10 Symptoms of a Travel Tragic

  1. When doing the family budget, the holiday has first priority, food and household bills are second and third respectively. If we eat baked beans every week until we depart, that will pay for two nights accommodation somewhere.

    Eating baked beans to afford buttery croissants for breakfast on the rooftop of The Hotel Majestic in Ho Chi Minh City was worth it!

    Eating baked beans to afford a luxurious breakfast at The Hotel Majestic in Ho Chi Minh City was worth it!

  2. When buying clothes all you can think of is how well it would pack and how long it will take to dry.
  3. When buying that new couch, you look at the price tag and think ‘that’s a return airfare to London,’ you walk out empty handed and tell yourself the ‘black hole’ in the old sofa really isn’t that bad after all.
  4. When your inbox has at least 50 emails a day advertising specials from all the airlines that fly out of your nearest international airport.
  5. Wrestling with your conscious about taking the kids out of school again, but the devil always wins.
  6. When you are three years behind on all the holiday photo books you are ‘gonna’ make.
  7. When you know the exchange rate of all the major currencies off by heart.
  8. When you have visited at least ten countries in the last week….online.
  9. When you own no less than 5 cameras and 10 suitcases and backpacks of varying sizes, shapes and designs.
  10. When you can count to ten, ask for a toilet and a train ticket in at least ten different languages.

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A Mother’s Survival Guide

A mother embarks on an adventurous four day mini camping trip and explores a plethora of National Parks in the South West of Western Australia with her intrepid two teenage sons in a bid to keep them off the XBOX and to keep active.  A humourous approach to her mishaps into the mundane will delight anyone who dares to read on… Continue reading

Vehicle Rental and Insurance

Vehicle Rental PinterestIf your are seriously into independent travel then having a car ‘to do what you want when you want’ is paramount.  This will often mean it’s more cost effective than going organised tours especially when travelling as a family and often cheaper than the cost of airfares in getting to your destination if you are travelling as a group.  Whenever I am in need of car hire I always explore the best option to match the occasion.  For instance, Continue reading

7 Days in Far North Queensland

I just love exploring this great state of ours but every now and then, the urge to go beyond the borders and venture further into this great nation of ours becomes too much, especially when there are some great deals out there from a variety of budget airlines. Continue reading

10 Facts about the Nullarbor Plain

Eyre Highway from Eucla Scarp

Eyre Highway from Eucla Scarp

Crossing the Nullarbor via National Highway One is the quintessential experience of the outback and crossing it is a rite of passage for any self respecting Australian, yet it is a path few Australians follow. The Nullarbor Plain is famously known as the longest stretch of straight road in the world. Consequently, it also has the nickname Nullar-boring so when the few Aussies and international tourists who do make the journey, they consider it a chore and something to be achieved as quick as possible. Contrary to popular belief, if you have the time explore, then it’s as interesting as you are prepared to make it as I have outlined in the following facts and details. However, with my recent experience of the crossing, it is infinitely more interesting on the way over than it is on the way back.

Nevertheless, the Nullarbor crossing is a once in a lifetime drive which is recommended to road enthusiasts worldwide. Road trips in Australia are just as popular as they are in New Zealand or the USA and crossing Australia through the desert to experience its total vastness and awesomeness should be on everyone’s bucket list. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Book a Budget Airline to Asia

If you are departing from Australia, especially Western Australia, then it would just be criminal not to book with a budget airline on short haul flights. This is especially true when they have specials on. If you subscribe to their email alerts you can get some excellent deals. The less you pay for an airfare, the more you can spend at your destination or your next holiday. You worked hard for your money so don’t waste it. You can even make it cheaper by using these tips: Continue reading

Accidental Imposters

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi

“I am sliding deeper into the role of the protagonist in a fractured fairytale. Cinderella suddenly inherits a ‘step sister’ and attends the ball in her rags after her Negroid fairy godfather waves his magic wand. We shake the Minister’s hand, wish him a happy birthday and exchange pleasantries and pray he won’t ask any questions that might expose the façade.” Continue reading

Cycling in Singapore

Mention Singapore and immediately images of skyscrapers and frenetic shoppers come to mind. With its population of about 100 fishermen and subsistence farmers Pulau Ubin is in stark contrast and remains the last bastion of kampong or village life in Singapore. The pulau or island has so far managed to evade the developers. Many city-bound Singaporeans go there looking for off the beaten track adventure, unheard of on the mainland. It’s also a great escape for any visitor wanting to flee the fast paced shop until you drop syndrome. Continue reading

Walking With Lions

Brother Cubs

You could be forgiven for assuming the main attraction in Victoria Falls is the waterfall itself. While the thunderous might of the falls certainly are impressive, it’s no comparison to experiencing my lifelong dream whilst in town. At the tourist centre on the main street, the staff offer a variety of adventure tours ranging from bungy jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge to rafting the Zambezi River. My ‘adventure’ days have been and gone and I am hoping there is something more sedate. Adorning the walls are posters of cute lion cubs and immediately I flash back to my favourite childhood movie Born Free. It’s based on naturalist, Joy Adamson’s love of working with lions and in no time I excitedly rush back to camp clutching a Walk With Lions brochure. Continue reading