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25 Malta Pictures to Inspire You to Book Your Next Trip

by Map Trotting @ MapTrotting

Have you been to the home of some of the oldest monuments on earth? Have you ever heard of this tiny rock in the south of Europe boasting 3000+ sunshine hours a year? If not, we hope that these 25 Malta pictures will inspire your next trip to the Mediterranean island. Hugged by rugged coastline, […]

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8 Things to Know Before You Visit Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt

by Amy of Beloved Atmosphere @ Beloved Atmosphere

8 Things to Know Before You Visit Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt Karnak Temple Luxor lies on the bustling East Bank of the River Nile. Learning amazing facts on a tour of this temple is one of the best things about traveling to this part of the world. I am privileged to have the opportunity […]

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Nice travel guide: what to do in Nice, France

by Mandy Nicholls @ Indie Travel Podcast

Amazing beaches, delicious food, connections with France, Italy, and Monaco -- what isn't to love! Find out what to do, where to stay, and how to enjoy Nice, France, in our Nice travel guide.

How to celebrate Easter in Coleraine, Northern Ireland

by Leanne Dunlop @ Indie Travel Podcast

The Christian festival of Easter is celebrated widely across the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Find out how you too can celebrate Easter in Coleraine.

Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Making the Most of Asia’s Temples

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Whether the beautiful and ancient complexes of Angkor Wat, the pagoda spattered plains of Bagan, or any of the multitudes of temples, shrines and pagodas in the cities or countryside; temples are synonymous with any adventure in Asia. Make the most of your temple tours in this dynamic and diverse region by reading this quick […]

Useful guides for the-first-time travelers in Saigon

by 7gmt_editor @ Saigon Free Day Tours

Traveling Saigon for the first time, you will have to prepare all about moving, accommodation, dining and attractions, in return you will be active in time and free to explore. If you are planning for a trip to this city, this is a guide to Saigon that helps you have the best moments and experiences. […]

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1 Week Indonesia Itinerary: How to Make the Most Of Your Trip

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Rachita shares how you can see the best of Java and Bali in one shorter trip.

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Travel: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Beloved Atmosphere

Travel: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Beloved Atmosphere


Beloved Atmosphere

Saigon is a bustling city in the southern-most tip of Vietnam. The coolest thing about Vietnam is how particularly kind people are to children and visitors.

The Leica Travel Companion – Vietnam Part 1 by Ashwin Rao

The Leica Travel Companion – Vietnam Part 1 by Ashwin Rao


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I am pleased to present another superb article written by Ashwin Rao! This one is loaded with some really inspiring photographs and great writing and is being presented in two parts.  Thanks Ashwin…

10 days in Vietnam {part1}

by manoune @ Ho Chi Minh – 1 Magical Secret World

Duration : 10 days Budget : ~1300 sgd / pers (flights/hotel/activities and food included) 10 days in vietnam is a good duration to be able to visit a bit and enjoy the country from north to south. We most of the time stayed 2 days is each cities. Overall trip : Hanoi –> Halong Bay … Continue reading 10 days in Vietnam {part1}

3 Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

3 Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Ditch the Map

Taking in the city and enjoying some street food.

The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Travel in Vietnam

by Malte Blas @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

If you are looking for the perfect combination of culture, relaxation and adventure, then Vietnam offers one of the most unique luxury travel experiences in Southeast Asia. From the elegant heritage hotels of Hanoi and Saigon, to the exotic mystique of Halong Bay and Vietnam’s exclusive island resorts, luxury travel in Vietnam provides the perfect […]

Responsible Travel in Laos

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

In continuation of our ongoing work in responsible travel, we are always focused on tailoring experiences for sustainable tourism. Travelling responsibly is much easier than it seems, with current industry trends focused on community development, wildlife protection and cultural preservation. This is aided by the fact that visitors are seeking out an exploration of the […]

A Newbies Guide to Ho Chi Minh City - Way Out Far

A Newbies Guide to Ho Chi Minh City - Way Out Far


Way Out Far

Back in 2009, we would have liked a newbie's guide to Ho Chi Minh City. Hopefully you'll find our guide useful, if not amusing!

The Ultimate Dim Sum Guide

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Source Travelling to Hong Kong or Shanghai in the near future? Despite their many differences they have common threads, particularly the ever popular brunch mayhem that’s best known as dim sum. A longstanding tradition of many branches of Chinese cuisine, this meal consists of a variety of small plates served with a hot pot of […]

20 Things To Do in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Girl Tries Life

20 Things To Do in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Girl Tries Life


Girl Tries Life

In this sprawling city of over 8 million people, there’s no lack of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Also known as Saigon, it’s a destination that’s rich in history, tasty treats and a unique mixture of eastern and western cultures. Want ideas on where to stay? Stick around to the bottom of …

How to spend one day in La Coruña podcast

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

It's easy to spend a week or more in the Spanish seaside city of La Coruña, but one day is okay too! Check out our guide to how to spend one day in A Coruña, Spain.

Chile: Wine Touring Casablanca

by Shane @ The WANDERLUSTers

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Singapore Travel Guide | What To Do with a Stopover in Singapore

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Singapore travel guide, we share the best travel tips for a stopover in Singapore that takes in all of the city’s best sights without breaking the bank. Known as the gateway to Asia, Singapore is a popular stopover destination for travellers taking connecting flights to and from other countries in Asia. This unique […]

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5 Street Food Tips for Safely Savouring the Flavours of Asia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Street food is an important aspect of anyone’s travels to Asia. Not only is it widespread, locally sourced, produced and consumed, it reflects longstanding culture and culinary tradition. There are a variety of informal instructions that can be followed, or safety rules for keeping a happy tummy, however, we’ve condensed it down to 5 easy […]

My 3 Week Travel Itinerary through Vietnam - North to South

My 3 Week Travel Itinerary through Vietnam - North to South


The Travelista

The Travelista shares her 3 week travel itinerary of Vietnam and shares top tips on how you can adapt the itinerary for your own adventure.

Ski fun around Munich

Ski fun around Munich

by Veronika.Srna @ Capreoli Round the World

Get to the best nearby slopes around Munich and enjoy a day of ski fun without an own car. This post will tell you how.

How to Give Amazing Mindful Gifts Even if You’re Saving for Travel

by Jane @ My Five Acres

My Five Acres
My Five Acres - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

When you’re saving for travel, holiday season can make a huge dent in the travel budget. Here’s how to get through the season without going broke — while still giving amazing mindful gifts to your friends and family. People are always looking for great gift ideas for travellers. But how should we travellers give back? […]

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Our Australian Family Holiday (with a One-Year Old)

by Vicki - Way Out Far @ Way Out Far

By @wayoutfarvicki Last month we headed out to Melbourne for our big Australian Family Holiday for a very dear friend’s wedding, taking with us on our travels for the first time, our small  one-year old baby. We have visited Australia a few times and even had lived there for a year back in 2008. It’s [...]

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Win an American Tourister Case worth £119

by Jess @ The Travelista

As an attempt to shake those back-to-work blues, I am kicking off the New Year with an exciting travel giveaway! January is a time for planning exciting trips for the year ahead, so I think it’s only fair you have a suitcase equally as fabulous as the trips you’re dreaming up. I’m giving away this…

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15 Unique Travel Gifts for World Explorers

by Map Trotting @ MapTrotting

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for a friend, partner or relative who loves to travel? Fear not! We’ve compiled this unique travel gifts guide just for you, packed full of the best gifts to buy for travellers in 2017. Anywhere we go we’ll always seek out the more unusual and hidden places […]

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48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City – An Itinerary for Food Lovers

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City – An Itinerary for Food Lovers


Grantourismo Travels

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City dedicated to cooking and eating Vietnamese food – browsing the markets, grazing at streets stalls on food tours, and savouring Vietnamese cuisine in restaurants – is our idea of a weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, as Vietnam’s

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The Best Eco Yoga Mat to Energize Your Practice in 2018

by Stephen @ My Five Acres

My Five Acres
My Five Acres - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

If you’re looking for an eco yoga mat that is durable, comfortable, and non slip, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve tried all of these yoga mats and my reviews will help you choose the right mat for you body and your practice. Students are always asking me what yoga mat I use. Because […]

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Greek becomes Hanoi’s 3 millionth tourist for 2015

by admin @ Hanoi city tours – Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Hanoi welcomed its record-setting 3 millionth international tourist for 2015 - a man from Greece - with special gifts and an all expense paid tourist package.

Hanoi in the eyes of New Zealander photographers

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Some note takings for an enjoyable photography tour around Hanoi. Along with captures of nice Hanoian & nature scenes.

Brighton Road Trip

by Vicki - Way Out Far @ Way Out Far

By @wayoutfarvicki Last week we headed down to Brighton on our first road trip as a family. The plan was to stay at a nice hotel on seafront, wrap up warm and take a long walk by the sea with a mooch around the shops if we had time. It turned out that this destination had [...]

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Valparaiso: The Town Graffiti Built

by Shane @ The WANDERLUSTers

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Money for travel podcast

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Listen to our money for travel podcast for tips on saving for travel, making money while travelling, and how to spend less while travelling.

