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Welcome to Vienna Now You Tube Series

One of the great things about the internet now is the ability to access large amounts of information to research your trip so you can get the most out of your travels. You can now find information about the things that interest you, whether that is food, history cultural sites or any other past-time that …

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Pay your Argentina Reciprocity fee online

Are you about to travel to South America and are visiting Argentina?

Argentina is one of the most interesting countries in South America with a large amount of major tourist attractions

In Buenos Aires you can learn to tango, see a local football game or the polo and so many historic buildings to see.

And so many other …

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5 Adult things to do on The Gold Coast

When everyone thinks of the Gold Coast the first thing that springs to mind are the theme parks. But what about the adults, what do they do when they visit the Gold Coast?

There are plenty of adult  things to do away from the main theme park stretch of the Gold Coast nowhere near the screaming …

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Action Slovenia

Action Slovenia specialises in multitude of activity holidays such as skiing, snow boarding, sledging, ice climbing in the Julian Alps, during the winter seasons. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting and golf for the rest of the year

We are situated on the edge of the Triglav National Park alongside the beautiful Bohinska Sava River, boasting …

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Responsible Adventures – Nepal

Responsible Adventures is an ecological trekking organization designed to improve, protect and preserve the environment of the Himalayan mountain ranges. An organization for the 21st century, we are leaders in the organisation of ecological mountain treks.

Responsible Adventures was created and developed by a group of young environmentally and culturally conscious former Trek leaders with more …

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The Facts: Getting the Right Travel Insurance


A lot of preparation can go into making sure you’re not one of those travellers that comes home with a woeful story of being ripped off or injured overseas. You can spend hours researching local scams, the best accommodation available and the locks you’ll get to protect the camera and phone tucked in …


Scheduling social media posts

One thing I have come realise very quickly since becoming a full-time blogger is how much time can be consumed with social media.

I am being very pro-active about increasing the size of my Social Media accounts and you can easily spend large amounts of time on Social media when you should be creating content not …

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Villa in Sicily

Renting a luxury villa in Sicily can open up a world of opportunities and experiences that you would not normally get from staying in a large hotel. If you want to find a villa that is right for you and your family, you need the right agent who not only understands the area but also …

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Top 5 attractions of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

The tours to Armenia and its beautiful old region Nagorno- Karabakh are becoming popular day by day. This country amazes by its old and difficult history, colorful traditions, exotic national dishes and, of course, a huge number of attractions. In this article you’ll be able to have a closer touch with this amazing country and …

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Weekend in Vienna – win a trip to Vienna

It’s been many years since I’ve been to Vienna now but it holds many fond memories for me. I visited the city 3 times on my first trip to Europe, a 9 month trip of eating, drinking and having a good crack at womanising.

Being a lover of great food I remember well going to this …

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Ecotour – Kyrgyzstan

Ecotour organizes travel for individuals, small groups and families (with children). We have prepared for our guests thematic cultural programs – meeting the nomads, felt making and active adventurous tours

– trekking, horse riding, mountain bike trips and cycling tours and tours for bird watching, nature photography, and a tour exclusively for women. We also offer …

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Relax with nature in Tuscany at Oasi Maremma Village

The thought of Tuscany brings evocative images into my mind. The sun setting behind a vineyard as you snack on olives and sip on your glass of wine.

I guess everyone gets a different picture in their mind when they think if a certain place and that’s my image of Tuscany.

One place where you can satisfy …

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The end of the line – Ho Chi Minh City

The final leg of the Reunification Railway and the terminus is Ho Chi Minh City. The journey started in spectacularly dodgy style. I get to Nha Trang railway station nice and early and I go over to the desk and the woman on the desk checks my ticket and says for me to wait in …

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Dodging a Typoon – Nha Trang

The train trip south to Nha Trang was another overnight sleeper trip. This time it was our first encounter with Vietnam Rail First Class Sleeper Air-Con. It was pretty bad. Despite labor being so cheap in Vietnam they appear to not want to worry about leaving dirty sheets on beds and as one person leaves …

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Hoi An Vietnam – French Colonial Paradise

The trip to Hoi An (or actually Danang because the train doesn’t go to Hoi An) is the highlight of the train trip – the Reunification Express. It passes through an area where the mountains meet the sea. White crescent shaped beaches dot the coastline and the train cruises above the beach.

