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Should you take China Spree to China?

Should you take China Spree to China?

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

I am researching cruises and land tours to determine the best way to see China. There are drawbacks to each. On a land tour, you must pack and repack every few days. On a cruise, at times you have a long journey from port to a city. As an example, it is approximately 2.5 hrs from Tianjin … Continue reading Should you take China Spree to China?

EuroCham Co-hosted AmCham event - Will Ho Chi Minh City become the next hotspot of the global MICE industry? - Dutch Business Association Vietnam

EuroCham Co-hosted AmCham event - Will Ho Chi Minh City become the next hotspot of the global MICE industry? - Dutch Business Association Vietnam


Dutch Business Association Vietnam

How can we benefit from the booming convention and exhibition industry in Asia? Come and join our keynote speaker and high profile panel of MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions) professionals for an overview and better understanding of the economic value of the Meetings Industry for Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the latest trends of the thriving MICE business in the Asia Pacific region and discuss with our experts how Ho Chi Minh City can become an[...] READ MORE

EXO Myanmar Clean Up event in Ngapali

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

EXO Myanmar’s annual staff retreat in Ngapali was a great opportunity to exercise in the field sustainability in action. Waste clean-up activities were organized by EXO staff involving local residents to raise awareness about plastic waste issues and provide some basic information on dealing with waste responsibly. In Ngapali, 25 EXO staff and 10 staff from Sandoway Resort participated collecting 10 large bags of waste in the process. A bit further, in Maung Shwe Lay village, a village where our Foundation supports a library project it is 70 EXO staff and 30 local community members who collected 8 large bags of waste. The majority of the waste collected was plastic and the activity helped to sensitize local people to the negative impacts of such accumulation and provided simple solutions to reduce this negative impact.

Day 71 Hoi An to Hue

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

A late pick up this morning at 10am for our transfer by car to Hue. The car finally arrived at 10.45 and we headed off via DaNang. The drive gave us a chance to see the old American War hangars for the helicopters, a Pagoda up in the hills before crossing over the dragon bridge …

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Travel to Northern Chile – Episode 585

Travel to Northern Chile – Episode 585

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Hear about travel to Northern Chile as the Amateur Traveler talks to Steph Dyson from worldlyadventurer.com about her adopted country. Steph left her home country of the United Kingdom 3 years ago […]

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Day 75 -78 Hanoi

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Day 75 28/04/2016 – Hanoi The train from Hue pulled in at 5am after what most Vietnam travellers say “the worst night sleep ever.” We had taken a small bottle of local wine decantered into a water bottle (looked like black currant juice) but as we were sharing the cabin with another couple, we didn’t …

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Destination Weddings Made Easy

by Damien Martin @ DMC Travel Tailor

It’s the happiest day of your life, right? But we all know there are a million different things that can go wrong on your wedding day. From minor inconveniences to major crises, there’s always some potential disaster lurking in the shadows, ready to ruin everything. Or at least, that’s how it can feel. There is […]

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A Day Trip to the Mekong Delta

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

When researching the must see and things to do in Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta was at the top of the list. Even though we had already travelled the Mekong River from Thailand to Laos, the Mekong Delta was a new place to explore. We were staying at the Sanouva Hotel in the Ben Thanh …

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The Beauty of Halong Bay

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Day 83 – 6/5/16 Halong Bay, Vietnam Pick up this morning at 7.30am for the 4 hour road trip to Halong Bay. The private van collected 10 of us – French, Indonesians and Kiwis. Half an hour into the trip the driver had a call to say a bus had crashed on the motorway, so …

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Travel to Northern Vietnam (podcast)

Travel to Northern Vietnam (podcast)


Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

A visit to the UNESCO sites at Heu and Hoi An as well as a trip to the far north to visit some of the minority peoples of Vietnam, the Hmong and Yao

Amateur Traveler India Trip – Episode 590

Amateur Traveler India Trip – Episode 590

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Hear about travel to India as the Amateur Traveler talks to participants from the Amateur Traveler trip to India in November of 2017. In this special episode of Amateur Traveler I get to introduce […]

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Time to Relax

by DMC Travel Tailor @ DMC Travel Tailor

Have you always dreamed of one day swimming in the clear, turquoise waters of Fiji? Or maybe walking through the whitewashed buildings of Santorini? Or seeing and elephant walking by outside of your hotel room in Africa? Or hanging with kangaroos on the beach in Australia? Are there places on your Bucket List you would […]

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Planning Thanksgiving 2017

Planning Thanksgiving 2017

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

Every year, American’s are faced with what to do with the holiday season. Should they deal with extended family members or should they go away? Most years, I make the decision to go away and enjoy myself.  It is what makes me happy and it saves me from cooking for ungrateful family members. But where should … Continue reading Planning Thanksgiving 2017

