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Young, married, Canadian couple who traveled around the world for 8 months in 2012 with just 2 carry on backpacks and an iPad. Upon returning to Canada, we've continued our travels by focusing more on exploring our own backyard and enjoying the beauty of the area we live in.


February 2012

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    Hi, arriving in Istanbul Oct 30 and departing Nov 11. can anyone suggest an itinerary? Travel by train, preferably. Thank you.

    You can see quite a bit in the two weeks you are there. However, the trains through most of Turkey, especially going east from Istanbul are under repair as they are working on upgrading the lines. We were there for 3 weeks in May/June and really enjoyed the bus lines there. There is a lot of competition so the prices are competitive and affordable and there is an attendant on the bus that will serve coffee/tea or soft drinks once or twice during your trip. Plus they have free wifi too. From Istanbul, many of the bus lines will have offices in the tourist area too so you don't need to travel all the way to the main terminus to get a bus. We spent 5 nights, 6 days, in Istanbul. We prefer to see things slowly instead of rushing through it. There is a 72 hour museum card for 72 Turkish Lira (http://muze.gov.tr/museum_pass) that we recommend. If you only see the Hagia Sofia, Topkapı Palace Museum and Harem Apartments and one other place, the card has paid for itself and it allows you to skip the lines. Outside of Istanbul, we'd recommend going to Selcuk, where you can visit Ephesus, one of the world's oldest and largest ancient ruins. From Selcuk, Pammukkale is a short bus trip where you will see a UNESCO site and one of only a few places in the world where calcium deposits are coming up through the mountains. Lastly, I'd recommend Cappadoccia, where there are beautiful Fairy Chimneys and a great place to either hot air balloon or wake up early and watch the 50+ hot air balloons in the sky. I think with your 13 days, you should have just enough time to do all that. We are just finishing up our blog posts of Turkey, so you can see some of our thoughts at www.iPadNomads.com Enjoy! over 8 years ago

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    Got a 2 week window to go from Vancouver to San Diego return. What are the 'must see' spots in between?

    You didn't specify but I assume you're driving? If you are talking about 2 weeks to go to San Diego and back to Vancouver, you might find you won't have time to see much. We drove the coastal highway from San Francisco to the Oregon border a few years ago. That drive alone took us 2 full days of driving and that's only because we somewhat rushed it. It is so scenic and beautiful we could easily have spent more time there. The coast is gorgeous. As you enter Oregon from California on the coast you encounter the miles of Oregon sand dunes, which is cool too. You could easily take two weeks just to drive the coast from Vancouver to San Diego one way. Have fun! over 8 years ago

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    Is Jamaica safe now?

    We've been to Jamaica 3 times in the last 7 years and just returned from our last trip this past weekend. We've thoroughly enjoyed each of our Jamaica trips and enjoy going back each time. We've stayed in two different resorts in Montego Bay and another in Ocho Rios. If you are only spending your time at the resort, you'll have no problem in terms of safety. The staff will be super friendly and you'll have some great food. If you decide to leave the resort and visit the markets and other parts of town, you should be smart about things, like you would be in any foreign country. There is a lot of bad stuff happening in Jamaica, like many other countries out there, but most of the people are good. Just be smart and watch what you're doing. Go on tours with reputable groups, don't flaunt money or objects around and if someone offers you something too good to be true, it probably is. Enjoy! about 7 years ago