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30 Ways to Feel Like a Local When You Travel

by Sara Tucker @ Wendy Perrin

My aunt Ruth, a wise woman, once popped into a city hall and asked to speak with the mayor. The mayor was produced, and Aunt Ruth said, “I bring you greetings from Ringwood, New Jersey!” The mayor, whose town was also called Ringwood, responded with a guided tour. It was one of the highlights of ...

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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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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 […]

Yogyakarta Travel Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Yogyakarta travel guide, I share the five best things to do in Yogyakarta, the best vegetarian restaurants in the city and the best hotels in Yogyakarta. This Yogyakarta travel guide focuses on local culture, vegetarian food and green accommodation, to bring you the best green and local travel advice about the city. Yogyakarta – pronounced Jogjakarta – […]

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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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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?

Christmas Road Trip from Chiang Mai to Pai

Christmas Road Trip from Chiang Mai to Pai

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

This Christmas, we took a 2-day road trip from Chiang Mai to Pai. Because we work full-time, we use our Christmas holiday to make sure we go on an adventure! I know that doesn’t sound much like what you do at Christmas back home, but to be honest we’re both quite rubbish at sitting down, […]

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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?

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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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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 »

Law of attraction: How it works (from a skeptic)

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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Doing Business with A Heart

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

Martin and Margaret Reece from Scotland who are in their late 60s, were our clients a few days ago when the flood and rain still raged the city. I had a chance to meet them shortly after their tour with us in the evening to show my appreciation for joining the tour despite heavy stormy rain. We helped them to get a taxi back to the hotel while flood was rising on the street of Hue. Finally we got one after an hour of waiting in the rain. Martin nicely wrote a thank you email to me after they waded...

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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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Visit Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

An excellent day trip from the charming town of Kilkenny in Ireland is to go and visit Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.Hook Lighthouse …

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The Ideal Islands for Each Month of the Year

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

Figuring out the optimal time to travel to an island can be tricky, what with the limited accommodations and the crowds that can overtax the local infrastructure. Peak season often does not mean the best time to go; it just means the most expensive time, based on when school’s out in nearby countries. So I ...

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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…

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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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)

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.

Thailand APEC Delegates exploring Hue Food and Life

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

They could not have any more fun during their time in Hue City for APEC Vietnam 2017! The APEC forum this year focus on Empowering Woman and Solving Problems that Women are facing in their society. We met Thailand APEC Delegates on our first day at APEC forum. They came to our booth to see what we offered while looking for tour options for Hue for their free time in this lovely city. This photo blog will tell you how their 3-day stay in Hue was like… Day One – Smashing all Hue dishes – Who loves food more than...

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Strange Things You Never See in Hue Imperial City During Typhoon Damrey

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

The Typhoon Damrey was such an unfortunate thing for us in Central Coastal cities in Vietnam. Not only it killed nearly 60 people in Vietnam and 20 gone missing but it also heavily affected the UNESCO heritages from Hue, Hoi An to Nha Trang City. Hue Imperial City is not an exception! During three day storming and flooding, we totally understood our client’s worry and frustration to experience such disater during their vacation in Vietnam. We have been showing support to them and helping plan their next travel destination that were not in the flood zone. Tu and I indeed...

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Costa Rica

by Jessica Perigny @ Adventure Faktory 🌍 A platform gathering inspiring travel experiences to inspire people to travel more and live abroad.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country that needs to be visited as soon as possible! It has been a long trend for the youth in Canada for vacationeers to travel there for a cheap, but...

Saying Hi

by strayadventures @ Fodor's Forum

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

Camel Rides?

by idlechater @ Fodor's Forum

I've heard there are camel rides available at the Giza Pyramids, but they're said to be expensive. How expensive is expensive? Along with a...

Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Laura H @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

I'm going to SE Asia in a few weeks and I'm most excited about the FOOD! Everything looks so tasty :)

RE: Tipping

by linda.norby010404 @ Tipping

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

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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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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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 Make Sophisticated Travel Destinations Fun for the Whole Family

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

How to take grown-up trips that your kids will love too.

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Vlad Vaida @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

Egg milk? THIS IS GAME CHANGER! Also such a great view on the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Airbnb & Couchsurfing: 12 tips for first-time users

by Nick @ Living to Roam

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

by Will Hatton @ The Broke Backpacker

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Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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Ultimate packing guide for Vietnam

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Ultimate packing guide for your trip to Vietnam

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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.

