Thursday, May 3, 2007

It's all Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

It's all Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

Students may be day-dreaming about their winter break, but are they really ready for their trip away from home? Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. releases its annual Health and Safety Tips for Students to prepare them for the trip.

Toronto (PRWEB) February 9, 2005

With university and college students looking forward to their week off from school in February, many have been considering their options. While some may opt to bank a few hours at work, others will head south for a sunny beach holiday.

Popular destinations in Florida, Mexico and other parts of the Caribbean offer young people all-inclusive resort packages with all the mod-cons that money can buy. Five star hotels, extensive international menus, hot night clubs and sandy beaches are staples in the resort world, providing facilities and services that seem of similar standard to those available back home.

The problem? TheyÂ’re not.

The luxury associated with these resorts often masks the true, underlying conditions of the region. For that reason, it is important to remember that you are in a different country; you must familiarize yourself with the area and take certain precautions. Falling ill or having an accident when traveling can be a frightening experience and so you should consider the potential safety risks associated with your chosen destination.

Laura Wood, President of Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc., says that parents and students must take the time to prepare for any trip by consulting a travel agent, speaking to people who have been to the area before and purchasing a recognized guide book. “It is just as important to prepare for a week-long trip to the Caribbean as it is to prepare for a month-long trip into the jungle.”

Among the health and safety tips in their annual Reading Week release of Health and Safety Tips for Students, Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. includes the following tenets that are key to a happy holiday:


  • Take extra medication than what is required for the duration of your trip, in case of emergency or an unexpected extension.
-Take all medications in their original containers.

-Ensure all your basic vaccinations are up-to-date (ie. Tetanus).

-“Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it”; avoid all uncooked foods, say “no” to salad, only eat fruits that you have peeled personally, be wary of seafood and rare meats.

-Drink bottled water; only drink it when you have personally opened the bottle (sometimes restaurants will serve tap water in a bottle).

-Ask for drinks with no ice.

-Use a sunscreen with a high SPF, wear hats when outdoors, drink lots of water and avoid long exposure to the sun.

-Take your own First Aid kit.


-Make photocopies of all important documents (passport, visa, tickets, insurance policy, travelerÂ’s cheques) and keep them in a safe place away from the documents themselves.

-Keep a list of emergency contact numbers with you at all times.

-Familiarize yourself with the local laws (they apply to you even though you are a foreigner).

-Use a money belt that is concealed by clothing.

-Avoid going out alone at night.

-Avoid flashy clothing and jewelry that draws undue attention.

-Do not accept drinks from strangers or drink from a glass that has not been in your possession.

-Pack your own luggage and do not agree to carry packages on behalf of others.

-Be wary of unregistered tour operators.

-Pay extra attention if you leave the resort at any time (these resorts are often situated in poor countries where you are a target).

It is always a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor before leaving to ensure you are in good physical shape to handle the conditions of your trip. See a travel health professional to understand the potential health risks in the region of your journey and ask for a list of the travel health clinics closest to your destination!

Most importantly, though, do not leave home without a comprehensive health insurance package to avoid large pay-outs and compromised medical treatment in the event of an emergency. “Many people think that their insurance from home or their credit card will cover them while they are away,” explains Wood, “in fact, most of these plans offer little to no overseas coverage at all. We offer a competitive package for less than $15/week for up to $1 million in coverage, so inexpensive that there is no excuse to risk traveling without it.”

You want to travel to relax, learn and have fun. By preparing before you go, you will be able to deal effectively with any unforeseen circumstances that arise along the way. Remember: better safe than sorry!

Check out the Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. website at http://www. globetrotterseducation. ca (http://www. globetrotterseducation. ca) for more information about student travel opportunities.

If you would like the full version of Health and Safety Tips for Students emailed to you or desire more information about travel health insurance, or contact Laura Wood at laura@globetrotterseducation. ca or 416-565-4420.

