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Pandemic Predictions: Changing the Face of Travel — GALLIVANCE

It started with a touch, and in the blink of an eye the coronavirus went global. Medical scientists will be sorting out exactly what happened for years to come, but we know for sure that travelers contracted a new, local virus and spread it around the world. We’re now paying the high price for our […]

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Is Instagram Changing the Way We Travel and See the World? — Thirdeyemom

This is a great read.  Selfie sticks need to go the bleep away!

We’ve all seen it. You arrive at the Taj Mahal or the Louvre, filled with pure anticipation to see a world-famous landmark for the first time. Yet when you finally reach the perfect spot for your long-awaited view you get hit in the head with a selfie stick. As you inch your way into the…

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Are you ready to be an expat? Great post by the Wondering Broski!

We are looking at retirement locations in South America, so this a very timely article.

An expat is by definition someone who’s chosen to leave their birth country to explore the world and find a country of adoption. You’d be surprised to know that there is a variety of reasons for people to want to move abroad and start a new life, from political to professional reasons. But the most […]

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Avoid Getting Robbed On Holiday — Cherryl’s Blog-Great travel tips

One tip I would add is to limit the amount of jewelry you wear. I bought my husband and myself matching silver wedding bands. If they were stolen, I would have been out less than $20 USD.  I wore a cheap watch and silver hoops for the entire vacation.

We recently vacationed for ten days in Costa Rica and Panama.  Of the four hotels we stayed in, only one had a room safe. We used ATM’s throughout our vacation so we never were carrying very much cash. I also had a good lock on my suitcase.  We stayed in small family owned resorts, but if our bags would have been tampered with, we would have known right away.  Many years ago, on my last day of a Mexico vacation, my contacts lenses and a earrings were stolen from our room when we went to breakfast. I didn’t think to lock up because we were just going to breakfast.  I won’t make that mistake again.

 

In addition to Being a Chameleon Abroad here are a few tips to help you avoid being a victim of theft on holiday (and at home): If you must take expensive items out with you, try to make them appear broken or damaged. Stick some tape around parts of your gadgets, (e.g. parcel tape on your iPad). […]

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Travel Photography Advice! — Running to Zen-Great article!

I found this fantastic travel blog, G Adventures and a really cool write up about how to, and not to take travel photo’s. I’m just learning how to take better photo’s mysself. And am signing up for classes very very soon. Photo’s hold your most precious memories. Not only for yourself but for everyone you share […]

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China Lights

We visited this attraction last night. It was beyond cool.  All of the displays are made of silk, and are set up at the site. There were over 30 displays.  Food, entertainment, Chinese beer, good friends, what’s not to love! Plus it’s November here in Southeastern Wisconsin, and the weather was beautiful last night.   If this comes to your town, I highly recommend  checking it out. China Lights

Costa Rica Oct. 2016 Part 2-Panama

Hello!  My husband and I recently vacationed in Panama.  It was our first trip to this beautiful country.  We stayed on Isla Bastimentos, which is part of Bocos Del Toro, Panama.  We stayed for three days. The weather was perfect.  It was low season so it wasn’t crowded at all. It rained at night a few times, but didn’t affect any of our activities.

Our accommodations were way cool, as we stayed in a bed and breakfast over the ocean.   The Sea Monkey has two cabins, of which we were upgraded to the larger cabin. The cabin had sliding glass doors on the front that opened up to our own private deck.  The king size bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on vacation.  I need a bed like this at home. The cabin was rustic, but had everything we needed.  Breakfast was delivered to our cabin each morning, as the restaurant was being renovated.

We were at the south end of Old Bank, a town with no roads, just a cement path through town.  The locals were very nice, and language was not an issue.  Panama uses the American dollar, so that was very helpful.

Bocos Del Toro consists of many smaller islands on the Western Caribbean.  Water taxis are the mode of transportation between islands. The fare is only $3 during the day and $5 at night.  We found Panama to be a very inexpensive place to visit.  The food was delicious and the beers were cheap and ice cold.

We did a day tour through   Bastimentos Alive to go snorkeling, visit Frog Beach and hike through the jungle. Our guide Cristo was great and a lot of fun. We made several stops and saw lots of cool stuff. The cost for each of us was only $40 for the entire day of boating.  We stayed on Bastimentos for the entire visit.  There were plenty of restaurants to choose from, and we easily walked through town.

On our last day we did something very unusual.  We volunteered at an indigenous school for the Ngobe tribe for preschoolers.  This tribe has been in Panama since the time of Columbus.  We took a boat and picked up about ten little kids and took them to their school.  We helped the teacher out for the morning, reading to the kids and playing games. It cost us $20 each, and lunch was included.  An American created this school for the local children to attend.  It’s a nonprofit called Give and Surf.org.  It was a very humbling experience.  Although we don’t speak Spanish, we had a delightful time with these children.

We absolutely loved Panama, and will coming back. Lots going on at the Sea Monkey check them out Sea Monkey