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Travel Blog 2017-01-15T03:38:55+00:00
  • Putting “Heart” Back into Rural Travel

    GER TO GER LEADS THE WAY IN "ZERO EXPLOITATION" EFFORTS THROUGHOUT MONGOLIA  >> Read the full story...  Link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/zAojK8Ic4ZPZc/

  • GER to GER Fully Paid for Disabled Nomad’s Surgery

    News Update! In late 2016/17 - GER to GER returns the "gift of life" by 100% financing the entire hip-replacement surgery/rehabilitation of a nomad; today he's successfully maintaining his nomadic lifestyle, family and children. Mr. Khashhuu’s Family Shares their Experiences Terelj National Park, Mongolia   [...]

  • GER to GER Mongolia Reviews “Expectations” – Humanitarian Trips

    Case Study: "Expectations" - Being a Humanitarian vs a Tourist GER to GER Mongolia Case Study - Foster Respect and Learning: If you buy a rural humanitarian trip is it ethical to "judge" it as a vacation? Ethics 101 THE CASE STUDY: "Expectations" - [...]

GER to GER Fully Paid for Disabled Nomad’s Surgery

News Update! In late 2016/17 - GER to GER returns the "gift of life" by 100% financing the entire hip-replacement surgery/rehabilitation of a nomad; today he's successfully maintaining his nomadic lifestyle, family and children. Mr. Khashhuu’s Family Shares their Experiences Terelj National Park, Mongolia   Hashuu: “We have been working for Ger to Ger as a host family in the Terelj national park for 8 years, I live with three children and my wife. The benefits of working with Ger to Ger are countless. During last eight years, we purchased more animals and extra Ger. We also were able to purchase a solar panel so my family is able to watch tv, have lights in the evening and recharge our mobiles at home rather running to neighbor family regular basis."   Wife: "Moreover, Ger to Ger saved my husband's health in 2016. He used to be a disabled person because he fell off horse long time ago and did not have proper health treatment for his injury. However, in 2016 Ger to Ger paid for his entire hip replacement surgery/one month's physical therapy treatment cost at the Korean Hospital. Today, he is working by himself and started to herd animals [...]

May 31st, 2017|

GER to GER Mongolia Reviews “Expectations” – Humanitarian Trips

Case Study: "Expectations" - Being a Humanitarian vs a Tourist GER to GER Mongolia Case Study - Foster Respect and Learning: If you buy a rural humanitarian trip is it ethical to "judge" it as a vacation? Ethics 101 THE CASE STUDY: "Expectations" - contracted to be a Humanitarian Traveler but treats/bashes everything like a "Tourist with an Attitude"; Reality Humanitarian Trips are not our vacation packaged trips. People need to learn how to read/listen to the details (website, contracts, workshops, etc.). Why should GERtoGER be abused/liable for such "tourists" who don't read/listen/choose the correct trip for themselves? Folks you decide as this case study represents the negativity that I have encountered on Trip Advisor/Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree... In all honestly, the Question that should be asked is… "How do these tourists rate as humanitarians?" Reasoning - they all purchased/contracted humanitarian trips that are 100% managed by locals that allows foreigners an opportunity to learn how to become humanitarians; disrespecting a highly qualified instructor/workshop, disrespecting the local communities, etc., is not what we instruct. Question, why do they intentionally choose us and the wrong travel services for themselves? Indeed that's the true question that highlights their motives which is [...]

April 12th, 2017|

Open Ocean Ambassadors; Sea, Land, Wildlife and Humans

Open Ocean Ambassadorship Tourists Harasses Baby Shark for a Selfie, Article Link: https://www.thedodo.com/tourist-grabs-baby-shark-2245755483.html First and foremost, I was born and raised in Alaska and for the last 20+ years I have been assisting Mongolia to further it's main industries during its Transitional Phase. In the last decade alone, I can honestly state that international Tourists need to be re-educated about open "open ocean approach" when experiencing different environs (sea, etc.), remote human cultures, etc... My humanitarian organization has been trying to re-educate tourists for over a decade - a lot of the time we succeed however we also get those incredible failures... that bash us online etc.   I would love to team up for a global re-educational awareness program to foster such tourists into "Open Ocean Ambassadors"; for ocean wildlife, land wildlife, remote human cultures, etc. So they can start to learn how to appreciate and experience our world's species in their natural environs.   Everyone knows I've had my scars with trying to help a handful of these type of tourists for the last decade and I'm sure some of you guys have your scars as well. Though we've been more successful than failures, it's still hurts us when [...]

