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Passport stories

Do not lose your passport in a foreign country!  Even if you have a copy of your passport, you can get stuck in another country for some time. It never happened to me, but there were quite a few situations when my husband and people from my travel groups misplaced...

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Life and Death in Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the most exciting and intriguing destinations in India. The tour bus picked up our group from the hotel in Varanasi to take us to the holy sights on Ganges River. After a short ride, we were transferred to the bicycle rickshaws. They took us through...

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Queenstown – the adventure capital of New Zealand

Have you heard the expression: Queenstown – adventure capital of New Zealand? Yes, it is one of the most popular destinations for international visitors. This town provides activities for any interest, budget, and physical ability.Activities in QueenstownHere is the...

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Fairytale called Lake Titicaca

We went to Peru with a tour group at the end of November, at the beginning of the rainy season. We got lucky with the weather – there was no rain while we traveled around the country for two weeks. Like many other people, I have read about Machu Pichu, high mountains,...

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Are all tour guides the same?

During our travels, we came across many different guides. Some were great, some so-so, and some probably chose the wrong occupation. Altogether, the majority of the tour guides were excellent. We will give you a few examples.Great guidesIn IndiaProbably the most...

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Crossing the borders

So far, we visited 71 countries. To some of them, we went more than once (Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Canada). It means that we had to cross the borders probably more than 100 times. Entering Chile and leaving Chile were the most memorable events...

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Why I travel without checked luggage?

These are the reasons why I travel only with a small carry-on and a backpack; sometimes I have just a backpack: I try to save money. International airlines allow passengers to check one or two suitcases for free. But to catch the international flight, very often I...

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Dangerous donkeys in Medina

Suddenly, Abdullah yelled: “Watch out!” The donkey, overloaded with a mountain of pots and pans, was moving towards me. I could see only the animal’s head and legs: the load was at least twice the size of the animal and covered most of its body. At that moment, I was...

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Splashing through the Spa World in Osaka

Addiction to the Japanese onsens During my travels to Japan, I got addicted to the Japanese onsens (bath houses). I was lucky to enjoy at least 30 onsens in Japan, and I loved them all. From the onsen in a small provincial town Sanwa-machi in Ibaraki prefecture to the...

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How many cats do they have in Morocco?

First impression – Morocco has an abundance of storks Our first morning in Morocco started with the tour of Rabat. We saw the King’s palace and then visited the ancient Roman ruins of Chellah. In Chellah, every high place (towers, walls, and tree tops) was occupied by...

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Why so many Americans do not travel abroad?

Here are the most common answers to the question “Why so many Americans do not travel abroad?” It’s too expensive I am too busy I do not speak any foreign language Travel abroad can be too dangerous I do not know when and where to go I am too old to travel abroad I do...

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Trapped inside the love hotel in Japan

Should I call the police to find my husband? I was jet-lagged but tried to stay awake while sitting in the empty lobby of the expensive Japanese hotel. Next to me were two heavy suitcases and two overfilled backpacks. The clock above the receptionist showed 3 am. Two...

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The dangerous waters of the world

I was not afraid of swimming in the sea or ocean until a chain of unpleasant occurrences made me a coward I am today. Now, when I go to the beach, I swim only in the shallow water. Why am I such a chicken? Caught by the storm in the Black Sea As a child, I have spent...

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