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Annapurna Trek

Annapurna Trek Nepal My wife and I did an Annapurna Trek of Nepal for seven straight days on our honeymoon.  If you’ve ever thought about doing something different for your honeymoon, or have ever wanted to trek Nepal, I’m sure you’ll get something...
How safe is water while travelling?

How safe is water while travelling?

Without trying to scare anyone travelling, I feel compelled to write this article on the safety of water while travelling. As adults, a lot of us know not to drink the water in certain countries. I guess that’s why a lot of these bottled-water companies are...
Travel With Kids

Travel With Kids

Travelling with kids does not have to be a major drama. So many new parents are scared to go off travelling with their new children. Although it may be best to wait until your kids are over 5 (5 and 7 works great!) it can be one of the best experiences you have as a...
2012 Mayan Calendar Explained

2012 Mayan Calendar Explained

Aussie On Tour visited the Mayan Ruins in Guatemala and Mexico in the middle of 2011. What you see here is an unbiased and clear explanation as to why the Mayan Calendar ended in 2012 and what everyone expected to happen. Obviously we’re still here, so the end...
Zip lining Costa Rica

Zip lining Costa Rica

Ever wondered what it’s like to go zip lining across a mountain gorge in Costa Rica?  How about “Superman” across the sky from one mountain top to another?  Pretend you’re “Tarzan” maybe? Lorna and I put our fear of heights to the...

Paris

Lorna and I hopped off the train at Gare du Nord Station in Paris only to realise we had to catch another couple of trains if we were ever going to be out of the below-freezing conditions and safely in our relatively cheap hotelroom in Montmartre. For those of you...
Bruges

Bruges

It’s impossible to see a white christmas in Australia. But we still get a glimpse into what it’s like because of American and English movies. Where people hug each other wrapped in big-jackets and scarves while snow floats down from the night sky and...
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

There’s only two reasons you’re an Australian and going to Amsterdam. A) You’ve been offered a job. B) You want to party and you’re curious. Lorna and I were not offered a job. Lorna had been before but didn’t want to tell me too much...
Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

Frankly, I’m surprised Lorna and I lived to write about Wadi Rum. Something seriously needs to be done about the quality of driving and enforcement of the driving rules in Jordan. And don’t even get me started on Egypt, because they’re way-worse. And...
Petra

Petra

Finally, after talking our heads off about it for weeks, months before we even left for our ten-month world adventure… Lorna and I sat in a mini-van, driving along the Kings Highway in Jordan with a very exciting destination in mind… Petra. We made a few...
Amman

Amman

Let’s face it, the main reason you’re in Amman, Jordan’s capital, is because you’re on your way to experience the magic of the once-lost-but-now-found ancient city of Petra. You should also want to visit Mt Nebo where, according the bible,...
Luxor

Luxor

If you say you’ve visited Luxor to an American, chances are they’ll reply, “Oh no, we didn’t stay at the Luxor in Las Vegas, we stayed at the Palms!”  But they wouldn’t be too far off, because, the Palms is way better than the black...
Aswan

Aswan

We started our Egyptian adventure off in Cairo and after visiting the Pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, we had a quick rest at the hotel before piling onto a train bound for Aswan. Aswan exists on the east-bank of the Nile and is generally the...
Cairo

Cairo

When deciding on a travel destination, it’s easy to choose somewhere in Europe or America. If you really want to push your character to its next level, try visiting the Middle-East! I’ve got to take credit, for the first time on our trip, and mention that...
Montmartre Clignancourt

Montmartre Clignancourt

Score: 64% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people. Value for money: 4/5 For $70 AU per room, per night and staying in Montmartre – I’d like to see you get a better price than this. The room is definitely not five-star, but is...
ETAP Porte de Montmartre

ETAP Porte de Montmartre

Score: 18% ———- Recommended for: Boneheads who want to waste their money. Value for money: 1/5 Dude… You’re in Paris!! What the hell are you staying in a plastic shell that resembles an insane asylum? Cleanliness: 2/5 This really relates...
The Cavalier

