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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...
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...
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

My introduction to Edinburgh was inauspicious, to say the least. Arriving at our Edinburgh Hotel after a three hour drive from the highlands, my friend Sue and I were greeted by a note blu-tacked to the door reading, HAD AN EMERGENCY. CHECK-IN AFTER 8.30PM. LEFT...

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...
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...
Fethiye

Fethiye

Fethiye is a small town in the south of Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast. We arrived after a five-hour bus ride from Selcuk, to Aydin then Fethiye. The good buses in Turkey have comfy seats, TVs on the back of every seat and a dude serving you tea and coffee every...
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...
Santorini

Santorini

After the disappointment of missing out on the Samaria Gorge in Crete, (the only negative thing we’ve experienced for being out-of-season), we were looking forward to seeing the most iconic Greek Island . . . Santorini. First up I got majorly ripped-off on the ferry...
Crete

Crete

My wife Mel and I hiked the Samaria Gorge in south-western Crete at the end of summer in 2009. The Gorge is a tough but enjoyable 16km trek through ever-changing terrain from the mountaintops to the seashore at Agia Roumeli. It should be an essential part of any Greek...
Athens

Athens

Lorna and I were looking forward to Athens. Especially since we’d had to first catch a train from Montenegro to Belgrade in Serbia, then a flight from Belgrade to Athens. The flight was a weird one though. As we were preparing to land, with the landing-gear...
Belgrade

Belgrade

Straight up, I will tell you that Lorna and I had NO plans on ever visiting Serbia. You know, it’s not the kind of place you hear good things about on the news. The place always seems to get tied-in with bombings and crime and associated with cities like Bosnia....
Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan

To get to Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, it’s best to catch a bus for a few hours from Kotor, which has a medi-evil castle that you don’t want to miss. The bus will take you to Budva, where it’s only five kilmoters further to Sveti Stefan. In the 15th...
Kotor

Kotor

Lower Kotor was first built around the 12th century. It’s well-worth a visit, first of all because it’s a world listed heritage site. Second, because you get to enjoy the beauty of the ancient castle ruins and city walls, looming over you on the mountain...
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

After an amazing three days in Korcula, Lorna and I took off on a four-hour bus-trip to Dubrovnik. Yes, a bus trip. Normally you can just catch a ferry from the island, but because we were a little out of season, we had to hop on a bus, which hopped on a ferry, and...
Korcula

Korcula

Korcula was apparently founded in the 12th century B.C. and the ancient looking buildings and walls certainly suggest that to be the case. Korcula was a pleasant surprise. As far as Croatia is concerned, you must visit Split, but if you don’t have much time I...
Hvar

Hvar

From Split it was extremely easy to catch the ferry to the island of Hvar. We walked with all our gear for about ten minutes to the ferry terminal in Split, proclaimed that we wanted to go to Hvar, and paid $6 AU for a ticket. Thirty minutes later and we were on our...
Split

Split

Split was a pleasant surprise, especially after spending two months in Italy. We caught the bus from Plitvice to Split at 1:30 p.m. It was quite a long bus ride. We arrived at 8:00 p.m. at the Split bus station, just outside the city walls. We would have arrived...
Plitvice

Plitvice

The Plitvice lakes are a beautiful almost-untouched section of natural Croatian forest almost spanning 20 hectares. There are 16 crystal clear lakes and quite possibly a hundred natural waterfalls (some as high as 20 meters). It’s a definite must-see destination...
Rome

Rome

“When in Rome…” “Toey as a Roman sandle.” “All roads lead to Rome.” “Rome sweet Rome…” There are plenty of other sayings that have come from or are about Rome, and with good reason. The Romans ran one of the...

