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The Black SandsThe Black Sands
Iwo Jima
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The Veterans
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The Charter
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The Memorial
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What It Took
Delta or United award to Guam – 70k economy
Military Historic Tours Charter $1535
Charter waitlist persistence
Who’s in for Wake Atoll in December?
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Delta or United award to Guam – 70k economy
Military Historic Tours Charter $1535
Charter waitlist persistence
Who’s in for Wake Atoll in December?
The Pacific TheaterThe Pacific Theater
Thin Red Line in Solomon Islands
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Yamamoto’s Bunker, Papua New Guinea
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Manila and Corregidor
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Extreme International Travel
FTU DFW 2015
Extreme International Travel
FTU DFW 2015
Stefan Krasowski
Rapid Travel Chai
“You Went Where???”
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- Rapid Travel Chai definition of
Extreme International Travel
Or stop calling them ‘Dream Trips’
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Just call them trips
Who am I?
I lived in China for 8 years
I work in international business
I plan obsessively
I travel fast
I come back exhausted
My wife is the opposite
I lived in China for 8 years
I work in international business
I plan obsessively
I travel fast
I come back exhausted
My wife is the opposite
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Where Have I Traveled?
131 UN Countries
193 Travelers’ Century Club Countries
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Itinerary
Why
How
Where
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Why Extreme?
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French Canada or France in Canada?
St. Pierre & MiquelonMontreal, Quebec
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Photo by Gord McKenna ,flickr
How to Get to St. Pierre & Miquelon?
United or Air Canada to St. John’s, Newfoundland
Drive to Fortune and take the daily summer ferry
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Gorillas and Volcanoes in
DR Congo
Gorillas and Volcanoes in
DR Congo
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Virunga National Park
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The World’s Largest Lava Lake
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The Lodge and The Camp
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The Village and Goma
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The Gorillas
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What It Took
Wideroe $400+ fare on Delta/KLM
United 35k award around East Africa on Ethiopian
Virunga is a 3x FlexPerks charity!
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Cons and Pros
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Cons
Red tape (visas) can be a hassle
Some destinations unavoidably expensive
Standards vary…a lot, especially at hotels
Stress…especially with companions
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Red tape (visas) can be a hassle
Some destinations unavoidably expensive
Standards vary…a lot, especially at hotels
Stress…especially with companions
Andaman Islands, India
Pros
Some places every day is off-peak
Enjoy breathtaking sights without crowds
No tourist industry = few tourist scams
Authentic interaction with locals
Make a difference with your dollars
Learn
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Some places every day is off-peak
Enjoy breathtaking sights without crowds
No tourist industry = few tourist scams
Authentic interaction with locals
Make a difference with your dollars
Learn
Kyrgyzstan
Dominican Republic’s Tourist East
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Photo by Marlene lls, flickr Photo by Larry Armstrong, flickr
Dominican Republic’s Quiet West
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Where to Start?
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UNESCO Sites
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters and Sanchi Buddhist Monuments,
Bhopal, India
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Traveler’s Century Club
Anne of Green Gables & lobster suppers,
Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Thorn Tree Forum for Destination Info
Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum
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Tips
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US Passports
Large passport book and add 2x pages before 2016
Get a passport card for land & sea & backup ID
Enroll in Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI and
add to airline profiles for TSA PreCheck
Have scans and copies
Large passport book and add 2x pages before 2016
Get a passport card for land & sea & backup ID
Enroll in Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI and
add to airline profiles for TSA PreCheck
Have scans and copies
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Second US Passports
Great for frequent travelers who need visas
Easy process
Only valid for two years
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Visa Requirements for US Citizens
166 countries Visa Free or Visa on Arrival
Sources: Henley & Partners, Wikipedia
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Visas for US Citizens
Check embassy websites
Check travel.state.gov
Specialist visa agents vs big generalists
10-year China & India and 3-year Russia tourist visas
Must pay Argentina reciprocity fee online in advance
Yes, you need a visa for Australia
Check embassy websites
Check travel.state.gov
Specialist visa agents vs big generalists
10-year China & India and 3-year Russia tourist visas
Must pay Argentina reciprocity fee online in advance
Yes, you need a visa for Australia
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Money – Cash
Cash is still king
Traveler’s checks are dead
Carry a cheat sheet or app for fx rates
Schwab debit card – no fx fee + ATM reimbursements
Avoid anything Travelex!!!
