February 2017 archive

Feb 28

Lisa’s Trade-marked Questionnaire for Travel Compatibility

In 2012, I met someone on the internet that independently wanted to ride the TransMongolian railway.  This had been a longtime dream but I was not happy with the itineraries and prices of group trips.  I met E on a travel companion website and we talked about taking 24 days to go from St. Petersburg, …

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Feb 28

Bay of Pigs (Destination: Playa Larga)

Traveled Nov, 2016 The bus ride to Playa Larga was relatively uneventful.  We had one stop in the town of Giron, famous in the Bay of Pigs incident.  It was completely dark by the time we arrived in Playa Larga and we had no idea where to find Otto’s House, our casa for the next …

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Feb 28

Central Cuba Cities (Destination: Trinidad and Cienfuegos)

Traveled Nov, 2016 I was sad to leave Vinales but we had reservations for the bus and a casa in Trinidad.  We boarded our bus at 7:00 and were excited when we left at 7:05 – nearly on time so we exclaimed “Yay!”  We road thru the countryside and were nearly to the highway when …

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Feb 28

Country Roads (Destination: Vinales)

Traveled Nov, 2016 Our Casa owner in Havana had arranged our taxi collectivo ride to Vinales, several hours west of Havana.  A big gray tank of a 1950’s vehicle picked us up and took us and 8 other passengers to Vinales for $20 per person.  The driver joked that it’s name was “The Titanic”. The …

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Feb 28

El Captitlo (Destination: Havana)

Traveled Nov, 2016 We spent 2 nights in Cuba at the beginning and 2 in the end of our 14 days in Cuba. The immigration queues were pretty long when we arrived and the line for currency exchange looked even longer.  The taxi driver sent by our guesthouse looked a bit impatient and we wanted …

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Feb 24

Airbnb

If you would like a $40 discount on your first Airbnb stay, please click HERE.  (full disclosure: I get a $20 credit) I LOVE Airbnb.  I’ve had some really great experiences and you can too. I stayed on this amazing docked sailboat in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.  I grilled some fish and mixed some …

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Feb 24

What is a hot flash?

Come on now… did you really need to click on this link??? The wiki definition.

Feb 24

What is a Flashpacker?

Flashpacker means different things to different people.  For me, flashpacker means a backpacker who goes a little “flash” – not always staying in the cheapest place, or taking the cheapest form of transportation.  While I like to travel on a budget, and have done really well on a budget, as I get older I’m willing …

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Feb 19

An Israeli Road Trip

I have backpacked for years, always trying to make the best use of public transportation, flights, and tours.  As a solo traveler, I never really thought to rent a car because it was quite expensive for solo travel and not easy to navigate.  When researching Israel, I found that public transportation wasn’t super frequent and …

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Feb 19

Travel with a Stranger

Traveling with a stranger may be a good option if you can’t find family or friend to travel but you don’t want to go with a larger group.  I highly advise you get to know your travel partner’s travel style to make sure you’re compatible.  There are many ways you might find a travel partner …

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