Samarkand’s Incredible Registan

Howdy all. One of the most ‘fabled’ cities on the old Silk Road is without a doubt Uzbekistan’s Samarkand. It has a number of sites worth seeing, and a great place to experience Islamic Architecture. It’s a beautiful city, with wide roads and then miles of little backstreets in the old parts. When I visited …

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Itineraries – My first solo trip to Europe via Eurail

Howdy all. I thought with today’s post I would get all sentimental-like and reminisce about my first time as a backpacker in Europe, as part of my first time around the world back in 1999. Yep – LAST CENTURY! I’m old. So anyways, on this occasion I concentrated on Western Europe. For the sake of …

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Little Places – Miyajima (Japan)

Of all the incredible cities in Japan, Hiroshima ranks up there simply because of the fact that the whole thing was rebuilt after the Second World War, and that it stands as a huge monument for anyone who is anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons. It’s a friendly, fun city, perhaps not what all visitors expect, but …

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Irkutsk – An introduction to Siberia and Eastern Russia

Last year I fulfilled one of the items on my bucket list, that was to take the trans-Mongolian through China, Mongolia and Russia to Moscow. On the way, I stopped off in a few cities/towns, and my first stop in Russia was the Siberian city of Irkutsk. It was a place I hadn’t heard, read …

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Velocity and Qantas Frequent Flyers Compared

Howdy all. Something different for a Sunday for you. I wanted to look today at the two main frequent flyer programs that exist in Australia. If you’re a frequent flyer in Australia, if you love hunting down points, well there here are your two main options. Of course, there are many other choices you could …

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Little Places – San Cristobel Island, Galapagos

I should start today’s post off by saying that pretty much anywhere in the Galapagos can be classified as a ‘Little Place’ – it’s not as if it’s teeming with thousands upon thousands of people. The towns and islands are thankfully sparsely populated, and the number of tourists allowed to visit I think is also …

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3 Spots on Sunday – Unique Hostel Stays

It’s another Sunday, and this time it’s a bit different. Here are three interesting hostels you might stay at if you were to visit the cities they live in. It’s always nice to stay somewhere which is a bit ‘different’, escape the normal hostel for somewhere more unique. I’ve stayed in two of these three …

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The Czech Republic – Through My Lens

Today I've decided to go back through my photos to 2004 and my journey to the Czech Republic. I only got to three places - Prague, Olomouc and Kutna Hora, famous for it's crypt/ossuary decorated with human bones including a load of heads. But the photos are still pretty interesting! I hope you enjoy!   …

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