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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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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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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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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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…

How to Tip in Asia: When, Who, and How Much

How to Tip in Asia: When, Who, and How Much


Wendy Perrin

When the restaurant bill arrives, even the savviest travelers can feel like novices. Should you tip? How much? Our experts share info on how to tip in Asia.

Camel Rides?

by idlechater @ Fodor's Forum

I've heard there are camel rides available at the Giza Pyramids, but they're said to be expensive. How expensive is expensive? Along with a...

Travel Sense Asia in AEC Tourism Promotion Trade in Myanmar

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

From Jan 16 – Jan 19 2018, Travel Sense Asia attended successfully the Travel Mart AEC in Myanmar. With the trend of traveling all over the world, Travel Sense Asia is one of the leading companies finding and serving the customers from Asia. As in previous years, global tourism continued to experience steady growth in 2016. […]

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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 […]

Getting A Guide In Sapa

Getting A Guide In Sapa


James Woo

Lending a hand to the native guide in Sapa. I write this to lend a helping hand to Linh, her family, as well as other trekking guides in Sapa. Linh, is twenty years old with two young children at t…

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!

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.

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. 

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...

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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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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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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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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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 […]

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: 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.

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.

How to Change, Spend, and Save Money in Vietnam

How to Change, Spend, and Save Money in Vietnam


TripSavvy

With these money tips and useful spending suggestions, find out how you can change your money in Vietnam and how to get the most bang for your buck

One Day in Kuala Lumpur

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Kuala Lumpur travel guide, we share our favourite things to do in Malaysia’s capital city, including the best temples, Chinatown and the best vegetarian restaurants in the city. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, wasn’t on our original travel itinerary. But we’re so glad we went there! Kuala Lumpur is a city with towering skyscrapers, […]

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Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Chiang Mai is a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan food. In this vegetarian and vegan food guide, I share all my favourite places to eat in Chiang Mai. Expect Thai curries, pad Thai, Burmese tea leaf salads and more smoothies than you can shake a bamboo straw at. When our flight to Bali was cancelled […]

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Singing and Eating in the Rain…

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

Okay, it sounds horrible when it comes to rainy season in Hue. In fact, today we started to have the first monsoon heavy rain in Hue City. Kenny and David from Singapore were among of our clients who hesitated to go on a tour with our Beebee Team.  So they messaged us early in the morning: Kenny: Do you know when the rain will stop? Thu Ngo Vu: I don’t know Ken. But why wait for it to stop when we can create some fun? We send you the most hilarious tour guide today during Hue Free Walking Tour. Come...

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Where to watch Australia Test Match Cricket in Singapore

by Scott @ tripAtrek Travel

There are a few good sports bars in Singapore 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 Cricket games 1st Test Match: Australia

How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou

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

by The Grand Canal Hangzhou is the final section of the Grand Canal ( China ), also known as Beijing-Hangzhou (Jinghang) Grand Canal. It is oft-lauded as the earliest and longest artificial waterway in the world starting from Beijing in the north and ending at Hangzhou in the south for a total length of 1776 […]

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...

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.

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…

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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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!

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.

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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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

Bánh Ép and Bánh Tráng Trứng, Food To Eat in Hue Before Dying

by Lien Tran @ Beebee

Hue City is not only well-known for many historical attraction but also the wonder land for great food. Besides a variety of its popular dishes such as Bun Bo Hue, Banh Khoai, Nem Lui and so on, there are a loads of street food waiting for travelers to enjoy in Hue.  Two of street dishes have been roaming every single corner in Hue city which win the heart of the teenagers not only in Hue but Vietnam are “Bánh Ép” (thin pancake or tapioca pancake) and “Bánh Tráng Trứng” (Vietnamese pizza). Have you ever heard of them before? Bánh Ép...

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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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…

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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Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Hi, I am Trang, 25 years old, a member of Hanoi Free Local Guides, a Volunteer organization providing travelers with free local guides (you only pay for the guide a drink, you will have a free local guide show you the best of Hanoi) Today, I would love to share with you the Top things to do in Hanoi, the city of culture, politic, and the city of warm-hearted people. where I and my friends offen take travelers around as volunteers. Best things to do in Hanoi are also in a this video for a better look   Hanoi Capital,  […]

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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.

