Europe & The Mid East

Expenses: Africa

Posted by on Dec 17, 2008 in Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, The UK, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe | 1 comment

Expenses: Africa

Back due to popular demand (or my shear dorkiness)… in order of cheapest to most expensive countries… here is our budget breakdown for Africa! Please see my Expenses: Europe and the Middle East post for information about how to understand these posts! Uganda (17 days) $35 PPPD Visas $109 Accommodation $253 $7 Transport $255 $8 Sights $255 $8 Shopping $14 Food & Incidentals $301 $9 Gorilla Permits $1157 We didn’t include our Gorilla permits in our daily cost since $500 per person on a one day event is pretty steep and many people forgo that...

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Entering the UK as a World Explorer

Posted by on Sep 7, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, The UK | 0 comments

Entering the UK as a World Explorer

I thought I would slide in a few final posts on Europe before Allison and I got too carried away with Africa and the inevitable Lion King references. Yes, these posts are a tad late, but let them serve as memories of the lazy days of a summer gone past. Our first stop in the United Kingdom was London. London, England – not Ontario. Determined to make a fantastic first impression, I struggled with the occupation box on the UK immigration card. While ‘management consultant’ would have been perfectly suitable, technically I am no longer one, so I opted for the grand occupation...

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Expenses: Europe & The Middle East

Posted by on Aug 27, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East | 6 comments

Expenses: Europe & The Middle East

For those of you who are interested in such things (namely, money) this is the first of several posts providing some statistics regarding just how much it costs for two people to travel around the world for a year. We will do a similar post after we leave each continent. When reading these posts remember: we stay in hostels or the cheapest accommodation option, we try to eat on the cheap, we don’t drink very much, there are 2 of us (which makes accommodation half price in some countries), and neither one of us is interested in going to every single museum or attraction, we prefer to...

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Which National Park? Krka vs. Plitvice

Posted by on Aug 18, 2008 in Around the World, Croatia, Europe & The Mid East | 9 comments

Which National Park? Krka vs. Plitvice

As we had a limited number of days in Croatia, we were plagued by the question of whether to visit Krka or Plitvice national park. Google was no help since most hits told us to go to both, but no site outlined their relative merits or suggested just one. So, if you have found this blog post on Google and you don’t want to read it all the way through, the short answer is go to Plitvice provided you only have the time/money for one; honestly though, try to go to both. If time (rather than money) is your only constraint, three days is enough! Family and friends, this blog post also...

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Croatia: Highlights and Lowlights

Posted by on Aug 7, 2008 in Croatia, Europe & The Mid East | 2 comments

Croatia: Highlights and Lowlights

First let me apologize for the delay – I’ve been on vacation from traveling and accordingly the blog has fallen by the wayside. As some readers may know I left London on July 19th to come home for “wedding season:” three close friends had or have weddings on July 19th, July 26th and August 9th! Spending three weeks at home gave me the chance to celebrate with them and to spend some time at the lake with my family. Jon stayed in the UK and saw Ireland and Scotland before he flew to Toronto this past Tuesday in order to be a groomsmen in one of his closest...

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In Montenegro They Go Through the Mountain

Posted by on Jul 15, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Montenegro | 1 comment

In Montenegro They Go Through the Mountain

My first impressions of Montenegro were certainly coloured by several factors: it is Montenegro, formerly of Serbia and Montenegro, formerly of Yugoslavia, in Eastern Europe, it is the newest country in the world, and accordingly expected it to feel like uncharted territory, and we had just come from Albania, a smaller, poorer country. Upon arrival in Ulcinj – a beach city to the south – I could not believe the hoards and hoards and hoards of tourists that crowded the city, every square inch of the beach, and the shallower part of the ocean. Who were these people I wondered? ...

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