Dont worry Just travel https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com Learn how to do your holiday planning when travelling solo Fri, 25 May 2018 05:28:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 4 Roatan Travel Tips https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/americas/honduras/roatan-travel-tips/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/americas/honduras/roatan-travel-tips/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:34:19 +0000 https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/?p=3634 During the cold winter months, many people find themselves dreaming of destinations with warmer climates. In the case of those residing in North America, our minds most often turn to the Caribbean. With its brilliant blue waters and inviting sunshine, it’s no wonder 25 million people visit the Caribbean each year. One often overlooked place […]

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During the cold winter months, many people find themselves dreaming of destinations with warmer climates. In the case of those residing in North America, our minds most often turn to the Caribbean. With its brilliant blue waters and inviting sunshine, it’s no wonder 25 million people visit the Caribbean each year.

One often overlooked place in the Caribbean is Roatan. One of Honduras’ Caribbean islands, Roatan sits right next to the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the third largest barrier reef in the world. With so much to do – snorkelling, diving, beach combing, hiking – it’s no wonder 1 million people visited Roatan in 2015.

No matter the time of year, Roatan will always have something amazing for you to do. Before you head there, check out our top tips for travelling to this amazing tropical island.

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Pack Light

If there’s one place you don’t need to over-pack for, it’s Roatan. The laid-back Caribbean atmosphere means you don’t need to bring tons of outfits for different occasions. Most restaurants allow casual wear so you can ditch the fancy dresses – or sometimes, even shoes! If you’re heading to Roatan to soak up the sun, you’ll really only need a bathing suit, a cover up, sandals, and some sunscreen. For the hikers in the group, tell them to stick to the basics of practical footwear and an outfit they can sweat in.

Bring Your Essentials

The great thing about most places in the Caribbean that receive reasonable amounts of tourist traffic is that you can almost always find something you might have left at home – sunblock, lip balm, ibuprofen, gum, sunglasses, etc. However, those items are pricier in the Caribbean and Roatan is no exception. Make sure you have everything you consider to be “basic necessities” when you travel to Roatan, especially if you’re staying in a more remote location rather than close to town.

Look for Deals

When you stay in Roatan or anywhere in the Caribbean, you can usually find a deal. During the high season, you might find a deal with a resort where you can get discounts with various vendors. For example, when people stay at a popular Roatan resort called Blue Bahia, they get a discount for scuba diving at the on-site dive shop which can help them save plenty of money over the course of the week, especially if they plan on diving frequently. You can also find deep discounts on flights and accommodation during the low season.

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Know Your Surroundings

Before you depart for vacation, take the time to research the area around your Roatan hotel or resort. See if there are any places worth visiting on a day excursion and what’s within your immediate walking vicinity. It’s a great way to find local restaurants and shops you might want to check out. Being well prepared will pay off even if you don’t end up needing all the knowledge.

Now that you have all these tips, you’re ready for your trip to Roatan. Don’t forget to pack your sunblock and have tons of fun!

How to get there

United Airlines, Delta and American all offer year round direct flights from the United States. From November – April, direct charter flights are available from Canada. The best time of the year to visit is between January and June.

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Top 4 Must-Visit Iconic Attractions in Paris https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/europe/france/iconic-attractions-paris/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/europe/france/iconic-attractions-paris/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 03:44:21 +0000 https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/?p=3628 Fall in love with the charm and beauty of Paris and have a wonderful vacation in this lovely city with your loved ones. With its world-class museums, outstanding restaurants, gleaming boutiques, and stunning tourist spots, you will love it easily. Also, there is an abundance of things to do and see while here, so it […]

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Fall in love with the charm and beauty of Paris and have a wonderful vacation in this lovely city with your loved ones. With its world-class museums, outstanding restaurants, gleaming boutiques, and stunning tourist spots, you will love it easily. Also, there is an abundance of things to do and see while here, so it is definitely one of the best travel destinations in the world.

Paris is always a good idea to visit whether you are with a group or if you are travelling alone. This beautiful city offers plenty of awe-inspiring attractions and exciting activities to visitors of all ages. Its romantic backdrop and artistic ambiance makes every tourist be fascinated with this city. There is always something fun to do in this city, so you are sure to enjoy your vacation here.

In any country in Europe, DriveNow car hire and other car rental companies online are popular among tourists because it provides them with a source of a comfortable and safe mode of transport. A public commute is not recommended because it can be expensive. Plus, carrying around valuables looking like an obvious tourist is not safe. With a rented car, you can travel with ease without worrying about the time and the proximity of your travel destinations.

Have you booked a room and reserved a car? Now, where should what remarkable attractions should you visit? Here are some tips to help you.

Eiffel Tower

A visit to Paris will never be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. This 324-meter iron tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as a commemoration for the centenary of the French Revolution and presented in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. It has three floors and visitors can check out each floor with different admission costs. But if you are not keen enough to go inside, you can simply take a photo with the Eiffel Tower as your background. Today, it is one of the world’s most visited monuments that attracts seven million visitors every year. With this, it would be really hard to imagine the City of Light without the Eiffel Tower.

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Louvre Museum

Never pass up the chance to step in the world’s most visited art museum when in Paris. The Louvre Museum is a centuries-old palace with a wide range of pre-20th century art pieces, such as decorative objects, paintings, and sculptures. It is also the home of the famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo paintings. So, be sure to visit the museum and discover more interesting exhibitions inside.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Walk around the Notre-Dame Cathedral and you will understand why it is one of the top attractions in Paris. This marvellous Roman Catholic cathedral is a fine example of French Gothic architecture, making its striking stained glass, spire, statuary, and towers notable. It was completed in 1345 after more than a hundred years of labour. Also, it is highly recommended that visitors climb the 387 steps to the North tower in order to witness the spectacular panoramic view of Paris. It is absolutely a beautiful sight to remember.

Arc de Triomphe

Commissioned by Emperor Napoleon I, the Arc de Triomphe was built in the 19th century to evoke triumph and military power. This 164-foot triumphal arch is now the world’s biggest monument of its kind. It has extremely impressive sculptures commemorating the soldiers and generals of the emperor. Once you visit Arc de Triomphe, you can go straight Champs-Elysees, a grand and astounding avenue in Paris.

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Travelling to Paris can be quite tiring because of the crowd, but it is worth it. Seeing these top attractions with your own two eyes is surreal. Make it a point to make the most out of your time in this amazing city and enjoy the Parisian atmosphere.

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5 best “not so touristy” things to do when visiting Washington DC https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/americas/usa/things-to-do-washington-dc/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/americas/usa/things-to-do-washington-dc/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:10:48 +0000 https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/?p=3583 This article was written by Kate Howard from Washington, DC. Having lived there a while, she knows the best ways to avoid tourist traps and traffic nightmares. Together with her husband Jeff, they run a travel site called HotelsNearDCMetro.com, helping travelers find places to stay in the Washington area and showing people the unique traits […]

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This article was written by Kate Howard from Washington, DC. Having lived there a while, she knows the best ways to avoid tourist traps and traffic nightmares. Together with her husband Jeff, they run a travel site called HotelsNearDCMetro.com, helping travelers find places to stay in the Washington area and showing people the unique traits of every neighborhood, inside and outside Washington.

Most tourists do the same old things when they visit Washington, DC; they see the Capitol Building, White House, visit a few museums, and look at a few monuments.

These places, in their own right, are incredible sights and give way to Washington’s rich history. But, if you’re like me, and are tired of doing the same thing as every other tourist, this list of the 5 best “Not-So-Touristy” things to do when you visit Washington, DC will be just the ticket.

