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Exploring Oia, and Falling in Love with Santorini

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

If you think I am going to tell you that Santorini is stupendous and that Exploring Oia in Santorini is one of the most amazing things we have done, and that you can do too; w…

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RE: Tipping

by linda.norby010404 @ Tipping

No one should be bullied, but if you feel like tipping, you should.

RE: Tipping

by vyoung5678010548 @ Tipping

I didn't even think that group leaders were included. Good to know.

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece. Rhodes  (pronounced rho-dos) is an odd little place, with a highly controversial history. Visi…

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Vietnam transport and accommodation guide - CHOICE

Vietnam transport and accommodation guide - CHOICE


CHOICE

Getting from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City airport to your hotel, and the best sites for booking trains, buses and accommodation in Vietnam.

Making the Most of Asia’s Temples

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Whether the beautiful and ancient complexes of Angkor Wat, the pagoda spattered plains of Bagan, or any of the multitudes of temples, shrines and pagodas in the cities or countryside; temples are synonymous with any adventure in Asia. Make the most of your temple tours in this dynamic and diverse region by reading this quick […]

12 Incredible Travel Experiences I Found Through Instagram

by Hayden Myers @ Adventure In You

We all know Instagram is the favored place for people to post what they had for breakfast, post their #sundayselfie, their #ootd and pretty much anything they think will get the Insta-universe liking and following their posts. However, there are less cringeworthy types of posts – believe it or not – and they come in […]

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Is Naples worth visiting? That would be a yes.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Is Naples worth visiting? That would be a yes. Naples is generally the southern Italian city that people transit through on their way to the archaeological ruins of Pom

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10 THINGS I CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Recently I’ve taken a four-month break off of travel to settle into a comfortable life in a quiet town. It’s been nice, mostly.

I do miss packing and unpacking the bags. I miss tossing away ripped up socks, giving away paperback books, and moving what’s left of my big shampoo into a small little shampoo thingy.

Some things are essential to have packed and ready to grab when I’m on the road. I will not include the obvious things like a camera, computer, passport, etc. These following are the little home run hitters that are easy to forget about, but always needed:

1. DENTAL FLOSS

I like to eat. I like to eat meat. I like eating late. My teeth are spaced fairly far apart from laughing too much. Stuff gets in there and I need to get it out. I’ve often been wandering ... Read More »

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Street Food in Copenhagen at Papiroen

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

If you want to sample some amazing Street Food in Copenhagen, then head to Papiroen, or more correctly Papirøe, which translates to Paper Island. If you want the very t…

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Price increases over published rates?

by whgwood052654 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

We will be taking our first RS trip in spring 2018 and wonder what the RS track record is regarding price increases between the time of reservation and the actual trip. Some other companies allow travelers to lock in price by paying close to time of reservation, but we don't see that option with RS.

5 Healthy Juices to Get the New Year Party Started

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

New Year party celebrations are centered around food and drinks. People absolutely love an excuse to prepare different varieties of scrumptious food to fill the bellies of their family and friends. Aside from enjoying delicious food, everybody likes to have tasty holiday juices as well as drinks to add to the holiday rendezvous. A good host remembers to stock up on liquor, beer, and wine, but a great host remembers to provide some fantastic non-alcoholic options, too. It can be challenging to serve juices and soft drinks with the same amount of sparkle as their alcoholic equivalents, but we have some tips which will ensure that the teetotalers don’t miss out. From fruity punches to spiced apple iced tea, we have the most delightful holiday juice recipes to help you celebrate your new year’s party to the fullest! From family-friendly juices and punches to some appetizing mocktails, here is a list of 5 healthy juices that will keep everyone at the party happy and in good sips.   Fruit Punch   The secret to this fruit juice punch recipe is in the ice cubes. To prepare it, you are required fill an ice cube tray with some orange juice and [...]

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Top 30 Things to do in Killarney, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

There is no doubt that Killarney is a popular destination, and we share the Top 30 Things to do in Killarney, Ireland from our recent trip to this beautiful Irish town. Fr…

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7 things to try for newcomers in Saigon.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city which attracts many tourists every year. Many of them have come to Vietnam for the first time and some seem confusing of not knowing where to go and what to do here. Here are 7 things i think you should try when coming here. Nguyen Hue walking street: Located in downtown […]

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Overcoming Jet Lag During International Travel

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Jet lag: A temporary sleep disorder brought on by travel across time zones. Regardless of how well we prepare our bodies for travel, a disruption in our circadian rhythms is, for lack of a more appropriate description, the pits. Sleeplessness, exhaustion, inability to focus your attention, and even gastrointestinal problems are all symptoms of the [ ... ]

My Son Sanctuary By Motorbike (Private tour)

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

Another great option to visit My Son Sanctuary is by motorbike. Our Local Buddies will pick you up at your hotel and drive through tranquil back-roads to My Son. This unique route allows you to explore the stunning countryside and islands that surround Hoi An. On the way, you can absorb local life and landscapes, and […]

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Forum Post: RE: Is Road Scholar Getting More Aggravating to Deal With?

by Mary_A @ General Discussion

Why isn't this done automatically? I know how to access trip specific discussion boards from the main community page but apparently a lot of people haven't figured that out. It would be much less aggravation for everyone just to have people automatically added to discussion board when the enroll in a program instead of going through a ton of rigamarole. C'mon RS, you can do better than this.

Road scholar not considered travel agency

by usmm1011051 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

My credit card gives 3% rebate on "qualified travel" ans 1% on other purchases. When I saw that I had received only 1% for a trip, I called them. I was informed that "thr merchant was a school and educational facility" . This doesn't seem fair to me!

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Gwen, thank you for sharing your experience with us. Our protection plan does offer Cancel for Any Reason coverage, and the method of reimbursement—cash or credit toward future travel with Road Scholar--will depend on your reason for cancellation. We have provided multiple links below that give greater detail on protection plan coverage:

www.roadscholar.org/.../
www.roadscholar.org/.../

We will be in touch with you directly to gather more details about your experience and help to resolve your concerns.

Ocean Safari on the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Imagine this, snorkelling in untouched Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which also happens to be the LARGEST living thing on Earth and visible from outer space. This incredible ecosystem is filled with some impressive species such as fish, starfish, dolphins, sharks and our favourite, turtles.

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Is Tourism Doing Enough to Help Fight Poverty?

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

While environmental protection and cultural preservation are always high on the responsible travel agenda, there seems to be a lack of focus on what really makes sustainable tourism work: the well-being of people! International organizations are often expounding on the benefits of tourism for host countries, the economic rewards, as well as the potentially positive […]

SAIGON STREET FOOD

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 6:00 PM Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 70.000 VND/ person/ tour** OVERVIEW: People once said that “Saigon is the kitchen of the world”, it certainly feels that way. Indeed, whenever you feel like grabbing some foods, to satisfy either your stomach or your appetite, it is always easy to find some […]

New Year’s resolution: How to make yours stick

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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New Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance

by ssiehr011236 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

From what I have read I don't like the new (after May 2) Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance.  I would like the option to purchase the old trip cancellation insurance after May 2. I don't need the "cancel for any reason" insurance when it is 30 percent more expensive.

Responsible Travel in Laos

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

In continuation of our ongoing work in responsible travel, we are always focused on tailoring experiences for sustainable tourism. Travelling responsibly is much easier than it seems, with current industry trends focused on community development, wildlife protection and cultural preservation. This is aided by the fact that visitors are seeking out an exploration of the […]

Pinned: Money Matters Discussion

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Thanks for participating in the Road Scholar discussion boards. It’s a place to share advice, ask questions and meet your fellow Road Scholars. Just like Road Scholar programs themselves, these discussion boards are rich in camaraderie, mutual respect and support. Be sure to use common sense and not share sensitive or private information.

Do You Tip In Thailand? – Asia Travel Blog

Do You Tip In Thailand? – Asia Travel Blog


Asia Travel Blog

When you go traveling, the tip money is very normal. However, it is not always and not anyone you have to tip. Just give it to the following people: tour

Weird and Wonderful Things about Japan

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Have you ever wondered about some Weird and Wonderful Things about Japan? Like why Japanese people can fall asleep, anywhere, anytime?  Why people slurp n…

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EER132: Ireland with Kids — Building the Perfect Ireland Family Vacation Itinerary

EER132: Ireland with Kids — Building the Perfect Ireland Family Vacation Itinerary

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Anyone considering an Ireland family vacation will be looking for the best things to do in Ireland with kids. This week’s guest has a lot of experience in discovering Ireland for kids. Subscribe to Our Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher, RSS, and more) Ireland with Kids: Building an Ireland Family Vacation Itinerary Meet Jody Halsted, manager of […]

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China Snow Town

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by Dear Travelers We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Yabuli and Snow Town from Harbin. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks! _______________________________________________________________ If you are thinking of Harbin tour, it is […]

Exploring Pamukkale Hot Springs in Turkey

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Planning a trip to Turkey? You need to take a look at adding Pamukkale onto your itinerary. This post has all of the information you need to know.

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I’M Hotel Review: A Relaxing Stay in the Heart of Makati

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

All my life, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my hometown Manila. Although there is no place like home, often times, I find this place too intense and chaotic for my liking which is why I moved away 7 years ago. However, during a recent trip back to the Philippines to visit friends and family, […]

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RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by Mary_A @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Dimdoozle, that's VERY expensive. In the future, you can go to Insure My Trip website and see an array of coverage options and costs. I usually can buy insurance on that site for about 7-10% of the total trip cost.

5 Street Food Tips for Safely Savouring the Flavours of Asia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Street food is an important aspect of anyone’s travels to Asia. Not only is it widespread, locally sourced, produced and consumed, it reflects longstanding culture and culinary tradition. There are a variety of informal instructions that can be followed, or safety rules for keeping a happy tummy, however, we’ve condensed it down to 5 easy […]

RE: Tipping: Looking for a response from Road Scholar

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Hello, yes all tips, taxes, and gratuities are covered by Road Scholar on all adventures including cruises. We are available if you have any further questions or concerns. ~ Your Friends at Road Scholar

10 Trips From Cusco to Add to Your Peru Travel Bucket List!

by Selma Dzonlic @ THAT BACKPACKER

Once considered the centre of the universe by the largest empire of its time, the Incas, today Cusco draws over one million tourists per...

Top Local Hue Food You Should Try and Where to Get it in Hue City?

by admin @ Beebee Travel

Local Food and where to eat like a local, it is always the question we have in mind […]

10 Tips on How to Haggle in Asia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Travelling to Asia offers many thrills, one particular is the excitement of the barter. Haggling is a way of life throughout the continent, and when travelling through visitors have the unique opportunity to get in on the deals. However, many people get intimidated by the venture, as it can be both stressful and overwhelming if […]

Climbing Mount Pico: All You Need To Know For an Epic Hike

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

During my last trip to Azores, I had the pleasure of climbing Mount Pico in Pico island. Here’s my experience and how you can get to the top safely. While it’s not by any means amongst the tallest in the world, Mount Pico can be deceptively difficult to conquer which leads to many failed climb […]

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Lisbon 3-Day Itinerary: What to See In Europe’s Hipster Capital

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Lisbon 3-day itinerary is ideal for anyone visiting for the first time the portuguese capital. It’s packed with insider advice of what’s REALLY worth to do and hipster tips to see the major sights. Bem-vindo a Lisboa! Oh Lisbon. The city oozing the million-dollar combination of tradition, charm and modernism. The alluring culture, the […]

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Forum Post: RE: Egypt Travel

by cassellcan071825 @ General Discussion

Have not done both, but I traveled with RS for Beyond the Pharaohs in January/February 2017, and loved every minute of it. Fabulous experience!! I was trying to decide between the same 2 trips too. When I compared them a year ago, about 95% of the activities were the same. I talked the phone agents for advice, since they get feedback as they talk to us after our trips, and I looked at the online comments of previous travelers. But since the itineraries are so similar, you cannot go wrong. I'm sure you will enjoy either trip. Egypt is incredible! Just pick one and do it. Safe and happy travels! Candy

RE: Tipping

by vicki.mayo012155 @ Tipping

On my first trip with RS I initiated an envelope for our group leader who I felt had dealt with some awkward situations in a very professional way and got us through. I was immediately pounced on by more than one participant that I should not have done that. I'm not sure how I feel about the whole thing. I'm more happy to add a tip to a common pot than passing a few dollars myself, and I never feel like passing an envelope pressures me in any way to contribute.

Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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RE: Tipping

by CT_PBW @ Tipping

It does happen. I have been on 6 RS trips. Only on one trip did the group take up a collection for the group leaders. No one would know if you put money in the till or not, they passed an envelope. I hold with the RS policy of no tipping as this is what I signed up for. Don't let others make you feel otherwise, you are in charge of your monies. $500 is ridiculous.

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by phfinnegan573012640 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

The RS insurance is not always the lowest cost. RS gives a 100% CREDIT for events not covered. The policies vary by state so check the details for your state. I'm in NYS an the credit is valid 15 months.

St Columba Falls – one of Tassie’s Highest!

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

St Columba Falls is one of Tasmania's highest multi-tiered waterfalls and who doesn't love a good waterfall?

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Transport: Scooter Departure: Daily 6:00 PM Duration: 4 hours  *Scooter surcharge: 60.000 VND/ person/ tour  **From 14/10/2015, the scooter surcharge will be 60.000 VND/ person/ tour. Note: ***scooter surcharge*** will be 70.000 VND/person/tour starts on 17th February 2016 OVERVIEW: Saigon, Vietnam’s economic hub, is reputable for its hectic daily life and sparkling nightlife that is popular amongst […]

Ninh Binh: A Detailed Travel Guide to Vietnam's Hidden Gem

Ninh Binh: A Detailed Travel Guide to Vietnam's Hidden Gem


Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

The ultimate travel guide to Ninh Binh, Vietnam. What to see, do and eat and the updated travel tips to explore Tam Coc and its surroundings easily!

Ultimate Packing guide: Tropical North Queensland

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Woohoo! You've planned a trip to Tropical North Queensland and are now looking at what to pack in your suitcase. We have put together a printable checklist that can help guide you when preparing for your unforgettable holiday. Don't forget the most important thing ...

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Things to do in Vietnam: readers’ travel tips

Things to do in Vietnam: readers’ travel tips


the Guardian

Beautiful countryside, delicious food and fascinating culture ... readers share the most memorable places and experiences from their travels, often discovered in the company of knowledgeable locals

Can YOU Survive a 3 day Comedy Cruise?

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let me ask you something about a comedy cruise. Can YOU Survive a 3 day Comedy Cruise? Do you have it in you to accept the muscular spasms from laughter? Will you perhaps …

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Souvenirs of Southeast Asia: A Little Something for Everyone

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Shopping for souvenirs on your journey can be a daunting task, but most major tourist hubs across the continent feature a wide-variety of unique gifts to bring back to your loved ones. If you’re concerned about finding something special, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of souvenirs for each one of our South Asian […]

Uber Vietnam Guide - How to Book Uber in Vietnam Easily

Uber Vietnam Guide - How to Book Uber in Vietnam Easily


Wander With Jo

Booking a ride on Uber Vietnam is easy and and fun. Learn how to book your bike taxi effortlessly, how to pay, how much it will cost and more.

We’re Trekking Mt. Everest Basecamp…Come Join Us!

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

Ever since I was a child, I could remember spending hours looking at my uncle’s old National Geographic magazines, gaping at the photos of exotic destinations and epic adventure experiences. At that time, I thought going on these adventures would remain nothing but a far-fetched dream. Little did I know that the little travel blog […]

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The Best Of Siquijor: Itinerary, Tourist Spots and Budget in 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Siquijor travel guide and itinerary has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the best hidden gems of the Philippines. Dreamy waterfalls, secret tropical beaches and memorable sunsets await you in Siquijor: the island of fire! Siquijor island has been known as land of witchcraft, enchantments and sorcery. So […]

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

In Saudi Arabia, you can try authentic apple-flavored Budweiser. (Non-alcoholic, of course.)

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by gweniekay090206 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I purchased the insurance based on what RS told me when I booked the trip. I didn't read up on it. In the future I will!

Why Your Travel To Cuba Matters Now

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Travel To Cuba Now It doesn’t seem all that long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible for the average American tourist. In 2014 President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro took historic steps to lessen the gap between the Cuban people and Americans however, and in the last two years travel to Cuba [ ... ]

Forum Post: Egypt Travel

by ksider812012445 @ General Discussion

Reviewing the options- Beyond the Pharoahs and Egyptian Odyssey. Is there anyone who has done both and can give me the pros and cons to each?Thanks!

My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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Tipping

by whgwood052654 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

RS literature states that all tipping is included in the trip price, but I am wondering if this applies to the trip leader who escorts the group throughout the trip. I have traveled with other companies where such a tip is encouraged and expected ($8-$12/day per person) at the end of the trip. What is the practice on RS trips?

24 hours in Dublin

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let’s face it, 24 hours in Dublin is never going to be enough time, but if that’s all you’ve got, then here is how to make the most of it. 24 hours in Dubl

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A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]

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Exploring Mykonos by Quad Bike

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We made a decision that we would go Exploring Mykonos by Quad Bike. What a great decision this was. If you want to believe the hype about Mykonos being a paradisical islan…

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South African Culinary Tour – Wine!

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

South Africa Tour It is with absolute delight that we at Access Trips announce the launch of our newest exotic culinary destination! A South Africa tour is just what the doctor ordered for the cuisine savvy adventure seekers who love all that Access Trips has to offer. Our newest tour is sure to dazzle you, [ ... ]

An Epic Education’s Year in Family Travel 2017: Family Travel Roundup 2017

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Kayaking in Borneo. Lava tubes in the Canary Islands. Horseback riding in Mexico and scuba diving in Indonesia. It’s been a full year for Team Epic Education (aka the Yoshikawa-Jenkins family). Here are a few highlights from our year in family travel 2017. An Epic Education’s Year in Travel 2017 Spain, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, and […]

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Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

Anniversary Day in Prague

by chadwick_bearden @ Fodor's Forum

My wife and I are spending a couple of days in Prague. One of those days happens to fall on our anniversary. I would like to do something romantic...

A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

Where to watch Rugby League World Cup in Singapore

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

There are some great sports bars in Singapore where you can watch the 2017 Rugby League World Cup games live. The 2017 Rugby World Cup is being played in Australia and New Zealand. Upcoming Rugby League World Cup Games:  

RE: Tipping

by sidkaskey011521 @ Tipping

"On my first trip with RS I initiated an envelope for our group..." "I never feel like passing an envelope pressures me in any way to contribute..." Part of the appeal of RS is that this concern [tipping] is taken away]. You helped bring it back. While you may think passing the hat brings no pressure...it does. Lesson learned huh?

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 1

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 1 Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 8:00 AM* Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour *If you’d like to do tour at afternoon, please make reservation 24 hours prior to the tour.   OVERVIEW: Beliefs and faiths are important and indispensable parts of people’s spiritual life, especially for Asian people. However, […]

SAIGON FREE WALING TOURS

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Founded in September 2014. We have accompanied more than 200 tourists so far.

Visiting Gibraltar. I’m just not into you!

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

After Visiting Gibraltar, I concluded that, “I’m just not into you!” Let me share with you why Gibraltar didn’t rock my socks (pun intended). …

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How much money to take to Cuba?

by WATSON10043019 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Hi, going to Cuba next month. I can get Canadian dollars without a charge, and the material recommends $500 a week, and our trip is 2 weeks. That sounds like a lot of cash, as most of the trip is pre-paid. Anyone have recent experience in Cuba that can give some feedback? I don't plan to buy art, or anything more than food, drink, and small art and crafts. I was there four years ago, and came back with money, so just wondered if things were more expensive, etc. 

Thanks, Marge

bus back to origin of trip: on the New England trip 12312,

by ladybuglake011526 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

it starts in Newport, and ends up in another town, but there is something about a RS bus. Do they take you back to the city of origin, so you can get your plane?

TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back to the Community)

by Sue Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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Major Battles in Vietnam War- Ia Drang Campaign

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

Major Battles – Ia Drang Campaign 19 October – 26 November, 1965 The battle for Ia Drang was between U.S. […]

How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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A Very Pleasant Place to Visit is Warnemunde in Germany

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We had never heard of Warnemunde in Germany and were only visiting because our cruise ship was stopping there. The reality on cruises is that you generally only get one d…

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FESTIVAL IN HOI AN 2017

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

THE PEOPLE’S COMMITTEE OF HỘI AN CITY FESTIVALS AND EVENTS 2017 1. HỘI AN NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2017 – December 31st, 2016  and Jan 1st, 2017 – An Hội Sculpture Garden 2. CẨM HÀ KUMQUAT FESTIVAL 2017 – Jan 4th – Trảng Kèo residential zone 3. COMMEMORATION FESTIVAL OF THE FOUNDER OF TAILORING – Jan […]

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Vietnam Travel Tips: A Complete Guide to the Country

Vietnam Travel Tips: A Complete Guide to the Country


Adventure In You

Planning a trip to Vietnam? Here are our personal recommendations on how to plan your trip, the best places to stay, and where to eat. Click to learn more.

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Vietnam with Kids: Our Complete Guide to Family Travel in Vietnam

Vietnam with Kids: Our Complete Guide to Family Travel in Vietnam


An Epic Education

Wondering if you'd go to Vietnam with kids? Here's our complete guide to family travel in Vietnam. Getting around, what to do/see/eat, where to stay, etc.

The 5 Best Night Markets in Taipei

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Taipei is inarguably one of the top street food cities in the world. Taiwan is known as the land of snacks: they have literally invented and re-invented genre after genre of snack food over the years. From pearl tea to fried chicken, the Taiwanese are all about inventing and perfecting the ultimate snack foods. Think Chinese-influenced foods created with the ingenuity and dedication to perfection that (you would think) only the Japanese would bring. While Taipei isn’t quite as famous with local Taiwanese as Tainan for their snack culture, they’ve got it covered and will most likely be your first stop in Taiwan. The sheer volume of street food options available alone are enough but, matched with the quality and price of the food available on the streets, it’s pretty much unbeatable. The catch with Taipei street food though, is ... Read More »

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RE: Tipping

by doroissocool011212 @ Tipping

I have talked to some guides on my trips and they said they don't get any tips. I don't think they get paid much for what they are doing . After all RS is non profit. They didn't complain about anything and love what they are doing . I always give each guide $20 at the end of the trips. The guides are knowledgeable, patient, polite, wonderful. I think they deserve a tip.

Christmas in Barcelona: Holiday Family Travel in Spain

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

The beaches of Spain’s Costa Brava are an amazing place to spend the summer, but what about spending Christmas in Barcelona? CHRISTMAS IN BARCELONA The lights, the tree, and the ornaments — they’re all here. However, Christmas in Barcelona has its own traditions and idiosyncrasies. Below I explain a few things you might enjoy when […]

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Tips on Visiting Halong Bay in Vietnam | Anna Everywhere

Tips on Visiting Halong Bay in Vietnam | Anna Everywhere


Anna Everywhere

Ha Long Bay has been a popular destination for travelers in Vietnam for decades. This breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site also recently received the honor of being named one of the New Seven Natural Wonders…

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by gweniekay090206 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I purchased RS insurance for my recent trip. I was told it covered cancellation for any reason. I explained that my father was sick & that might cause a problem. I was told the insurance would cover cancellation for that reason. Well, guess what? I had to cancel & I have just received denial of coverage. Family obligations are not covered!

Lisbon Travel Blog: Complete City Guide for 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Lisbon travel blog and guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to the trendiest hotspot in Europe right now. Budget, tourist traps and places not to miss vs main tourist traps, places to eat and of course insider tips. After all I’ve lived in Lisbon for a decade! I know […]

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Top Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by Plan your Shanghai tour in winter? Shanghai’s coldest months fall on December (average lowest: 3℃ and highest: 11℃), January (average lowest: 1℃ and highest: 8℃) and February (average lowest: 2℃ and highest: 9℃). Periodically the northern gale will sweep across Shanghai accompanied by a sudden and short drop of temperature ( -5℃ lowest). With the consistent […]

Forum Post: RE: King Tut's Tomb

by sbernhardt1101626 @ General Discussion

Thank you for your posting. Appreciate the feedback.

Kucoin Review • The No Bullshit Guide (Updated Jan 2018)

by Will Hatton @ The Broke Backpacker

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Hue Free Walking Tour brings Hue to MIST Startup Accelerator, Siem Reap in May

by admin @ Beebee Travel

Although being very young, just over 1 year old, however, our social work of promoting Hue on the […]

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

RE: Tipping

by sidkaskey011521 @ Tipping

Excellent question and one of the primary reasons I do like this organization. HOWEVER it is hard not to want to throw in something extra when the guides were as exceptional as the two that were my leaders on my last trip.