February 9th, 2017|

GER to GER Cares About Everyone!

"Scampackers" are not welcomed and will not be served; just like the No Shirt/No Pants Policy in USA/EU Stores. First and foremost, let me kindly reiterate that everyone at GER to GER Agency and Foundation always keeps an open door for 'ethics'; however, in my writing if my tone seems a bit stern - just kindly note that we've had to be patient for years. Best international policies ensure the safety and security of travelers, locals and of those managing the entire process (us humanitarians). It is for the aforementioned that GER to GER has decided to 'ethically' include this section into our website and is apart of our 'terms and conditions'. In the past years, the growth of "Scampackers" is growing at alarming rates - another words they are individuals that don't follow the rules as instructed on websites, handbooks, 2 hour workshops, etc., consume all local services and then later don't provide any supportive documentation yet 'disturb the peace' in office buildings to demand refunds so they can pay for their night of partying at clubs, guesthouses and travel for free in Mongolia (100% exploitation or "Scampacking")... The ole "hair into the cheese burger" and make a scene [...]

February 19th, 2016|

Online Reviews by Scammers Must BE Stopped

Online Reviews by Organized Scammers - This Must be Stopped For the past several years I have been monitoring, mapping and sometimes engaged in countering some very shady people from destroying a humanitarian organization that operates across 11,000 square kilometers to generate alternative livelihoods for nomadic families and rural inhabitants living on the edge of poverty; according to Western and European standards. This post is not aimed at any one given individual, however, I would like to pull the public's attention to a real situation that truly highlights the negative impacts that we all must endure… These unverified and uncontrolled online public defamations by unethical networkers, scammers and internet trolls are as bad as intentionally poisoning children during Halloween. Real Case Study of the Month A UK girl arrives at GER to GER office post my international travel for the humanitarian organization, I was only a few minutes late - jet lag and all, nothing unusual seeing we are all operating on winter schedule - traffic jams, etc. Nonetheless, what was about to transpire in my office left me shocked and truly heart-broken… I noticed this young girl wondering our lounge area… she was unusually fidgety - I ventured to ask [...]

December 5th, 2015|

GER to GER Liability Note – Public Zoo vs. Free-Ranging Styles

GER to GER Liability Note - Public Zoo vs. Free-Ranging Styles Community Based Travel Routes - Public Zoo vs. Free-Ranging National Park Styles (Ethnographic Explorer/Humanitarian Liability Note) Simply, Ethnographic Explorers love this sort of Advance Ethnographic/Cultural Exploration (over 90% of GER to GER's annual clients) - as it's a combination of the planned itinerary with plenty of random experiences. However, "Typical Tourists" who cannot make the transition in 'travel styles' generally feel that these trips weren't what they expected as they can't handle random experiences in their travel plans; and yes, I know these type of "Typical Tourists" love their Trip Advisor/Lonely Planet' Thorn Tree Rants. Every year GER to GER averages only a few tourists per year that were not able to successfully make the cultural bridge between them and the Mongolian Nomadic Families (easy to calculate - just look at the post dates and calculate the number of posts per year, there are not that many considering GER to GER averages more than a few hundred travelers per year. Which means, yes, GER to GER has way more successes per year [avg. well over 90%] than dramatized failures"). Hey I know - we're all human, but as one [...]

