Tonga

Dubbed the “friendly islands” long ago by Captain Cook, this tiny kingdom (the only remaining monarchy in the Pacific) is brimming with a personality that upholds its amiable reputation. Local life is relaxed, existing at the delicate intersection of modernization and the preservation of tradition. Nonetheless, Tongans welcome visitors to their ... Read more
Pacific playground, an expansive sprinkling of 170 islands, each offering a never-ending variety of water-centric activities. Spend your semi-tropical days swimming with whales, snorkeling among colorful marine life, sailing off the shores of Vava’u or surfing the outer reefs (to name a few); then settle into your beachside fale hut to awaken to a pleasant ocean breeze. The relaxed capital, Nuku'alofa on Tongatapu, is ripe with Tongan history (including the recent democratic protests); stop by some of the ancient tombs or enjoy a glass of local kava on the island’s unspoilt shores. Stay in a village guesthouse, boutique resort or eco lodge. Wherever you choose to rest your head, be sure to attend a Tongan feast to mingle with locals and savor delicacies like ota ika (raw fish in coconut) or creamed octopus.

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Nairobi

If you come here, make sure you travel up north to swim with the humpback whales:
http://www.nomadic-by-nature.com/the-deep-wise-eyes-of-the-humpback-whale/

This country is as low key as it gets. There are not really even paved streets or street signs in the capital. Come for fishing, the whales, the reef, and the playful, laid back culture. Or to study the transition of one of the last monarchies to democracy.

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We loved it. You don't go to Tonga to stay in luxury, for wild nightlife or to do whatever it is you do when visiting big cities. You go to Tonga to taste the real world, to meet the incredibly friendly people, for their delicious foods, to stare at the crashing waves, to see whales and for a relaxing laid back time. You go to Tonga to see a different culture, to learn the importance of family, the unimportance of time, the pleasure of driving slowly and getting to look around.
Go to Tonga expecting 5 stars and you will be disappointed but go expecting nothing and you will be sad to leave.

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Brisbane

Don't expect any more than 3 star anything.
Very poor country.

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Los Angeles

incredible people.

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