The Cavalier

Score: 84% ———- Recommended for: Couples on a romantic getaway. Value for money: 4/5 For $65 AU per room, per night, the Cavalier is about five-minutes walk from the ice-skating ring and famous christmas markets that your girlfriend has been bugging...
St Christopher’s Inn (Winston)

St Christopher’s Inn (Winston)

Score: 92% ———- Recommended for: Party animals. Value for money: 4/5 If you’re on your own or with mates or even in a relationship, this place is where you want to be in Amsterdam, hands down. I’d say you have to be under forty though...
Sun Set Hotel

Sun Set Hotel

Score: 44% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people. Value for money: 2/5 It should be pointed out that Petra is the name given to the two-thousand year old ancient city. Wadi Musa is the name of the tourist suburb that has sprung-up around it....
Mariam Hotel

Mariam Hotel

Score: 78% ———- Recommended for: Two people or a couple. Value for money: 4/5 It’s not in the middle of town, it’s about a ten-minute walk to the town center where you can grab a bite to eat or visit the Byzantine Church with an ancient...
Noran Hotel

Noran Hotel

Score: 52% ———- Recommended for: A couple or two people on a loose-budget. Value for money: 2.5/5 It’s one of the cleaner ones in Cairo, but I’m sure you can find better. It’s worth $50 AU per night, per room. Don’t pay...
Royal House Hotel

Royal House Hotel

Score: 68% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people who like each other. Value for money: 3/5 For fifty bucks a night per room, you can’t complain. The rooms are clean, big-enough, the beds are okay and if you get hot there’s an...
The Nile

The Nile

Score: 54% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people. Value for money: 3/5 For $40 AU a room, per night, this place is great for a couple or two people on a loose-budget. If you really want to step things up a notch though, you can spend triple...
King Hotel

King Hotel

Score: 56% ———- Recommended for: A couple or two people on a loose-budget. Value for money: 3/5 It’s one of the cleaner ones in Cairo, but I’m sure you can find better. It’s worth $50 AU per night, per room. Don’t pay anymore....
Australian Backpackers Hostel

Australian Backpackers Hostel

Score: 12% ———- Recommended for: People who are through with life. Value for money: 0.5/5 If your plane is flying over Cairo and the engine suddenly explodes and you’re lucky enough to have two parachutes for you and your loved-one or mate and...
Serenity Hotel

Serenity Hotel

Score: 72% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people who don’t mind a bit of a walk to Sultanahmat each day. Value for money: 4/5 For $50 AU per couple, per night, you’re on the outer-edge of Sultanahmat, the tourist-hub of Istanbul....
Park Hotel

Park Hotel

Score: 66% ———- Recommended for: Couples who want an amazing rooftop view of the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. Value for money: 3/5 I reckon this hotel is a little over-priced. It’s in a pretty-good spot, in terms of being in Sultanahmat, the...
Gultekin Pension

Gultekin Pension

Score: 80% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people wanting to rock Goreme and be in the center of town and close to the bus station. Value for money: 4/5 For around $60 per night, per room, Selim runs a nice hotel in the middle of town....
Star Cave

Star Cave

Score: 84% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people who’ve always wanted to LIVE IN A CAVE! Value for money: 5/5 There are closer hotels to stay in but Star Cave is worth it because it’s a little up-hill. Once you get to the top and...
Kadir’s Treehouse

Kadir’s Treehouse

Score: 82% ———- Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys being alive. Singles will meet people. Couples will re-fall in love. Two people will have the time of their lives. Value for money: 5/5 The food may be average but the Efes beer is cold and feels so...
Kemal Hotel

Kemal Hotel

Score: 70% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two-people looking for a loose-budget hotel on the little port of Fethiye. Value for money: 4/5 I personally walked around for two-hours finding the right hotel in Fethiye. Trust me, it was hard finding...
Jimmy’s Place

Jimmy’s Place

Score: 100% ———- Recommended for: Anyone starting-out in Turkey who doesn’t really have a plan. Adem will help you plan your entire Turkish adventure with nothing extra on the top. Value for money: 5/5 For around $60 AU for a room for two...
Hotel Artemides