1. Eastern Market

Located in Capitol Hill (a Washington, DC neighborhood that’s also home to the infamous Capitol Building), the Eastern Market isn’t usually on most people’s to-do list when visiting Washington DC, but it’s an incredible hub of farmer’s markets, food, events, and art.

The Eastern Market is open from Tuesday to Sunday with weekends being the busiest with crowds of locals and visitors alike rushing in to buy local produce and handmade arts and crafts.

Eastern Market can be separated into indoor and outdoor sections. The indoor section has a great selection of flowers, produce, meats and dairy and plenty of prepared food like BBQ and the well-known pancakes (seriously they’re incredible).

The indoor section is open both weekdays and weekends and serves as a popular spot for foodies and locals.

The outdoor section is typically used on weekends for Arts and Crafts vendors, selling their works. If you’re a big fan of art, it’s a definite must see on weekends.

To see what kind of events are lined up, check out their page and stay updated.

How to get there: Parking is very limited around the market; the Metro is by far the easiest and most convenient way to get there. It’s accessible via the Orange or Blue line and you’ll need to get off at Eastern Market Station (located on Pennsylvania Ave SE). It’s roughly a 3-5 min walk to the market from there.

2. Port City Brewing Company

Washington is an incredible place to visit if you’re a big beer drinker, as it’s home to many local brewing companies such as Capitol City Brewing Company, 3 Stars Brewing Company and DC Brau Brewing Company.

My favorite of all is Port City Brewing Company (originally called Robert Portner Brewing Company beginning 1866 until prohibition). It’s the oldest brewing company in the Metropolitan Washington DC area (it’s only 20-30 mins outside of Washington DC itself!)

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Considered the first brewing company to open in Alexandria, VA since prohibition, Port City Brewing Company can be considered the catalyst that started the craft beer scene in Washington.

Their beers have an incredible range of tastes and alcohol content for any beer lover with a preference. Even better, you can visit the brewery for tours, tastings and events pretty much every day. Grab a beer and get it straight from the source!

Of course, if you plan on tackling some of the higher ABV beers they have to offer, or just like beer too much to drink only one (like me), consider staying in the Alexandria area.

How to get there: Port City Brewing Company can be reached by car, bus, bike, and the Metro. I recommend taking the Metro then catching the DASH-8 or DASH-1 bus. Port City Brewing Co. has more in-depth travel details on their contact page.

3. Logan Circle

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Unless you’re a regular visitor to Washington DC or a local, you may not have heard of Logan Circle.

Logan Circle used to be full of run down buildings and old houses but, after recent changes in 1995, it is now a hub of new development and shops, which have steadily grown to be a popular spot for nightlife and art.

For an intimate look at Logan Circle during the day, take a seat at one of the benches looking out to the center where a statue of Major General John A. Logan sits on his horse. The actual circle itself is set up like a small park, and you’ll find plenty of locals relaxing, sitting or walking their dogs.

If you’re a foodie, then pop into one of the many restaurants in Logan Circle. Whether you’re looking for French, Spanish, traditional bar food or something light, there are over a hundred restaurants and cafes to explore and try.

For those looking for the upscale and hip, the nightlife in Logan Circle offers options for anyone going out. From classic wine bars to urban speakeasies, any drink you can think of has a home here. Make Logan Circle a popular local destination for weekends or happy hour.

How to get there: Logan Circle isn’t particularly close to any Metro stops (this helps to keep the crowds at bay, so it’s a positive thing!) but it is within walkable distance to McPherson Square Station (Blue/Orange lines), Dupont Square Station/Farragut North Station (Red line), and U-Steet Station (Green line); this will give you access to any Metro line you need..

4. Georgetown, DC

No I don’t mean Georgetown University (Hoyas! Hoyas!), I’m talking about the neighborhood of Georgetown in Washington DC.

Georgetown is an upscale and vibrant neighborhood along the C&O canal, and was originally a tobacco port. Now, it’s a historic community full of places to shop, eat, and there’s even a cat café for animal lovers. There is no Metro station in Georgetown, so staying in Georgetown isn’t usually a good option for most travellers; you’re probably better of finding a hotel in Arlington instead. Arlington, VA is located just across the potomac river.

Georgetown has more than 450 places to shop, eat, and be entertained. It offers all of this whilst managing to maintain a beautiful, historic waterfront setting. If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, I’d highly recommend a visit to M Street. This is is the main avenue in Georgetown and is recognised as one of the best shopping locations in Washington DC (if not the whole country!).

Now, you might think that Georgetown isn’t really a not-so-touristy spot, which is somewhat true (probably thanks to a certain famous bakery that had its own show). But, what I really wanted to point out in Georgetown are the Dumbarton Oaks gardens and the kayaking you can do in the Potomac River.

With nice weather, you’ll see locals sailing and boating along the river near Georgetown Waterfront Park, along with joggers and cyclists enjoying the view as they travel along the river.

How to get there: Georgetown DC is accessible via car, bus, Metro, bike, and walking. Again, Metro/bus is probably the easiest way to access Georgetown for most people; both the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station and Rosslyn, VA station are within walking distance of Georgetown (under 15-mins)..

5. Theodore Roosevelt Island

With Washington DC being such a hustling, bustling city, you wouldn’t think there was somewhere that was all nature. If you’re the type to enjoy walking trails surrounded by trees, plants and nature in general, make a visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Located in the Potomac River and right on the edge of the Virginia state line, it’s a great place to visit to relax and get away from city life. A trail and bridge from Virginia to the island is conveniently located close to the Rosslyn Metro station (this is easily accessible if you’re in Washington DC itself), making it a perfect place to visit, especially for anyone staying in the Arlington, VA area.

It’s also a great place if you’re a wildlife lover or a birder, as there are wading birds, warblers, rapters and many species here.

Although they don’t allow bicycles, pets are more than welcome (on a leash), which is great news for your furry friend!

How to get there: Theodore Roosevelt Island can be accessed via car, foot, bike, or the Metro. Rosslyn, VA is the nearest Metro station (10-15 min walk from here). The National Park Service website has more details for travelers here.

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Start cruising the roads and experience these things to do in Adelaide https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/australia/enjoy-adelaide-in-australia/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/australia/enjoy-adelaide-in-australia/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:25:22 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=802 I’m almost sure you’re going to like Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. But keep in mind, when you are organising your trip that you are going to need a car in Adelaide. Otherwise, you won’t get far. With a car though, this city is a true joy. Traffic is pretty relaxed. No one is […]

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I’m almost sure you’re going to like Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. But keep in mind, when you are organising your trip that you are going to need a car in Adelaide. Otherwise, you won’t get far. With a car though, this city is a true joy. Traffic is pretty relaxed. No one is stressed out, and thus Adelaide is the perfect place to travel around the city centre and the surroundings and stop wherever takes your fancy. What most surprised me, as a European, was how easy it was to find parking spots. I always found one near where I wanted to be.

Things to do in Adelaide: I recommend stopping at the following locations

Restaurant area

Gouger Street offers a great choice of restaurants. One could almost say there’s one of each variety. We had decided on Thai, but getting Japanese, Chinese, pizza or an Argentine steak would not have posed a problem either.
There are more areas with an array of restaurants, but in between you have to sit in the car due to Adelaide’s spacious layout.

Glenelg beach promenade

Glenelg beach in Adelaide is one of the more beautiful beaches that I have seen so far in my life and hence one of the really great things to do in Adelaide. The coast is very flat, which is why one can wade very far into the warm water. Remarkable is also the pier, which stretches about 200 metres into the water. The cafés behind the pier invite one to linger. At weekends and during the holidays, there are also street artists and further street attractions to fend off the boredom.

