The Global Basecamps Blog

Ready. Set. Go. Planning for your RTW Trip with AirTreks

1.27.2011
by ali

If you’re looking to plan customized and efficient air tickets for your round the world travels then AirTreks is the best option. Specializing in muti-stop international plane tickets, AirTreks offers unique planning tools, affordable prices, and excellent service. Travelers can create customized itineraries with an unlimited number of stops through AirTreks' TripPlanner Tool. AirTreks' staff of international experts works to optimize each traveler’s airlines routes and fare by being able to offer air tickets at discounts compared to the fares published by airlines, travel agencies, and airfare sites.

AirTreks

A timeline is an efficient way to get your trip planning started. AirTreks' planning timeline walks you through step by step from 1 year out up until the day of your departure, allowing you to better organize and plan for your travels. A very useful tool for planning the destinations on your round the world trip is AirTreks' TripPlanner Tool. It helps you plan a route for your travels, allowing you to select all the cities you would like to visit and compiling an estimate, as well as including an alternative route called “More for Your Money.” Additionally, the TripPlanner tool allows you to not only plan for flights but ground travel as well, such as trains, buses, and cars. Even if you are not ready to purchase a ticket, this quick and easy tool gives you an estimate on what your airfare will cost and allows you to start budgeting for your trip. Once you are ready to purchase, you can click on “provide trip details” to move forward and be contacted by an AirTreks representative. Check out AirTreks’ blog for more information and news on round the world travel.

Global Basecamps Photo of the Month

1.24.2011
by ali
Kudu Bull
Photo by John Monetta 2010

“This is a Kudu bull in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is in KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. As the name implies it’s a wetlands park located about 4 hours north of Durban on the India Ocean. The park contains ocean based, estuary based and land based animals. The park is a self drive park and costs $8 per vehicle. I drove in around 3pm and spent 2 ½ hours exploring in my car. I took the picture of this Kudu bull at sunset as he stood guard over his herd of females, adolescents and calves behind the bluff in the picture. While taking this picture, the park ranger drove up and asked me to get back into my car. Seems the reason the Kudu was so nervous is this area is know for leopards and the ranger didn’t want me to get eaten. About 20 minutes later after the sunset I ran into three Black Rhinos (extremely rare). Unfortunately the light conditions produced photos that are on the edge of good.”

Vietnam: It's Complicated

1.20.2011
by steve wilson
We are excited to have a guest blog post from one of our travelers, Steve Wilson. Steve is taking an amazing trip and is chronicling his adventures on his blog, A Hungry Man Travels. Follow his travels by reading his blog and checking out his photos. Thanks, Steve, for sharing your Vietnam experience with us!
Vietnam

The reason why I chose to tour Vietnam wasn’t complicated, despite this post headline. I was fascinated by the country, its people and in particular the food. To me Vietnam just wasn’t going to be your typical tourist destination, and I was looking for that in my travels. Its war-torn history shapes its culture almost as much as the landscape, people, and the cuisine do. It’s impossible to come to this country without thinking about the Vietnam War. There are memorials everywhere. There are also absolutely lush, stunning green fields and tall palm trees – images that have been shown time and again in films about the country and the war. There are gorgeous red soils and tall mountains that straddle the rice fields where people in non las (conical hats) are hard at work. It’s so amazing to look at, yet so hard to take in. It’s akin to looking at a beautiful painting. You see it, you try to ‘get’ it, you even have a guide there to help you understand it, but even she can’t properly explain it. No matter what you do you still feel like something is off or missing - a vital piece of information that would bring more sense to the overall picture. See what I mean by complicated? Then again maybe it’s supposed to be complicated. Believe me after talking to other visiting tourists I was relieved to know I’m not the only who feels this way about Vietnam.

Exploring Singapore

1.13.2011
by ali

Though many of the laws and regulations in Singapore can be shocking to tourists, as a result the country is very clean, safe, and beautiful.  It has breathtaking beaches, delicious food, and a vast array of culture to experience.  Despite the fact that English is commonly spoken there, Singapore’s culture is a melting pot of Chinese, Malaysian, and Indonesian.  There is other heavy foreign influence making is one of the most diverse centers in Asia.  If you have the opportunity to visit this unique country here are a few of our recommendations on how to experience the best it has to offer!

Pulau Ubin: A Naturalist’s Paradise

Pulau Ubin

If your looking for a unique day trip in Singapore Pulau Ubin, an island just off the northeastern tip of Singapore, offers a look into a small town left untouched by the development of bustling Singapore.  Pulau Ubin is a 15-minute boat ride from Changi Point Jetty. It offers an escape from the metropolitan city and is like taking a stroll through Singapore in the 1960’s.  With less than 100 inhabitants, it is just 5 miles across and 1 mile wide. As one of Singapore’s few remaining great nature areas, the island has vast areas of jungle and swamp that sustain a wide variety of animals. Renting mountain bikes is a great way to explore the jungle and scenery of the island.  There are also 2 beaches on the island, Noordin and Mamam, where visitors can camp.

Photo Essay: Zhouzhuang Water Town

1.4.2011
by ali

Zhouzhuang Water Town is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers, and thought by many to be the best water town in China. Located in Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, it is 30 km southeast of Suzhou and 60 km southwest of Shanghai. With over 900 years of history, many of the houses were built in the Ming Dynasty, spanning from 1368-1644, and the Qing Dynasty, spanning from 1644-1911. There are 14 stone-arch bridges in the town. The town has been very well preserved and most of the original architecture remains intact. Below is a series of photos from Zhouzhuang Water Town.

Boats at Zhouzhuang Water Town
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