EU-Vietnam Business Network welcomes the first delegation of European Ambassadors to Ho Chi Minh city

by Hang @ EVBN

On the occasion of the first annual visit of the delegation of European Ambassadors to Ho Chi Minh city, the EU-Vietnam Business Network (EVBN) hosted an event to present its […]

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Where to Remember the Civil Rights Movement 

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

I grew up in California during the 60s so the Civil Rights Movement was largely something I watched on TV instead of lived through. I had friends in various human shades so […]

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Arbitrary 2018 Travel Lists – This Week in Travel #231

Arbitrary 2018 Travel Lists – This Week in Travel #231

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Spud Hilton of the San Francisco Chronicle Subscribe on iTunes | Become […]

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Marriott Surf Club in Aruba

Marriott Surf Club in Aruba

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

The Marriott Surf Club is one of  4  beachside resorts that Marriott owns in Aruba. Two are timeshares, the Surf and Ocean club and the other two are actual resorts, Stellaris and Ritz Carlton. They are all side by side. The Surf Club is a timeshare which means at some point in a stay you … Continue reading Marriott Surf Club in Aruba

TravelKiwis Year in Review 2017 – Best Travel Photos

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

As 2018 is now upon us, we thought we would take a quick look back at some of the wonderful places we visited in 2017. The year saw us visit 27 countries (13 for the first time), take a trip back to New Zealand for our son Daniel’s wedding, buying a car for road trips, …

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Virtuoso Wellness Getaways

by DMC Travel Tailor @ DMC Travel Tailor

Perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution of yours to concentrate on healthier living. Maybe you’ve recently experienced a life-changing event. Or maybe you just need a relaxing weekend getaway. Whatever it is that draws you in, wellness travel has a way of transforming outlooks on life. The goal, as with any journey, is to come […]

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Benefits of booking with a DMC Travel Tailor Advisor

by Damien Martin @ DMC Travel Tailor

No doubt working with a travel advisor saves precious time both during the planning process and during your journey. But that’s hardly the extent of the value a DMC Travel Tailor advisor adds to your trip. In many cases, booking with us actually saves money in addition to providing you with amenities you can’t get […]

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John F. Kennedy Airport Parking until September 2017

John F. Kennedy Airport Parking until September 2017

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

Unless you are leaving someone home, part of your vacation involves deciding how to get to the airport. If you have a vehicle, you also need to decide where to leave your car. I have lived in the New York City tri-state area for years, usually leave from JFK and almost always park my car at a … Continue reading John F. Kennedy Airport Parking until September 2017

“Teaching English Abroad” – This Week in Travel #230

“Teaching English Abroad” – This Week in Travel #230

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Marilyn and Matt from Words with Winos about teaching […]

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ChildSafe protection at EXO by Friends International

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

Friends International was in 2014 the winner of Wild Asia award as Wild Asia is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving tribute to the awardees of the Best Responsible Initiatives, they chose to feature EXO Travel as the first ChidSafe certified company in Asia. Watch the VDO above. Vichra Chin Operation manager in Cambodia is a star now, as she was brave enough to agree being interviewed explaining what we do at EXO to contribute to child protection.    

Delta First Class, NY to Aruba

Delta First Class, NY to Aruba

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

In June,  we purchased tickets to fly to Aruba. At that time, it only cost $50 dollar more per person to fly first class. We purchased mixed class tickets, first class to Aruba and economy on return. It was dumb. About two weeks prior to leaving I was trying to change the seats but to … Continue reading Delta First Class, NY to Aruba

Travel to New Caledonia – Episode 588

Travel to New Caledonia – Episode 588

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Hear about travel to New Caledonia as the Amateur Traveler talks to CJ Johnson from the MOVIELAND ABC Radio Show and Podcast about his recent trip to this part of France in the […]

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Hoi An Old Town and Full Moon Lantern Festival

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

If you are wanting to experience the charm of Vietnam, then Hoi An Old Town needs to be at the top of your bucket list. This beautiful historical UNESCO site is a great place to also enjoy a bike ride through rice fields, visit nearby ancient temples, or cool off at the local beaches. But …

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Day 72-74 Hue

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Day 72 – 25th April (Anzac Day) We are met this morning by our guide to explore the city of Hue. Our hotel is situated next to the Hurong River (Perfume River). The main place of interest is the Citadel, on the opposite bank started in 1802 by Emperor Gia Long who moved the capital …

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Riding the Night Train in India

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

The train rumbled and bounced along the tracks as we all tried to sleep. Sometimes the train would lull you to sleep with its steel on steel lullaby. Sometimes it would shake […]

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8 Frequently Asked Questions about Travel Health

