Before you set out on your overseas trip – whether for a month or 5 years – you need to take a few steps to minimize your stress and ensure your journey goes well. These preparations don’t need to be expensive. However, they all require attention to detail.
In spite of my best planning for my world trip, I still made mistakes that would have been easy to avoid if ‘I knew then what I know now.’ This blog lists some of those mistakes and offers solid advice for travelers planning to set out on their own journeys, whether long or short. These mistakes cover the gamut, from packing and setting up the right legal backups, to staying in touch by phone and buying a camera. It’s a hodge-podge that long-haul travelers can use to advantage.
Sanctuaria Treehouses, a resort at the northern end of the Palawan archipelago in the western Philippines, is ideal for adults who enjoy fantasy. The allure of the place is the architecture of the Hobbit House and the treehouses. Everything – and I do mean EVERYTHING – is built from rock, stone and bamboo.
My one-day tour of the islands off Coron in the Philippines was nothing short of spectacular. It was the most un-guided guided tour I’d ever been on, but that’s by no means a complaint. There was no need for a guide – everything we saw was natural and self-evident.
Kuala Lumpur looks like a modern, bustling city that works, with hundreds of modern skyscrapers with bold architectural styles. With skywalks and well-lit streets, I felt safe walking with friends or alone at any time of the day or night, anywhere in the city.
Last week I was accepted to volunteer to teach English to elementary and high school children in the foothills of the Himalayas in Annapurna, Nepal. I’ll be working with a non-profit organization committed to raising the educational standards of school age children in this part of the world: “Trek To Teach.” But, I can’t handle this teaching venture on my own, I need your help.
Tanah Rata in Cameron Hills is one of the oldest tourist destinations in Malaysia and offers relief from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. More importantly, though, it has proven to be a superb place to grow tea.
Man-made tourist attractions don’t come much better than the Langkawi Sky Bridge in the north of Malaysia. This curved, concrete and metal bridge is 125 metres long and spans between two mountains. It’s recognized as one of the engineering marvels of the world and affords marvelous views usually reserved for high-flying birds.
Phi Phi is a fast-growing tourist site in southern Thailand. The site is renown for its karst, limestone mountains, cliffs, and caves. The views are dramatic, stunning, and awe-inspiring. Its long, white sandy beaches are idyllic. The Phi Phi islands first gained notoriety when the movies The Beach and Gold Finger were filmed here.
Inle Lake in central Myanmar is a place where you feel like time stands still, the extraordinary is ordinary, and all is right with the world. It is a lake with 70,000 tribal people who live on the shores and fish and farm for a living. It is a lake with 48 square miles of serene surface. It is a lake with a market that travels from one village to another throughout the week.