Category Archives: travel planning

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 I stayed in a little

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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 keeping it all together, and

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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 – the other I would

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Dubai, or not Dubai? The Stopover Question!

When travelling from Australia or eastern Asia to Europe, there are number of possible airlines and routes to get you there, and one of the most popular, usually flying Emirates, is to go via Dubai. Emirates connects a large number of European cities to a large number of Asian/Australian towns. And I always hear people wondering if they should take

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Accommodation Review – Grand Peak Hotel, Ella

A bit of a way from Nuwara Eliya, along a beautiful train ride through the mountains of Sri Lanka’s ‘Hill Country’, is the town of Ella. Once a bit of a secret to the crowds, Ella today is a bustling tourist hub of the foreigner, and the occasional Sri Lankan tourist too. It seemed like a place with a bit

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