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

I have been collecting questions that have seen from travelers into this set of common questions about travel health. What is the Zika Virus and how do I avoid it? Zika virus […]

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EXO Travel wins yet another Award from PATA for the best CSR Porgram in Asia Pacific

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

We are pleased to announce that EXO Travel and EXO Foundation have been awarded the PATA Gold Award in the CSR category, beating off stiff competition from 71 organizations and individuals in Asia Pacific. PATA’s Gold Awards recognize tourism industry organizations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards creating a responsible and sustainable tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The prestigious award will be presented at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon later this year in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Asia Pacific Travel Association (PATA) is internationally acclaimed for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. By winning the CSR category, EXO Travel and its non-profit affiliate, EXO Foundation, have been effectively globally endorsed from thousands of travel professionals who believe their work and support is contributing positively to responsible tourism. On receiving the news Olivier Colomes, CEO of EXO Travel, said: “This PATA Gold Award is one of the most important achievements for EXO Travel. After receiving the Travelife and ChildSafe certifications, it is a major step that reflects and rewards the hard work of all EXO people’s commitment to CSR. We are very honoured and proud to receive this Gold Award from PATA. It encourages us to aim for higher standards in sustainability and better responsible tourism practices.” Christine Jacquemin, Director of EXO Foundation and Sustainability Coordinator for the group, said: “This is a major step of the EXO journey to improve sustainability in Southeast Asia. I would like to extend my congratulations to the Regional Sustainability Team and to EXO Travel staff for joining this journey. It’s been a steady 4 years of questioning, reflection, change of procedures and mind sets. The PATA Gold Award marks a major milestone of our journey. Our ambition is now to encourage our suppliers, clients and travelers to join us on that path, and promote tourism as a catalyst for positive change, so we can altogether make destinations better places for people to live in and for travelers to visit.” EXO’s Commitment to a Sustainable Tourism Industry This award further cements EXO Travel’s and EXO Foundation’s positions as leaders in corporate social responsibility, within the global tour industry. Together, they continue to uphold their vision of a system of travel that maximizes the benefits of local communities and the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage. Their joint-mission aims to improve the livelihoods of the most disadvantaged populations, while minimizing the negative social, cultural and environmental impacts tourism may generate. This recent award underlines EXO’s commitment to a sustainable tourism industry following on from the Travelife and ChildSafe accreditations. This year: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 97 government, state and city tourism bodies, 27 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 63 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond.

Impactful MICE trips

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

  MICE groups can often be seen as the antithesis to sustainable tourism due to its luxury positioning and high participant numbers. Here at EXO, however, we pride ourselves off creating MICE programs that are both beneficial and sustainable for clients and the community. Tourism is a great opportunity to act positively within societies and in destinations, communities, and the environment. At EXO, sustainability is embedded in all areas of our work, from staff and suppliers to clients and travellers. Our tailor-made MICE experiences develop unique activities and events that achieve client objectives, while simultaneously benefiting the destination country and its people in a meaningful, long lasting way; an unforgettable memory for all involved. EXO sustainability coordinators and the EXO Foundation, together with in-country MICE departments, work with the supply chain to offer the best choice of responsible services and CSR activities throughout MICE trips. The result: an itinerary that offers the greatest possible impact across society, culture, and the environment. Through the EXO Foundation, we have developed relationships with local charity and development organizations that work to change the livelihoods of thousands. We invite you to consider our sustainable options from an early stage:   Accommodation outlets that are committed to improving their resource consumption and supporting local development. The best modern vehicles producing fewer emissions. A carbon offset scheme partnered with Nexus to fund projects using energy saving equipment for rural people, at the same time improving their livelihoods, working conditions, and economics.   Using refillable bottles specially designed to avoid plastic waste. See last month’s article here. Purchase authentic gifts from fair trade shops, made by talented local craftsmen, and supporting projects that enable entire families to look forward to a better future. Share EXO Foundation’s “Tips for Responsible Travel” to clients and participants, introducing them to local customs and offering environmental tips. Engage in CSR activities or support endangered wildlife/environmental projects- life changing experiences for both   Corporate Social Responsibility has several objectives: Demonstrate your commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Motivate staff to exchange, give, and learn about alternative options. Share benefits by giving back to disadvantaged communities. Be unique. Handing out medicines to hospitals, clothes or gifts to children, playing with children at daycare centers, painting the wall of a local school or even building one are very common CSR activities. However, they are not necessarily as beneficial as one is led to believe. For example, Friends International, Save the Children, APLE and UNICEF denounce schools/orphanages/hospitals visits as detrimental to child development. Please read our key advice on what to give, what not to give, and a sample list of impactful CSR activities. The good news is that with EXO Foundation, we have established partnerships with local organizations to provide tailor-made CSR activities. Sometimes just having “good intentions” is not always enough; our ambition is to go beyond expectations and to ensure tourism supports long-term development, alleviates the burden of poverty, and lights up the lives of others. Together, let’s develop the new generation of MICE.