When Best to travel to Vietnam?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Decide when best to travel to Vietnam will give you some confuse because Vietnam is the tropical monsoon climate. That is the reason why you should choose the best time to visit each place in Vietnam, however, there are some months which is suitable for all parts of Vietnam. This article will show you the […]

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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.

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.

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.

Where To Go in Malaysia

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Malaysia travel guide, we explore where to go in Malaysia and the best travel destinations. We’ll take you to the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the lush green tea fields of the Cameron Highlands and the bustling art-laden cultural city of George Town. We loved Malaysia. But I should say up-front that we’re […]

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RE: Tipping

by judy.goble011007 @ Tipping

That $500 would get me on another trip!

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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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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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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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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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.

Travel Sense Asia(TSA) will attend The Travel Mart AEC from Jan 16 – Jan 19 2018 in Myanmar

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

The Travel Mart AEC is the overarching voice of travel trade partners in the ASEAN Economic Community. It was first conceptualized by travel and leisure gurus as the go-to marketing arm of businesses who wish to showcase their travel products and services locally and abroad. Fueled by their passion and determination to see the industry […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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: 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!

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.

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 […]

Vietnam Mountain Marathon results 2015

by admin @ sapa travel

The participants from 45 countries have join the Vietnam Mountain Marathon in Sapa by Topas Travel & Denmark Embassy in Hanoi. Sanya Khanchai (from Thailand) and Samantha Young (from USA) are the male & female winners for the 70-km racers. We proudly welcome Mr. Sanya Khanchai to VMM 70km. The ultra-champion of Thailand, now signed […]

Backpacking South Africa Budget Travel Guide 2018

by Ana Pereira @ The Broke Backpacker

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A Surprise Visit from Frankfurt, Germany

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

During our showcase at APEC Vietnam 2017, we have received a lot of attention from delegates coming from 21 countries in the Pacific Ocean. But the surprising visit from a couple from Franfurt, Germany made us touched the most! They are Wolfgang Willig and Christine Willig from Frankfurt, Germany. They are currently visiting Hue for a week long. This is surprisingly not their first time in Hue City. Their last visit they paid a visit at the Hue Imperial City in such a hurry, thus, this time, they wanted to take it slowly and spend more time to learn about...

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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.

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 […]

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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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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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 […]

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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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 […]

HANOI NIGHTLIFE OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

NIGHTLIFE IN HANOI OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS Beside being one of the most ancient capitals in the world, when it comes to nightlife, Hanoi certainly has a reputation. Hanoi Nightlife is definitely is the most boisterous, especially in the Old Quarter. When the sun goes down, there’s always something to do whether it is joining some street activities or partying in the best night clubs in Hanoi,… In this article, as the locals, we will provide you some Hanoi Night life tips you must know to make your trip in Hanoi fulfilled and perfect. The activities will be […]

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

by Aaron @ The Broke Backpacker

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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 […]

How Much A Trip to Vietnam Costs | Vietnam Travel Budget 2017

How Much A Trip to Vietnam Costs | Vietnam Travel Budget 2017


Charlie on Travel

How much does it cost to travel Vietnam? Average daily cost per person, total travel expenses, budget accommodation and cheap food in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Visa System is a Mess (Here’s How it Actually Works)

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Explaining the four different ways of entering Vietnam visa-free or with visa.

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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: 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.

Photo Diary: Snapshots of People in Vietnam

by Dave @ Man Vs Globe

Vietnam is infinitely photogenic. From the serene beaches of Phu Quoc to the monumental limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the decaying facades of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to the lantern strewn streets…

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Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Guu @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

Hi there! Thanks so much for sharing this tips, I really like this post, especially the style and the images. I am actually thinking of schedule a trip to Hanoi this year. I like to travel alone with my backpack, it feels much more freedom and cost efficiently. I hope you can share more tips about the other places in Vietnam.

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.

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.

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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Why “Nguyễn” is the most popular surname of Vietnamese?

