City of the Week: Mombasa, Kenya

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Mombasa is the second largest city and largest port city in Kenya. It is home to many beautiful beaches and wildlife reserves. There are many hotels on the beach at this city along with museums of the city’s history.

Mombasa, Kenya

Population: 915,101 (2009)

Continent: Africa

Visa requirements for US citizens: evisa or visa on arrival. Good for up to 3 months.

Currency: Kenyan Shillings

Languages: English and Swahili

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City of the Week: Paramaribo, Suriname

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Paramaribo, Suriname

Population: 240,924 (2012)

Continent: South America

Visa requirements for US citizens: Tourist Card on Arrival, up to 90 days.

Currency: Surinamese Dollar

Languages: Dutch and English

Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname, and is known for its Dutch influence. It was a Dutch colonial town in the 17th and 18th century, and buildings from that era can still be found in the city. English is not the official language, but it is widely spoken in the city.

City of the Week: Belize City, Belize

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Belize City, Belize

Population: 57,169 (2010)

Continent: North America

Visa requirement for US citizens: None for one month (extendable for up to six).

Currency: Belize Dollar

Language: English

This port city in Belize is divided into two halves connected by a swinging bridge from the 1920s that is manually operated. The Belize river divides these two halves and eventually dumps into the Carribean Sea. Ancient Mayan artifacts can be found in the northern portion of the city among other history.

 

City of the Week: Davao City, Philippines

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This city in the Philippines is near the country’s highest peak Mount Apo and is home to beautiful indigenous sculptures. The city is cheap to lounge in with 3-star hotels averaging at $35. People’s Park is a well known park here that is known for its beautiful botanical gardens.

Mount Apo, Philippines

Population: 1,633,000 (2015)

Continent: Asia

Visa requirements for US citizens: None for up to 30 days.

Currency: Philippine Peso

Language: Cebuano

City of the Week: Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. On the coast close to some beautiful beaches, Lisbon is easily one of the best places Portugal has to offer. The city has many old-fashioned buildings and historical sites. 3 star hotels average $66 and 5 star hotels average $171.

Lisbon, Portugal

Population: 504,718 (2016)

Continent: Europe

Visa Requirements for US citizens: None for 90 days in a 180 day period.

Currency: Euro

Language: Portuguese

City of the Week: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia, and is a host to many significant historical times. This city used to be considered a nomadic business center. Eventually the Soviet Union gained control of this city, and Soviet-era buildings can still be seen there with its mixture of twenty first century buildings today. This city is home to the only international airport in Mongolia, so unless you plan on entering Mongolia from Russia or China, Ulaanbaatar will be the beginning of your journey through the country.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Population: 1,418,000 (2016)

Continent: Asia

Visa requirements for US citizens: Visa free for up to 90 days

Currency: Mongolian tugrik

Language: Mongolian

City of the Week: Lome, Togo

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Lome is the capital city of Togo, a nation in West Africa. Lome is home to beaches, but the currents are immensely strong. It is advised to exercise caution when visiting Lome, because violent and petty crime is fairly common. The Akodésséwa Fetish Market is known for selling “voodoo” items, making for one of the largest tourist attractions in the city.

Lome, Togo

Population: 837,437

Continent: Africa

Visa requirements for US citizens: A visa on arrival is available for up to seven days

Currency: West African CFA franc

Language: French