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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…

Question: Where is my QR?

by maxjasper @ FlyerTalk Forums

On AC iPhone App how can I bring up my flights QR? On AC web site it can be shown when click on Print Booking, but how can be done in AC iOS App? Thanks

Yumthang Valley of Flowers in Winters [PHOTO DIARY, SIKKIM]

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

As I sat at my desk one fine day, searching for the best places to visit in Sikkim, Yumthang valley of flowers, popped up as one of the options that immediately caught my eye. Alas! The flower booming season is from March – June and my tickets were booked for November end. Lucky for me, I never paid much heed to seasons and ‘best times to visit XYZ place’. For me, its all about the destination and what it has to offer. Pristine Yumthang valley, minus the flowers and yet so stunning Why Visit Yumthang Valley? Yumthang valley ticked all the boxes for my usual ‘not-determined-by-season’ criteria – Birding opportunities – Check!, Stunning views – Check!, Instagram-worthy shots – Check! Check! Check! I also saw some beautiful photos of wild yaks in the valley, online – Those had me sold! I had never seen a wild yak in my life and as an avid wildlife enthusiast, this was a fast add on to my bucket list. My own wild yak pics – I totally went yak crazy lol Look at this brown-gold yak – what a beauty Herd of Yaks grazing Pretty little things These things had me convinced and Yumthang was jotted down as [...]

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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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What sort of ID and handbag do you carry in Italy

by Summer0407 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello I will be in Florence and Venice next month. Do I need to be aware of gypsies or are they not as present in these area�s? I will stay aware of...

South African Culinary Tour – Wine!

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

How to Do Mount Fansipan Right

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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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

How Much To Tip | Vietnam travel forum

How Much To Tip | Vietnam travel forum


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CurrencyFair vs Irish Banks

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair Versus Irish Banks At CurrencyFair we pride ourselves on being transparent and fair. Unlike many banks, we don’t hide our fees in our exchange rate or charge a different rate depending on the amount you wish to transfer. We decided to shine the spotlight on Irish banks, and find out how much our customers …

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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)

Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

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

RE: Price increases over published rates?

by janie.janieanderson020638 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

If we are old enough for RS trips, we should definitely buy travel insurance, whether through RS or elsewhere. That would cover your airfare if the trip is cancelled. There are disclaimers in the materials, and I don't think you can reasonably expect that RS will bear the unreimbursed expenses incurred in conducting a trip with less than their minimum participants.

Discover Card

by wpegues022253 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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Top Tips for Tipping in Latin America | Jacada Travel

Top Tips for Tipping in Latin America | Jacada Travel


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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.

New Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance

by ssiehr011236 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

Weird and Wonderful Things about Japan

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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 […]

Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by praynak030710 @ General Discussion

I am a solo traveler as well and I am a active 80 year old female, and found that I always seem to fit in, I plan on a trip to Ireland in May or Italy. I just wish that RSC would charge extra for solo travelers. I prefer not to have a roomate. I am widow.

Weekend in Havana – You Should Book Now!

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

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

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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Complete guide to importing a car from the UK to Ireland

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Import a car from the UK into Ireland Irish buyers are increasingly looking to the UK market for a great deal. How easy is it to import a car from the UK to Ireland? This handy guide from CurrencyFair takes you through the steps involved. Why import a car from the UK into Ireland? The …

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2017 is officially a record-breaking year for tourism to Israel!

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

We think it’s about time you joined the party (if you haven’t already) – 2017 was a record-breaking year for tourism, with some 3.6 million tourists visiting Israel in 2017, 25% up on 2016! Earlier in the year it had looked on for a record year, and with a relatively quiet home front, Israel looked […]

Buying a 016 tix for air china on .bomb

by Jimmie Jet @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hello, not sure if this is a dumb question but how do you buy a 016 stock ticket for air china? I need to get from MEl to PEK and back and Air China is a good connection I can buy it from Air China but wonder if its possible to buy from...

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.

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

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Travel to Sapa – Homestays and More

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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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.

Ikigai: How to discover your true purpose

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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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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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.

Guide to The Dubai Sevens

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

The Dubai Rugby Sevens After the excitement of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the party will continue in Dubai next Thursday November 30th to December 2nd in the lead up to National day on Saturday December 2nd. The Dubai Sevens is an annual rugby union sevens tournament held in Dubai, UAE in The Sevens stadium, …

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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.     […]

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 […]

Pub in the Paddock – Feeding a pig beer!

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

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

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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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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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Japan Culinary Tour Highlight: Sampuru “Fake Food”

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

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.

Travel Tipping Guide - Trip Sense | tripcentral.ca

Travel Tipping Guide - Trip Sense | tripcentral.ca


Trip Sense | tripcentral.ca

Our travel tipping guide can recommend how much should do the trick to acknowledge good service and when tipping is not customary.

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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Responsible Travel in Cambodia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

The sights of Cambodia are mighty to behold! From the majestic temples of Angkor, warm communities and lush landscapes, Cambodia has a great deal to offer any traveller. However, we at Buffalo Tours think it’s essential to note the importance of a responsible mindset and attitude when travelling to this dynamic nation. Responsible travel is […]

Is Naples worth visiting? That would be a yes.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Cafe (Ca Phe) Hanoi: where Tel Aviv meets Vietnam!

