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February, 2015

  • 6 February

    Istanbul Was Wonderful (Despite the Tear Gas)

    I woke up on the top bunk of our hostel in Istanbul with a strange slight burning sensation in my eyes and nose. I didn’t think too much of it as I climbed off the bed and took my laptop into the common room to get to work on some writing. But as I left the bedroom the burning sensation …

January, 2015

  • 22 January

    Brazil’s Amazon Jungle –Piranha Fishing, Eating Maggots and Cuddling with Caiman

    Piranha Fishing. Caiman spotting at night. Sleeping in a hammock in the jaguar-infested jungle. When I read about the activities available on our Amazon jungle tour in Brazil I started to feel a little nervous. Does my travel insurance cover getting eaten alive by Piranhas? Just how dangerous will this experience be? Along with a few nervous butterflies I was …

  • 19 January

    Why I Prefer British Pubs to North American Ones

    As a Canadian who has lived abroad in the UK and traveled throughout Canada and the USA, I have had plenty of experiences in both British and North American drinking establishments. I have come to the (perhaps controversial) conclusion that when it comes to pubs, the United Kingdom does it better. Here are a few of the reasons why I …

December, 2014

  • 30 December

    Budget-Friendly Family Activities in San Diego

    My wife Sabrina and I have all recently travelled to San Diego, CA, for the first time with our children, Sarah and Anthony. We came across several family-friendly activities to partake in and enjoy without the worry of emptying our pocketbooks. Even though my kids don’t quite understand the meaning of a budget, it was something that my wife and …

November, 2014

  • 11 November

    A Guide to Travelling by Boat Down the Amazon

    It’s hard to wrap your head around the sheer scale of the Amazon River – this humongous waterway makes most other rivers in the world look like a mere trickle. Last week, Lee and I travelled a total of 1,584 km between the Brazilian cities of Manaus and Belem on a river ferry – an epic journey that takes five …

  • 10 November

    Valparaiso, Chile is one of the Coolest Cities in South America

    If I could have a crush on a city, it would certainly be on this one. Poetic and beautiful, yet a little rough around the edges, Valparaiso has a complex past and many layers. The more I got to know it, the more I wanted to know. We returned there twice during our travels in Chile and stayed for almost …

  • 10 November

    Ten Brilliant UK Cities to Visit Besides London

    When tourists think of visiting the UK, they usually have one destination in mind: London. The capital city of England seems to dominate the international image of the UK and many other cities are not usually considered in most tourists’ plans. Of course, the city of Big Ben and Beefeaters is certainly worth visiting, as it is a world class …

  • 1 November

    Yummy Vietnamese Street Food You Should Eat on Your Travels

    There’s no better way to get a real taste of Asia, Vietnam in particular, than by hitting the streets for some of the country’s best foods. Whether you’re in the country for the weekend, an entire month or longer, one of best experiences to complete your getaway is a taste of Vietnam’s popular street foods. Some of these dishes have …

October, 2014

  • 8 October

    Discovering the Delights of Derry

      Whether you call this place Derry or Londonderry (and it depends a bit who you’re speaking with as to which name you use), “the maiden city” and its surrounding coastline is a fascinating part of the world. Derry is the original name for the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, the name is derived from the Irish word for “oak …

  • 7 October

    A Few Things Brits Should Know Before Visiting the USA

    Planning a holiday to America? The USA has a lot of amazing experiences to offer, from hiking in the Grand Canyon to the big city lights of New York City to the beaches of Miami. Here are a few important things that you should know before your trip: It’s Bigger Than You Think You can drive almost anywhere in the …

  • 7 October

    A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing at Val D’Isere

    I grew up on a small farm in rural Australia. We were a long way from anything that looked like snow. It wasn’t until I was in Europe and a group of friends was organising a skiing holiday that I really got excited about the prospect. I decided to learn how to ski. I really hate looking incompetent at anything, …

September, 2014

  • 18 September

    5 Ways to Avoid Freezing your Ass off During Winter in Russia

    “Isn’t it going to be really cold?” was the response we most commonly received after mentioning our plans to visit to Russia in winter. But Robert and I were insanely excited, and it entirely lived up to our expectations. Snowflakes landed on our shoulders as we waltzed through Red Square in the heart of Moscow, St Basil’s Cathedral looking unbelievably …

  • 10 September

    Is Orlando, Florida A Budget Destination?

    When you imagine Orlando, Florida you probably picture a family taking their young children to Disney World or wealthy travellers relaxing in the sunshine at high end resorts or private villas. This sunny American destination isn’t known as a value backpacker hotspot, but that doesn’t mean that you should rule it out of your travel plans. If you know where …

  • 8 September

    Why Malta is a Must-See Destination for Everyone

    Before I first visited it by chance, nearly ten years ago, I knew little about Malta.  At the time all I was after was a bit of winter sun on a budget and Malta fitted the bill.  Malta certainly has plenty of winter and summer sun (the average yearly temperature is around 23 °C), but as I soon discovered, this tiny …

  • 3 September

    Five Reasons Why You’ll Love Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

    Located on the Southern Tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt there is a resort town called Sharm el-Skeikh. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Arab world and even despite the economic situation worldwide the numbers of tourists there have increased dramatically over the last few years. Why is Sharm el-Sheikh such a desirable holiday …

August, 2014

  • 18 August

    Some Like it Hot – In Tropical Far North Queensland

    As I stepped off the plane at Cairns airport, I had Marilyn Monroe in my head. I’d flown to the north of Australia from Melbourne in the south. It was mid July and Melbourne (as nice as it is) is not the place to be in mid-July. Cold, grey, rainy – as the warm sun of Queensland hit my skin …

July, 2014

  • 23 July

    Pelourinho in Salvador: The Crumbling Quaintness of Colonial Brazil

    The third-largest city in Brazil, Salvador was the first colonial capital of the country and, being founded by the Portuguese in 1549, is also one of the oldest colonised cities in the New World. At the heart of this antiquated city lies the Historic Centre, better known as Pelourinho, or just Pelô to the locals. The etymology of the name …

  • 21 July

    Three Essential Things to Know On Your First Visit to Japan

    Japan is a fascinating and exciting destination, but it is sometimes a place that people shy away from – it is quite different from most other countries, the language, the alphabet, the food, the customers, the people. I remember when I first landed in Tokyo and I was trying to find the hotel that I’d booked in the busy, nightlife …

  • 17 July

    How to Bicycle Your Way Around Mendoza’s Delightful Wineries

    Whether you are a snooty sniffing and sipping wine connoisseur or just someone who loves to wash down a good steak with something tasty, grapey and alcoholic, you will love the Argentinian wine paradise that is Mendoza. This city is world-renowned for being the centre of the wine industry in Argentina – accounting for nearly two thirds of the entire …

May, 2014

  • 25 May

    Getting a Taste of Chile in Valparaiso

    When I think back on our visit to Valparaiso, Chile I won’t just remember the sights and sounds that I encountered there – such as the brightly coloured murals splashed on every building, the music in the streets or the old-fashioned funiculars as they slowly clatter up the steep hills overlooking the ocean. I will also remember the tastes. Biting …

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