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A vantage point on the AH1 between Quang Ngai and Qui Nhon. This is just before my helmet got stolen (I’m also the idiot that left it sitting on my bike when I trotted off to get this pic).

A vantage point on the AH1 between Quang Ngai and Qui Nhon. This is just before my helmet got stolen (I’m also the idiot that left it sitting on my bike when I trotted off to get this pic).

A Word of Advice to Motorcycle Vietnam

Speeding along the well-paved roads of Vietnam is not the safest activity. Make sure to take the proper motorcycle safety precautions (full-face helmet, jacket with padding, motorcycle boots, and some form of GPS), and you’ll set yourself up for the ride of a lifetime!

Keep on reading for a few tips for the first-time traveler to Vietnam, including a bit of info for the first-time motorcycle rider.

Getting Your Motorbike

Those of you planning on buying or renting a motorcycle can do so easily in any major city. Start in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and inquire at the hostel you are staying at (they’ll have a hook up). You can expect to spend about 250 USD. Make sure the shop does a full service on the bike and that you are fully kitted out before leaving.

If you are buying your bike off another tourist, take it to a shop with them (there’s never an auto-repair shop far off) and have them cover any additional expenses incurred for a basic tune-up.

If you’re an absolute novice like I was, get a Honda Win. It’s the most widely repaired bike in Vietnam, which means when you (inevitably) break down, someone will be there to help you.

Be safe while riding – invest in some motorcycle safety gear

Motorcycle safety gear in Vietnam is not the best. The standard for most folks here is flip-flops, t-shirts, and shorts…along with a flimsy helmet that somewhat resembles a children’s toy.

That said, it isn’t a bad idea to do your own research and bring the proper gear from home if possible. A full-face helmet, jacket with padding, motorcycle gloves, and motorcycle boots may be pricey back home and take up a lot of space in your pack, but the quality will be much better than anything you can get once you’ve landed in Vietnam.

Generally a smartphone with GPS capabilities will suffice for riding around Vietnam if you are planning on sticking to the main highway, which is incredibly well paved and well marked. But, for those of you who are planning to ride unbeaten paths, consider investing in a proper GPS instrument to make sure you don’t get lost in the middle of a Vietnamese forest.

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San Francisco

California is a state that offers a whole lot of destinations and hotspots. One of the most iconic locales in California is San Francisco, a city filled with whimsical fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the long and winding roads of fame. San Francisco tours help you see all this and more, all while learning more about the history and culture of this lovely city by the bay. Check out the possibilities that a tour through San Fran presents, and then you’ll want to book your getaway right away.

A Completely New Escape

A trip to San Francisco is anything but ordinary. This coastal city is a popular summer destination with beautiful weather and interesting past. There are some 500 San Francisco tours that offer sightseeing excursions and visits to famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Alcatraz Island, and more. There are also many nearby adventures to be hard, such as trips to Napa Valley for wine tastings and tours, as well as hikes through Yosemite National Park. With so much to see, do, and experience, an itinerary organized by a reputable travel service is just what you need.

An Active Arts Scene

For travelers who are looking for a trip filled with art and culture, San Francisco has got you covered. This city is a full display of theaters, concert venues, nightclubs, museums, galleries, and more. There is plenty of art to see and be inspired by, and the beautiful settings throughout the city are a great starting point for your own creations. Just imagine the mysterious fog enveloping you as you watch the waters of the bay. Or peruse the city by night to take in the splendor of buzzing city streets downtown.

Nature and History Buffs Rejoice

Of course, this beloved American city would not be where it is today without a riveting past that will intrigue anyone, especially history buffs. Allow your knowledgeable tour guide to educate you on the past events and struggles of the city, as well as why it is such a celebrated locale today in the United States. Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful natural delights of the San Francisco area, from it’s gorgeous bay to the lush green valleys of Napa wine country. Be sure to schedule enough days to see all this place has to offer!

CubaCuba is one of only a handful of truly Communist countries left in the world open to tourists. After decades of a US-led trade embargo on the nation, making it cut off from most of the outside world, its culture inevitably blossomed into something incredibly unique. Expect to experience warm, friendly locals, an extremely low crime rate with numerous adventures compacted into a relatively small island.

Examples of just some of the things to do in Cuba and the Cuban adventures to be experienced are off-the- beaten trail – yet world class – scuba diving sites on islands off the mainland. Or for city-lovers nothing quite beats the charm of the capital – Havana – with its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, cosmopolitan nightlife, and pre-1950’s US-made cars such as Chevrolets and even Cadillacs, lovingly refurbished cruising on spotlessly clean streets past a plethora of classy bars, where Cubans love to dance the night away.

For cigar lovers and those who prefer nature and the quiet rural life, the Pinar Del Rio region with its rolling hills is the centre of the infamous Cuban cigar industry, and here you can visit cigar farms and meet the local farmers. While small towns such as Trinidad (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Santiago de Cuba have buckets full of colonial charm and warm, friendly locals to match the delightful ambience.

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Krakow GuideA friendly local contact with extensive local knowledge – let a Krakow City guide show you around!

Almost immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain, tourists from all over the world began to discover the charm and amazing sites of the countries of Central Europe. Prague, Krakow and Budapest have become all become major tourist destinations in the last two decades. Visitors are drawn not only by the incredible art, architecture and cultural life but also by the atmosphere and buzz that comes from a lively social scene. Let’s take a closer look at what foreign visitors come to see and where they spend their time!

Krakow Local Guides

Local guides in Krakow are happy to welcome visitors of all ages from all over the world and show them around our amazing city. A stroll along the Royal Route through the Old Town and then on to the old Jewish Quarter of Kazmierz will take you past a number of obligatory stops for any traveller. Don’t forget about a great extra trip just outside of the city to the Salk Mines in Wieliczka. This unique destination is a great way to spend part of your day and you will see things that no other place in the world can boast of. Keep in mind that we not only can we arrange local Krakow guide for visitors in seven languages, but we are also glad to lend a hand in practical matters related to arranging various aspects of your stay – accommodation reservations, meals, parking, admission tickets or any number of other things. For information about all this and more, start with Krakow Guide and you can begin to plan your own visit. How many sites described there can you fit in to your stay?

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RewardStock Image

This one may surprise you. We all love to travel (that’s why you’re reading this right?). If it were free, we’d all travel more and see the world. For most of us, cost is the biggest hurdle between us and the travel of our dreams. So we wanted to highlight a concept that until now has mostly been popular in only a small niche of the travel market. Here’s a mind-boggling, but very real and very achievable, concept – you can actually travel to most places in the world for… almost no cash. I know. Read on.

Most people are aware of frequent flier miles. You know that if you fly a certain amount, you’ll earn credits that can eventually add up to a free flight. And similar programs exist at most hotels. That’s all well and good, but those programs are complicated and difficult to figure out unless you spent hours reading through rule charts. It often feels like you don’t get a ton of benefit from these points, so it’s easy to ignore them. My guess is, many of you have not made a ton of use of rewards like this for just that reason. Here are the top things to know about reward travel.

Essential Concepts for Nearly-Free Travel

Concept #1: Earning reward points is easy if you know how

Here’s the part that you may not know. There’s another, better, way to earn frequent flier miles, and hotel points. It’s by being smart about your personal finances. If you only fly occasionally, it would take years to earn enough miles to get a free trip. With the right financial plan, you could earn enough for a free trip in weeks. But how do you figure out the best credit card to get to earn the miles in the right program, and how do you maximize those miles once you earn them?

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