Travel to Madagascar. Many inexperienced adventure travelers are unsure how they can possibly book an adventure tour on their own. For one thing, there is often a language barrier in far off locations, and you may be many thousands of miles from home in an unfamiliar location. We arranged our trip through an agency that included pre-booked hotels, a car and a driver. We didn’t think about tipping prior to setting off and once we did start considering the idea of tipping our wonderful driver, we had no guidance as to how much the amount should be. We used our best judgment and tipped him $200 at the end, reasoning that he was on the road with us for so long, waking up at the crack of dawn, driving sometimes for eight straight hours (including bathroom stops), and in addition to being our driver, he was also our tour guide and quickly becoming our friend.

The Reverie elevated the high-end hotel game in Ho Chi Minh City when it opened in the central business district in 2015. Rooms and common spaces are over-the-top, with loads of velvet, marble, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious touches like Chopard bathroom products. The food was excellent, the staff was exceptional, the view was well, we could have watched it for hours, but the food and wine were making us weary. The prices? We were on the Grand Canal, but they were worth it. I would have paid more. Other friends staying at a hotel on the Grand Canal did pay more. Their simple dinner came to over two hundred Euro. Dinner for Peg and I was not simple, but only came to about half that okay, a bit more than half that. This was a rare adventure and I even ordered seconds of a pasta dish. Randy ordered an extra bowl of soup. How often do you get to sit on the Grand Canal with people you love? Why not enjoy it to the fullest? When we left, we were full.

For any travel outside of Canada, I strongly suggest you visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website to check out their travel warnings and recommendations concerning your destination, as well as to sign-up on their online registration as a Canadian citizen traveling abroad. My visit to the red sea was during the last leg of our tour in Israel. We’ve had a wonderful time of walking through the old and new city of Jerusalem, climbing mountains, riding camels, exploring caves and ancient travel insurance cities’ excavations. But, there was one more place on our itinerary that almost got cancelled due to an area event. It was to travel through the Negev desert to Eilat. I like traveling with friends and family but it has to be on two separate occasions. I travelled with my family when I visited them Last January 2014 and hoping to see them again next year. Your hub is interesting and it shows the up and downs for traveling with friends or family. You got lovely photos as well. Thank you for sharing.