Cash is still king
Traveler’s checks are dead
Carry a cheat sheet or app for fx rates
Schwab debit card – no fx fee + ATM reimbursements
Avoid anything Travelex!!!
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Money – Credit Cards
Logo in the window may only mean local cards
Chip and Signature cards work most of the time
Chip and Pin cards for heavy EU travelers (Diners Club)
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Handy Credit Card Benefits
Chase & Citi – trip delay coverage
Discover – accepted in China via UnionPay, Japan via JCB
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Tech
Unlocked phone + local SIM card
T-Mobile – unlimited data & text to 120+ countries
Encrypt – TrueCrypt
Get a VPN – WiTopia
Unlocked phone + local SIM card
T-Mobile – unlimited data & text to 120+ countries
Encrypt – TrueCrypt
Get a VPN – WiTopia
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Insurance
Insure yourself, your trip, or your stuff?
Credit cards often insure
your trip and your stuff
I insure myself – GeoBlue
Trekker Choice annual plan
Annual or per trip?
insubuy.com,
travelinsurancecenter.com
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Credit cards often insure
your trip and your stuff
I insure myself – GeoBlue
Trekker Choice annual plan
Annual or per trip?
insubuy.com,
travelinsurancecenter.com
Health
CDC Yellow Book @ cdc.gov/travel
Know scientific names of your meds
(aspirin = acetylsalicylic acid)
Plan ahead for vaccines
Malaria pills pros and cons
International Certificate of Vaccination
CDC Yellow Book @ cdc.gov/travel
Know scientific names of your meds
(aspirin = acetylsalicylic acid)
Plan ahead for vaccines
Malaria pills pros and cons
International Certificate of Vaccination
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Yellow Fever
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Source: CDC Yellow Book 2014
Safety
Don’t be:
Drunk
Drugged
Debauched
Especially when you
don’t speak the
language or know the
legal system
The Rapid Travel Chai ‘3 Ds’ of Travel Safety
Don’t be:
Drunk
Drugged
Debauched
Especially when you
don’t speak the
language or know the
legal system
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ISIS
ISIS is rapidly shifting the travel map
Anyone can be a target
Closely monitor local conditions with local sources
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Miles and Points
Beyond Cathay J to Bali
Miles and Points
Beyond Cathay J to Bali
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Some Offbeat Star Alliance Awards
Ethiopian from DC to Africa
Copa in Latin America
Turkish flies to more countries than any airline, 100+
United now partners with Azul for Brazil
Ethiopian from DC to Africa
Copa in Latin America
Turkish flies to more countries than any airline, 100+
United now partners with Azul for Brazil
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United Micronesia Island Hopper
Join missionaries, military, dignitaries and islanders
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Pohnpei
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Palau and Peleliu
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Some Offbeat One World Awards
Avios, Avios, Avios – fill in gaps on itineraries
Use for Canada, South America, Africa, Indian Ocean,
Australia, Pacific and Russia
Example: Sri Lankan several daily flights to Maldives
Avios, Avios, Avios – fill in gaps on itineraries
Use for Canada, South America, Africa, Indian Ocean,
Australia, Pacific and Russia
Example: Sri Lankan several daily flights to Maldives
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Always Check Non-Alliance Partners, Too
+
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+
British Airways Avios are Awesome
Redeem for short, expensive flights
Fill in gaps on itineraries
Africa, Canada, Pacific, South America flights
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Check Non-Alliance Partners, Too
+
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British Airways Avois.com Account
Use UK address to register
Book Air Aurigny flights to Channel Islands
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Guernsey, Channel Islands
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JAL Awards on Bangkok Airways
Long-running discount promo
Transfer from SPG (processed once weekly)
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Some Offbeat SkyTeam Awards
AeroMexico for Latin America and even to Europe/Asia
Gol in Brazil and to Brazil from Orlando
Air France to Madagascar and Indian Ocean
China Eastern/Southern + China Airlines to Asia
Virgin Australia to Solomons, Christmas & Cocos Islands
Saudia for…a Saudi experience
AeroMexico for Latin America and even to Europe/Asia
Gol in Brazil and to Brazil from Orlando
Air France to Madagascar and Indian Ocean
China Eastern/Southern + China Airlines to Asia
Virgin Australia to Solomons, Christmas & Cocos Islands
Saudia for…a Saudi experience
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
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Air France KLM Caribbean Hopper
Visit Caribbean on the way to Europe
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have hoppers, too
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French Guiana and Suriname
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Air Where the Awards Don’t Go
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Air – Research
Wikipedia’s airport and airline pages
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Air – Booking
Find flights on ITA Matrix for most airlines
Locate booking options on Hipmunk
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Air – Book Local
Check airlines websites & local ITAs
Check residency requirements (Latin America)
Use for China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia & more
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Air – Budget Airlines
skyscanner.com and
whichbudget.com
Price all the extras
Know the airport –
where in ‘London’?
