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Saona Island - Isla Saona - Dominican Republic Beach

Crystal Clear Water – Saona Island – Dominican Republic

Escape from reality to travel the world!  Escape Traveler is an independent source of travel tips, ideas, and photos so you can travel longer, further, better, and cheaper.

We love traveling and we just go all out to have lots of fun!

We are here to share our experiences and some tips that may be helpful to you, if you plan to go where we have gone.   We will give you the most honest assessment of each place, our impression of them, whether good or bad.  We always hate it when travel books glorify a place, only for us to find out that it was really nothing special.

We are mainly budget-mid range travelers.  We try to eat wherever the locals eat, and stay where the locals and their family comfortably stay.    Safety, sanitary condition, and comforts are very important to us, so we choose where to eat, visit, and sleep accordingly.  For example, while traveling through 3rd world countries, we don’t suffer ourselves in run-down Inn, when decent hotels that locals stay are $30/night.  We traveled through India in a 2nd class AC sleeper train, not in the uncomfortable 3rd class Non-AC.

Machu Picchu Sunrise - From Guard House

Machu Picchu Sunrise – From Guard House

We hope you enjoy reading the posts.  If you have any questions about the places we have gone, please feel free to leave a comment or send us an email at contact@escapetraveler.com.  Also feel free to share your similar experiences in the comment section of each post.



  1. Hi,
    I’m going to matchu pitchu..
    What do I need to pre book or can I just rock up there and lay for everything on the spot

  2. Hi Escapetraveler, Thank you very much for your tips on how get to Machu Picchu. It really helps a lot in order for me to plan my way to reach there.. Cheers

  3. hey there,
    first of all, great page!!! really awesome stuff!
    so i will be going to south america in september and i wanna go to mach picchu but what i am worried about is my backpack. i don’t think i will be able to carry about 7-10 kg all the way up, how did u guys do it ?? did u bring along ur bag or did u leave it somewhere???
    greetz romi

    • Are you hiking the inca trail or you just doing the normal train and bus up. In any case, you can leave it at your hotel for free or small fee. Don’t worry about it. People leave their luggages at hotels for a couple of days, then take a day pack to go to machu picchu.

  4. Hi,is it possible to travel to Singapore from kuala lumpur for the day to visit universal studios? Is there a super fast train?family of 4 from s africa…2 kids 2 adults

    • Yes. You can take the overnight train, spend the day at Universal Studio and take the overnight train back. It will be too tiring for your kids though.

  5. Hi, warm greetings from me (www.virustraveling.com)
    Just visited and found the information about batu caves on your blog. The place that I want visit tomorrow.

  6. Your blog is very nice and informative. The way you presented your travel experience was really detailed. 🙂
    By the way, I’ll be travelling to Kula Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Singapore next month, can you help me organized my itinerary especially with the transportation?
    Here’s my initial plan:
    Day 1: I’ll be arriving at Kuala Lumpur at 17:30. From there we’ll take a tour of the city by night.
    Day 2: I actually booked a flight to Johor Bahru from Subang. It’s a one hour flight.
    I’ll be arriving in Johor Bahru by 11:30 AM. Then after checking in at a hotel, I plan
    to go to Hello Kitty Land in the afternoon.
    Day 3: Me and my friends will visit legoland the whole day, then from there we’ll ride a bus going to SG from JB Sentral. Then upon arriving in SG I guess we’ll just spend the remaining time left either spending the night in the terminal or just booked a hotel.
    Day 4: 1 whole day tour to SG
    Day 5: Universal Studios Tour the whole day then we’ll just take the train from Woodlands to JB Sentral then to KL Sentral just liked you mentioned on your blog.
    Day 6: Upon arriving to KL Sentral, we’ll take the whole day tour till our scheduled flights.
    I have a few questions regarding this, hope you can help me…
    1.) Our last stop in Johor Bahru would be Legoland, from Legoland where can we find the bus terminal going to SG Woodland? Do we need to purchase a ticket in advance or can we just buy it instantly? How long is the travel time and how much is the ticket? Or can we also take the train ride for this?
    2.) If ever, we’ll be reserving an accomodation in SG, we plan to stay in Resorts World Sentosa, from the bus terminal in Woodlands, is there any shuttle available to go to RWS?
    3.) We plan to take the train from Woodland-JB Sentral-KL Sentral, just as you advised in your article in order to save money. However, you mentioned there that the short ride from Woodlands-JB Sentral is not anymore available for reservation. Where can we purchase the 5 minute ride ticket?
    Hope you can help me with these.
    Thank you!

