Hear about travel to Samoa as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jade Johnston from OurOyster.com about their recent trip to this remote pacific destination.
Samoa is composed of two islands just north of New Zealand. The easiest way to get to Samoa is through New Zealand, Australia, or Fiji.
Samoa is not large. “The big island of Savai’i only takes a couple of hours to drive around and that’s driving slowly. It’s a beach island paradise destination so you are going to want to spend some time lying on the beach, snorkeling, relaxing. The entire island almost is protected by a reef. There are some spots for surfing but it’s not really a surf destination, mostly snorkeling around the reef.”
Jade’s favorite beach was Lano Beach on the island of Savai’i. “The island of Savai’i was by far my favorite. It is the larger of the islands but has less of a population. Some of the places that I went I was the only one staying there so you have this entire beach to yourself – beautiful white sand beaches, calm water, it’s just absolutely gorgeous. The sunsets and sunrises were amazing.”
This Week in Travel won another North American Travel Journalism Award, a silver in the broadcast category
Edwin on Sante Fe Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico – Episode 356
I really enjoy your show and have been listening for a long time to both the Amateur Traveler podcast and This Week in Travel. I appreciate all the great travel information and interesting guests you have on your show. I just finished listening to your Santa Fe podcast and really enjoyed your interview with Billie Frank. I spent 4 months working in Santa Fe a few years ago and shared many similar experiences as your guest. I thought it was funny when she mentioned how the locals do things in their own time. I enjoyed many things about Santa Fe, but the town had the worst service of any place I’ve ever been. I enjoyed the food a lot, but the service drove me crazy.
You know you’re in Santa Fe when “the service in the restaurant is so bad you expect someone with a hidden TV camera to come out and let you in on the joke”.
Thanks for all you do on the show,
Since I just got back from an overland trip from Antigua to Mexico City, I really enjoyed Shannon’s report.
Unlike her, I had a fantastic different experience in Chichicastenago. By chance, I visited on December 21st, 2012 and experienced the Mayan “new year” festival. The town was bursting at the seams with locals and maybe only 20-30 tourists (the rest might have fled from the crowds) and it was one of the best days of the trip.
Very colorful, unbelievably noisy even by Guatemalan standards who think nothing about having competing trucks with loudspeakers play music anytime day and night while lighting fireworks.
It also featured the most insane carnival ride I’ve ever seen–constructed with an 80 foot pole and some hemp ropes