Hunting the Northern Lights in Tromsø

Hunting the Northern Lights in Tromsø

by Veronika.Srna @ Capreoli Round the World

Everything you need to know about hunting the northern lights in Norway’s far north. Check out our tips and learn when to go, what to wear and how to make the perfect aurora picture.

Why Couchsurfing is perfect for couples

by Craig and Linda @ Indie Travel Podcast

Couples looking for accommodation will have slightly different priorities to other travellers. However, Couchsurfing is one of the best options, for everyone really, but especially for couples.

Saudi women will soon be able to drive. What about everything they can't do?

Saudi women will soon be able to drive. What about everything they can't do?

by F. Brinley Bruton and Reuters @ NBC News Top Stories

Headline-grabbing announcements regarding women's rights obscure the conflicts within families and throughout society over justice and the rule of law.

Unusual Christmas Destinations: 17 Festive(ish) Travel Stories

by Map Trotting @ MapTrotting

Christmas away from your home country can bring out all sorts of emotions. You either love it or hate it. But more often than not, unusual Christmas destinations become the funny tales that you remember over the turkey and a pint each Christmas. While we had a couple of extreme Christmas experiences in the past, […]

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Untouched Myanmar

by noreply@blogger.com (Xtina - The Tiny Traveller) @ Xtina, a Backpack & a Lonely Planet!

Yangon, the old capital of Colonial Myanmar before it became riddled with civil war and corruption. What did I make of Yangon? Well, there are mixed reviews of Yangon, and I must admit, its not my favourite south east Asian city, it's big, it's loud, it's busy and it's dusty, but it does have a certain charm to it - mostly in that its not like most other cities where you get hassled everywhere you go. Nope Myanmar is still only an up and coming tourist destination. Its borders were officially (but with restrictions) open in 2012 and since then, many of us backpackers seeking untouched beauty have begun to venture to this mysterious land so beautifully shouted about by George Orwell. It is only 5yrs ago since we were allowed to enter and there are still restrictions in place in some states, that still have political unrest. For example most recently Rakhine state, but situations change everyday so a traveller here must keep eye on the officicial Myanmar government website for updates.

But for a country only so recently opened, it has a pretty good tourism scene already, and its almost as though it always had one. However, it's still very new to the aspects of the rest of south east Asia that ruin their ambience and I guess that's why we all come rushing in now, before it gets that way - for example, pestering you to buy things and do tours etc, there's definitely a presence, but its not a burden - yet! Because of that you are also a big minority, yes there are more tourists here every single year, but, there's still not enough to be such like the likes of Thailand, where you practically feel like a majority. And so the Myanmar people, are friendlier, more approachable and naturally more curious and I live that and that's what I wanted it to feel like!

You can also tell tthat its still in its developing stages. Accommodation is more expensive than the rest of Asia (more like $10-20 instead of $5-10 a night), but that's because there isnt a huge demand - yet, or competition. Also there are very few hostels, but these are slowly coming. There are more guesthouses in the smaller places and a few hostels in the cities. However food and daily living costs are even cheaper than mainstream Asia - if you eat local, and sometimes even in a restaurant.

Another thing I love? The lack of bars and alcohol. Yes you can find them but no the alcohol isn't 'as' cheap as you'd expect and no, there are no late night parties. And this is what I am beginning to appreciate with travel. Its cliche, but as you get older and as you go to more less developed countries, you begin to realise that partying isn't the be all and end all, yes it was great on my first trip, but now? I'd rather just have a good chat over a beer or two in a quiet bar and retire by midnight (or earlier) when it all shuts and then get up early to go explore. Sunrises are seen sober now, rather than stumbling home lol. But Myanmar, like India and its counter parts, has something I love even more, a tea culture. Every meal, every street side stall, has pots of free Myanmar tea for offer, you often see locals just sitting on the road on their little stools drinking tea by the pot load and eating little fried snacks. And before you leave you must have the tea they offer you (as long as its piping hot) as its a BIG part of their culture and super good for digestion I've been told!

So what is there to do in Yangon? Not much and in two days you pretty much see it all, but the best thing is just wandering the streets, trying the local food, shopping for things in broken English and sign language, getting lost in the maze of streets that is Chinatown.

When I arrived at the airport everything went super smoothly (it was hard saying goodbye to Pierrick for two months though!) My Evisa  for $50 was approved a day after applying and at immigration they stamp it in straight away. It is still the only way to enter so make sure you apply before you get there - no visas on arrival!

I then collected my luggage, changed up some pristine US dollar into Kyat ($100 is a wad of cash like no other!) Yes, Myanmar money changers do still only accept pristine condition US dollar - there are ATM's now but some of the smaller towns may not have them or may not accept your card so always take some spare dollar, and for god sake don't crumple it! They inspect every note and if they don't like it, they won't accept it and I still have no idea why this is.

Then I grabbed a taxi to my hostel, Sleep In on 9th street in Chinatown, the taxi costing 8000kyat which is roughly $6-7 and I pretty much showered and slept as it was 9pm by the time I settled in.

The first day I decided to throw myself into it and do a day of sightseeing, and decided to walk everywhere. The first thing you notice as soon as you step outside the hostel door...the traffic. Traffic in Yangon is all day, every day and crossing the roads is mostly like India or Vietnam, just walk, only stop in the middle of the toad to assess, being sure to have eyes everywhere...or follow a local lol. And there are many big main roads in Yangon to muster up the courage to cross. So first I walked along Chinatown checking out the market along the way to Sule Pagoda, the markets in Yangon sell just about everything you can imagine and more!

Then I decided to do what must be done in Myanmar, take one of the very slow, very bumpy but very famous trains. In Yangon there is the Circle Line, which takes 3hrs to do a loop of Yangon and its outer suburbs. Its hot, its not the most comfortable and its god damn slow, but its worth doing if you have a spare afternoon or day and only costs 200kyt (like 20cents!) I met a good group of people there, a group from Kuala Lumpur and an Aussie. And after the rather interesting journey watching local life take place we went for lunch together at Feel restaurant, with traditional Myanmar fair - lots of little curry dishes and rice.

I then spent the evening at Shwe Dagon Pagoda, one of the biggest and most important in Myanmar. Its covered top to tail in gold leaf and its magnificent. I went for daytime/sunset/evening which is when its at its best. Then I took a taxi back to Chinatown, had a massage for $7 on 19th street and had a famous BBQ dinner there too - 19th street is full of BBQ street stools.

The next day I spent shopping, navigated the chaos of the Myanmar central post office to send a package home and spent some time researching where to go next. I decided to head up to Kalaw, a small hill station where you can do 3 day treks to Inle Lake, a lot of people I spoke to in the hostel said this was one of their highlights. So I booked the 'V.I.P' night bus for the next evening, booked some accomodation and then headed on up to the peoples park to take in the views of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda during sunset and at night. Its 300kyt to enter and they also have a musical colourful founrain show! Lol Then I went in search of local food on my street - which ended up a feast at $1.50 for 10 BBQ sticks, noodles and egg pudding! Yum.

The next day I basically just hung around the hostel, with an american guy and german girl, had another massage too. I managed to convince the American guy to change his plans and head to Kalaw too so it meant we could share the taxi ride to the bus station together (which was a long way from the centre). He went for a different bus but I bet it was a mistake because the bus I got - JJ Express - well it was worth every $18 spent on it! It was a 9hr trip and I didn't sleep much as you never do on a bus, but it was like a plane; huge leather reclining seats, blankets, an individual TV screen (Madonna, Tom and Jerry and Myanmar films on repeat) food and drinks served by a hostess, tea and coffee, it was lush.

So my next part is a trek through minority hill tribes in Shan State. Myanmar has hundreds of ethnic minority groups, some which the government still try to suppress so its going to be good to get a very real local feel to Myanmar. We stay two nights in local homestays and its a 60km trek ending at Inle Lake with a boat tour. It was 40,000 kyat ($30-40) including all food and accomodation, guide and luggage transport, with Ever Smile, a local company owned by a local woman. So I will be offline until Sunday peeps, so thought I'd leave you this post in the meantime! :-)

Indulge in Guilt-Free Luxury at 7 of the World’s Best Green Retreats

by Jane @ My Five Acres

My Five Acres
My Five Acres - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

These luxury green retreats may not be totally affordable but they are FABULOUS and guilt-free. Even if you travel on the cheap, these 7 eco retreats are all you need to fire up your 2018 travel dreams. Who doesn’t love to look at pictures of exotic retreats around the world? It’s even better when they […]

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Top Great Souvenirs in Saigon

by skyhubuser @ Skyhubvn

Beside sightseeing and enjoying the food, seeking souvenirs which are symbols of the country is a interesting part on the trip. The top list souvenirs in Saigon as below might be suggestions for you...

Travel With a Baby – Will it Happen for Us?

by Vicki - Way Out Far @ Way Out Far

By @wayoutfarvicki The time is almost near. in just under four weeks, we hope to welcome our baby into the world. It’s getting harder to find time to write posts and soon we won’t have much time at all as our days will be filled with feeding and catching bits of random sleep when we can. So before [...]