Tipping Guidelines in Asia | Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Tipping Guidelines in Asia | Buffalo Tours Travel Blog


Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Tipping in Asia is no simple task, with differing customs and expectations across the region. We asked our tour guides to share their tipping guidelines.

RE: Tipping

by Mary_A @ Tipping

RS is very clear on the no additional tipping feature of their programs. If people want to continue to tip on top of what they've already paid, that's their choice. I've been to several international RS programs and except for one isolated case, additional tipping was never an issue.

Why Tallinn Estonia or e-Estonia is so popular

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Grab wine, coffee or better still an Estonian crafted beer, and let me tell you Why Tallinn Estonia or e-Estonia is so popular. It has to do with the fact that this medieva…

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What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Japan

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

You are Planning a Ski trip to Japan. Well done you. Ever wondered What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Japan? As veterans of skiing in Japan, we can tell you that it is one of the mos…

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Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

Our 2018 Goals: Trek Everest, Live Van Life, Make $20,000 a month

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

Whew! Is it just me or was 2017 a huge whirlwind of events and experiences. For my partner Tom and I, this year literally flew by so fast. To some, our life looks like it’s made up of epic adventures, non-stop travels, and fancy hotels. While some of this is true (#bestjobever), we also go […]

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Tipping: Looking for a response from Road Scholar

by GerryL @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I posted this question back in November under Afloat > Ocean Cruises. I'd hoped to get a factual/authoritative answer from someone with RS. So far it does not appear that any RS staff have taken note. So I am reposting it here:

  Tipping is a major consideration when planning an ocean cruise. Road Scholar states that customary tips are covered in the cost of its programs, but does that include the tips that are expected by waiters and room stewards on large cruise ships? This is important to know ahead of time for estimating the actual cost of the program. 

Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by Plan your Beijing winter tour? Beijing is an interesting destination for your winter vacation. Winter in Beijing begins with an abundance of festivities during the holiday season: skiing, ice skating, hot spring bathing, hiking the Great Wall of China……and if you prefer to stay out of the cold, choose from the numerous museums, restaurants, book stores open during […]

Many great reasons to visit Kilkenny, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

From the hole in the wall pub run by the towns cardiologist, who was the doctor for Metallica, to the milk bar where you can get a whisky, to the hospitable publicans at the …

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15 Things to know before you go to Vietnam - GRRRL TRAVELER

15 Things to know before you go to Vietnam - GRRRL TRAVELER


GRRRL TRAVELER

When I arrived into Vietnam, I knew very little about the land, people and culture. But in a little over a week, I learned quickly. Here's 5 things to know about Vietnam before you go:

The Best Apps To Buy Cheap Flights On Your Phone (Updated for 2018!)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Finding a good and reliable travel app can be a hard task. In this article I will try to answer the question: which are the best apps to find cheap flights on your phone? Booking flights before vs now Not many years ago, you need an appointment with your travel agent to book a flight. We booked […]

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37 Places to Eat in Tokyo

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I asked for your food recommendations for Tokyo, and you did not disappoint. In November, me and some friends spent a week eating our way around the city. It's hard to have a bad meal in Tokyo, and while I didn't get to eat everywhere, these are some of the best places!

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Unforgettable Experience at Novotel Lombok Resort & Villas

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

Last week in Lombok was simply amazing. So much so that I am going back again in two days. We were staying at one of the prettiest properties on the island – Novotel Lombok, which totally enhanced our experience.  Lombok is barely a 30 minute boat ride away from Gili Trawangan (where we went to kick start 2018), so getting there is really easy.  The local boat made sure that my friends and I reached Bangsal harbour within time and swiftly, found a local taxi that was willing to ferry us to the hotel at a reasonable cost of IDR 300000.  A beautiful 2 hours and 30 minute drive through some amazing landscapes interrupted only by torrential downpour couldn’t dampen my spirits. With hilly roads for the initial portion of the journey, followed by wide open roads and wider intersections it was quite revealing to see that Lombok is still an island but with all the facilities. Although it is quite big in size as compared to Gili where the only modes of transport are bicycles and horse carts, it was a humbling experience for sure. First look at Novotel Lombok Resort & Villas Novotel Lombok Upon arrival at the [...]

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London Apartment Rental Advice

by clemson91 @ Fodor's Forum

Hey all, As my title says, I'm looking for some advice re: London apartment rentals. I've rented apartments before in Paris (3x through...

Buffalo Tours Awarded Travelife Partner Status

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Buffalo Tours is always striving to help improve standards for responsible travel and sustainable tourism in Asia. We are committed to working with international organizations and regional partners to continually develop strategies for improving environmental protection, social equality and economic empowerment in our local communities. For this reason, we are happy to announce that Travelife […]

A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Le Meridien Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most ultra-modern 5-star hotels. If you like bright and shiny things, you will love this hotel. It is located across fro…

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THE BEST SPOTS TO TAKE PHOTOS IN HOI AN

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

By Rehahn, one of the best photographers in Hoi An. Find him at www.rehahnphotographer.com Tips for photographers Whether you’re an amateur photographer or a professional we can all agree that when it comes to taking the best photo, we are all creatures that follow activity and light. By nature, photographers are always looking for stimulation […]

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18 Travel Bloggers with Different Perspectives to Follow in 2018

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

Here's a fun fact for you: There are more than 2 million blog posts published online every single day. Tens of thousands of those are...

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RE: Tipping

by obrien.bobbie021508 @ Tipping

We have been on 13 Road Scholar trips and have only tipped once. That was on a trip to a developing country and our leader was extraordinary; we slipped him a little extra cash at the end. RS definitely discourages tipping, especially gathering contributions from participants for a group tip. So, if a special circumstance makes you want to tip extra, it's probably best to do it individually and discreetly.

Fascinating Harajuku Culture

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Harajuku Culture on the Access Trips Japan Tour How do we put into words the fascinating world of Harajuku? A lifestyle? Cultural phenomenon? Fashion era?  In Japan, it is all of those things and more. Uniquely Japanese and cultivated in Tokyo, Harajuku fashion is a combination of childlike fantasy, anime, and expressive other-worldly wear that [ ... ]

A Guide to Vietnam Massage Parlors | XO Tours Blog

A Guide to Vietnam Massage Parlors | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

Getting a massage in Vietnam is a big part of tourism here and is a perfect escape from the heat and bustle outside. Here's a guide to massages in Vietnam!

How to Know When to Travel Anywhere – The Rove.me experience

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

We live in a rushed era where the “fast-food” concept has arrived to the travel world too. Many people out there can do a life of travel based on keeping a count of countries visited and bragging themselves because of it. But is that really the essence of traveling? For me, the whole purpose of […]

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Japan Culinary Tour Highlight: Sampuru “Fake Food”

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Japan Food Tour If you haven’t discovered the Access Trips Japan tour yet, it’s time. Our Japan tour gives you an insiders view of the cultures we visit, and as with all Access Trips tours, it’s through the lens of the cuisines that shape daily life. We recently showcased our stop at the Sampuru factory on the Access Trips blog [ ... ]

Tipping in Asia - Practical how-to for 20 countries

Tipping in Asia - Practical how-to for 20 countries


Wonderful Wanderings

Tipping is different everywhere and can often leave you feeling awkward. This guide has well-researched tipping guidelines for 20 Asian countries.

18 countries where you don't have to leave a tip

18 countries where you don't have to leave a tip


Business Insider

Sixty percent of Americans say that they tip for service, but that's mostly because it's practiced in the States.

Forum Post: program #2256 rafting Owyhee River in OR Apr. 20-25

by bandsb011108 @ General Discussion

Anyone want to share ride in rental car from Boise Airport to Jordon Valley on Apr 20th? And return to airport on the 25th? Seems there is no shuttle available.

First Visit to Bern Switzerland

by floridapugmom @ Fodor's Forum

We will be visiting Europe at the beginning of September and making a 3 day stop in Bern, what are your suggestions for places to see and things to...

Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I am calling it here and now; Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination. I probably shouldn’t tell people this and ruin what is one of the most delight…

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by strayadventures @ Fodor's Forum

Just saying Hi, I look forward to getting and receiving travel tips.

Is Naples Safe For Tourists? What You (Really) Need To Know

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

It’s 2017 so time to sort this drama once and for all. Is Naples safe for tourists or not? Let’s spill the truth! It’s the elephant in the room of every discussion around Naples. Just like happened when I visited Rio de Janeiro, most of my conversations before heading to Italy’s third largest city had […]

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Beijing Events, Holidays & Festivals 2018

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by Plan your Beijing tour? You may wonder what is going on during the time you are in Beijing. There is always something going on in Beijing. Whether you are looking for something to do on holiday or at the weekend, or with your family,  Beijing has something to suit everyone. I’ve rounded up a […]

Forum Post: RE: Is Road Scholar Getting More Aggravating to Deal With?

by Road Scholar @ General Discussion

Hello Margaret, we have added you as a member of the discussion board for your upcoming program so you can now begin communicating with others on the trip. We hope you have a wonderful time on your adventure! ~ Your Friends at Road Scholar

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by CT_PBW @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I have always purchased and have used it once.

Once when the US government shut down and we were on tour on National Parks. RS went above and beyond. They paid for difference in cost for new flights, not just change fees. RS paid transportation to to Las Vegas, overnight hotel for flights next day and all meals and refunded the cost of the travel insurance. Usual circumstances and well handled. We did have phone conversations and it was a tense time but worked out in the end. I think they may have restructured the insurance since that incident.

The government shutdown is why I now plan trips not around the time of budget voting sessions. One less thing to worry about.

Also recently I was alerted while in Hawaii that the Northeast was expecting a storm and airline advised to change flights. I was traveling on an award ticket and the airline allowed me to change second leg of trip so I could at least get back to the mainland and then worry about getting home with no change fees. RS insurance paid for my hotel after I provided copy of the text message the airline sent me advising flight change. I was able to get flight next day.

Seattle Hotels

by JADSJBD @ Fodor's Forum

We will be arriving in Seattle mid day and staying for only 2 nights in October, leaving early am for Amtrak to San Francisco. Where would you...

5 of SAIGON’S BEST HIDDEN COCKTAIL BARS

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a place of surprises, much of them elusive to first-time visitors with just a few days on the ground. Though a bit challenging at first, Ho Chi Minh City eventually became our favorite city in the world and a base for many of our adventures in the Southeast Asian region. It’s also a pretty great place to go out and grab a drink, whether it’s a Monday or Saturday, Saigon’s music venues, breathtaking rooftop bars, and tiny neighborhood spots are buzzing.

Unlike the more world famous, easy-to-find spots of Bangkok and Shanghai, Saigon is a city of tight neighborhoods which unveil themselves only to those intrepid enough to explore the tiniest, faintest lines on the map. Saigon doesn’t have a Times Square or Pudong. It’s a megacity comprised of small, distinct districts and alleys. Perch ... Read More »

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RE: Tipping

by eliztravels021352 @ Tipping

Like others posting here the ‘tips included’ aspect of RS is one reason I choose them. I would only tip if I required something outside of the norm--help in a medical emergency for example. We travel every year (on our own) to Australia where the minimum wage is quite high and tipping is not the norm. Locals discourage tourists from tipping as it raises the expectations of the service staff and makes already high cost of meals and accommodation higher for all. It does feel awkward at times not tipping, but only because it is my habit back home (Canada) to do so. Once we did tip a private nature guide and explained that we usual like to make a donation to a local charity when travelling but since he does much volunteer conservation work we felt we wanted to recognize him. He was very surprised and appreciative. Also, in New Zealand where tipping is also not the norm we found service staff in general the best and friendliest we have encountered anywhere. Lovely to think they are doing a good job because they truly want to be of service, not in the hope of some monetary reward.

8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

So, in the event that you can’t find this guy rolling around town, keep scrolling and we’ve got ... Read More »

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Forum Post: RE: Proposed New Programs? Suggestions?

by CT_PBW @ General Discussion

I would like to see date alignment on trips in the same locale. Would love to link more trips together to save on travel expenses. It seems like so many are close but no cigar. I was able to once go from a week in San Antonio to crossing Texas to Big Bend. There were several people who did same.

