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My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets


I have recently been nominated by Linda Fairbairn of Journey Jottings to participate in the “3 Best Kept Travel Secrets” project. I’m happy to finally get to take my turn, and if you like what I have to say, why not subscribe to my feed?


1.) Overnight in a Yurt on Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Yurts in the Morn'n

Get an authentic feel for the nomadic lifestyle by spending a night or two in a yurt on Lake Issyk-Kul. These yurts come with bedding, and for a small price, a feast (no less) for dinner and breakfast! If you don’t know what plov is, you will get your fill here.

Laze the day away on the beach, and relax under the clearest night sky watching falling star after falling star pass by.

2.) Phallic Statue Garden in Vilnius, Lithuania

Yes, near this lovely, artistically painted house in Vilnius lies a secret garden… full of phallic statues. And, it is not so much secret as it is just off the road a bit. Either way, it is still an interesting place to chill out next to, perhaps with a snack, in view of a small flowing creek and these lovely odes to manhood.

With landmarks such as these, it is no wonder why Vilnius was voted the 2009 European Capital of Culture. Yet, even without these phallic statues I would recommend it as a European stopover to anyone.

3.) The 7 Lighthouses of Menorca, Spain

Menorca is a small, Spanish island that is near and dear to my heart. No, I said Menorca, not Majorca. Menorca is the smaller and less-visited neighbor, but I happened to spend an entire month there while taking part in an archaeological field school.

There are 7 lighthouses spread around the outskirts of the island that make for great sightseeing points. Simply rent a car for a day and off you go!

I am now nominating 5 new bloggers to share their own travel secrets:


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15 Responses to My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets

  1. brookeschoenman February 12, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    @beersandbeans @foxymorontweet @mobilelawyer @hw_travel Just tagged you all in my 3 best kept secrets post

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  2. Bethanyistryingtomakeithappen February 12, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    Thanks for the nomination Brooke! I love your 3 places as well. Esp. #2 that is a crack up. The yurt also seems awesome!

  3. Candice February 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Damn, that gives a whole new meaning to “secret garden.”

    • Brooke February 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

      Hahaha, yes, yes it does 🙂

  4. Chris - The Aussie Nomad February 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    haha something else for me to see when I visit Vilnius

  5. Andrew February 14, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    You should check out for a few more weird places to travel. Its like a wiki, so you can add your own as well!

  6. Katie, Tripbase February 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Great secrets, thanks for sharing!

    Please send me your email.


  7. brookeschoenman February 18, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    @mobilelawyer This might be it?

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  8. nomadicchick February 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    @brookeschoenman @mobilelawyer This might be it? I likee Brooke, likee!

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  9. HW_Travel February 19, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Posting an early Feature on my “3 Best Kept Travel Secrets!” Thanks @brookeschoenman for the rec. Read her’s

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  10. nomadicmatt February 22, 2010 at 12:08 am #

    3 Best Kept Travel Secrets

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  11. Garrett March 3, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Great places! I have to admit these are AWESOME recommendations.

  12. Karol Gajda March 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    oooohhhh a yurt! I’ve been wanting to sleep in one of those for years. They’re few and far between, but I will stumble upon one soon enough. 🙂

  13. Dina VagabondQuest April 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    I’ve never been in something something like the yurts, it looks like fun! It’s in my wish list now. 🙂
    I just posted my 3 best kept travel secret (also for tripbase blog tag project) less than a week ago, check it out if you want!

  14. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs December 28, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Great article, especially 7 Lighthouses in Menorca looks amazing! Another thing is that I’m so jealous that you have been in Kyrgyzstan! From the ‘stans’ I have only visit Kazakhstan and wish to travel through all of them at some point!

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