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Peru to Bolivia: a border crossing guide

by No Road Back @

Everybody that ever went backpacking or just on a holiday to multiple countries for that matter, knows that crossing country-borders is a stress-full, tiresome but also exciting experience. Sometimes it goes super smooth! Sometimes it takes hours, a lot of bribes and probably ten years of your life because of pure stress. All you can …

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An Alpine Haven: Cordée des Alpes, Verbier

by Jess @ The Travelista

My last adventure of 2017 took me to the snowy Alps of Switzerland and the well-known ski resort of Verbier. Although I have been lucky to ski in The French Alps many times before, it was my first trip to a Swiss ski resort. Our base was Cordée des Alpes, a chalet-style boutique hotel right in…

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Don’t choose a Vietnam Visa On Arrival provider for price

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Vietnam visa is the requirement for travelers in the world to enter Vietnam. Two ways to obtain Vietnam visa  includes getting visa at the Embassy and applying for Vietnam visa on arrival. This post encourages you to choose a Visa On Arrival agency for best convenience & effectiveness.

Blue River Hotel 3

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

2 Days in Bagan, Myanmar

2 Days in Bagan, Myanmar

by Scott Biales @ Blog - Ditch the Map

The land of a thousand Pagodas

How Comfortable Are You With Discomfort?

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

I’ve been reading a fascinating book lately. It’s called The Upside To Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self – Not Just Your Good Self – Drives Success and Fulfillment. No, I’m not talking Darth Vader dark side here, but the book really tackles this idea that we have in western society about fake […]

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Why You Should Put Great Montenegro Tour on your BUCKET LIST

Why You Should Put Great Montenegro Tour on your BUCKET LIST

by Scott Biales @ Blog - Ditch the Map

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Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Chiang Mai is a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan food. In this vegetarian and vegan food guide, I share all my favourite places to eat in Chiang Mai. Expect Thai curries, pad Thai, Burmese tea leaf salads and more smoothies than you can shake a bamboo straw at. When our flight to Bali was cancelled […]

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Hanoi streets more alluring by March flowers

by hoaipham @ Hanoi city tours – Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Visitors to Hanoi at that time can easily see many kinds of beautiful flowers in full bloom and enjoy a peaceful and fresh atmosphere when walking along the Hanoi streets full of flowers.

Hanoi listed 8th best world destination

by admin @ Hanoi city tours – Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

According to the famous website TripAdvisor, Hanoi capital of Vietnam has topped its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards as the eighth best spot in the world for the year, based on TripAdvisor's reviews and ratings for calendar year 2014.

Favorite Photos, Favorite Moments of 2017

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Just like that, another year comes to an end. As we get ready to flip the calendar over into 2018, it’s nice to look back and reflect on the past year. For us, 2017 was all about balancing work and school and sports with as much travel as possible. It was a hectic year, but we all think that, don’t ...

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Underdog Eagles crush Vikings to advance to Super Bowl LII

by @ NBC News Top Stories

The Eagles left no doubt who the best team is in the NFC, dominating the Vikings 38-7 on Sunday night.

White Peach Bellini Recipe and Christmas Tips from Chef Peter Gilmore

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This White Peach Bellini recipe is courtesy of one of Australia’s best chefs, Peter Gilmore, who helms the kitchens of Quay and Bennelong in Sydney, arguably two of the city’s and Australia’s finest restaurants. Here he shares his recipe for his go-to Christmas Day drink...

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Travel Guide – Saigon City or Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnamese | Indie Travel Podcast

Travel Guide – Saigon City or Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnamese | Indie Travel Podcast


Indie Travel Podcast

Free online travel guide for Saigon City / Ho Chi Minh City. Travel amongst the Vietnamese and see the sites of Saigon.

Vegas, Baby – A New Spin on Sin City

by Catherine Roberts @ Viator Travel Blog

You’re a traveler in search of thrills. Those experiences that get the adrenaline flowing, the blood pumping and of course, boost those hard-earned bragging rights. A good story to tell your friends, and the photos to back it up. You open up your browser and start searching destinations: Climbing Everest? Too dangerous. Surfing the world’s […]

Sai Gon City Walking Tour

by editor @ Saigon Free Day Tours

Date: 9 am – 11/01/2018 Guides: Truc Quynh and Dong Minh Guests: Sarah and Henry Address: 138 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1 – Avanti Hotel. Picking up It is the second city tour we’ve got. We arrived at the hotel at 9 am then asked the receptionist to call the guests. Unfortunately, Sarah got […]

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Books, Guides and Maps - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Books, Guides and Maps - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

A selection of literature, guide books and maps to help you prepare for you next trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Crab soup cake ( Banh canh cua ) in Saigon

by skyhubuser @ Skyhubvn

There are many kind of noodles in Vietnam and it is easy to find them from these  luxury restaurants to street food stalls or food court in the shopping malls. The most famous soup...

Should I do a tour?

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Although we love to travel independently, sometimes a tour is the best way to see your destination. Check out our favourite tours for indie travellers.

Paragliding in Verbier, Switzerland

by Jess @ The Travelista

My stomach burst with nerves as I read the text over breakfast at Cordée des Alpes. It was Lucie from the hotel letting me know that the weather conditions were good and that the paragliding could go ahead at 11am that morning. The day before I was told it would be highly unlikely that I…

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Doing a desert-trip in Morocco

by No Road Back @

Morocco cannot be visited without seeing the desert. Riding massive sand dunes on camelback and spending a night in the middle of nowhere under the most starry skies you’ve ever seen is a magical experience that is often rated as a, (if not THE) highlight of one’s trip to Morocco. Multiple places make a good point …

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Ho Chi Minh City – A city full of contrasts

Ho Chi Minh City – A city full of contrasts


Capreoli Round the World

Nowhere else on our Vietnam trip did we experience the contrasts of old and new, the inequality of the booming economy and modest social standards and the turbulent market changes as strongly as in…

Swaziland: A safari setting like no other

by Michelle Lewis-Loubser @ Indie Travel Podcast

Swaziland may be the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, but it’s big on experiences. Read about how to make the most of your Swaziland trip.

Experience a river tour in Saigon: All things you should know

by 7gmt_editor @ Saigon Free Day Tours

Ho Chi Minh City is an attractive destination not only for domestic tourists but also international ones. Coming here, visitors will be impressed by French architecture remained at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office or historical landmarks at the Palace of Independence and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. In addition, exploring the amazing […]

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RTW Budget: Detailed Expense Breakdown for 492 Days Abroad

RTW Budget: Detailed Expense Breakdown for 492 Days Abroad

by Scott Biales @ Blog - Ditch the Map

We spent 492 days traveling around the world.  I kept meticulous notes--not only of what we did but how much it all cost.  We spent less than $45/person/day and traveled extremely luxuriously (compared to ex-USA backpackers).  Read to find out more.

4 days in Cambodia

by manoune @ 1 Magical Secret World

Duration : 4 days Budget : ∼600 $ / pax (flight; hotel;activities and meals) Day 1 We left Singapore on Thursday evening plane took off around 7pm we arrived in Phnom Penh at 9pm. We took a cab to reach the city center (11$, not really negociable as all of the cab where saying the same … Continue reading 4 days in Cambodia

Tokyo holds 1st missile attack drill, reveals 5-minute window to flee

Tokyo holds 1st missile attack drill, reveals 5-minute window to flee

by Reuters @ NBC News Top Stories

Japan is escalating efforts to prepare its citizens for a possible war even as hope grows over North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics.

Lonely Planet lists Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as “magical” choices for budget travel

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It takes pride to announce that Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have been listed among 11 best value destinations for tourists in 2016 by the well-known travel guide site Lonely Planet.

Pinterest Guide for Travel Bloggers. Tips and Advice

by Map Trotting @ MapTrotting

Are you a Pinterest beginner looking to increase your travel blog exposure? Then our Pinterest guide for travel bloggers will help you understand the potential of this photo sharing search engine. So what is Pinterest good for? Ultimately, Pinterest is great for increasing traffic to your travel blog. But, it is also good for broadening your […]

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Travel diary: A year of housesits and family time

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

It's been a year of slow travel for us -- lots of time housesitting and spending time with family. Check out our late-2017 travel diary.

Brexit is a bitter pill for many foreign doctors

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Even before Britain voted to leave the European Union, the financially strapped NHS was beset by workforce shortages. And Brexit is only making matters worse.

Attending a Ganga Aarti: how to worship the Ganges River in Haridwar

by Sebastian Wojnar @ Indie Travel Podcast

Haridwar’s Ganga Aarti has taken place nightly - rain or shine! - at Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat since 1910. Find out how to experience the Ganga Aarti for yourself.

Responsible Tourism in Northern Vietnam - Sapa

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Learn about sustainable (and responsible) tourism if traveling to Northern Vietnam

Vietnam from Tip to Tip - Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

Vietnam from Tip to Tip - Buffalo Tours Travel Blog


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This long and skinny nation offers every sort of wonder to travellers from tip to tip! So why not discover why Vietnam's so special, from north to south.

