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7 days in Bali

7 days in Bali

By November 26, 2019
Topics The Island of EnchantmentUBUD and Central BaliCentral – north BaliSouth BaliMondisti’s Bali Trip Tips The Island of Enchantment Bali is both … Read More
7 Tips for Viewing Serengeti Migration River Crossings

7 Tips for Viewing Serengeti Migration River Crossings

By January 16, 2022
Each year, over a million wildebeest and zebras crisscross the Mara river in the northern Serengeti (Tanzania) as they migrate in search … Read More
7 Unusual Things to do in Cape Town | A Local’s Guide

7 Unusual Things to do in Cape Town | A Local’s Guide

By October 27, 2020
We all know about the popular Cape Town activities, like a hike up Table Mountain and a trip to Robben Island. And … Read More
Alaska – Ports of Call – the Inside Passage

Alaska – Ports of Call – the Inside Passage

By February 2, 2020
Alaska is a popular cruise destination because it is a destination best visited by boat, with astounding natural beauty everywhere.
Australia – Best places to visit – Our abridged version

Australia – Best places to visit – Our abridged version

By February 4, 2020
Australia shouldn’t be described in a single post. Its landmass is 3 million square miles (7,682,300 km²), with 3 time zones and …
Avoiding Crowds on a Serengeti-Mara Safari

Avoiding Crowds on a Serengeti-Mara Safari

By September 4, 2020
The great wildebeest migration spectacle is unlike other safaris because of the huge numbers of animals, but sometimes it seems the tourists …
Baltic Sea Cruise – From Copenhagen to St. Petersburg

Baltic Sea Cruise – From Copenhagen to St. Petersburg

By February 18, 2020
There are actually only 3 Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. However, 9 countries have a shoreline along the Baltic Sea: Sweden, …
Bangkok-Thailand Itinerary

Bangkok-Thailand Itinerary

By July 11, 2021
Thailand is famous for its exotic beaches and ornate temples. Its capital, Bangkok has 22% of the country’s population (metropolitan area). It … Read More
Bhutan-Exporter of ‘Gross National Happiness’

Bhutan-Exporter of ‘Gross National Happiness’

By February 21, 2020
Bhutan travel is very unique. It is situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Surrounded … Read More
Bhutan’s Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Palphug Monastery)

Bhutan’s Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Palphug Monastery)

By February 21, 2020
Paro’s biggest attraction is the sacred Buddhist monastery called Tigers Nest. It is situated at 10,000 feet up on a vertical rock …
Borneo- On a houseboat along the Sekonyer River

Borneo- On a houseboat along the Sekonyer River

By February 27, 2020
Borneo – houseboat or lodge The best way to see Borneo is on the water. We debated a water only tour or … Read More
Botswana Safaris – The Gem of Africa

Botswana Safaris – The Gem of Africa

By February 27, 2020
Botswana is known as the Gem of Africa because it is the world’s top diamond producer (by value of diamonds; Russia is … Read More
Calcutta (Kolkata) – The City of Joy

Calcutta (Kolkata) – The City of Joy

By September 4, 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta) is not on most people’s bucket list but it should be. It is one of the most interesting cities in … Read More
Cambodia – Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Cambodia – Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

By May 15, 2021
The famous temples at Angkor City in Cambodia are a world treasure and are not to be missed. Other interesting places to … Read More
China – 5 day itinerary

China – 5 day itinerary

By July 5, 2021
China is a huge country and a five day itinerary is far too limited. Nevertheless, this post discusses our abridged China trip. … Read More
Churchill, Manitoba – polar bear tour

Churchill, Manitoba – polar bear tour

By July 10, 2020
Although Churchill, Manitoba is not technically in the Arctic (the Arctic Circle is 66.6 degrees latitude, while Churchill is 59 degrees latitude), polar bears have long … Read More
East European capitals: Imperial cities of Vienna, Prague and Budapest