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In Glenelg I witnessed a cloud formation, which I had not seen in this way before.

Mount Lofty

At a height of 727 metres, this hill offers a perfect view of Adelaide and the neighbouring planes. You will also notice a few towers, which serve in the transmission of television and communication signals.

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Further, one notices the so-called Flinders’ Obelisk. During World War II it aided in the navigation and today it beautifies the viewing platform.
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Nearby, and also worth a visit, are the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens.

What more to do in and around Adelaide? Wine tours

All around Adelaide there are countless vineyards. Most of them offer tours and tastings. Many are to be found just in the vicinity of Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills. There is only one problem though: If one is travelling by car, one cannot really make the most of the wine tasting. How convenient then, that one can join a guided wine tour in Adelaide. Click here for some examples.

Hahndorf

located southeast of Adelaide, was originally, as the name suggests, a German settlement. Today it is famous for its chocolate factory and a few further grocery manufacturers that can be toured.

For your travel planning

Adelaide can be reached from Melbourne by car within 8 to 10 hours. It is better however, to take the “Great Ocean Road” out of Melbourne on day one and to spend the night somewhere, and tackle the route to Adelaide on the following day. Adelaide does, of course, also have an airport for those who prefer to travel there directly.

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Don’t hold yourself back! Savour delicious Thai food in Bangkok https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/thailand/delicious-food-in-bangkok/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/thailand/delicious-food-in-bangkok/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:15:15 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=1031 Your choice for delicious Thai food in Bangkok is unlimited. There are several things I’d like to recommend to you. This post is not limited to recommendations just on Thai food, since Bangkok is an international city. Thai street food in Bangkok Can be found anywhere. I’ll recommend you two areas where I’ve been. The […]

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Your choice for delicious Thai food in Bangkok is unlimited.

There are several things I’d like to recommend to you. This post is not limited to recommendations just on Thai food, since Bangkok is an international city.

Thai street food in Bangkok

Can be found anywhere. I’ll recommend you two areas where I’ve been.
The food items should cost you 25 to 50 Baht per piece, stick or portion. Some of the curries and fish meals can be a bit more. But certainly never more than 80 Baht. The best time to go is around 6 pm.

Near Khao San Road

There you can find a big variety of Thai street food in Bangkok. It is a little touristy but still authentic.
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Start at this point and walk south into the thanon Rambuttri. Especially at the circle place before Thanon Rambuttri and in the first half of the thanon itself there is a lot of street food.
When you’ve eaten enough you can just walk to the end of thanon Rambuttri, turn left into thanon Chakrabongse and turn left again into thanon Khao San to buy souvenirs, have a few beers/cocktails or to just watch the backpacker madness.

Near Chit Lom (in the centre of Bangkok business district)

Just follow this walking tour, that I created on Google Maps
For some of the best Thai food in Bangkok take the sky-train/BTS to “Chit Lom”, then walk on the sky-bridge towards Centralworld and exit after the crossing into thanon Ratchadami on the Centralworld side. Walk straight and you find the first food stalls.
When you’re finished here, cross the road on the pedestrian bridge and walk to Thanon Petchaburi. Cross the Petchaburi road carefully (no pedestrian bridge here) and walk to the right on the left side of the road. Now some other food stalls will be on your left hand side after about 500 metres.
Once you’re finished here you can either walk back or walk into Thanon Witthayu on your right and walk to the sky-train/BTS station “Ploen Chit”.
On this tour you will also experience the bad side of Bangkok, which means lots of traffic and bad smells. But it’s worth it. Just walk slowly with no rush and enjoy some of the food.
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Shopping malls in Bangkok

They have an endless choice. A lot of very good Japanese restaurant chains can be found. Generally the food quality is superb everywhere.

Central World Bangkok

Lots of restaurants on the 6th and 7th floor. Take the sky-train/BTS to “Chit Lom” or “Siam” and walk to the entrance over the sky-bridge.

Terminal 21

Terminal 21 is definitely worth a look. Some of the restaurants and food shops can be found in the basement, but most are on the 4th and 5th floor. Take the sky-train/BTS to “Asok” or the subway/MRT to “Sukumvhit” and follow the signs.

Paragon mall

Huge choice of restaurants in the basement. Take the sky-train/BTS to “Siam” and follow the signs.

Central Chit Lom

Take the sky-train/BTS to “Chit Lom” and follow the signs to Central. Central is not the same as Centralworld and is just the opposite exit. Then go to the Central food court on the 7th floor. You can choose what you like and collect the receipts from the food stalls. Then find a place to sit and give the receipts to the servants. They will collect the food for you when it’s ready and serve it to you. Everyone can eat what he likes here. You can choose between Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, etc.

Recommended restaurants for good Thai food in Bangkok

Polo Fried Chicken

Their speciality is fried chicken with lots of fried Garlic on top. Super yummy! Besides that they serve other typical Thai dishes. And it is not visited by many tourists and a typical Thai restaurant in the sense that only the food counts and the rest is not important. So no fancy style to expect here.
Address: Soi Polo, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
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How to get there: Take the subway/MRT to “Lumphini”, then walk to the corner of the Lumphini park and then into Thanon Witthayu on the right side of the street. After 700 metres Soi Polo is on your right and the restaurant is after 50 metres on the left side of Soi Polo.

The White Flower – Bakery & Thai restaurant in Bangkok

This restaurant offers Thai food, international food with focus on pasta dishes and bakery items. Its interior design is nice and it is mostly visited by urban Thai people. So you will have an urban Bangkok feeling in here.
Address: 678/4-7 Thanon Bamrung Muang, Watthepsirin, Pomprabsattrupai, Bangkok 10100
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How to get there: Take the sky-train/BTS to “National Stadium” and from there take a taxi (40 Baht).

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5 must have travel apps

4 Travel Forums

5 Innovative travel websites

5 Websites for travel trip planning

5 must have travel apps

You can find those apps in your IPhone or Android app store.

Trip It

The free Tripit travel trip planning app organizes all your unstructured travel details into one sleek, masterful itinerary. With this trip planner app, you can see all your trip details in a quick and easy glance. Whether you’re online, offline or in airplane mode you can access your trip details.

Google Translate

Google Translate is a free app that offers instant language translation even without a data connection. There’s a text to speech component when spelling becomes overwhelming. You can save your translations and access them from any device.

CityMaps2Go

CityMaps2Go helps you pre-plan your travel route by pinning key locations. It includes interactive offline maps and travel guides covering the entire globe – perfect for avoiding international data charges. Cost: USD 2.99

Wi-Fi Finder by Jiwire Inc

Get this Wi-Fi finder for free. The app can be used, when offline. Then you’ll be able to locate Wi-Fi spots the world over to find travel advice locally after the start of your trip. This free app covers listings that span over 144 countries.

Google Maps

Google Maps, one more of the Google travel apps, is a free app offering maps, directions and traffic reports from point A to point B. It includes extra details for subway times, bus routes, bike and pedestrian paths. Save your maps for offline access.

4 Travel Forums

Thorn Tree travel forum

One of the most active travel forums. In case you don’t find what you need to know in a search you’re likely to get five to ten answers within 24 hours. You might even spark a passionate discussion about your question. But keep in mind, that Thorn Tree is backpacker focussed. So if you need to know, which is the best five star hotel in Shanghai, maybe ask in another travel forum.

Virtual Tourist

Virtual Tourist has a very practical feature, the Travel Answers. Just ask, whatever you need to know and you’ll get answers by other travellers. If your answer is on a side topic or people might feel, you’re too lazy to google it, you might not get, much attention. But if you ask an interesting question, you’re most likely to get interesting answers.