How to get from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura, Spain

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Sometimes it makes sense to fly to an alternative airport and make your way to your final destination by ground transport. In the Canary Islands, if you're going to Fuerteventura, you might want to fly into Lanzarote.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Guide, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Guide, Vietnam


MapTrotting

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an fascinating place to visit. Our handy guide will tell you where to visit, eat, drink and sleep in Vietnam's busiest city.

An Insider’s Guide to London’s Greenwich Neighborhood

by Zoe Smith @ Viator Travel Blog

A buzzing neighborhood known for its artisanal market, Greenwich is home to one of London’s best royal parks and boasts a rich maritime heritage. Visiting Greenwich is an excellent reason to explore south of the River Thames. Linked to central London by overground train and ferry — and a popular stop on Thames River sightseeing […]

U.S. hockey GM dies unexpectedly at Colorado Springs home

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24 Hours in Jerusalem 

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5 Day Berlin Itinerary

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

If you are planning a trip to Berlin, you should know that there is a lot more to see here than just the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It’s a diverse city filled with world-class museums, beautiful squares to wander through, and ...

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Considered the Queen of the Croatia’s Dalmatian islands, we knew Hvar was a place not to be missed. Heavily visited by tourists, Hvar is renowned as a beautifully scenic party town, which also has a rich and...

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Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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Things to do in Yogyakarta

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Borobudur Sunrise Photo Credit : satunusanews.com  Take a look at the greatness of the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple, see the beautiful sunrise from the...Read More

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7 reasons why you should  visit Malta in winter

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Malta is a perfect European winter weekend escape. Find out why in this post.

A Day in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Sun Setting over Ho Chi Minh CityThe classic Level 23 Wine Bar at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is a great place to round out a day's exploration of Vietnam's old southern capitol, and to watch the sun set over the expanding…

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Get inspired to travel with this ranking of top budget-friendly destinations around the world...

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Top 10 things to do in Chile

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Chile is an incredible country, stuffed full of experience all the way down its considerable length. While there’s plenty to do in the capital of Santiago, if you’re looking for the best things to do in Chile it’s definitely worth venturing further afield. 1. Star-gaze in the Atacama Desert. With one of the clearest night […]

Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe with a Tropical (Dragon) Fruit Twist

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This classic Champagne cocktail recipe with a tropical fruit twist is a recipe for fun. Serve this exuberant champagne cocktail at the beginning of a meal or social gathering over the holiday season and I guarantee you’ll kick-start the revelry. Champagne is a drink for...

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The Hideout Hostel Saigon | Vietnam Hostels | The Social Party Hostel

The Hideout Hostel Saigon | Vietnam Hostels | The Social Party Hostel


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Travel diary: Five months in New Zealand

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Five months in New Zealand (and about five weeks in Australia) have shown us that there's no place like home... and also, no place like the open road.

An Insider’s Guide to Paris’ Passages Couverts

by Zoe Smith @ Viator Travel Blog

The glittering shop-fronts and designer emporiums of the Champs-Elysées and the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette department store might be top of the itinerary for shoppers in Paris, but some of the city’s most atmospheric shopping arcades are hidden from view down the side streets. Paris’ Passages Couverts (“Covered Passageways” or “Les Arcades”) date back to the […]

Why Istanbul City Break Should Be On Your Bucket List 2018

by Map Trotting @ MapTrotting

Looking for things to do on your next Istanbul city break? Then we are happy to report that there are endless amounts of things to do and see in the city! This fascinating ancient metropolis with a modern twist is packed full of indulgent cuisine, exceptional architecture, rich culture, friendly locals and great vibe. Istanbul […]

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National Holidays, broken down train and Kandy days!

by noreply@blogger.com (Xtina - The Tiny Traveller) @ Xtina, a Backpack & a Lonely Planet!

So Tashya arrived in the evening and the next day, after a breakfast of traditional Sri Lankan coconut pancakes (these quickly became a favourite of ours) from a little stool down the road, and a coffee from a bakery nearby, we decided on a rough route and were headed inland towards the hill country!

So we packed our bags and grabbed a local bus to the train station thinking we could just hop on the next available train. Error. Not only do trains get pretty packed but it was also the beginning of a Poya holiday (full moon holiday). Shit. Every train to Kandy that day was fully booked, there wasn't even standing tickets available. However, we went to the ticket reservation booth and were told the only availability was in a private carriage, first class and air conditioned for 1000 rupees. When the normal classes were 150 rupees we were like, Jesus that's too expensive. But then we worked out how much that was in pounds...£7!! For a 3hr journey first class. So we quickly scrambled to the window and booked what were possibly the last tickets!

It was a two hour wait til the train so we amused ourselves on the platform by trying snacks (I'm quickly becoming addicted to Samosas, fried vegetable pancake rolls and coconut pancakes - they are filled with coconut, honey and spices.) And watching the packed trains roll in and out of the station.

Our carriage was pretty plush, reclining chairs, aircon, water, wash cloths handed to us - defo worth £7, wouldn't get in on British railways!

Two hours went by and we suddenly grounded to an abrupt stop, about half an hour from Kandy. By then it was about 5.30pm, and then we saw the commander walking down the track towards the 2nd and 3rd class carriages, and then all the locals start to get off and walk along the track! So we asked what was going on, turned out the engine had broken and we were waiting for another one to be brought out. Yay! So we waited as it went dark, obviously all the locals knew we weren't far and so walked to the next station and got tuk tuks but the rest of us just had to wait.

Luckily we were only delayed by an hour, and when we got to Kandy we hadn't booked accommodation so we went in search of a place we had seen online, luckily they had beds. It was a pretty cool open plan place, kitchen and living room downstairs with the dorm in the loft compartment upstairs with a view/balcony looking out over the hills of Kandy.

We went out for a local meal, actually frequented by the stewards from our train so we knew it must be good. I tried a Kottu there, which is veg, chicken/fish, mixed with chopped up Rotti with a spicy sauce - its delicious and became something I had again and again.

The next day we spent walking around Kandy. We first had to go in search of other accommodation as the place we were staying at were full for the 2nd night. So we found somewhere in the city centre also not far from the station as we knew the train to Ella the next day left super early. We went to the station to try and buy tickets to Ella, however again, turns out all the reserved seating was gone and a limited number of 2nd class standing tickets were left but we could only buy them from 8am in the morning - 45mins before the first train departed. Yay, more fun! Guess we would be up early to wait in line!

We walked the city centre, stopped to have a traditional milk tea - a bit like a Chai, with hot frothy milk and super sweet. And grabbed some of our favourite pancakes and snacks for our walk around the lake which took us past a giant monitor lizard.

We then decided to go to the forest in the hills behind, which took us ages to find, we kept getting lost down little backstreets and into peoples houses lol. It was a lovely quiet walk around protected forest, with barking deer, wild Boars, lizards and turtles and lots of cool birds and a viewpoint. However the map they gave us was Sri Lankan in its directions in that it didn't match anything! So we got completely lost and ended up going a way we didn't want to but it did show us some of the amazing animals there so we were happy.

We then headed back to our old hostel to pack up our bags as we had checked out but hadn't actually moved our stuff! And we chilled for a bit as we were super exhausted after walking so much. Some new guests came and with them was the most annoying Canadian woman ever who basically lived to talk at you. You could tell the backpackers she was with were relieved she latched onto us for a bit lol. She was also a super gullable person with all these ailments and she had gone to a spice garden that day (we had read most of them are scams that make you pay for things you don't want and say these herbal treatments are good for your health but are actually shit. She had gone in and believed everything they told her and bought over $300 worth of products - one was a hair removal cream that was supposed to stop your hair from growing after a while - its just Veet! Lol so we made our excuses to get away from her and went for a meal back at our local find. But before we left we fiund out they were all trying for the train to Ella tomorrow too, nooooooo! So we made a pact that we would get up earlier to try and a. Avoid her and b. Get tickets before them lol. So we got a tuk tuk over to our new place, where we basically showered and went to bed due to having to be up at 6.30am to nail these tickets to Ella!

Takaka and the Golden Bay

by noreply@blogger.com (Xtina - The Tiny Traveller) @ Xtina, a Backpack & a Lonely Planet!

Upon meeting Abbie and little Pippa, her 2 year old daughter we were taken back to the farm where we were made to feel at home and had our first lush homecooked meal - Spag bol! The meals with Abbie and Travis were amazing as well, lots of curry, pasta, roasts, etc. We met Travis after he had finished milking the cows and also met a friend of theirs who came over for dinner.

We started work the next day and really we didn't work much over the next week and a half! We did around 2 hours everyday and had two days off to explore the area. Our main job was painting a bedroom and a hallway as Abbie was expecting another baby in March so it was in preparation for that. The spare room was being converted into a baby room. We had to strip the wallpaper and then paint over with an undercoat and 2 coats of paint. We got the undercoat finished in the first day and then we just went for a walk in the afternoon. The next day we had off to go into Takaka and we met the New Zealand Wizard, or Gandalf as he is known. He's a total hippy guy who is an ex cop and decided one day that he didn't want to be in the system any more and so just smokes and became a Wizard, and does everything he can to promote how we are being screwed by the governments etc. It's actually a very cool guy.