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

According to World Geography, the surname ‘Nguyễn’ ranks the fourth most popular one in the world. In Vietnam, it makes up 38,4% of Vietnam’s population and undoubtedly becomes a common identity signal for Vietnamese people on the international stage. Why it is so popular? The answer lies in the history of Vietnam. For hundreds of years, ancient China’s disorder society made a part of ‘Nguyễn’ family migrate to Vietnam. In 1232, after the Ly Dynasty was usurped, Tran Thu Do forced descendants of the Ly family to change their surname into ‘Nguyễn’. In 1407, the Ho Dynasty collapsed, his descendants...

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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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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...

Hanoi Free Local Tours | BEST HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDES

Hanoi Free Local Tours | BEST HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDES


Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Free Local Tours (HFLT), a non-profit organization, is established to bring tourists and locals together. Take a free tour now to discover Hanoi city.

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 […]

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?

Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Ana @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

My friend went to Hanoi last year for her honeymoon and she had a wonderful time out there! Thanks for sharing the travel guide with us!

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�...

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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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

Cruise Trends in 2018: What Your Waistline Has Been Waiting For

by Carolyn Spencer Brown @ Wendy Perrin

One of the best things about chronicling cruise travel over the past 20 years has been watching the industry morph from a sedate and somewhat sedentary form of travel—in which dining times were assigned and bus tours were about the limit of sightseeing—to there’s-a-cruise-for-every-traveler-out-there. Seriously, there really is, no matter if you’re more inclined to ...

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The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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What in the world is a multipotentialite?

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

The post What in the world is a multipotentialite? appeared first on Living to Roam.

New post

by strayadventures @ Fodor's Forum

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

Vietnam to issue one-year visas to US citizens

by admin @ sapa travel

Vietnam is poised to extend the validity of single-entry visas for U.S. citizens to one year to facilitate their travel and foster trade and commercial ties between the two countries, the lawmaking National Assembly said Monday. U.S. tourists or business travelers currently can only apply for a three-month, single-entry visa for their Vietnam trips, and […]

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 […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Solo Travel

by Dave @ Man Vs Globe

Peace and quiet can be hard to come by in Hanoi’s old quarter. The square kilometre of sooty streets and tangled telephone wires is a constant cacophony of rasping scooter engines,…

The post How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Solo Travel appeared first on Man Vs Globe.

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 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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Backpacking Germany Budget Travel Guide 2018

by Ana Pereira @ The Broke Backpacker

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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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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!!

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�...

Wonderful family trip to Vietnam

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

It is likely that building a strong family bond and exploring new lands will be two of the most popular resolutions in 2018, as strengthening the family relationship and discovering new cultures will significantly change the life of each person. So, obviously, a wonderful family trip to Vietnam will be a stone killing two birds […]

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Another happy and … wet tour with 4 British ladies

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

The third day during Typhoon Damrey, rain did not stop. These four beautiful ladies from Great Britain requested a private tour to the Hue Imperial City and asked me to be their personal tour guide. I did agree to host a tour through the rain with them. It turned out to be more than awesome! We sang and laughed and were silly together. I totally had a blast with them. First part, matching the colors Second part, pronounce Vietnamese name So I asked these four lovely ladies from England to pronounce my name “THU” before going to visit the Hue...

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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.

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 […]

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

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.

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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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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Cu Chi – the Best Place for Ho Chi Minh Tunnels Tour

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

If you take a Ho Chi Minh tunnels tour, the must-going place is Cu Chi tunnel – one of the greatest works constructed by the Vietnamese. Cu Chi tunnel system serves as the living and hiding place for the Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. Visitors reaching there can not only experience the great tunnels but […]

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Beauty of Hue in the rain

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

So we have come to the second rainy season since our business started in 2016. It has been a fun and emotional journey for me and my team. We have built a team of 10 passionate people with the only goal, which is to help you have a happy time in Hue, our lovely hometown. We love this city to death! It is the place I was born and my co-host, Tu Cao, was from and many of our team members come from. Some might say Hue is boring for young people like us, that we should move to bigger...

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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.

1 Week Indonesia Itinerary: How to Make the Most Of Your Trip

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Rachita shares how you can see the best of Java and Bali in one shorter trip.

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by Phu Truong Thang @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

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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.

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...

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS Hanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here. FOR CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of […]

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New Year’s resolution: How to make yours stick

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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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.

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.

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...

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.

Vietnam Travel Tips & Advice | Audley Travel

Vietnam Travel Tips & Advice | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Get travel tips for Vietnam including a guide to hotels and accommodation, food and drink, language, transportation, social etiquette, tipping and more.

