Aug 232017

Tasting the regional delights of a country is one of the best parts of travelling. Find out more about the culture and the people while eating some delicious treats. Break bread and drink with locals to get a true taste of somewhere, a salud to those to toast new friendships with their top alcoholic beverages on one of the many patagonia adventures.

Beef and Argentina come hand in hand, and this meat is probably what the country is known for. One of the favoured cooking methods is the asado, in which meats such as beef are grilled or cooked over an open flame. If you happen to be in the Patagonia area of the country, you may find that it’s goat or lamb that makes its way onto the barbecue. No matter where you are, it can be a mix of several of these choices. To season your meat, try the chimichurri sauce, a yummy mix of vinegar, garlic and herbs.

Perfect for going along with that delicious Argentine beef is some equally delicious Argentine wine. Wine is another thing that the country is known for, reds are top of the range, and Malbec is globally recognised. There are many more varietals produced here than Malbec however and there is even a white, Torontel, that is an Argentine original.

For something a bit lighter and easier to eat on the go, try an empanada. These bits of dough can be stuffed with a variety of filings including beef, chicken, seafood, cheese or swiss chard. The north like to fry them, but across the rest of the country these tend to be oven baked.

When you are in Buenos Aires in particular, you can enjoy cuisine from several other countries, due to the many immigrants who made their ways here. Italian food is one of the most well represented, making it easy to find pastas and pizzas as well as gelato for dessert. When it comes to dessert, one that has to be tried is the alfajore. This is a cookie filled with dulce de leche, a sauce similar to caramel. This filling is used in a variety of pastries and one of the favourites. Enjoy one of them with a cup of coffee, a common part of everyone’s day here.

As far as beverages go, no discussion about food and drink in Argentina would be complete without mentioning yerba mate. Yerba mate is a plant which is made into a tea and usually drunk from a cup that comes with its own straw. This can be a drunk with guests in a ritual sort of way with the mate being prepared for each person, one at a time, using one single cup. It’s not unusual to see Argentines travelling around with one of these cups in hand during argentina expeditions .

Heard enough? Ready to get out there and experience it for yourself? Argentina is a huge nation full of opportunity for the adventurous traveller. For ideas , browse some of the exciting patagonia adventures offered by this specialist in argentina adventure travel

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Aug 232017

Africa is a vast continent but most of it lies in the shadow of poverty, malnutrition, drought, lack of education and civil wars. From the famines of Ethiopia to the poaching of wild animals in Kenya, Africa has seen it all. Volunteering in Africa has been a major consideration of Non-profit organizations worldwide.

Different people have different reasons to opt for volunteer work and it can vary from the desire to learn new things about new cultures and societies to travel and gratification through social work and helping mankind. Some people are so devoted to the cause that they have spent their entire lifetime in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nairobi etc, while others do as much they can. Volunteering abroad and in continents like Africa, South America and Asia can be an enriching experience with a satisfaction or gratification that is almost incomparable.

There are different organizations requiring volunteers overseas and especially in Africa. Some of the organizations and projects involving volunteering in Africa are:

The Cheetah Recoil Program: This program is being organized at the Marsabit National Park, Kenya as a part of providing opportunities for volunteering in Africa. The Cheetah is the fastest animal on land but off late, due to extensive poaching, the population of Cheetah is almost near extinction. This Cheetah program has been designed specifically for volunteers who have an interest in wildlife conservation and are willing to travel overseas to Kenya. The requirement is for volunteers in groups of 20 who will work in a specific area along with some senior research co-coordinators, game wardens and scientists.

The Azafady Project: The project is being run by an U.K. charity organization and they need volunteering in Africa to effectively alleviate poverty, and at the same time improve and protect the unique and beautiful environment and wildlife. Their overseas volunteer program is two fold. One program is called the Pioneer Madagascar and it offers opportunity for volunteers to work at the grass-root level and create a system through which environmental degradation and poverty can be fought. The second project is called the Lemur Venture which is a lemur conservation project focused on protecting the already threatened population of lemur.