Frommer’s

One of the established forum to get travel advice from other fellow travellers. But it’s not the most active one. But wherever you post you’ll get your response within 24 hours.

Travel Forum

This is an example of a classical travel forum. It is perhaps not so suitable to ask questions about any topic with a guaranteed answer. But you could surf through a certain topic and get some good travel inspiration out of it!

Having trouble to obtain good travel information? Here you'll find links to websites with useful awesome travel advice and travel ideas!

5 innovative travel websites

Tripadvisor

The well known Tripadvisor website has a special subsite, that allows you to collect inspiration for your next trip. You will have to fill out a short form and then you’ll be inspired with trip suggestions, that help you create your travel ideas.

Geckogo

A travel link totally devoted to travel inspiration is Geckogo. It is community based, so you can profit from the experience of other travellers.
Trippy

Trippy lets friends around the world plan your vacations for you. The site does so by syncing with social media sites like facebook, allowing your online pals to provide you with itineraries and travel ideas. Trippy bills itself as the “facebook of travel.”
Vayable

Here, locals create custom travel experiences for you. Interested in taking a tapas tour through Seville with a local? Perhaps a photography shoot in Paris with a professional who lives in the City of Light? Book your customized travel experience on Vayable.

Indagare

Indagare is a beautiful site with travel information from the across the globe. Indagare has a team of travellers who scout out the best of the best and come back to report it on their site. The basic travel ideas are available to anyone however, to go deep into the travel world of Indagare you must become a member.

7 websites for travel trip planning

360cities

Increase your travel lust and already have a look at the next city travel destination of your choice in a 360 degree panoramic view.

Wikitravel

Wikitravel is the wikipedia of travel. It offers a wealth of information for your travel planning for main destinations and also offers good information on some of the not so well known destinations. If you gather information on the next place, you want to visit, it never hurts to check here.

Peek

Peek is a travel planner to plan a personalized tour or find a travel deal in one of the fifteen locations they cover. The site offers free membership and live help to assist you in your planning.

Wheretraveler

On this site you’ll find travel advice for trips for destinations across the USA, some European cities and a handful of spots around Africa and Asia. A variety of fun travel ideas and tips abound on this easy to navigate and visually appealing site.

Extra Pack of Peanuts

Extra pack of peanuts helps you learn the business of “travel hacking.” Want to plan your travelling lifestyle and learn the ins and outs of getting the best deals in hotels, airlines and more? This site is a trip in and of itself.

Road Trippers

Roadtrippers helps you plan the great American road trip. Here you’ll find America’s best lodgings, attractions, routes and maps. You can even navigate with the free mobile app.
Gadling

Gadling is a comprehensive travel site that covers all types of travel across the globe. Experts chat about adventure travel, luxury travel, budget travel, travel photography, airlines, hotels and give you all the travel information you need. This is an excellent site to help you plan your next trip.

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You should really see these 5 places in Mandalay plus the 6 bonus tips https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/burmamyanmar/mandalay-top-5/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/burmamyanmar/mandalay-top-5/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:55:19 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=837 When you travel through Asia independently, don’t miss Mandalay. It has some very good sights to offer in Mandalay itself and outside of Mandalay. Even the city was nicer than I expected after reading bad comments in guidebooks and on the internet. Here are the top 5 of what to do in Mandalay. One of […]

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When you travel through Asia independently, don’t miss Mandalay. It has some very good sights to offer in Mandalay itself and outside of Mandalay. Even the city was nicer than I expected after reading bad comments in guidebooks and on the internet. Here are the top 5 of what to do in Mandalay.

One of the best things to do in Mandalay: The Mandalay Hill

Visit the Mandalay Hill and you’ll have the chance to see a glorious sunset. After walking up about 1700 steps along several Buddha shrines you reach the top. The building on top is nothing special, but the sight is. To one side you see the city of Mandalay and the Ayarwaddy river, to the other side rural landscape.
So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

What to do in Mandalay? Visit the Mahamuni Buddha temple

This fascinating seated Buddha originally was located in Mrauk U, but was taken to Mandalay by king Bodawpaya in 1784. The Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay has since become a popular pilgrimage place. Men only are allowed to apply gold leafs on it. After more than 100 years this results in a disproportionate Buddha of massive gold except its core.
So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

Kuthodaw Pagoda (Kuthodaw Paya)

Another great one in the Mandalay what to do category: The Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay contains Buddhist books and is beautifully designed. The central stupa is surrounded by 729 mini stupas each containing a stone-plate. Together all the books of the Tripitaka are written onto these stones here. Impressive! How big would a church be, that does the same with the bible?
So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

Shwe In Bin monastery

The Shwe In Bin monastery is a lovely teak building and nice to look at. If you missed the Inn Wa-monastery, this one is similar to it, so don’t miss out on it during your Mandalay tour. It is a calm, impressive teak building, that certainly makes meditation for the monks easier and more joyful task.
So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

What to do in Mandalay? Jade market and production

You get to see Jade polishing and everything is still handmade. It’s impressive to walk through the small alleys of the Jade market in Mandalay and to the left and right people are working on jade pieces. In another corner the finished pieces are traded. It all remains a mystery to me, as I don’t know much about jade, but definitely worth a look.

So you're asking yourself, what to do in Mandalay? You won't be bored. Visit a very famous seated Buddha, the Jade market and don't forget the 6 bonus tips.

How to get there for all the Mandalay things to do

Rent a motorbike guide for about 20’000 Kyat a day. My guide was Mr. Koko. He did quite a good job. Ask for him in front of Royal Guesthouse.

Accommodation in Mandalay

I stayed at the Royal Guesthouse in Mandalay, 25th street, between 82nd/83rd, phone 31 400 or 65 697. The place is well organised and staff can help you with anything.

What do to in Mandalay? 6 extra travel tips

Don’t miss out on these Mandalay day trips!

Enjoy tea and dumplings

Go and enjoy a tea, dumplings and other foods at the Karaweik tea-house, 22nd street, between 83rd/84th. They also offer free wifi.

Eat in a Shan restaurant

Lashio Lay is a good Shan restaurant, 23rd street, between 83rd/84th.

Check out Mandalay’s Buddha production streets.

The Buddha production area can be found in the streets adjacent to the Mahamuni Buddha
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Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

I just like one-piece-marble Buddhas.
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Mandalay Royal Palace

You can visit the royal palace in the middle of the city. But the palace is just a reconstruction.

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Do you know these 5 Sydney things to do in and around town? https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/australia/5-attractions-in-around-sydney/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/australia/5-attractions-in-around-sydney/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 04:40:23 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=808 Let me take you on a small journey to show you some Sydney things to do. For for some of the nearby Sydney attractions you need to get on a ferry or rent your own car while some of the things to do in Sydney in wonderful Astraulia are right in town. After reading this […]

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Let me take you on a small journey to show you some Sydney things to do. For for some of the nearby Sydney attractions you need to get on a ferry or rent your own car while some of the things to do in Sydney in wonderful Astraulia are right in town. After reading this text you hopefully will no longer have to wonder, what to do in Sydney. If you missed something, just tell everyone in a comment. Thanks.

Blue Mountains day trip

Visit the Blue Mountains to experience the feeling you get when you look into the far reaches of the jungle from the edge of a cliff.

The Blue Mountains are to the west of Sydney. What left the most lasting impression on me was the view one has from the high plateau down into the lower lying jungle. It is at its most beautiful when it is a little overcast; since it is then that the clouds’ outlines are visible on top of the forest. There are several viewing platforms.
From the visitors’ centre you can descend via cable car or rack rail and learn more about the jungle and a disused mine on an educational trail.