Know the terminal –
Malaysian remote LCCTs
Air Asia is awesome
skyscanner.com and
whichbudget.com
Price all the extras
Know the airport –
where in ‘London’?
Know the terminal –
Malaysian remote LCCTs
Air Asia is awesome
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Air – Obscure Airlines
OneTravel for hard to ticket airlines
Get reservation record AND ticket number
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Ideas
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Americas
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Moonscapes in Bolivia
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La Paz
How to Get to Bolivia?
Avianca or LAN to La Paz
Santa Cruz has AA and more but no Uyuni flights
Overland from Peru at Lake Titicaca
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Lake Titicaca
Bolivia Practicalities
Visa on arrival at all points of entry ($135)
Land transport is very rough – fly to Uyuni
Uyuni tour is high altitude and physically difficult
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La Paz – Uyuni
bus breakdown
Otherworldly Salar de Uyuni
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Jesuits and Germans in Paraguay
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Deserted UNESCO
Jesuit missions
German yerba
mate farmers
Itaipú Dam
+ +
How to Get to Paraguay?
AA nonstop from Miami, or Latin American airlines
Overland from Argentina (Iguazú Falls or Posadas)
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American Airlines Miami – Asunción inaugural flight
Paraguay Practicalities
Visa required – on arrival for air only ($160)
Major cities have safety issues – stay in German towns
Need land transport – only domestic flight is Asunción
to Ciudad del Este (Brazil border)
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Visa required – on arrival for air only ($160)
Major cities have safety issues – stay in German towns
Need land transport – only domestic flight is Asunción
to Ciudad del Este (Brazil border)
Asunción Airport
Europe
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Divided Cyprus
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4th-century BC Tombs of the Kings, Pafos
How to Get to Cyprus
Larnaca and Paphos served by many airlines
Turkish-controlled Ercan served mainly from Turkey
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Onurair
Istanbul-Ercan
Cyprus Practicalities
No issue going in/out Turkish-controlled territory
Bringing rental cars across is difficult – rent on both sides
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Divided Nicosia
Soviet Land in Transnistria
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Batman Lenin
How to Get to Transnistria?
Fly to Chisinau, Moldova on Austrian, Tarom, Turkish
Bus to Terespol (avoid Russia through-trains)
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Transnistria
border
Transnistria Practicalities
Moldova permits tourists to visit with no hassle
Visa on arrival process subject to whim
Extremely little English spoken
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Wedding Party
Africa
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Zimbabwe – Zambia – Botswana Triangle
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Victoria Falls
How to Get to Victoria Falls?
BA Avios to Victoria Falls or Livingstone from Johannesburg
Star Alliance: South African or Ethiopian
Day tour to Botswana’s Chobe National Park
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Everything but
the lions
Victoria Falls Practicalities
Zimbabwe’s tourist industry is fine, despite the economy
Visa on arrival for Zambia & Zimbabwe, free for Botswana
Colonial Victoria Falls Hotel & Royal Livingstone
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Victoria Falls Hotel
Bargain French & Lemurs in Madagascar
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Luxury for $100/night
How to Get to Madagascar?
SkyTeam: great availability on Air France & Kenya Airways
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Lemurs in
Andasibe
Madagascar Practicalities
Visa on arrival (free)
Road network is dreadful
Great value hotels and French cuisine
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Countryside around TanaThe capital Tana
Middle East
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Iran Loves Americans
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At least the people do!
How to Get to Iran?