October 17th, 2015|

Mr. Simon Lok “Get A FREE VACATION” SCAM – CAUGHT

Mr. Simon Lok “Get A FREE VACATION” SCAM - Caught Violations: Attempted Company/Humanitarian Organization Defraud, Organized Cross-Border Social Economic White-Collar Networking Crimes (Gang), Public Defamation/Human Rights Violations (Articles 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 22, 23, 30) Click the follow link to access the Official Public Report Link (PDF): GER to GER M&E Investigation Report - Mr. Simon Lok - July 2015   Details Only Released "after" Mr. Lok's Offline Attempt at Physically Bullying of an Office Woman and Online Abuses It is GER to GER's strict policy never to release names of people related to ongoing investigations - however, Mr. Simon Lok after being provided the Monitor and Evaluation Investigation Report has intentionally decided to further his Illegal attempts at Defrauding a Humanitarian Organization and continues to engage with others in unethically organizing online and offline Public Defamation of GER to GER and the Founder (organized white-collar crimes, etc.). Quick Intro of GER to GER GER to GER Foundation and Agency (www.GERtoGER.org) is an internationally recognized humanitarian organization that operates community tourism throughout Mongolia. GER to GER maintains 100% transparency, all documentation is audited by numerous agencies (past decades) including but not limited to the following: USAID, Swiss Development Agency [...]

August 15th, 2015|

GER to GER Eco Adventures! Mongolia – Overland, Horseback Riding, Camel Trekking, Trekking | Trips, Tours and Expeditions

GER to GER Eco Adventures Film! Mongolia - Overland, Horseback Riding, Camel Trekking, Trekking | Trips, Tours and Expeditions You are on your way to becoming a responsible explorer, cultural ecotourism ambassador and change-maker! Safety and Expertise via Sustainable GeoTourism Agency In 10 years, well over 6,000+ international travelers have been trained and traveled Responsibly across Mongolia; GER to GER continues to maintain its rural health and safety scorecard at 99%+ Success!     GeoTourism Travel Style - Ethnographic Exploration   Click here to learn what is National Geographic Society's Definition of GeoTourism? Welcome to GER to GER Mongolia! Mongolia's First Internationally Awarded Nationwide Sustainable Geotourism Travel Agency/Operator (CSR) offering community based cultural ecotourism routes that allow you to travel like early explorers i.e. Marco Polo or Roy Chapman Andrews from nomadic family to nomadic family across vast and epic geographical terrains as done since the ancient days; before and after Mongolia's Great Emperor, Chingis Khan. In addition to our nomadic routes, GER to GER offers soft adventure travel packages, professional film and tv production logistics that includes all pre-production, production and post production logistical support. We are 'the' industry professionals - filmmakers, explorers, social economic developers and humanitarians that design travel experiences for [...]

June 23rd, 2015|

GER to GER Back in the Field – Blog Review

GER to GER back in the Field! Mongolia - Community Based Tourism Workshop Summery This year, our office staff have traveled across Mongolia by jeeps and buses to reach most of our remote locations to carry out Community Based Tourism Workshops for our nomadic families. This year in addition to our standard industry reporting on client feedbacks, etc., we have re-incorporated "liabilities" into our workshops. We are delighted to report that during our knowledge sharing sessions, nomadic families have gain more in depth comprehension or their works, clients and how the global market reacts. Though most of the information provided was the first time that they have encountered such market dynamics, it was conveyed in local methodologies that meaningful and comprehensive to the participating nomadic families. GER to GER is committed to further our rural communities qualitative understanding of "what the tourism industry is" and what are the realities when operating therein. We deeply wish to thank all our wonderful travelers, even the 1% trouble makers (lol!), as they all have contributed towards the strengthening of GER to GER and all the rural nomadic families across Mongolia. On behalf of all our nomadic families, we are eager and excited to [...]

May 26th, 2015|

GER to GER Founder’s Response about Trip Advisor Reviews

Just a Kind Note - GER to GER Trip Advisor Reviews Just a kind note... I know some have questioned my tone and frankness in my posts - understandable. Please kindly understand that over the past several years GER to GER was subjected to a massive online attack by unethical and shady characters (and it would seem that ethical posts are being deleted and blocked). For years I have remained silent however seeing how remaining silent only damages our works throughout Mongolia, I have decided to open up and take on this matter head-on. I know - A bit Unorthodox I know it may seem abrupt and a bit unorthodox for a Founder to go online and take on such a matter - but when seeing how it directly affects 100s of nomadic families' livelihoods it would be criminal to allow such fraud and slander to continue both unethically and unlawfully. Never Did Like Bullies Imagine seeing some people bullying a poor and relatively defenseless family in a developing country and publicly shaming them just to make themselves feel powerful or righteous as "We know everything foreigners"; how just is that action? And if I was standing nearby, and did [...]

