Travel tips roundup: wanderlust gene, avoiding scam artists, tips for becoming a travel writer

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Paris, France; Eiffel tower at misty sunriseParis police offer safety tips to tourists as visitor numbers rebound this summer (Video)
Malay Mail Online

    Tourists have returned to Paris, France. The number of visitors has rapidly grown since last year. It also means that pickpockets, scam artists and other criminals who are after easy tourist money have returned to Montmartre, Avenue Haussman and Champs d’Elysee. The police in Paris has released a video that shows you the common ways how criminals try to trick tourists. The tips are valid in every tourist destination across the world from Sydney to Reykjavik. View the video at the end of this post.

Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest (Photos)
The Guardian

    Spectacular images as always.

’Wanderlust gene’ explains why some of us have the travel bug
Stuff

    “It’s called the “wanderlust gene”. … Scientists have discovered a genetic variation called DRD4-7R, which occurs in about 20 per cent of the human population. This variation affects dopamine levels in the brain – and dopamine isn’t just a chemical that makes you feel good, as is commonly understood. It also makes you more curious, more obsessed with finding things that are new and interesting and exciting, more likely to take risks in the pursuit of pleasure.”

3 Tips to Becoming a Successful Travel Writer
Huffpost

    The most valuable tip in this article is that if you don’t have experience in writing, but want to learn as quickly as possible, take a course. There are other ways to learn any kind of writing (yes, there are different types of writers), but a course where a professional teaches you the basics is the fastest way.

Ask the pharmacist: What should I pack in a travel first aid kit?
Mail Online

    Children get their own travel first aid kit, but how about pets?

Wow! Who Knew We’ve Been Traveling Wrong All These Years?
Huffington Post

    An introduction to traveling the world on the cheap.

Holiday prices set to rise: This is why travel will be more expensive in 2018
Daily Star

    Strong economy is driving prices up, but you can always choose where you travel.

World’s longest suspension bridge opens in Switzerland (video)
Reuters

    The longest suspension bridge in the world is now 500 metres long. It connects a hiking trail between Grachen and Zermatt — known as the “Europaweg” in Switzerland. Along the trail, there are panoramic views to the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Bernese Alps. Go to the article page to view the video.

Here is the video from Paris, France with tips for keeping your money safe:


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