Europe and Middle East carriers fly to Tehran and more
Land entry from Turkey (US/UK may have issues)
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Lake near Shiraz
Iran Practicalities
US/UK citizens must book agency tour with guide
Expect 2-3 month visa process, apply at Pakistan Embassy
Iranians are cosmopolitan and very friendly to Americans
Watch Rick Steves Iran Lecture @ bit.ly/1lgelmT
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US/UK citizens must book agency tour with guide
Expect 2-3 month visa process, apply at Pakistan Embassy
Iranians are cosmopolitan and very friendly to Americans
Watch Rick Steves Iran Lecture @ bit.ly/1lgelmT
Home decoration expo
Iran Mosaic
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Iran Mosaic
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Asia Pacific
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Serene Bhutan
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Tiger’s Nest
How to Get to Bhutan?
Get to New Dehli, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore
Connect on national carrier Druk Air
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Druk Air
Bhutan Practicalities
Must book with tour agent who arranges visa on arrival
Government all-inclusive rates based on group size
Peak months single person tour US$290/day
Last (departure) day free
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Must book with tour agent who arranges visa on arrival
Government all-inclusive rates based on group size
Peak months single person tour US$290/day
Last (departure) day free
Guides in required
traditional dress
Himalayan Idyll
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Turkmenistan the Wacky ‘Stan
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The Gates of Hell
How to Get to Turkmenistan?
Star Alliance Lufthansa and Turkish; OneWorld S7
SkyTeam China Southern from Ürümqi for Silk Road trips
Azerbaijan by ferry, Uzbekistan by land
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Neighborhood
MiG in Mary
Turkmenistan Practicalities
Tourist visa requires guided tour and long process
Transit visa is guide-fee but lots of restrictions
Average summer temperatures 100⁰F+
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My guide in 130⁰F+ heat in non-AC Soviet jeep to Gonur
Edifice Complex
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My Head Hurts,
Just Send Me to the Caribbean
My Head Hurts,
Just Send Me to the Caribbean
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Then Go Where the Cruise Ships Aren’t
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Saba
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Montserrat
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And I Leave You to Figure Out
How to Get There!
And I Leave You to Figure Out
How to Get There!
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Thank You
stefan@rapidtravelchai.com
@rapidtravelchai
rapidtravelchai.com
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Extreme International Travel: Tips and Insights for Visiting Off-the-Beaten Path Destinations

  • 1. The Black SandsThe Black Sands
  • 2. Iwo Jima ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 3. The Veterans ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 4. The Charter ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 5. The Memorial ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 6. What It Took Delta or United award to Guam – 70k economy Military Historic Tours Charter $1535 Charter waitlist persistence Who’s in for Wake Atoll in December? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Delta or United award to Guam – 70k economy Military Historic Tours Charter $1535 Charter waitlist persistence Who’s in for Wake Atoll in December?
  • 7. The Pacific TheaterThe Pacific Theater
  • 8. Thin Red Line in Solomon Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 9. Yamamoto’s Bunker, Papua New Guinea ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 10. Manila and Corregidor ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 11. Extreme International Travel FTU DFW 2015 Extreme International Travel FTU DFW 2015 Stefan Krasowski Rapid Travel Chai
  • 12. “You Went Where???” ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved - Rapid Travel Chai definition of Extreme International Travel
  • 13. Or stop calling them ‘Dream Trips’ ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Just call them trips
  • 14. Who am I? I lived in China for 8 years I work in international business I plan obsessively I travel fast I come back exhausted My wife is the opposite I lived in China for 8 years I work in international business I plan obsessively I travel fast I come back exhausted My wife is the opposite ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 15. Where Have I Traveled? 131 UN Countries 193 Travelers’ Century Club Countries ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 17. Why Extreme? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 18. French Canada or France in Canada? St. Pierre & MiquelonMontreal, Quebec ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Photo by Gord McKenna ,flickr
