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Rick Kleinsmith

Buffalo, New York


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I've traveled mostly in Asia by backpack. I prefer off the beaten path trips, unique experiences, and learning new languages. 

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ACalifornia: What is the best way to travel from Los Angeles to San Diego for 3 people?

Hi Praveen,  I would take the Amtrak Surfliner, this is a train that leaves LA's Union Station​ and goes all the way to downtown San Diego​ along the beautiful coast. There are multiple trains running during the day and evening. ... See More

QMontreal: Montreal.. .What's the deal on cool neighborhoods & rooms for a honeymoon?

Hey Trippers,  I'm planning a trip to Montreal, actually it's the first stop on a Honeymoon. Looking online for some rooms to rent now. What are the cool neighborhoods? My soon-to-be-wife and I are avid backpackers, but we're trying to class this one up a... See More

AThailand: Better to travel SE Asia with a tour group or plan on your own?

Go with the flow is right! When in SE Asia you'll meet travelers just like you on the "SE Asia Tour". You'll be surprised how often you will run into familiar people weeks and countries apart.  There is really no need to book anything ahead. Maybe the... See More

AMyanmar: Necessary to book domestic plane tix ahead of time?

No need to book flights ahead. The flights are like buses there, the tickets are sold to local tourist agencies, hotel tour directors, etc. and you buy from them. Your "guide" will usually handle everything and get the tickets to you the next day, but give it two... See More

AMyanmar: Any bad experience with hotel bookings?

Myanmar​ is a hotel nightmare. Embrace the fact that it's a newly opened country and it will not be this way very long. This is the price of visiting such a place. I have no advice but some personal stories.... When arriving in Mandalay​,... See More

AIndonesia: Where to go in Indonesia for beautiful nature, but not too many tourists?

Indonesia is a huge string of islands, so nature and beaches are plentiful. I spent time in Bali, but wanted to avoid the tourists as well. Ubud​ is a more traditional village north of the tourist areas that has access to nature tours. One that I enjoyed... See More

ABuffalo: What to see other than the falls

Definitely check out the Olmsted Park System. It was the first of its kind built in America. Delaware Park is the crown jewel. Located in the Park is the Albright-Knox Art Gallery​ and The Buffalo History Museum​, two classic... See More

ALos Angeles: Safe and walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles?

Try Larchmont Village​ on the Eastern end of Melrose.  See More

ALos Angeles: Most Authentic Tacos in LA?

El Flamin' Taco​It's a truck that sets up nightly on Vermont and 5th, in the parking lot of a car wash. They have the best pastor in the city, get it cut right off the burner with a slice of pineapple on top. On the weekends, they have a lady... See More

ATokyo: Suggestions for location for 3 weeks long honeymoon in September?

Cambodia is one of my most favorite countries in the world. Spend at least a week Angkor Wat​​. Rather than flying all the way to Bora-Bora, which is uber expensive, you can get away to the car free  Gili Islands​ in Indonesia​... See More

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