Welcome to RodneyDodig.com. This site contains articles on my travels, photos and my newsletter, “The Hot Rod Gazette”, for those friends and family who want to know what’s happening with everyone. On this site I will also include what I hope to be helpful hints to the international and local traveler. I have traveled to many places in the USA and the world and hope to visit many more before calling it a day. The “Bucket List” just keeps getting bigger. I cannot pick out a favorite destination. They have all been amazing in their own individual ways. Seeing Egypt, cruising the Nile and visiting all the archaeological wonders there was almost overwhelming. Seeing Machu Pichu and experiencing the ruins as well as the breath taking views was an almost religious experience. Spain with it’s magnificent cities and lively culture was fun and exciting. Italy with it’s Roman ruins, the vatican and wonderful Italian food was a cultural delight. Istanbul with it’s carpet salesmen and Mosques was the crossroads of multiple cultures. Thailand with its amazing temples and Peru with its ancient culture enthralled me to no end. Every place I have visited has touched me in a different and powerful way. The people, the cultures, the cuisine, the art, the architecture were all unique to each destination and everywhere I have been the people have always been at the center of what made the trip the best for me.
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In many places, especially if you are traveling alone or with a few friends or family it is cheaper to rent a condo, villa or home than staying in a hotel. Cook some of your own meals. Going to the grocery store in another country can be a delightful adventure in itself.
Don’t be afraid to be friendly with the locals. Many times they are a great source of information for off the beaten track things to do.
Tip # 3
Travel by yourself if no one will go with you! Even if you do not speak the language. You would be surprised how far just a few words in another language will get you.
Tip # 4
Forget renting a car in some countries. Number one it just isn’t safe to drive. Secondly, often you can rent a taxi for an entire day for less than the car rental price. Also, public transportation is definitely an adventure not to be missed in some countries.
Tip # 5
Always make sure you have plenty of time to catch that connecting flight. I recommend a minimum of two hours between flights, three for International. Nothing is more frustrating than having your luggage beat you to your end destination.
Tip # 6
Try learning a few words in the language of the country you are visiting. They really appreciate your effort and it’s good for your brain.