That evening we were invited along to a BBQ at Abbie's Parents friends house which was right on Pohara beach front and the BBQ was amazing - Lamb and pork chops, steak, sausages, burgers...!

Other days we went for walks, Abbie's Parents and their friends came over and they took us Salmon Fishing at the Anatoki Salmon farm down the road. Bait and fishing rod is free and each fish you catch is around $22 then you can choose to have it filleted, smoked or into Sashimi. As it was a beautiful day the place was rammed so it was tricky trying to catch any fish. But patience paid off as after half an hour or so Pierrick managed to catch the first one! Then he chucked the rod back in without thinking he'd get anything, just as a way of passing time, and 5mins later, he had another one! So this time I said I would kill it instead of Abbie's dad. We then got one smoked in basil and garlic to take home and one Sashimi for lunch and it only cost us $22! It was amazing!

We also spent one very hot afternoon down by their private piece of river and Travis brought down the tubes and after taking ages to get used to how cold the water was, we tubed down the river.

Travis also took us out one evening to see the cows being milked. Obviously with 700 cows its not by hand so he showed us the milking shed, how they round up the cows, how they are milked (by a rotating 52 hold milking platform) and how it all worked, where the milk goes after etc. It was super interesting! He also took us down to see the pigs which they kept for meat and their Kune Kune (Koo-nay) pet pig Smudge who looks a bit like Pumba from the Lion King.

We finished the painting on the Tuesday and so after that our chores were a little bit of cleaning here and there, windows and skirting boards, doors, kitchen and bathrooms. On the following thursday Abbie took us out sightseeing to the Golden Bay and Farewell Spit which was really nice of her. She took us up to Travis parents farm, into Collingwood and up to the Spit then we went for pie and a famous homebrewed Cider at the Mussel Inn.

Friday Abbie's Parents were coming to stay so we had to leave their house and luckily Travis's brother needed us to look after their pets and housesit while they were away for the weekend which suited us fine! We got to look after their two young kittens and dog and just had to hoover the house but basically they said help yourself to food and enjoy the hot tub! Which we did! Lol

On the Saturday was the annual Takaka Agricultural and Pastural show which is basically the event of the year and a farmers convention plus fairground for the kids so we went to check it out and walked into Takaka one last time before we were due to leave. We said our goodbyes to the Wizard!

On Sunday it was time to leave Golden Bay and Abbie's Parents kindly gave us a lift back to Motueka which is where we would pick up the Stray bus to the Abel Tasman National Park that afternoon. It had been another wonderful WWOOFing experience and we hope it continues!

Scratch the Surface: 11 of the World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

by Katie Coakley @ Viator Travel Blog

Though churches, theaters, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard. From underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are definitely worth a trip below […]

8 Best Cafes and Coffee in Chiang Mai

by Jamon @ Backstreet Academy

Chiang Mai is a chill-out jewel of the North, with a manageable population, enough space to go around and a great many interesting things to...Read More

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Patagonia: El Chalten & Fancy Fitz

by Shane @ The WANDERLUSTers

If you are familiar with the brand name of the outdoor gear company, “Patagonia”, then you may have noticed their logo is a mountain range. This mountain range is not the famous Chilean Torres del Paine range, but rather the Argentinian equivalent: Mount Fitz Roy and his partners in crime (faintly seen below). Mount Fitz […]

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Yogyakarta Travel Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Yogyakarta travel guide, I share the five best things to do in Yogyakarta, the best vegetarian restaurants in the city and the best hotels in Yogyakarta. This Yogyakarta travel guide focuses on local culture, vegetarian food and green accommodation, to bring you the best green and local travel advice about the city. Yogyakarta – pronounced Jogjakarta – […]

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Where To Go in Malaysia

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Malaysia travel guide, we explore where to go in Malaysia and the best travel destinations. We’ll take you to the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the lush green tea fields of the Cameron Highlands and the bustling art-laden cultural city of George Town. We loved Malaysia. But I should say up-front that we’re […]

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Managing a Backpackers in the Catlins...simply by chance!

by noreply@blogger.com (Xtina - The Tiny Traveller) @ Xtina, a Backpack & a Lonely Planet!

So we wee WWOOFing in the Catlin's for 2 months, which is a long time to sum up in one blogpost, but I'm going to try. It will basically just contain the important parts of our experiences there.

So we left Dunedin and arrived at our new hosts house, in Surat Bay, North Catlins, around the 6th March. They were Ester (from the Philippines, 55) and Jack an 80 yr old Kiwi, who were looking for people to help out with a lodge they had just purchased. They also owned two self-contained units as a Bed and Breakfast, so we also helped out with cleaning or checking in guests for those occasionally. Little did we know that this lodge would be a busy backpackers right beside the sea, which they wanted us to manage full-time. We only learnt this upon arrival! We were rather excited but also a little nervous as we didn't really know much about how a Backpackers is run.

Our first few days were just settling in and working with the other French WWOOFer Laurent, we also went down to Hina Hina (a bay across from Surat Bay), where we went Cockling (in our area you could fish for Cockles, Mussels and Paua - a NZ only Shellfish, kind of an Abalone). We also saw plenty of Sea-Lions on our walks along the bay - Surat Bay is a Sea-Lion haul-up beach, along with Cannibal Bay, the next beach down. You can see Sea-Lions everywhere, there is a colony of around 20 of them. They will just be lying on the beach covered in sand and you'd almost trip over them! But they are super easy-going, they just look at you; 'oh there goes another human', and plop back down to sleep and cover themselves in more sand. The only time they would get territorial is if they have a pup with them or you block their path to the sea, then, they can run at you at terrifying speeds!

On the 10th March was the handover with the old owners, to Jack and Ester. The old owners we basically eventually found out, were assholes. A French couple who had come from New Caledonia and we eventually found out, after all the local community did for them to try and help them to stay, had basically been kicked out of the country (unable to get permanent visas) and we realised after taking over the lodge from all the letters, that they owed thousands of dollars in debt and hadn't paid their taxes properly!!

The day Ester and Jack were taking over, was also they day they were going on a 4-day holiday!! So not only did we have to take over a new business which we didn't know much about, we had to do it without the owners and on the worst day weather-wise! We were supposed to go and view and learn about the Lodge a few days before the takeover but the old owners Sylvianne and Christian wouldn't let any of us enter until 'they said' (Jack and Ester had to get a lawyer to negotiate things because they were being that difficult). So we ended up doing a quick and very brief session the day before, where Christian (who didn't speak much english after 7 years being in the country), basically insulted Jack, wouldn't let him see where the important things like the electrics board, gas, and water tanks were etc, and then came in and almost had a fight with Pierrick while his wife was teaching us the computer system (Pierrick held himself back and just ignored him but Christian put his wife in tears over it).

So the day we took over we had severe gale-force winds, rain and the electricity went down for about 4 hours! So we had to take over, just as check-in started, without really knowing what was going on, while Jack and Ester had to rush around before their flight left to Auckland in 4 hours. Then just before they left, the electricity went down, so we had customers which weren't happy, couldn't cook, there was no wifi and no lights....ahhhhh! Apparently the power went down across half of the south island but it was back up and running before night hit thank god!

That weekend was a busy weekend and we managed to deal with it ok, we basically taught ourselves everything and managed to keep the place in one piece until Ester and Jack arrived back. We moved into the lodge, so we had our own double room there with sea-views - lush, and then we would just go to the house every evening for dinner. Laurent was around to help us with the cleaning in the morning and then we got to work on things around the place like cleaning, making sure the kitchens were equipped, putting up signs, labelling cupboards, moving furniture, adding furniture, gardening (the garden was a mess!), basically making the place ten times better than it had been left!

Once Jack and Ester came back we got to work on the projects they had in mind, like moving reception from the tiny cupboard, and putting it back into the old reception area which they had used as an illegal living space (it had never been cleared by the council). Moving the linen into the actual linen cupboard rather than the laundry room, we got the electrician and plumbers out to take a look at things - everything was illegal and dangerous basically! We got new appliances, new matresses, new beds; changed the 7 bed dorm into an 8 bed dorm and eventually the 3-bed dorm into a family room for 5 people. There was so much to do it kept us all very busy!

And there will still be lots to do over the coming months. Jack wants to get planning permission to convert the old illegal living space next door to reception into a self contained unit for future wwoofers/managers. Make the outside sheds more stable so he can move all his tools into it. They want to eventually convert our double room into a 6-bed dorm and with our input, we suggested they will need to do some renovating - such as more bathrooms (as currently there is definitely not enough for the amount of people in high season), they needed to replace the slated windows with plane glass to stop the drafts, they also need to get more heaters, insulate the place and eventually double-glaze all the windows of the lodge. There is alot to do but they just don't have the money to do it all this winter so it may take a couple of years, but they trusted us to take our knowledge of other backpackers on board to help renovate and update it. It was almost as they they had started this hostel from scratch, we helped them build everything - the foundations of the business! All the admin side, all the advertising, helping to get reviews up, creating social media pages, investing in customer needs, adding services (like in summer, having a little shop with basic food and toiletry items as the nearest shop is a 5min drive away in Owaka), setting up the booking system, installing a hotel management system and channel manager, adding us to Booking.com, all things we had never done before but we took the initiative and just got on with it and trained ourselves up and learnt as we went!

