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Tales of the Panama Parrot Vendor

One day in Bocas del Toro an indigenous man dropped by with a parrot to sell me. I knew I wasn't going to be here long enough to buy pets, but I had owned a parrot when I lived in South America as a kid, and I always wanted another. I figured that when I left Bocas I would let him go, like I did my macaw in Cochabamba.

As long as he was there, I decided to ask him about the indigenous culture. Not necessarily how they lived now, but what…


Added by Forrest Walker on April 26, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

A Few Words About Tanzania

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Kigoma, Tanzania.

Actually, we never even made it to Kigoma. Precision Air, one of only two airlines that flies to the remote region, had just suspended all flights for the next several weeks and the other airline was all booked. No worries, we headed to Zanzibar instead….

Everywhere you look in Zanzibar there’s a bounty of fresh vegetables, fruit, and spices. One of the “Spice Islands”—a group of islands that…


Added by bernard pollack on April 9, 2010 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Carbon Offset Programs: More Hype Than Hope?

Carbon Offsets: More Hype Than Help

Travel honchos in the travel and tourism industry are running a bit scared.

With all the hand-wringing about Global Warming, the execs wondered if they are about to become the next Exxon Valdez of travel, villains in the making: major contributors to global pollution.

Will the government, they worried, come out with a slogan: “Save the Planet. Travel Less?“

Actually… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 9, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

When Women Travel Alone

Too many movies and books give us too many images of women as helpless victims. That’s unhealthy.

But the truth is that a majority of women say that security issues are their number one concern when traveling alone.

And given the choice, 79% of women road warriors say that they prefer to travel with a companion.

It seems though, that the joys of travel are so strong, these women would rather travel alone than not travel.

To which we… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 8, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

West Africa Festivals: Move Aside, Glastonbury!

Music has always been part of the commonly shared culture found in the geographical region of west Africa, and the region has produced, in my view, some of the most talented and influential…

Added by West Africa Discovery on April 7, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Six- and Seven-Star Hotel Ratings Inflation

Burj al Arab Hotel

So far no international classification for hotels exists, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious hotel marketers from slapping any number of stars, diamonds, cacti on their properties and touting them as 5 or 6 or even 7 star properties,

whatever that may mean in real service and amenities.

I think the ratings inflation trend began with the Xanadu-like building frenzy in Dubai, especially…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 6, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 Mundane Things That Make Me a Happy Traveler

Traveling is not all about sightseeing, great restaurants and experiencing new cities. While these things are great and can make for really enjoyable travel, they are not always in the plans for weekly business travelers. We travel more often because we have to, not because we want to.

For those of us who travel routinely, it can sometimes be mundane things that happen to us…


Added by Carol Margolis on April 6, 2010 at 9:13pm — 2 Comments

When Trip Advisor Gets It Wrong

When Trip Advisor Gets it Wrong

Unarguably, Trip Advisor has changed travel dramatically. It’s changed the way we look at… and book destinations and properties, from all-inclusive resorts to family-run boutique inns.

But the review site can get it wrong, and when it does, given Trip Advisor’s enormous clout, it can cause damage to…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 6, 2010 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Prague Statues Write Your Text Message in Bodily Fluids

Who said statues don't have bodily functions? The city of Prague takes the 2010 Tripatini Grand Prize for World's Most Imaginative, Not to Say Weird, Public Sculpture.

On Kampa Island, wedged on the Vltava River between the Old Town and the Malá Strana quarter, two bronze male figures take an eternal leak, moving their torsos -- and their privates -- as they do so. That already beats Brussels' Mannekin Pis by several light-years of technological development. But it gets better:… Continue

Added by Max Pesling on April 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Brazil Visa Requirements

I just wanted to jot down a few things about visiting Brazil. First you need a visa. You can get a visa by using a surrogate company, these are people that you pay to travel to a Brazilian embassy and get the visa for you. These are typically expensive ($300 or more) and take time. Brazil sets up their… Continue

Added by James Krebsbach on April 3, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Importance of "Going Local" in Adventure Sports Travel

As the local travel movement gathers pace (, and debates rage, we thought it was time to wade-in with the adventure sports perspective and suggest a few other good reasons why participants have plenty to gain from following a 'go local' approach.