April 8th, 2015|

Ulaanbaatar Mongolia Guesthouse Situation

Recommended Guesthouses and Local Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia What is the "Real Situation" of Local Guesthouses in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia? Today, guesthouses are everywhere and the goal of this post is not to belittle anyone's efforts towards advancing their guesthouse businesses in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - however after more than 5 years of having to personally deal with some very unethical guesthouses (a couple are just around our office building - we have "no" affiliation with them as they unlawfully used our GER to GER Brand Name to sell their tours), we do have a list of "wise recommendations" for you. The mission of this post is to save you a lot of heartache before you even arrive to Mongolia as we wish you all to have a wonderful experience. With all the recent developments in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia you don't have to opt-out to continue supporting unethical guesthouse tour operators - there are many other options around the city. But please do keep in mind that not all guesthouses are "unethical" and the goal of this post is designed to assist you in your efforts to determine "which is which" - GER to GER is not a guesthouse so we here to help you [...]

March 23rd, 2015|

GER to GER Mongolia Special Travel and Discount Offers

Its time to Discover Mongolia!   We have some exceptional SPECIAL offers for those that book within the next 10 days! Below are some trips that are scheduled to depart between now and June, if you book soon you will be the lucky few to receive this 15% discount!!!     Soft Adventures.   All of GER to GER Packaged Trips are uniquely design to maximize the best of both worlds - genuine local cultural immersion and leisure travel. Our offers focus on combining overland 4x4, local transport, guest accomodations in rural areas (hot showers!), highlights of Mongolia, cultural immersion with locals, and more!   This newsletter has been sent to you because you are a member of an association, registered, followed, or “check” that you desire more information about GER to GER. Email: info@gertoger.org  © 2015 GER to GER, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - http://www.GERtoGER.org       

March 20th, 2015|

GER to GER Travel Review – Mike Haynes

Ger to Ger Mongolia Travel Blog Author: Mike Haynes Travel Blog about GER to GER Today, I thought I would "copy and paste" some excerpts from Mike Haynes online blog about to GER to GER - for those wishing to read more, please do visit his blog at the above link   "Simply Ger to Ger is exactly what it is.  Facilitated trips from one family's Ger (or Yurt, as our Russian friends call them) to another's, lead by a local community member.  Nothing has been upgraded for the tourist "experience", and this was the closest experience to free independent travel I've experienced with a company.  You travel like locals (or if you prefer, trek on foot along valleys and over passes accompanied by a yak drawn cart or pack-horse), and sleep in your own tent (this way you do not infringe on local's hospitality: by tradition if you are a tent-less guest you are given the host's beds for the night, this also helps privacy for both host and guest), and eat local food and drink prepared for you.  I believe their system works very well as true "ecotourism", you meet communities on their terms, and experience their life and [...]

February 23rd, 2015|

GER to GER Travel Blogs – Travelers’ Reviews and Blogs

“To Drink or Not to Drink! That was the question” GER to GER Travel Blogs - Today’s link: Dabble in Travel - http://www.dabbleintravel.com/blog/tag/ger-to-ger/ Every so often you come across a variety of interesting client reviews, this one I actually kinda enjoyed… It makes us feel good at GER to GER when we get travelers that are more in it for the raw adventure especially when they are booking ‘solo trips’ which are categorized as subsidized trips for travelers on tight budgets. At GER to GER we offer a variety of trips and experiences - our higher-end packaged trips provide more services in-line with the general tourism industry wants and needs. Our solo trips are for those on tight budgets that offers an opportunity to experience Mongolia in a more explorer and adventurous style; not your typical touristic style of travel by any means. I feel that Dabble in Travel was able to enjoy ‘being out there’ and take-in a lot of non-touristic cultural experiences that he is going to remember for a long time. Solo Trips are fun for most and for others no worries - if you require a little more leisure and comfort into your trip experience then you [...]

February 4th, 2015|

GER to GER Reviews – What’s the best way to travel for me?

