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3 Best Kept Travel Secrets: Rwandan Safari, Chernobyl and cialis professional 100 mg Damascus

Published: February 2nd, 2010

A couple of months ago I was nominated (by Angela Corrias – Travel Calling) to take part in a unique and collaborative online experiment called, “3 Best Kept Travel Secrets.” Started by the folks over at Tripbase–a new, personalized approach to travel planning–this exercise calls for travel bloggers to write about three obscure places they’ve been (restaurants, hotels, tours, etc.).

Katie Sorene, author of the original blog post on Tripbase, writes:

Been somewhere amazing you’d never even heard of? You want to let your buddies in on the secret, right? Read on for my top travel gems!

What’s interesting about travel is that the places / hotels / restaurants that everyone agrees are fantastic, are often not so fantastic.

And even if they are, it can all be a bit predictable.

Now what’s really fun is when you find somewhere obscure that is truly out of this world.

You can’t believe your luck to have stumbled across this travel gem. How could you not have heard of this place before??

You want to shout it from the rooftops.

So here goes… these are My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets

Fortunately, my job has taken me to some fairly wacky destinations. Below are three that I would like to buy propecia canada share with you.

Akagera National Park, Rwanda

An offbeat, cheaper alternative to the traditional African safari.

From Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, Akagera National Park is only a few hours away. Why pay $700+ to see Silverback gorillas when, for a third of the cost, you can hire a private driver and guide for a personal safari?

Last February, I found a hotel employee in Kigali that had access to a four-wheel drive vehicle and negotiated a $200 day trip to Akagera. We left at 6am, and on arrival at Akagera learned that the ~$30 entrance fee included a complimentary guide. SWEET.

The safari was amazing. We drove around for 5ish hours and saw a herd of elephants, a Masai giraffe, several Cape Buffalo, Oribi, Reedbuck, and an Olive Baboon that tried to climb into our car! If you have more time, you can arrange to stay overnight–lion spotting anyone?

Click here for: my blog post on Akagera National Park

Chernobyl Day Tour, Outside of Kiev, Ukraine

An intimate, exotic and informative tour of the world’s most infamous radioactive disaster zone.

Many of you out there have taken a group tour. I’ll go ahead and say it–Chernobyl is the wildest and most fun tour I have ever taken. For $180 you can hitch a ride from Kiev with Solo East Travel. During your1-2 hour drive, you’ll watch an American-made documentary about the Chernobyl disaster.

The tour group was small–no more than 17 people. We drove into the order generic cialis zone of exclusion to take pictures and to wow look it Pripyat, the ghost town next to Chernobyl known for its abandoned school, hospital and playground.

Click here for: my blog post on Chernobyl

Old City, Damascus, Syria

The most vibrant and dashing city I’ve ever been to.

Get lost in the narrow and twisting conduits of colors and smells and shops. Become wildly intoxicated with the periodic call of the muezzin–an exotic soundtrack of viagra overnite sorts, a strange, permeating presence you have to hear to really..well..feel. Take a trip to Damascus’ Old City, the oldest continually habituated place on uk viagra purchase Earth.

Syria is an enigmatic country, psychologically inaccessible to most of us Westerners. Hop off the beaten path and click here travel to one of the world’s most interesting places, bar none. Take it from me; the culture is buy tramadol online canadian mall overwhelming in the most pleasant of ways, the food (and sheesha) is ambrosial.

Click here for: my blog post on Syria

9 Comments on “3 Best Kept Travel Secrets: Rwandan Safari, Chernobyl and Damascus”

  1. 1 Nate said at 9:47 am on February 3rd, 2010:

    Thank you so much for posting this! #7 on my life to-do list is go on a safari, and this seems like a better option than the tours I’ve been looking at.

    Also, I’m adding visit Chernobyl to my list. I remember when you first published that post and I’m surprised I forgot to add it back then.

    Awesome stuff, man.
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..reclaim your weekend =-.

  2. 2 Pops Perlman said at 11:25 pm on February 3rd, 2010:

    Great post. I want private tours of all these places one day!

  3. 3 Adam said at 11:14 am on February 4th, 2010:

    Cool! I just found your site through Twitter. Syria has been recommended to me several times in the past few months so I’ve inevitably added it to my RTW itinerary. It sounds amazing!
    .-= Adam´s last blog ..Wombat Wednesday: Going Gothic =-.

  4. 4 avisoo said at 12:35 pm on February 4th, 2010:

    very interesting! i’ve heard a lot of Chernobyl. Someday i have to be there.

  5. 5 Dave and Deb said at 12:33 pm on February 7th, 2010:

    We were just talking to a couple about Syria the other day. They said it was wonderful. It has shot to the top of our list. They told us that they actually serve tea and biscuits on the buses…for free!
    Great secrets. We haven’t been to any that you mentioned. they are such unique places!

  6. 6 uberVU - social comments said at 12:41 pm on February 7th, 2010:

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  7. 7 John R. Sedivy said at 5:53 pm on February 13th, 2010:

    I have to agree that the best places are off the beaten path. It’s when you leave the crowds behind that you stumble across the viagra generic uk most interesting stuff. I didn’t realize they gave tours of Chernobyl, that sounds fascinating – I wouldn’t mind visiting Syria either. If you haven’t been yet you should consider the island of Rhodes in Greece – I went last year and it was a trip to remember!

  8. 8 kai said at 4:12 am on June 18th, 2010:

    I really appreciate this info especially for Rwanda safaris and destinations like Akagera national park

  9. 9 Mary - Travel said at 4:43 pm on August 8th, 2010:

    This is agreat post and infor. Will plan on wow look it visiting one of these places. thanks.

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