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Bangkok to Koh Samui

THAILAND | Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | Views [809]

Empty pavement space in Bangkok seems to be an invitation to set up stalls selling everything from clothing to trinkets and souvenirs to a wide variety of food which looks and smells amazing – some of it recognisable, much of it not. Through the ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok markets, full moon party, koh samui, surat thani, thai train travel, thailand

Free Lioness or Hunter's Trophy? UPDATED

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 | Views [1610]

UPDATE: Sufficient funds were raised & Alexandra flew to South Africa to make a documentary about Serabie's release to a protected wildlife sanctuary there & to raise awareness on the sick 'sport' that is canned hunting. Our heartfelt thanks ... Read more >

Tags: appeals, help, hunters, lioness, lions, serabie, south africa

Photos: Bangkok

THAILAND | Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Breaking Through Barriers - Bangkok

THAILAND | Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | Views [861]

The first thing that hits you as you disembark in Bangkok is the wall of humid heat. After struggling with the ATM and then changing larger notes into smaller ones (a generally recommended practice), I search for the metered taxis. It is possible to ... Read more >

Tags: asia, backpacking, bangkok, culture shock, four faced budha, silom soi, taxi fare, temples

Photos: North Queensland II

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Signing Out of Australia

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | Views [634]

Comfort zone. That place where we feel most at ease - familiar, understanding our surroundings and our expectations, daring to believe we have a degree of control in our daily lives. Travel to different cultures challenges us to step outside of all ... Read more >

Tags: australia, backpacking, cairns, comfort zone, great barrier reef, mission beach, port douglas, travel buddies, tropical

Photos: North Queensland

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Chasing Rainbows & Magnetic Attraction

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | Views [1083]

I imagine Magnetic Island to be fairly small and so am quite surprised to find that there are around 3,000 inhabitants, numerous bays to explore with a vast range of accommodation on offer. Booking.com once again steps in and we have found a guest house ... Read more >

Tags: australia, fraser island, glamping, koalas, magnetic island, rainbow beach, sharks, townsville, wallabies

Stepping Into Postcard Paradise

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | Views [1455]

Arriving in Airlie Beach after a 14 hour bus trip, I am more than a little grateful to be met by the minibus from Backpackers By the Bay. It’s only a short ride to the hostel, but as anyone travelling with heavy luggage will know, the less it needs ... Read more >

Tags: airlie beach, australia, backpacker by the bay, sailing, stunning whitehaven beach, sv hammer, whitsunday islands

Photos: Whitsunday Islands Paradise

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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The Sunshine Coast, Queensland

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Views [635]

My first sighting of Brisbane coincides with the most magnificent sunset I have seen in a long time. Typically it would be the first time I have not had a window seat, but this was too good to miss and so making my apologies, I leaned over to get a couple ... Read more >

Tags: australia, brisbane, glasshouse mountains, maleny, montville, noosa, premier motor service, secrets

Photos: Queensland

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

Brisbane to Cairns
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Photos: NZ North Island II

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Kia Ora New Zealand!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Views [901]

Kia Ora New Zealand. I have packed so much into the 24 days I have been here, seen so much and yet I leave with so much left unseen. It is certainly a land to be explored and I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering some of the wonders it holds. With ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, backpacking, car hire, fabulous, ponsonby, relocation car hire, seabeds, watsons way

Maori & Mud Packs

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | Views [681]

The North Island bus trip begins just as it is getting light on Bank Holiday Monday. Much has been made of the Queen’s birthday weekend, and I suspect that there is more patriotism over here than on her home turf! The trip up to Paihia on the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, bay of islands, culture, maori, naked bus, new zealand, paihia, rotorua, sulphur springs, tamaki

Northward Bound

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [736]

All ferry crossings the following day were cancelled! Again I was lucky although it was far from a smooth trip. Arriving in Wellington in the dark, I find that navigation here is no easy task. I know that the hostel is about 20 minutes away and that ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, desert highway, glow worms, makopa falls, mt egmont, new zealand, paihia, ponsonby backpackers

New Zealand - A Land of Two Halves

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Views [876]

I examine my expectations of New Zealand and find that I had envisaged seeing a few pretty sights and that just over 3 weeks would probably be more than sufficient time to do so. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I am ashamed by the almost flippant ... Read more >

Tags: accents, backpacking, car hire, ferry, maori, marlborough sound, new zealand, stormy swells, stunning scenery

Photos: NZ North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: New Zealand part II

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Last of South Island (RT part V)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Views [1037]

At the Jucy Rental desk I return The Silver Streak in exchange for a relocation deal which allows me five days to deliver the car to Auckland. All signed, I drive away in a Suzuki Swift – a little aqua bubble of a car. The wind is fierce and The ... Read more >

Tags: kaikoura, new zealand, relocation car hire, spy valley winery, stunning south island, watsons way hostel, whales

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