GER to GER Reviews - What is the best way to travel for me? We have been asked this question 1000s of times and most of the time I would say that over 90% of the international travelers got it right - which is important to you and to us! For the 10% that don't get it right, 9% are semi-satisfied and leaving the 1% that requires us to do everything in our power to keep them from literally blowing up. Its important to review the itineraries carefully and ask questions or even recommendations from GER to GER staff and even from me, Zanjan Fromer, we are here to give you the most relevant information to ensure that you choose wisely; nothing worse than being told that we are responsible for people who didn't spend enough time reviewing information, reading and asking questions from us prior to traveling. Step One - How to Review Ger to Ger? First and foremost, you need to ask yourself a few questions: 1. Are you a "tourist" type of traveler? 2. Do you prefer traveling on strict time schedules? 3. Are you afraid of getting a little dirty? 4. Do you prefer blaming others [...]

January 27th, 2015|

Travel Review on GER to GER Mongolia – 2014 Travel Season

Travel Review on GER to GER Mongolia 2014 Season GER to GER Review Methodology As many are becoming aware, I like to put information into perspective in order to give context, timelines and situational environments towards fair market practices. When reviewing GER to GER’s performance in 2014 there are certain constant variables that must remain constant year after year in order to provide a more realistic grading curve, for example here are just a few categories: Number of GER to GER Travelers - Total Number of GER to GER Independent Travelers - Total Number of GER to GER Packaged Travelers - Total Number of Health and Safety Related Issues - Total Number of internal health related issues - Total Number of food related issues - Total Number of physical injuries - Total Number of Cultural Issues - Total Number of cross cultural issues - Total Number of cross cultural communication issues (fights, arguments, etc.) - Total Number of cultural shocks - Total Number of Service Related Issues - Total Number of driver related issues - Total Number of guide/interpreter related issues - Total Number of nomadic family related issues - Total GER to GER Review Analysis Our internal method of evaluating [...]

December 24th, 2014|

Review on GER to GER in Mongolia

GER to GER Mongolia - A Decade in Review  Since the launch of GER to GER in Mongolia, dating back nearly one decade ago, I wanted to do a review on GER to GER’s overall progress. Over the next few weeks I will be producing numerous blogs and posts dedicated to capturing the successes of GER to GER in hopes to provide a broader and more professional perspectives to our works throughout Mongolia.  Today, GER to GER remains the last internationally supported and funded (Swiss SDC and USAID) community based tourism initiative that continues to sustainably operates in Mongolia in accordance with its original Master Plan. This is a massive testament to our operational know-how, expertise and passion when you take into consideration that we launched this project on 1/3 of a foreigner's annual salary vs other project and programs that received funding in the 100s of thousands of dollars; Ms. Bayarsuren and I have 100s of non-billable days - hence we are humanitarian volunteers. Add the aforementioned with the following information and you begin to appreciate how successful GER to GER truly is beyond the financials generated for rural communities and nomadic families throughout Mongolia. Information about GER to GER - Reviews on GER to GER Review [...]

December 17th, 2014|

GER to GER Fund’s ITB Project via Give2Asia.org – USA 501c3 Charity Organization

GER to GER Fund's ITB Fundraising Project via USA Give2Asia.org, an internationally recognized USA 501c3 Charity Organization; Tax Deductible Donations TODAY’S URGENT FUND-RAISING PROJECT ITB BERLIN 2015 - EUROPE’S LARGEST GLOBAL TRAVEL EXHIBITION  "Mongolia" Official ITB Berlin Partner Country - Visit ITB's Website Today, GER to GER Foundation has been approved by the Mongolian Government, first time ever, to participate in the newly designed and produced "Mongolia" stand at ITB Berlin; Europe's largest international travel exhibition. This is the first time ever that an independent community based organization has been officially recognized and approved by the Mongolian Government to exhibit among other Mongolian private sector entities. This is a major success for rural communities throughout Mongolia - it has been a long journey and this is the national recognition that we all have been waiting for. However, owing to the financial structure of our Agency and Foundation operating like a non-profit organization in the private sector (ethically "Giving Back" to rural communities throughout Mongolia), both my colleague and I have been burdening the costs of international operations the last few years from our own local salaries and resources. Today, we clearly recognize that we do require the in-kind and generous [...]