Whatever your interests and motives for travelling, the benefits of local travel are well documented and often screamingly obvious - get to know the real people and… Continue

Added by Alex Narracott on April 3, 2010 at 2:46pm — No Comments

A Pre-Travel Tipping Tip

How many times have all of us reached into our pockets for some money to tip a baggage handler, tour guide etc. and all we have are large bills. My wife came up with the idea of before leaving on any of our trips, that we go to the bank and in our case (United States) get 100 one dollar bills. Then we make sure that we have some of them with us where ever we go.. We have found that tipping in most countries can be your home currency, especially if it is dollars or euros. It has simplified our… Continue

Added by James Krebsbach on April 3, 2010 at 7:54am — No Comments

Sports Tourism Big in Africa this Summer

It is set to be a year of massive sporting events, 2010 kicked off with the Winter Olympics in Whistler, and the whole world is anticipating the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this summer. There are many economic and social benefits…


Added by Harry Bunnell on April 1, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

21st Amendment Brewery: The Epitome of Craft Ale

21st Amendment Brewery's Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer...Genuine Refreshment!

21st Amendment Brewery's Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer...Genuine Refreshment!

First, an explanation about where …


Added by Steve Mirsky on April 1, 2010 at 12:15am — No Comments

The Next Top 10 Travel Tips

I thought I'd share my latest post from The Travel Doc. Thanks for sharing (:

The Next Top 10 Travel Tips

Lisa Teller

The Travel Doc

Earlier, I wrote my Top 10 Travel Tips. I had a number of people offer suggestions, so I…

Added by Lisa Teller on March 31, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Sustainable Tourism: Educational Field Trip for Local Secondary School Students in Nigeria

Having read some shocking stories about Jos town in central Nigeria over the past few weeks, I would like to also bring you some positive news about the country, to counter these generalisations which give the impression of the whole of Nigeria being…

Added by West Africa Discovery on March 29, 2010 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Coggeshall - Village With a Rich Heritage

Located along the ancient Roman Stane Street, in the heart of rural Essex, the picturesque, award winning village Coggeshall is a true treasure trove for all those who love chocolate box cottages, centuries-old listed buildings and a peaceful setting away from the hustle and buzz of the modern world.


If you travel to Coggeshall today you probably wouldn't guess that the little market town was once one of the most important industrial…


Added by Fritzthecat on March 27, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My Top 10 Travel Tips!

This is posted on my travel blog The Travel Doc. Thanks for sharing (:

Top 10 Quick & Easy Travel Tips

Travel can be fun. Travel can be exciting. Travel can also be a pain

in the neck. Here are 10 quick and easy tips to make your travels


1. This is my favorite tip, so I put it first. If you are spontaneous

with your travel or find yourself somewhere… Continue

Added by Lisa Teller on March 24, 2010 at 1:25am — No Comments

¿Cómo surge el YO?

Internarse en la barranca de los Jilgueros, en la Sierra nte de Puebla, no es fácil. Salimos del Campamento Tlatempa cerca de las 7 am. Las espinas y los saltos en las rocas para no caer al fondo logran que el llegar al río sea complejo y lleno de aventura. Pero más complejo se torna el mundo interior del explorador que llega hasta allá y descubre un poco de esa tierra que al mismo tiempo nos muestra nuestra pequeñez. Hay numerosas paredes por escalar. Los senderos te invitan a un viaje por…


Added by tete serrano reeed on March 23, 2010 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer in Peru

Volunteering your time to an organization and dedicating some of your time to a cause is one of the most noble and meaningful things a person can do. Whether assisting the poor, taking care of abandoned children or helping communities grow, the simple and generous act of participation is a rewarding experience to both the volunteer and the people they help.

Being that our own volunteer program is only months away we thought it a good idea to highlight why volunteering in…


Added by Julio Cesar on March 23, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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