Global Service Corps (GSC): They are an organization who offers overseas volunteering opportunities and this includes projects in Tanzania, Africa. Their volunteering in Africa program involves participants to stay with Tanzanian people in their homes and learn about their life and culture. Volunteers share their own experiences and culture and through daily interaction educate the people of Tanzania. The project areas for volunteers include HIV/AIDS prevention, health, creating sustainable agriculture to prevent hunger, working with hospitals, farms, schools to impart information and create a social community.

There are many more organizations who offer opportunities to volunteers to visit Africa and make a difference. You can also take up volunteering in Africa and the benefits are:

1. You will be able to give something back. There are many people who feel the need to give back to the society and are passionate about their cause. If you are such a person then volunteering in Africa programs can provide you with a great opportunity to pursue such a cause.

2. If you are looking for a unique opportunity: There are many projects focusing on people, poverty, social issues, disease or health etc., but there are not as many projects on wildlife and ecosystem conservation. If you are interested in a wildlife conservation project and want to become a volunteer and pursue a related program, then it will be a unique opportunity that will ultimately provide satisfaction.

3. If you are looking for experience: There are many people who take part in overseas volunteering projects to gather experience required for their career goals or to start their own non profit organization. Either way, volunteering in Africa will provide the necessary experience and much more.

Volunteering in Africa can provide a unique set of opportunities that will be a life changing experience, culturally, educationally, and from a professional standpoint

Seomul Evans is a SEO Consultant for Global Crossroad, a leading Volunteer in Africa placement service

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Aug 232017

The tayra (Eira barbara), also known as the Tolomuco or Perico ligero in Central America, is an omnivorous animal from the weasel family Mustelidae. That is why tayras have an appearance similar to weasels and martens.

It is a long, slender very good climber with strong claws, resembling a thin-haired, very large mink with a long tail. This chocolate brown to black mustelid is related to the mink and the otter.

Tyras are pretty much small in height growing up to 60 cm. However, they have a tail of almost 45 cm long. Most of them have either dark brown or black fur with a lighter patch on its chest. The fur on its head changes to brown or gray as it ages.

These guys make the tropical forests of Central America its home. They make hollow trees, burrows in the ground, or nests of tall grass their home. They travel both alone and in groups during the day and the night. They eat mainly fruits but they also like carrion, small mammals, reptiles and birds.

They are also expert climbers, and can leap from treetop to treetop when pursued. They can also run fast and swim well.

They are intelligent animals and can become pets. Indigenous people, who often refer to this animal as “cabeza del viejo”, or old man’s head, due to their wrinkled facial skin, have kept them as household pets. Wild tayra populations are slowly shrinking, especially in Mexico, due to habitat destruction for agricultural purposes. Though the species as a whole is listed as a Least Concern species, the northernmost subspecies, Eira Barbara Senex, is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

Wild tayra populations are slowly shrinking, especially in Mexico, due to habitat destruction for agricultural purposes. Though the species as a whole is listed as a Least Concern species, the northernmost subspecies, Eira Barbara Senex, is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!
Aug 232017

You’ve worked hard all year and now its time to plan the vacation. You envision turquoise waters trimmed with white sand, the water stirred by the sea breezes of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, you think your budget will not allow for the extravagance of a Caribbean holiday. Take heart because there are many discount Caribbean travel plans, that come complete with a concierge who will book your entertainment and dinner reservations, 24 hour room service and beds with designer linens. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can find a package that fulfills your dreams and fits your budget.

Many online travel sites offer excellent packages and guaranteed low rates. They have package plans for just about anywhere you want to go, including Europe, Mexico and many other destinations, almost 100 of them with 50 near international cities. They also offer a triple guaranty that includes payment security, low rates and privacy. They are so sure that they offer the best prices that if you find a cheaper plan, they will refund you the difference, as long as you report it within 24 hours. If you are looking for a discount Caribbean travel package with a fully guaranteed rate, this is the site for you.

Many online travel sites allow you to customize your travel plans, which makes them invaluable for planning vacations. They specialize in arranging a trip that will fit both your expectations and your budget. They have a customer service number where you can speak to an agent who will help you with the arrangements for first class air travel and hotels with great discounted rates.

