Browsing Category : Travel philosophy

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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Uploading posts: Plan B


I had intended to post photos here, but for some reason it’s been hit and miss with the upload. Not sure if it’s because I’m using the Android app or not, but I’m having to delete and reload, and it’s a pain in the proverbial. So, I’ll post to Instagram instead, and just load normal text posts here and fix…

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