In the end, we knew more about the business than Ester and Jack, and so we suggested they should live in it over winter while its quieter, so they would know the priorities and understand the daily running of it. As, they were quite stubborn people and insisted what they thought were priorities (like getting rid of a perfectly good couch because it looked 'ugly' to them, or getting rid of the perfectly good linen for all new things - which would be money wasted) were what needed to be done, and we knew they weren't priorities yet, that there were much bigger things to think about than wasting money when they needed to save money for the bigger projects. So we clashed (not argumentatively) but we had to try and try and try to drum into them what they should be doing, and luckily, when Jack's son and daughter came to visit, they also sat them down as they were concerned like we were, and drummed into them that we were right in everything we were saying. So they eventually began to realise.

It was just hard as Ester was a full-time nurse who worked only night shifts, they had their own B&B to run, plus the lodge to think about so they didn't really have their heads in the right place, plus they were taking over a very risky and very different business to their current one - 23-32 beds in a lodge is very different to two units! Plus, they didn't realise (and im not sure they still do yet to be honest), that their main customers were backpackers, not older richer people. They need to really understand the business better, so I really hope they do this winter before summer hits. Also, towards the end Ester was adament she was going to control reception herself...but we were trying to tell her you just can't, especially when your working nights and needing to sleep in the day, you need people there permanently for the emails, cleaning, checking in, phone calls etc...so I really hope this winter teaches them that its not the same as owning two self-contained units! Bless them, they were so lovely but just a little naive about what they had bought.

When we had a frank discussion with them, we got the feeling they had gone into it as though they were buying their dream home...not a business and they hadn't budgeted for what it would need done to it and that one day, especially in the summer, they would need to employ someone permanently as you can't have wwoofers running it every 1-2 months, it needed stability. Plus, unfortunately, even though we are very trusting, some other people wouldn't be. It was a business that was mainly taking cash, and in the first week alone when they were on holiday we had almost $2000 in cash in our keeping - if we hadn't have been trust-worthy people, we could have taken it and run! And thats also what Jack's family are worried about with having WWOOFers come and go, they are very trusting people but they just need that one person who's not and their business will fall because of it. They need to employ someone full-time even if just for the 6 months of summer, and then run the business themselves in winter.

But enough about all that! So, Laurent left just before Easter and then we had a week before the next WWOOFers, Camille and William (also french) came. In that time we had a full lodge hire over Easter - a group of friends and their families came to stay, it was an annual tradition to go on holiday in around NZ - they came with boats, instruments (most of them were Irish married to Kiwi's) loved a good sing-song and a drink! It was nice to see the place so lively! During those 5 days we only really had to clean the bathrooms and kitchens. So the rest of the day we had off and so we went sight-seeing a few times. Jack and Ester lent us one of their cars so we went out with that sometimes, but that weekend we planned on going down to the south Catlins, and only managed to get to Curio Bay (where we by chance happened to see our mate Becci from Dunedin again on a day out with her family!)

As, on our way to Slope Point, we had a wee little car accident. When I say wee, I mean, we were fine, but the car wasn't! It was on a gravel road, and basically we lost control of the car, it swerved towards a concrete pole, but Pierrick managed to steer it away, but consequently into a ditch...full of muddy water, on an area where the tide came in pretty high sometimes, in the middle of nowhere! The car landed, on it's side, so we were pretty panicked as at first we were stuck and couldn't get out. Luckily there were people behind us when it happened and they had all stopped and called the emergency services and eventually got us out. We had to wait for the fire engine and police to come out. Luckily they managed to tow the car out of the ditch and get it working again, but unfortunately when Ester went to get it road worthy again a few days later, she got told it would have to be written off as the suspension was too badly damaged! Grrr. So $300 excess later, plus a police fine of $150 (they have to fine you out here for an accident to make it worth their while being called out) it was a pretty costly crash! After the crash the volunteer firemen gave us a lift back to their house where we waited for Ester and Jack to come to take the car back. They were lovely and gave us coffee and chocolate as it was Easter Sunday. The next day we spent the whole day helping to clean the mud out of the car - it stank! It was a nasty job but it was the least we could do to say sorry. They were both so nice about it though and were more concerned about us!

The next month was spent with the new WWOOFers Camille and William, where they helped with various projects while we continued to run the backpackers. We did some good dinners like crepes and other french dishes. I started putting the great kitchen in the backpackers to use by doing alot of baking french baguettes, pizza's cookies etc - I forgot how much I missed baking! We did a bit more local sight-seeing, going for walks and hikes. We had Ivanna and Adrian come to stay with us for a night so we did some sight-seeing with them and had a great catchup and movie night. And we continued to better the backpackers, making slow but steady progress and enjoyed meeting the people who came through and getting some good reviews on TripAdvisor. One couple loved the place so much they stayed for 8 days!! I really would love to see it when it's all finished and looking it's best.

Camille and William left after a month - they stayed longer than intended as they had to spend $2000 getting their car fixed. And we spent the next week on our own, finishing up our stay with them. 3 weeks had turned into 2 months and we really had to leave to find paid work - we would have loved to have stayed but they couldn't afford to pay us. So we decided to continue and finish the rest of our Stray Pass as we had enough money to, then we would need to settle somewhere and find work until our visa ended. Ester and Jack had invited us back in the summer to pay us, which we may well come back and do but it would mean extending our visas, so until they are 100% sure they need us we won't plan anything just yet as for me its a good $500 for an extra year as I have to get a medical etc.

We managed to find Jack and Ester an experienced couple to come help them for another month and so we stayed until they arrived so we could give them some quick training. We also managed to secure (hopefully it stays that way), some work for accommodation in Dunedin, where we will be night managers in a hostel (2 hours a day in the evening each), to cover our accommodation, internet and laundry while we work, so that when we do find work, we don't have those expense to pay out for - we can save more! It also entitles us to work during the day - so hopefully no restaurant or bar work - yay! I don't mind a cafe but I really didn't want to go into hospo again. So although it means working and then working in our evenings, it's only light reception work and it means we can save more, so it will benefit us in the long run. So I guess after our two weeks of travel, Dunedin is our city of choice for work - wooo! Awesome city! I'm actually looking forward to living and working in a city for once, (as my jobs in Australia were in the middle of nowhere) plus it means me and Pierrick may actually have a normal relationship for the first time in our relationship as we will be working separate jobs.

So, I will update you on our travels soon, in the meantime, enjoy the pictures on Facebook (and instagram). Our first destination was Invercargill, then Queenstown and Mount Cook. We are now in Lake Tekapo, then on to Rangitata, Christchurch and ending in Kaikoura. Then we will slowly make our way down to Dunedin where we will start the next chapter of the NZ Working Holiday...the work part... :-(

The Top 10 Family Beaches in Europe

by Sasha Heseltine @ Viator Travel Blog

Europe’s beaches are legendary, from the celeb-studded French Riviera to the wilds of the Baltic coastline. There are hundreds of family-oriented choices, from shingle coves to vast sandy strips, but each family comes with its own rulebook and own set of demands. Different age groups have different criteria and so what suits one family won’t […]

Ho Chi Minh City: what to do, where to stay - Director Magazine

Ho Chi Minh City: what to do, where to stay - Director Magazine


Director Magazine

Workspace cafés sit alongside Indochinese elegance and remnants of a bloody past in the lively, resilient and beautiful metropolis that is Ho Chi Minh City

Berlin Lonely Planet City Map

Berlin Lonely Planet City Map


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Lonely Planet presents this durable and waterproof street map of Berlin with a handy slipcase and an easy-fold format.Get more from your map and your trip with images and information about top city attractions, walking tour routes, transport maps, itinerary suggestions, extensive street and site index, and practical travel tips and directory. Covers Prenzlauer Berg, Scheunenviertel, Friedrichshain, ...

300K protesters show that fight over European nation's name is far from finished

300K protesters show that fight over European nation's name is far from finished

by Reuters @ NBC News Top Stories

Greeks held a huge protest over any use of "Macedonia" in the name of the neighboring ex-Yugoslav republic as Skopje and Athens seek to resolve the issue.