  • 19. How to Get to St. Pierre & Miquelon? United or Air Canada to St. John’s, Newfoundland Drive to Fortune and take the daily summer ferry ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 20. Gorillas and Volcanoes in DR Congo Gorillas and Volcanoes in DR Congo ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 21. Virunga National Park ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 22. The World’s Largest Lava Lake ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 23. The Lodge and The Camp ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 24. The Village and Goma ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 25. The Gorillas ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 26. What It Took Wideroe $400+ fare on Delta/KLM United 35k award around East Africa on Ethiopian Virunga is a 3x FlexPerks charity! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 27. Cons and Pros ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 28. Cons Red tape (visas) can be a hassle Some destinations unavoidably expensive Standards vary…a lot, especially at hotels Stress…especially with companions ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Red tape (visas) can be a hassle Some destinations unavoidably expensive Standards vary…a lot, especially at hotels Stress…especially with companions Andaman Islands, India
  • 29. Pros Some places every day is off-peak Enjoy breathtaking sights without crowds No tourist industry = few tourist scams Authentic interaction with locals Make a difference with your dollars Learn ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Some places every day is off-peak Enjoy breathtaking sights without crowds No tourist industry = few tourist scams Authentic interaction with locals Make a difference with your dollars Learn Kyrgyzstan
  • 30. Dominican Republic’s Tourist East ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Photo by Marlene lls, flickr Photo by Larry Armstrong, flickr
  • 31. Dominican Republic’s Quiet West ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 32. Where to Start? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 33. UNESCO Sites Bhimbetka Rock Shelters and Sanchi Buddhist Monuments, Bhopal, India ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 34. Traveler’s Century Club Anne of Green Gables & lobster suppers, Prince Edward Island, Canada ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 35. Thorn Tree Forum for Destination Info Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 36. Tips ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 37. US Passports Large passport book and add 2x pages before 2016 Get a passport card for land & sea & backup ID Enroll in Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI and add to airline profiles for TSA PreCheck Have scans and copies Large passport book and add 2x pages before 2016 Get a passport card for land & sea & backup ID Enroll in Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI and add to airline profiles for TSA PreCheck Have scans and copies ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 38. Second US Passports Great for frequent travelers who need visas Easy process Only valid for two years ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 39. Visa Requirements for US Citizens 166 countries Visa Free or Visa on Arrival Sources: Henley & Partners, Wikipedia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 40. Visas for US Citizens Check embassy websites Check travel.state.gov Specialist visa agents vs big generalists 10-year China & India and 3-year Russia tourist visas Must pay Argentina reciprocity fee online in advance Yes, you need a visa for Australia Check embassy websites Check travel.state.gov Specialist visa agents vs big generalists 10-year China & India and 3-year Russia tourist visas Must pay Argentina reciprocity fee online in advance Yes, you need a visa for Australia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 41. Money – Cash Cash is still king Traveler’s checks are dead Carry a cheat sheet or app for fx rates Schwab debit card – no fx fee + ATM reimbursements Avoid anything Travelex!!! Cash is still king Traveler’s checks are dead Carry a cheat sheet or app for fx rates Schwab debit card – no fx fee + ATM reimbursements Avoid anything Travelex!!! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 42. Money – Credit Cards Logo in the window may only mean local cards Chip and Signature cards work most of the time Chip and Pin cards for heavy EU travelers (Diners Club) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 43. Handy Credit Card Benefits Chase & Citi – trip delay coverage Discover – accepted in China via UnionPay, Japan via JCB ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 44. Tech Unlocked phone + local SIM card T-Mobile – unlimited data & text to 120+ countries Encrypt – TrueCrypt Get a VPN – WiTopia Unlocked phone + local SIM card T-Mobile – unlimited data & text to 120+ countries Encrypt – TrueCrypt Get a VPN – WiTopia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 45. Insurance Insure yourself, your trip, or your stuff? Credit cards often insure your trip and your stuff I insure myself – GeoBlue Trekker Choice annual plan Annual or per trip? insubuy.com, travelinsurancecenter.com ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Credit cards often insure your trip and your stuff I insure myself – GeoBlue Trekker Choice annual plan Annual or per trip? insubuy.com, travelinsurancecenter.com
  • 46. Health CDC Yellow Book @ cdc.gov/travel Know scientific names of your meds (aspirin = acetylsalicylic acid) Plan ahead for vaccines Malaria pills pros and cons International Certificate of Vaccination CDC Yellow Book @ cdc.gov/travel Know scientific names of your meds (aspirin = acetylsalicylic acid) Plan ahead for vaccines Malaria pills pros and cons International Certificate of Vaccination ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 47. Yellow Fever ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Source: CDC Yellow Book 2014
