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Taking a Year Off to Travel the World

With the end of summer fast approaching, I’m a bit melancholy about getting back into the routine of school and work. My work schedule is pretty much the same year round. I am to a point where I need to work a set number of days per month, but I can arrange those to suit my schedule for the most part. My husband and daughter have been off all summer, and we’ve had some great adventures. It makes me sad to think that we have to wait until next spring for the chance of another vacation. Maybe two trips a year is not enough. There is so much of the world that I have not seen. I wonder if we’d ever be able to take a year off to travel the world? There are several things I’d have to study and consider. Money-We’d certainly have to save a ton of money to take a year off work. We would likely have to open an easy to use international bank account if we wanted to travel abroad. I would also have to learn about currencies and the best places to visit based on the exchange rates. 

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Taking Banking for Granted

  We tend to take banking rather for granted these days. In fact there are very few people who don’t carry at least one debit card or credit card around with them in their wallets or purses at any given moment. It’s almost unthinkable nowadays. It’s the same when applying for mortgages or personal loans. We almost always expect a favorable outcome, don’t we? It’s strange, even illogical. Just because we have access to banking with all the bells and whistles imaginable attached, we tend to think the same applies everywhere, in every country. We never stop to really think about it. Let’s take Egypt, for example, famous for pyramids, pharaohs, the River Nile, Tutankhamen, Cleopatra – the list could go on and on but you get the drift. You’re probably aware that Egypt is going through some political and economic problems at the moment, but we won’t be looking at that. It’s all been, not to mention being, covered, ad nauseum, by the international media. In fact, a few days ago, Egypt’s tourism minister, Hesham Zaazou, was pretty dismissive of the coverage while announcing a huge rise in tourist numbers. Although not quite approaching the 2010 pre-revolution zenith of ...

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