Most of these online travel companies offer an online search tool that allows you to quickly find a package the meets all of your destination, travel date, number of rooms, length of stay and price requirements. It also allows you to search for specific hotels. The packages are a bit more expensive, but you can still get great rates on hotels that are known for their excellent quality all over the world. They also offer easy search categories like family fun, seaside favorites and Great Getaways.

You will also be able to find great discount Caribbean vacations. They also offer discount vacations at spas, as well as cruises. They feature top of the line hotels, such as The Leading Hotels of the World Brand, Relais & Chateaux and Raffles. They also can save you 40% on hotel rates. Make this site one of your first stops, when planning your vacation.

Now you don’t have to worry about skimping on your vacation or resigning yourself to just going to the local beach. By visiting these sites you will be able to plan a fabulous vacation, customized just for you and your whole family. It doesn’t get better than that.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Discount Travel Packages at
Aug 232017

Business travel has actually increased considerably in the last ten years as companies are able to sell more readily to markets all around the world; the Internet has ensured that even tiny companies can have a customer base that is truly global! It is business travelers though who are feeling the strain with increasing stress and fatigue levels. With that in mind, this business travel tips article highlights some useful information that could make your business journeys more pleasurable.

Sometimes for instance, baggage goes missing; that is an unfortunate fact of travel and whilst it is distressing enough on a family holiday, on a business trip it can be disastrous. An easy remedy to this is to pack as much as possible that you absolutely must have for you meeting, in your hand luggage.

This means that even if your main luggage is lost your trip does not have to be wasted; your meeting can still take place despite any inconvenience that has been caused. Regular travelers know that the main business travel tip when packing is to keep things simple by only including exactly what you need for the journey and that way you won’t go far wrong if luggage goes missing.

If you only take enough business clothes for the trip and then all that is left is some casual wear for the evenings, just two pairs of shoes; one casual pair, and one pair for business should be enough. The remaining items to pack will be toilet essentials and any other work related documents that aren’t important.

A clever business travel tip, to reduce the size of bag you require, is too roll your clothes up instead of folding them; apart for taking up less space they are not so creased when they are unpacked. The last thing you want on a business trip is having clothes laundered because something was spilt on them, this can easily be avoided by wearing dark clothes which are able to absorb stains more easily.

Of course if you are working to a tight schedule and the inevitable delay happens then you want to know you can attend a meeting at a moments notice and the way to freshen up is by using those hand and face wipes that come in travel packs. Cell phones and other related equipment normally have good battery life but don’t forget to take a charger if you are going to be somewhere for more than a few days.

As it is possible to carry out work while you fly, by making the best use of this time you will be able to spend some time relaxing in the evening and perhaps a little site seeing. These tips make sure that no matter what happens when you travel on business you will be able to continue with your plans and will not be left wondering what to do next.

Business trips do not have to be boring and stressful if you apply the business travel tips in this article as they will allow you the opportunity to enjoy your free time even more.

Many informations and videos about travelling and vacations are also available at Thomas Zoellners website

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Jul 192017

Why travel Italy by Train?

There are many places to visit in Europe. People often go to England to see castles, Germany to sample beer, and skiing in the Swiss Alps. However, if you are a true history buff, you will make a stop in Italy. Even if people do not go to the tourist centers, there are still many romantic and artistic places to stop. The Renaissance started in Italy before it started anywhere else. As with many other European countries, the place has many historic churches, basilicas and cathedrals. An individual may wonder how he should tour all of these places. One of the best ways to see the sights on the country is on the rails.

European countries have more public transportation available than many parts of the United States or Canada. An individual can get around in the country without a car, despite the prevalence of the Vespa scooters. An individual can see the country from the seats of a bus, but it is less expensive and more company to see it by train. A person planning on going on a rail tour should schedule his trips to take place outside of the peak season and outside of the rush hour. If an individual wants to pay more for his seats, he can pay extra for first class tickets.

