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Author - L. Dipronio

Lucie is founder of Mondisti, and has a background in finance and public policy.

Bali Water Temple

7 days in Bali

The Island of Enchantment Bali is both an island and a province in Indonesia, a country with 17,500 other islands. It is the only Hindu majority province, in the otherwise muslim majority Indonesia. . . . .

Amazon River cruise – from Peru or Brazil?

When planning an Amazon river cruise, one important consideration is which country do you choose? Peru or Brazil? We chose Peru over Brazil for our Amazon River cruise. The main reason is that the. . . . .

Bangkok-Itinerary

Thailand is famous for its exotic beaches and ornate temples. Its capital, Bangkok has 22% of the country’s population (metropolitan area). It is the largest urban center in the country. We. . . . .

Borneo fishing village

Borneo-houseboat cruise

Borneo – houseboat or lodge The best way to see Borneo is on the water. We debated a water only tour or a combination of hotel and houseboat. In the end, we opted for the water only option as. . . . .

Calcutta (Kolkata) – Exploring the City of Joy

Kolkata (Calcutta) is not on most people’s bucket list but it should be. It is one of the most interesting cities in India. It is a colorful, vibrant city that is on its way to regeneration. . . . .

Cambodia – Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Besides the famous temples at Angkor City, some of the most interesting places to visit in Cambodia are the small floating villages along the Mekong River and around Tonle Sap Lake. Our trip to. . . . .

China Great Wall people walking

China – 5 day itinerary

China is a huge country and a five day itinerary is far too limited. Nevertheless, this post discusses our abridged China trip. With only five days, we managed to visit the Great Wall of China as a. . . . .

Churchill, Manitoba – polar bear tour

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 gathered. . . . .

Egypt – Soul of Memphis – on the Nile

Egypt has 7 of the Unesco World Heritage sites, is home to the Great Pyramids, its capital (Greater Cairo) is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East. It has such iconic archaeological. . . . .

Hong Kong sampan boat in harbour

Hong Kong itinerary – neighborhoods

Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 to 1997. As a result, most of the political and administrative bodies established in the colony were created by the British. When the British government. . . . .

India – Khajuraho’s Magnificent Temples

Although there are notable temples all over India, the city of Khajuraho offers a unique experience. The 25 temples are all built in close proximity to one another, with diverging styles and themes. . . . .

Agra, India, Taj Mahal

India – the Golden Triangle – Delhi and Agra

Our first visit to India a number of years ago included the cities of Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is the third stop on the most recommended tour of north India called the golden triangle. After hearing. . . . .

Israel Itinerary

An Israel itinerary would not be complete without venturing out of Jerusalem (see our post on Jerusalem). Israel and the Palestinian territories are filled with religious and non-religious sites that. . . . .

Japan – 7 day itinerary

Japan travel is a mixture of ultra-modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, with gorgeous public gardens, crowded streets and a multi faceted people that are reserved but friendly. We visited Tokyo. . . . .

Jerusalem Itinerary

It is extremely difficult to visit Jerusalem or Israel without immersing oneself in historical religious controversy. While planning our trip, we knew that most guides would have a personal religious. . . . .

Jordan – Petra – the”Rose City”

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 added to the itinerary. When visiting this area. . . . .

Morocco and Tunisia travel – More than Sand Dunes

Morocco and Tunisia tempt the imagination with mysterious caravans, expansive deserts and romantic getaways. Our trip to Morocco included the cities of Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fez and the Atlas. . . . .

Mumbai – Best Places to Visit

Mumbai is actually a group of islands used by fishermen, and so nothing describes historical Mumbai better than its waterfront, pictured below (cover photo). The city’s most iconic landmarks. . . . .

India safari, Bandhavgarh, gaur

Nepal Safari – in search of the Elusive Tiger

A safari experience in Nepal (Chitwan or Bardia) is very different than India (see our post on Indian safaris). Many travelers want to know which country to visit if they want to see tigers, India or. . . . .

Norway, Flam to Bergen scenic boat with Mondisti author

Norway – Land of the Vikings

A visit to Norway after or before a Baltic cruise (see our post) is an efficient way of exploring this area. Visiting the other Scandinavian countries around the same time gives you a glimpse into. . . . .

Palestinian Territories

Travel to Israel and the middle east need not involve going into the Palestinian Territories. Most travelers want to avoid crossing checkpoints and road restrictions. Tourism is not exactly the. . . . .

Peru – Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu, a symbol of the old Inca civilization, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven world wonders is a marvel to experience. Sacred Valley, just a 40 minute shuttle bus. . . . .

Safari in India: The Big Five plus One

The goal of many safari goers on an African safari is to see the Big 5. Although India does not have the range of species one can see on the plains of Africa, it does have its own version. . . . .

South Africa, Sabi Sand, Mondisti Author in jeep

South Africa – The big five in four days

For those Mondisti looking to experience the ‘Big Five‘ in the least amount of time, South Africa should be at the top of your list. See our posts on Botwana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia for. . . . .

Sumba Island Horses: A riders’ paradise

Hands down, Sumba is the most beautiful island in Indonesia, and surprisingly, not commonly visited even though it lies just east of Bali (see our post on Bali). Those who do visit are usually. . . . .

Galapagos Islands, Mondisti author snorkeling

The Galapagos Islands – A showcase of evolution

The Galapagos Island reserve is a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. The islands are on most people’s bucket list of places to visit. They do not disappoint. Many travelers. . . . .

Turkey, Cappadocia, fairy chimneys

Turkey – Cappadocia – Goreme National Park

Meaning the ‘land of beautiful horses’ in Persian, Cappadocia in central Turkey is one of the most unique travel destinations. It was once the center of the Hittite Empire (1700BC-1200BC). . . . .

Turkey – Istanbul – a Byzantine treasure

Turkey is a huge and diverse country with a wide and complex history and home to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Through different posts we will discuss three vantage. . . . .

Turkey- Ephesus and Didyma

Ephesus, an incredibly preserved ancient city in southwestern Turkey, dates back to the 10th century B.C. It provides a continuous archaeological journey through time. Didyma (100km south. . . . .

Vietnam – 10 day itinerary

The Mekong Delta, Chan May/Danang and Ho Chi Minh City are the three places we would definitely recommend to a first time visitor to this wonderful country. As most of Vietnam is on water, it is a. . . . .

Zambia – Safaris – five takeaways

Many tourists only associate Zambia with Victoria Falls, and that’s exactly what makes Zambia safaris so attractive, there are no crowds! In this post we describe the three main safari. . . . .