EUROPE. First, thanks for nominating my lens for LOTD. I enjoyed this lens and shared your adventure. We were just in Penang and stayed at the Eastern and Oriental and you should see it now. It is truly magnificent. The bar is still the original so you’ll still recognize traces of the hotel’s history. Ok, so Bon Jovi didn’t send us his private plane to get to his concert, but my friend Angie and I did buy travel insurance tickets on a small commercial airplane to zip down to St. Louis for the show. We live about two hours north of St. Louis, and I have discovered that taking the commercial plane is the way to go. My round-trip ticket was about $99. Yes, that is more than gas would cost, but we saved a hefty parking fee at the hotel. Plus, we did not have to deal with St. Louis traffic on a day when Bon Jovi was in town.

@Mike Robbers – It was an adventure of a lifetime, and a place worth visiting. It should be a yearly voyage if God permits. Although, they were well planned, comfortable trips, but they can not be compared, to the ease and comfort, with which travels are planned these days. Guests to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi feel pampered before they even get there, arriving by yacht from the international airport. Once on property, the 121 villas offer everything you want in a remote island vacation, including your own private pool from which to take in that crystal-clear sea. Another evening, we got tickets to see the Music Hall Revue at the Pink Garter Theater. It is an entertaining evening for people of all ages, filled with great 1950s music to country favorites and high kicking dance productions. Much of what you will find in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is geared for good, wholesome family entertainment.

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.