Individuals who travel by train may want to book their seats before they take their trips. This is especially true if they take one of the more popular lines that run through the country. Eurostar is popular, but it is not always the best for people who only want to see the smaller cities and tourist destinations. The trains that visit the larger cities are generally faster. An individual can save money if he does not mind sitting on less comfortable seats. If someone wants to go to more destinations, there are plenty of smaller rail companies that reach the smaller towns in the country.

Traveling by rail has some advantages as opposed to air travel. It does not have ridiculous prices and European travelers are not subjected to the ridiculous security screenings.

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Individuals still should pay attention to the schedules. Tables are posted in each train station. The timetables are posted in white, yellow or orange. Each schedule contains information about where an individual has to board and when he has to board. The tables should include schedule changes for special days.

There is one thing an individual or family traveling through Italy should know about his train ticket. A ticket only guarantees the holders transportation. It does not guarantee that a person has a seat on the train. If someone takes the train during rush hour, he may have to stand on a railing or in an aisle. If a person does not mind standing in the aisles, he may not worry about having a seat. Travelers who see Italy by train are getting an experience they can’t get elsewhere.

So if you are planning a trip to Italy, then you should consider the option of touring Italy by train. It is a great way to see the country.

Larry Aiello has a blog about Italy that provides all types of tips such as what to expect on the train ride to Venice from Rome. He also loves to teach people how to learn Italian.

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Jul 192017

Choosing the right travel agent for Turkmenistan will solve many problems you may face when you prepare for a trip to this country and/or other countries of Central Asia.The travel agency will help you arrange the visa, air transportation, and find best travel professionals locally.

Turkmenistan is an amazing region, a unique destination for tourism, full of tales and legends. This unknown land beckons the visitors, since it breathes with history and holds many reminders of the birth of ancient civilizations, the development of medieval towns, the numerous invasions, the famous dynasties of Tamerlane, the Seljuks, and the Sassanids.

The surviving archaeological remains are a reflection of the history of the East in various stages of development. Only here the once mighty walls of ancient cities, the crumbling palaces and mausoleums, mosques, cemeteries, abandoned watchtowers, almost covered with sand ruins of ancient settlements stand before you in all their beauty and grandeur. You will be able to touch the objects that retain the energy of the people, who lived many thousands of years before you. Many a lucky archaeologist found a coveted artifact or an item of the ruling dynasty in Turkmenistan that would take him to the origins of civilization as if he were going to take part in the hunt for mammoth.

In Turkmenistan, you can let your imagination roam, and when tired of dreaming, you can visit wonderful modern resorts and plunge into the world of luxury on the shore of the warm sea, enjoying unusual eastern cuisine and admiring the incomparable architecture.

The ruins of the ancient Gurganj, the once mighty capital of Khorezm, is not only a center of tourism, but also a place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Now it is a modern city, and the existence of a powerful medieval state is hinted only by the surviving monuments and ancient buildings. Striking beauty and perfection of the forms of ancient architecture impress the tourists despite their venerable age.

When in the city, one should visit the mausoleum of Fakhr al-Din Razi, the fortress of Ak-Kala and the 67-meter high minaret of Kutlug Temir, which is considered the highest in Central Asia.

Nissa is an ancient city, located 18 km west of the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. Nissa is famous for the ruins of the ancient Parthian state that existed at the crossroads of two epochs of the last millennium BC and the first millennium AD. The settlement consists of two fortresses, the ruins of the Old and New Nissa. Here are the remains of the ancient city where some homes had survived. During the excavation, numerous rhytons-cups in the form of the horns of ivory were found here, as well as sculptures from stone and clay, hammered coins, and clay tablets.

Merv is another ruined ancient city located on the banks of the Murghab River. Excavations at the site lasted for almost a century, and made Merv one of the most important historical monuments of Turkmenistan. The oldest part of the settlement is the ill-preserved citadel of Erk Kala.

Dekhistan is a desert terrain in the southwest of Turkmenistan. Two thousand years ago it was a flourishing oasis in the Atrek valley and a popular place for ancient settlements.