Ralph Falls & Cashs Gorge

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Tassie is all about nature and beautiful scenery if you ask me. It is probably one of the most beautiful parts of Australia and home to some beautiful wildlife and some great walking tracks. Towards the end of our Tasmania road trip, we ended up on the East Coast exploring the Bay of Fires. At our B&B at Binalong Bay, our hosts recommended we visit Ralph Falls and Cashs Gorge. This was... Read More

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Road scholar not considered travel agency

by usmm1011051 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

My credit card gives 3% rebate on "qualified travel" ans 1% on other purchases. When I saw that I had received only 1% for a trip, I called them. I was informed that "thr merchant was a school and educational facility" . This doesn't seem fair to me!

Where to stay in Cusco: Accommodations for Every Budget

by Selma Dzonlic @ THAT BACKPACKER

Cusco: this vibrant and thriving city will make you want to keep adding days to your stay. With a unique blend of architecture, a...

RE: Tipping

by linda.norby010404 @ Tipping

I’ve been on seven RS programs. On some, participants have discussed whether to tip.  On others, there was no discussion and didn’t see anyone giving the tour director a tip. I have never experienced a discussion of a group tip. On one trip, someone bragged about giving a 20% tip which would have been about $2000. I always give the tour director (but not the guides) a tip if I feel he/she has given exceptional service.

The 19 Best Travel Accessories To Save Space, Time And Money In 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This article is a comprehensive list of all the items and travel accessories that make your life easier when you are on the road. Based on my personal experience and the latest trends out there. How many have you got already? Let me start by saying I’ve seen loads of lists of “must-have” travel accessories […]

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An Unexpected Problem Happened To Our Female Traveler And This Is How We Solved it!

by admin @ Beebee Travel

Traveling is exciting, however, it also can be irritating sometimes when you are in trouble and having no […]

Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Anyone Toured with Tom Gallegos?

by TDudette @ Fodor's Forum

In planning a Santa Fe NM trip in April 2018, I have reserved an Abiquiu tour with Mr. Gallegos. Have read a bit about him online but am wondering if...

Forum Post: RE: Is Road Scholar Getting More Aggravating to Deal With?

by margaretboder092459 @ General Discussion

Having the same trouble accessing website for chats with others about upcoming trip didn't have this problem before this is my 4 th RS trip

Help/thoughts with 1st time Italy itinerary please

by travellover3 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all and thank you in advance! We wanted to see if you guys had some thoughts on the itinerary as it is right now... been reading posts and some...

An Awesome 2-Week Thailand Itinerary (For First-Timers)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This article will help you craft your very own Thailand travel itinerary. After reading this, you’ll be ready for a trip to one of the most adventure-packed destination in the world! Thailand is a one of a kind place in the world. Despite getting 30M of tourists every year – some spots are already lost […]

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Nustay Review: How to Save on Your Next Hotel Booking

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with Nustay as part of their #NuStayExplorers team. As always, my opinions are my own. While traveling, accommodation usually takes a large chunk of your travel budget. Although I am a go-with-the-flow kind of gal, over the years, I have also become quite picky about where I stay. With […]

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Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

Vietnam travel tips | Audley Travel

Vietnam travel tips | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Get travel tips for Vietnam, including hotels and accommodations, food and drink, best time to go to Vietnam, tipping practices, social etiquette and more.

London Apartment Rental Advice

by clemson91 @ Fodor's Forum

Hey all, As my title says, I'm looking for some advice re: London apartment rentals. I've rented apartments before in Paris (3x through...

My 31 Favorite Travel Tips From My 31 Years Of Age (Auch!)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Looking at my travel resume, I have been fortunate to have visited more than 30 countries in 4 different continents. About time to put together my favorite ever travel tips that work anywhere in the world. This year I’ve turned 31 years old (auch!) which also means 31 years of collecting travel experiences. With every […]

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RE: Tipping

by judy.goble011007 @ Tipping

It is a personal choice I believe. If you feel pressured to tip, that detracts from the whole trip experience. I've had some group leaders that were excellent, and I felt inclined to privately show my appreciation with a few dollars in a thank you card. I've had some group leaders that were just doing their job, and we clients were just another group they had to take care of. I felt NO inclination to show my gratitude with a tip. It's all about the experience. I usually decline to participate in a tip from the group.

The Solo Female Traveler's Guide To Vietnam • The Blonde Abroad

The Solo Female Traveler's Guide To Vietnam • The Blonde Abroad


The Blonde Abroad

Whether you prefer to eat your heart out or embark on an adventure on the back of a motorbike, this solo female traveler's guide to Vietnam has you covered.

Pantai Pandawa (Aka Pandawa Beach) BALI

by Guest Blogger @ Wander With Jo

This is a guest post by Diganto Ozzy of WanderWithOzzy coz this is one of the beaches of Bali that I managed to miss in my quest to see all. I am going back though, so surely will cover tons more 🙂 For now, here’s an introduction to Pantai Pandawa (Aka Pandawa Beach).  Pandawa Beach was, until a few years ago was a hidden and secret beach, that was very difficult to access due to its location in the deep valley and surrounded by the white stone cliff. People had to go through small steps down on the cliff with dangerous valley underneath and the only local people who could access the beach were fishermen and seaweed farmer. The scene at Pantai Pandawa has completely changed over the years since locals have come together to construct roads by sculpting through the cliffs and is now accessible to everyone. Well paved road that has been constructed with utmost attention to make sure it is a smooth ride made Pandawa beach jump on the Bali beach map. Although the parking charge at IDR 15ooo is a tad high compared to other beaches, the area is still developing, so it might take a while [...]

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South Vietnam – exploring the beautiful country of Vietnam

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

The south Vietnam is very beautiful and no less than the other regions of the country. It has a stable […]

Da Nang Sightseeing (Private tour)

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

Option 1: Marble Mountain, Hai Van pass and Monkey Mountain If you are looking forwards for an adventure , this tour is perfect for you. We will pick you up from your hotel to drive through paddy fields,  herb farm in the morning sunrise. It will be a perfect time to take some photos. After that, we […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Travel in Vietnam

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

If you are looking for the perfect combination of culture, relaxation and adventure, then Vietnam offers one of the most unique luxury travel experiences in Southeast Asia. From the elegant heritage hotels of Hanoi and Saigon, to the exotic mystique of Halong Bay and Vietnam’s exclusive island resorts, luxury travel in Vietnam provides the perfect […]

BOOK NOW

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

There are 3 steps to book tour: Step 1: Complete and submit booking form: http://goo.gl/forms/9qg0usPKM3 Step 2: Wait for confirmation. Your request will be responded in 12 hours at the latest. Step 3: Confirm. Please note that the sooner you make reservation, the better service we provide. We recommend you to book tour 24 hours in advance.     […]

A Day Trip to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City

A Day Trip to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City


A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

Taking a day trip to the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City is an essential adventure to have in Vietnam. Check out this post to see what it's like.

Van Life Interviews: From Our Vantage

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

  As you can tell by the recent influx of van life articles, I have been heavily inspired and excited by our own van life plans. In fact, I just got word that all my visa applications for Europe went through! Yippeee. So with that in mind, here is another awesome interview that I have […]

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Why You Have to Eat “Bún Bò Huế” In the Ancient City of Huế

by admin @ Beebee Travel

In the central Vietnamese city of Hue, you have to get up early for breakfast. Though the hard-partying […]

Your Vietnam travel guide - What you NEED to know before you go

Your Vietnam travel guide - What you NEED to know before you go


Living to Roam

What are you waiting for? Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's most exciting destinations. Find out everything you need to know in this Vietnam travel guide.

Japanese Bath Etiquette

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

A Must-Know: Japanese Bath Etiquette Japan, a culture wrapped in history, ancient customs and respect. Our Japan tour is not only a cuisine adventure, it is a cultural immersion. From temple visits to Soba lessons, lively market tours, a traditional Japanese bath experience and overnights in Ryokan, Japan will open your senses. One of our [ ... ]

#1 Hotel in Ireland – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal has been named ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row, 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards on its websi…

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Where to watch Rugby League World Cup in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

There are some great sports bars in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam where you can watch the 2017 Rugby League World Cup games live. The 2017 Rugby World Cup is being played in Australia and New Zealand. Upcoming

Discover Card

by wpegues022253 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Has any one had difficulty using a Discover Card in London or Paris?

How to apply your visa on arrival on line

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

Here are easy steps to follow to apply for a Vietnam visa online  1 Send us one of your scanners valid […]

RE: Tipping

by GerryL @ Tipping

On my very first RS trip (in US) some people in the group started organizing a "collection" for the group leader. I (among others) ignored the effort based on what I understood about RS programs. I noticed a few people discreetly tipping on a program in Europe.
My most recent RS trip was to a country where incomes are low. On several occasions we were told that if we wanted to add any tips for the local people who had provided experiences that were part of the program, we were welcome to. Envelopes were provided in one instance.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read More »

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17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Vietnam is one of the most rewarding places you can visit, but you need to be aware of these 17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam. From the frenetic cities of Ho …

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Why You Must Visit Dingle in Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

You must visit Dingle when you go to Ireland. Everyone loves Dingle, including the Irish, because there is a lot to love about this seaside town on the west coast of the Wi…

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How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by When planning Beijing tour during Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year, many first-time visitors would ask the same question “How to spend Spring Festival in Beijing 2018”. Spring Festival or Chinese lunar new year 2018 starts on Feb 16,2018, the start of the Year of Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. The official 3-day Spring […]

Waterbom Waterpark in Bali [Asia’s #1 Waterpark]

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

I always feel I am a kid at heart and age is just a number. So while traveling; amusement / water parks are always on my list. With a tag of being the #1 water park in Asia, Waterbom, Bali was hence, on my radar. With incessant rains for the past two days, it was difficult to even fathom driving over an hour towards Kuta where the water park is located from our lovely villa in Canggu.  Luckily, after almost two gloomy days, the sun shone bright and we headed towards Kuta. First Impressions of Waterbom, Bali Located right next to the busy Kuta coastline, Warerbom, Bali does not look that imposing from the outside. Upon entering the premises, it was quite a nice view from the parking area itself. The entrance to the park is through the main counter for purchasing tickets and Christmas being around the corner, the mood was quite festive. Once done with the formalities of getting the tickets and wristbands with money loaded onto it (no cash/card accepted inside the park), we were off towards the lockers and changing area for a fun filled experience ahead. Although the ticket counter was not too crowded, it [...]

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A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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The Great Eastern Drive, Tasmania – Australia

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

If you're heading on a road trip to Tasmania, Australia then you absolutely must check out the Great Eastern Drive! Here is your guide...

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6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Solo female travel isn't just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it's never too late to start traveling.

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How To Get From Lisbon Airport to City Center (Without Getting Scammed)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Find out how to conveniently get to some of the most popular places in Lisbon’s city center. First tip: stay away from taxis! Lisbon is one of the most charming capitals in Europe. There are many unique things to do, see and taste here, ensuring you have a memorable time. I recommend that you stay […]

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Foreign cash

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Do you typically get foreign cash from your bank before you travel abroad, or do you wait until you arrive at your destination? Why?

Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Would you recommend purchasing a trip protection plan? Has it ever come to the rescue for you during a program? 

Multigenerational Travel – Why We Do It – Contributing Writer

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Multigenerational travel is certainly one of hottest travel trends these days. Taking a trip with three or more generations of a family is making the travel ind…

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Currency needs in SE Asia and India?

by hendjc0728033020 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I'll be traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Singapore and Hong Kong early next year and will be on my own for a couple days before joining the tours. I've traveled in Europe, South America, but not in SE Asia or India.

What kind of money do I need to have with me? Should I take large amounts of American dollars? Do the bills have to be almost new? I've had dollars refused in some countries because they weren't crisp and unmarked.

Will I be able to use my Visa and MC? How much cash should I have for incidentals?

Any help I can get from people who have been in these areas will be appreciated.

RE: Tipping

by judy.goble011007 @ Tipping

That $500 would get me on another trip!

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by emknesper011223 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

The RS insurance actually has two parts, as explained on the RS web site (click on "Before you Go" and scroll down until you find the information on the insurance plans). The first part is the insurance that refunds the cost if you cancel for "Covered reasons." The reasons are fairly specific regarding illness or injury -- they use words like "Serious and unforeseen medical problem suddenly arises" and require a doctor's letter stating the necessity for not traveling. If your claim is denied (but you must submit the claim with the insurance company first), you can then contact RS under the "Cancel for Any Reason" part of the insurance. In this later case, you will receive a credit for future travel, rather than an actual refund. On two occasions I have had to cancel our RS travel plans -- once because a change in my own health kept me from traveling and once because our adult daughter required unexpected surgery that was scheduled during our trip. In both cases, I needed to submit a doctor's letter and in both cases I received the refund. I hope you have discussed the denial of reimbursement with RS and have received some satisfaction. They have tried to make the insurance information more easily found so that everyone will read it, but I think they need to make an additional effort so that the two parts of the insurance are better understood by everyone.

