In planning my RTW adventure, I have been giving considerable thought to the options of backpack solo, or booking into an organised tour. Chatkath~ So happy to see you today! Thanks for such high praise for this little Jerusalem travel guide; you always make me smile. I will keep you in my thoughts in the hope that you can someday manage that vacation to “The City of Peace.” I am certain you will find it an amazing adventure spiritually, physically, as well as visually. Wellness seekers will appreciate the treatments at the spa at Oberoi Rajvilas, which includes chakra balancing and massages travel insurance using hot Himalayan stones. There are also yoga, meditation, and singing-bowl sessions at this atmospheric hotel in the equally atmospheric Pink City. Our next day’s visit was very interesting again, we travelled to Gudauri a beautiful snow-capped hill station, where you can witness nature at its very best. Gudauri is located 120km from Tbilisi and it usually takes about 2 hours to reach from the capital. It is a destination spot for skiing, speed riding and paragliding or even if you just need to take pictures and enjoy the scenic beauty! The snow is so bright that we need sunglasses.

The day after we got to Eilat, we visited the Underwater Observatory with the rest of our tour group. This Underwater Observatory is built into a coral reef, and is one of the largest seaquariums in the world. Through a glass type observatory built into the sea-bed, we were able to interact with the most beautiful and colorful sea creatures I’ve ever seen. Legal currency exchange outlets line the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall, Jaffa Road, and King George Street (they offer slightly better rates than banks, will exchange money in less time, and charge no commission; they also have longer hours of operation). You don’t even have to shop around because they all offer the same rates. For those interested in ecotourism and wildlife, combining Manaus with a river trip is the perfect answer. The former provides an opportunity to really study the unusual Amazon species in depth and at a close range. Traveling on the river and trekking in the rainforest then provide a view of wildlife in their natural habitat but at a distance.