Since I live in the United States, my first overseas travel – to the totally exotic and beautiful part of the world known as Indonesia – was quite an adventure for me. Traveling alone, going through Customs and Immigration of a foreign country halfway around the world from “home”, was an adventure in itself. Believe me friends, Kanyal Road in Simsa Village is just 2 km from Manali but it is the most peaceful and beautiful place in Manali as it is away from the usual crowded areas of Manali like Mall Road. In Kanyal Road, there are a lot of beautiful cottages mostly all having their own apple orchards and trees. Also, the cottages provide a spectacular view of Manali mountains , some covered with ice and some covered with greenery. You can also see the clouds kissing the mountains tops here. One more thing, whenever I visited Kanyal Road after coming from sightseeing or from Mall Road, Manali, I found that the temperature over here was always 2 to 3 degrees less than those places making it extremely cold in the mornings of June month. Ø Try emailing your postcards. Find a website that offers some great photographs of local attractions, or upload your own from your digital camera. Use these shots to send some great personalized email postcards to family and friends back home.

Even before arriving, I was most fascinated with the Capybara, billed as the world’s largest rodent. Although weighing up to 150 pounds, these gentle creatures look more like a giant Guinea Pig than a snarling rat. As a result, one of my chief goals was to see the Capybara while in Brazil. The Tropical Zoo had a family of five Capybara in residence. Having found on the Internet that the local sunrise was at 5:45 AM, I had visions of getting up after 3-4 hours sleep to travel insurance be at the zoo at that hour for feeding time. I would have presented a comical sight since luckily having slept in, I discovered the Zoo opened at 8 AM not sunrise. I wandered in at 8:30 AM and after visiting the Blue and Yellow Macaws and the Collared Peccaries happened upon Andre en route to feed the Capybaras. I then met with Dayse to learn more about the Amazon wildlife and preservation efforts with follow-up visits that afternoon and on my last day in Manaus.

Decide how long you plan to drive and then about 2 hours before your deadline, look up a place and head towards it. In our case, we spent more of our time off the highway and more on back roads. There are so many things to see so your destination for the night might change, depending on how many time you stop for sightseeing. We ended up a whole day behind schedule because we stopped at the Oklahoma Memorial and the largest cross in Texas. The goal of budget travel is not merely to spend as little as possible. The true goal of the budget traveler is to get the most value out of his or her travel budget, and to focus those limited funds on the things that mean the most to them. Often this means finding cheap lodging in order to enjoy a four star dinner at the finest restaurant in Paris. For others, it could mean buying food at the local grocery and cooking your own dinner, so that you can splurge on a night at the opera or the ballet.

That said, I have two girlfriends, Nancy and Susan, and every year on our birthdays we go to a few far away special places, have lunch, special desserts, cruise the shops (which I can take or leave but since they are with me I don’t mind it. We are wild and crazy. Sometimes we do something fairly local and do weird things. We’ve also had good times after medical procedures where one of us is loopy. You never know what will happen. @Vinaya Ghimire – Yes, Israel is a wonderful travel destination for a once-in-a-lifetime holy land experience. And judging by your tone, Nepal sounds like a great place to visit too. Paris, New York and London are few well known destinations of the world. These are famous all over the place and everyone wants to explore these amazing cities at least once in their life time. But there are few travel destinations which are getting overcrowded and thus, tourists try to neglect such places and look for a better place for their vacation.