If you have not been to Mongolia, it is about time you heard about the country. It is the land of the blue sky as a lot of people call it. What’s interesting is that they have more livestock and actual people.

Their economy is mainly focused on exporting mongolian fur coats, minerals, and cashmere.

However, tourism is also an important part of Mongolia. Over 300 thousand tourists visit the country and with every year it is increasing.

What Makes Mongolia A great Destination

If you have not seen pristine nature and a country that keeps its traditional nomadic way of life, Mongolia keeps its virginity. Even with the introduction of industrialism since the 1920s, Mongolia still retain their cultural traditions. …

My dad is an avid traveler, and as such, I go to the National Geographic Store website to get his birthday gift and Christmas gift each year. It has come through for me for years now, and he always seems genuinely pleased with the items. Mainly, it has aided me to give him a lot of books on travel on every continent. Some have been the kind that tells you the best places to eat, sightsee and shop, but others have taken him off the beaten path and led him to interact with civilizations he would not have otherwise.

Not to sound sappy, but those gifts have really only been seeds that produced additional, immeasurable gifts. Therefore, I plan to continue this tradition this year because it pleases me to no end to know that these presents are actually useful. As he is planning a trip to Italy in May, I imagine there will be plenty for me to select from. The only downside is that the books will most likely make me want to travel there too, but my trips for 2011 are already set. Hopefully, he will visit the to get my birthday gift. I need summer essentials more than anything else for my holiday. …

As I ponder the places that I have been to and start to list the places I wish to go, I see myself wanting to return to something simple. Trekking through the Serengeti is an awesome experience and helping to herd reindeer in Mongolia an unbelievable opportunity. But, maybe it is the ongoing recession, or possibly I am getting lazy, but I want to enjoy a trip next year that is all laid out for me.

What I have decided upon is a cruise that covers the Aegean Islands, Turkey, and Crete. It is seven nighters and sounds phenomenal. As it will entail relaxing, observing, pampering, and education all things I am craving. The itinerary includes Mykonos, Bodrum Kos, Rhodes, and Syros. How much I imbibe, lounge or play tourist is entirely up to me, as all can be done day or night. This will be a very different type of adventure for me, and the anticipation of which will get me through the cold wet winter months ahead. …

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