  • 48. Safety Don’t be: Drunk Drugged Debauched Especially when you don’t speak the language or know the legal system The Rapid Travel Chai ‘3 Ds’ of Travel Safety Don’t be: Drunk Drugged Debauched Especially when you don’t speak the language or know the legal system ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 49. ISIS ISIS is rapidly shifting the travel map Anyone can be a target Closely monitor local conditions with local sources ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 50. Miles and Points Beyond Cathay J to Bali Miles and Points Beyond Cathay J to Bali ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 51. Some Offbeat Star Alliance Awards Ethiopian from DC to Africa Copa in Latin America Turkish flies to more countries than any airline, 100+ United now partners with Azul for Brazil Ethiopian from DC to Africa Copa in Latin America Turkish flies to more countries than any airline, 100+ United now partners with Azul for Brazil ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 52. United Micronesia Island Hopper Join missionaries, military, dignitaries and islanders ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 54. Palau and Peleliu ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 55. Some Offbeat One World Awards Avios, Avios, Avios – fill in gaps on itineraries Use for Canada, South America, Africa, Indian Ocean, Australia, Pacific and Russia Example: Sri Lankan several daily flights to Maldives Avios, Avios, Avios – fill in gaps on itineraries Use for Canada, South America, Africa, Indian Ocean, Australia, Pacific and Russia Example: Sri Lankan several daily flights to Maldives ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 56. Always Check Non-Alliance Partners, Too + ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved +
  • 57. British Airways Avios are Awesome Redeem for short, expensive flights Fill in gaps on itineraries Africa, Canada, Pacific, South America flights ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 58. Check Non-Alliance Partners, Too + ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved +
  • 59. British Airways Avois.com Account Use UK address to register Book Air Aurigny flights to Channel Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 60. Guernsey, Channel Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 61. JAL Awards on Bangkok Airways Long-running discount promo Transfer from SPG (processed once weekly) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 62. Some Offbeat SkyTeam Awards AeroMexico for Latin America and even to Europe/Asia Gol in Brazil and to Brazil from Orlando Air France to Madagascar and Indian Ocean China Eastern/Southern + China Airlines to Asia Virgin Australia to Solomons, Christmas & Cocos Islands Saudia for…a Saudi experience AeroMexico for Latin America and even to Europe/Asia Gol in Brazil and to Brazil from Orlando Air France to Madagascar and Indian Ocean China Eastern/Southern + China Airlines to Asia Virgin Australia to Solomons, Christmas & Cocos Islands Saudia for…a Saudi experience ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 63. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 64. Air France KLM Caribbean Hopper Visit Caribbean on the way to Europe British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have hoppers, too ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 65. French Guiana and Suriname ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 66. Air Where the Awards Don’t Go ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 67. Air – Research Wikipedia’s airport and airline pages ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 68. Air – Booking Find flights on ITA Matrix for most airlines Locate booking options on Hipmunk ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 69. Air – Book Local Check airlines websites & local ITAs Check residency requirements (Latin America) Use for China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia & more ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 70. Air – Budget Airlines skyscanner.com and whichbudget.com Price all the extras Know the airport – where in ‘London’? Know the terminal – Malaysian remote LCCTs Air Asia is awesome skyscanner.com and whichbudget.com Price all the extras Know the airport – where in ‘London’? Know the terminal – Malaysian remote LCCTs Air Asia is awesome ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 71. Air – Obscure Airlines OneTravel for hard to ticket airlines Get reservation record AND ticket number ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 72. Ideas ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 74. Moonscapes in Bolivia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved La Paz
  • 75. How to Get to Bolivia? Avianca or LAN to La Paz Santa Cruz has AA and more but no Uyuni flights Overland from Peru at Lake Titicaca ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Lake Titicaca
  • 76. Bolivia Practicalities Visa on arrival at all points of entry ($135) Land transport is very rough – fly to Uyuni Uyuni tour is high altitude and physically difficult ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved La Paz – Uyuni bus breakdown
  • 77. Otherworldly Salar de Uyuni ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 78. Jesuits and Germans in Paraguay ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Deserted UNESCO Jesuit missions German yerba mate farmers Itaipú Dam + +
  • 79. How to Get to Paraguay? AA nonstop from Miami, or Latin American airlines Overland from Argentina (Iguazú Falls or Posadas) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved American Airlines Miami – Asunción inaugural flight