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 […]

French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

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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.

Photo Journal: Annapurna Circuit Loop Trek in Nepal

by Alli Ruttger @ Adventure Faktory 🌍 A platform gathering inspiring travel experiences to inspire people to travel more and live abroad.

To trek in Nepal is to be lifted, literally, away from it all. No matter how long you decide to trek for – 5 days, 12 days, 18 – you’re making the choice to remove...

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 […]

Strategies for Flying Smarter in 2018

by George Hobica @ Wendy Perrin

When George Hobica founded Airfarewatchdog.com, he solved one of the most frustrating challenges for fliers: how to tell if you’re getting the best price on a flight. But suddenly, by signing up for the website’s customizable low-fare alerts, fliers were receiving key fare information and assurance right in their inboxes. Over the years, the website ...

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SAIGON FREE WALING TOURS

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

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

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 […]

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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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, […]

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

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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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…

North Vietnam, from mountain to sea

by admin @ sapa travel

This must be one of the nicest Vietnam Tours as it takes us from the charming beauty in northern mountains where offers amazing scenery, culture to one of Vietnam world’s heritages and values and end up with a great relaxation in Ninh Binh, the newest vacation destination in the north of Vietnam. HIGHLIGHTS Enjoying the […]

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…

Backpack Review: Osprey Porter 46 (Newest 2017 Edition)

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Osprey's new 2017 model of the Porter 46 sees some great improvements, but how does it compare to the Farpoint 40?

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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 […]

Saying Hi

by strayadventures @ Fodor's Forum

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

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.

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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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VIETNAM TYPHOON SEASON-TIP FOR BEST VIETNAM NORTHERN ITINERARY

VIETNAM TYPHOON SEASON-TIP FOR BEST VIETNAM NORTHERN ITINERARY


Travel Sense Asia

In Vietnam typhoon season, the best tips for travelers who want to have the best Vietnam Northern or South Itinerary. Read more!   

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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Thailand Travel Costs and How Much to Budget [Infographic]

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Thailand is a very budget-friendly destination and you will almost always get a lot of bang for your Baht. But what’s a good budget per day for Thailand? Well, it depends on how you’re travelling. If you’re a digital nomad living in Thailand, you can take advantage of long-term rentals and keep costs low. If […]

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The 2018 WOW List: Wendy’s Trusted Travel Experts

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

THE PROBLEM You’re planning an important trip to an unfamiliar destination. You want minimal hassle and maximum efficiency—no time-wasting logistical surprises, no battling tourist hordes and lines. You want to experience the destination like an insider. Oh—and those special perks and upgrades reserved for the regulars? You want those too. THE SOLUTION You need a ...

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How to get the awesome places to visit in North Vietnam

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Welcome to Northern Vietnam, we are confident to give you the best trip when coming here. You have just spent 3 days to experience in the famous destinations in Hanoi and Sapa. The north of Vietnam is so great because it offers wonderful opportunities to meet the strange folk in the peak of mountains as […]

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Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Moira @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

That's a real budget! Perfect itinerary and great tips!

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 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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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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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.

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 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 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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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 […]

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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Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Eugenia @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

I have never been to Vietnam, seems like a very interesting place to visit! I’d love to try this Egg Coffee, I am curious! Thanks for sharing such a helpful guide! Pinned it

How to Never Wait in Line at a Tourist Attraction Again

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

Why waste your precious vacation time battling crowds and waiting in lines? Popular tourist sites the world over grow more congested every year and, sadly, the typical fixes—reserving an entry time, booking a “skip-the-line tour”—are not always a good solution. So I thought I’d share the best fixes I’ve found. Reserving a time slot might ...

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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 […]

Singapore Travel Guide | What To Do with a Stopover in Singapore

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Singapore travel guide, we share the best travel tips for a stopover in Singapore that takes in all of the city’s best sights without breaking the bank. Known as the gateway to Asia, Singapore is a popular stopover destination for travellers taking connecting flights to and from other countries in Asia. This unique […]

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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 […]

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.

