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Archive for September, 2010

5 Reasons to Get an Indonesian Visa

September 26th, 2010
Indonesia's motto is "Unity in Diversity," and this is an apt description of a country that consists of 17,508 islands and 206 million people speaking 742 different languages. Opportunities for tourism in Indonesia are equally diverse-there's so much to see and do that it's hard to narrow it down. Nevertheless, here are 5 of the most spectacular reasons to get an Indonesian visa: Bali: Bali is a wonderland of clean white and black-sand beaches, gorgeous rice terraces, and enchanting temples. The island is also one of Indonesia's most important artistic centers, nurturing dancers, painters, sculptors and metalworkers alike. It's no surprise, then, that Bali is Indonesia's most popular tourist attraction. Sumatra: Sumatra is a wild island packed with smoky volcanoes and verdan


Israel Passport Stamps and Travel Visas

September 24th, 2010
Israel is one of the most popular countries in the Middle East for American tourists. US citizens do not need to apply for a travel visa in advance to visit Israel-all you need is a passport valid for at least the next 6 months and you're good to go. However, having an Israeli stamp in your passport can make it difficult to get travel visas for certain other countries. For example, if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport, the following countries will not issue you a travel visa or allow you to enter the country: Libya Sudan Lebanon Syria Saudi Arabia Kuwait Yemen Iran For this reason, most travel guides recommend making Israel the last stop on your Middle East tour. You can also ask the Israel customs officials to stamp a detachable sheet of paper inside of yo


Thai Visa Requirements to Play with Fire on Ko Phi Phi Island

September 23rd, 2010
Travelers to Thailand tend to either love or hate Ko Phi Phi Island, the idyllic setting of the movie version of "The Beach." If you fantasize about unspoiled, quiet tropical islands, you'll more than likely be disappointed. However, if what you're looking for is an all-night beach party, Ko Phi Phi will probably knock your socks off. One thing that makes the beach parties at Ko Phi Phi so interesting is the large numbers of people playing with fire. Thai locals perform stunts like poi (dancing/gymnastics with fire) and jump rope with flaming jump ropes, often inviting tourists to join in. Over at Nomadic Matt's blog, Sean Ogle recommends a sobriety check before indulging your inner pyromaniac. Thai beach parties are almost always fueled by innocent-looking children's beach bucket


Chinese Visa Requirements to See the Temple of Confucius

September 21st, 2010
As you probably already know, Confucius was an extremely influential Chinese philosopher. His philosophy emphasized the importance of honoring family and tradition, but also the importance of treating other people with kindness, empathy and respect. He lived from 551 to 479 BC. Although we don't have any manuscripts written by Confucius, his teachings were preserved by his students and compiled into the Analects. However, don't bother reading the Analects if you're looking for the short, pithy quotes that Westerners often jokingly attribute to Confucius. Per Wikipedia, here are some things Confucius actually did say: "To know your faults and be able to change is the greatest virtue." "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others." "Knowledge is recognizing what you


5 Reasons to Get a Nepali Visa

September 19th, 2010
On the other side of the world and shrouded in mystery, Nepal seems more like a dream than reality to most Americans. However, if you're willing to brave the long plane ride, you'll find a welcoming country filled with awe-inspiring scenery and plenty of opportunities for adventure. Here are 5 reasons to get a Nepali visa and go: The Annapurna Circuit: The Annapurna circuit is 128 miles of rugged but spectacular terrain: a parade of rivers, mountains, small friendly villages and remote Buddhist monasteries. Backpacker Magazine calls it "the world’s best trek." If it's on your bucket list, I'd recommend hiking it in the next year-a road is set to fill more of the circuit with Jeeps in 2012, according to the New York Times. The Great Himalayan Trail Eventually, if the dream