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Rapid Travel Chai Extreme International Travel at Frequent Traveler University, Washington, D.C., December 2014.

Explore the world’s eyebrow-raising destinations. Have a Roman coliseum and Star Wars sets to yourself in Tunisia. See the Caribbean where cruise ships don’t dock. Ideas for going way off the beaten path and strategies for how to do it.

Rapid Travel Chai Extreme International Travel at Frequent Traveler University, Washington, D.C., December 2014.

Explore the world’s eyebrow-raising destinations. Have a Roman coliseum and Star Wars sets to yourself in Tunisia. See the Caribbean where cruise ships don’t dock. Ideas for going way off the beaten path and strategies for how to do it.

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  2. 2. Thin Red Line in Solomon Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Yamamoto’s Bunker, Papua New Guinea ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Peleliu ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. Manila and Corregidor ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Extreme International Travel FTU DCA 2014 Stefan Krasowski Rapid Travel Chai
  7. 7. Ebola Isn’t The Big Travel Story ISIS May Be ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. “You Went Where???” - Rapid Travel Chai definition of Extreme International Travel ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. Or stop calling them ‘Dream Trips’ Just call them trips ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. Where Have I Traveled? 122 UN Countries 179 Travelers’ Century Club Countries ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. Where am I Heading to Tonight? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. Itinerary Why How Where ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  14. 14. Why Extreme? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. French Canada or France in Canada? Montreal, Quebec St. Pierre & Miquelon Photo by Gord McKenna ,flickr ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Tourist Hordes in Rome or Rome in Africa? Colosseum, Rome Colosseum, El-Jem, Tunisia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Photo by jimmyharris, flickr
  18. 18. And While You’re in Tunisia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. How to Get to Tunisia? 2 hour flight from Europe – easy for FTU-ers! Inspired Star Wars Sandcrawler ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  20. 20. Cons and Pros ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. Cons 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  22. 22. Awards can do a lot, but not everything Delta or United award to Guam or Saipan Freedom Air to Tinian $84 - $261 Rental SUV $50 = Driving North Field, B-29 Superfortress Base Freedom Air Air Ops Building Enola Gay Loading Pit ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. 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 Kyrgyzstan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  24. 24. Dominican Republic’s Tourist East Photo by Marlene lls, flickr Photo by Larry Armstrong, flickr ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  25. 25. Dominican Republic’s Quiet West ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  26. 26. Where to Start? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  27. 27. UNESCO Sites Bhimbetka Rock Shelters and Sanchi Buddhist Monuments, Bhopal, India ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  28. 28. Traveler’s Century Club Anne of Green Gables & lobster suppers, Prince Edward Island, Canada ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  29. 29. Thorn Tree Forum for Destination Info Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  30. 30. Tips ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  31. 31. US Passports Get the large passport book 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
  32. 32. Second US Passports Great for frequent travelers who need visas Easy process Only valid for two years ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  33. 33. Visa Requirements for US Citizens 166 countries Visa Free or Visa on Arrival Sources: Henley & Partners, Wikipedia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  34. 34. 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  35. 35. 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!!! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  36. 36. 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
  37. 37. Handy Credit Card Benefits Chase & Citi – trip delay coverage Discover – accepted in China via UnionPay, Japan via JCB ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  38. 38. Tech Unlocked phone + local SIM card T-Mobile – unlimited data & text to 120+ countries Encrypt – TrueCrypt Get a VPN – WiTopia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  41. 41. Yellow Fever ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Source: CDC Yellow Book 2014
  42. 42. Safety 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
  43. 43. ISIS ISIS is rapidly shifting the travel map Anyone can be a target Closely monitor local conditions with local sources Great trips to Middle East still possible ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  44. 44. Miles and Points Beyond Cathay J to Bali ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  45. 45. 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  46. 46. United Micronesia Island Hopper Join missionaries, military, dignitaries and islanders ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  47. 47. Pohnpei ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  48. 48. Palau and Peleliu ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  49. 49. 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  50. 50. Always Check Non-Alliance Partners, Too + ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  51. 51. 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
  52. 52. Check Non-Alliance Partners, Too + ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  53. 53. British Airways Avois.com Account Use London address to register Book Air Aurigny flights to Channel Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  54. 54. Guernsey, Channel Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  55. 55. Some Offbeat SkyTeam Awards Delta seasonal flight to Prince Edward Island, Canada 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 overflowing award space ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  56. 56. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  57. 57. 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
  58. 58. French Guiana and Suriname ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  59. 59. Air Where the Awards Don’t Go ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  60. 60. Air – Research Wikipedia’s airport and airline pages ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  61. 61. Air – Booking Find flights on ITA Matrix for most airlines Locate booking options on Hipmunk ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  62. 62. 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 ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  63. 63. Air – Obscure Airlines OneTravel for hard to ticket airlines Get reservation record AND ticket number ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  64. 64. Ideas ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  65. 65. Americas ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  66. 66. Moonscapes in Bolivia La Paz ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  67. 67. 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
  68. 68. 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
  69. 69. Otherworldly Salar de Uyuni ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  70. 70. Jesuits and Germans in Paraguay + + Itaipú Dam ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Deserted UNESCO Jesuit missions German yerba mate farmers
  71. 71. How to Get to Paraguay? AA nonstop from Miami, or Latin American airlines Overland from Argentina (Iguazú Falls or Posadas) American Airlines Miami – Asunción inaugural flight ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  72. 72. 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 Asunción Airport
  73. 73. Europe ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  74. 74. Divided Cyprus 4th-century BC Tombs of the Kings, Pafos ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  75. 75. 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
  76. 76. 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
  77. 77. Soviet Land in Transnistria Batman Lenin ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  78. 78. 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
  79. 79. 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
  80. 80. Africa ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  81. 81. Zimbabwe – Zambia – Botswana Triangle Victoria Falls ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  82. 82. 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
  83. 83. 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
  84. 84. Bargain French & Lemurs in Madagascar Luxury for $100/night ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  85. 85. How to Get to Madagascar? SkyTeam: great availability on Air France & Kenya Airways ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Lemurs in Andasibe
  86. 86. Madagascar Practicalities Visa on arrival (free) Road network is dreadful Great value hotels and French cuisine The capital Tana Countryside around Tana ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  87. 87. Middle East ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  88. 88. Iran Loves Americans At least the people do! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  89. 89. 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
  90. 90. 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: http://bit.ly/1lgelmT ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved Home decoration expo
  91. 91. Iran Mosaic ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  92. 92. Iran Mosaic ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  93. 93. Asia Pacific ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  94. 94. Serene Bhutan Tiger’s Nest ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  95. 95. 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
  96. 96. 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 Guides in required traditional dress
  97. 97. Himalayan Idyll ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  98. 98. Turkmenistan the Wacky ‘Stan The Gates of Hell ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  99. 99. 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
  100. 100. Turkmenistan Practicalities Tourist visa requires guided tour and long process Transit visa is guide-fee but lots of restrictions Average summer temperatures 100⁰F+ My guide in 130⁰F+ heat in non-AC Soviet jeep to Gonur ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  101. 101. Edifice Complex ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  102. 102. My Head Hurts, Just Send Me to the Caribbean ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  103. 103. Then Go Where the Cruise Ships Aren’t ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  104. 104. Saba ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  105. 105. Montserrat ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  106. 106. And I Leave You to Figure Out How to Get There! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  107. 107. Thank You rapidtravelchai.com stefan@rapidtravelchai.com @rapidtravelchai ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved

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