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

We recently checked out one of Tel Aviv’s hottest new restaurants, Ca Phe Hanoi, and came away pretty impressed! After two visits to Vietnam (returning from there just a few weeks ago), we like to think we know what Vietnamese cuisine is all about, and were keen to find out if it could be replicated […]

Do you know the important difference between oceanfront and oceanview room categories?

by Laura Cooper @ Trip Sense | tripcentral.ca

The beach. The pool. The ever-flowing drinks. There’s plenty of reasons to look forward to your all-inclusive vacation. For some, that’s the room, and the view. Understand these different types of guest rooms before booking your next vacation to make sure that you aren’t disappointed. While oceanfront and oceanview rooms sound similar, there is a […]

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

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

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 […]

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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Where should family of 3 sit in F on A380?

by decillion @ FlyerTalk Forums

I am traveling with my parents and we are currently sat in 1A 1D and 1E. Is this the preferred row or is there elsewhere in the cabin that�s better? I�ll be in 1A and would prefer for there to be a window. This is on the A380 from JFK-ICN

Ryanair dodging legitimate claims ...'company policy�​​​​​​​

by Worcester @ FlyerTalk Forums

From the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jan/22/ryanair-expenses-compensation-delayed-cancelled) It seems that many customers experiencing IRROPS with Ryanair are being misled by the airline in an attempt to keep costs down and...

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, […]

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

by catwycliff090525 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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…

Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by praynak030710 @ General Discussion

this was not a special price trip this was European trip, which was a great trip, but I do not think that because you traveling solo that you should pay extra for the trip. And i did not want a roomate.

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

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

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

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RE: Tipping

by 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?

Russian Trains - Luggage

by blondiepopo @ Fodor's Forum

Going on the Trans-Siberian Train this fall with a group tour. I already have luggage, but it's a 26" regular suitcase with wheels. Would I be better...

What sort of ID and handbag do you carry in Italy

by Summer0407 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello I will be in Florence and Venice next month. Do I need to be aware of gypsies or are they not as present in these area�s? I will stay aware of...

Everest base camp trek

by Pristinenepal @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi! I am Chin Thapa from Himalayan country of Nepal has been working in tourism since last 15 years back. I worked as a trekking & tour guide for a long time & now I have owned my trekking agency. We are not only a trekking agency; we are involving...

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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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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Delicious Daiquiris with Guest Blogger Allison Levine

by Julia Houghton @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

Forum Post: Costa Rica shopping

by jamilnar112457 @ General Discussion

Hello fellow travelers, I will be travelling to Costa Rica and while souvenir shopping is normally not my favorite activity, I have a special wish to find a man's chain by a local artisan. The trip (Walking and Wellness) I am taking offers one evening in a town near Sugar Beach for solo time. I do not know the name of the nearby town we are visiting, but have researched a few things. I don't really know if metals are a material used locally or at least in Costa Rica. Any thoughts are appreciated, JR

BA take over TA booking once 1st segment flown

by ermen @ FlyerTalk Forums

Does anyone know if BA will takeover a TA booking after first segment flown? I was thinking of booking a 1yr fare and using my GUF towards it (A class available saving a joker). But the issue is my inbound date is uncertain and I will likely...

BA take over TA booking once 1st segment flown

by ermen @ FlyerTalk Forums

Does anyone know if BA will takeover a TA booking after first segment flown? I was thinking of booking a 1yr fare and using my GUF towards it (A class available saving a joker). But the issue is my inbound date is uncertain and I will likely...

Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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!!

Things to do in Sanctuary Cove

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

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

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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?

Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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 […]

Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by alice.oppenheimer051035 @ General Discussion

Yes, it is CR, and I think is called 3 Jewels of CR, but I could be mistaken ;). There are three main areas we are visiting. The rafting sounds the same as when I took two separate trips down the river Mohongahilla (sp??? ) River from the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas when I was a very much younger person. I bought a cheap waterproof camera for this and the snorkeling adventure. I am getting very excited. If you can post potos that would be great. Perhaps a link you feel comfortable with. I am second generation Elder Hostel and am always so happy to share stories and adventures with like minded adventurers! I will try to dig up some of my Scotland RS photos as well...

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.

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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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?

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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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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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 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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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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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.

Currency News December 2017

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Currency News Decmber 2017 December proved to be a rollercoaster month in the currency markets, with Sterling enduring more ups and downs than everyone’s weighing scales this Christmas. From David Davis’s statement of intent remark, to the DUP’s eleventh hour rejection of Prime Minister May’s proposed agreement with the Irish government, each unexpected twist in …

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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!

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".