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 […]

A Backpacker’s Guide to Hanoi

by Dave @ Man Vs Globe

After being lost from the tourist map for decades due to the ravages of war, Hanoi has become a mainstay on the majority of backpacker’s trips around South East Asia.…

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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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To find a luxury cruise in Nha Trang

by admin @ sapa travel

To travel from Sapa to Nha Trang, firstly you need to go back to the capital, Hanoi- Vietnam. You can get Sapa Express or Sapa Train to Hanoi. Then, from Hanoi, we recommend to get a short flight from Noi Bai Airport to Cam Ranh Airport. Check the flights at VietnamAirlines.com or VietJetAir.com Indeed Nha […]

A Backpacker's Guide to Can Tho, Vietnam - Man Vs Globe

A Backpacker's Guide to Can Tho, Vietnam - Man Vs Globe


Man Vs Globe

If you have spent any time in the backwaters of Vietnam's Mekong region, Can Tho can seem like a veritable metropolis. It's on the backpacker trail due to its floating markets but what most people don't realise is how much there is to see and do here. Great street food, coffee shops and bars as well temples & museums

How to Travel Independently (and Cheaply) in Cuba

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Salsa, cigars, 1950s cars and mojitos await in this fascinating country. But you should be aware of a few things...

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Vietnam Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Places To Go

Vietnam Backpacking Guide - Highlights, Maps, Places To Go


Indie Traveller

Top things to do in Vietnam, plus suggested routes. Travel tips and advice for backpackers and independent travelers.

Vietnam Private Tour Guide

Vietnam Private Tour Guide


Asia Pearl Travel - Best Deals for Vietnam Tours, Guides and Halong bay cruises

Find Vietnam Private Tour Guide for your trip? Our Personal knowledgable guides are looking forward to extending the true Vietnam local beauties to you!

Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Rose Sahetapy @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

Vietnam is one of the countries in SEA I'd love to visit., so gathering all information about the country is essential. Thank you for sharing this post with great tips. It helps to have ideas on how to plan a trip there.

HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

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Guide For New Visitors On Where To Go Myanmar

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Wonder where to go Myanmar for the most meaningful memories? The following is our 7-day travel itinerary on the top-ranked destinations in the country you can have a chance to visit all. Also called the Golden Land, Myanmar is a spectacular country which is still relatively untouched by tourism. Thanks to thousands of iconic sights […]

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Things to know before moving to Dubai

by Thuymi @ Adventure Faktory 🌍 A platform gathering inspiring travel experiences to inspire people to travel more and live abroad.

Thinking of a move in Dubai? There is so much you need to know! This article is about things you should know before moving to Dubai. We cover the serious side to the more humorous ones...

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.

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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How to Maximize Your Vacations This Year

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

January is a great time to look at the year ahead and plot out where in the world it might take you. Each January, I sit down with a calendar and approach my vacation planning the same way I approach my budget planning, so as to maximize my travel dollar, time, and enjoyment. Here’s how ...

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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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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...

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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What to See in North Vietnam?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Thanks to the perfect geographical location, Vietnam has inherited many wonderful landscapes from Mother Nature and absorbed the essence of neighboring cultures. This makes people wonder what to see in North Vietnam. Because I have spent almost all of my life here, I can confidently say that I know this area inside out. My friends […]

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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.

A Colorful Story of Hue

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee

This is Matt from South Africa. He has been living and working as a teacher in South Korea for 5 years. Since Matt loves history and only spent one day in Hue City, thus, he wanted to make the most of it by taking part in the Nguyen Emperors Tour with Beebee Travel. There were total three people going on the Hue Imperial City Tour with me that day. The couple come from Australia are Joanna and David. Joanna is also a teacher and David works as accountant. After the fruitful tour learning about Vietnam history and the Nguyen Emperors...

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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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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.

Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Carrie @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

Looks like a great place to travel too. I think one day I would enjoy going to Vietnam.

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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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?

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

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.

Where to Stay in Sapa Vietnam?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Before visiting Sapa, you should find where to stay in Sapa, Vietnam in order to choose the best accommodation for your trip. There are some types of accommodations in Sapa like Hotel, Resort, homestay, so it is easy to match your demand. Sapa is the small town in North Vietnam. In 1922, the French settled […]

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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

Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Linh Ngo @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

As a Vietnamese I can tell this is really good tip for backpackers going to Hanoi :)

The Secret to Extraordinary Travel: Here’s Proof That The WOW List Works

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

How to maximize your experience of a destination?  Know the right fixer. What will the right fixer do for you? Read on. Here is a continually updated sampling of the reviews that your fellow readers have posted after returning from trips that were arranged by Wendy’s Trusted Travel Experts and monitored by Wendy.  These reviews illustrate how the right fixer transforms a trip from average to ...