Misrian is the remaining part of the huge settlement, located in Dekhistan, and is its main historical monument. The city traditionally consisted of a citadel, the inner city and suburbs. In the Middle Ages, it was one of the most advanced centers of various crafts. Sarahs used to be a large shopping center on the Silk Road between the cities of Nishapur and Merv. Today, it is yet another popular attraction for international tourists.

The nature of the country is carefully preserved due to a large number of reserves, parks and unique environmental complexes in the desert of Kara-Kum. Gurdak is known for the picturesque foothills and the majestic scenery of the Pamirs. Extremely beautiful peaks and ravines, waterfalls and mysterious caves make this place an object of the country’s pride.

Turkmenistan travel agencies or tour operators for Turkmenistan will help organize your trip and resolve all possible difficulties such as visa support, air tickets etc.
Jul 192017

In the heart of South America lies a place admired for its beauty and historico-cultural heritage. Fall in love with the beauty of its wilderness and of its people by traveling in this landlocked country. Here’s where you can go to maximize your stay in Paraguay.

1.) Iguassu Falls

Iguassu Falls lies in the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, churning some 553-m3 of water per second down its 269 feet. Situated in the heart of a pristine forest, it is very much recommended for nature lovers, travelers seeking solace and to photographers who wants to capture beauty on their film. Plan a day to enjoy Paraguayan flora and fauna in this area.

2.) Ciudad del Este

Admire the dynamics of a bustling flea market while shopping your heart out and looking for the best bargains in Ciudad del Este. Watch people and products travel the crowded streets like ants carrying supplies for the rainy days. Shop, walk, taste, and discover another side of Paragauayan’s life.

3.) Museum of the Guarani Land

Retrace ten thousand years of Gurani occupation, tradition and culture by going to the Museum of the Gurani Land located some 11.5 kilometers from Ciudad del Este. This free-access museum offers activities and exhibits to help teachers and students learn more about the Gurai culture. Learn more and appreciate Paraguayan culture better by finding your way to this place.

4.) Refugio Biológico Tatí Yupí

Following the construction of Itaipú Dam in Paraguay is the development of natural forest and water system to protect animals that seek shelter near the dam. Go to this refuge and experience superb camping and wonderful camping facilities offered by the place. Biking and horseback-riding is also a must for people who are planning to stay here.

5.) Casa de la Independencia

After some three hundred years of colonization, Paraguayan s declared their independence in Casa de la Independencia in 1811. Relive those magic moments through the place’s collection of coins, furniture, speeches, and other memorabilia. Dictionary or knowledge of Spanish language is required because texts are written in Spanish.

6.) The Chaco

This 330-m2 reserve is six times than Yosemite National Park and covers parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. The Gran Chaco Americano is a place to enjoy biological diversity as it happens. Take a look in this Paraguayan site and marvel at the varying topographical conditions of the site, the biological diversity that are in existence in the flowing forest, and the people who are maintaining their own cultural identities.

7.) Asado

Asado is a selection of grilled meats roasted in open fire. This is extremely popular in Paraguay, thanks to the high concentration of cattle in the area. Roam around the country, and you will never run out of this delicacy.

8.) Asuncion

Built over the hills above Rio de Paraguay, Asuncion is Paraguay’s home for historical architecture and art. Enjoy its colorful festivals scattered all over the year and see Asuncion in full bloom. The celebration has its way of infecting people, so take a step out and dance your way into the crowd.

9.) Lago Ypacari

Take a dip into the famous lake in Paraguay and enjoy the sights, the spray and the fun that comes with it. This lake is also thought to have curative powers so enjoy some free healing while you’re at it. There’s no stopping you, however, from enjoying some time swimming and playing water sports here.

10.) Trinidad & Jesús

Trinidad & Jesús is a Jesuit settlement in Paraguay built for religious, educational and defensive measures. Admire the tranquility and solace this place offers by camping out near the ruins and hiring local guides to get your way around the place. No need to worry, these guides speak their English, German and Spanish.

Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV – the place to share travel videos. Visit to view or share Paraguay travel videos.

