Travel to Micronesia (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru) – Episode 534

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Travel to Micronesia (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru) - What to do in Micronesia and why travel there - Podcast


Hear about travel to the countries of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru in Micronesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai about these small difficult to reach island nations.

“On a flight [to Micronesia] a German tourist said to me that you are either in the government, a missionary or a country collector. Micronesia does have some fantastic destinations but it is not what you expect. There’s not the typical island paradise with beaches or the fantastic diving of some of the Pacific or Caribbean islands. So it really is a specialist destination. In your prior episode with Gary Arndt you talked about some of the accessible destinations. Now we are going to talk about some of the less accessible ones.”

“If you draw a line between Hawaii and the Philippines you have a whole stretch of islands. Part of those, the northern section, United Airlines flies a well known Micronesia hopper route that connects several of them: The Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and Palau. What we’re going to talk about here are the ones that are a little bit south of those and these are the countries of Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Nauru. The good news is that these 3 countries, for the most part, have gotten very accessible. The only visa complication for most nationalities is Nauru.”

In the smallest of these nations (Nauru), you can stroll around the country and still be back in time for breakfast. In another one you could often throw a stone from one coast of the country to the other. In one of them (Tuvalu) the runway for the airport is such a significant percentage of the land mass that in between the flights, which only happen 2-3 times a week, the runway is the center of community life. There are rugby and soccer matches, church groups preaching and community meetings on the runway.

Stefan tells us, “The biggest challenge to visiting these countries is the flight access.” A trip to these countries takes a lot of planning. Most of us will never go there, but maybe Stefan can convince you why you should try.

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Show Notes

Travel to Micronesia – Episode 128
Rapid Travel Chai
Nauru Regional Processing Centre
Menen Hotel
OD-N-Aiwo Hotel
Kogatapu Funafuti Conservation Area
Gilbert Islands
World War II Touring
Chatterbox Cafe
Kiritimati (Christmas)


Travel to the Finger Lakes in New York – Episode 529

I just listened to The Finger Lakes episode and it was fun to hear an episode about the area where I grew up. I just wanted to add some comments about some other areas of The Finger Lakes that weren’t covered in the podcast. I grew up just north of Ithaca, so my focus was a bit north of the Elmira/Corning area. Ithaca is a fun town to spend a day or two (or three). Check out the fabulous farmer’s market, wander Ithaca Commons, explore Cornell University Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell Plantations, and the Laboratory of Ornitology. Also there’s the Paleontological Research Institution/Museum of the Earth. Hike and swim at Buttermilk, Treman, and Taughannock State Parks. For more serious hiking head over to the Fingerlakes National Forest. For dinner, there’s Moosewood, Just a Taste, Maxie’s Supperclub, Mia’s, and Northstar. Or for something more casual try Ithaca Bakery, Wegmans, or Viva Taqueria. Also Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg is lovely. There’s a lot of great ice cream in Central New York: Purity in Ithaca, the Dairy Bar on the Cornell Campus, Cayuga Lake Creamery in Interlaken, and Cream at the Top in King Ferry. For other fun food adventures check out the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, and the Finger Lake Cider House. A couple other interesting towns worth checking out: Seneca Falls has the Women’s Rights National Historic Park and for an old-school diner experience, head over to Connie’s Diner in Waterloo and Auburn has the William Seward House and the Harriet Tubman House and some excellent beer and food at Prison City Brewery.

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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