What in the world is a multipotentialite?

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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WordPress Alternatives: A Complete Comparison Guide

by Tom Rogers @ Adventure In You

We have been working online (mainly blogging) since 2015 and within that time frame, one of the most common questions that we get is, “Should I use WordPress for my blog/website?”. Well, today in this post I answer that very question. This complete comparison guide to WordPress alternatives does not only include pros and cons […]

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Alaskan Culinary Tour: Treats From The Wild

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

From Tree to Table We’ve all seen images of maple harvest in the Northeast. Soldierlike maple trees, standing bare among the snowy hills of Vermont, with metal taps protruding at waist height. Thick late winter sap is collected in buckets and then boiled and simmered into edible, delectable maple syrup. But did you know that [ ... ]

Saying Hi

by strayadventures @ Fodor's Forum

Just saying Hi, I look forward to getting and receiving travel tips.

Beautiful serviced apartment for rent on Tran Quy Khoach,D1

by Dung @ Vis Estate

  New modern apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, big living room located in a beautiful house with elevator, parking, security 24/7. Just 10 minutes commute to downtown. Closed to supermarket and shop. This apartment is serviced. Maid, Wi-Fi, TV, drinking water, and everything except electricity This apartment is serviced. Maid, Wi-Fi, […]

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A NIGHT OUT LEARNING ABOUT HUE CUISINE WITH BEEBEE TEAM

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee Travel

Beebee Travel is a young travel company with a mission of empowering young people to become great tour […]

Train your brain: Tricks for a productive day

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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Pet-Friendly Traveler Tips

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

Identification At all times during your travel, be sure to have your pet wear its collar with tags. Be sure […]

Cobh, Ireland – don’t rest on your laurels.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I have made no bones about the fact that we were charmed by Ireland, but I do have a message to Cobh, Ireland – don’t rest on your laurels. We loved the raw natural b

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Visiting ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We visited ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, in Sweden. Gordon wasn’t really fussed, but I said, ‘take a chance on me.‘ He said well, ‘you are the danc

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5 Fun Ways to Experience London’s Art Scene

by Audrey Bergner @ THAT BACKPACKER

Do you ever plan your travels around a specific theme? Maybe you’re a foodie who likes to check out lots of restaurants and markets,...

Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by If you are going to visit Harbin in winter, definitely you will put two must-see attractions into your Harbin tour:  Harbin Ice and Snow World, and Sun Island Snow Sculptures. The two sites are the prime draw cards of Harbin, enticing hundreds and thousands of visitors from home and abroad each winter season. Today […]

Black Friday’s promotion.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

Hi expat community, Tomorrow ( 25th, November) is Black Friday, a big shopping festival on over the world. In order to welcome this event, Vis want to give to all of you a special offer. If you are looking to rent an apartment, don’t hesitate to contact us tomorrow. We will grant you a discount […]

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The Ultimate Itinerary of São Miguel Island (Made By An Azorean)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

São Miguel in the Azores is a vibrant garden in the middle of the Atlantic. With so many different landscapes and things to do there, planning a route to explore the island is essential. This is the exact road trip itinerary I use when I get friends visiting São Miguel island and now I’m sharing […]

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48 hours in Helsinki, Finland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to see, what to do, where to stay and where to eat when you have 48 Hours in Helsinki, a city that will pleasantly surprise you. As the capital city of Finland, spendin…

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Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

SIEM REAP’S 10 BEST BARS: CLASSY, HIDDEN DIVES JUST OUTSIDE OF ANGKOR

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Every year I find myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week. It’s inevitable, and always enjoyable.

Angkor Wat is, along with Bagan in Myanmar, one of the two most spectacular temple sites in Asia, if not the world. I’ve come back again and again with friends, or by myself. Although lately I barely spend time in the temples of Angkor Wat, I love the cafe and bar scene of nearby Siem Reap, a charming little French colonial town adjacent to Angkor that now serves as the tourist-amenity center of the region. Though a tourist town, it’s far from a tourist trap. There is something about the clear blue sky, slow clouds and that long twilight that I love here. And, there’s the drinks.

Pub Street is famous here. It is the center of Siem Reap and the fulcrum of activity in ... Read More »

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RE: Foreign cash

by sandrajacobson091609 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Depends on where you are going. I have used an ATM in India, Colombia, Mexico, and Costa Rica to get cash with my debit card. I did notify my bank ahead of time, and that helped but was not foolproof. In Colombia in 2017, it worked only about half the time even at airport ATMs, and the max was about $120 (and twice that per day) which was not enough to pay for a event I was attending or a week's lodging--which I could not pay ahead of time with a credit card online. Several places in Colombia would not or could not accept a credit card, even when the amount of cash was nervewracking to carry around. In my other travels (post-eons-ago traveler's check days in Europe, and when I lived 30 miles from the Canadian border it wasn't an issue), the ATMs worked ok but had a limited amount of cash available and some did charge relatively high fees, but I thought it was worth it to avoid carrying lots of cash around. I have not paid a lot of attention to the relative difference between getting cash in the states and abroad because I've had to have the equivalent of hundreds of dollars to pay for lodging and travel, and there wasn't really a choice. If you order cash from my bank, it comes in the largest denominations, which were often not usable until they were split, so that wasn't a great choice either. However, if you are on a Road Scholar trip, the amount of money needed is a lot less. On our Costa Rica trip, we mostly bought ice cream every other day or so, and it wouldn't have mattered what the exchange rate was. We stayed longer than the RS trip, and that was when it was necessary to have some cash, but many places accepted dollars.

A Few Simple Backpacking Tips For Europe

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

If you’re about to venture out on your very first backpacking trip, there is no doubt in my mind that […]

SURVIVING BORACAY ALONE

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

In March of 2012, I was nearly finished with a 3-week journey moving west through the Visayas region of The Philippines. Visayas is famous for beach and diving destinations. I have never been very interested in beaches, so I was focused on the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo and Kalibo. I did, however, have a beach destination as my final stop before flying out of the country. That beach was the most famous beach in all of The Philippines- Boracay. I was all by my sad self during these weeks in the Philippines. I’d met people here and there along the way, but I didn’t join a backpacker caravan or fall in love. So, how is it traveling to Boracay alone, anyway?

Often beach destinations entice travelers of impossibly clear turquoise waters bookended by eternal sunrises and sunsets. So often, ... Read More »

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RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by catwycliff090525 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Thanks! You just saved me a bunch of money because I also have Chase Sapphire!

What to do in Dubrovnik for a Day

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to do in Dubrovnik for a Day. The city of Dubrovnik is located in the south of the beautiful country of Croatia, and lies on the Dalmatian peninsula. It is positioned …

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EER129: Cruising With Children — Tips on the Best Family Cruises for Kids

EER129: Cruising With Children — Tips on the Best Family Cruises for Kids

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Today I talk with Jeff Bogle about cruising with children and his tips for the best family cruises for kids. Jeff is a parenting blogger and travel writer, but he never thought he’d want to take his kids on a cruise. Once he took one, however, he was hooked… Subscribe to Our Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher, […]

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A Guide to Tipping Around the World

A Guide to Tipping Around the World


Contented Traveller

Tipping Around the World is a guide on what countries do you tip in. It covers tipping in different countries, and what countries do you tip in.

Jungle Surfing in the Daintree National Park

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Can you think of a better way to explore the World's OLDEST rainforest than to zip your way through the heart of the rainforest through seven ziplines and six tree platforms?

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Using a Smartphone Camera Lens Kit To Boost Your Photos: Pixter Review

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Looking for a clever, effective and inexpensive way to boost your photos on your smartphone? Pixter might be the answer you’re looking for. This is a detailed review on of their attachable smartphone camera lens: the Super Fisheye! I confess I had a bit of prejudice against smartphone accessories. It’s just that I’ve seen so […]

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RE: New Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance

by CT_PBW @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Read the new policy carefully.

The waiver for existing condition requires you purchase insurance 14 days from INITIAL enrollment NOT FINAL PAYMENT DATE. Huge difference.

Not all reasons for canceling will result in a refund of monies. Some reasons other than those stated in the policy may result in monies held for 18 months by which time you have to have expended those monies.

The wording is very tricky and must be read with the old policy not in the back of your mind.

Spending 2 days in St Petersburg in Russia – where all that glitters …

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I think I would have to say that St Petersburg in Russia was not at all what I was expecting, and Spending 2 days in St Petersburg in Russia revealed that all that glitters,

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Everything You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Moalboal Cebu

by Justin Carmack @ Adventure In You

For any self-respecting scuba traveler, the Philippines is the dream destination to get your fins wet. Dive locations that offer wrecks, sharks, walls, drifts, whales, muck, reef and more, and each one unique. There are so many options that a diver could cross off most, if not all, items from their scuba bucket list. One of […]

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Where to watch Rugby League World Cup in Bangkok

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

There are some great sports bars in Bangkok where you can watch the 2017 Rugby League World Cup games live. The 2017 Rugby World Cup is being played in Australia and New Zealand. Upcoming Rugby League World Cup Games: Grand

Things to do in Omotesando with Kids – Fun on Tokyo’s Glitzy Shopping Street

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Skip the shopping and check out these fun things to do in Omotesando with kids. This is one of Tokyo’s glitziest neighborhoods, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to play here. If you’re looking for things to do in Tokyo with kids, then this is a great place to start. Things to do […]

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Don't hog the Nutella!

by PatrickLondon @ Fodor's Forum

.'Ce n'est pas normal!' French shoppers brawl over discounted Nutella ...

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How To Visit The Amalfi Coast, Vesuvius and Pompeii From Naples Independently

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

I’m sharing my full planning insights to visit Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Amalfi Coast on a fully independent trip. I’ve used no expensive tours or agencies and I now show you how you can do the same. This is the fun and adventurous Italy! I just came back from a surprise trip I prepared to […]

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RE: Tipping

by tomclune49010530 @ Tipping

I've only been on two RS trips -- one in the US and one in Europe. But, on both, tips were given by the people in the group. The only difference that I've noticed so far from other tours is that the guides for particular locations did not receive or expect a tip. I didn't feel pressured to tip, or to give any particular amount, but it has certainly been well within the RS norm to tip the tour guide and those personnel who stay with you for the entire trip in my limited experience.

Thank You Note from Ireland

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee Travel

On a Sunday morning, Aedamair and Chris from Ireland contact us 2 hours before to ask for a […]

Tips for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

Tips for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam


THAT BACKPACKER

Trekking in Sapa is one of the best ways to experience the natural scenery of Northern Vietnam. Here are some tips & photos for anyone considering the trip!

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by judyscheer2011158 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

When we started doing Elderhostel programs 20 years ago, I did not purchase insurance. As we aged, I decided we must to help make insurance work. Within the last 3 years we have been forced to cancel 3 programs and I have been very thankful we had insurance as we would have been out at least $12,000 without the insurance. The physician who had to fill out the paperwork explaining the medical reasons for cancellation has been cooperative, which we very much appreciate. I would not consider paying for a program and not immediately putting the insurance in place.

Things to Do in Merida Mexico — What to see, Do & Eat in the Yucatan

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and you’ll find so many things to do in Merida with kids…or without them. We travel with children, but Merida has something for everyone. In fact, the Yucatan Peninsula is great for any and all types of traveler: from grubby solo backpackers to adventurous families to retirees on a luxury holiday. Things […]

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North Vietnam – exploring and traveling the beautiful country

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

Vietnam is a beautiful country famous for its rich heritage, natural beauty, and bustling cities. It is uniquely exotic and […]

Weekend in Havana – You Should Book Now!