East European capitals: Imperial cities of Vienna, Prague and Budapest

By February 11, 2020
Prague and Budapest, together with Vienna, are probably the most popular among the tourist cities in Central and Eastern Europe. Combining the … Read More
Egypt – Cairo’s Iconic Neighborhoods

Egypt – Cairo’s Iconic Neighborhoods

By November 10, 2021
There is more to Cairo than the pyramids and sphinx. There are incomparable museums and sprawling neighborhoods with a fascinating history. We … Read More
Egypt – Daraw Camel Market

Egypt – Daraw Camel Market

By January 4, 2022
A camel market visit gives you insight into a unique cultural aspect of the middle east. The entire process, from the transportation … Read More
Egyptian Treasures – Luxor to Abu Simbel

Egyptian Treasures – Luxor to Abu Simbel

By November 26, 2019
We have traveled through Egypt via three different itineraries. The first trip was a cruise along the Nile, as discussed in this …
Gorilla Safaris in Uganda: Permits, Parks, and Packing

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda: Permits, Parks, and Packing

By January 13, 2022
Our visit to Uganda was during Covid, which made everything just a little more problematic, but it was still a very enjoyable …
Hong Kong itinerary – neighborhoods

Hong Kong itinerary – neighborhoods

By May 31, 2021
Hong Kong has a very unique history and location, a visit to Hong Kong is a captivating experience. We concentrated on the … Read More
How Weather Affects the Serengeti-Mara Migration

How Weather Affects the Serengeti-Mara Migration

By September 4, 2020
The Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park are part of the same continuous ecosystem, which extends from southern Kenya …
India – Khajuraho’s Magnificent Temples

India – Khajuraho’s Magnificent Temples

By October 5, 2020
The city of Khajuraho offers a unique experience. The 25 temples are all built in close proximity to one another, with diverging … Read More
India’s  Golden Triangle

India’s Golden Triangle

By October 5, 2020
Our first visit to India a number of years ago included the cities of Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is the third stop … Read More
Israel – Jerusalem Itinerary

Israel – Jerusalem Itinerary

By July 23, 2021
Everyone wants (and should) visit Israel at least once in their lives. If you want a religious perspective when visiting this area, … Read More
Israel Itinerary- outside of Jerusalem

Israel Itinerary- outside of Jerusalem

By July 30, 2021
Israel is a place everyone should visit at least once. Whether you are inspired by religious reasons or merely historical and archaeological … Read More
Italy – Exploring Abruzzo on horseback

Italy – Exploring Abruzzo on horseback

By January 20, 2022
Along the Transhumana Trail – The Abruzzo Apennines mountain experience is filled with tiny picturesque villages, spectacular views and ancient trails. A … Read More
Italy Holidays

Italy Holidays

By December 15, 2021
Below are a few Italian destinations that we love, but a more detailed journal of our travel in Italy is still in … Read More
Japan – 7 day itinerary

Japan – 7 day itinerary

By May 24, 2021
Japan travel is a mixture of ultra-modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, with gorgeous public gardens, crowded streets and a multi faceted people … Read More
Jordan – Petra – the”Rose City”

Jordan – Petra – the”Rose City”

By October 5, 2020
Jordan’s Petra should be on everyone’s bucket list of must see places. When visiting Petra, Little Petra and Aaron’s Tomb should be …
Jordan – Wadi Rum Camp

Jordan – Wadi Rum Camp

By February 1, 2022
Wadi Rum Bedouins Jordan’s Wadi Rum is a unique desert experience, a spectacularly red place, which can’t be fully appreciated unless you …
Kenya or Tanzania – which to choose for a safari?

Kenya or Tanzania – which to choose for a safari?