Hospitality Investment Conference Vietnam (HICV) will be held from 12 to 13 July at The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam.

Hospitality Investment Conference Vietnam (HICV) will be held from 12 to 13 July at The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam.


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Sphere Conferences, the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), today announced the launch of the inaugural Hospitality Investment Conference Vietnam (HICV), which will be held from 12 to 13 July at The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam. The recent statistics by STR showed that Vietnam recorded a 5.6% increase in occupancy to 68.7%. There was...

Best Wine Themed Cruises 2018 – 2019

Best Wine Themed Cruises 2018 – 2019

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

Love wine and love a cruise, I’ve picked the 4 Best Wine Themed Cruises for 2018- 2019.   1. Patz and Hall from Barcelona to Lisbon Sail the Mediterranean on Oceania Riveria for 8 days with personal host and Patz & Hall Founder, Heather Patz. The cruise begins in Barcelona during September 2018.  At which time, … Continue reading Best Wine Themed Cruises 2018 – 2019

Touring El Raval in Barcelona

by Wendy Lee @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

After our first day in Barcelona,  I was falling in love with this Spanish city. Over the course of five days we visited every major site in Barcelona and had hundreds of pictures […]

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Why More People are Opting for Tailored Travel

by DMC Travel Tailor @ DMC Travel Tailor

Why More People are Opting for Tailored Travel When it comes to tourism and travel, consumers are increasingly seeking out new and unique experiences. Additionally, most of them are looking for a custom private trip that is tailored to the experiences they would like to have. Why are more people looking into tailored trips? Free […]

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10 Must See Sights that will put Zadar on your Radar

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

We had suffered three stormy days in a row, one in Trieste and two in Crikvenica, as we started our drive of the Croatia coast road to Zadar. Fortunately, the sun was out and the sky was blue as we arrived into Zadar old town. We had already visited the capital of Croatia Zagreb on …

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Researching Shore Excursions

Researching Shore Excursions

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

I spend a lot of time researching shore excursions for cruise itineraries that interest me. For the past month or so, I have been waiting for Oceania to post the excursions for a 2018 Bangkok to Mumbai trip.  In the interim, I have been looking up excursions for a dream trip on Seabourn which leaves around … Continue reading Researching Shore Excursions

Things to Do and Places to See in Terracina, Italy

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

Terracina Italy has more to offer than its fabulous beach. The beaches of Italy are always a drawcard for Italians and tourists to soak up the sun while enjoying the clear blue waters. Terracina is one of those beaches on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea, not quite a two-hour drive south of Rome. What …

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Travel to Belize – Episode 586

Travel to Belize – Episode 586

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Hear about travel to Belize as the Amateur Traveler talks to Allison Greene from eternalarrival.com about her time in this small tropical country filled with shades of blue and green. Allison says of Belize, […]

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Last Minute Winter Getaways

by Damien Martin @ DMC Travel Tailor

So you couldn’t get the whole family on the same page in time to coordinate a trip over the holidays. Instead, you’re even more desperate for a vacation after the constant stream of visiting or welcoming relatives, shuttling back and forth between parties and overloading on holiday cheer. Well, you’re in luck, because January offers […]

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Learn about Flora Biodiversity in South East Asia with Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

Adventure travel is considerably enlightened with a good interpretation of landscapes and biodiversity. The Pha Tad Ke Garden offers you a great opportunity to discover the richness and mysteries of Local Flora that will help you understand better the landscapes you’re hiking or biking through. The Pha Tad Ke garden (over 60,000 sqm) shows the Flora of Laos, a verdant oasis of gingers, orchids, ferns, bamboos, and palms clustered around the base of the stunning rocky Pha Tad Ke cliff looming over the Mekong River. The centrepiece of Pha Tad Ke is a series of ethno-botanic gardens. Focusing on the relationship between Lao people and their plants, these gardens showcase plants used in medicine, handicraft, spiritual ceremonies as well as medicinal plants for elephants. The potential of this collection, much of which is yet unstudied, is immense. Although the traditional knowledge of the ethnic minorities about the plants in rural Laos is extensive, it is passed down orally, making it vulnerable to the pressures of development and very much in need of conservation and further in-depth study. On May 21st & May 22nd on the international Day of Biodiversity the Garden organises an event with free entrance so you can start your discovery.See here for more information. If you miss this event you’ll have many other options to go there any time with a range of one hour workshops as described below. PTK Garden also offers  special tours accompanied by a botanist. Medicinal Plants Since very early times, plants have helped humans in maintaining their health. Join this workshop for an insight on the traditional healing systems of the different ethnic groups, especially the practices of the Hmong. Learn about the many plants used in Laos to treat all kinds of illnesses and ailments. Traditional Lao Bouquet Making/Baci Lao people use flowers in many different ceremonies and they all have their own symbolic meanings. Learn more about this rich heritage and create a small bouquet with banana leaves and local flowers. Forest Foods Lao people rely on forest foods for a large part of their diet. On this enjoyable walk with one of our local experts you will learn about several fruits and herbs found at PTK. And who knows, you might even be lucky enough to have a taste !  

