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Travelling Homebody - why travelling solo is good for your health

4 reasons why travelling solo is good for your health

Everyone knows that travel is good for your health — mental, spiritual, emotional. You name it. Your brain is at its most creative when you are processing new environments and situations, having to problem solve. In a country where you don’t speak or read the language? Awesome! Trying to navigate the transport systems? Fabulous! In a supermarket and you don’t…

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5 Reasons Why I Love Travelling Alone - Travelling Homebody

5 reasons why I love travelling alone

Apart from two trips — a short weekend trip to Dalat, Vietnam in 2017 and a longer one to Myanmar in 2018 — I have always travelled solo (apart from significant others, who don’t count). In 2010, when I initially started travelling, it was from necessity, but now travelling alone is my preferred way to travel. It was my trip…

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These are the things I liked and didn't like about using Airbnb.

3 things I liked about using Airbnb

Following on from my post a while back about what I didn’t like about using AirBnB, here’s what I did like about using the service. 1.  Filter according to budget One of the main things that is an AirBnB drawcard is price. Because listed accommodation is mostly privately owned, there aren’t the overheads associated with running a hotel e.g. staff and maintenance costs.…

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Tours touring

No more group tours—ever!

I am done. I cannot do another group tour. Ever. And I know I said that after my three back-to-back tours of Europe 2014, but this time I mean it. That’s not to say that this Explore tour has been bad—it hasn’t. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed it very much. I would have no hesitation in recommending Explore to…

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.

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On independent travelling

I’ve been travelling since 2010 and this is my first trip ever that I’ve done as a solo traveller. Previously, I’ve relied on group tours to get me around, and up until last year’s trip to Eastern Europe, I was content to be a relatively passive traveller. So what happened last year? This. Three bus tours back-to-back, packed full of…

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Travel connections

It has dawned on me that travel makes you pretty good at connecting. And disconnecting, too, if necessary. Apart from the obvious (flights, transfers, tours etc.) there are the connections you make with other people while you travel. It could be a chat to someone while waiting for a flight, or while taking photos in a mosque, or when walking…

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Why I could never be a tour guide

The tour of former Yugoslavia had a high concentration of quite odd people. You usually get one or two odd bods, but this one had seven or eight. The oddness of these people really brought home the fact that tour guides are very special people – saints – with infinite patience. I could never be one because I would want…

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Why I’m a Travelling Homebody

I learned very early on that when I travel, I really, really, really like a routine. It’s not-negotiable for a number of reasons. A routine helps me sleep better*, which means I’m a happier traveller, and enjoy wherever I am much more. There is nothing so awful as wandering around historic and cultural sites like a zombie, close to tears…

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I’m on a schedule

I picked up my travel documents today from my travel agent today. Which means, of course, that I’m flying out in about eight days. And I’ll be out of the country (Australia, just in case anyone is wondering) for around seven weeks. And I’ll be gallivanting around eastern Europe. As I was driving home from my travel agent’s (yes, I…

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It’s all about the tour leader

Touring can be tough and tiring. There are a hotch potch of personalities and group dynamics to navigate; hotels that differ in size, facilities and comfort; historic sites that are (mostly) crowded and noisy. All this is made a whole lot easier to deal with when you have an excellent tour leader. I have been mostly lucky with tour leaders.…

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A beginner’s guide to cruising

I thought I would write this post because I have learned things about cruising that aren’t really explained in the travel brochures or guide books. Even the cruise forums on the interwebz (there are a lot of them) don’t cover what I will write here (well not easily, anyway). A no cash ship does not mean no cost You may…

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