Journaling The Journey

Turkmenistan the #1 Most Bizarre Country Yet!

Turkmenistan Ashgabat gates of hell bizarre laws country

Turkmenistan is the 147th country that we had visited and is by far the most bizarre!  Think The Truman Show meets The Twilight Zone set in the Soviet Era.  This is especially true for their capital, Ashgabat which is known for everything white, marble and the biggest of many things.  And then there is the […]

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12 Reasons Georgia is one of our Favorite Countries

Budget Friendly Travel Georgia Country

Georgia is a country that has it all. From Tbilisi, its splendid and divergent capital to it’s many monasteries which are steeped in history and exotic culture, to it’s stunning natural beauty as well as award winning wine and delicious cuisine. And to boot this is a very budget friendly travel destination.  There’s something for […]

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Baghdad – 8 Fun Things to see and Do!

Al-Mutanabbi Street Baghdad Iraq

Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and is home to about 8 million people. It is a city with a rich history and culture, but it has also been through a lot of strife in recent years. The Iraq War, the rise of ISIS, the October Uprising of 2020 and the ongoing political instability have […]

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Cheap Maldives – 10 Fabulous Days

Maldives Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Cheap

Cheap Maldives – these words are typically not found in the same sentence.  However, we were able to spend 10 days at an over the water bungalow and beach suite resort in the Maldives for  $75/night.  How?  Well read on and find out! As always this is a totally independent and candid review.  We did […]

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Radisson Blu Resort Maldives – 2 Splendid Weeks on a Budget

Radisson Blue Resort Maldives

Have you seen those pictures of over the water bungalows hanging on top of the most ultra blue water, jumping dolphins and colorful fish “dancing” in the background?  Well, we just spent 2 magnificent weeks at the Radisson Blu Resort Maldives which is exactly that and so much more! Read on to find out how […]

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Qatar – 12 Interesting Things

Bear at Hamad Airport in Doha Qatar

Now that the FIFA World Cup is decided in Qatar, the party may be over.  But is it? Qatar continues to shine with it’s opulent and very impressive capital of Doha.  In addition this peninsula has a deep golden desert and warm shallow waters with sandy beaches located in the north east. And the shopping:  […]

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Sri Lanka’s 10 Most Magical Places

Sri Lanka Buddhist Monks

Sri Lanka is a gorgeous island country located just south of India.  On the map it looks like a teardrop! Out of the 127 countries that we have been lucky enough to visit, Sri Lanka is definitely one of our top 10 favorites. Why?  First, it’s the amazing people.  Of course a lot of places […]

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Philippines – 19 Interesting Things and a Shocking One

Philippines 19 interesting things and 1 that shocked me

The Philippines is our 126th country out of the 197 that we want to visit on this planet. So many of our close friends are originally from the Philippines. So, we have been dreaming about coming here! And for good reason. There is so much to explore on these islands. Especially the beaches with their […]

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Laos Fast Train Tickets – How to get them!

Laos-China fast train tickets how to get them

The Laos fast train has been anticipated for a very long time.  Before it’s inception in late 2021, it was difficult and timely to travel between the north of the country – Boten and the southern capital of Vientiane.  In fact to just drive the distance without stopping would take a minimum of 20 hours. […]

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5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Bangkok

One of the best of the 5 best vegan restaurants in Bangkok

Thailand is one of the best and easiest places to find vegan food.  Chiang Mai has always been one of our favorite places to find it.  And this time we discovered  5 of the best vegan restaurants in Bangkok.  Truly delicious and mouthwatering dishes from sushi to tiramisu and a lot in between!  Read on […]

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