How to get there for your travel planning

Drive into the Blue Mountains in a rental car or book a daytrip from Sydney. On the way to the visitors’ centre there is an information centre where they are happy to help you with your selection of destinations for the daytrips.

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!

 

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Australian Wildlife

Do you want to get a little closer to many of the animals associated with Australia? You also didn’t rent a car?

For those without a rental car or those who don’t fancy a day excursion, the Sydney Aquarium and the associated Sydney Wildlife World offer two more Sydney things to do as a viable alternative. The aquarium impresses with an underwater tunnel, which allows an all-round view of the animals.

Once you have seen both those attractions, stroll along the shoreline path. This part of Sydney is called Darling Harbour . There are many restaurants at Darling Harbour offering you a variety of culinary experiences and there also are good nightlife choices in the area. If you would like to speed in the basin surrounding Sydney on a jet-boat – the start terminal is at Darling Harbour.

For a daytrip visit Featherdale Wildlife Park or Taronga Zoo.

How to get there for your travel planning

Sydney Acquarium: Get to Wynyard Station. From there walk down the hill and turn left.

Taronga-Zoo: Take the ferry from the Circular Quay.

It’s best to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park by car.

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!

 

 

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!Sleeping Koala in the Featherdale Wildlife Park

 

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!Darling Harbour

From the Opera House to Harbour Bridge

If you do this tour on foot, you’ll see most of downtown Sydney’s attractions.

Sydney’s Opera House is known to everyone as one of the world’s architectural landmarks. I recommend you a guided Sydney opera house tour if you’re into architecture. Spending some time in the square in front of the opera is definitely worth your while, since high quality artistic performances often take place there. Right next to it are the Botanical Gardens, which invite the visitor to take a leisurely stroll. The park contains some beautiful and old trees, which exude something magical.

Afterwards, follow the Circular Quay in the direction of “The Rocks” district. Along the water there you’ll find the more classical touristy street performances. A couple of blocks further back are some interesting buildings. Just walk in and be amazed by what you find in the inner courtyards.

The Rocks was the first settlement in Sydney. Today it’s filled with countless restaurants, cafés, bars and shops that invite you to linger. No experience of Sydney would be complete without a walk across the Harbour Bridge. For the brave ones and those blessed with enough money, there’s the Sydney harbour bridge climb tour that allows you to securely walk the Sydney harbour bridge or climb the iron arches.

How to get there for your travel planning

All attractions in downtown Sydney can be reached from the Circular Quay train station.

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!

 

 

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!Artistic Performance at the Opera House

 

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!
Example of the fascinating interior architecture in downtown Sydney

Manly

Manly is where some of the Australian celebrities live and it’s quite a beautiful place. The best way to get to Manly is by ferry. Once there you should enjoy the beach (take your swimming gear). Along the beach there are countless restaurants with great offers. If you have a rental car, you may end up missing the ferry crossing, but instead you get the chance to visit Sydney Harbour National Park and enjoy the beautiful view.

How to get there for your travel planning

The ferry to Manly leaves the Circular Quay at least once per hour.

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!

 

Sydney Tower

For everyone, except those with a fear of heights, a one of the recommended Sydney things to do is to visit the Sydney Tower. In clear weather the best time to visit is an hour before sunset so that you can take good pictures. Anyone who is serious about good pictures should get there early for a good spot.

How to get there for your travel planning

In this case, for once, I would rather not give any directions. Just walk from the centre, following your inner compass, to the tower until you have hit upon the right street. 🙂

So you're finally here and ask yourself, what to do in Sydney? Here are 5 Sydney things to do and 3 more bonus attractions. Have fun and enjoy Sydney!

 

What else?

Bondi Beach

Is a popular meeting place for sun lovers in a bay southeast of the centre.
Sports fans shouldn’t miss the Olympic Park, where the Olympic Games of 2000 took place.

Parramatta

Is a district west of Sydney and the second oldest European settlement in Australia. From the Circular Quay the Rivercat ferry will get you there in the most relaxed fashion.

Chinatown

There’s also a Chinatown in Sydney. In addition to culinary exploits you can go on a shopping spree or get an acupuncture treatment, etc. Chinatown begins just above Darling Harbour on the downtown side.

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Be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/burmamyanmar/yangon-top-5/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/burmamyanmar/yangon-top-5/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:25:07 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=846 5 things to do in Yangon in Myanmar suited for the independent traveller. Enjoy! Shwedagon Pagoda One of the most impressive things to do in Yangon is to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. It is a golden stupa in the centre surrounded by many beautiful temple buildings around it. It is the number one temple in […]

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5 things to do in Yangon in Myanmar suited for the independent traveller. Enjoy!

Shwedagon Pagoda

One of the most impressive things to do in Yangon is to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. It is a golden stupa in the centre surrounded by many beautiful temple buildings around it. It is the number one temple in Burma visited by many Burmese once in their lifetime and you should visit it too. Entrance fee 8000 Kyat.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take a taxi from wherever you are in Yangon. Every driver knows the Shwedagon Pagoda . Negotiate the price and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat if you go there from downtown.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Explore Yangon old town

Yangon old town still offers a contrast between bustling life and collapsing Colonial buildings. But hurry, more and more building are being renovated, which isn’t bad, but it will change the charm of it.

Yangon old town is full of life. In the centre, within a big roundabout, you find Sule Pagoda. For 3000 Kyat you can go inside, although there’s nothing special in there. South-east of Sule Pagoda you can find many colonial buildings, some freshly renovated, some close to collapse. Northwest of Sule Pagoda you can find the Scott market (or Bogyoke Aung San Market now) and west just along the Maha Bandola Road you will encounter a building from just about every other religion. Further west, after Shwedagon Pagoda Road you’ll be right in the middle of Chinatown.

Don’t forget to visit a Burmese tea-house, for example the Shwe Khaung Laung tea-house opposite Scott market near the 31st street-corner.

How to get there for your travel planning

If you don’t stay in a hotel there already, ask a taxi driver to bring you to Sule Pagoda and from there explore it on foot, because, in my humble opinion, that is the only valid way for any town to be truly explored.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha temple (Reclining Buddha temple)

To this place you go to soak up the atmosphere. There is not much to describe, unless the fact, that the Buddha is about 50 metres long. Just go there, have a look and enjoy the place. Free entrance.

How to get there for your travel planning

As usual you should take a taxi. Make sure, that the driver really understands, where you want to go and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat, if you just hop within the city.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

What to do in Yangon? – Visit the Botataung Pagoda

This is one of the rare Pagodas, where you can go inside the stupa. It lies next to the Yangon river (Ayarwaddy river). Take your time at the entrance to read the story – which is in English too – about how the hair relicts of Buddha came here. Every part of the story comes with an own picture. Then enter the stupa and fight with the crowds to have a direct look at the Buddha hair shrine through a tiny window.

Then just walk inside the stupa to look at the golden ornaments and the different small Buddha statues. Outside around the stupa you’ll find additional lovely temples and a garden in the corner to relax a little longer. Don’t forget to have a look at the river once you’re finished with the Pagoda. Entrance fee 3000 Kyat.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take a taxi and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat for a city hop.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Mahapasana cave – One of the freaky things to do in Yangon

This slightly freaky cave was built for the sixth Buddhist synod from 1954 to 1956. On the outside it has some fake rocks on top, the inside looks quite similar to some majesty’s throne hall. You access it by entering the Kaba Aye Pagoda – which is also worth a look – through the main entry gate and then – when you arrived at the top seen from the exit – you turn right and leave the Pagoda ground from the next exit and you will see the cave entry in the back in a distance of 200 metres. No entrance fee.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take a taxi. Make sure, that the driver really understands, where you want to go and don’t pay more than 4000 Kyat, if you just hop within the city.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

5 bonus things to do in Yangon in lovely Burma

Buy your own longyi at Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott market):

Go to Kyaw Gyi Silk & Cotton, 31/32, West (C), Phone: 01-242298, Mobile 09 513 1331. The shop owner proudly presented me photos of Aung San Suu Kyi wearing longyis she bought at this shop!