December 10th, 2014|

GER to GER Review – Review on Mongolia’s GER to GER Ecotourism and Travel Services

GER to GER Review - What do 3,000+ TRAVELERS who traveled on GER to GER in Mongolia Say and Don’t Say Over 6+ Years? Professional Review on GER to GER Mongolia GER to GER Review - Review on Mongolia's GER to GER Ecotourism and Travel Services For 20 years I have been working in social economic development and doing a quick research and analysis to uncover the truth about reviews are nothing new to my professional works. For the past few years I have been waiting to start producing some "real review reports" that shed a lot of truth onto matters that have been dominated by not very truthful situations and people both locally and internationally that have provided numerous false reviews on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet... Of which is now become an international news owing to the Italian Tourism Association fining Trip Advisor $600,000 USD after an extensive 7 month investigation into Trip Advisor practices to which they uncovered numerous fake and false reviews. This review of the situation is being officially provided as a means to ensure future travelers and business partners that the safety of travelers, rural communities and nomadic families is of paramount concern to our GER to [...]

December 4th, 2014|

Horseback Riding Trips in Mongolia vs Overland Travel

Horseback Riding Trips in Mongolia vs Overland Travel - What should I do? Oh yes, this is a common situation for many travelers who arrive into Mongolia without a plan - How to balance horseback riding trips and the excitement of overland travel expeditions... Horseback Riding Trips vs Overland - The Approach: 1. Travel interests - What are you interested in? Geographically - Gobi Desert, mountains or open steppes? Culturally - Are you wanting a home-stay or tourist camp experience or a little of both? Activities - Are you wanting to dedicate more time to horseback riding or balance it out with home-stay and visiting with Mongolian nomadic families? Time - Once spent, you will not get it back so seriously think and list your travel objectives. Etc. 2. Budget interests - How much are you wanting to spend? Overland Travel - Typically is expensive if you go at it alone as 1) Mongolia is a country with vast geography and it takes a bit of money for vehicles, drivers, etc., to get around. Recommendations: join a group, make a group and/or seek an alternative methodology Horseback Travel - Cost effective, however you have some general considerations Going at it alone is [...]

November 30th, 2014|

GER to GER Reviews – Testimonials from Mongolia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbC-RWU8Z0k GER to GER Reviews - Testimonials from Rural Communities and Nomadic Families Mongolia's rural nomadic families and herders share their thoughts and Reviews on GER to GER Today, GER to GER is nearing 1 decade of operations for Mongolia's rural communities and nomadic families around the country; from our project days that were financed by the Swiss Agency for International Development and then later by the United States Agency for International Development. Looking back on the years its always heart-warming to hear from those that you work for, yes us Humanitarians at GER to GER work for the rural populations of Mongolia as its our Corporate Social Responsibility Mission from Day One. It's nice to know that from the early years when this footage was taken from our nomadic families in Central Mongolia till today, we still operate with the same methodology of giving back to the rural communities and their inhabitants. GER to GER Reviews - Recommended by UNESCAP From the day of this early film till today we have expanded across 10 Provinces or in USA terms "States" cover 11,000 square kilometers (7,000+ miles) including deserts, mountains, open steppes, river valley etc., with year-round operations. [...]

November 29th, 2014|

GER to GER Review – Develops Responsible Tourism in Mongolia

GER to GER Review - Specializes in Developing Responsible Tourism in Mongolia via its Agency and Foundation On behalf of GER to GER TEAM, I would like to kindly thank you for taking interest in our Agency and Foundation's works in Mongolia and Beyond and welcome you al to our new GER to GER Website! I would like to kindly invite you to review and learn more about our GER to GER Agency and Reviews through our humanitarian mission and nearly a decade of successful works throughout the country developing Responsible Tourism in Mongolia. GER to GER is a labor of love and dedication, based on 20+ years of professional international experience, numerous years researching and reviewing global methodologies towards community based tourism and the last decade of advancing our initiative. We, the humanitarians, at GER to GER strive to be the bridge of mutual understanding between the international travelers and the rural inhabitants and nomadic communities throughout Mongolia. Today GER to GER has generated 1000s of successes and we have tried to capture the essence of our works in this introductory GER to GER Review of our organization, works and initiatives. We hope that this is provide you with a wealth [...]

November 29th, 2014|

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