Exploring Naplfio or Navplion in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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 […]

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

Want to do some good while visiting Israel? Try volunteering for Leket

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

If you really want to do something for a good cause on your visit to Israel, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities that will gladly take on your services for as long as you can spare. One of the biggest and most worthwhile is Leket, the leading non-profit food rescue organization in Israel. We spent an […]

Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by charlotte.drayer010411 @ General Discussion

Alice, I want to reply to your question, but I haven't identified the trip you're taking based on CR and 3 Jewels. 3 Jewels sounds like London, Edinburgh and Dublin, but it doesn't have a rafting trip. CR sounds like Costa Rica and the trip we took there did have a rafting trip, which I know you could manage if you can walk 5 miles/day. You are given safety instruction, you board the very stable rafts in shallow water, and you paddle when told, and stop when told to stop. You will get wet (it was raining when we started the rafting trip, but it stopped soon) so wear a swimsuit and, perhaps, a rash guard (SPF swim shirt) shirt if you have one, so you don't get sunburned, and a hat with a chin strap. Sunglasses will get wet, but if you wear them, tie them on. The rafting was really fun and we saw rare green macaws flying. If you plan to take photos, take a waterproof camera. My waterproof camera doesn't have a long lens, so the photos of the macaws are just smears, but we did see them. If your trip is to Costa Rica, let me know and I'll post some photos. We did the 2 week trip, but I'm sure the rafting would be the same. The lodge was the Selva Verde Lodge and it's amazing! There is an outdoor counter upstairs where the dining room is, that overlooks a bird feeding station. You'll get great bird photos there while you eat, particularly breakfast. Also, if you like pina coladas, have one there; they're made with fresh pineapple and coconut.

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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What to do in Katakolon, Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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 […]

Where to find Street Art in Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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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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 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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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Top 15 Free Things to Do in Tokyo

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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.

Have you ever purchased the RS Trip Protection Plan?

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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.

What to do in Dubrovnik for a Day

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Forum Post: Physical/Health requirements for White Water Rafting in Costa Rica

by alice.oppenheimer051035 @ General Discussion

Has anyone been to Costa Rica and done the RS "active", not the moderately challenging level trips with rafting? I have some neck and back issues, but nothing unstable and am curious about the physicality of rafting. I have not rafted since 1986!

Everest base camp trek

by Pristinenepal @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi! I am Chin Thapa from Himalayan country of Nepal has been working in tourism since last 15 years back. I worked as a trekking & tour guide for a long time & now I have owned my trekking agency. We are not only a trekking agency; we are involving...

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

by ladybuglake011526 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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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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.

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.

A guide to buying property in Australia

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Buying a House in Australia UK Expert Guide to Buying Property in Australia White sand beaches, year-round sunshine… you’ve fallen in love with Australia and you want to call it home. Now what should you do before you make the move of a lifetime? Even if you have a good understanding of the property market …

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

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

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RE: Foreign cash

by beverlyejohnson041507 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

About Canada--the Calgary airport had several automated ATM machines conveniently available. The one I used had an exchange rate posted, but did not post any fees, so until I got home and viewed my statement, I was in the dark there. I found the fee though was very minimal, but I may have just lucked out in terms of choosing which machine to use. I did inform my credit union ahead of time that I'd be using both my debit and credit cards in certain areas of Canada and gave them the dates, adding a day or two at the end for unforseen circumstances. Neither has a chip. Having Canadian money obtained right away for smaller expenses at various places made those purchases convenient and from my perspective minimized the risk of exposing my card to a number of smaller merchants and processors. I'm not sure how widespread the practice is, but one restaurant had a portable card reader, accepting both chip and non-chip cards, which the waiter/waitress brought to your table to process transactions. This solved any concern about someone disappearing into a backroom with your card! Other places (museum shops for example) accepted my no chip card without a problem.

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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RE: Tipping

by vyoung5678010548 @ Tipping

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

It’s been a long 52 year wait, but Ringo Starr is finally coming to Tel Aviv!

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

After some 52 years (the Beatles were set to perform here back in 1966 but the show was pulled by authorities worried about their influence on a naive Jewish youth – or perhaps it was just all down to egos and promoter issues…), Ringo Starr is finally performing in Tel Aviv, Israel! The legendary – […]

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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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 […]

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.

The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

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.

St. George, Utah: More Than Just a Gateway to Zion

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

I'll be honest with you: I only knew two things about St. George, Utah, prior to this year. For one, I knew it had...

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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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Top 30 Things to do in Killarney, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Catholic Mass Times Beijing

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

by Want to attend a catholic church service in Beijing? There four major catholic churches in Beijing, namely Nantang Cathedral (South Cathedral), Beitang Cathedral (North Cathedral), Dongtang Cathedral (East Cathedral) and Xitang Cathedral (West Cathedral). Each catholic church has its own unique Mass Times. We highly recommend you go to Dongtang Cathedral (East Cathedral), which […]

Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by terrielavery081226 @ General Discussion

I am a 67-year-old female and live in Los Angeles. I am always looking for people to share with me on trips. I am going solo on the Kentucky derby trip that leaves April 28. I don’t know if they have found somebody to share with me yet. I do have a single friend that is also going but we don’t share rooms.

Why Your Travel To Cuba Matters Now

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

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

by gweniekay090206 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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.