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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?

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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Ikigai: How to discover your true purpose

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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Are Medellín’s Christmas lights the Best in the World?

by Dave @ Man Vs Globe

The Porce River isn’t a particularly attractive thing; murky brown water filling a concrete half-pipe, flowing through the centre of Medellín and cutting the city in two. However, for one month…

The post Are Medellín’s Christmas lights the Best in the World? appeared first on Man Vs Globe.

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.

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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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!

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…

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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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 vyoung5678010548 @ Tipping

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

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.

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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Top Tips for Tipping in Latin America | Jacada Travel

Top Tips for Tipping in Latin America | Jacada Travel


Jacada Travel

Tipping can make even the most experienced of travellers a little uneasy: Is it appropriate to tip? If so, how much? And who should you tip? It can be a minefield of bad etiquette, which is why we've put together a rough guide to tipping in Latin America.

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: 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 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…

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

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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.

A quick guide to spend 7 Days in Greece

by Eric Janboulian @ Adventure Faktory 🌍 A platform gathering inspiring travel experiences to inspire people to travel more and live abroad.

Looking forward to going to Greece? Let me share with you my 7 day itinerary as I went to beautiful Milos and Santorini! Fly to Athens You only need 2 days in Athens… it will...

What To Expect From Trek Sapa Tour Within 2 Days?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

As an old French Hill station in the past, Sapa is now a beautiful and peaceful town in Lao Cai Province, Northwest Vietnam. Close to the Chinese border, the town has its name reputable for its unique weather, breathtaking natural beauty, and the wide variety of hill-tribes locals (Red Dao, Tay, Hmong, Xa Pho, and […]

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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 […]

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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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

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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Incredible photos of Nepal shot on iPhone 8 Plus

by Thuymi @ Adventure Faktory 🌍 A platform gathering inspiring travel experiences to inspire people to travel more and live abroad.

As much as we love our photography on DSLRs, there’s no complete trip without our iPhones. Mobile phones nowadays have cameras that are out of this world and we have to admit that sometimes the...

2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

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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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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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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...

Ultimate budget travel guide: How to find cheap flights

by Nick @ Living to Roam

The post Ultimate budget travel guide: How to find cheap flights appeared first on Living to Roam.

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.

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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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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Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Celeste SunDragonLady Choi @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

Great post of your time in Hanoi. I probably would've thought it was Spring too in the beginning of the year. Great source of information if I ever make a trip there. Thanks for sharing.

What’s the Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand?

by Charlie and Luke @ Charlie on Travel

One of the pull factors of Thailand is the low cost of living, but how much does it really cost? Living comfortably in Chiang Mai, expect to pay 28,100 Thai baht per month. That’s roughly $873 or £644. That includes the following: Accommodation in a house, plus a guesthouse in Pai — 8000฿ / $248 […]

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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. 

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

How to Spend 1 Week in the Seychelles

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

Located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, the Seychelles are a group of 115 islands that are basically the definition...

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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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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

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

Backpacker’s Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam on a Budget #backpacking

Backpacker’s Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam on a Budget #backpacking


Two Monkeys Travel Group

Hanoi City is the capital of the amazing country of Vietnam Famous for its Phὁ and fascinating war history with the USA; however right now, Vietnam is popular (...)

How to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

As the 2017 European Capital of Culture, here is how to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark and make it a very worthwhile experience. In our opinion, Aarhus is a contempor…

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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 Next Great Places: Where to Go Instead of the Usual Suspects

by WendyPerrin.com @ Wendy Perrin

Travelers, you’ve had this dream: You’re looking at a map trying to decide where to go next, wondering how to choose from all the frontiers you’ve never seen, the cultures and cuisines you’ve yet to savor, the landscapes you have yet to explore. The key, of course, is to choose those locations that are still ...

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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!

Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

by Akina @ Backpacking in Hanoi, Vietnam - DIY Travel Guide

Hanoi is really perfect for backpackers. Some dollars will make you survive here.

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: 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.

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by strayadventures @ Fodor's Forum

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

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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