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Weekend in Havana: too good to pass up! Topping the list of off the beaten path travel, a weekend in Havana still reigns supreme. Never has a destination been so sought after. But, recent policy issues have left many travelers with legitimate concerns over how, if or when they can go to Cuba. Never fear, [ ... ]

Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Vietnam Private Tour Guide

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25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand enjoys a 50% return rate for foreign tourists. In contrast, Vietnam only pulls back 5% of visitors.Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches. So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam?I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. It’s not. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. I’d just like to alert travelers to beware of the common first-time mistakes that may sour their experience of the local people and the country overall.Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.Here goes:-1-TAKE YOUR VISA SERIOUSLY, VERY SERIOUSLY INDEEDYes, it seems like common sense, but I have seen tourists turned ... Read More »

Cultural Spotlights of Hanoi (Experience Hanoi like a Local)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Hanoi is perfect for a trip of cultural exploration. Its culture is expressed in many of the remarkable attractions of the city. The culture, too, is in every activity that you see on the street. In this article, I will go through several casual cultural spotlights of Hanoi. A random cultural experience of the city, […]

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Ikigai: How to discover your true purpose

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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Backpacking Germany Budget Travel Guide 2018

by Ana Pereira @ The Broke Backpacker

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Forum Post: RE: Tipping: Looking for a response from Road Scholar

by Road Scholar @ General Discussion

Hello, yes all tips, taxes, and gratuities are covered by Road Scholar on all adventures including cruises. We are available if you have any further questions or concerns. ~ Your Friends at Road Scholar

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

RE: Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by gweniekay090206 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

This was not explained to me when I registered for the program. I will look elsewhere for insurance next time.

Backpacking Vietnam on a Budget: 2-3 Week Itinerary + Tips

Backpacking Vietnam on a Budget: 2-3 Week Itinerary + Tips


Taylor's Tracks

Backpacking Vietnam on a budget is easily done, but with so much to see in the country where do you even start? Learn how to spend 2-3 weeks in Vietnam, what to do backpacking in Vietnam and help building a Vietnam backpacking route plus Vietnam travel tips and a Vietnam budget.

RE: Tipping

by zazzca012420 @ Tipping

Wow, I've been on ten RS trips, all US, and never saw anyone tip the leader, or heard any discussion about it. I thought that was one of the advantages of going with RS as opposed to other tour groups.

RE: Tipping

by Mary_A @ Tipping

Don't worry about not tipping. RS policy is clear -- there's no reason to be foolish and pay a second time for what you already paid for.

Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

When you visit Vietnam, these are the Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon). Saigon is the more familiar name of this very popular city to visit. The city is beaut…

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Backpacking Vietnam Travel Guide 2017 - Adventure Tips

Backpacking Vietnam Travel Guide 2017 - Adventure Tips


The Broke Backpacker

Backpacking Vietnam; the ultimate guide to exploring one of South East Asia's most mysterious and beautiful travel destinations...

Chrismas is coming, Where will you Stay to welcome this holiday?

by Dung @ Vis Estate

  I know a majority of you come from many different countries on over the world and because of many reasons, we are now living in Saigon together. If you are busy or don’t have the intention to come back to your nation’s home on Christmas Day and need to find a place to live. […]

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RE: Tipping

by GerryL @ Tipping

To RS: I recently posted a question under Afloat > Ocean Cruises on the subject of tipping in those programs. I hope to get feedback from RS on that since tipping on cruise ships can be a significant part of the travel budget. If I'm going to look at the RS cruise ship programs, I want to know what the real cost is going to be.

New Housing Law allow expats to buy properties.

by henry @ Vis Estate

Accordingly, from July 1, 2015, two long-awaited pieces of legislation, the New Housing Law , and the Real Estate Business Law, have come into effect. Under the provisions of the Housing Law, the requirements for foreigners to buy and own homes in Vietnam are loosened. Specifically, foreign organizations and individuals investing in Vietnam, branches and […]

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Forum Post: RE: Finis Terrae: Exploring the Wilds of Southern Patagonia

by margaretboder092459 @ General Discussion

How was that trip hiking weather accommodations etc ? I am leaving 2/4 and would like to hear about experience and suggestions Thank you.

Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Would you recommend purchasing a trip protection plan? Has it ever come to the rescue for you during a program? 

How to have your own Internet System on a Cruise Ship

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

The internet on cruise ships is notoriously slow, and notoriously expensive, but this post explains How to have your own internet system on a cruise ship.

 

On our …

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Tipping in Colombia - A guide for where and how much you tip

Tipping in Colombia - A guide for where and how much you tip


Traveldudes.org

One of the things as a traveler that always confounds me when I head to a new country is, what are the tipping rules? I´m sure that coming from the US where tipping is ingrained into ou...

Credit card or cash

by allenelyons062833 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I'm thinking of purchasing a Travelex Money card for my trip to Israel. Generally what percentage do you carry in cash and on a credit card?

24 Hours in London: Amazing Moments in the City Every Hour of the Day!

by Audrey Bergner @ THAT BACKPACKER

London. Like many world capitals, they say this is a city that never sleeps, and on my most recent trip to the city, I...

RE: Tipping

by mvpernell022607 @ Tipping

I've been on eight RS trips. While all of the tour leaders have been excellent, I've only tipped on two occasions. In both cases, the tour leader did a little something extra for me. On the other trips, I was a member of the group and believe that I required no extra effort by the leader. On only one occasion have I tipped a local guide who helped me find a store where I purchased an adapter to copy my pictures to another device for backup. The no tipping policy is one of the reasons I travel with RS.

Major Battles in Vietnam War – Gulf of Tonkin

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

August 1964 The Tonkin Gulf incidents were major events that prompted the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. On 31 July 1964 the […]

What to do in Kotor in Montenegro for a day

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

If you have ever wondered What to do in Kotor in Montenegro for a day, we will share our experiences with you.  Kotor, in Montenegro, is known as the Bride of Adriatic an…

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RE: Tipping

by sidkaskey011521 @ Tipping

"however we were encouraged to tip if we felt like we had exceptional service..." Was this suggested by the tour guides? I did not see anything listed in programs I have taken.

The Most Complete Travel Guide to Pico Island, Azores

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This easy-to-follow Pico travel guide contains all you need to know to explore Pico island in Azores. Find out the best places to go and how to budget and plan your itinerary. And of course, what and where to eat. Let’s get started! Each island in the Azores has its own charm and appeal. There’s […]

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Berlin Bucket List: 10 Things to Experience in the City!

by Laura Bronner @ THAT BACKPACKER

Berlin is a city packed with excitement. Whether you want to visit for the history, the art scene, the food, or some adventure activities, there’s...

3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Moving to florida

by chris11 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi my wife and myself are planning on moving to florida, we live In wisconsin but don't know how florida is i hear a lot of things about its hard to...

Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel – A Year in Review

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

On the 3rd of January 2017, the UNWTO officially declared the beginning of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Under the slogan TRAVEL ENJOY RESPECT, tourism organizations, government agencies and private businesses alike committed themselves to creating positive change within the travel industry. As a leading tour operator and destination management company in […]

RE: Tipping

by teribragger022350 @ Tipping

This is one of the MAJOR issues I did have on my trip. Supposedly all tips/gratuities are included in the program, however we were encouraged to tip if we felt like we had exceptional service, which implied to all of us to, "please tip." Therefore & ended up spending several $100 extra tipping the drivers, lodging staff, group leader, some of the educators, etc. If you are indicating that tips are included in the program then you need to be very clear to all of the staff that they will get no tips or you need to remove that amount from the cost of the trip & let people tip at will. I know that everyone on our trip was tipping. This is a very substantial miscommunication on your part!

How to Tip in Cuba - Travel Etiquette | Access Trips

How to Tip in Cuba - Travel Etiquette | Access Trips


Access Trips

Taking care of the people and places we visit as tourists should be part of our intent when we travel. While everyone enjoys an affordable holiday, it’s important to also look out for locals’ well being. This brings us to an important question: “How do you tip in Cuba?” Research on the subject of “tipping” in Cuba may [ ... ]

Top Things to Do in Winter in Harbin

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by Plan your Harbin tour in winter? As the coldest city in the most northern China, Harbin’s coldest months fall on late December through early March. Late November through the whole January is the snowing season and January is the coldest month with the average temperature at -25 ℃.  Harbin’s winter is dry, cold and long coupled […]

10 Places to Celebrate Carnival Around the World

by Laura Bronner @ THAT BACKPACKER

Traditionally taking place just before Lent begins, Carnival is a time to be a little bit naughty before you spend 40 days being nice! Through...

Vietnam Tips And Tricks: 26 Key Things To Know Before Your Trip

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This list of useful tips and tricks of Vietnam is mostly intended for first-time visitors but it can help anyone achieve a safe and worry-free travel. It should alert you for common mistakes and prepare you for traveling to one of the most amazing countries on Earth. I mean it. Not gonna lie: Vietnam is […]

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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: RENT A SHORT-TERM APARTMENT WHILE TRAVELING

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

If you want to experience the true life of a place, experience it like a local: get an apartment in a true neighborhood. Wake up to the sounds of street vendors and garbage trucks. Be recognized with a smile by your local noodle-slinger.

If a city strikes your fancy, rent an apartment for a month and stick around for awhile.

Another advantage of worldwide Internet networking is that it allows us to exchange short-term apartments without going through an agent or company. Check the New York City craigslist sublet page and you’ll find plenty of Parisians happy to exchange their Left Bank apartment for a little temporary stepping stone on the Upper West Side. Though apartment exchanges are rare in Asia, there are plenty of expats and locals alike who will be vacating their adobe and happy to have someone trustworthy in ... Read More »

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Why Visit Tsomgo Lake in Gangtok, Sikkim [AKA CHANGU LAKE]

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

Tsomgo lake, also known as Changu lake, is a scenic glacier lake at an altitude of 3753 mtrs, located in Gangtok, Sikkim. This is one of the best high altitude lake in India, mainly due to its beauty which has given it a surge of popularity. So, while I was planning what to do in Sikkim, a visit to Tsomgo popped up as a “must-see”. And I have to agree… Short clip of Tsomgo Reasons to Visit The Stunning Tsomgo Lake Year round attraction Tsomgo lake looks spectacular in any season. With the alpine vegetation and flowers blooming in summer months or snow covered flats in winters. No matter when you choose to visit, you can enjoy excellent views all around. This is how it will look if you visit Tsomgo lake in November – Check out the stunning reflections 🙂 Yak Rides Visitors also come for Yak rides but as an animal lover, I would avoid them. It is much better to watch wild yaks chilling in these pristine valleys – trust me on that. “Say no to riding animals” Tame Yaks for rides Decorated to attract tourists 🙁 One of the Top Glacier Lakes of India Looking at the [...]

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Alaska Food Tour Reading List

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Alaska Food Tour Reading List Perhaps one of the best ways to get ready for an upcoming trip is to surround yourself with information about the location you plan to travel to. Our Alaskan food tour is no exception to that rule. Coming into the Country John McPhee Cultural Portrait | 1991 | PAPER | 438 pages | Favorite A [ ... ]

Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by lndg5012042 @ General Discussion

I've gone solo 3 times in the past 2 years. I was just a bit apprehensive the first time, but the group was so welcoming I had a terrific experience. The next 2 trips were amazing as well. Be open, welcoming and friendly, and you will fit in with the RS group beautifully!

Vespa Adventures - Tipping in Vietnam

Vespa Adventures - Tipping in Vietnam


Vespa Adventures

We often get asked about tipping etiquette in Vietnam. Here are some "tips".

RE: Foreign cash

by beverlyejohnson041507 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I really liked these. Maybe in the U.S. they are also commonplace now in some places, but not where I live. I encountered one on one of the evenings when RS did not provide dinner. We had a large table of about 10 of us (half the group!) who decided to dine together. I think the reader made it much easier on the servers in a situation like this, i.e. probably at least 8 separate checks. Also, I was able to smoothly personalize my transaction with the server by saying I wanted to pay for my dinner by card, but leave a cash tip. I did this in part because I was trying to spend down on cash in Canadian dollars towards the very end of my trip.

COSTA RICA

by mcsalon031227 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

DID 10 DAYS IN COSTA RICA  WITH RS IN FEB AND THERE WAS NO REASON TO EXCHANGE MY HOME  CURRENCY FOR COLONS.  EVERYWHERE ACCEPTS EITHER AMERICAN DOLLARS OR CREDIT CARDS AND THERE ARE SOME VISA CARDS IN THE US WHICH HAVE ZERO FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEES.  SMALL BILLS FOR TRINKETS AND GRATUITIES ARE NICE BUT NOT ESSENTIAL.   SURPRISED THAT PRICES EVEN IN SMALL TOWNS AND IN GROCERYTYPE STORES ARE NOT MUCH CHEAPER IF AT ALL THAN IN USA!!