By November 26, 2019
Many tourists want to know the differences between Kenya and Tanzania when planning their safari vacation in Africa. The glib advice is … Read More
Kenya’s best Safari destinations

Kenya’s best Safari destinations

By July 14, 2020
Kenya is a stunning country with many premiere wildlife reserves, in this post we will discuss the two most popular, the Maasai … Read More
Komodo Boat Tour – The Islands of Rinca and Flores

Komodo Boat Tour – The Islands of Rinca and Flores

By November 30, 2020
Indonesia is a hugely varied and intriguing continent and a one time visit is difficult to plan as there are too many … Read More
Morocco and Tunisia travel – More than Sand Dunes

Morocco and Tunisia travel – More than Sand Dunes

By July 11, 2020
Morocco and Tunisia tempt the imagination with mysterious caravans, expansive deserts and romantic getaways. Our trip to Morocco included the cities of …
Mumbai – Best Places to Visit

Mumbai – Best Places to Visit

By October 5, 2020
In Mumbai, we wanted to explore the more organic aspects of the city, as we did in Kolkata (see our post on … Read More
Nairobi, Kenya – East Africa’s Safari Capital

Nairobi, Kenya – East Africa’s Safari Capital

By July 10, 2020
Is Nairobi worth exploring, or is it just a mere stopover on your trip into or out of the wilderness? Nairobi is … Read More
Nepal Safari – Beyond The Wildlife

Nepal Safari – Beyond The Wildlife

By August 8, 2020
A safari experience in Nepal (Chitwan or Bardia) is very different than India (see our post on Indian safaris). Many travelers want … Read More
Norway – Land of the Vikings

Norway – Land of the Vikings

By October 5, 2020
Of the Scandinavian countries, Norway has the most spectacular natural beauty. A visit to Norway after or before a Baltic cruise (see … Read More
Palestinian Territories

Palestinian Territories

By July 31, 2021
From the birthplace of Jesus to unbelievable local flavors, ancient cities and epic sites, the Palestinian Territories are captivating to visit. Whether … Read More
Papua New Guinea – Exploring the Western Highlands

Papua New Guinea – Exploring the Western Highlands

By January 13, 2022
Papua New Guinea is one of the least visited places on earth. Once you start planning you trip to the highlands you … Read More
Planning Your First African Safari (2020)

Planning Your First African Safari (2020)

By March 6, 2020
What are the variables that go into planning an amazing safari vacation, and how to choose from all the possible safari options? … Read More
Sadhus: Fact and Fiction of Holy Men of Varanasi and Kathmandu

Sadhus: Fact and Fiction of Holy Men of Varanasi and Kathmandu

By May 2, 2020
In holy cities like Varanasi and Kathmandu, some holy men (Sādhus) are quite conspicuous because of their eccentric appearance, which symbolizes their … Read More
Safari in India: The Big Five plus One (the Bengal Tiger)

Safari in India: The Big Five plus One (the Bengal Tiger)

By October 5, 2020
India’s Bengal tiger is an endangered species and to see one in the wild is a thrilling experience. The two main parks … Read More
Siwa, Egypt – An Oasis in the Desert

Siwa, Egypt – An Oasis in the Desert

By November 19, 2021
A trip to Siwa, Egypt is an exploration into a remote Egyptian community consisting mostly of Berbers, a Muslim ethnic group. There … Read More
South Africa – The big five in four days

South Africa – The big five in four days

By July 14, 2020
For those Mondisti looking to experience the ‘Big Five‘ in the least amount of time, South Africa should be at the top …
Sumba Island: A honeymooners’ paradise

Sumba Island: A honeymooners’ paradise

By November 17, 2020
Sumba Island is a honeymooners’ paradise, and hands down, it is the most beautiful island in Indonesia. Surprisingly, it is not commonly … Read More
Tanzania Safari Itinerary – Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Northern Circuit

Tanzania Safari Itinerary – Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Northern Circuit

By July 17, 2020
Safaris are addictive. Tanzania’s northern safari circuit boasts 2 of the most iconic areas in all of Africa: the Serengeti ecosystem and … Read More
The Galapagos Islands – A showcase

The Galapagos Islands – A showcase

By August 19, 2020
The Galapagos Island Reserve is a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. The islands are (or should be) on everyone’s bucket …