Flight Tips: How to Get Over Jet Lag

by DMC Travel Tailor @ DMC Travel Tailor

Flight Tips: How to Get Over Jet Lag Have you taken a flight and when you arrive at the destination you feel like you’re totally worn down? Jet lags are common experiences travelers face and they could quickly turn that fancy flight into a hell of exhaustion – you feel like you want to be […]

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Planning a Cruise for the First Time

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Even after you’ve decided what cruise you’re taking, you’re not done with your planning. You have a number of decisions to make and it is my hope that this guide will help […]

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EXO Foundation is proud to have become a close partner of IDEP for Bali Water Program

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

  This is a perfect WIN WIN WIN situation, EXO Foundation supports the Bali Water Project, they come to our office to explain staff how to reduce water consumption and how they can contribute positively to the project by sharing the info and convincing our suppliers to support, and all this in turns benefits locals livelihoods activities such as rice growing…. a virtuous cycle where charity and sustainability go hand in hand for a better and fairer future where tourism actors heal the wounds of tourism activity as water scarcity in Bali is partly caused by tourism sector. http://www.idepfoundation.org/en/what-we-do/idep-news/368-exo-foundation-empowering-exo-travel-bali-staff-for-water-protection EXO staff own words: – “the presentation was very eye-opening and I was feeling embarrassed that I am not doing any of the small steps you can do at home and shown on the video. Time to change!” – “It is good to be explained about the local situation and to be aware of our responsibilities as individuals, as inhabitants of Bali and as a tourism stakeholders” – “It is a good wake up call for the Balinese people to learn that there will be a serious problem with clean water in Bali in the near future”

5 Best Places to Visit in Southern Italy – A Road Trip of Discovery

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

A road trip through Italy must be one of the best ways to explore this fantastic and diverse country. It is a chance to sample so many delicious foods from the various regions making up Italy and to see how they all compare. We loved travelling through Northeast Italy. But perhaps you may want to …

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Best Asia Cruises 2018 – 2019

Best Asia Cruises 2018 – 2019

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

Here are my top picks for cruises to Asia for 2018 – 2019.   1. Go to India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka Relax and explore on this 18-day cruise from Bangkok to Mumbai on the Oceania Nautica. On sea days relax and enjoy the amazing cuisine. Destinations include a busy two-night stay in Yangon and Colombo. … Continue reading Best Asia Cruises 2018 – 2019

Top Trips for Foodies | DMC Travel Tailor

Top Trips for Foodies | DMC Travel Tailor


DMC Travel Tailor

It’s Thanksgiving week, time to stuff your face with abandon and enjoy all your favorite foods. While 2017 has been a tough year for travel in a lot of ways, especially hurricane season, there is plenty to be thankful for, such as the lifting of the laptop ban on certain flights. One of the best …

What to See when Spending a Day in Trieste, Italy

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

  The Rain in Trieste falls mainly on our campsite By the time we arrived in Trieste, it was early evening after our drive from Bologna via Campo PG 57.  Our home for the next 3 nights was to be Campeggio Obelisco sitting high on the hill overlooking Trieste. The plan was to sleep the night in our …

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ExoTravel As A Tour Operator

ExoTravel As A Tour Operator


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After getting the quote from Kensington Tours for Southeast Asia.  I did more research.  I decided to expand my scope and created a spreadsheet of where I wanted to go.  Then, I reached out to Exot…

10 Things to Eat in South Korea When You Don’t Know Korean Food

by Matthew Caracciolo @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Compared to China and Japan, South Korea’s cuisine is a bit of a mystery to many. It’s a shame, because Korean food is colorful, flavorful, and often healthy. While exploring the peninsula, […]

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The Chapel of WWII POW Campo PG 57 in Northern Italy

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

While we were road tripping through northeast Italy, Terry’s father Kevin McKenna sent a message letting us know how close we would be to Prisoner of War camp known as Campo PG 57. During WWII many prisoner of war camps existed in Italy to hold allied prisoners who had been captured during conflict.  In one of …

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6 Best Places To Travel To If You’re A Dog

by Luisa Brenton @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Have you ever wanted to travel somewhere, but you had to leave your furry friend behind? Most of us pet owners love taking our dogs on adventures with us and feel guilty […]

