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This map shows the tropical rain forest in the whole world. As you can recognize, the rain forest in Africa are geographically located closest to Europe. Other references also state that the rain forest in Gambia are the closest rain forest to Europe, for example here. A quick matrix flight search turns out that you can get there from central Europe (I ...


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A pretty important one (based on your edit): What kind of vaccinations do I need, is it a malaria area?


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Hippietrail suggested making this a full answer, so here you go: For dengue, the answer is emphatically no. There are four strains of dengue fever, and while getting one of them confers life-long immunity to that strain, each successive infection with dengue of a different strain carries with it a considerably higher risk of either dengue haemorrhagic fever ...


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When I don't know where to go, I decide based on what kind of holiday I am looking for, listing requirements and then marking them against the country. What questions are relevant to you will depend on the type of holiday you are looking for, but probably the basic things to consider are: weather, season, relaxation, structures/accomodations, activities to ...


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There's no simple answer to this because flight prices vary according to time of the year. Flight costs are probably going to be the highest, and while it is not the only indicator, a lower flight price indicates an 'off-season'. If you try Kayak's Explore feature (set your airport to Seattle) then it does indeed seem that cheapest flights in March 2013 ...


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Tropical destinations do not split the year in 4 seasons, they usually have only 2: rain and dry seasons. Day and night are almost the same size all the year. Look for pictures on the web first and them try to find some local deals even with big sites like Expedia (e.g: look for vacation packages and see what they offer). If you are going to a very different ...


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100% DEET is certainly very effective, but it's hard on your skin. Try it but be prepared to back down to 25% or even 7%.


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Some coworker went to a jungle tour in Thailand for 4 days or so. He said not washing and wearing the same clothes for the whole time he was on the tour worked much better for him than all the mosquito repellents the other tourists used :) True story!


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For questions like this, I prefer the scientific and mathematical approach. A tropical rainforest, by definition, has to lie within the tropics, that is, roughly within the latitudes 23.5 degrees north or south of the equator (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn). Mainland Europe stretches about 2,400 miles (3,900 km) from Cabo da ...


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If the foam ones expand too quickly (presumably either because they're springier when warm, or somehow affected by humidity), have you tried silicone ones? Otherwise you'll just have to practise getting the foam plugs in your ear quickly while still pinching them, and twist them in a little.


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Before you book a sunny destination, you should check: Is the tropical destination in the winter or summer season? Prices are a lot cheaper during the tropical winter for southern hemisphere destinations. Sunny places which are in the northern hemisphere tend to have higher prices and are busier during North American winter. Although the tropical summer ...


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DEET is pretty much the mosquito repellant of choice. The more of it there is, concentration wise, the less pleasant, so scale your concentration based on the risk of mosquito-borne disease. "Backyard party with friends" - probably a pretty low concentration. "Hell no, I will not be getting malaria while in Uganda" - I used 95% DEET. Stuff was vile, but it ...


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The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends DEET, Picaridin, and lemon eucalyptus oil (active ingredient being p-menthane 3,8-diol). There was also apparently a claim that catnip is 10x more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes, but I've never encountered any catnip-based repellents. Outdoor retailer REI has a pretty thorough comparison of the ...


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Google's your friend. I would definitely search for things like 'Best tropical beaches', 'Best tropical hiking spots' and then go through all the different information. It's always fun learning about new places and figuring out where to travel. Looking at different travel forums will also help this as well as looking at reviews of different locations. You ...


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Anecdotal evidence I have been told by various friends and acquaintances who had dengue in the past several years in Mexico is that dengue gets worse each time you catch it leading to dengue haemorrhagic fever when you get it the third time. I'm pretty sure this is not accurate scientifically though. Read up and ask a doctor to be sure. In any case you can ...


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While I have not heard of any resistance to dengue being developed, there have been studies done over years on genetic resistance to malaria. Note that this is genetic resistance that builds up over many generations, and has been observed in specific tribes or ethnic groups. You aren't going to develop resistance simply by travelling a lot and it would be ...


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Sounds like you are looking for nontoxic bug repellent. Something like this http://www.safesolutionsinc.com/Nontoxic_Bug_Repellent.htm or if you are into making your own bug repellent, can try this http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/food-drink/four-methods-to-create-a-natural-mosquito-repellant/ EDIT: just realized, it's part of the site etiquette to ...


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From the West Coast, your main options outside the continental U.S. are Hawaii, Mexico, and Central America. Alaska (often codeshared with Delta) and Hawaiian both have nonstop service from Seattle to Honolulu. You can reach the outer islands and most of Mexico and Central America with a single connection in the West. Prices will vary sharply with the ...


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I don't have any references for this (most rainfall charts don't go down to the hour of the day...), but yes, based on living in Singapore for years, there is a general pattern to rainfall in that area of the world. It goes like this: Morning: Clear blue skies. Noon: Clouds gathering. Afternoon: Sudden onset of violent lashing rain, often accompanied by ...


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Macks makes a wax/parafin type rated at 22db, that are really "covers" of the ear canal. In really noisy hotels I have used the 3m (yellow rollup) type with the Mack covers.


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I live in a tropical country with a lot of mosquitoes in some beaches I regularly visit. The best mosquito repellent I know is all natural. It's vitamin B12. You start to ingest B12 capsules 2 weeks before travelling. Your skin will produce a natural protection with an odour mosquitoes really dislike. It's better than any spray, chemical or citronella ...


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Some people put Azerbaijan in Europe. In that case, with 3250km, this would qualify India as the closest tropical rainforest from mainland Europe. Unfortunately, the shortest flight I found is 7h45 from Baku to Mumbai with a stop at Doha.


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Have a look at these two questions: What proven alternatives are there to DEET What can I do about those biting ... The answers there probably are sufficient, including Skin So Soft, physical barriers, garlic, smidge, badger balm etc


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If you can find from a local shop/florist, a pot of basil is a natural mosquito repellant: http://www.herb.co.za/herbal/basilsweet01.htm



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