I am a budget traveler, but I have to tell you, Botswana wasn’t a budget experience.
As we were preparing to plan for our trip there, there was just too much to see. I came across a great website, Drive Botswana, and gave them a call.
The conversation went something like this: Me: I would like a quote on a self-drive tour that possibly could include the entire country of Botswana,seeing not only the Big 5 animals, but all of them. Oh, and I would like to keep this as inexpensive as possible. Andy: No problem, when would you [...]
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Boobies and seals, iguanas and manta rays, oh my! Our family trip to the Galapagos ranks up there as one of the best trips I’ve ever taken.
We flew into Guayaquil, Ecuador only to spend one night then head onto Baltra airport. Upon arrival, the entry point was well set up. We snaked our way along a wooden line in order to pay our $100 per person park entry fee as well as go through customs. There we were met by our Ecuadorian guide, who immediately took us to our boat.
We had read the many pros and cons [...]
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We lived in the Netherlands for a little over two years, where we tried all the things we were supposed to try. After traveling the country from one end to the other, which isn’t that difficult since it is so small, I think there’s a few things you should try to do when you go. Needless to say, get out of Amsterdam. Yes, there is plenty of great things to do there, but there is also so much more to the country than special coffee shops and canals.
It is extremely easy to travel anywhere in Holland. Everyone, and I [...]
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We stopped in Cambodia for four days as we were leaving Vietnam. We really only wanted to go and see Angkor Wat. I know that many people also go to the Killing Fields and the museums devoted to it in Phenom Phen, but we weren’t planning on hitting too many depressing points on our trip.
I love countries where you can not worry about getting your tourist visa ahead of time. Upon arriving in the Siem Reap airport, you are able to pay and provide your photos right there to get your visa. As with many airports where this is [...]
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All we hear about growing up in the United States is the Vietnam War, where our fathers fought. My father did, and I sat in front of the black and white screen of our t.v. watching Walter Cronkite every night waiting for him to mention my dad. He never did, thankfully.
At any rate, when I started hearing what a wonderful place to visit Vietnam was, I had to go. Call it morbid fascination, but I couldn’t wait. Of course entering any communist country is a little unnerving; at least before you get there. It’s the preconceptions and the unknown [...]
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This is a note I wrote for a friend regarding his planned trip to Mongolia. It’s been a year since we went but the info and advice is as valid today as it was then. The trip in question was a nine day steppe, Gobi, wilderness road trip in a 7 seat, 15 year old Russian military van. We booked the trip through Bobbi at the UB guesthouse in Ulaan Baator (UB) via email. She was extremely helpful and tailored our trip to our exact requirements. For instance, we preferred staying in a hotel before and after the trip [...]
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