Quito is a remarkable city with many things to do and see; and after a week there (March, 2012), I knew it was time to visit the equator. I went with my new friends, Jacco and Tamara, whom I had met the previous day in Quito. They were from Holland (Netherlands) and they were quite cool. However, I hate it when foreigners speak better English than I do. Grin. Continue reading
A few years ago, I spent almost two weeks in Belize with my friend, Katie. Frankly, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had, especially the daily SCUBA diving in the azure crystal clear waters of Ambergris Caye. Each morning, we would go beyond the barrier reef that outlines the island and do two dives. One morning mid-way through our vacation, during our first dive we saw all sorts of aquatic life, including some very large green eels, as well as a few sea turtles. Continue reading
I have less than a couple of weeks before I go on my Round The World (RTW) trip and I think I have a handle on just about everything I still need to do. I did an earlier post about what I was bringing and this is a much more detailed post on my back pack equipment. As noted previously, I have ordered and received my new back pack, an Eagle Creek Adero 45 liter/2850 cu pack that sells regularly for $215 and I got at Sierra Trading Post for $79. Which was a fantastic deal. Continue reading
A Costa Rican Monkey I filmed at Manuel Antonio National Park. You have to be careful with these rascals, because they will take your stuff if you are not paying attention, especially when you are swimming in the ocean – they like to grab your stuff on the beach and disappear into the jungle. HAHAHA!
Always on a quest for Giants fans . . . Found her in a Costa Rican jungle, Manuel Antonio Park (February 2012)
I did quite a bit of research about airfare cost prior to booking with AirTreks. To the novice, buying a round the world (RTW) plane ticket can be a daunting process. Who do you go to? How much will it cost? Unlike buying a simple one-way or round-trip ticket, you can’t plug in Priceline or Expedia and click the “Everywhere” tab. Umm, good luck finding such a thing, because it doesn’t exist. Continue reading
Fran, Ale, and Cam – Lovely young Chilean women I met while in Ecuador
I have been asked the following questions numerous times:
1. Why are you going on this RTW trip?
2. Aren’t you scared to go alone?
3. Don’t you have to plan everything out, such as making reservations for your hotels; tours; ground transportation (Eurorail pass); what you are going to do and see in each country; etc.?
Most people when they hear the term “solo travel,” they take that to mean “all by yourself, all the time, always alone” – and nothing could be further from the truth. Unless you are antisocial, a monk, or an introvert, you’ll find that you will meet plenty of people on your journey. This may sound counter-intuitive, but you will in fact have plenty of opportunities to meet people versus traveling with a companion. Why is that? Continue reading
Most of the things I am taking on my RTW trip. The back pack and lumbar pack (which converts to a day/back pack) is in the background. Basically, I am taking the following: 4 pairs of long athletic socks; 4 pairs of short athletic socks; 4 t shirts; 2 long sleeve shirts; 2 tank tops; 1 bathing suit; 6 boxers; 2 pairs of shorts; 2 pairs of pants (convertible); hoodie and vest down jacket (both will be in a compression bag); 1 pair Nikes; 1 Keen sandals; 3 Doo Rags and 1 beanie for my bald head; sunglasses; LED light; Samsung 7″ Galaxy Plus Tablet; Apple IPod Touch; Canon Powershot SD 1400 IS camera; money belt; small first aid kit/medication; vitamins; and, toiletries.