Street Cats in Morocco

First impression – Morocco is a country of storks Our first morning in Morocco started with the tour of Rabat. We visited the King’s palace and then moved to see the ancient Roman ruins of Chellah. Every high place (towers, fence, windows, and tree tops) was occupied by a pair of storks on their nests. Just from one… Read More »

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Abroad

The New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday. To make it unique and memorable my husband and I try to spend it abroad. Not all of our New Year’s Eve celebrations were amazing, but since they happened in other countries, I remember them very vividly. London Our independent trip package to London included the flight, hotel, show, and… Read More »

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Splashing through the Spa World in Osaka

During my travels to Japan, I got addicted to the Japanese onsens (bath houses). I was lucky to enjoy at least 30 onsens in Japan, and I loved them all. From the onsen in a small provincial town Sanwa-machi in Ibaraki prefecture to the biggest onsen – Spa World in Osaka; the experience was a pleasure mixed with… Read More »

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Dangerous donkeys in Medina

Suddenly, Abdullah yelled: “Watch out!” The donkey, overloaded with a mountain of pots and pans, was moving towards me. I could see only animal’s head and legs: the load was at least twice the size of the animal and covered most of its body. At that moment, I was in a dark, narrow passageway, where, with my arms… Read More »

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Why I travel without checked luggage?

These are the reasons why I travel only with a small carry-on and a backpack; sometimes I have just a backpack: I try to save money. International airlines allow passengers to check one or two suitcases for free. But to catch the international flight, very often I have to use domestic carriers. I hate carrying heavy suitcases. On… Read More »

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Crossing the borders

So far, I visited 70 countries. To some of them, I went more than once (Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Canada, and some others). It means that I had to cross the borders probably more than 100 times. Entering Chile and leaving Chile were the most memorable events in my experience of crossing the borders. Arriving in Chile… Read More »

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Are all tour guides the same?

During my travels, I came across many different guides. Some were great, some so-so, and some probably chose a wrong occupation. Altogether, the majority of the tour guides were excellent. I will give you a few examples. Great guides In India Probably the most colorful guide was Bonnie, an American woman who lived in India for more than… Read More »

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Fairytale called Lake Titicaca

We went to Peru with a tour group at the end of November, at the beginning of the rainy season. We got lucky with the weather – there was no rain while we traveled around the country for two weeks. Like many other people, I have read about Machu Pichu, high mountains, llamas, and potatoes in Peru. Somehow,… Read More »

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Queenstown – the adventure capital of New Zealand

Have you heard the expression: Queenstown – adventure capital of New Zealand? Yes, it is one of the most popular destinations for international visitors.This town provides activities for any interest, budget, and physical ability. Here is the incredibly long list I wrote down from tourist brochures: whitewater rafting, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zip lining, paragliding, bungee jumping,… Read More »

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How I saved lives of two kids

I have a couple of travel stories how I saved lives of two kids during my travels. These stories could end tragically for two families with small children if by the will of fate I was not in the right place at the right time. Don’t be distracted when you travel This advice applies to people of any age,… Read More »

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