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.
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 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, Jerry, and Jerry’s friend, Siamak Gholami, give advice for traveling Iran, one of the world’s top five destinations to visit, that you should know, but may not even have thought about. Tea, caviar, historical monuments, exotic food, rice, ways to travel, types of accommodations, ghaliyan (hookah), dress codes, geographic areas, when to go, what to do, culture, and many other things that will make your visit to Iran truly one to remember. You will want to return.
If you have ever taken a trip and returned either disappointed or ecstatic, it may be the way you traveled that made the difference. Listen as Chris and Jerry discuss the four categories of ways to travel: independent, flexible independent travel, hosted, and escorted. They define and give examples of each category so you can decide which is best for you. It could raise the level of your next vacation to fabulous!
Most travelers want to know as much as possible about the destination they are going to visit. One of the most popular ways to learn information is through travel books. Chris and Jerry talk about how travel guide books are written, their purpose, selected audience, ways to use them, and when to purchase them. Suggested guides are mentioned by name with explanation of their importance and directed audience and who should purchase them. Chris and Jerry also mention Jerry’s traveladvicebooks.com and their purpose. Listen to this short show to help you simplify your travel guide books selection.
Chris and Jerry discuss the importance, necessity, and consequences of immuniuzations in your travel plans. As the world rids itself of many diseases, some countries require vaccinations to enter them. Listen to the Short Immunizations Travel Advice Tips show to learn what shots may be required, what is required to show proof you had them, sources to find what vaccinations are reqired, where to get them, and other valuable tips that will help you have a better vacation. In fact, failure to have the required vaccinations could prohibit your entering a country that requires them.
Chris and Jerry discuss TSA and Global Entry Services programs to simplify your US airport TSA security process and and return US entry with the Global Entry Services. If you have ever flown within the US or completed US immigrations, you will want to listen to this show. TSA, Transportation Security Administration, is a US government security department that screens air travelers at the airport prior to entering their flight. Global Entry Services, a US Customs and Border Protection program, allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to accelerate clearance procedures, immigations, upon returning to the US. Definitions, costs for each program, tips to simplify the process, and other suggestions are given to help make your air travel, both within and returning to the US, less complicated and more enjoyable.
Chris and Jerry continue discussing common questions you may have and situations and problems that occur while flying. Learn your legal rights and airlines rules and regulations, options you have about getting seats using your frequent flier miles, what you can do or expect when your flight is delayed or cancelled, what happens when you get bumped from a flight, and what to expect when your baggage is lost or damaged. Listening to this show will get you prepared for many things that can happen when you decide to fly.