You must Explore The Ring of Beara in Ireland – or maybe not.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

While many people have heard of the spectacular Ring of Kerry in Ireland, you must explore The Ring of Beara which is absolutely not to be missed. The Ring of Beara in Irel…

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The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What is it about lighthouses that appeal to so many people? We live next to two lighthouses in Australia, and we love them. So maybe that has something to do with it. Check …

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Major Battles in Vietnam War – Operation Flaming Dart

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

Major Battles – Operation Flaming Dart February 1965 Reprisal air raids signaling a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam. Early […]

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HOI AN VIETNAM

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

Hoi An in Vietnam is a beautiful place to spend a few days, wandering its picturesque winding streets, hanging out on the long stretches of white sandy beach, or cycling through the surrounding paddy fields. One of the other pleasures of a visit here is all the fabulous Hoi An restaurants. Well known as an […]

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Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I can’t say I knew a lot about this town, but I can tell you that Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain was one of those serendipitous moments. This city was amaz…

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First Visit to Bern Switzerland

by floridapugmom @ Fodor's Forum

We will be visiting Europe at the beginning of September and making a 3 day stop in Bern, what are your suggestions for places to see and things to...

How to Use Your Social Network to Travel the World

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Celinne da Costa spent a year traveling the world and relying on the kindness of strangers to host her. She stayed with 70+ strangers in 17 countries across four continents. In this interview, Celinne tells us how she did it all, with surprisingly very few hiccups along the way.

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Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam Travel Guide


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

A comprehensive budget travel guide to Vietnam with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, and cost information.

Things to do in Sanctuary Cove

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

If you're heading to Sanctuary Cove and wondering what there is to do around there, take a look at the list we've put together!

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Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by lndg5012042 @ General Discussion

I've gone solo 3 times in the past 2 years. I was just a bit apprehensive the first time, but the group was so welcoming I had a terrific experience. The next 2 trips were amazing as well. Be open, welcoming and friendly, and you will fit in with the RS group beautifully!

10 Easy Day Trips You Can Take From Prague

by Laura Bronner @ THAT BACKPACKER

While there are plenty of sights and activities to keep you busy in Prague, a trip to the city should definitely include a few...

Backpacking South Africa Budget Travel Guide 2018

by Ana Pereira @ The Broke Backpacker

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10 Things to do in Barcelona That You Can’t Miss

by Laura Gois @ Adventure In You

Barcelona is an unbelievable city: the mix of culture, art and – of course – incredible food make every visit an absolute joy and even after multiple visits, there will always be hidden nooks of the city to explore. It feels almost impossible to get tired of wandering the streets – although it’s usually in […]

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A Complete Guide to Tipping in Vietnam - Tipping Guide in Vietnam

A Complete Guide to Tipping in Vietnam - Tipping Guide in Vietnam


The Christina's Blog

Learning about rules to tipping before traveling to new countries is essential so as to not offend locals. Here is the useful tipping guide in Vietnam.

Ultimate packing guide for Vietnam

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Ultimate packing guide for your trip to Vietnam

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How to Plan a Travel-Themed Wedding That Doesn’t Suck

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

I'm not exaggerating at all when I tell you that when I got engaged at the end of 2016, I literally had no clue...

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RE: Foreign cash

by zen012501 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

It is much better to use your ATM card from your bank where you have a savings or checking account. Your withdrawal is treated as a cash withdrawal with a fee for using a machine that is not your bank's, but the charge is per use and is very low. Some banks also charge a foreign transaction fee in addition. Again, that is not very much. Using your credit card to get cash will cost you a lot more.

Martinique - credit cards

by lavancedavis071228 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Anyone been to Martinique? Were you able to use US credit cards? Did you need euros? How much did you spend for food and souvenirs? Thanks you.

Visiting The Medieval Village of Eze in France

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We started our tour of Monte Carlo in Monaco, and Visiting the Medieval Village of Eze in France, by driving along the scenic roads of the Moyenne Corniche. From here we h…

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Switzerland-Germany-Amsterdam-paris 14 day itinerary planning

by bubbybains @ Fodor's Forum

hello there i am planning a trip with my wife to europe in October 2018. we are young couple and like to view the natural beauty, mountains and...

The most annoying tips travellers have to pay

The most annoying tips travellers have to pay


Traveller

Australians, as a general rule, don't do tipping. It's not part of our culture. We don't know how to do it, and we don't enjoy doing it. It feels like a rip-off.

Foreign cash

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Do you typically get foreign cash from your bank before you travel abroad, or do you wait until you arrive at your destination? Why?

The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Things to Do in Puerto Escondido — Fun Things to Do in Oaxaca, Mexico’s Southern Port

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Out of all the things to do in Puerto Escondido, sunsets may be our favorite, but there’s much more to this sleepy Mexican beach town than that. Much more. Beautiful beaches, fantastic food, incredible wildlife, and a laid-back surfer vibe. There are lots of reasons to visit Puerto Escondido, in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. […]

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Forum Post: RE: Egypt Travel

by ksider812012445 @ General Discussion

Thank you for the info. What was the weather like and age span of group? Did you feel safe?

Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

Revised Scotland itinerary - more reasonable?

by RaymondLuxuryYacht @ Fodor's Forum

We're going to Scotland for 2 weeks at the end of May, and initially looked at the 10-day (Not So) Great Itinerary in the Fodors guidebook. Thanks to...

Pub in the Paddock – Feeding a pig beer!

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

If you're visiting Tasmania and head towards the East Coast of Binalong Bay, you have to visit the Pub in the Paddock and feed a pig a beer!

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Florence to Lucca and Pisa

by Summer0407 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi we have a lunch reservation in Lucca at 1:00 I plan to take the train from Florence. Is it the same train line to Pisa? Do I need separate train...

Anyone Toured with Tom Gallegos?

by TDudette @ Fodor's Forum

In planning a Santa Fe NM trip in April 2018, I have reserved an Abiquiu tour with Mr. Gallegos. Have read a bit about him online but am wondering if...

Seattle Hotels

by JADSJBD @ Fodor's Forum

We will be arriving in Seattle mid day and staying for only 2 nights in October, leaving early am for Amtrak to San Francisco. Where would you...

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Can I Wear Capris in Egypt? (Or a Complete Egypt Packing Guide for Women)

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

When I was preparing for my tour in Egypt, I had so many questions about what to pack. This was going to be my...

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9 tips for backpacking Vietnam | Travel Feature

9 tips for backpacking Vietnam | Travel Feature


Rough Guides

With striking landscapes, large stretches of lovely coastline, intriguing cities and excellent food, it’s no wonder the number of tourists in Vietnam has...

Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh City: Which Vietnam City Is Right For You?

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Struggling making a decision between Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh for your upcoming trip to Vietnam? In this article I’m comparing both cities in terms of food, safety, places to visit and overall vibe for you to decide its overall travel potential. Which one is the right for you? Vietnam is not the easiest of […]

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What to do in Katakolon, Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Katakolon, Greece is a hole-in-the-wall port that is surprisingly charming. The port of Katakolon or Katakolo is a popular stop for cruise ships, offering an opportu…

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RE: Tipping

by Mary_A @ Tipping

I'm puzzled as to why there is even a discussion about tipping at all. RS markets their tours as "tips included" so I'll take them at their word. It's one of the reasons I do RS vs. OAT or any number of other travel companies. Also RS trips are not cheap, by any means. $5,000-$10,000 for a two week international trip is a fair chunk of change. I've been on 5 international trips with RS and tipping was not even discussed. I think your experience was atypical and you shouldn't be bullied into tipping when it's not expected or required.

First Time Visit to Milan and Venice

by floridapugmom @ Fodor's Forum

In early September we will be visiting Italy stopping in Milan and Venice, would love to hear your recommendations for places to see and things to...

Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, and here is a list of the Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City. Just walking around the city is enough to keep y…

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A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Sue Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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A History Lover’s Guide to Dublin, Ireland

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

You might know a thing or two about Dublin. For example, you might know that it's the capital of Ireland and that it's the...

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First Time Visit to Milan and Venice

by floridapugmom @ Fodor's Forum

In early September we will be visiting Italy stopping in Milan and Venice, would love to hear your recommendations for places to see and things to...

“Decent-looking Outfits” Policy when visiting Hue Monuments Complex, Vietnam

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee Travel

A new policy made by the Hue Monuments Conservation Department in Thua Thien Hue Province stated that visitors […]

RE: Road scholar not considered travel agency

by bark601031933 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

That's how it was started, as Elder Hostel, staying at college dorms and having educational lectures from professors.

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DA NANG

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

The best restaurants in Da Nang have earned a steady reputation amongst travellers worldwide for their excellent service, convenient location, and quality food-and-beverage offerings. Surrounded by pristine beaches such as My Khe Beach and Pham Van Dong Beach, no trip to Da Nang is complete without visiting its beachfront restaurants for fresh seafood, BBQ meats, […]

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Where to find Street Art in Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Away but within earshot of the cacophony of motorbikes and beeping horns in Hoi Chi Minh City, you will find a little alley full of Street Art in Saigon. Most things in Sai…

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Ultimate budget travel guide: How to find cheap flights

by Nick @ Living to Roam

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Airbnb & Couchsurfing: 12 tips for first-time users

by Nick @ Living to Roam

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Went to My Son what incredible architecture it must have been a very significant place

by viettitan @ Local Buddy Tours

Went to My Son what incredible architecture it must have been a very significant place in the history of Viet culture. Sad to see how other countries can desecrate a sight like this.French taking the heads off the statues and taking them back to France. The Americans destroying it in the Vietnam war. Our tour […]

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SAIGON FREE WALKING TOURS

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

A non-profit managed by Hospitality & Tourism students, Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh city.

Switzerland-Germany-Amsterdam-paris 14 day itinerary planning

by bubbybains @ Fodor's Forum

hello there i am planning a trip with my wife to europe in October 2018. we are young couple and like to view the natural beauty, mountains and...

Top 15 Free Things to Do in Tokyo

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Tokyo is a fascinating city, and despite its reputation as being a very expensive city, you will be pleasantly surprised at the Top 15 Free Things to Do in Tokyo.  With J…

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Thank you

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Our very first post and we start by thanking you for checking us out...

Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

New Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance

by ssiehr011236 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

From what I have read I don't like the new (after May 2) Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance.  I would like the option to purchase the old trip cancellation insurance after May 2. I don't need the "cancel for any reason" insurance when it is 30 percent more expensive.

Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Cruise Trip Shore Excursions (Private Tour)

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

Do you have a cruise trip to Vietnam? Will you stop at Chan May port or Tien sa port in central Vietnam?  Local Buddy Tours has the perfect one day tours to meet your needs.  All of our tours are private and customized to bring you unforgettable memories.. Don’t hesitate to contact us and our local […]

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How much do you know about tipping in Vietnam? · Vis Estate

How much do you know about tipping in Vietnam? · Vis Estate


Vis Estate

Vietnam is a blend of many different cultures, and its population is made up of many different ethnic groups. The capital city of Hanoi is a modern destina

Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

A First-Timer's Guide to Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

A First-Timer's Guide to Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog


NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Trekking in Sapa is one of the must-do activities for visitors to Northern Vietnam. Here's the lowdown so you can choose the best options for your trek.

Tipping: Looking for a response from Road Scholar

by GerryL @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

I posted this question back in November under Afloat > Ocean Cruises. I'd hoped to get a factual/authoritative answer from someone with RS. So far it does not appear that any RS staff have taken note. So I am reposting it here:

  Tipping is a major consideration when planning an ocean cruise. Road Scholar states that customary tips are covered in the cost of its programs, but does that include the tips that are expected by waiters and room stewards on large cruise ships? This is important to know ahead of time for estimating the actual cost of the program. 

VietNam War Major Battles – Battle of Dak To

by admin @ Vietnam Travel blog

Major Battles – Battle of Dak To June – December 1967 Series of battles at the Special Forces camp at […]

Where to watch Australia Test Match Cricket in Saigon

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

There are a few good sports bars in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam showing the Australian Test Match cricket series live. Check out the best bars to watch the Australia Test Match Cricket. Upcoming Australia Ashes Test Match

Where to exchange international driving licence.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

Foreingers who live in Viet Nam and want to exchange  international driving license into Vietnamese one can come to Vietnamese Transport  Departments to do this procedure. Here are exact addresses of some Vietnamese Transport  Departments: Ho Chi Minh City: 252 Ly Chinh Thang, Ward 9, D3, Ho Chi Minh city. Ha Noi: 16 Cao Ba Quat, […]

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Working online: 5 things you need to know before diving in!

