At the (other) Copacabana. And the Isla Del Sol

​No, I'm not in Brazil. Yet. I'm here in the delightful little town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, in Bolivia around 8-10 km from the Peruvian border. I've had three days of sunshine, and a great chance to relax a little. Why, today I even slept in! There's not an awful lot …

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Little Places – Akureryi

‘Twas a long time ago now, on an island far far away, that I journeyed from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, northwards to the top of the land and a little town called Akureyri. Which is honestly quite difficult to spell. Iceland had been an interesting place to visit in 1999, although I did not …

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First Taste – Prague (Czech Republic)

With the honourable exception to Russia, Prague was not only my first introduction to the Czech Republic, but my first taste of Eastern Europe in general. It wasn’t on my list of places to go in Europe on my trip of 1999, however it was always a possibility. I made some good friends as I …

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A Day in Croatia

Let me tell you about a day I had back in 2004. I had been in Montenegro for the best part of the week on the cost in Budva, and visited Kotor from there, and let me tell you, it’s so beautiful and a wonderful place to go and I had a brilliant time. 30 …

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First Taste – St Petersburg, Russia

I’m not sure I have been quite as excited as I was about arriving anywhere as Russia for the first time in 1999. The idea of going behind the old iron curtain to a country that was hard to imagine that much about was more exciting than even Egypt or India for my first big …

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Seven on Sunday – Ways to Budget for your Backpacker Dream! (Part One)

So. You want to go on amazing ‘trip of a lifetime’ (I discovered quickly that you can have more than one 😉 ) and the biggest question is – how to budget for the darned thing? Today I present Seven Ways to Budget for Your Backpacker Dream! Sorry to split it into two parts again …

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First Taste – New York City

  So, my first taste of the US of A was the Big Apple, New York City. ‘Twas back 1999 at the end of my first round-the-world adventure, and I was tiring. Nevertheless, I definitely found New York City to be the highlight of my time in North America. Let’s be honest though, New York …

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First Taste – Alexandria [Egypt]

One’s first impression of a country usually has a big impact on the rest of the time you spend in a place. If you get a good vibe after stepping off the plane, that can often last with you for quite a while and make your experience somewhere positive. In exact contrast, if you have …

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