want, but my travel agents have not pre assigned the seat that I asked for? The seating issue really upsets the traveller, as they cannot understand why a simple request such as this could not have been completed.
Well here are some answers which may help you to understand the nature of pre assigning seats.
Most Airlines prefer the traveller to assign their seats with on line check in .British airways for instance allows pre assignment only 24hrs prior to departure, and if you want to pre assign a seat before the 24 hours then expect to pay a fee of as much as £10, if you have purchased a cheap ticket and have no executive card of a certain tier.
Seating can never be guaranteed as if the type of airline changes, so does the seating configuration, this is a common feature. So don’t worry about the seat you never got, just make sure you are the first to get on line and get that seat, before any one else.
5) Now it’s getting close to arrival, and once again the phobic traveller will now worry, what if the weather is bad, and I go back home without a tan?
Yes the weather has reached number 5 in the worry chart of the phobic traveller.
I am afraid there is no quick fix here. It is always best to check the best season for travel to your chosen destination, but Mother Nature may have her own idea and you may not always get the weather you are meant to, but my advice is to take excursions and explore your surroundings, and before you know it you will be lying on that beach, don’t ruin your vacation worrying about this. This is a very common phobia.
6) During the flight the phobic traveller may well engage in many a conversation with fellow travellers, only to suddenly discover that their fellow travellers have got more for less, worry and confusion sets in and the phobic traveller begins the vacation with a sense of betrayal at not getting a better deal.
Questions running through their minds, why, how, and could I have got a better deal.
Well here some advice. You can all get the best deal at that time that you book and pay for your trip, and it’s possible that some one else some where may stumble on a last minute deal, and pay less for more , airlines are constantly releasing and closing seat availability into systems and they always overbook, because of the no show factor. And in different markets there are
different availabilities, so it’s all about timing. Go on enjoy your trip you did get that best deal.
7) The phobic traveller has arrived at their hotel, and is very unhappy about the room.
They were promised a great room overlooking the sea instead they have a courtyard room overlooking the hotel kitchen. The phobic traveller is seized with panic at having to endure this room for 2 weeks.
My advice here is don’t put up with this room, especially if you were promised a large sea view room. Hotels are notorious for this, so put your foot down and ask to see the manager, make sure they know you are not happy with this, and you want to be moved to another room. Hotels don’t like bad publicity, and they will find an alternative.
Tips for getting the best deal.
Always be one step ahead of the next traveller keep a chart of all school holidays and bank holidays.
The only way to get the best fares is to book in advance.
It’s a known fact that close to travel dates the air fares rocket. Make sure you read the rules and ticket restrictions ensuring that you are covered for a non refundable ticket.
Follow these simple steps and you are sure to get the best deal. But be sure of your dates as when you press the final button, you will have to pay to change your ticket plus any additional costs in the air fare.
With on line booking so wide open, don’t leave yourself exposed to expensive seats, be smart, and create that holiday chart.
Another big phobia for the traveller surrounds exchange of currency. I hear so many stories of travellers woes surrounding currency exchange.
“I was ripped off by this man in the market who told me I was getting a really good rate, but when I checked the rate of exchange in the local bank, I realised what a mistake I had made and how much money I lost”.
Never trust anyone with your exchange other than bonafide banks or bureau de change, and where possible change your money at home before your journey. There are many outlets, such as banks, post office, bureau de changes, and even department stores.Do some research and check out the best deal, it’s less hassel and your money will be covered by your travel insurance.
9) The fear of missing A flight
This causes great anxiety for the traveller, so much so that some phobics will actually get to the airport as much as 5 hours before their departure, and some even book a hotel near their intended departure airport to protect themselves against this possibility. This phobia is very common, as its every travellers nightmare.
Well there is good advice at hand here. Make sure you create a check list, and run through the list before going to bed. If your flight is early morning have 2 alarms, one as a back up in case the other never goes off, and make sure you have got your transportation ready, IE call the cab company, check the trains are running on time, and be aware of any adverse weather that may need you to leave earlier.
- Make sure you have got everything ready, so when the cab arrives there is no panic.
Have your travel documents and passports in eye’s view then ensure they are deposited in your handbag.
You don’t want arrive without them.
No need to get to the airport 5 hours before as the Airline Check in wont be open yet anyway. These steps will help you have a less phobic pre-departure.
10) Another, common phobia, a phobia that often takes shape after the tickets and hotels are booked is, have I got enough validity on my passport, and do I need a visa, I forgot to check this, but I wish I had when I made the booking, what will I do now?
Many phobics do not give this a thought when booking and paying for their tickets, as most websites possibly don’t highlight this clearly or not at all! The phobic traveller will merrily book their seats and not give these matters a second thought.
Then “PANIC” as they realise they have only 3 months left before their passports expire , or they need a visa, which may take longer than the time before they depart. What if they can’t give me a new passport in time, what about that visa? What will I do now?
Rule number one, when deciding your destination before, booking check all visa requirements for these countries, and ensure there are no current political problems, the Foreign Office is a good source of information for British Nationals.
Always check the validity of your passports, most countries may refuse you entry if you do not have 6 months plus on your passport.
Other Nationals can check on various websites regarding visa requirements.
List of all countries – Visa
www.projectvisa.com/fullcountrylist.asp>> List of all countries. Visa information
leave your phobias behind, and enjoy that trip,be one step ahead and then relax.