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 […]

Ocean Safari on the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

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

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Question: Where is my QR?

by maxjasper @ FlyerTalk Forums

On AC iPhone App how can I bring up my flights QR? On AC web site it can be shown when click on Print Booking, but how can be done in AC iOS App? Thanks

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

by Mary_A @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

Hey Aussies – It will not cost you many dong to fly AirAsia to Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

It will not cost you many dong to fly AirAsia to Vietnam. OK, so the dong is the currency of Vietnam, but with AirAsia a major budget airline flying from Australia to Vie…

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Visiting Gibraltar. I’m just not into you!

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Multigenerational Travel – Why We Do It – Contributing Writer

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

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

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Ultimate budget travel guide: How to find cheap flights

by Nick @ Living to Roam

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Pre book for InisMor?

by dodi66 @ Fodor's Forum

We will be visiting Ireland at the end of August and we want to do a day trip to InisMor. We plan to take the ferry from Rossaveal. Is it...

Heathrow to London and Other Boring Questions

by panecott @ Fodor's Forum

Ok, so this veteran traveler is asking more tedious, basic questions. I don't feel like spending $100 or more each way for car service so am...

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

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

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

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Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by CT_PBW @ General Discussion

Not sure which trip you signed up for but most RS trips allow for solo participant with no roommate. There is normally a supplemental charge unless it is one of their specials where those charges are waived. It could be on some dates those slots are filled.

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

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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!

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.

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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A NIGHT OUT LEARNING ABOUT HUE CUISINE WITH BEEBEE TEAM

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee Travel

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

Visiting Valentia Island in Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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48 hours in Helsinki, Finland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by charlotte.drayer010411 @ General Discussion

Alice: I found the trip you're taking. You'll be on an entirely different trip than we took in 2016. We took the Best of Costa Rica trip. Our river rafting was on a different river, but I'm sure you'll be fine with this one, too. It's really fun! Do take water shoes or Tevas or Keens, as suggested, or canvas shoes you want to throw away afterward. We were in the cloud forest as well. That is an amazing experience. I spent a lot of time photographing hummingbirds on the grounds of the eco-lodge. It was in the 50s at night and our rooms had heaters that the staff turned on in the evening. Plan on getting wet there. It warms up in the daytime, but it is misty a lot of the time...in the clouds. When you're in San Jose, go to the gold and jade museum. I saw the collection in 1972 when I was there as a student, living in San Pedro and going to La Universidad de Costa Rica for classes with fellow students from Beloit College in WI. The gold is no longer in a bank and I heard the museum is wonderful. I've always wanted to go to Manuel Antonio and it's the one corner of the country that I haven't visited. Lucky you! Suggestions: eat fresh pineapple, preferably that your group buys and cuts with a clean knife. (I ate street pineapple with no trouble, but that isn't true for everyone.) If you see a Pop's ice cream shop (there are several in the San Jose area) try a coconut ice cream plain or dipped in chocolate. I first had that in 1972. Ron con pasas is rum raisin ice cream. It's good too. I am also a second generation Elderhostel/Road Scholar person, as is my husband. My folks even rafted down the Grand Canyon with RS for 10 days. They bicycled the Loire Valley of France, too. We've been to New Zealand, the National Parks of Utah with a professional photographer, we did the Southern Coastal Trilogy with folks we met in Utah, 2 weeks in Cuba in 2015, and Ecuador: Andes Amazon and Galapagos, last winter. Every trip has been wonderful! If you'd like to see photos, I have albums on facebook from our RS trips. You can see my name from my email. My maiden name is Gilbert. If you're on fb you can "friend" me then see the photos. I'll remember your name. My grandmother was Alice. You'll have to scroll way down through the albums, but they're there, as are pix from many of the other trips. You'll LOVE Costa Rica. The biodiversity is amazing. If Gloriana is your leader, give her my best.

Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by hungodd94011710 @ General Discussion

It's depends on the goal you aim for traveling, if you want to enjoy all of the actities, i suggest you should choose moderate hiking. If you want to test your limit, just try the best you can

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 […]

Maximum layover Aeroplan award question

by FlyWhere @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi, I'm looking to book a one-way award BRU - YYZ - YYC Would you know what will be my maximum layover time in YYZ? Not sure if this will be categoried as a domestic or international connection... Thanks for your help

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...

Currency News November 2017

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Currency News Major market movements November 2017 Both Sterling and the US Dollar continue to be impacted by political news this month. USD has lost ground due to tax reform delays last week. With a number of British ministers embroiled in controversy and increasing pressure on Theresa May, the immediate outlook looks particularly worrying for …

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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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Money Transfer Companies Compared

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Money Transfer Companies Compared – How Much Can You Save? If you are trying to decide which is the best way to move your money abroad (or receive money from another country), this article Money Transfer Companies Compared is exactly what you need. Below are all the different options for making international money transfers. We’ll …

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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 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.

