Tag: Adventure Travel

Trip Report:  SA Express Walvis Bay to Johannesburg

SA Express Flt 1702  WVB to JNB Boeing 737-300, Economy Sched. Dep. 2:45pm   Sched. Arr.4:55pm Actual Dep. 3:00pm   Actual Arr. 5:18pm This is part 14 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. So this was a very strange flight. Swakopmund doesn’t have its own airport with commercial
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Safari in Etosha National Park and Damaraland, Namibia

This is part 12 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. You could easily spend several weeks in Namibia, with a range of terrains, suitable for safari, watersports, adventure sports, and a range of exploration.  I didn’t have a long time, though, as I was really just
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South Africa & Namibia Preview #2: Planning My Stay, Hotels, the Protea Prokard Explorer, and IHG PointBreaks

This is post #2 in a series about my February-March 2017 Trip to South Africa and Namibia. With flights booked into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg, I had to figure out how I would spend my 12ish days in Africa.  From talking to folks, it seemed I really could spend the whole time in
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Trip Report: Wanaka, Queenstown, and Doubtful Sound

This is part 9 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. My trip to New Zealand had five segments, and the only one that wasn’t particularly good was my time in the Queenstown area.  There were three reasons: (1) I had a very disappointing stay at
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Four Nights in Brazil, Part 4: One Side of the Falls:  TAM from Rio (GIG) to Foz do Iguacu (IGU), the Wyndham Golden Tulip, and the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls

This is Part 4 of a series of trip reports on my November trip to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls. In this post, I’ll cover my trip from Rio to Foz do Iguacu, and my stay on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Note, there is no traffic at 7am from the city to
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Two Days in Sicily: Catania, Mount Etna, and the Una Hotel Palace

Or really a day in a half. By the time we landed in Catania, it was already almost 7:30, and it took me a while to find a functioning ATM. (Note: following the signs to “Bank” at the Catania airport leads to a nonfunctional ATM, but there’s a functioning one on the Departures level.) Although
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Trip Report: Exploring the Seychelles Part 2: Hiking to Anse Major and a Sainte Anne Marine Park Excursion

As promised, this is the second of two posts covering our experiences of the Seychelles outside the Hilton Northolme.  To read about eating in the Seychelles and the capital of Victoria, check out this post. Hiking to Anse Major I like doing at least one physical activity on my vacations, be it mountain biking in
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Trip Report: Exploring Panama: A Day in Jungleland and Seeing Panama City on a Wet Red Bus

Exploring Panama: A Day in Jungleland and Seeing Panama City on a Wet Red Bus I ended up with a little bit more than two full days in Panama. I decided I wanted to do something active, outside Panama City. Car rentals were pretty cheap, but I didn’t like the idea of driving solo in
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New Mexico Trip Report: Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza and Hilton Santa Fe at Buffalo Thunder Reviews

Note:  The rest of my stay in New Mexico was relatively uneventful, and I am waaay behind on blogging, so I’m combining the rest of my thoughts on the trip into one large post. After this, I still have an Alaska trip to blog, and my big European summer adventure is coming up in only
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Over the Andes and into Mendoza

After two days in Santiago, it was time to head over the border into Argentina. Mendoza was a bit of an accidental destination for me.  I had really wanted to go to Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego.  Oddly, LAN never releases any award seats to its partners on flights to Ushuaia, even thought it does
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