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AThailand: What to avoid to minimize chance for illness?

We ate fruit the entire time in SE Asia and never had any problems. The pineapple is SO good! Regarding street food, we followed the advice to always eat hot food and go where there is a line. This served us well. The only time we experienced a problem was in Luang Prabang,... See More

AChiang Mai: What is the best way to get around?

The red trucks, of course. Available all over and for 30 baht or less per person to just about anywhere in the main tourist corridor. See More

AWhat is your must-see place in Europe to visit?

I've decided I may have been Italian in another lifetime. :-) Italy speaks to me and Venice is absolutely magical to me! See More

AThailand: When is the best time of the year to go to Thailand?

I can tell which month NOT to go. We were just there in May. Being from Florida we thought it would be comparable to what we are used to. It was incredibly hot. Like crazy hot! See More

AWhere are the world's most amazing buddha statues?

Not by size but sheer volume of golden Buddha statues at Wat Phra Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand. See More

AVietnam: Best junk boat trip for Ha Long Bay?

While we haven't been on our tour as yet, we have booked through Indochina Junks. They came very well reviewed and the customer service has been excellent so far.  See More

ADoes long term travel affect your career?

I say go for it! You are only young once and this opportunity for extended travel may only present itself once! On the flip side of the coin, my working career expands nearly 35+ years. I recently asked for an additional 2 weeks of unpaid leave for a month long trip... See More

ASoutheast Asia: Has anyone used Stray Travel (hop on-hop off buses) in SE Asia?

Paula, don't have an answer for you but we are planning to visit the same destination(s) for a trip in May 2015 with roughly the same 3 week time period. When are you going? If before, would love to get your experiences and recommendations. If after ours would conversely... See More

ALaos: Have anyone ever used Bangkok Airways Discovery Airpass?

 I was curious about this as well for an upcoming trip. I read this and thought it might be helpful? P.S. Search for Bangkok Air Discovery Pass Review on  Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor.  See More

AWhat are those moments you've met someone exceptional on your travels?

In the early 80's, my then boyfriend and I- a couple of early 20 something's took a crazy whirlwind 10 countries in 14 days trip to Europe. Part of that trip included the magical city of Venice​. We arrived in the city via train on a busy Easter... See More

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