It's hard to beat a trip around the world
It’s hard to beat a trip around the world — that’s the trip of a lifetime. I saw the Taj Mahal at dawn, slept in longhouses with Borneo natives, trekked through the jungles of Thailand and experienced cherry blossom times in Tokyo. That was almost 30 years ago, and amazingly, you cans till fly around the world for not much more than it cost me then.
42 days in Eastern Europe
Our best vacation has been 42 days in Eastern Europe. We traveled via Eurail to 9 countries. We just loved the culture and easy going demeanor of Eastern Europe. Our favorites were Croatia and Slovenia. The outdoor cafe culture really agreed with us, not to mention the fabulous wineries. Also, since Keith’s ancestry is from Croatia, we were able to do some genealogy travel and met some great people that taught us a lot of Keith’s past.
Italy, on the Amalfi Coast in Positano
My favorite international vacation was in Italy, on the Amalfi Coast in Positano. I adore this part of Italy because the scenery along the Mediterranean is so magnificent and the food is amazing. My favorite place to travel in the USA is California. I enjoyed a trip with my daughter a few years ago to Venice Beach. I’m a big beach person. Plus, this part of California has great food too.
I sailed from Mauritius to South Africa with my family...
I sailed from Mauritius to South Africa with my family over the holidays last year. I got to spend my birthday and New Year in a luxury safari lodge, surrounded by incredible wildlife, and it was an amazing experience!
16 days exploring Italy
My husband and I spent 16 days exploring Italy with another couple, with each of us packing only a carry-on bag. We made our own itinerary and hopped on buses, trains, vans and taxis getting from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, to Florence, through Tuscany, to Milan and ending in Venice. We saw all of the famous sights with hundreds more as bonuses. We ate our most memorable meal in Positano overlooking the Mediterranean, took a cooking class in Florence and had our pocket picked at a train station in Cinque Terre. We “did it our way” in every sense of the word.
Two weeks in Denmark and Sweden for our 25th wedding anniversary
Wow, that’s a tough question! One of our favorite trips was two weeks in Denmark and Sweden for our 25th wedding anniversary. Since this is the part of the world where my grandparents were born, this was a bucket list destination for me. Copenhagen was such a fun and relaxed city with amazing food. Stockholm is a really beautiful city with one of our all-time favorite museums, the Vasa. Now we need to go back and explore Norway.
I toured mostly solo, throughout India last season...
That’s difficult to answer, as we’ve enjoyed a variety of travel over the years. Certainly our South Pacific Cruise and travels throughout Australia was amazing. As well, I toured mostly solo, throughout India last season, which was awe inspiring.
I travelled alone around Australia, for two months, no phone, no social media.
My first Backpacking Trip in Australia in 2004. I travelled alone around Australia, for two months, no phone, no social media. I was cut off from the “humdrum life” and immersed in nature. I only had a small pocket camera and a backpack with 10kg. Isolation and throwing out the clutter was a real blessing.
Taking a French Immersion course in Roanne (just west of Lyon).
Taking a French Immersion course in Roanne (just west of Lyon). I’ve been to the school three times (Ecole des Trois Ponts) and one of the times there were classes in the morning and cooking classes (in French of course) in the afternoon. Full immersion and delicious!
Europe for one month
To Europe for one month, just after my divorce when my sons were still in grade school. I was working for part of it (I wrote about Germany and Austria for Frommer’s on $$ a Day), but I also believed the trip would cement our new family of three. We visited zoos in every city we visited, stayed with friends, walked through markets, played cards in our hotel room, saw museums and historic squares. They, too, loved every minute of it. Although we took other trips after that, this first one was the most important. They are now in their twenties, and they love to travel, too.
I would have to put my trip to South Africa and Namibia at the top of the list.
It’s really hard to choose one, but I would have to put my trip to South Africa and Namibia at the top of the list. I love animals, and there is nothing like seeing them in the wild. I think it is the place where I have been most in awe of the world and it stays in your heart.
Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
I loved Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It’s quirky, interesting, friendly, colorful, ethnically diverse, jammed packed with history and the architecture is amazing. I loved exploring the network of canals and assorted districts.You can bike just about anywhere. The people watching from sidewalk cafes and coffee houses is second to none! There are also several museums to wander through, housing Masters like Rembrandt and van Gogh. I am rarely in any travel photos because I either take photographs of the captivating views and architecture.
Porto, Portugal. It's an exquisite city.
Porto, Portugal. It’s an exquisite city. It’s very clean and beautiful. It’s not particularly walkable because it’s built on a mountainside, but if you take your time, you can see it all by foot eventually, and it’s worth the effort. The week we spent there in July the weather was a perfect 72 degrees, breezy and sunny, every day. The people are friendly, the food is unique, there are boat rides and bus rides and wine cellar tours. And I’d say it’s not overrun with tourists. It may well be a best kept secret in Europe. My husband sketched the Porto Cathedral while we were there and it’s my very favorite of all his work.
...my wife Deb & I went to Namibia. It was a trip that ticked all the boxes.
In 2015, my wife Deb & I went to Namibia. It was a trip that ticked all the boxes. Namibia has great roads, so we rented a car & drove everywhere, visiting National Parks like Etosha where we saw unbelievable amounts of wildlife, climbing massive sand dunes, flying over the Skeleton Coast, and climbing the high point of the country, Brandberg. I wrote a Trip Report about it on my website, called “The Sands of Namibia.” fredzalokar.com/trip-report-7-the-sands-of-namibia/
...going to the Cinque Terre in Italy by train was amazing
I’ve had lots of great trips, but going to the Cinque Terre in Italy by train was amazing (counting the metro trains in London and Paris on the way, and local trains while I was there, I think it was something like 50+ train trips in all). Wonderful, but only if you’re a train lover…