Hotel Artemides

Score: 40% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people wanting to stay near the port to catch the ferry. Value for money: 2/5 Wasn’t too expensive. If you’re on Samos for a few days, you really should be staying closer to the inner-city,...
Vardia Bay Studios

Vardia Bay Studios

Score: 100% ———- Recommended for: Couples who really want to escape from day-to-day life. And I do mean, really escape. Value for money: 5/5 For the price you pay, it’s hard to beat. When you go on a holiday, normally you have all the comforts...
Blue Seas Suites

Blue Seas Suites

Score: 60% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people visiting the amazing island of Santorini on a loose-budget. Value for money: 4/5 The rooms are large, the pool is amazing and the general grounds are clean and modern. The view from your room...
Evgenia Apartments

Evgenia Apartments

Score: 60% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people wanting to stay in a budget room about fifteen-minutes walk from the action. Value for money: 2.5/5 It kills me a little bit to say it, but right-next-door, is a better quality hotel for the same...
Vrandos Apartments

Vrandos Apartments

Score: 86% ———- Recommended for: Couples visiting Chania (Hania). It’s cozy for couples, but I’d stay somewhere else if you want to meet new people. Value for money: 4.5/5 Vrandos Apartments is perfect for a couple planning to have a...
Hotel Irini

Hotel Irini

Score: 44% ———- Recommended for: Couples or two people looking for budget accommodation in Iraklion on the island of Crete. Value for money: 2.5/5 Not too far away from the ferry terminal and not too expensive. Cleanliness: 2.5/5 Clean enough....
Hotel Mirabello

Hotel Mirabello

Score: 22% ———- Recommended for: Well, here’s the thing. I wouldn’t really recommend staying here unless the owners renovate the place. They’re a nice enough couple, but an older couple, and seem to have let the place go over the...
Villa Milan

Villa Milan

Score: 62% ———- Recommended for: Anyone wanting to look out over the private celebrity island of Sveti Stefan and enjoy the beach below. Hopefully in Summer. Value for money: 3.5/5 Sveti Stefan is actually a private island where celebrities often...
Istanbul

Istanbul

The overnight-bus from Goreme to Istanbul was even more brutal than we could have imagined. Sheer hell. Not only did the driver insist on cranking the heat, but the bus broke down and we had to make a swap in the middle of the night. It was about two-degrees outside....
Gallipoli

Gallipoli

From Istanbul in the tourist area of Sultanahmat, Turkey, Lorna and I used a company called New Deal Travel Agency to book our tour of Gallipoli. They also arranged a stay at a nice budget hotel called Serenity Hotel (where you can also access the internet and...
Goreme

Goreme

I write this article on a plane bound for Egypt after having spent 18 days in Turkey. Although I have a few more articles to write about this surprisingly magical country, I can tell you right now… Goreme is going to be hard to beat. As with most of Turkey,...
Olympos

Olympos

I’ve got to say, straight-up, that I would never have thought to visit Turkey if Lorna hadn’t suggested it. Even then, I said I wasn’t all-that interested but would go if she did all the research and planning. She did just that and I will forever be...
Pummakale

Pummakale

Pummakale is nature’s answer to, “what would a water park look like, if it wasn’t made by man?” Dozens of calcium-rich pools called travertines have formed on various hillsides in the south-west of Turkey called the Denizli Provence. The...
Ephesus

Ephesus

After spending two and a half months in Italy and Greece, nothing could have prepared me for the culture-shock of Turkey. Here’s something to keep in mind if you’re planning on visiting Turkey after Greece . . . ferries travelling between the Greek Islands...
Folegandros

Folegandros

Folegandros is a tiny Greek Island about nine kilometers in size and less than an hour’s ferry-ride from Santorini. With that in mind, you shouldn’t be visiting the island with a party mentality, but rather a relaxing and introspective mood. That being...
Student and Travellers Inn

Student and Travellers Inn

Score: 62% ———- Recommended for: Backpackers who want to spend their money on other things. That being said, if you’re a couple, I’d probably stay somewhere else. Value for money: 3/5 For $60 AU per night for two people and a shared...