After a month at home for the holidays I'm back on the road! My New Years resolution is to travel slowly this year and spend time really getting to know a few select cities. First, stop is one of my favorite countries in the world.....Thailand.
Pick me..pick me.
This sums up why New Zealand is one of my favorite places on Earth and also why Haka Tours New Zealand is the best tour company on the Islands.
Who else has been this person!
Awesome video by BackPackerBanter.com that showcases one of the most stunning costal drives in the world!! Is the Great Ocean Road on your Aussie bucket list?
Haha. Who else besides me has ever felt this way?
Road tripping Ireland. This was my very first trip abroad 11 years ago ( where does the time go?). Revisiting some old places and checking out some new ones!! Who has an Irish adventure jotted down on their bucket list?
Irelands pretty epic!!
The quote the Scottish actor Gerald Butler "This is Scotland" 😂
Yesterday was worse travel day ever. A few months ago a friend and I booked an all inclusive for ourselves and our moms to Turkey through TUI (Thomson Holidays). We needed E Visas to enter turkey which take less than a day to get approved. However, a few days before our holiday started the USA and Turkey suspended visa's between the countries due to the recent diplomat issues.
Calling Thomson we explained the situation yet they refused to book us on another trip to somewhere in Europe on refund our $1200, or even issue a voucher for a trip at a later date.
I spent all day on the phone with them yesterday and frankly 3 out of 4 people I talked too were extremely rude and unhelpful. Finally, I got transferred to a women who seemed to care. She said she would contact the higher up's and see what she could do, but she said there was basically no chance they would help or care.
They say it is our fault for not having the proper documents to enter the country. Even though it is impossible to have got Visa because they stopped issuing them.
Not only that but they moved up our flight by 4 hours without an email or text letting us know. While we were at the airport dealing with their representatives we saw another couple they had just happened too. Guess what, Thomson blamed them. Saying they should have magically known the flight had been bumped up and refused to compensate them.
Here is where the situation is at right now. My mom and I are out of a holiday, they are keeping our money, and they refuse to do anything for us. Instead, they are telling us to contact the travel insurance company to get it refunded. That way they get to keep our money while the CC company has to pay it back.
If this has ever happened to you or if you think this is wrong please share. It might save another traveler!!!
Greeting from Tellaro. On the northern coast of Italy Cinque Terra gets all the credit but Tellaro offers amazing views, a relaxed city without the tourist crowds. You can get an Airbnb here for as little as $450 a month. Who wants to split rent!!?
Espresso and Presecco.....is there any other way to get ready for a trip to Italy.
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So long Ohio. I'm leaving after spending a quiet summer at home. (My first summer in Ohio in over 8 years).
Now it's time to get back to traveling. The next few months I'll be road tripping around England, Ireland, and Italy. And visiting my first all inclusive in Turkey.
I haven't road tripped through Europe in years!! Any suggestions!?
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photo by Marc Bhtld
Latest from the blog! 7 Reasons I fell in love with Nepal!
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Interesting post by my buddy Nomadic Matt. Eager to hear what you travel addicts think?
Some awesome photo tips in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe from Love and Road
Great post on how to visit Prague like a local from Travel Yourself
Fantastic 3 Day Itinerary for one of my favorite cities in China from WildJunket
Beautiful shot by Love and Road of sunrise in one of my favorite European cities.
Happy Birthday to my travel blogger partner in crime and one of my best travel buddies BackPackerBanter.com. I hope have so much tonight you as rough as we do in this photo.
Epic sunrise this morning at one of the coolest wonders of the world.
Yesterday I was in India less than 24 hrs before I was sick in the street from something I ate!
I'm doing much better today! Who has some tips for not spending the next month of my life huddled over a toilet.
Had an epic road trip from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Got some seriously stunning views.
Incredible cool visiting the birthplace of Buddha in Lambini, Nepal.
Who's heading to Europe!!
That time in Bangladesh where you venture WAY off the beaten track to visit a floating fruit market. Only to be told that the fruit market is finished for the day. So instead you decide to wander down a forested path only to stumble of a village of Hare Krishna's who immediately gather the entire village, cook you food, busy out the drums and some sort of accordion piano to make you dance and sing.
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If you would have asked me yesterday " what's are you going to do on your first day in Bangladesh" being on live tv would have been at the bottom of the list. However while visiting Star Mosque (the oldest mosque in the Dhaka) we bumped into a news crew who insisted on having us talk live on the air.
I'll just add it to the list of random life events like being in a Russian newspaper, a magazine in Maylasia, and a news article in Japan.
Headed to India soon..... maybe I'll be adding Bollywood to the list.
Sorry for the radio silence. For the last few days I've been hiking and hitchhiking around Nepal. The country is engulfed in mountains and you never have to go far for a scenic view. Although there is still a lot of damage from the earthquake.
Whoa! Awesome video by Getting Stamped! Who wants to stay here?
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More pictures for visiting a local school in Nepal.
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