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TravelKiwis Year in Review 2017 – Best Italian Road Trip Photos

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

We didn’t expect our Year in Review 2017 to be 2-parts, let alone 3! But on reflection we did have a very big year of travel.   We hope you enjoyed reading Part One (travel to Florida, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and India, and house sitting in UK and Europe), and Part Two (road tripping …

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The Best of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Ho Chi Minh was previously known as  Saigon, and is one of those must see cities. We were met at the airport by an EXO Travel driver, for our drive to the hotel. Ho Chi Minh was a welcome sight for cleanliness on the main streets as we travelled along with the hundreds of scooters. There …

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Top Travel Trends for 2018

by Damien Martin @ DMC Travel Tailor

Happy new year! Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful 2018 full of great adventures. As always, travel is evolving to match the changing world. Here are a few destinations and experiences that will be popular in the coming year. Wellness More and more travelers are focusing not so much on getting to a particular […]

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The Scottish Highlands: A Scot’s itinerary

by Gemma Armit @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Head north of the United Kingdom to Scotland’s Highlands and Islands to experience clean air, white sand beaches with lapping turquoise water, fresh fish, vintage whisky, rolling hills, roaming wildlife, scenic villages, […]

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World Travel Awards - Asia Nominees 2016

World Travel Awards - Asia Nominees 2016


World Travel Awards

Nominees of the 2016 World Travel Awards - Asia Region

9 Romantic Things to Do in Monterey

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

One of my wife and my favorite places to go for a romantic getaway is the Monterey Peninsula. Here are some romantic things to do on a weekend for two in Monterey, […]

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Bali Water Crisis

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

While Bali is one of the world’s favourite tropical escapes, the island is in the midst of a serious water crisis. To combat the negative effects of tourism on the island, the EXO Foundation is an advocate of Bali Water Protection Program. BWP is a program working to ensure secure and sustainable access to clean freshwater through wide scale education and the production of freshwater recharge wells. Bali has been blessed for centuries with an abundant resource of water and thus agriculture (rich volcanic soils and bountiful freshwater in large portions of the province), along with, until very recently, an exceptional sustainable management of its water resources by Balinese population and the Subaks organizations responsible for the island’s rice irrigation. Today 60% of Bali’s watersheds are declared dried The province’s increasing demography in residents and tourists (3.8 Million residents for 2.7 Million tourists in 2011) coupled with changes of life-styles, the building of private villa-type houses and increasing numbers of hotels with swimming pools and high water-consuming bathing fixtures, have greatly augmented the demand for in-house piped water to the point where in the last few years the demand for freshwater is superior to the available current sources. A tourist consumes about 150-200 liters per day against 30-50 liters for a local. The sector of tourism alone was estimated in 2010 to be using 65% of Bali’s water resources. Agriculture is at risk as freshwater is diverted toward tourism Then the water is increasingly contaminated by unregulated trash disposal & excessive chemicals in agriculture. Numerous wells in Bali are running dry or contain foul water. The Bali chapter of the Environmental Impact Management Agency found in 2006 that twenty one rivers had pollution levels ranging from minus 30 to minus 70, with 0 considered a safe level, both due to domestic and industrial waste. Be part of the solution, not the problem, please reduce your water consumption, and make a donation to Bali Water Program, click here. Facing the issue the IDEP Foundation and Politeknik Negeri university researched to tackle the problem and found solutions. They have drawn a 6 year plan backed by Bali’s Governing authorities: Start by building 136 recharge wells in critical areas thanks to Gravity-fed Freshwater Recharge Wells which provide a low tech, cost-effective solution to rapidly increasing fresh water availability Widespread Public awareness program including among others schools program in 132 schools    

Hands-On Japan Tour 2018

Hands-On Japan Tour 2018

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

Last year I posted about my love for  Hands on Japan, a tour by Inside Japan. The tour is offered twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Unfortunately, the 2017 trips sold out almost 1 year in advance of departure and I was unable to go. Last week I thought now is … Continue reading Hands-On Japan Tour 2018

Day Trips from Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Hoi An Old Town is a great place to spend a week to experience the many cultural aspects of Vietnam. One highlight is the Full Moon Lantern Festival held on the 14th of every lunar month. But if you are wanting to see more of Vietnam, then it is possible to take some day trips …

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Top Christmas Markets in Europe

by Damien Martin @ DMC Travel Tailor

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The Ultimate Guide to Rental Cars

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

I get asked a lot about rental cars so I decided to create this guide containing what I have learned from over 30 years of renting cars. Basic Questions What rental car […]

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2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

EXO Foundation and Sustainability Team wish you a super happy, safe and healthy New Year 2017. We achieved a lot in 2016, thanks to all of you!! 2017 is the year of sustainable tourism for development so let’s keep the pace all together. Thanks for following us and for allowing us making the world a cleaner, healthier, fairer place.      

“Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts”

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

“Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts” A very good reason to visit Luang Prabang aside its temples and stunning sceneries is the visit of the The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Moreover TAEC has recently opened a new unique exhibit entitled, “Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts” that will last up to Fall 2018. This exhibit features the Job’s tears (Coix) plant, indigenous to mainland Southeast Asia, to demonstrate the important relationship between humans and nature. It is guest curated by Dr. Yukino Ochiai, a Japanese ethnobotanist at Ryukoku University, who has researched Job’s tears for over 15 years, amassing an unparalleled collection of objects featuring the plant’s seeds. The EXO Foundation is honoured to be a sponsor of this exhibition not to be missed and where visitors are treated to a stunning visual experience allowing them to explore the meaningful role of the environment in daily lives of rural ethnic communities. This exhibition draws on Dr. Ochiai’s field research in Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar to show that the wild and domesticated plants of Job’s tears are used as food, medicine, and beads by ethnic groups belonging to different linguistic categories. “By displaying the whole process from living plants, seeds and items in this exhibit, I hope to share an idea with TAEC visitors; how material culture is based on plant diversity and the environment,” Dr. Ochiai said.  Also, with the addition of discovery corners, an extensive activity centre, and ethnobotanical garden, the museum is perfect for children and adults. Also currently on display at TAEC are permanent exhibits exploring the unique cultural aspects of four of Laos most well known ethnic minority groups: Akha, Hmong, Kmhmu and Tai Lue. It is also an ideal shopping place for amateurs of authentic crafts Made in Laos.

Day 61-65 Nha Trang

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Day 61 Nha Trang A 12.20pm flight today so no time to further explore Ho Chi Minh city as we are collected at 10am. The taxi trip took a half hour, only to find the flight has been delayed by 45min to 1.05pm. We are given a lunch voucher for an airport restaurant – we …

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Arcomagno – a little piece of Italian Paradise

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

If you are driving the Italian coastal road near San Nicola Arcella then you need to know about Arcomagno – a little piece of Italian paradise. Arco Magno means Great Bow – and this place certainly lives up to that name.   We had been travelling from Sicily to the Amalfi Coast, with an overnight …

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Our Italy Road Trip – Places and Foods of Northeast Italy

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

We know when planning our Italy road trip, choosing which route to take was difficult. The choices of what to see and do can make planning the road trip an interesting exercise. So, if you are looking for some travel destinations to spend your time, then this road trip of northeast Italy will have you …

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The Secret Lives of Uber Drivers – Why People Drive for Uber

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

When my brother started driving for Uber full-time a few years ago I became curious about the great range of reasons why people drive for Uber. Here is what I learned. Full […]

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Travel to Lombok, Indonesia – Episode 589

Travel to Lombok, Indonesia – Episode 589

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Hear about travel to Lombok in Indonesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Andrew Jenkins from AnEpicEducation.com about his family’s recent 5 week trip to this island paradise. Jason says of […]

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Universal Studios Orlando at Christmas Time

Universal Studios Orlando at Christmas Time

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

December at Universal If you have the flexibility to visit Universal in early December it is a great time to go. We were in town because my wife had a work conference […]

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TravelKiwis Year in Review 2017 – Eastern Europe Road Trip Best Pics

by TravelKiwis @ TravelKiwis

Our first 8 months of our Year in Review 2017 had us visiting some wonderful travel destinations which we wrote about here –  TravelKiwis Year in Review. But there was so much more to see, we decided to highlight the second part of our awesome year, this is focused on our road trips. TravelKiwis Year …

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Ho Chi Minh City Escape

Ho Chi Minh City Escape


EXO Travel

Capture the essence of Ho Chi Minh City. Browse stalls at busy markets, cook Vietnamese dishes with a local chef and hop on a Vespa to explore the buzzing streets. Discover the intoxicating mix of historic sites, modern buildings and traditional neighbourhoods that makes the city so fascinating.

