5 Top Tips on How NOT to Start Your First Visit to Japan (plus Bonus Tip!)

Bidet Toilet and Squat Toilet in Japan

We were tired.  We were hungry.  We were lost in Tokyo Station. We had all of our luggage with us.  And we had minimal local money left.  All in all it was a less than glorious start to our long planned family holiday to Japan. While I am an experienced international traveller this was my … Read more

Why Randy Olsen’s Optimised Road Trip Maps Won’t Really Help You Plan Your Trip

Why Randy Olsen’s Optimised Road Trip Maps Won’t Really Help You Plan Your Trip

When I first saw the headline about the optimised USA road trip route created by Randy Olsen I was excited to see the article and map.  I have spent considerable time planning a family road trip to the USA for a few years time which has required a lot of time and research.  So I … Read more

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia: Exploring Beautiful Natural Bridge

First View of the Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park, Queensland

As we descended the moist steps through the lush rainforest we started to hear the sound of running water.  LOTS of water.  A dark open cave appeared before us and in a bright ray of light we finally saw it.  The amazing waterfall which runs across and then down the stone arch and into the … Read more

Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) on the Stuart Highway

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Northern Territory Australia

The Northern Territory road trip between Darwin and Uluru (Ayers Rock) is regarded as an essential Australian outback experience.  A diverse range of experiences are available along the route, ranging from the awesome spectacle of Uluru, thermal hot springs and amazing National Parks. To make the most of the road trip you need to be … Read more

Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Tennant Creek to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway

Ormiston Gorge, in the West McDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia

The Northern Territory road trip between Darwin and Uluru is regarded as an essential Australian outback experience.  A diverse range of experiences are available along the route, ranging from the awesome spectacle of Uluru, thermal hot springs and amazing National Parks. To make the most of the road trip you need to be prepared to … Read more

Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Katherine to Tennant Creek on the Stuart Highway

The Northern Territory road trip between Darwin and Uluru is regarded as an essential Australian outback experience.  A diverse range of experiences are available along the route, ranging from the awesome spectacle of Uluru, thermal hot springs and amazing National Parks. To make the most of the road trip you need to be prepared to … Read more

Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Darwin to Katherine on the Stuart Highway

Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, Northern Territory Australia

The Northern Territory road trip between Darwin and Uluru is regarded as an essential Australian outback road trip experience.  A diverse range of experiences are available along the route, ranging from the awesome spectacle of Uluru, thermal hot springs and amazing National Parks. To make the most of the road trip you need to be … Read more

Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Rockhampton to Bowen

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef Australia

The coastal drive between Brisbane and Cairns is one of the most popular in Australia.  The combination of lovely beaches, beautiful islands, national parks, Australian history, Australian wildlife, the Great Barrier Reef and gourmet food experiences make the drive an attractive option for many visitors. Interestingly most of the best places to visit are within … Read more