    • 1 and 2. Your best bet is to use the bus from WTS Travel http://www.legoland.com.my/plan/bus-services/ which stops at Singapore Flyer. Otherwise, do the Causeway Link Express (JP02) to CIQ 2 then bus CW3 or CW4 to Singapore.
      2. That short ride, you can just purchase it day of. Pay for the cheapest seat which usually always available. Otherwise, bus directly to JB Sentral.

  7. Hi! i’ll be going to Thailand this coming August, I was wondering if you can suggest a good inn/hotel (affordable) in Bangkok where I can stay? Thank you!

    • Don’r forget umbrella or rain coat in August! You should just go on Agoda.com. However, would recommend sticking near Sukumvit road between Sukumvit 10-60 area as that is where majority of tourists, services are at.

  8. hi..escapetraveler.
    I have plan go to singapore with my girlfriend.
    I need the information about the hang out place in singapore for 24hr and cheap..:)..
    and before we go to singapore we would go to phuket,and it’s the first time for me and my girlfriend go to the others country, can you give me advice how to get maya beach? and which the cheapest hotel that I can stay with my girlfriend in phuket?…thankyou..

    • Wendle,

      See the articles on 1 day in Singapore http://www.escapetraveler.com/category/singapore/ Regarding Phuket and Maya Beach, once you get to Phuket, just ask your hotel for the Phi Phi Island day trip or overnight. The prices are pretty standard (1000 bht per person) for the day tour, with an option for you to stay overnight if you want.

  9. hi i m planning to make a trip to Pukhet. Can u plz give me all useful information abt Phuketh including transport from Bangkok – Phuketh.

    • Hi Ahsanul,

      Easiest to get to Phuket is an AirAsia or Nokair flight from bangkok. Can’t get there by train. You can also take the bus, but it is too long of a ride.

  10. Hi,

    I am going to Singapore for the first time, and have a 15 hour layover, was it difficult for you to get out of the airport and into the city? where there any restrictions and did you need a visa? I hold a UK passport 🙂


  11. I seriously doubt that any corunty you would travel to (which does not require a visa for U.S. citizens) would have any way of knowing about your background, so that shouldn’t be an issue. The Dominican Republic does not require a visa for stays for up to 30 days.The question is whether you have a current, valid US passport to use for travel, and whether you would potentially be violating any parole conditions, etc., imposed by state law, if you leave New York.In general, the US is one of relatively few countries that makes no attempt to control who is LEAVING the corunty, only those who are coming in (and we all know that that effort isn’t particularly effective either).

    • Livian…good point. U.S. is one of the few countries that makes no attempt to control who is leaving. Current, valid U.S. passport is a must. Always try to have at the minimum 90 days and 3 pages empty. Below that, you are taking a risk of not getting in to most countries.

  12. Love that first photo. Whoever took that photo must be super awesome.

    • I’m Dominican, and from what I’ve heard, Cuba is safer than Dominican Republic, however I’ve never been to Cuba, and I can’t tell you if this is true or not. But if you go to Punta Cana in Dominican Republic, in my oipinon it’s the safest place in the whole country and it has most of the best hotels in the Caribbean, especially Be1varo. Also, the Dominican Republic has many cities, like Santo Domingo, Santiago de Los Caballeros, Puerto Plata, La Romana, etc. It also has the highest point in the Caribbean, so if you like hiking, you can visit Pico Duarte that is over 10,000ft high. If you decide to go to the Dominican Republic, I would recommend you to visit these places: Punta Cana, Samane1, Ciudad Colonial, Pico Duarte, Puerto Plata, and Casa De Campo. Good luck.

      • Hi Byron…Good point. Yes, Punta Cana is definitely the safest in the country. We felt very secured there. There were guards on the beach the whole time (day and night).

      • It is true that the Dominican Republic is a Caribbean paradise known for its cloroful cuisine, beaches and culture that boasts of a mixture of European and African roots. People travel in hordes to experience the beaches and national parks, the cigars and rum that are available in plenty. Information available in above blog will help sure help.Thanks

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