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.
Chris and Jerry discuss the types of adventure travel including overlanding, walking, and bicycling throughout the world, cost, trip length, tour operators that offer a wide variety of adventure travel options, and what you can expect when you take them. They also talk about passport and visas requirements and the amount of money you can expect to take take. This show is a must listen for anyone wanting to take an adventure trip and for those that are thinking about it. It can change your life for the better.
Chris and Jerry love adventure travel. All types and levels of adventure travel. Listen as they give personal examples and talk about the definition of adventure travel, who should take them, physical, financial, and psychological requirements, and categories or levels of adventure travel including specialty, soft, medium, hard, extreme, and terrifying. This show will change your travel style and life and make your next vacation truly unique and exciting. Click on the show to begin your adventure travel life.
Chris, Jerry, and Nicky Brandon of Ker & Downey, kerdowney.com, talk about exciting Rwanda and the many things that make this country well-worth visiting. To explore this once not-often-visited a great overview of Rwanda, you need to spend eleven days and ten nights to see gorillas, baboons, chimpanzees, visit tea plantations, and many other things to explore in this once not-often-visted country including ways to travel and accommodations. After listening to the show, you will want to either add Rwanda to your east African adventure or make it a single destination visit.