Sapa, Vietnam

by TravelKiwis @ Vietnam – TravelKiwis

Day 79 – 2/5/16 Hanoi to Sapa on the ET Pumpkin Express The night of the 1st May we were picked up from our hotel to join the rest of the Intrepid group who would be doing the trip to Sapa with us. Our guide had organised dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant and we introduced …

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Join the Anti Plastic movement, the new global trend

by Alexandra Michat @ EXO Foundation

Increasingly cities, states and tourism destinations are banning the sale and use of plastic bags; Los Angeles banned the sale of plastic bottles, France after banning plastic bags in supermarkets is now also outlawing the use of reusable cups, plates, etc. Koh Tao the island famous for divers, Thailand, has recently organized free drinking water refill stations to reduce the use of plastic bottles. It is becoming a worldwide trend and many countries, cities, from Africa to Europe are taking measures. In Asia aside Bali, so far not much is being done, whereas Vietnam, Thailand, India and China are amongst the worst world plastic polluters! Plastic waste has become a real plague for soils, seas, rivers, marine life, and humans at the end of the food chain. Tourism is adding up significantly to the huge volume of plastic waste destinations have to deal with, in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar there is no recycling facilities. Even in places where recycling is possible only a small share is actually recycled; It is estimated that only 14 % of all plastic bottles worldwide are recycled. In order to tackle this plague, EXO Travel under EXO Foundation guidance is progressively introducing refillable bottles along its tours. As a supporter of responsible tourism, EXO Travel is lobbying suppliers such as hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, and car companies to work towards reducing plastic waste even further in the future. The initiative was originally pioneered on biking tours last year and is now being rolled out in Cambodia with plans to soon implement in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. And, since October 1st we are testing with regular travelers in Cambodia the provision of free refillable bottles to selected clients such as Diamir, Audley or Trailfinders who readily accepted to be part of the solution and we will soon extend to Vietnam, Laos & Thailand. Our guides are being trained and promoted Green Ambassadors and will be able to answer all questions from travelers  as well as facilitate the refill. Whereas a logistic challenge in some destinations, such as Vietnam, where it is not always easy to convince hotels and restaurants to provide water stations where travelers can refill, we are confident this initiative which is an excellent move will soon be replicated by other tour companies committed to sustainability, thus convincing more outlet to join. When we are ready we will invite all our clients to join. Are you interested to join? FACTS on plastic bottles ·       4 the average number of plastic bottles a traveler is drinking per day ·       120 MILLION Plastic bottles: the estimated number of plastic bottles consumed by travelers in 2014 in Cambodia. ·       14%: the number of plastic bottles recycled compared to plastic bottles consumed worldwide. ·       100 to 1000 years: the time needed for a plastic bottle to degrade into small micro particles still polluting the food chain. ·       A German research on water plastic bottles over the world revealed that a plastic bottle especially when exposed to strong heat can release as many as 25,000 chemicals! Some being dangerous human carcinogen and hormone disruptors such as maleate and fumarates, or Bisphenol A.   Please contact christine@exofoundation.org for more information.

Top places to ring in the New Year

by Damien Martin @ DMC Travel Tailor

A new year means a new beginning. A chance to start fresh, when anything is possible and you don’t know exactly what adventures lie ahead. We all have our own traditions, and as long as you’re spending time with people you care about, there’s really no wrong way to ring in the new year. But […]

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Travel to Quebec – Episode 587

Travel to Quebec – Episode 587

by chris2x @ Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Hear about travel to the province of Quebec as the Amateur Traveler talks to Margarita Ibbott from downshiftingpro.com about a 7-10 day Itinerary to Montreal, Quebec City and Quebec Maritime. Margarita says of Quebec, […]

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Planning an Orlando Holiday for Adults

Planning an Orlando Holiday for Adults

by Missy D @ Ms. TravelPlanning

This Thanksgiving, I am going with the crowd to Orlando for 7 days.  It will be my first Thanksgiving in Orlando.  Unfortunately, the planning of it has had some ups and downs. Flights I started planning this trip in July.  I followed all the sage advice from other articles that it was best to book … Continue reading Planning an Orlando Holiday for Adults

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Nearly 3,500 Vietnamese take Apple to court over slowing iPhone

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

Thousands of Vietnamese consumers have joined in a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc., accusing the U.S. tech company of intentionally slowing their iPhones without consent. Lawyers Tran Manh Tung and Nguyen Ngoc Hung filed the case against Apple Vietnam Co. Ltd. with the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on January 12 on behalf of […]

Unseen Ho Chi Minh City

Unseen Ho Chi Minh City


EXO Travel

Museums, markets, motorbikes and more- this insightful tour takes in the best of Ho Chi Minh City. Cook Vietnamese dishes with a local host, zip through local neighbourhoods on the back of a Vespa and discover traditional arts. Every moment of this city break delivers a new, uniquely Vietnamese experience.      

C9 Hotelworks Warns Cookie Cutter Hotels Not to Fall Asleep at the Wheel Again

by Release @ Hotelintel.co – Intelligence for Hoteliers

Call them poshtels, hostels or hybrid hotels, but one of the most exciting travel spaces across Asia is the emergence of socially-focused accommodation. Not only have millennials embraced the shift, but a rising number of older explorers are jumping the shark and abandoning traditional properties. Taking a deep dive into the current set of economics...

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