In conclusion to my picks of the 10 most common phobias, I can say that all of these pre travel anxieties, are avoidable problems that can easily be overcome, knowing the source of information and answers to your most common worries.
This is the phobic traveller advisory source, please get back with any questions, and we will be sure to get you on the right runway!
The enormous state of Texas, commonly accompanied by the well known phrase, Don’t Mess With Texas is home to the live music capital of the world, Austin, which contains almost 200 live music venues. Although there are many music festivals throughout the year, including Austin City Limits in the Fall and the Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, the most popular one, South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival, (SXSW) takes place from March 9th-18th.
Photo Credit: Chris- Flickr
This six day music and media festival covers the gamut of music varieties, ranging from electronic, Latin rock, hip hop/rap, avant/experimental, metal, alt. country, R&B, gospel, singer-songwriter to punk, funk, folk, dance and pop. This all encompassing music festival leaves nothing to be desired, however, it does create an infinite amount of choices to be made depending upon each person’s specific music tastes and interests. Besides the music portion of SXSW being a massive draw, independent films and emerging technologies are also a huge incentive to attend.
Globe Trekker host, Zay Harding had the opportunity to visit Texas and many of its cities. From Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Huntsville, San Antonio, El Paso, Glenrio, a mysterious ghost town, to Austin, a liberal contrast to the typically conservative cities in Texas.
Cathedral of Junk- Photo Credit: Phil Warner- Flickr
Austin is a magnet for people who march to the beat of their own drum and “Keep Austin Weird” is a popular slogan created to promote small businesses in this city. Zay starts off in the neighborhood of South Congress (SOCO), full of inviting cafes, vintage clothing stores and unique shops and of course, live music. Next, he explores The Cathedral of Junk, which is a huge tourist attraction, to Chicken Bingo, the peaceful Colorado River, where the largest urban bat colony in the world is visible, to Sixth Street, the center for nightlife and live music. There is always something impressive occurring on this street, whether it is during SXSW or simply a typical night in Austin.
Photo Credit: James Stewart- Flickr
While it is impossible to see all of the music performances at SXSW 2013, some highlights this year include everything from the most popular mainstream names in music, such as Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Prince and Depeche Mode to more indie artists such as Shlohmo, Sarah Jaffe, Camera Obscura, Autre Ne Veut, Child Actor, OH NO OH MY, Fetsum, Hannah Georgas and countless others that are worth exploring and listening to if you can find the time.
For the full lineup, check out the complete SXSW schedule at: http://schedule.sxsw.com/
For more information on the Globe Trekker Texas show, click on the link below:
Copious amounts of green clothing, beer, leprechauns, dyed green food, overcrowded pubs and Irish bars can only mean one thing, St. Patrick’s Day is in the air and although this holiday feast originated in Ireland to celebrate the Patron Saint, St. Patrick, it is now celebrated throughout the world by the Irish and non-Irish alike, leading to the widely heard phrase, “Everybody wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”
From Ireland, Italy, Norway, Germany, South Korea and Japan to Canada and the United States, people typically adorn themselves in at least one green clothing item and take part in this worldwide celebration each year on or around March 17th.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland: photo credit: Amy Swearingen
St. Patrick’s Day in NYC: photo credit: Damien Derouene
St. Patrick’s Day B Boy performance Seoul, South Korea: Photo Credit: Anton Petrov
Singaporeans are an industrious lot. Just look at what they have achieved in their city over the past 50 years. Impressive and quite simply spectacular buildings line their cityscape and their architects show no signs of slowing down. I first visited in the mid 1970s and have been coming here at least twice a year since 2000. On every visit, another dizzying landmark arises, from the remarkable arts complex with its unique porcupine inspired roof or most recently, the Marina Bay shopping and casino complex, constructed on reclaimed land and home to every major design label on the planet, and along with Las Vegas and London’s Westfield projects, claims to be among the world’s most “epic indoor shopping malls!”
The Singaporeans are expert at taming this hot, tropical island that was malaria infested when Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company founded a trading post here some 200 years ago. But with their latest monumental development, The Gardens by the Bay, just a short pedestrian bridge walk across the motorway from the Marina Bay complex, they may have slipped up.
Singapore is fond of borrowing ideas from the West, particularly its former colonial master, Britain. They have erected a giant carousel wheel, a spitting image of the British Airways Millennium Wheel in London, a few years back and now The Gardens by the Bay looks very much like Singapore’s take on Britain’s Eden Project in Cornwall.
On a recent tour, it all looks a little too man made, particularly given its ecological and environmental themes. It reminded me of another British project, the ill-fated Millennium Dome. Like The Dome, The Gardens have a strong educative back story. However honourable the intentions, for The Dome it smacked of ‘’searching for a purpose”. I hope the same fate doesn’t befall The Gardens.
The Cloud Forest exhibit, constructed inside a gigantic sphere that has won several international architectural awards, seemed pointless – a triumph of man over nature. Give me Singapore’s excellent Botanic Gardens, at a fraction of the price, any time. The Flower Garden was more inspiring, a showcase of plants from around the word inside a giant greenhouse – a 21st Century version of the wonderful 19th century greenhouses doing the same job at Kew Gardens in London.
I couldn’t help thinking on leaving this giant complex with its hideous pink and purple railings and twee bunting, that this was man taming nature, not celebrating it. And Singapore is pretty good at that.
Posted by Ian Cross
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