The world is a vast, amazing place filled with different cultures and ethnicity’s. It was really a memorable trip. And I do hope you’ll get to experience this tour one day. This family-run private island has 20 cottages and villas, as well as an overwater spa, spread across 97 acres. Guests can explore coconut-palm groves and jungles that give a deserted-isle feel — or simply unplug from everyday life on the white-sand beach. When traveling abroad it is most obviously the first thing, you must strike off the list. Do your homework based on all your essential documents such as Passport and Visa well before time. If you still have to apply for a passport make sure to do it at least four to six weeks in advance as such procedures take time. In addition, once you know where you are headed make sure to check the country’s rules and regulations as many countries have stricter rules, which can sometimes require a passport to have another six months of validity before it expires. It will only save your time and effort upon arrival. Also leave a copy of your documents with a friend or family as it can serve as a blessing in case you lose your documents abroad.

Make hotel reservations ahead of time. This will eliminate the worries of having a place to stay and will also avoid rip-offs. A lot of people in India might take advantage especially if they see that you’re a tourist. I love dog-friendly road trips. Taking a vacation with Dexter is by far one of my favorite things to do with Dexter. But, it also can be a challenge finding fun things to do with Dexter, especially when I am trying to find unique and quirky things to see and explore. Excellent lens and a great read. I would like to do a similar canoe trip sometimes. As a child I loved to read the stories about the discovery of the vast forests in Canada and about the life of the voyageurs (sp?). Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I agree completely with your views. I myself experienced the advantage of information, when we had planned a family tour to Europe. The visitor’s reviews are very helpful because they are people like us and can understand problems and suggest best solutions.

I split my time between the Hotel Tropical’s Zoo and the larger Bosque da Ciencia, both ranked among the top local attractions. The latter is a rescue and research center set in a park configured as a natural wildlife reserve. The admission was under $3.00. Although I was told the #120 bus went there, having never made the connection after several conflicting directions, I opted for the more costly taxi for the 30 minute ride to the suburbs. When I had just arrived, a fast moving local inhabitant (a small rodent?) dashed across my path before I could whip travel insurance out my camera. The key attraction near the entrance was a large underwater manatee pool with an observation window below ground. Harder to see were monkeys in the treetops overhead. At ground level, a number of curious rodents crossed my path, including one with bright red ears. For my return, there was a taxi stand outside, a welcome sight after hovering under a covered picnic table while a quick but heavy tropical rain fell. Although the center is technically closed to incoming visitors during lunch, those of us already inside were allowed to stay.

It was that time; departure. Our exciting vacation was just about over, and the high of being pampered in a foreign country was coming to a close. Great hub. I like the positive side to solo travel you portray. But you’re also because realistic. Thanks for sharing your experiences -many people will benefit from reading this hub. I have shared it with my network. Our family visited Crater Lake National Park in August, which is a good time of the year to get to the National Park. From our hometown of Bend, Oregon , it was just under a 2-hour drive to the park’s north entrance. Summer crowds are still heavy in August, but the park’s peak visit month is July. One of the primary considerations of enjoying Europe on a budget is how to get around. When it comes to getting around, there are basically three choices – the bus, the train and air travel. Renting a car is often impractical in Europe, with the different types of roads, different laws and road signs in a myriad of unfamiliar languages.