Hsin Hpyu Daw

A “zoo” with two white elephants (albino elephants). But it’s a little disgusting, as they’re chained to the same concrete ground spot the whole day.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

National Museum at Pyay Road

It’s only open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm!

Kyauk Daw Kyi

A seated Buddha made from one piece of marble

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Ngahtatgyi Pagoda

Inside you’ll find a big seated Buddha.

Yangon is an amazing, quickly changing city. Allow yourself to be amazed by these five things to do in Yangon. And at the end there are 5 more attractions!

Where to stay in Yangon in Myanmar

I stayed at the Golden Smiles Inn, phone 373 589, 644 Merchant St. near the corner with 29th st. The rooms are windowless and a little smelly. But the communal area is great to meet other travellers and make new friends.

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Algarve is an area in the very south of Portugal. This is an example of what expects you if you decide to visit.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
A great view from Cabo de São Vicente

Things to do in the Algarve

History: See Roman and Moorish remains.
Beaches: Enjoy a day at one of the many beautiful Algarve beaches.
Food: Eat delicious seafood, enjoy a big chunk of beef at one of the many steakhouses (churrascaria) or just relax in one of the many small local cafeterias.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

Fun at an Algarve beach

Silves castle

That impressive castle was built by the moors in the 10th and 11th century, hence it’s almost 1000 years old. Inside the castle there is a cistern (Cisterna da Moura Encantada) obviously used to have enough drinking water inside the castle. There is a legend that you can hear the ghost of a Moorish princess sing inside at midnight once a year.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
Silves village

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
The entrance to the cistern

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

Cabo de São Vicente in West Algarve

I’m a geography freak, so I had to visit the most south-western corner of Europe. I went for an extended walk and made photos of many of the cliffs. If you’re fan of beaches there are plenty up north or toward the east to be discovered. Just pick your favourite one. I discovered a beautiful natural one, but unfortunately don’t remember anymore, where it was exactly.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
Lunchtime for crabs near the cape

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

The biggest city of Nigeria has its name from this one. This Lagos is much smaller than it’s sibling in Africa and has an enjoyable and charming structure. So it is already really enjoyable to just walk around, have a look at the buildings. In-between you can have a coffee, eat something or try to find a good souvenir. A lot of nice Algarve beaches can also be found near Lagos. In the night it is the party destination of the Algarve.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
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Monchique, a gem of Portugal

25 km north of Portimão you find Monchique. Besides having a really nice old town inhabited by totally relaxed people it is a very good place to go for a hike to the Monchique mountains. The landscape is a beautiful mix of trees, plantations and natural spots. Walk up to the top to be rewarded with a good view. The signposting of the hikes is quite good and in the tourism centre you can get maps.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

Castro Marim

Is a city that existed already in the Roman times. So some Roman artefacts can be seen here. The nearby nature habitat is home to many birds, so if bird watching is your big hobby this is the place to go.

How to get to the Algarve beaches, landscapes and cities

The Algave airport of Faro, the biggest city in the Algarve, can be reached with some budget airlines. The best connections are from the UK. Apart from that regular airlines offer the best options to reach an airport in Algarve.

How to get around to see the Algarve attractions

Since public transport is not so well, the best option is to rent a car. (If book the rental about one month before and pay the price beforehand online with your credit card you will get a good price.) If you’re also equipped with a good navigation device there is no more obstacle for some good time and fun.

Best time to visit the Algarve

Take your Algarve vacation from March to April. That’s the time before high season, where the prices are still reasonable and you always find a parking space for your rental car even in the city centres. Plus the Algarve temperatures are not too high.

Accommodation: I booked a good hotel in Loulé with booking.com.

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30 things you must see in Australia

Australia is a country and a continent in one. That often doesn’t sink in until you start exploring the best places to go in Australia and realise just how huge and spread out the place actually is. While its population is positively teensy at 21 million, the vast majority of that population is crammed into 3 or 4 coastal cities. The rest are scattered around a vast, multi-coloured, multi-climate mass of near-emptiness. If you only read two pieces of advice before visiting, make it these: always wear sunscreen; and always carry emergency supplies if you go driving in the outback or bushwalking anywhere.
Asking yourself, what to do in Australia? The following Australia tourist attractions and events are experiences that you should try to include in your plan to visit landmarks in Australia. Some of these tourist attractions in Australia are well-known around the world, some are more obscure. All will show you a part of the Australian way of life.
These recommendations are intended to give you ideas regarding your trip planning of what to see in Australia. I haven’t added time estimates, as that would make it too complex in my opinion.
To make finding the experiences, you personally like, easier, some recommendations are tagged in the title with these four options: Hidden place, Culture, Nature and Food

Places to see in Australia: New South Wales

Western Plains Zoo

The zoo at Dubbo is unusual. For a start, fencing is minimal. Animals are contained to their areas with cunning ditches and other natural-looking barriers. Animals range from the standard lions and giraffes to Aussie natives and endangered animals from around the world. How about adding an overnight stay within the zoo to enrich your Australia holidays.

Hidden place: Stone Pine Distillery

This little micro-distillery in Bathurst creates a ‘Native Range’ dry gin the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. They take the traditional recipe and add some native botanical ingredients to give it a unique flavour. Well worth a taste for fans of gin. They also make a lovely chocolate cream liqueur and seasonal liquors.

Culture: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

You don’t have to be gay or lesbian to enjoy the spectacular shows and parades of the Mardi Gras. It runs annually in February with a host of shows, displays and cabarets, culminating in the parade itself at the end of February or early March. Visit some of the numerous visual and performing art shows, or simply join the crowd to watch the parade.

Nature: Jenolan Caves

The Jenolan Caves are a system of limestone caves near the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. They range from huge, well-lit caverns with stairs and walking tracks to small, dark caves accessible only by rigorous climbing and wriggling through tight spaces. They contain some of the most beautiful calcite formations in the world.

From cities to vast red deserts, Australia contains a lot of experiences to awe travellers. Find out about the attractions you just must see in Australia!
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Culture: Murwillumbah

Are you interested in alternative lifestyles and self-sufficiency. Even if it’s not your piece of cake it’s certainly worth a look. The article “Brisbane to Sydney: What to do?” also gives you some other ideas, what to do between the these two big cities.

Sydney

itself is a worthy attraction too. My favourite place there is Darling Harbour. The nearby Blue Mountains also are a must visit. Discover in the article “5 attractions in & around Sydney“, what else you can do there.

Things to see in Australia: Queensland

Culture – Food: Noosa Food and Wine Festival

What makes this particular food and wine festival special is the location. Noosa is a beautiful spot on the Queensland coast, a couple of hours’ drive north of Brisbane. Sample local music, art, food and wine, and then take some time out to lie on the beach. It’s held in mid-May every year.

Nature: North Stradbroke Island

There are a number of lovely resort islands in Queensland. This isn’t one of them, but it is one of the loveliest and most tranquil vacation spots around. It’s located to the east of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and has some gorgeous surf beaches, bush walks, lakes and 4WD tracks.

