Chris and Jerry talk about Chris’ recent Christmas Viking Longship Mani Rhine River cruise between Basel, Switzerland, and Amsterdam. Learn what it is like traveling with fourteen other family members on an eight-day river cruise visiting six ports on one of the world’s top river cruise companies. Chris discusses the offered-in-the-price shore excursions, things to do in your free time, the great and plentiful food, cabins, tipping, onboard nightlife, December weather, and his impression of river cruising. Listen to this unique interview to learn some of the realities of taking a European river cruise in December and other exciting reasons why you should take a river cruise any time of the year on your next vacation.
One of the top five countries in the world to visit, Mongolia should be a must-visit destination and definitely soon as it is gradually becoming more modern. Chris and Jerry discuss Mongolia’s highlights and neat things to do while there including visiting the capital, Ulaanbaatar, with its museums, religious and sacred sites, and very interesting day or overnight trips to the semi-Gobi desert where you can ride a camel, Hustain Nuruu National Park to see Pnewski Mongolian horses and genuine Mongolian nomads, and Ghorki-Terelj National Park for impressive rock formations. If you go in the winter, a few miles from Ulaanbaatar you can ski on beginners to advanced trails! Karakorum, base of Genghis Khan and nearby Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia’s largest and oldest Bhuddhist monastery, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park in the far west Mongolian Altai Mountain range with its beautiful lakes, hiking trails, horseback riding, and Golden Eagles, and the massive Gobi desert are just some of the topics discussed along with how long to stay, how to travel the country , types of accommodations, and when to go. Pack your bags and go as you will rank your experience there as one of your best ever!
Because of many requests from our listeners to have shows on country itineraries, we have selected the Netherlands as the first. Chris and Jerry give a suggested minimum itinerary and ideas to lengthen your stay so you will get a great first visit overview. Day-by-day itinerary, where and when to go, where and when to see the tulips, the Red Light District, many museums, Dutch traditional villages, hop on hop off bus tours, windmills, tin-glazed Delft blue pottery, dikes, and week-long country river cruises are just some of the numerous things discussed to ensure you get a great overview of the Netherlands.
Kathleen Evans, katsjourney.com, Chris, and Jerry give excellent safety precautions advice for women traveling alone internationally. In this informal and fun, but serious topic show, we discuss ways to make your trip safer including taking a basic self-defense course prior to departing, never, ever leaving your purse on the back of a chair in a restaurant, bar, or other public places, dressing appropriately for your destination, taking photos of your taxi, driver, car license, and driver’s registration, booking the entire sleeper cabin on trains, and other important ideas to have a fabulous and safe trip.
Chris and Jerry explore and discuss in detail western Indonesia especially Sumatra and the smaller islands off its coast. Sumatra, the world’s fifth largest island, has three major cities: Medan, Padang, and Palembang and many neat things to do. You will be impressed with the variety of sightseeing and adventure options available including climbing volcanoes, hiking through jungles searching for gibbons and orangutans, visiting Buddhist temples, spending time at Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, shopping for unique items in Palembang’s malls, river rafting, and many other exciting things that are just some of the experiences you will have in this destination not often visited by US citizens, but by the rest of the world.
The first question you should ask when planning a vacation is “What do I want most out of my vacation?” Chris and Jerry give numerous ways to get the exact destination you need to best fulfill the reason you are taking your vacation. They discuss the three main reasons people travel: have to because of business, weddings, funerals, family reunions, etc., fulfill a dream that you have wanted to satisfy, and escape to get away for at least a little while from your normal life. They give many ideas and examples to narrow your vacation destination including researching, becoming better education and realistic, the reason you are traveling, and your budget. Listen to the show to to have a vacation that not only will you love, but will fulfill many of the reasons you are taking it.
Chris and Jerry talk about one of the top ten destinations in the world to visit – Eastern Indonesia. There is something there that will excite and amaze nearly every traveler of any age. The island of Java with its access to Krakatoa volcano, Jogjakarta and Surakarta with impressive Javanese temples including Borobudur and Prambanan, the active volcano Mount Bromo, and the beautiful Tengger mountain chain, Bali which appeals to nearly everyone with magnificent beaches, hill-country Ubud, and a variety of physical activities, orangutans, culture, and festivals in Sumatra, the amazing three hundred Stone Age societies of West Papua, Sulawesi’s Londa burial caves and Kete Kesu, unique home architecture of Troja villages, and other unique sites, and rarely visited East and West Timor with their excellent diving and snorkeling, beaches, and unique cemeteries. You will want to go to this fantastic area of the world after listening to this show.
Chris and Jerry continue the discussion on Uzbekistan talking in greater detail on mosques, mausoleums, markets, and what to do and see. A first time visit itinerary should be fourteen days to get the greatest overview of the country from Tashken to Khiva and it should be overland by private driver and guide or on an escorted tour preferably with fewer than twenty guests. If a visit to Fergana in the east including Osh, Kyrgystan, is included, add at least three extra nights. More details about types and prices of accommodations ranging from guesthouses to five star properties and various mosques, mausoleums, and markets are given. Various types of souvenirs including carpets, clothing, skullcaps, ceramics, musical instruments, and Samarkand paper are discussed to sharpen your shopping urges. Uzbekistan should be a must visit for world travelers and both parts one and two will start you on your way.
Chris and Jerry give an excellent overview of Uzbekistan, one of the world’s top five countries to visit. History, culture, minimum itinerary, length of time to stay, best times to visit, hotel categories and prices, variety of ways to travel the country, discussion of the palaces, mosques, and masadahs, money, and many other things you need to know to move Uzbekistan to the top of your travel bucket list and begin your travel plans to this truly fabulous country.
Chris and Jerry talk about six unique and not often visited countries that they really like. Although not their favorite countries, they really love these destinations and have visited them often. Most people travel to famous destinations often forgetting absolute fabulous and interesting countries that often are more exciting than the famous ones. Did you know that you can walk with lions in West Africa, observe nesting turtles in Surinam, visit Roman ruins in northern England, drink excellent tap beer in Belgium, walk pure white sand beaches and snorkel in crystal clear water in the Cook Islands, and visit a major departing point for African slaves bound for the Americas in Senegal? This show explores northern England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Surinam, Cook Islands, and Senegal and gives information that will inspire you to include them in your travel plans.