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Jul 192017

International travel is always tricky. Regardless of your port of origin, you’ll be entering a new environment, with different weather patterns and even different season cycles. This, on top of currency exchanges, vaccinations, possible multiple visas, and multiple foreign languages and customs, and suddenly your vacation seems very complicated. That’s where travel agencies such as Nyati Safari offer travelers to South Africa more than just booking and reservations. Often referred to as “the whole world in a single country,” South Africa is a country known for its diverse cultures and landscapes. And for the discerning traveler, there are countless excursions and destinations throughout South Africa, all of which might have different requirements and customs not readily known to all who wish to visit. Nyati Safari offers clients solution s to take the hassle out of researching the complications of international travel and ensure smooth travels to South Africa.

Depending on your reasons for traveling to South Africa, you’ll want to make sure you’re visiting during the appropriate time of the year. Nyati Safari’s travel lodges are located in the Limpodo/Mpumalanga region, with a local winter that runs from May through to September. This is one of the best seasons for sightseeing and animal watching, as the local climate creates an environment that drives animals to watering holes where it is easier for travelers to observe them in their natural habitats. During the greener spring and summer seasons of November through March, travelers have the chance to see newborn animals and enjoy the amazingly warm nights in Nyati’s luxury lodges.

As for travel requirements and facts about the various countries around South Africa to which your excursions and activities might take you, Nyati Safari’s website provides an extensive overview of frequently asked questions that address any and all travel concerns you might have prior to your travel to South Africa. Overviews of Visa requirements, vaccination requirements, local customs that may not be readily familiar to travelers, and other necessary information anyone traveling to South Africa would find invaluable. Additionally, the website offers travelers access to country fact sheets for surrounding countries, each of which provides overview of the local customs, climate, currencies, languages, and other relevant information to make your time visiting them more enjoyable.

The key to a successful and trouble free trip is communicating to your travel advisor at Nyati Safari what you’re looking to get out of your vacation to South Africa. By clearly indicating what you want out of your trip, your advisor can tailor your travel experience – from safari to optional activities in and around the Nyati Safari Lodge complex, from excursions into Kruger National Park to trips to surrounding highlights such as Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and other amazing destinations throughout the region.

We have handpicked the most exciting destinations in Southern Africa, which can be combined with our South African Lodges at Nyati Safari. We can always tailor your holiday according to your special wishes.

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Jul 192017

Traveling to Central America isn’t like traveling to the rest of the world, there are some things to keep in mind to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.

Here are some things you must keep in mind when you travel specially to Central America to keep in mind to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.

The first thing you have to know is that children need paperwork

If only one parent is planning to go to a Central American country and is taking a child, you have to get a notarized letter from the other parent granting permission for the child to travel abroad. You wouldn’t believe the stories I have heard. The problem is that they won’t let you get into the country without that letter, and if they do, they won’t let you leave until it’s done somehow.

Always Be Vigilant

I’m not saying that you have to become a human radar, you just need to be a little more careful than usual. Thieves are usually around busy public areas where careless tourists congregate. The problem is that most of them look like regular people, so make sure that all of your possessions are kept away safely somewhere under your clothing or even better in your hotel room.

Bedbugs Are Everywhere!

When checking into your hotel room it is a good idea to do a pest inspection before unpacking your luggage. It’s not that Central American hotels are not clean but bedbugs can be lurking, even in the cleanest and most respected hotels. This is because Central America is filled with forests and wildlife. Wherever you look there are mountains, rivers and volcanoes and most of the towns are placed very close to these.

A Great Way to Hide Valuables

For this part I’m going to talk about a great product to hide away your valuables, they are called Passport security socks. What is so great about them is that they have a zipped pocket that can hold cash, passport, keys, and other small valuables. They come in different sizes and heights, from ankle socks to over-the-calf styles.

Marina K. Villatoro, the Travel Experta, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She’s traveled these parts extensively and now loves to organize vacations to these amazing parts of the world. Having first hand experience of all the places with her family, she can recommend the best options for you. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!