  • 80. Paraguay Practicalities Visa required – on arrival for air only ($160) Major cities have safety issues – stay in German towns Need land transport – only domestic flight is Asunción to Ciudad del Este (Brazil border) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Visa required – on arrival for air only ($160) Major cities have safety issues – stay in German towns Need land transport – only domestic flight is Asunción to Ciudad del Este (Brazil border) Asunción Airport
  • 82. Divided Cyprus ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved 4th-century BC Tombs of the Kings, Pafos
  • 83. How to Get to Cyprus Larnaca and Paphos served by many airlines Turkish-controlled Ercan served mainly from Turkey ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Onurair Istanbul-Ercan
  • 84. Cyprus Practicalities No issue going in/out Turkish-controlled territory Bringing rental cars across is difficult – rent on both sides ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Divided Nicosia
  • 85. Soviet Land in Transnistria ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Batman Lenin
  • 86. How to Get to Transnistria? Fly to Chisinau, Moldova on Austrian, Tarom, Turkish Bus to Terespol (avoid Russia through-trains) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Transnistria border
  • 87. Transnistria Practicalities Moldova permits tourists to visit with no hassle Visa on arrival process subject to whim Extremely little English spoken ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Wedding Party
  • 89. Zimbabwe – Zambia – Botswana Triangle ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Victoria Falls
  • 90. How to Get to Victoria Falls? BA Avios to Victoria Falls or Livingstone from Johannesburg Star Alliance: South African or Ethiopian Day tour to Botswana’s Chobe National Park ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Everything but the lions
  • 91. Victoria Falls Practicalities Zimbabwe’s tourist industry is fine, despite the economy Visa on arrival for Zambia & Zimbabwe, free for Botswana Colonial Victoria Falls Hotel & Royal Livingstone ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Victoria Falls Hotel
  • 92. Bargain French & Lemurs in Madagascar ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Luxury for $100/night
  • 93. How to Get to Madagascar? SkyTeam: great availability on Air France & Kenya Airways ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Lemurs in Andasibe
  • 94. Madagascar Practicalities Visa on arrival (free) Road network is dreadful Great value hotels and French cuisine ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Countryside around TanaThe capital Tana
  • 95. Middle East ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 96. Iran Loves Americans ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved At least the people do!
  • 97. How to Get to Iran? Europe and Middle East carriers fly to Tehran and more Land entry from Turkey (US/UK may have issues) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Lake near Shiraz
  • 98. Iran Practicalities US/UK citizens must book agency tour with guide Expect 2-3 month visa process, apply at Pakistan Embassy Iranians are cosmopolitan and very friendly to Americans Watch Rick Steves Iran Lecture @ bit.ly/1lgelmT ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved US/UK citizens must book agency tour with guide Expect 2-3 month visa process, apply at Pakistan Embassy Iranians are cosmopolitan and very friendly to Americans Watch Rick Steves Iran Lecture @ bit.ly/1lgelmT Home decoration expo
  • 99. Iran Mosaic ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 100. Iran Mosaic ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 101. Asia Pacific ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 102. Serene Bhutan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Tiger’s Nest
  • 103. How to Get to Bhutan? Get to New Dehli, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore Connect on national carrier Druk Air ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Druk Air
  • 104. Bhutan Practicalities Must book with tour agent who arranges visa on arrival Government all-inclusive rates based on group size Peak months single person tour US$290/day Last (departure) day free ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Must book with tour agent who arranges visa on arrival Government all-inclusive rates based on group size Peak months single person tour US$290/day Last (departure) day free Guides in required traditional dress
  • 105. Himalayan Idyll ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 106. Turkmenistan the Wacky ‘Stan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved The Gates of Hell
  • 107. How to Get to Turkmenistan? Star Alliance Lufthansa and Turkish; OneWorld S7 SkyTeam China Southern from Ürümqi for Silk Road trips Azerbaijan by ferry, Uzbekistan by land ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Neighborhood MiG in Mary
  • 108. Turkmenistan Practicalities Tourist visa requires guided tour and long process Transit visa is guide-fee but lots of restrictions Average summer temperatures 100⁰F+ ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved My guide in 130⁰F+ heat in non-AC Soviet jeep to Gonur
  • 109. Edifice Complex ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 110. My Head Hurts, Just Send Me to the Caribbean My Head Hurts, Just Send Me to the Caribbean ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 111. Then Go Where the Cruise Ships Aren’t ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 112. Saba ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  • 114. And I Leave You to Figure Out How to Get There! And I Leave You to Figure Out How to Get There! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved