South African sunrise

The Friday Photo #4 – South African sunrise

Sunrise through the branches in Phinda game reserve, northern South Africa.

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Eiffel Tower at night

Five awesome things to do in Paris

April 12, 2010 | Advice, Article, France, Travel | 16 Comments

My five awesome things to do in Paris, that may involve getting drunk, being solicited and breaking traffic laws. Amongst other things.

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The changing face of backpacking

April 11, 2010 | Article, Travel | 11 Comments

Back in February I spent several days doing a road trip around Tasmania where I spent most nights staying in hostels ranging from the pretty crummy through to one that was flasher than some hotels I’ve been to. What struck me at all of these places, though, was just how much technology has changed the way that backpackers travel in the last decade.

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Butterfly Bay

The Friday Photo #3 – Butterfly Bay, Whitsundays

Sunset from the back of a yacht in Butterfly Bay, Hook Island. This is one of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays group just off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

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Loving my neighbourhood

April 6, 2010 | Australia, Travel | 7 Comments

For the last year or so I’ve been living in Fitzroy, a mile or two north of the central city in Melbourne, Australia. Not to put too fine a point on it, I love it. Much more than anywhere I’ve lived in the past, Fitzroy and its surrounding area is a neighbourhood with personality. Melbourne’s first – and smallest – suburb, it’s crammed full of fantastic restaurants, bars, galleries and heritage buildings that thankfully haven’t been knocked down by over zealous developers, with a laid back mix of bohemian residents for whom anything goes.

From the crowded pavement cafes of Brunswick Street to the local pubs tucked away down quiet back streets, from the pumping live music scene to the wide open parkland of Carlton Gardens, I will – and happily do – spend hours just wandering round and enjoying everything the area has to offer.

Here’s my highly subjective tour of Fitzroy that takes in a few of the places that I return to time and again

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Volunteer Park, Seattle

The Friday photo #2 – Volunteer Park, Seattle

View of the Space Needle from Volunteer Park in Seattle, Washington.

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Six Things to Consider When Buying Your First Backpack

When it comes to travelling for the first time, other than maybe buying a plane ticket I reckon there’s nothing that tells you that you’re really ‘doing it’ more than going into the store and buying your backpack. Striding up to the counter, credit card in hand and a big smile on your face, proudly telling the poor shop assistant exactly what it is that you plan to do with your new purchase. “Oh, I’ll be carrying this for six months around Europe”, you happen to slip into the conversation. “I hope this is big enough to fit in everything I need for my round the world trip”, you proudly proclaim.

As with all important purchases, however, it’s vital to pick the right option. Especially when that option is going to be sitting on your back with all of your possessions in it for the next several weeks, months or years. Getting it wrong will almost certainly result in frustration and unnecessary expense, limit your options and probably provide you with a visit to the chiropractor to boot. Here’s a few pointers that I’ve come up with over the years that I wish I’d known when hitting the travel stores for the first time.

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Catlins Scenery

The Friday Photo #1 – Catlins, New Zealand

March 26, 2010 | The Friday Photo, Travel | 1 Comment

Welcome to a new regular feature, the Friday photo. Every week I’ll feature a photo from somewhere in the world, usually taken by me but sometimes by other travellers.

The photo this week is one that I took many years ago while travelling around the Catlins area at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.

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