Australian Experiences

Review:  Tyrannosaur Exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney

Review: Tyrannosaur Exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney

The tyrannosaur skeleton shadow on the wall looked great.  And then it moved!  After experiencing a sudden primitive adrenalin reaction I subsequently realised that it was all part of the show. Phew!  And once I started watching I realised that there was a progressive sequence of different animations, many of which were very funny.  After […]

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Wrap Up:  Climbing Mt Kosciusko

Wrap Up: Climbing Mt Kosciusko

Back in 2008 I was inspired to do a bushwalk to the highest ten peaks in Australia, including the highest peak of Mt Kosciusko. I managed to get a group together, we planned, we trained – but on the weekend before we were due to depart blizzard conditions set in and we decided that it […]

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Planning a Mini Road Trip:  Canberra and the Snowy Mountains

Planning a Mini Road Trip: Canberra and the Snowy Mountains

For a few years I have had an aspiration to do the walk to the highest mountain peak in Australia, (no I can’t spell it without spell check either) Mt Kosciusko.  At the grand height of 2,228m (7,309ft) it is on a small scale compared to significantly higher peaks of other continents.  The great thing […]

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Destination Information

Wrap Up:  How to Indulge in Over 100 New Zealand Hot Springs

Wrap Up: How to Indulge in Over 100 New Zealand Hot Springs

You can’t visit New Zealand without indulging in at least one hot spring.  New Zealand is a volcanic country so hot springs are everywhere.  They range from the luxurious manicured hot springs of the Rotorua region to ‘locals only’ free hot springs within beaches, rivers and other nooks and crannies.  If you love to hike […]

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Wrap Up: How to Explore the Real Brazil During (and After!) World Cup 2014

Wrap Up: How to Explore the Real Brazil During (and After!) World Cup 2014

Did you know that the Brazil World Cup 2014 Football competition is almost here?  For those of you who are attending in person you should have booked your match tickets and flights long ago.  But what about researching other activities you can do while you are in Brazil? Here are four great articles to help you […]

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Heading to Vietnam?  Want to Get Clothes Tailored? Read This.

Heading to Vietnam? Want to Get Clothes Tailored? Read This.

One thing we were encouraged to do in Vietnam was to get some clothes made in Hoi An. Why Hoi An? Quite simply, its tailors are renowned as being the best in Vietnam – although I’d go so far as to say they’re the best in all of South East Asia. We didn’t know how […]

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Travel Perspectives

How to be the World’s Worst Travel Blogger

How to be the World’s Worst Travel Blogger

As I consider article ideas to write about on my travel blog I keep identifying lost opportunities. Yes, we stayed in that hotel and it was great.  I think ‘I could write a review’ and then I realise that we didn’t take any or enough photos to create a properly crafted blog article.  We had a […]

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My 100th Article:  Lessons from a Travel Blogger

My 100th Article: Lessons from a Travel Blogger

Travel blogging is a lengthy journey.  The first steps are tentative, cautious and frustrating.  Will anyone read what I have written? An emotional rollercoaster ensues with many people quickly giving up when the going gets tough. But one day you realise that someone is actually reading your articles!  And if you track your numbers you […]

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Everything Everywhere with Top Travel Blogger Gary Arndt

Everything Everywhere with Top Travel Blogger Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt’s biggest challenge is balancing travel versus working and having a stable life.  Gary compares his dilemma to being like an alcoholic in front of an open bar! In March 2014 Gary will have been continuously travelling for 7 years with little sign of slowing down.  In this time he has visited every continent […]

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Road Trips

5 Ways to Road Trip Like an Australian – In the USA

5 Ways to Road Trip Like an Australian – In the USA

Last year my husband and I spent six months road tripping around the US in a small mini-van. It was possibly the best six months of our lives and we loved the freedom to move as we chose and stop off en-route to explore anything we fancied. We learnt quite a few tips for planning […]

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Reader Mailbag:  Road Trip from Brisbane to Uluru and Darwin

Reader Mailbag: Road Trip from Brisbane to Uluru and Darwin

Christine recently asked for advice on options to take a road trip from their home town of Brisbane to visit both Uluru and Darwin.  They have a 4WD vehicle and have only four weeks of holiday leave available. Pretraveller Response You want to cover a lot of ground in only a short period of time.  […]

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Escaping the Corporate Wilderness:  The @RedNomadOz Australian Road Trip Solution!

Escaping the Corporate Wilderness: The @RedNomadOz Australian Road Trip Solution!

In Australia there are a large number of people who become ‘Grey Nomads’ when they retire, which is euphemism for people with grey hair who buy a 4WD and a caravan (a ‘rig’) who then head off to explore Australia over an extended period of time. By contrast  some younger people also undertake this iconic […]

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Travel Planning

Can You Travel Risk Free?

Can You Travel Risk Free?

With the tragic news of the shooting down of MH17 this week, which follows the earlier mysterious loss of MH370 in March 2014, travellers could be taking a second look at their safety when thinking about travelling. What Level of Risk is OK? In every aspect of life and travel there is risk.  We all […]

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Wrap Up:  Amazing Travel Hacks

Wrap Up: Amazing Travel Hacks

Travel is expensive.  Finding travel hacks to help you save significant money can make a real difference to your travel budget.  Here are some great travel hacks to help you save money on airfares, car hire and as a bonus I discovered some great tips on how to scuba dive for free on the Great […]

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Wrap Up:  Best Travel Safety Tips

Wrap Up: Best Travel Safety Tips

As I walked down the dark street at midnight I felt very uncomfortable.  After leaving the uplifting Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in Salzburg we were on our way back to our youth hostel but I noticed there were two men who seemed to be following us. We picked up our pace and made sure we […]

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Departure Preparation

Are You Ready to Go? Your Pre Departure Checklist.

Are You Ready to Go? Your Pre Departure Checklist.

You know the feeling. You are booked to depart in the next couple of weeks and you have that nagging feeling that you have forgotten to do something. Here is your essential checklist to ensure you are ready to depart on your dream holiday.

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Departure Preparation:  Register Your Travel Plans

Departure Preparation: Register Your Travel Plans

While you away on your vacation how does your government know that you might need help if a natural disaster, conflict or terrorist attack occurs?  An essential pre-departure activity is to register your travel plans with your government. Most governments offer a service for travel registration so that they can contact you in the event […]

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Travel Tips:  Travel Money Options Explained

Travel Tips: Travel Money Options Explained

What is the best way to take my money? This is a common question for travellers. The answer depends on where and how long you will be travelling.

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