Our objective in this website is to help you change from being a mere tourist to a fearless traveler. To that end, we offer you travel information, tips, advice, and photos to help in planning a trip, a tour, a vacation or a holiday to international destinations. We will be discussing trips we have made around Europe and to Egypt, Botswana, Africa, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Asia, Bali, Great Barrier Reef, Beijing and many other places. And, we offer photo albums, travelogues, and a variety of information that we hope will make your travel more enjoyable. As a Fearless Traveler you will be willing to go places on your own, maybe rent a car and drive yourself around, get off the beaten trail and boldly go where the average tourist doesn't go.
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Whether you take vacations, go on holiday or simply travel, there is a world
of places to go, people to meet, foods and drinks to try, and sights to
see. There are seven continents on this world and every one has dazzling
sights to see. Our motto when we come across new things or cope with the
unexpected has always been, "and the adventure continues." Our travels have
been guided by the premise that we will never sit in our chair in the retirement
home and lament, If only we had done this or gone there. There are so many
interesting things to see in the world and so little time that you can't
afford to wait.
We have been traveling since the mid-1970's and we think of ourselves
as fearless travelers. We have been to six of the seven continents, seen
five of the seven natural wonders of the world, and most of the
interesting man-made wonders. We have ridden elephants on safaris, stood
over waterfalls, played golf in Thailand, gawked at the Taj Mahal, stood
in awe on the Great Wall of China, drunk beer we backpacked down to the
bottom of the Grand Canyon and shared homemade wine with tribal families
in northern Vietnam. We have dearly loved our adventures and we hope
that our website will convince you to become a fearless traveler also.
We are Americans and so, for us, travel within the United States would
not be particularly adventuresome. Furthermore, for non-Americans, travel
to the US generally amounts to little more than visits to various cities
or maybe some of the state or national parks. So, while we have done a fair
amount of travel within the US, our general attitude has been that we can
do that when we get too old to do everything else. Clearly, there are a
lot of adventurous things you can do within the US but, by and large, it
is easy travel. Anybody who speaks some English can plan such travel with
a minimum of difficulty. So, we will not spend much time on that aspect
of travel. The fearless traveler also does not go on group tours
unless it's impossible to avoid to see something special.
On the one hand, many of the places we have visited may seem fairly exotic
to the novice traveler. On the other hand, we are not into extreme travel
like mountain climbing, high altitude trekking or white-knuckle river rafting.
Our travel goals are about meeting the local people, photographing the local
points of interest, experiencing the local food and drink and getting to
know different cultures. It is about travel suitable for just about anybody
who just wants to get out and explore the world. We believe that everybody
should make an attempt to do the same because, in our opinion, the most
important things in life are the people you love and the experiences you
share. Years after many of our trips we still smile when recalling a particular
adventure, even the bad experiences.
Of course, one of the biggest considerations when you plan a trip is
traveling with children. Traveling with children means that you will surely
want to go somewhere where they will have plenty to entertain themselves.
And, after traveling 1,000's of miles to get to some foreign city, you let
the kids convince you to go to a local fast food place instead of going
to some local restaurant for dinner. In fact, we think that most families
place way too much importance on going to places of obvious interest to
the children. We have not been anywhere in the world where kids would be
bored. What kid would be bored riding elephants in Nepal looking for tigers,
riding a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Jaipur, India, wandering
through Hanoi, or diving around the Great Barrier Reef? Why take a thrilling
ride at an amusement park when you can experience the real thing. Indeed,
we think that traveling with your children can provide some of the most
rewarding experiences you will ever share with them.
Unfortunately, information suggest that the vast majority of people are comfortable
with nice, safe vacations. Indeed, a recent poll by CNN found that some
70% of the people polled listed beach vacations as their favorite winter
destinations and only 17% a nature vacation. Clearly, winter vacations in
Florida and maybe a trip to Disney World are big business. Summer at the
shore/beach. Or, maybe, an exotic trip to a far-off place like Hawaii or
Bermuda. Safe vacations because you are in the good, old United States or
in a resort that might as well be in the United States. And, over the years,
what comfort there is in recalling the adventure of yet another day on the
beach, another round of golf at some resort, another thrilling ride at vacationland,
or another McDonald's meal along the way. When the children are grown, when
you've retired, maybe then you'll go somewhere interesting.
We think that you're making a big mistake. First, travel to interesting
places is often somewhat stressful and may be very difficult for anybody
with disabilities. We have never traveled anywhere where there weren't a
lot of steps to climb, long distances to walk or luggage to be schlepped.
So to leave exotic travel until you're older is to take a great risk that
you won't be able to enjoy the trip in the way you had hoped. That old tennis
injury could limit your ability to walk up steps. You may not feel like
renting a car and driving in a foreign country. You may be on medication
for all of your ailments and have limits on what you can eat or drink.
Then there is the appeal of the packaged tours. You read their brochures.
They go to all sorts of interesting places. Everything is planned. All you
have to do is show up. What could be easier? Well, we are definitely not
organized-tour people for a variety of reasons.
We don't like our itinerary defined every day. We don't enjoy
going places on a bus with 60 of our closest friends to see the sites of
the world in a group following the guide with an umbrella or a flag, always
trying to catch up to hear the talk and seemingly always in a hurry. And,
we don't like to know where we're going to be eating dinner, at what
time and with whom. Indeed, we definitely don't eat at restaurants catering
to tour groups because the food is invariably mediocre, nearly always a
buffet, and certainly not
indicative of the local cuisine or ambiance. And, worst of all, is getting
stuck on a bus with some complete idiots who are noisy, inconsiderate, and
always late when getting back to the bus. In fact, for the vast majority of our trips,
we have never even considered traveling with friends.
As for us, we do like to stop wherever and whenever we feel like it to
shop, take pictures or have a beer. And the last thing that we want to worry
about, every time we find a nice place for a glass of wine, is when we have
to leave to catch the bus to the hotel or meet for dinner. If you do decide
that a packaged tour is right for you, make sure it is because it offers
you exactly what you want to do, not because it is easy to do. And, for
God's sake, get on a tour where they offer wireless earphones so you can
hear the guide.
Unfortunately, travel can be an expensive hobby. Regrettably, it does
cost a fair amount to take a family of four to some distant land. But with
careful planning, travel doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive either.
There are travel bargains all of the time. You can stay at modest hotels.
Eat at small restaurants or put together your own picnic by shopping at
the local markets. And, of course, packaged-tours are not cheap nor is a
week at Disney World. We can invariably do a trip for considerably less
than a packaged trip would cost and have much better dining, comparable
rooms, more flexibility and tons more fun.
Look. We love Disney World, golf vacations at beautiful resorts and relaxing
with a book at the beach. But you can do those things anytime in your life.
Now is the time to try something a little more adventurous. Come along with
us on more exotic vacations. You'll like it. You'll save some money and
enjoy a trip you planned yourself. Become a fearless traveler not a mere
We do need to note that we are not a travel agency. We cannot help you
plan a specific trip; we can offer no help in making hotel or airline reservations.
However, with the internet, all the resources to plan an entire trip of
any complexity by yourself are at your disposal. And, while it will take
some time to search through all the various alternatives, when you are done
you will have learned a lot about where you are planning to go and you have
the reassurance of knowing that you are going on a trip exactly as you want
to do it. One thing that we have to apologize for is the timeliness of the
information in our travelogues. The travelogues are specific to the time
when we visited the country. To be sure that you have current information,
check our notes against current information you can find on the internet.