6 things every new international traveler should know about before departure

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Our India vacation is only my second trip abroad IN NEARLY 20 YEARS. A pathetic fact, I know. But it gets worse… My lack of experience with the real world has created stoopid, last-minute problems that have, thankfully, taught me a lot.   Problem #1: I needed to obtain a visa to enter India. Of course, I’ve always understood the …

Visiting India: monkeys & waterfalls at Hogenakkal

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For a delightful — and somewhat disturbing — view of India’s relationship to nature, check out Hogenakkal Falls. This major tourist attraction is far more interesting than America’s Niagra Falls. It actually reminds me of an all-natural water amusement park filled with friendly monkeys, amazing boat rides, sweet little beaches and sadly, too much human litter. Hogenakkal (pronounced ho GEN …