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 […]

Ultimate packing guide for Vietnam

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Ultimate packing guide for your trip to Vietnam

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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 »

#CommunityStory: Moving funds from Poland to France

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Transparent and straight-forward How a Google employee used CurrencyFair to invest in a French property Balancing life and work in today’s fast-paced world is often a struggle. Focusing on delivering results in your career while prioritising quality time for your personal life keeps everyone busy. So any company that wants to make (the in-between bits …

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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 patties, 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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What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Japan

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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.

Fascinating Harajuku Culture

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

A Guide to Vietnam Massage Parlors | XO Tours Blog

A Guide to Vietnam Massage Parlors | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

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

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 […]

Flying from Klagenfurt back to sg - in J

by hazardous @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi gurus, Would like to seek your advices. Whats the best course to chart a flight back to Singapore from Klagenfurt (Austria)? I narrowed it down to Klagenfort to Vienna (austrian air), Vienna to Zurich (austrian air), Zurich to Singapore...

Tips on Gratuity | How To Tip Around the World | CurrencyFair

Tips on Gratuity | How To Tip Around the World | CurrencyFair


CurrencyFair

Do you tip uber drivers everywhere in the world? Wondering how to tip around the world? We answer questions expats need. Read on for tips on tipping.

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.

Pinned: Money Matters Discussion

by Road Scholar @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

CurrencyFair vs South African Banks

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair Versus South African Banks Saving you money on international transfers: it’s what we do. Last month we shone a light on UK banks and highlighted just how much money our customers are saving by choosing CurrencyFair. This month we turn our attention to South Africa: the home of the Rand, biltong and, as we …

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Ralph Falls & Cashs Gorge

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

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

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Overcoming Jet Lag During International Travel

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

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.)

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 […]

Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by CT_PBW @ General Discussion

I have a waterproof cover for my iPhone and have even gotten underwater pictures while snorkeling that came out great. I made sure to shorten the tie so it would not slip over my head. Look for one that floats and make sure to test it out to ensure no leaks. I love it and travel with it always. This is the description of the one I bought: FRiEQ Floating Waterproof Case for Outdoor Activities-Perfect for Boating,Kayaking,Rafting,Swimming, for Apple iPhone 6 Protects your Phone from Water,Sand,and Dirt-IPX8 Certified to 100feet Rainbow

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 […]

13 Things You Must Do in Vietnam – Vietnam Bucket List

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

From exploring the depths of a mysterious subterranean world to bargaining in a Mekong market, from sleeping under a bamboo roof in the mountains to scaling waterfalls in the Central Highlands, Vietnam is bursting with exciting things to do. In this XO blog post we outline the very best activities across the country – from…

24 hours in Dublin

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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A 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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Nick the Greek and Exploring the island of Corfu in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel – A Year in Review

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

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

RE: Tipping

by 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.

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

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

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

RE: Tipping

by 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.

Half Day Tour - Casablanca

by aquamarinesteph @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi! We already have a tour of Morocco booked, but we're arriving early and would love to see a few of the main sights in Casablanca before our paid for tour begins. (Our tour covers NOTHING in Casablanca except our arrival night and dinner there. ...

Uber Vietnam Guide - How to Book Uber in Vietnam Easily

Uber Vietnam Guide - How to Book Uber in Vietnam Easily


Wander With Jo

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

Pre book for InisMor?

by dodi66 @ Fodor's Forum

We will be visiting Ireland at the end of August and we want to do a day trip to InisMor. We plan to take the ferry from Rossaveal. Is it...

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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5 things I wish I knew before travelling

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

Looking back over the past few years, we decided to share our top 5 tips that we wished we had of known before travelling ourselves.

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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.

The Big Air Travel Trends of 2018: More Comfort and Price Points

by Brett Snyder @ Wendy Perrin

There’s nothing quite like planning a big adventure to see something amazing, but chances are at some point along the way, you’ve had a momentary sense of dread. After all, to get to any of these exotic locales, you’re likely going to have to fly, and for some, that’s not a pleasant thought. Fortunately, trends ...

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Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

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

Travel social network

by tweetchatii @ Fodor's Forum

Hello, we�ve created an app for sharing travel itineraries. If you are interested in sharing your adventures and information about your trips please...

SAIGON FREE WALING TOURS

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

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

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.

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.

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

by gweniekay090206 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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 […]

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

by admin @ Beebee Travel

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

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 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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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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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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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 […]

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

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

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

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

by gweniekay090206 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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

by admin @ Beebee Travel

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

Free transfers on US Dollars to UK Sterling

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Free transfers of US Dollars into UK Sterling At CurrencyFair HQ there was huge excitement at today’s announcement of Prince Harry’s engagement to Ms. Meghan Markle. We have considerable experience when it comes to cross-border transfers, and were delighted to hear of the forthcoming nuptials between the British prince and his American fiancee. The question …

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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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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…

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. […]

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

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

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

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

by gweniekay090206 @ General Discussion

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

Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

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

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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Half Day Tour - Casablanca

by aquamarinesteph @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi! We already have a tour of Morocco booked, but we're arriving early and would love to see a few of the main sights in Casablanca before our paid for tour begins. (Our tour covers NOTHING in Casablanca except our arrival night and dinner there. ...

