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Peru, Huayna Picchu summit, Mondisti author

Themed Trips

We enjoy themed travel, from epicurean or equestrian tours to archaeological or clam digs, to compare how these activities are done around the world.
Food and wine is a sub-theme for most of our travels, and pairs well with almost all travel.

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. . . . .

Avoiding Crowds on a Serengeti-Mara Safari

The great wildebeest migration spectacle is unlike other safaris because of the huge numbers of animals, but sometimes it seems the animals outnumber the tourists. Visitor estimates during the 2018. . . . .

Bhutan-Exporter of ‘Gross National Happiness’

Bhutan travel is very unique. It is situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Surrounded by the Himalayas, it offers dramatic landscapes and some of. . . . .

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. . . . .

Botswana Safaris – The Gem of Africa

Botswana is known as the Gem of Africa because it is the world’s top diamond producer (by value of diamonds; Russia is the top producer by volume). Botswana is also a gem for safari. . . . .

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. . . . .

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. . . . .

Tanzania, Serengeti, male lion feeding time

How Weather Affects the Serengeti-Mara Migration

The Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park are part of the same continuous ecosystem, which extends from southern Kenya into northern Tanzania. The ecosystem has 2 or 3 seasons. . . . .

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. . . . .

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. . . . .

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. . . . .

Nairobi, Kenya, downtown view

Nairobi, Kenya – East Africa’s Safari Capital

Kenya’s main tourism attractions are safari tours, and sun—sea—sand resorts on its coast, and many tourists combine both in a single trip. Nairobi is Kenya’s capital, and as the title. . . . .

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. . . . .

Planning Your First African Safari Vacation [2020]

 “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” Ernest Hemingway What are the variables that go into planning an amazing safari vacation, and how to choose from all. . . . .

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. . . . .

Zambia, Busanga Plains, Lion fight

The Serengeti-Mara Great Migration

The holy grail of African safaris is the great wildebeest migration that takes place each year in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Tanzania and Kenya. This post describes some of what we learned while. . . . .

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. . . . .

Varanasi – A Giant Step Back in Time

Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It has been known by many names, including the City of Light, a name derived from Kāśī (Sanskrit: “to shine”), a name. . . . .

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. . . . .