Travel Adventures

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 … Read More…
Varanasi – A Giant Step Back in Time

Varanasi – A Giant Step Back in Time

By August 15, 2020
Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It has been known by many names, including the City of Light, … 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 … Read More…
Jordan – The Crusader Kerak Castle and an Iconic Baptism Site.

Jordan – The Crusader Kerak Castle and an Iconic Baptism Site.

By August 27, 2020
Jordan has a famed crusader castle (Kerak Castle) and the famous Christian site of the Baptism of Jesus (Bethany beyond the Jordan). … 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 … Read More…
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 … Read More…
Amazon River cruise – from Peru or Brazil?

Amazon River cruise – from Peru or Brazil?

By September 4, 2020
When planning an Amazon river cruise, one important consideration is which country do you choose? Peru or Brazil? We chose Peru over … 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…
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 …
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 …
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…
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…
Peru – Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Peru – Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

By October 5, 2020
Topics Machu PicchuGetting to Machu Picchu and where to stayMachu Picchu Historical SanctuaryClimbing Huayna Picchu versus Machu PicchuSacred ValleyHorseback toursOllantaytamboMaras salt minesCusco … 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…
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…
Zimbabwe – Safaris – On the banks of the Great Zambezi

Zimbabwe – Safaris – On the banks of the Great Zambezi

By October 6, 2020
Zimbabwe’s has some great safari destinations, including he Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools National Park, and we recommend combining your … 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…
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…
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…
Vietnam – 10 day itinerary

Vietnam – 10 day itinerary

By May 4, 2021
The Mekong Delta, Chan May/Danang and Ho Chi Minh City are the three places we would definitely recommend to a first time …
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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 …
Toronto Pride (2022)

Toronto Pride (2022)

By June 29, 2022
After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Toronto Pride weekend was back with a Trans march on Friday, a …
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…
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…
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…
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 … 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…
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, … 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 … Read More…
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…
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…
Zambia – Safaris – five takeaways

Zambia – Safaris – five takeaways

By April 27, 2020
Many tourists only associate Zambia with Victoria Falls, and that’s exactly what makes Zambia safaris so attractive, there are no crowds! We … 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 … Read More…
Safety and Other Tips for your Trip to Africa

Safety and Other Tips for your Trip to Africa

By June 23, 2020
In this post, we share a few safety and general travel tips for your visit to Africa, with an emphasis on Safari … 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 … <
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…
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 … 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 … 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…
The Serengeti-Mara Great Migration

The Serengeti-Mara Great Migration

By July 17, 2020
The holy grail of African safaris is the great wildebeest migration that takes place each year in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Tanzania …
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…
Turkey – Istanbul – a Byzantine treasure

Turkey – Istanbul – a Byzantine treasure

By July 23, 2020
There are a handful of cities in the world that are iconic symbols of world history. Istanbul is one of them. With … Read More…
Turkey- Ephesus and Didyma

Turkey- Ephesus and Didyma

By July 23, 2020
Whether you are an ancient history buff or merely want to understand Turkey’s historical diversity, a visit to Ephesus (and Didyma) is … Read More…