Exploring Pamukkale Hot Springs in Turkey

by thewelltravelledman @ thewelltravelledman

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

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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

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

Do You Tip In Thailand? – Asia Travel Blog

Do You Tip In Thailand? – Asia Travel Blog


Asia Travel Blog

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

Exploring Oia, and Falling in Love with Santorini

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

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

Thank You Note from Ireland

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee Travel

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

Guide to the Australian Dollar

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Guide to the AUD A Complete Guide to the Australian Dollar Looking to buy Australian dollars (AUD)? Or just interested in learning more about the history of this famous currency? CurrencyFair have created this handy guide to Australian currency. Symbol: $ or A$ to differentiate it from other dollar currencies Nickname: The ‘Aussie’ Subunits: Cents …

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Beijing Events, Holidays & Festivals 2018

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

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

What in the world is a multipotentialite?

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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

by phfinnegan573012640 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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

by admin @ Beebee Travel

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

Black Friday’s promotion.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

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

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Tipping in Israel: when and how much?

Tipping in Israel: when and how much?


The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

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.

Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

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

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.

Buying a 016 tix for air china on .bomb

by Jimmie Jet @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hello, not sure if this is a dumb question but how do you buy a 016 stock ticket for air china? I need to get from MEl to PEK and back and Air China is a good connection I can buy it from Air China but wonder if its possible to buy from...

Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by doug030643 @ General Discussion

I'd say it also depends on whether it's just a higher level than you "enjoy" or if it's a higher level than you think you're capable of. It affects the experience of the others if someone on the trip is visibly struggling and delaying the schedule because they can't keep up reasonably well. That's one reason why we carefully slant our trips to the more active ones while we're still able to do them comfortably!

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.

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.

Where should family of 3 sit in F on A380?

by decillion @ FlyerTalk Forums

I am traveling with my parents and we are currently sat in 1A 1D and 1E. Is this the preferred row or is there elsewhere in the cabin that�s better? I�ll be in 1A and would prefer for there to be a window. This is on the A380 from JFK-ICN

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 ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Price increases over published rates?

by whgwood052654 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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…

A CurrencyFair Milestone – 5 Billion Traded

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair trades €5 Billion If you’ve been keeping an eye on our online stats you may have noticed that CurrencyFair recently hit the €5 billion mark on currency exchanged. It’s an achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without our great customers, who have made total savings of nearly €193 Million as of December 2017 while …

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Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

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

Guide to the Great British Pound

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Guide to the GBP The Complete Guide to the Great British Pound Want to convert your currency into sterling? Or just looking to learn more about the Great British Pound? Familiarise yourself with English currency in this handy guide. As the oldest currency still in use, the GBP has quite a celebrated history. Name: The …

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Accelerate requirement in wrong Region / Continent?

by raph @ FlyerTalk Forums

I felt tricked / robbed by IHG. In Q3 Accelerate 2017, one offer was to ---Quote--- Earn 2,800 bonus points when you complete 2 Your Rate Bonus Points Package stay(s). ---End Quote--- which would have also been the final challenge for my...

The Best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We went to the best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy. This is a tour which is bookable on TripAdvisor. This was something that I have wanted to experience for a long time. …

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17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Avoid PayPal Money Transfer Currency Conversion Fees | CurrencyFair

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

A Guide to Avoiding PayPal’s Conversion Fees PayPal is a popular way to send and receive money and to pay for purchases online – it’s fast, convenient, and a fairly simple way to handle online financial transactions. However, one very significant downside – especically if you are using PayPal to transfer money abroad – is …

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

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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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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.

Spring Break in Madrid with Kids (8 and 12 yo) - Need Advise!

by anuta77 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello! We are planning to take our 2 kids (boys, 8 and 12 yo) to Madrid (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187514-Madrid-Vacations.html) for...

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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Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

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

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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Flying from Klagenfurt back to sg - in J

by hazardous @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi gurus, Would like to seek your advices. Whats the best course to chart a flight back to Singapore from Klagenfurt (Austria)? I narrowed it down to Klagenfort to Vienna (austrian air), Vienna to Zurich (austrian air), Zurich to Singapore...

Introducing: Faster verification with IDScan

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Now it’s even easier to join CurrencyFair and start saving today! Faster verification! We are delighted to introduce IDScan – a new feature that makes it faster and easier than ever before to set up an account with CurrencyFair. What does this mean for me? It means you can use IDScan anywhere in the world …

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Japanese Bath Etiquette

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

The legendary Don McLean is coming to Israel!

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

Legendary American singer-songwriter Don McLean is heading to Israel for a summer concert! McLean, most famous for his monster 70s tune American Pie, will be performing at the Ranaana Amphitheater (just outside Tel Aviv) on 16 June. Tickets start from 254 shekels, call *8780 for more details. Last here in 1978, McLean formed a special […]

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 […]

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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Can I UuA a booking made with a staff discount?

by gustavmahler @ FlyerTalk Forums

A family friend used to work for BA and has said that I can book some work flights in WTP using his discount. Doing a dummy booking, it would book into T, so would I be able to UuA to CW (assuming there�s availability)?

Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

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

St Maarten cruise port

by bluemooseband @ Fodor's Forum

Does anyone know the status of St Maarten for cruise ports ? we're supposed to have an "overnight" stay in Port in early March, but I've heard some...

Forum Post: How much money to take to Cuba?

by WATSON10043019 @ General Discussion

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

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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Train your brain: Tricks for a productive day

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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

by Thu Ngo Vu @ Beebee Travel

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

5 Healthy Juices to Get the New Year Party Started

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

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

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

by admin @ Beebee Travel

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

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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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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RE: Tipping

by linda.norby010404 @ Tipping

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

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.

Forum Post: RE: Physical/Health requirements for White Water Rafting in Costa Rica

by pworsham052721 @ General Discussion

Just returned from Costa Rica where we did river rafting. It was an easy, pleasant ride with no strain to my sensitive neck. The rapids were Class 2 at most and we only got wet when splashed by the other boats on the water. A fun experience.

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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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 […]

Spring in the desert: the amazing Darom Adom Festival!

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

UPDATED for 2018! Every spring, the Negev desert wows and amazes with a bloom of anemones (known as kalanyot in Hebrew) that truly will take your breath away. To celebrate this amazing natural wonder, in which much of the desert landscape is covered in a sea of red, the annual Darom Adom festival takes place […]

Heathrow to London and Other Boring Questions

by panecott @ Fodor's Forum

Ok, so this veteran traveler is asking more tedious, basic questions. I don't feel like spending $100 or more each way for car service so am...

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

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

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

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Beautiful serviced apartment for rent on Tran Quy Khoach,D1

by Dung @ Vis Estate

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

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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?

Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

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

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 […]

Street Food in Copenhagen at Papiroen

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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…

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.

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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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!

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

Forum Post: Is anybody going on Kentucky derby paddlewheel tour?

by terrielavery081226 @ General Discussion

I am from Los Angeles and I was wondering if anybody else from Southern California to see the Kentucky Derby.

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

Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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18 Travel Bloggers with Different Perspectives to Follow in 2018

by Amanda @ A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

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

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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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RE: Tipping

by judy.goble011007 @ Tipping

That $500 would get me on another trip!

Exploring Mykonos by Quad Bike

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

Forum Post: RE: discussion among solo traveler

by terrielavery081226 @ General Discussion

I am going to try out Road scholar for the first time. I am willing to share so therefore I didn’t have to pay the extra single supplement. I am going on the Kentucky derby and paddlewheel boat trip on April 28. I hope I get a nice roommate. I love to travel and I am a widow I am 67 and if anybody is looking to share on a trip someday please let me know. I would really like to do and urtica the end of this year or in January 2019. The other trip I would really like to do is to go to Malaysia and maybe Vietnam.

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

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

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


Business Insider

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

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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St Maarten cruise port

by bluemooseband @ Fodor's Forum

Does anyone know the status of St Maarten for cruise ports ? we're supposed to have an "overnight" stay in Port in early March, but I've heard some...

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 […]

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

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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New Road Scholar trip cancellation insurance

by ssiehr011236 @ Money Matters - Recent Threads

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

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.

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.

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

by Jo @ Wander With Jo

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

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Alaskan Culinary Tour: Treats From The Wild

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

Airbnb & Couchsurfing: 12 tips for first-time users

by Nick @ Living to Roam

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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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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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Pantai Pandawa (Aka Pandawa Beach) BALI

by Guest Blogger @ Wander With Jo

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

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RENFE and credit cards

by IMDonehere @ Fodor's Forum

One pop psychology definition of insanity is do the same thing and expect a different result. Well, today I tried to book tickets on RENFE. Yes, I...

ThanksGiving Giveaway – Winners announced

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

ThanksGiving Refer a Friend Giveaway 10 Winners of an Amazon Echo announced We want to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in our recent “Thanksgiving Refer a Friend” giveaway and for helping make it such a success! Christmas has come early for the 10 lucky winners of an Amazon Echo picked out …

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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.

Purim in Israel – got your costume ready?

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

Purim is probably the most fun of all Jewish holidays, whether you’re in Israel or abroad. Everybody gets to have some fun, from the kids that get all dressed up and stuff their faces with cookies and chocolates, to the adults that are, er, forced to party in fancy dress and imbibe alcohol to celebrate… If […]

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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A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc 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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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.

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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7 bloody good reasons to visit Israel in 2018

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

If you’re still on the fence about visiting Israel, we’re here to convince you that a visit to the Holy Land in 2018 has to be done! We’ve come up with 7 bloody good – no, make that excellent – reasons why you should be buying that ticket to Israel… In no particular order… Israel […]

New Year’s resolution: How to make yours stick

by Maggie @ Living to Roam

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The Tel Aviv Zombie Walk: a must-do Purim institution!

by Ashley @ The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | iGoogledIsrael.com

The annual Tel Aviv Zombie Walk has fast become a Purim institution, with the number of zombied participants rising every year! This crazy event happens only at Purim (hence once a year) and is definitely worth getting yourselves made up for – the more bloodier and nasty, the better! Typically the event starts at 21:00 […]

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.

Introducing: Same Day CAD Transfers

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Same Day CAD Transfers and no more 3rd party fees This year #Canada150 events are being celebrated across the country to mark its 150 year anniversary. At CurrencyFair we are delighted to announce another reason to celebrate all things Canadian. We’ve partnered with a new payment provider to give you access to quicker and cheaper …

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Alaska Food Tour Reading List

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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

Ryanair dodging legitimate claims ...'company policy�​​​​​​​

by Worcester @ FlyerTalk Forums

From the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jan/22/ryanair-expenses-compensation-delayed-cancelled) It seems that many customers experiencing IRROPS with Ryanair are being misled by the airline in an attempt to keep costs down and...

Accelerate requirement in wrong Region / Continent?

by raph @ FlyerTalk Forums

I felt tricked / robbed by IHG. In Q3 Accelerate 2017, one offer was to ---Quote--- Earn 2,800 bonus points when you complete 2 Your Rate Bonus Points Package stay(s). ---End Quote--- which would have also been the final challenge for my...

Trek to Fansipan after cable car installation

by admin @ sapa travel

The trekker would have to start 3 hours earlier than usual despite the dark, the cold and fog to be at the summit before the cable car is to open at 8:00. After the grand opening in February 2016, the cable car system between Sapa and Fansipan is a hot topic to debate among community […]

Beginner’s Guide to the GDPR

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

GDPR: A Beginner’s Guide to the new General Data Protection Regulation GDPR. Four letters that you might never have heard before, but will be hearing a lot more of by May 25th 2018. These seemingly harmless four letters will have a massive impact on any business that handles EU citizens’ data and will have to …

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Forum Post: RE: When the activity level is too high

by alice.oppenheimer051035 @ General Discussion

I am going on another CR trip next weekend. I went on a photography trip to Scotland and it was amazing, and almost went on the RS photog trip. Do tell, what was it like? Can you show us some photos (a link to them somewhere?) Did you raft? That is the only part of my 3 Jewels Trip I hope I am fit enough to enjoy. I walk 5 miles a day many days, so otherwise feel fit...

Visit Donegal, Ireland for a lot of craic

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

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

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How to Tip in Cuba - Travel Etiquette | Access Trips

How to Tip in Cuba - Travel Etiquette | Access Trips


Access Trips

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

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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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 […]

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.

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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XO Tours in Hanoi

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi, and it’s unlikely we ever will. So why the misleading blog title? We felt the need to write this blog post to protect our brand, so that when our valued guests search for XO Tours they will know that XO Tours only operates out of Ho Chi Minh City…

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.

Maximum layover Aeroplan award question

by FlyWhere @ FlyerTalk Forums

Hi, I'm looking to book a one-way award BRU - YYZ - YYC Would you know what will be my maximum layover time in YYZ? Not sure if this will be categoried as a domestic or international connection... Thanks for your help

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 […]

RENFE and credit cards

by IMDonehere @ Fodor's Forum

One pop psychology definition of insanity is do the same thing and expect a different result. Well, today I tried to book tickets on RENFE. Yes, I...

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

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

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

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

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

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New Feature: Currency Rate Alerts

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Introducing Currency Rate Alerts Our team of developers have been as busy as ever doing developer things…. basically building cool stuff. This week we’re delighted to introduce our latest feature: Rate Alerts. The CurrencyFair Exchange can give our customers access to rates that are often better than what the banks or brokers can provide. Now, …

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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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33 Travel Memes That Accurately Describe Going On A Vacation

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

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

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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 […]

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.

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.

Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back)

by Phuc 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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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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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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Travel social network

by tweetchatii @ Fodor's Forum

Hello, we�ve created an app for sharing travel itineraries. If you are interested in sharing your adventures and information about your trips please...

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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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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What to do in Kotor in Montenegro for a day

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Can I UuA a booking made with a staff discount?

by gustavmahler @ FlyerTalk Forums

A family friend used to work for BA and has said that I can book some work flights in WTP using his discount. Doing a dummy booking, it would book into T, so would I be able to UuA to CW (assuming there�s availability)?

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!

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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Why Tallinn Estonia or e-Estonia is so popular

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

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

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Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

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

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Win an Amazon Echo

by CurrencyFair @ CurrencyFair

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Refer A Friend and win an Amazon Echo It’s that time of year again: the clocks have changed and the countdown to the festive season is well and truly on. For our American friends, Thanksgiving Day falls on 23rd November this year. To celebrate, CurrencyFair are giving away an Amazon Echo to ten …

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Spring Break in Madrid with Kids (8 and 12 yo) - Need Advise!

by anuta77 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello! We are planning to take our 2 kids (boys, 8 and 12 yo) to Madrid (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187514-Madrid-Vacations.html) for...

‘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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Russian Trains - Luggage

by blondiepopo @ Fodor's Forum

Going on the Trans-Siberian Train this fall with a group tour. I already have luggage, but it's a 26" regular suitcase with wheels. Would I be better...

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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