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

The post Working online: 5 things you need to know before diving in! appeared first on Living to Roam.

RE: New Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance

by CT_PBW @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Also if you wait and don't have the waiver the price does not waiver either.

Martinique - credit cards

by lavancedavis071228 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Anyone been to Martinique? Were you able to use US credit cards? Did you need euros? How much did you spend for food and souvenirs? Thanks you.

Things to do to when live in Vietnam on Tet’s holiday.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

An old year is about to passing and a new year is going to come soon. As you know, Vietnam, as well as many other Asia nations, have 2 calendars, western calendar, and eastern calendar. At the end of the year following to  eastern calendar, a big festival will occur to welcome the new year, we […]

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Forum Post: RE: Back to Back Programs

by owensjd011324 @ General Discussion

Regarding your statement "I wish RoadScholar would indicate on trips that there is a concurrent trip available..." The old web site, before RS "improved" it, had exactly that feature. It would show you all trips with dates near your program and within a certain number of miles. We could even select the range of miles. Like so much else in the "improved" web site, have had to learn to get along without this feature.

15 Best Hostels in Miami (Insider Guide • 2018!)

by Aaron @ The Broke Backpacker

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Visiting Valentia Island in Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

To be quite honest I had never heard of Valentia Island in Ireland. When we were planning our road trip of 3 weeks in Ireland, we knew we couldn’t do everything beca…

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

Don't look for nightlife in Saudi Arabia: alcohol, dancing, movies and mingling with the opposite sex are all prohibited.

5 Things to Do in Zion National Park That Don’t Involve Hiking

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

When it comes to national parks in the United States, the secret has long been out about Zion National Park. It's one of the...

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Learning about Lisbon from a local

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We spent some time with Nuno, a local Lisbon man from Lisbon Riders, a tour company where we spent our day Learning about Lisbon from a local. There is nothing like spendi…

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How to Visit Great Wall of China by Train – Badaling Great Wall

by Daniel @ China Travel Tips – Tour-Beijing.com

by Dear Travelers, We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Badaling Great Wall by train. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks! Beijing North Railway Station has been closed for a three-year reconstruction […]

33 Travel Memes That Accurately Describe Going On A Vacation

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

A collection of funny travel memes and GIFs that are real AF and perfectly describe any of your last vacations. Featuring some of my favorite ones ever! Going on a trip is full of funny situations that happen over and over. I’ve put together what usually happens to me and went looking for memes and […]

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Awesome Sprinter Vans on Instagram That You Need to See

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

If you find yourself scrolling down Instagram for hours on end in search of some travel inspiration, chances are, you would have stumbled on to a few photos of #vanlife. Recently, there has been a huge rise in young people opting to forgo living in a traditional home. Instead, their habitat of choice is a […]

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Help/thoughts with 1st time Italy itinerary please

by travellover3 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all and thank you in advance! We wanted to see if you guys had some thoughts on the itinerary as it is right now... been reading posts and some...

The Ultimate Dim Sum Guide

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Source Travelling to Hong Kong or Shanghai in the near future? Despite their many differences they have common threads, particularly the ever popular brunch mayhem that’s best known as dim sum. A longstanding tradition of many branches of Chinese cuisine, this meal consists of a variety of small plates served with a hot pot of […]

How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

Exploring Naplfio or Navplion in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

When people talk about the history of Greece and the beauty of the aquamarine waters that surround the Greek islands, you can find an excellent example by Exploring Nap…

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Where to watch Rugby League World Cup in Tokyo

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

There are some great sports bars in Tokyo where you can watch the 2017 Rugby League World Cup games live. The 2017 Rugby World Cup is being played in Australia and New Zealand. Upcoming Rugby League World Cup Games:  

An Illustrated Guide To Vietnam’s Motorbikers

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:26. Written by Illustrations by Nam Núm. If you spend more than 5 minutes on Vietnam’s streets, you’re bound to run into one of these characters.               (source: Saigoneer)

My Son Holy Land By Car and Boat (Private Tour)

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

We start this half-day tour by picking you up at your hotel so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way. Our first stop will be at My Son Sanctuary, the spiritual capital of the former Champa Kingdom, which in 1999 was recognized by UNESCO as a World Culture Heritage site .  Between the 4th and 13th centuries  a unique culture, which owned its […]

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Cu Chi Tunnels, What to expect on your half day tour from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - thewelltravelledman

Cu Chi Tunnels, What to expect on your half day tour from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - thewelltravelledman


thewelltravelledman

A complete guide to visiting Cu Chi Tunnels in a half day tour from Ho Chi Minh City and what to expect, what to pack, what company to go with and a short video.

Hoi An Old Quarter Walking Tour (Private tour)

by Thanh Tran @ Local Buddy Tours

  Exploring Hoi An on foot is one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. The city is beautiful, colorful and peaceful. The unique architecture here combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese. You will learn more about the history and culture of the largest former South-East Asia trading port in Vietnam dating back […]

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7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi. Hijabi is women or girl who wears the Islamic head-covering respectfully, called Hijab. This article has been written by a guest co…

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Delicious Daiquiris with Guest Blogger Allison Levine

by Julia Houghton @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Allison Levine of Please the Palate has shared a bit about her recent experience in Cuba on an Access Trips tour. She’s written a superb post about a quintessentially Cuban libation, the daiquiri! We loved reading her Pick of The Week, and can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks, Allison! Please The Palate Pick [ ... ]

RE: Tipping

by Mary_A @ Tipping

No tipping over and above what is included in the program cost. ( Based on 5 RS trips so far.)

RE: Tipping

by pastelsharon011840 @ Tipping

I've been on six RS trips and have never tipped anyone. In fact, we don't usually even bring foreign currency with us, because we can use a charge card for incidentals.

Visit Donegal, Ireland for a lot of craic

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Go Visit Donegal, Ireland for a lot of craic. Donegal, pronounced Donegawl, is a remote county in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is an area of outstanding natura…

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How Much To Tip | Vietnam travel forum

How Much To Tip | Vietnam travel forum


Travelfish

First, apologies if this has been covered before, I did do a search, and this is my first post on th... : Travelfish Vietnam travel forum

Anniversary Day in Prague

by chadwick_bearden @ Fodor's Forum

My wife and I are spending a couple of days in Prague. One of those days happens to fall on our anniversary. I would like to do something romantic...

Forum Post: Tipping: Looking for a response from Road Scholar

by GerryL @ General Discussion

I posted this question back in November under Afloat > Ocean Cruises. I'd hoped to get a factual/authoritative answer from someone with RS. So far it does not appear that any RS staff have taken note. So I am reposting it here: Tipping is a major consideration when planning an ocean cruise. Road Scholar states that customary tips are covered in the cost of its programs, but does that include the tips that are expected by waiters and room stewards on large cruise ships? This is important to know ahead of time for estimating the actual cost of the program.

Atlanta Movie Tours Review: Pics & Clips from Our Movie Location Tour

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

If you get anything out of this Atlanta Movie Tours review, I hope it’s that cinema can be transformative. Sure, it can transform lives, but I’m talking transformative in the most literal sense. Movies transform both ordinary and extraordinary places into something never seen before. Atlanta Movie Tours Review We were hosted by Atlanta Movie […]

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Testimonial Pueblo Bonito Tiempo Compartido

by janetguez @ Fodor's Forum

Yo como muchas otras personas tuve una muy mal experiencia con Pueblo bonito. Todo comenz� con una invitaci�n a desayunar de "90 minutos" desde ah�...

Best Rooftop Restaurant in Jakarta – Henshin

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

If you are looking for an awesome restaurant with a fantastic view over Jakarta, then look no further than Henshin Restaurant and Bar which is located on the top 3 floors of the Westin Hotel in Central Jakarta. This is

Forum Post: From Penny Lane to Strawberry Fields - October 2018

by judieguy122915 @ General Discussion

Hello! I'm new to Road Scholar and will be traveling solo for this adventure. I've always wanted to go to England and having been a huge Beatles fan all my life, I could not pass up this opportunity!! I live in the D.C. metro area, just wondering if anyone else out there might be going on this trip? Thank you!!!

How much money to take to Cuba?

by WATSON10043019 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

Hi, going to Cuba next month. I can get Canadian dollars without a charge, and the material recommends $500 a week, and our trip is 2 weeks. That sounds like a lot of cash, as most of the trip is pre-paid. Anyone have recent experience in Cuba that can give some feedback? I don't plan to buy art, or anything more than food, drink, and small art and crafts. I was there four years ago, and came back with money, so just wondered if things were more expensive, etc. 

Thanks, Marge

Best Sim Card to use in Multiple European countries

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

On our recent cruise, we visited many places in Europe, and we had the Best Sim Card to use in Multiple European countries. This is because it worked really well everywhe…

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THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 2

by Phu Truong Thang @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 2 Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 8:00 AM* Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour Note: ***scooter surcharge*** will be 70.000 VND/person/tour starts on 17th February 2016 * The tour will not available on Monday. **If you’d like to do tour at afternoon, please make reservation 24 hours prior to the […]

The Best Lisbon Hidden Gems and Secret Spots

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This is a curated list of the major Lisbon hidden gems and secret places. No touristy bullshit or pretentiousness here. Whether you are living in Lisbon, have a few extra days to explore or you’re an hipster looking for the off the beaten track, this article is for you. Lisbon holds a special place in […]

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Van Life Interviews: 40 Hours of Freedom

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

As most of you know, Tom and I are gearing up towards van life which is why we thought it would be fun to kick things off by interviewing fellow van-lifers….(is that even a word?) With that in mind, I am pleased to introduce to you the guys behind 40 Hours of Freedom, owners of […]

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EER130: Airbnb for Families — Tips for How to Use Airbnb with Kids

EER130: Airbnb for Families — Tips for How to Use Airbnb with Kids

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

We’ve been using Airbnb with kids since 2013, and today I’ll tell you some of my tips on how to use Airbnb for families. Airbnb for Families — How to Use Airbnb with Kids There’s lots of information out there on how to use Airbnb, but most of it is for couples and single travelers […]

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RE: Tipping

by pastelsharon011840 @ Tipping

I agree with Mary that the $5000 to $10,000 is supposed to be all inclusive, and we adhere to that and budget for it. RS explicitly states that there is no passing the hat. Of course, an individual can always tip confidentially without coercing others.

How to Explode Your Website Traffic this 2018 Using Pinterest

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

Although Google still remains to be our biggest source of traffic, Pinterest is definitely a GREAT way to drive more people to your website/blog. In this article, I will break down the basics of how to set up a Pinterest account and how to use it to explode your website traffic this 2018. To give […]

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Best Coffee in Kuta Bali

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

Kuta Beach in Bali has a great selection of coffeeshops and cafes. With Indonesia growing some of the best coffee beans in the world, there is a great range of coffee from the various areas of Indonesia like Sumatra, Java

Vietnam Travel Guide - Everything You Need to Know About Vietnam

Vietnam Travel Guide - Everything You Need to Know About Vietnam


vietnam-guide.com

Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travellers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches. Despite rapid modernisation in Vietnam’s urban centres of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honoured traditions remain intact amongst the locals. There are numerous ancient landmarks

7 Unique Experiences and Things To Do in Pico Island, Azores

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

These are some of the most unique things to do in Pico you can’t miss when you’re in the island. Pico is the second largest island of the Azores archipelago – after São Miguel. Despite being the most obviously volcanic, it still boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. Between the green meadows, the lava fields, […]

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‘A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE THAT EXPLORES OUR NEED TO TRAVEL

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

“a place around the bend where he could jump off”

Created during a time (1959-1964) when American television seemed eerily clean and domestic, The Twilight Zone challenged viewers to examine a possibility of uncertainty beyond the comforts and assumptions of contemporary life. It was my favorite thing on TV. One episode in particular always stuck with me- A Stop at Willoughby. It brings up questions. How could such a ‘successful’ man working in a New York tower and living in an upscale suburb be so miserable? Why would he dream of escaping to a sleepy village where the streets have no name and the children wear overalls and go fishing?

A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY is the story of an advertising executive named Gart. Gart feels endless pressure from his pugnacious boss and his minion-like coworkers at his New York City office during ... Read More »

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Nick the Greek and Exploring the island of Corfu in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let me tell you about Nick the Greek and exploring the island of Corfu in Greece. I am fairly sure that when you get off a cruise ship in Greece, the waiting hordes of taxi dr…

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