Unfortunately I am not able to travel for business, (I am a hospital based pediatric neurologist) so all my travel has been for pleasure, largely beginning in 1989 when I partnered up with James, my traveling companion. We try to visit one country in depth 2-3 times per year, so I will never catch up with Charles . Often location choice is inspired by a movie, another of my interests. That is why I went to Tunisia (English Patient and Star Wars) , Rwanda(Gorillas in the Mist and Hotel Rwanda) and Vietnam and Maylasia (Indochine). We like to book with local agents and hire our own car, driver and guide for maximum flexibility. Many of our guides have become close lasting friends, and three have visited us in Oakland. We particularily like visiting indigenous cultures, so southern Ethiopia and and Papua New Guinea highlands and Woodabe of Niger were a thrill of a lifetime. Great cuisine is also a draw, so the same day we left a 7 day camping tour in the Sahara in Niger to see the solar eclipse we were dining at Guy Sauvage in Paris. Yemen street food was a the great culinary surprise. El Bulli was unforgetable.