3 days in Chicago

by manoune @ 1 Magical Secret World

Day 1 – Travel and The loop Woke up early to take our flight from Dallas to Chicago, we arrived around 8am in Chicago. We took the subway to downtown and meet a friend. We started our visit with the Millenium park and Grant Park with the Bean. We went then to rent bikes near … Continue reading 3 days in Chicago

5 things you cannot miss in Saigon

by 7gmt_editor @ Saigon Free Day Tours

When taking part in the journey in Saigon, there are tons of things to do in this wonderful city, from free tours to affordable experiences. Below are some of the best activities that the tourists in Saigon usually do during their visit. >> 8 famous pagodas in Saigon Explore Ben Thanh Night Market When thinking […]

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Things to do in Siem Reap

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Introducing the 20 unique things to do in Siem Reap! From the temples to meaningful travel experiences worth a shot, the Backstreet Academy Team brings...Read More

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Walking – the best way to explore all the corner of Saigon

by 7gmt_editor @ Saigon Free Day Tours

Walking is considered one of the great ways to discover a new destination, new land and a new culture. Similar to walking tours in other countries or Vietnam’s cities such as free walking tour hong kong or hanoi free city tour, walking in saigon not only helps visitors to save money but also explore all […]

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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Inside Look: Lido de Paris “Paris Merveilles” Dinner and Show

by Sasha Heseltine @ Viator Travel Blog

My husband and I didn’t know what to expect from our evening out in one of the most famous nightclubs in Paris. Arriving at the Lido de Paris on the glamorous Champs-Elysées, it was obvious it would be a memorable experience. From dressing nicely to seeing the famous Bluebell Girls and an impressive cabaret show, […]

How to spend half a day in Graz, Austria

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

From the Schlossberg to the Murinsel to the Hauptplaz -- and everything in between -- there's heaps to do in vibrant Graz. Check out our half-day itinerary for Graz, Austria.

Vietnam’s Visa System is a Mess (Here’s How it Actually Works)

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Explaining the four different ways of entering Vietnam visa-free or with visa.

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The Most Popular Places of 2017 on Grantourismo – From Siem Reap to the Isaan

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Our 10 Most Popular Places of 2017 on Grantourismo included the Southeast Asian destinations we love and frequently cover – Cambodia’s main cities and towns, Thailand’s capital and most off the beaten track region, Vietnam’s key destinations, and lovely Luang Prabang in Laos. As 2017...

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No deal to end shutdown, but an inch toward compromise

No deal to end shutdown, but an inch toward compromise

by Leigh Ann Caldwell and Frank Thorp V and Andrew Rafferty and Garrett Haake and Kasie Hunt @ NBC News Top Stories

The government shutdown will last into a third day as Senate leaders agreed to hold a vote on a three-week funding bill Monday.

No more checkout lines: A look inside Amazon Go, the store of the future

No more checkout lines: A look inside Amazon Go, the store of the future

by Michael Cappetta and Jo Ling Kent @ NBC News Top Stories

Retail powerhouse Amazon is disrupting retail yet again, with the opening of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle.

Vietnam Travel Guide | Earth Trekkers

Vietnam Travel Guide | Earth Trekkers


Earth Trekkers

Vietnam Travel Guide. Language, currency, travel tips, best things to do. Visit Hoi An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Hue, and Ha Long Bay.

6 Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand

6 Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Scott Biales @ Blog - Ditch the Map

Seeing my parents for the first time in a year!

HO CHI MINH CITY - thedustyroad

HO CHI MINH CITY - thedustyroad


thedustyroad

Ho Chi Minh City was previously known as Saigon and boasts an interesting history. Today, it is a city of contrasts. The rich and the poor, the old and the new, the eastern and western cultures all thrown together in utter chaos. Check out the Ho Chi Minh City blog post to read about our adventures in the massive city.

Vietnam Private Tour Guides | Hire A Travel Guide Vietnam

Vietnam Private Tour Guides | Hire A Travel Guide Vietnam


Vietnam Private Tour Guides

Hiring a local tour guide enhances the value of your trip to Vietnam. Budget travel requires value. Benefit from inside information about your next destination.

Experience the Real Saigon at this Friendly Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Experience the Real Saigon at this Friendly Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City


My Five Acres

This cheery boutique hotel in Ho Chi Minh City is perfect for people who want to experience the real Saigon away from the touristy District 1.

Southeast Asia Budget Guide (8 Months) How Much Will it Cost?

by Map Trotting @ MapTrotting

Are you looking for a Southeast Asia budget guide? Great! We can help! Before our travels we surfed the net restlessly for a travel budget guide that will give us some sort of indication of how much money we need to save. By time we left London, we had around $11,000 (£9,000) between us in […]

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One Day in Kuala Lumpur

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Kuala Lumpur travel guide, we share our favourite things to do in Malaysia’s capital city, including the best temples, Chinatown and the best vegetarian restaurants in the city. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, wasn’t on our original travel itinerary. But we’re so glad we went there! Kuala Lumpur is a city with towering skyscrapers, […]

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How To Be a Better Traveller – 18 Ways to Travel Responsibly in 2018

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

How to be a better traveller is something I constantly ponder, particularly after a year in travel that saw a rise in anti-tourism sentiment across Europe, the emergence of beg-packing in Asia, and an explosion of naked tourism and public pooping. No wonder locals have...

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72 hours in Hanoi – What an US traveller should do

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Hanoi is one of the most famous and charming destination in Vietnam. Let’s find out some interesting things to do in Hanoi if you have 72 hours here, including recommended places, activities and food!

Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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Pho Binh Noodle Shop

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Sucre Bolivia, the city of eternal spring

by No Road Back @

Sucre, the capital of Bolivia, has a lot of nicknames, but the most striking for me is ‘The City of Eternal Spring’. Walking around in this relaxed, sunny and pretty little colonial city just puts a smile on anyone’s face. With its hilarious ‘zebra’s’, cheap food and Spanish lessons for a dime you wonder why …

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5 Reasons Why Death Valley Should be the Next National Park You Visit

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

When you think of Death Valley, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A barren desert landscape, crawling with scorpions and rattlesnakes? Yes, you can find that here, but there is so much more to Death Valley than a forbidding desert landscape. We spent several days touring the park and fell in love with this place. Out of ...

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10 days in Vietnam {part1}

by manoune @ 1 Magical Secret World

Duration : 10 days Budget : ~1300 sgd / pers (flights/hotel/activities and food included) 10 days in vietnam is a good duration to be able to visit a bit and enjoy the country from north to south. We most of the time stayed 2 days is each cities. Overall trip : Hanoi –> Halong Bay … Continue reading 10 days in Vietnam {part1}

World Records, Just Do Good Things and Girl on Fire with Carisa Hendrix

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

Today on the podcast we are taking an usual turn into the world of magic… In my head, when you read that you’re seeing bunnies pop out of hats, sparks on stage and fire eating… or maybe that’s just what’s in my head when I say magic with a long pause. Anywho, we’re joined by award-winning […]

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ROME

by thedustyroad @ thedustyroad

A glamorous and cosmopolitan city, Rome boasts more history and art than many countries combined. While ancient history and architecture isn't my forte, I was excited to have the opportunity to explore Rome and...

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Classic Negroni with Spices – Our Recipe for a Warming Christmas Negroni

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

A classic negroni with spices has become our new Christmas drink. You need a really good reason to mess with a classic negroni recipe and as far as we’re concerned there are few better reasons than Christmas. This is the first in a series of...

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Saigon – The city never sleeps

Saigon – The city never sleeps


Skyhubvn

When the sun goes down, a different slice of Saigon appears. Everywhere you look there is colour and movement.  Let’s explore the most popular fun activities to experience an unforgettable night in the heart of Saigon. Check in “Walking street” in centre. We will start from Nguyen Hue walking street with a length of 900m, in front of People Committee’s Hall. It has become gathering place as well...

Best Shopping in Edinburgh, Portobello Beach and Leith, Scotland

by Amy of Beloved Atmosphere @ Beloved Atmosphere

Best Shopping in Edinburgh, Portobello Beach and Leith, Scotland Damn, I love a good market. A favorite travel sayings of mine is, “…and into every good itinerary, a bit of shopping must fall”. Yes, I absolutely set aside time to explore local markets, vintage shops, boutiques, night bazaars and swap meets. So yeah, while I’m not […]

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Blue Lime Phnom Penh – A Tranquil Retreat in the Heart of the City

by Jane @ My Five Acres

My Five Acres
My Five Acres - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

This boutique hotel in Phnom Penh is the perfect retreat from the buzz and hum of the city. For people who want to stay in the city centre but also enjoy a spot of quiet relaxation, Blue Lime Phnom Penh is ideal. As with most cities, many of the hotels in Phnom Penh city centre […]

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10 Most Popular Recipes of 2017 – from Winter Comfort Food to Asian Specialities

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2017 on Grantourismo are an interesting mix of winter comfort food and Southeast Asian specialities – from a hearty Rabo de Toro and aromatic Cote de Boeuf to a refined Five-Spice Crispy Pork Belly and rich Cambodian Fish Amok. As 2017...

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How long to get a visa for Vietnam for French?

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Being a French citizens and wanna visit Vietnam? Here are useful information when you find out about Vietnam Visa procedures for French!

Insider’s View. Episode 7 – Jean Ngo (The Expat Shop)

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Editor’s Note: Episode 7 of Insider’s view comes from Jean Ngo, owner of “The Expat Shop.” Jean is yet another visitor who fell in love with this crazy city while on holidays and returned to make Saigon her home. As...

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What to See in Vietnam in 2 Weeks | Indiana Jo

What to See in Vietnam in 2 Weeks | Indiana Jo


Indiana Jo

Vietnam is a popular holiday place. Having visited twice, here's what to see in Vietnam in 2 weeks-with suggested itineraries. Got longer?Combine the routes

Top 10 things to do near Vilanculos Mozambique

by Sabine Behrmann @ Indie Travel Podcast

From diving to horse-riding; picnics on the beach to exploring the local market -- there's plenty to do in Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Arugam Bay - Cookery classes and beach asses!

by noreply@blogger.com (Xtina - The Tiny Traveller) @ Xtina, a Backpack & a Lonely Planet!

