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Tonga: “But I’m Not a Pilot!”

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    Tonga: Going to Ouleva Island   We were flying from the Vava’u Group in Tonga to the Haap’ai Group, where we had arrangements to take a boat to an uninhabited island, Ouleva.   At the airport, as we walked out to our small 8-seater plane, I noticed the pilot was actually leaning out over the nose cone of the plane cleaning the windshield! Tonga Pilot Tongan plane   But I’m Not a Pilot   A few minutes later, I was standing outside waiting my turn to go up the stairs into the plane, when the pilot came over, pulled me aside, and … More…

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Tonga: Invitation To A Kava Ceremony

  Tonga is probably our favourite place in the world; a gorgeous chain of South Pacific islands with crystal clear turquoise water, white sand beaches, and sweet people. It’s the kind of place that is in your travel dreams. Tonga: Vava’u Group of Islands   The second island we stayed on was in the Vava’u Group of islands, at Talihau Beach, at Lucky’s Beach Cabins. In Vava’u it was unusually hot, but we had a lovely fale (small house) at the end of a peninsula where there was the perfect cool breeze blowing off the point, and a gorgeous blue lagoon.   Talihau’s … More…

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Which Beach Would You Choose?

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  Isla Mujeres is an island surrounded by beaches and depending on the weather, you can choose the best beach. Having a choice of 4 unique beaches is really quite fun, and the best ones are all within walking distance of the North third of the island.   If it is very windy, you can go to the calm West side of the island, facing Cancun, where it is protected by the mainland. You can get a reasonably priced massage here too.   Cancun across the water at dusk…   If it is just a little breezy, The North Beach (Playa Norte) on … More…

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Belize, A Bit Of A Disappointment

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  Belize is a tiny Central American country on the Caribbean side, so that usually means amazing turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and Spanish-speaking people. Because I have wanted to go to Belize for about 10 years, I could hardly wait, but to be honest, it was a tremendous disappointment.   Belize does not have those beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water. Most of the beaches are walled in with wild water banging against rock or cement walls. As an English-speaking country, it definitely was easier to communicate in English, rather than Spanish, but the only place we found the … More…

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Heal Thyself in a Roman Turkish Bath House

  It seems that Hungary sits over a steaming inferno of water…   Hungary has a reputation for having the best Roman Turkish bath houses in Europe.   People from all over Europe, as well as from other parts of the world, visit their famous medicinal hot springs.   Thermal baths are literally spread all over the country. There are over 140 registered thermal baths in Hungary and over 1300 thermal springs.   The city of Budapest holds the title of having the most thermal and medicinal springs than any other city in the world.   The Roman Turkish bath houses are … More…

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Never Too Old: A Caribbean Cruise (Guest Post)

*This is a Guest Post by a Dear Friend, Irmi M. NEVER TOO OLD December 13th: A Real Commotion First I was worried about the date. On top of it being the 13th, it was Friday. I had to leave that thought loose and not start making up something in my mind. Monika had given me a present and I would enjoy the trip and never even think about the date. I must admit I packed for two weeks and unpacked for two weeks, several times. But finally, I also knew that I always pack too much so I had … More…

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Little Corn Island – No Cars, No Roads, No Worries

At last! Big Corn Island disappeared far off in the distance. No more threatening thugs, no more loud music, no more hurtling cars – just crystal clear blue water, soft sand, and the sweet sweet quiet of Little Corn Island.   That’s right – there are no roads on Little Corn Island, and no cars.   A taxi driver on Big Corn had recommended we stay at the Lobster Inn, instead of Los Dolphines, so we were delighted to meet Momma Cornelia, and negotiate a rate of $15 per night, rather than $20. http://littlecornisland.net/accomodation/     We were right on the … More…

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Bored With Typical Travel?

Are you totally bored with typical canned packaged same-old holidays? Longing for something a little different?   Are you tired of walking half a mile down corridors, waiting for elevators, then walking another half mile of paved walks to get to an over-stuffed pool or a crowded beach with people lined-up like dominoes?   Are you sick of having to race down to the pool to put a towel on a chair to save it? Or worse yet, paying for a chair?   Are you tired of lining-up to book a restaurant table days before you even know what kind … More…

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An Entire Exotic Island to Yourself

  We had rented a cabin and were about to spend a week on an uninhabited island, Uoleva, in the Haap’ai Group of Tonga, an island all to ourselves with absolutely breathtaking white powder beaches (perfect for skinny dipping) and crystal clear turquoise water! There were no roads, no cars, no shops on the island.       As we flew over the islands of Tonga, the clear, blue atolls were amazing! We flew over island after island, atoll after atoll, with miles of white sand and the most brilliant sparkling emerald water surrounding each one. It was pure, natural and almost heavenly.       … More…

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