Nature: Carnarvon Gorge

If you plan a trip, don’t forget to include this picturesque national park in the central highlands of Queensland in it. Expect high sandstone cliffs, a variety of unique flora and fauna, and natural pools and waterfalls. Bushwalk, swim, and camp in designated areas. The only access is via unsealed roads.

Culture – Hidden place: The Vision Splendid Film Festival

This outback film festival showcases a huge range of Australian films, both new and vintage, short and feature-length. It’s held over June-July in Winton in western Queensland, a town famed within Australia as the birthplace of the national airline, Qantas. Book tickets for each film in advance.

Nature: Great Barrier Reef Australia

Another one you must see in Australia: Have a look at one of the greatest ecosystems of this planet.
In the article “Australia Queensland places to see” you will also find recommendations to visit Brisbane, capital city of Queensland, the Daintree rainforest, Fraser island (which is the biggest sand island of the world) and Australia Zoo, founded by the famous Steve Irwin.

What to do in Australia: Victoria

Culture: Pioneer Settlement

The Pioneer Settlement in Swan Hill is a recreation of a historical town. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage or vintage car, churn butter, have an old-fashioned Australian morning tea, and take a trip down the Murray River in an old paddle steamer.

Culture: Things to do in Melbourne & Melbourne Fashion Festival

One of the best cities to visit in Australia, if not the best one, is Melbourne. Aussies tend to regard Melbourne as Australia’s centre of the cultural and fashion. If you’re fashion-minded, this is a perfect opportunity to check out the latest and hottest designers from around the country. It’s held every two years in mid-March. While you’re there, check out the myriad wonderful restaurants and the Queen Victoria Markets, too. Find further tips in the article “A city full of beauty!

Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

If you like mineral springs, you’ll love Hepburn Bathhouse. It offers traditional communal warm-waters bathing in modern surroundings at a reasonable price (cheaper mid-week), and the more standard spa treatments as well.

Discover The Great Ocean Road

Rent a car in Melbourne and continue your Australia travel adventure by adding this once in a lifetime experience! Cruise on the Great Ocean Road, that connects Torquay to Allansford along the South-Western shoreline of Victoria. You will be rewarded with amazing views and scenery.

Places to go in Australia: Australian Capital Territory

Culture: Floriade

One thing that Canberra does very well is flowers. Canberra’s Floriade is a huge floral extravaganza that celebrates all things blossomy. Floral clocks, floral recreations of impressionist masterpieces, floral… you get the idea. It runs for a month from mid-September to mid-October.

Canberra

Are you a fan of architecture and long, symmetric alleys. Then you should have a look at Canberra, the capital of Australia. If you want to dig deeper into the history of Australia, the many museums there will be your choice.

Things to see in Australia: Tasmania

Culture – Food: King Island Long Table Festival

King Island, about 80km (50 miles) northwest of Tasmania, is a foodie heaven. It’s renowned for the popular King Island Dairy, but also produces top-notch beef, seafood, fruit and vegetables. The Long Table Festival in late February offers tours of farms and wharves, cooking classes, and a banquet feast on the last day. Advance bookings are essential, if you want to make this experience a part of your Australia holidays!

Nature – Hidden place: Overland Track

Go for an extended bushwalk along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It’s 82km (around 50 miles) long, and winds through some truly spectacular scenery. The track usually takes 5-7 days to walk, and it’s recommended that you start at Cradle Mountain and walk south. There are huts available along the track, but take a tent just in case. Ensure you have adequate supplies.

From cities to vast red deserts, Australia contains a lot of experiences to awe travellers. Find out about the attractions you just must see in Australia!
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Food: Chocolate Winterfest

Every year in August, Latrobe holds the Chocolate Winterfest to buoy the spirits of locals and tourists alike. It hosts a range of events from chocolate tastings and markets to a lantern parade and wearable-chocolate fashion show. Add some luxury to your trip planning.

Places to see in Australia: South Australia

Culture – Food: Winery Tours and Drives

There are a huge number of wineries scattered through south-eastern South Australia and south-western Victoria. If you’re a wine buff, consider hiring a car in Adelaide, driving out to the famous Barossa Valley, then making your way slowly down to Melbourne. Just save the drinking for after driving. Numerous winery tours are also available if you’d prefer to taste without restraint.

Nature – Hidden place: The Blue Lake

The Blue Lake is a crater lake in the hills just outside Mount Gambier, in south-east South Australia. In November, it slowly changes from your average greyish-blue to a bright turquoise blue. No one’s quite sure whether mineral or biological reactions are to blame for the colour change, but it’s quite impressive regardless. So include this hidden place, if you plan a trip to Australia any time soon. There are some lovely bushwalking tracks around the lake as well.

Culture: Adelaide International Guitar Festival

The Guitar Festival runs every July for four days. It features some of the world’s best acoustic and electric guitarists in a wide variety of styles and musical genres. As it’s held in the centre of Adelaide, there’s a plethora of options for accommodation nearby, not to mention food and drink.

Adelaide and Glenelg beach

While many of the recommendations here include some serious study or travelling I recommend Adelaide and surroundings solely for relaxing and enjoying! It’s the vibe there, that makes it! 🙂

What to see in Australia: Western Australia

Broome Cup Week

Broome is a small city on the north-western coast of Australia. Every August, its population triples as people flood in to watch the horse races. The races are held on a dirt track, just a stone’s throw from the beach. If you’re planning a trip to Australia in August, include this!

Hidden place: Albany Wildflower Exhibition

Albany is a city in southern WA, about 400km (250 miles) from Perth, the state capital. Every year, for one weekend, the local wildflower association holds its Wildflower Exhibition. While this is a relatively small event (and cheap – $3 entry at last check), it’s perfect for nature enthusiasts and can be combined with a wander around the historic port city and some local cuisine.

Kayak on the Swan River and explore the rest of Perth

Perth’s Swan River is a perfect vacation spot and ideal for kayaking. A number of companies either hire out kayaks or operate kayak tours up and down the river. See some great views, keep an eye out for the river dolphins who sometimes decide to join a group, and get some light, enjoyable exercise at the same time. In the article “Things to do in Perth” you find more ideas on what to do in Perth.

What to do in Australia: Northern Territory

Nature – Hidden place: Alice Springs Desert Park

A definite must see in Australia. The outback is what dreams are made out of, both joyful dreams of having all this desert beauty to yourself, but also the nightmare of getting lost in this vast nothingess.

The desert park offers a unique opportunity to experience some of outback Australia’s landscapes and wildlife without venturing too far from civilization. There are a number of educational shows daily, and lots to see throughout the park, as well as a café and picnic area. It’s 6km (4 miles) from Alice Springs, an easy drive or bicycle ride.

The Ghan

The Ghan is a train travelling between Darwin on the northern coast and Adelaide on the southern coast of Australia. For train enthusiasts and those who want to experience some of the most varied landscapes around, plan your trip around this 4-day experience. A number of different accommodation classes are available.

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Culture – Hidden place: Milimika Festival

This arts and culture festival is held every year in early August. It’s held in Wurrumyanga on Melville Island, 80km (50 miles) north of Darwin. It’s a great opportunity to experience some local indigenous culture, see the works created by the local artistic community, and go for a bush or beach walk.

Have fun!

Don’t be scared to miss out on some of the things, even though I say differently in the title. 🙂 Even with a lot of time you can’t visit every place. Focus on having fun and focus on the things you like!

When is the best travel time?