Well that’s what its …

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The City that lost its Glory – Hue

After leaving Hanoi we had our first experience of the Reunification Express. We were in the Livitrans carriages – the most expensive and the first impression we got – cockroaches and plenty of them! Anyway other than the cockroaches it was an uneventful and uncomfortable trip.

Arriving in Hue was a nice culture shock because the …

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Trekking in Sapa

Our trip to Sapa began at Hanoi and our train trip to Lao Cai near the Chinese border. We decided to take the Sapaly Express the highest price option.

The train to Lao Cai has a number of different names but are the same train.The train was borderline comfortable, the trains in Vietnam are certainly not …

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Hanoi – Bustling, Loud and Loving it

After the first evening in Hanoi we were able to start exploring the area. We were staying in the Old Quarter which was a labyrinth of lanes with all types of vehicles using them from coaches to cyclos to pushbikes. The people seemed to have a system based on anarchy when they were driving but …

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The flight to Vietnam – Malaysia Airlines

As with most travelling, particularly when you travel by plane the “getting there” is not what you enjoy. Here is a rundown of the last couple days.

I left Adelaide on Saturday 17 March, it was an afternoon flight on Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur. I watched a couple movies – exciting stuff.

My overall impression of …

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Mongolia and the End of the Mongol Rally!

The ambulance hadn’t been fairing well over the last few weeks and a few problems had come up at the border. Lucky we had time: apparently only 6 cars would be allowed through each hour, and we were at least 3 hours back in line. The cold woke us all early that morning and through …

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Mongolian Rally – Kyrgyzstan Pamir Highway Emergency

We woke up to the sound of kids washing our ambulance, thanks boys, and headed into the border. 8 Stops or so later and we were through into our next country. One of the soldiers asked the usual question “Do you have any guns?” and make guns with his fingers he made pew pew noises …

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Mongolian Rally – Kyrgyzstan to Russia

“If” is a funny word… If we hadn’t have stopped for lunch, If we had’ve stopped for a swim, If we hadn’t have seen the truck crash. If we didn’t stop for dinner the night before.

If, If, If. All things turned out well though and after our drama we met up with a couple of …

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Bukhara Turkmenistan and onto Uzbekistan

For sheer WTF value Turkmenistan is off the charts! The border should have been a warning for us. 5 hours through here for what was essentially a big show with no real substance. I changed some money into the local currency and the mono-browed angry, clenched woman behind the desk wouldn’t accept any of my …

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Mongolian Rally Iran

Next came the Iranian Border: and it was very easy. A Turkish gentleman who just likes to help and practices his language skills by getting travellers through the border made the ordeal through the Iranian border a breeze.

A cursory check of the vehicle by bored officials and then into the Persian side where I was …

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Mongolian Rally Turkey to Iraq

Hey there again!

I just wanted to mention a couple of things and maybe explain a few things a little better for you:

I’m not a lonely planet kind of guide. So you may find my blog a little short of detail sometimes. But I have to tell you that I’m trying to give you a snippet …

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Mongolian Rally from Goodwood to Czech Republic

The next morning we woke to a great day (it wasn’t sunny of course, in the UK if it’s not raining it’s a great day) and were approached by Cameron and Sean, a couple of guys from another team whose Ambulance broke down, to see if they could tag along. Sure! We managed to get …

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Mongolian Rally

A big part of my trip is this thing called the Mongol Rally. I met my teammate, Josh, online.

And no this isn’t a big, weird, date…

The Rally details are here…


It has been decided that filling a second hand ambulance with as much food, people, beer and camping gear as it will carry and then driving …

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Travelling the Trans Siberian Railway


The Transiberian train, the longest continuous railway and certainly one of the most impressive in the world, has been around for over a century. When it comes to historical significance, this may not sound too impressive, but that’s only until you realize that the original plans for the world’s longest railway were set in 1889. …

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Sailing Holiday in Croatia

Sailing the Adriatic Sea is a great way to spend your vacation. The blue sea , a wonderful climate and historic ports to visit will make this the most wonderful trip of a lifetime.

Sailing holidays in Croatia can take you to some fantastic, historic towns on the Dalmatian Coast.

The Dalmatian coast offers a number of …

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Villa in Goa

One of the most popular areas of India for a beach location is the ex Portuguese colony of Goa.

Goa is best known for its many beaches and its wonderful cuisine.

You can dine on many seafood dishes and great curries that are distinct to the region.

Fifteen kilometers from Panjim, the Goan capital, is Candolim Beach.

The beach …