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My Favorite 13 Things to do Yekaterinburg

My Favorite 13 Things to do Yekaterinburg

My Favorite 13 Things to do Yekaterinburg – Understand Yekaterinburg (also called Ekaterinburg) is the capital of the Sverdlovsk region and is the connection point between European Russia and the Siberian outposts. The weather reflects this geographic position with a continental climate, but with a less extreme character than Novosibirsk or Yakutsk. Yekaterinburg is located 5 […]

Posted on March 31, 2017 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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Can Carlson Travel Agent Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

Can Carlson Travel Agent Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

  What are Carlson Travel Agent Rates? Like other major hotel brands and travel providers, Carlson is known for offering preferred lower rates to travel professionals, either for the agents to use for personal stays or so they can book on behalf of clients. The Carlson Look To Book site does more than just offer a discount, however. […]

Posted on November 21, 2016 by in Club Carlson / Radisson, Travel Agent Rate

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The Top 11 Things I Learned about Vietnam

The Top 11 Things I Learned about Vietnam

This was my second visit to Vietnam; after Saigon a few years ago, I spent time in Hanoi this time. Here is what I learned. It’s all about the people The Northern Vietnamese strike me as an exceptionally stubborn but courteous and somewhat curious people. After such a long period of communist reign you expect people […]

Posted on November 17, 2016 by in TOP Travel Destinations

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Your Mighty Travels Guide to the ‘Stans – Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan

Your Mighty Travels Guide to the ‘Stans – Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan

The Central Asia countries are often grouped together as ‘Stans. While this does not entirely do them justice, many have a similar history and a somewhat comparable culture. I just spent three weeks in Central Asia and have traveled there before. I have excluded Afghanistan and Pakistan from this guide; they both have a security […]

Posted on October 1, 2016 by in TOP Travel Destinations

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My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan

My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan

My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan – Understand Almaty is the commercial capital of Kazakhstan and has a history of an oasis trading hub in the region. It’s located just north of the Alatau Mountains that separate Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan (see My Favorite Things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). The city is a rewarding travel […]

Posted on September 24, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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The 16 Things I Learned about Nigeria

The 16 Things I Learned about Nigeria

There is more than one Nigeria Nigeria is not a coherent country. City dwellers in Lagos, those who live in the countryside and the people lucky enough to get direct access to the oil money (Nigeria produces 2 million barrels of oil every day) all live in different worlds that rarely intersect. Nigeria is very […]

Posted on July 12, 2016 by in TOP Travel Destinations

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Things to do in Irkutsk Russia, Siberia

Things to do in Irkutsk Russia, Siberia

If you come from Novosibirsk you may feel you just landed in a smaller version of Novosibirsk. It’s a similar setup – the river, the Soviet era buildings and the parks. However Irkutsk has more character with more old Siberian houses and a more compact city center. The city has no Soviet era wide alleys […]

Posted on June 27, 2015 by in Things to Do (City Guides)

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The Best Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan – on a layover!

The Best Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan – on a layover!

Trip Index (what we have published so far): Turkish Airlines Business Class Review – Seoul (ICN) to Istanbul (IST) Turkish Airlines (Regional) Business Class Review Istanbul (IST) to Bishkek (FRU) Air Astana Review (Economy Class) Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk Review DoubleTree by Hilton Novosibirsk Review S7 Airlines Review – Economy Class Astoria Hotel, Vladivostok Review […]

Posted on May 31, 2015 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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My favorite 14 Things to Do in Novosibirsk, Russia

My favorite 14 Things to Do in Novosibirsk, Russia

My favorite 14 Things to Do in Novosibirsk, Russia – Understand Novosibirsk is an industrial city in Western Siberia (eastern Russia). It’s a rather modern and efficient city. However, don’t expect much hospitality or tourist infrastructure. Locals probably won’t believe that you are a tourist, as they tend to think that nobody would ever go to […]

Posted on May 27, 2015 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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