Expert Profile:

Laura Wood is President and Senior Education Consultant at Globetrotters Education Consulting Inc. With over a decade of international study, internship and work experience, she is now an authority on higher and international education and travel, lecturing, writing and consulting on issues ranging from international studies to local university placement.

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At Long Last, The Rosengarten Report Returns: A Food Newsletter For Food-And-Wine Lovers

At Long Last, The Rosengarten Report Returns: A Food Newsletter For Food-And-Wine Lovers

David Rosengarten, well-known food-and-wine journalist, cookbook author, TV chef has re-launched the Rosengarten Report, his award-winning newsletter that attracted 50,000 paid subscribers in its run from 2001 to 2008. During that time, it won a James Beard Award for Best Food & Wine Newsletter in America.

New York (Vocus) July 1, 2010

David Rosengarten, well-known food-and-wine journalist, cookbook author, and TV chef, has re-launched the Rosengarten Report, his award-winning newsletter.

After a two-year hiatus, Rosengarten is ready to do it all again. This time, the principal medium is the internet--which permits photos, hyper-links, and formatting never before available.

Rosengarten's reporting, as ever, brings unique things to the proverbial table:

1) He is passionate and unbound.....willing to tackle the thorniest taboos, blow the whistle on anything, all in his never-ending search for quality in food, wine and gastronomic experiences.

2) Rosengarten has 27 years experience in food journalism: a career that has included editorships at Gourmet magazine, Saveur magazine, The Wine Spectator, plus hundreds of recipes and articles in publications like the New York Times. He appeared in 2500 shows on the Food Network, and has written six cookbooks (including the best-selling Dean & Deluca Cookbook ). Does experience count for something? You betcha. You can read all the new bloggers you like.....but in a world of crumbling media standards, you can count on David Rosengarten, a proven and road-tested palate, for the realest deal in judgments and reporting. "Taste You Can Trust."

3) The main focus of the food newsletter, the Rosengarten Report is great products available to readers; why shouldn't EVERY foodie do what the top chefs do, and receive fabulous foods at the door? The first re-launched Rosengarten Report (June 2010) featured results of a 150-olive-oil tasting, giving the results of a hunt for the best freshly-made olive oil. The August issue yields the results of a grail-like search through the world of Polish sausage, discovering amazing artisanal products from obscure Polish butchers across the country that you can order and sizzle this summer.

If you would like to view the July issue of the Rosengarten Report, click here.

4) Subscribers to the Rosengarten Report become members of Rosengarten's Table, a doorway to great discounts and values. The Rosengarten Report is dedicated to reader access. Food-wine-travel journalists get all kinds of perks, and their readers don't. But the Rosengarten Report is a highly personal compact between David and his readers.....he wants them to share the advantages he gets! Therefore, every subscriber to the Rosengarten Report automatically becomes a card-carrying member of Rosengarten's Table--enabling every subscriber to "share David's table" giving them access to upgrades, unobtainable reservations, discounts on goods, even free samples.

5) The Rosengarten Report spans the gastronomic world from high to low: David has always been interested in the best caviar today, and the best tuna-salad sandwiches tomorrow.

Florence Fabricant of the New York Times wrote about the Rosengarten Report, in the June 23, 2010 Wednesday Dining section:

“A Newsletter Is Revived, This Time as an E-Zine”

"David Rosengarten has started publishing his highly detailed, thoroughly researched food newsletter again after a two-year hiatus."

"The July issue, published on June 15, features Mr. Rosengarten’s 32-page thesis on authentic Spanish paella, its history, how it has evolved and how it is made, where to find it in restaurants, and how to select a proper pan for making it at home. There are color illustrations and four recipes."

The Rosengarten Report, electronic version is $59.95 a year, from rosengartenreport. com. If subscribers wish to have a hard-copy mailed to them, the price is $79.95 a year, to cover the printing and mailing costs. With each issue bursting at roughly 30 advertiser-free pages, crammed with culinary gold--it's still a great value!

The Rosengarten Report