14 Reasons you should travel with me in 2014

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14 Reasons you should travel with me in 2014

Reasons you should travel with me in 2014

Reasons you should travel with me in 2014

Have better travel experiences


Bottom line is our tours give you better experiences. Do you go through life watching everything go by? Or do you want to travel the world experiencing different ways of life, trying new foods, and learning about other cultures?


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A bowl of noodles and soup for breakfast in Malaysia.


Eat the best local food


If there’s one thing we’re passionate about, it’s food. We’ve scoured these cities for the most authentic local food at the best prices. We eat where the locals eat! Part of our mission is to interpret these foreign cultures to you through food, because cuisine is such an important part of these cultures.

Our group sampling the street food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Push your comfort zone


We want you to be comfortable when you need to be, but want to push you to explore new possibilities. For some people that’s riding public transport, eating street food, or chatting with locals. For others that may be breaking off from the group for an hour to discover the back streets of new neighborhood. We’re here to help you become a better traveler.


Be Comfortable


It’s not all about pushing your comfort zone. Traveling with us is a time to just enjoy travel and the joys of a place without having to worry about reserving hotels or finding restaurants that won’t make you sick or break your budget, or worrying about what part of the city is safe to walk in at night. We know these destination in and out and we make all the logistical arrangements.


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Chasing pigeons at Batu Caves outside of Kuala Lumpur.

Feel young again


We run active tours! This means you are doing and experiencing–not sitting in a tour bus listening to a lecture. Our style of travel is fun. If you’ve never traveled like a backpacker–now is your chance–and you get to do it with the safety, comfort, and security of a small group! You’ll feel young strapping on your backpack and free wheeling it around Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, or even Colombia.

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Lotus flowers.


More flexibility


Our relaxed pace of travel makes everybody happy. Retiree-age travelers get the extra time they need while younger travelers with more energy get a chance to explore on their own. Having two guides means our small group of 12 or less can split in two if necessary.

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Save money


Your money goes directly towards your travel expenses and guides–without getting lost in a mountain of administrative fees. That’s why we can offer you the best value tours out there. You’re not going to find a better priced boutique tour out there!


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Eating desert with locals in Singapore.

Unique Experiences


On a typical group tour, the only resident of the country you’re likely to meet is your tour guide. We organised meet ups with locals, so you get talk to an ordinary person to ask them what life is really like for them in their country.


Support Small Business


Our tours stay at small guesthouses and eat at family-run cafes whenever possible. Your money is staying at the local level whenever possible. Even our tour company is a small business owned by a US-Malaysian partnership based in Malaysia!


at the Jurong Bird Park.

Meeting birds up close and personal in Singapore.

Gain travel skills


Some travelers want all the details and travel logistics taken care of and that’s fine, we do it for you. But other travelers want to learn the tricks and skills of independent travel. That’s why we’re willing to share with you some of the techniques that we learned through trial and error over the years.


Learn about the culture


You’ll learn about the culture of our destination as we travel. We’re not going to drop you off at a dance performance for tourists but rather you’ll learn about the culture and contemporary life of the place through personal encounters, as we make our way through.

Discover a new place


We run tours to the places we know best! Malaysia & Singapore, Borneo (Malaysia), Taiwan, and Colombia are our favorite locales. We’ll give you introductions to these places and explore life and culture below the surface.

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Stopping for coffee at our favorite vintage cafe in KL.

Have fun!


We think travel should be at times interesting, relaxing, exciting, mind-expanding, educational, active, and above all, enjoyable.


Noel and Stephen from Jen

Noel and I riding the metro in Kuala Lumpur.

We know our craft


Noel and I have been traveling independently for the past 15 years to a combined more than 100 countries. It’s our life’s passion and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to share that with you. We love exploring new countries as much as interpreting to you the ones we know best. That’s why we started this tour company!


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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 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 GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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