Introducing our 2014 tours

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Introducing our 2014 tours

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Our tours are ideal for a wide range of travelers.


We’re inviting both novice travelers who want to experience Asia for the first time as well as those more-experienced travelers who want to get more out of traveling. Travelers who want better experiences, want to dig deeper into the local culture, want to know what they’re eating and why.


Our small tour company was born out of a passion for travel. We loved the nuances that make each place special. Our job is to interpret these foreign cultures to you and make travel more meaningful and interesting. So we located the countries we knew best, loved the most, and decided to invite travelers there.


Our small group led by two guides, along with our relaxed schedule, means we have increased flexibility.  Energetic travelers will have time to explore on their own and retired-aged travelers will not feel rushed.


If you know me, you know I’m a budget traveler. But that doesn’t mean I sacrifice comfort. I just go for good value. For our tours, we’ve picked the best accommodation at the best price. That means good-quality hostels or family-run guesthouses. I like clean accommodation with a nice atmosphere.


Good news for foodies–the best representation of local food specialties are usually not the fancy restaurants but the locally-run cafes and food stalls. And we know where to find the best of them!


Who are we?


An American met a Malaysian in Spain while walking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. So the story goes. We kept in contact. Have traveled at times together over the years and finally decided to share out true love of travel with others. His name is Noel Lau and I’m Stephen Bugno.


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Noel has worked, lived, and traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America. He speaks seven languages: among them Chinese, Malay, and Spanish. He is definitely not your average Malaysian–and I mean that in the best possible way. He has certainly charted his own course through life.


I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t either traveling or daydreaming about travel. A stationary job has never been my calling and for nearly 15 years I’ve been on the road regularly. I’ve traveled at home and abroad, sometimes solo and other times with a partner, but always with an independent spirit. I’m fascinated with foreign cultures and food and the uniqueness of each individual place.


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Where we’re going in 2014


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Taiwan–For this food & culture tour, Noel has teamed up with a local Taiwanese guide to introduce you to the island country’s best food and show you that culture here remains intact–not like in mainland China where it was decimated during the cultural revolution.


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Borneo–This third-largest island in the world has long been shrouded in the mystery of head-hunters, dense jungle, and dugout canoes. Noel and I will take you to an indigenous village to stay at a long house, try to view the elusive orangutan in the wild, go snorkeling on an island, and traverse rivers on public transport. We’re calling this the Borneo Adventure tour.




Singapore & Malaysia–This tour is where it all started–our original. We’ll discover the highlights of Singapore and Malaysia, getting acquainted with the local culture and customs through exploring the local food scene and walking tours. If you’ve never been to Asia, you’ll want to start with this one. You won’t be disappointed.


Bhutan–The Kingdom of Bhutan was isolated from the outside world until 1962 when the first road was built from India. Bhutan has maintained its traditions and preserved its natural environment. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit a land which few others have seen or will ever lay eyes on.


Colombia–Colombia has got a lot to offer travelers–sultry Cartagena, adventure sports, beautifully preserved colonial towns, a splendid coffee country, and up-and-coming Medellin. The days of Colombia being too dangerous for travelers is long over, and the only thing your risk now is wanting to stay. Discover Colombia in November with Noel and a local Colombian.


Travel with us in 2014! Please contact me with any questions in the comments below or my email

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 15 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Google +, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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