Lipari

If you really want to get away from it all and take a look at what it’s like to live on an amazing island, you can’t go wrong with Lipari. It’s one of eight volcanic islands that form the breath-taking Aeolian group off the coast of Sicily, Italy. If...
Sicily

Sicily

Now, look. I’m not going to pull your chain here and say Sicily is one of the greatest places I’ve ever been to like I’ve done for most of the other places listed on this website. Sicily is rough around the edges. It’s harsh and the people...
Pisa

Pisa

As a kid growing up in Australia I had heard of this crazy Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and vowed to one-day visit the site myself. In August 2010, I finally made that journey. It wasn’t as good as some of the other destinations we’ve been to, but was...
Paestum

Paestum

Once you get down near the bottom of Italy, headed for Sicily, things start to get a little edgy. The buildings are less-looked-after and the environment is rough and rocky with less vegetation. As the landscape changed and the buildings started to resemble...
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is one of those places you must see before you die. Five beautiful towns a few kilometers apart, all built on the side of cliffs hanging over the ocean and all unique in their color-scheme and what they have to offer. To begin, we parked our car on top of...
Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

I hope you’re ready for some pretty cool photos, because the Amalfi Coast has been the highlight of our trip so far, surpassing even Venice (which was amazing with its unique canal-architecture) and Cinque Terre (which has beautiful...
Trieste

Trieste

Coming from Slovenia we were only going to do a drive-by of Triest on our way to Venice. But once we saw how beautiful the city was (and that it wasn’t as intense as Genoa – even though it’s another major Italian port) we decided to find a campground...
Sienna

Sienna

Sienna is a great little town in Tuscany, Italy. Currently, the town’s claim to fame involves the Palio di Siena, which is a famous horse-race that is held on July 2nd and August 16th each year, and Lorns and I nearly got to see it… but we were a day late....
Lake Bled / Ljubljana

Lake Bled / Ljubljana

If you’re visiting Italy, you should also go visit Slovenia. Go on, it’s not that hard. Slovenia is a relatively modern country, thanks to the dissolution of Austria and Hungary in 1918. Slovenia borders Italy on the west, Croatia on the south and east,...
Florence

Florence

Florence is a beautiful city with a vast history. Apart from taking in the amazing ancient architecture of the famous Duomo and surrounding buildings, there are two museums you must should visit. On day-one, we lined up for three-hours-straight outside the Uffizi...
Venice

Venice

Here’s the thing… if you’re thinking about taking a day trip to Venice in Italy, you can forget about it. On the very first day you arrive, half of it is spent trying to get onto the island and find your accommodation. And, yes, that is assuming...
Skocjan Cave

Skocjan Cave

The Skocjan Cave was initially discovered in the 2nd century, B.C., but was more thoroughly explored and documented in 1890. It is not the biggest cave in Slovenia, but is arguably the most beautiful. I could crap on for ages about what I saw and experienced, or . . ....
The Dolomites

The Dolomites

The Dolomites are an amazing stretch of the Alps that run along the north-eastern border of Italy. I can highly recommend renting a car and driving along the razor-sharp cliff-tops and stopping every so often to take awesome photographs. I’m not going to harp-on...
Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

As you travel across northern Italy the list of sites is endless. It’s very easy to spread yourself too thin trying to see as much as possible, and equally as easy to stop and never leave many of the captivating towns that you encounter. One such place that can...
Lake Como

Lake Como

The moment my girlfriend and I rocked up to Como in Italy, we got very scared. Apart from having the massive lake, Lake Como, named after it and apart from being incredibly beautiful with houses and villas built on hillsides overlooking the water with glorious...
Milan

Milan

Milan is a truly beautiful city to visit and a must-see if you’re traveling through Italy. A good place to start is the Piazza Del Duomo, which is Milan’s center square. Apart from the latest in fashion and amazing food, you’ll see Milan’s...
Genoa

Genoa

My girlfriend and I picked up a brand new Peugeot from Nice airport. After an easy two hour drive on the Autostraat (twice as long if you take the local roads, but prettier) we arrived in Genoa. Even though I knew Genoa was a major Italian shipping port that has...