Our day started with breakfast in a cute artsy cafe and a walk to a tea plantation but it was shut! Dammit, and turns out all of them shut on a Sunday as it was a Poya day. Boooo. So instead we came back to town and by then it was time for our taxi. He stopped off along the way at some waterfalls and coming up to Arugam Bay we drove through a National Park and we stopped to view wild elephants and buffalo in the plains.

When we arrived it was late afternoon so we found some beach accommodation, 500 rupees a night each for a bungalow/cababa right on the beach front in a cute little treehouse type place with hammocks etc - total chill out zone. It is low season on the east coast as its supposed to be monsoon season but we had really good weather. We had read about a really good cooking course that was eco friendly, was set up after the tsunami as a way to fund money for the community and it still was still all going for a good cause, plus it was taught by local people so it seemed great. So we went and booked that for the following evening and went for a good prawn curry and sunset on the beach.

The next day after our last few hectic days was a chill day on the beach, lunch and then our cooking course. It started at 4.30pm and lasted until around 9pm. It only cost us 2500 rupees each and we made 8 dishes in total including coconut sambol and rice. We thought as there was only two of us doing it there would be enough curry for two...nope! There was enough ingredients per dish for around 10 people! We had to invite other people along to help us eat it and then told the guy running it to eat too!

We learnt how to make; fish curry, coconut sambol - where we grated coconuts and also learnt how to produce coconut milk and coconut cream from them - okra curry, pumpkin curry, a vegetable called Snakegourd curry, aubergine salad (more like cooked aubergine in coconut oil and spices), dhal, and plantain curry. I made sure I wrote down the recipes so that I can make it all at home. It was delicious but by the time we had tasted everything we could barely eat much when it came to the final sit-down meal! However we met a good group of people by inviting them to eat. A Spanish couple and two guys from Australia.

We had spent all day also deciding where we were going next. We knew it would be a national park but we weren't sure which one we should do - there's so many in Sri Lanka!! We eventually decided on Yala National Park as its the best place to try to see Leopards. So we decided we would need to get an early bus, which the Spanish couple were also taking, so it was another early morning for us!

Our time in Arugam bay had been brief but because it was low season it was wonderfully qquiet and we had managed to have the whole beach pretty much to ourselves. Its supposed to be a great surfing spot and we could tell with the rough waves! If I ever come back to Sri Lanka it will be to the east and north during high season to see what its all about!

Exploring the Valley of Fire near Las Vegas, Nevada

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

The Valley of Fire is a brilliant, colorful spot located in Nevada, just one hour from Las Vegas. Filled with panoramic vistas, hiking trails, petroglyphs, and stunning red and pink rock formations, the Valley of Fire makes an excellent day trip from Vegas. What is the Valley of Fire? The Valley of Fire is a state park located 50 miles ...

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Visiting Fez: the city of the thousand doors

by No Road Back @

  Fez (Fés in Arabic), is the most traditional of the four big imperial cities of Morocco and walking (or sometimes crouching) in the old Medina will throw you back centuries in time. The most dazzling – and to some horrifying – aspect of Fez is beyond doubt the dark and dirty medina. Thousands of …

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Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

A Taste of Trastevere in a Hidden Roman Villa

by Jennifer Dombrowski @ Viator Travel Blog

Ah, Italy. Red-checked tablecloths, fat candles dripping wax into empty tomato sauce cans. Carafes of red wine. It’s already an obvious fact that dining out in Italy is a memorable event. And if you’re looking for another authentic Roman dining experience, cross the River Tiber to Trastevere, into a historic working class neighborhood that boasts […]

Marrakech, what to do in Morocco’s Red City

by No Road Back @

If you are going to Marrakech brace yourself, as you are about to be punched in the face by your senses. Walking around the old Medina of Morocco’s most visited city means continuously being overwhelmed by sounds, colors, and smells. At times beautiful, vibrant and delicious and a second later loud, ugly and pungent. It’s …

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7 Tips for Your Visit to Keukenhof Garden in Holland

by Amy of Beloved Atmosphere @ Beloved Atmosphere

I was a guest of Keukenhof in April 2017. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and mine alone, regardless of any compensation I receive. What tops your Travel Bucket List lately? If a trip to Keukenhof – The Most Beautiful Spring Garden in the World – is on your list, Bravo! If Keukenhof doesn’t […]

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36 hours in Hanoi

by phuongna @ Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Below is suggested schedule for your reference to decide where to go, what to do, where to enjoy the scenery or delicious dishes in this beautiful Vietnam capital!

How to Travel Independently (and Cheaply) in Cuba

by Marek @ Indie Traveller

Salsa, cigars, 1950s cars and mojitos await in this fascinating country. But you should be aware of a few things...

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How to choose the right Vietnam War tour

How to choose the right Vietnam War tour


Traveller

Taking a war tour rather than a standard day trip can be the difference between an OK holiday and an unforgettable experience. But how do you choose?

Things to do in Luang Prabang

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

With the entire old town of Luang Prabang designated as a UNESCO site, lots of beautiful old colonial French architecture has been immaculately preserved and...Read More

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How to Visit Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Death Valley National Park is filled with unusual spots to visit and the Racetrack Playa may be one of the most bizarre. This is the place to see those mysterious sailing stones…the large rocks that somehow glide over this dry, muddy surface, leaving imprinted trails behind them. This is not a spot you can just visit on a whim. Getting ...

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Responsible Travel in Cambodia

by Amanda Carlea @ Buffalo Tours Travel Blog

The sights of Cambodia are mighty to behold! From the majestic temples of Angkor, warm communities and lush landscapes, Cambodia has a great deal to offer any traveller. However, we at Buffalo Tours think it’s essential to note the importance of a responsible mindset and attitude when travelling to this dynamic nation. Responsible travel is […]

No-smoking tourist zones set up in Hanoi

by hoaipham @ Hanoi city tours – Experience elegant Hanoi | Hanoi travel guide

Nowadays, Hanoi has been in an attempt to build a friendly and civilized image in the eyes of both domestic and foreign visitors by establishing no-smoking tourism zones, such as “no-smoking tourist sites”, “no-smoking restaurants and hotels” and “no-smoking offices”.

Grilled Pipis, Garlic and Karkalla Recipe by Chef Lennox Hastie of Firedoor

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

This grilled pipis, garlic and karkalla recipe comes courtesy of Chef Lennox Hastie of Firedoor restaurant in Sydney, Australia, from his wonderful cooking with fire cookbook, Finding Fire – along with some sides of Christmas tips and grilling advice. Every festive season we share Christmas tips...

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What Are You Letting Go Of?

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

Happy 2018! Now, some of you might be saying, Victoria, you should have an interview up on the podcast today. While normally I’d say, you are correct, today I’m saying, I have changed it up a bit. I’ve decided that for 2018, I’m alternating weeks of the podcast between interviews one week and every other […]

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An Authentic Cuban Mojito Recipe from Old Havana – With a Cambodian Twist

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This authentic Cuban mojito recipe is based on the mojitos we sipped in Old Havana on our first trip to Cuba in the mid-Nineties. It’s a refreshing drink that is a perfect sip for a sultry day in the tropics. As we live in Siem...

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Vietnam Tourist Attractions You Cannot Miss - Backstreet Academy

Vietnam Tourist Attractions You Cannot Miss - Backstreet Academy


Backstreet Academy

Your itinerary is incomplete without at least 3 or more of these popular Vietnam tourist attractions.

Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Northland New Zealand

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

However long you have to spend in Northland, New Zealand, a stop at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves is highly recommended.

Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe – A Refreshing Cocktail For a Warm Day

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This watermelon mint cooler recipe is super easy to mix and makes for a refreshing light cocktail to drink on a stifling summer afternoon or a sticky day in the tropics. If you’re in the chilly northern hemisphere turn up your heating and pretend you’re...

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Interactive: Who took over for men ousted over sexual misconduct?

Interactive: Who took over for men ousted over sexual misconduct?

by Daniel Arkin @ NBC News Top Stories

Here's a look at the people who grabbed the reins after sexual misconduct claims felled their predecessors.

What to eat in Buenos Aires

by Craig Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

There's plenty of deliciousness to be found in Buenos Aires, and the city is finally shaking off its vege-unfriendly status. There's little of that here though. If "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" applies, then "When in Buenos Aires, eat these tasty finds" will certainly work too.

Soul of Vietnamese Village Show

by skyhubuser @ Skyhubvn

“ The Soul of Vietnamese village” is the first show about Vietnamese folk music with the participation of talented artists. The show recreates the daily life of Vietnamese people in the Northern Delta countryside...

Reuniting with the Dog

by noreply@blogger.com (Travel Sabbatical (Mike and Akiko)) @ Travel Sabbatical

The moment we've been anticipating after a 12-hour drive home to Kansas City from Alabama.