This question and much more in answered in this article: Improve your trip now with this Australia travel advice

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Best time to visit Australia

You can plan your holidays in Australia pretty much at any time of the year, because there’s always some place in this vast country with great weather. During winter (June to August), the Australia climate is cold in the southern end, but fantastic in the northern and central parts. Conversely, when it’s hot and humid in the north, the south is just perfect. The Australian weather in the summer season (December to February) is most popular among travellers. But if you want to stay away from peak-season prices, then go during the shoulder-season months of March/April and October/November. In any case, avoid the peak school holiday period in January.

Do you need a visa to travel to Australia?

Yes! For your trip to Australia you – with the exception of just those holding an Australian or New Zealand passport – need to apply for a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

How to get cheap Australia flights

Forget about the peak season (December/January) if you want to get your hands on a cheap flights to Australia ticket. The cheapest flights are usually on offer from April to June. Also, book as early as possible, because that can make a difference. Do your research on the internet to compare airlines, as many deals on cheap flights Australia are available online, or book with a travel agent.

Generally use the following tricks to get cheaper Australia flights

  • Book your flight more than six months in advance
  • Book your flight about ten weeks before you want to travel (as a result of cancellations seats may have opened up)
  • Fly Tuesday through to Thursday
  • Choose flights with one or two layovers

Here are five of the best places to visit in Australia

Make sure you visit the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Queensland. This famous natural wonder is the biggest coral reef in the world and stretches about 2300km along the Queensland coast.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory should also be on your itinerary. Visiting this iconic, colossal rock is awe-inspiring to say the least.

Check out the Sydney Opera House (here our Sydney article), one of the seven modern wonders of the world, and right next to the spectacular Harbour Bridge.

Take a day to embark on the Great Ocean Road, a 243 kilometre stretch of road in Victoria’s south-east coast, with plenty of amazing scenery to see.

Visit the city of Melbourne in Victoria. Known as the cultural capital of Australia, it has plenty to offer with fantastic fine food restaurants, shopping, the world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, and many popular sports events throughout the year.

If you’re planning a trip to Australia, check out this helpful Australia travel advice to get an idea of what to expect and make the most of your holiday.

Travelling around Australia

Unless you’re planning on going on a great Australian road trip, the best way to move between Australian destinations is by flying. Domestic airlines offer affordable and regular services, though it’s the most expensive way to get around. Within a city, buses are a relatively cheap way of getting to places. Other types of public transport include trains, monorail, light rail, ferries and trams. If you’re planning to cover longer distances in your Australia trip, you might want to consider getting around by car or coach.

Australia travel advice regarding Australian money and budget

You can get a decent meal in Australia for anywhere between 10 – 20 USD. Sometimes you’ll be able to get meals for cheaper, other times you might have to pay a bit more. A dorm in a hostel costs 20 – 35 USD, while private rooms cost between 65 – 100 USD per night. Or you might choose to stay at a budget hotel, which costs from 80 USD per night for a double room with a private bathroom. Local city buses and trains can cost 2-3 USD, but for the more popular option of renting a car or camper van, budget for around 40 – 50 USD a day.

Telephone calls and internet

Optus, Telstra and Vodafone are the main telephone companies in Australia. You can buy a two AUD (Australian dollar) prepaid SIM and get a good amount of calling time, SMS and internet for a reasonable price. But if you want cheaper rates, go with a smaller company like Dodo, which offers a two AUD pay-as-you-go SIM and cheap data add-ons. You can get free Wi-Fi in many retail chains like McDonald’s, and independent cafés. Internet access – not always for free – is also available at libraries and accommodation.

Taxi and co.

Taxis in Australia are generally reliable and charge by the meter. Fares can be quite expensive though, so taxis are maybe only good for when you urgently need to get somewhere.

Rent a vehicle?

Australia is a big country, so public transport can’t always be relied on, especially outside the big cities. The roads are good and relatively safe in Australia and offer the best way to travel. If you have a license and the money for it, go ahead and rent a car, preferably a 4WD, or a camper van, which is becoming a popular option among travellers who want to explore. Don’t forget, that in Australia they drive on the left hand side.

Public holidays and opening hours

National Australian public holidays include New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. States and territories also celebrate other public holidays like Labour Day and Queen’s Birthday. On public holidays, most banks, shops and other services close. But Australian tourist attractions tend to stay open, although they get busier during these times since many people are on a break. Be aware, that most Australian shops close as early as 7 pm, some even earlier. Getting a decent dinner becomes difficult after 8:30 pm.

Language

The official language in Australia is English, so communication won’t be a problem.

Diseases, vaccinations

If you’re coming from a yellow fever-infected region or country to Australia within a six day period, then you need proof you’ve had a yellow fever vaccination. In general, regardless of destination, travellers should be vaccinated for tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chickenpox and hepatitis A and B. Though these diseases are not prevalent in Australia, outbreaks can still occur.

Crime and annoyances

Australia is one of the safest countries you can visit, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any precautions. Always lock your rooms and cars, and don’t leave valuables unattended. Don’t wander around dimly lit areas on your own.

Trying new foods?

There are some dubious Australian dishes like witchetty grub, grilled crocodile, emu meat and grilled kangaroo that the adventurous may want to try. But if you want to play it safe – and it’s recommended you do – why not try tasty Barramundi fish, the Aussie meat pie, Pavlova and delicious sponge lamington cake.

Outdoors for a long time

Best Australia travel advice for when you’re outdoors: Always apply sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong UV rays. Even when it appears to be cloudy, have it on. Flies and mosquitoes can be a bother in the summer, so wear insect repellent; Aeroguard is a popular one in Australia. Drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration.

How are the people?

The people are generally friendly and understanding. If you get lost or want good directions for a place, they’ll be happy to help.

Special Australia travel advice

  • Don’t underestimate the usefulness of a good map if you plan to explore the outback.
  • Bring warm clothes even if you’re travelling a warm season, because you never know with the weather. It can get cold and rain randomly in the summer.
  • Have a travel insurance policy that covers activities like skydiving, diving, bungee jumping and abseiling, since Australia has plenty of outdoor activities to offer.

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How does the smart, independent traveller organise his luggage?

And what things to pack for a trip?

That’s the question I’d like to answer here. Over the last three years, I have spent more than half my time travelling, which means I have developed quite a routine when it comes to packing a suitcase.
In the past, I used to get stressed, but now it takes me hardly ten minutes until all my things have found their places and are ready for the next destination. The packing for vacation at the beginning of a trip takes me half an hour max.

By the way, I’d love to hear your comments and questions about this! Please write a comment (even if it is your first one!).Travel Tips Packing List & Tricks, Part One

My pieces of luggage

  • My travel luggage is a holdall on wheels, which is reinforced at the bottom and at the back, but soft on top. I really appreciate that it hinders me less than a hard shell suitcase or a backpack. Since the whole side of it opens up, it allows me to put everything inside it comfortably. Should you need to carry the bag for a short while, it has a strap that can be attached, so you can wear it over your shoulder. No one carries his or her travel luggage over long distances anyway, which is my second reason for never having travelled with a backpack.
  • My hand luggage on longer trips is a small hard shell trolley, and for the shorter ones, a rucksack. Since I always have a laptop with me, the hard shell case is a sensible option, because it offers protection en route.
  • My Small Travel Shoulder Bag contains my most important documents, for example the ones I might need to check in at the airport. Sometimes, when I am not travelling by plane, I place those in my hand luggage.

Things to pack for a trip – My Concept

I am following a pouch in a bag concept. My motto is that every pouch should only contain one category of items. This way, there is always order, even in the smallest space in a dorm.

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Things to pack for a vacation – My travel Luggage

  • 7 pairs of socks in a pouch
  • 5 underpants in a pouch
  • 5 polo shirts or T-shirts in a pouch
  • One pair of long trousers, maybe a small towel, a pair of shorts, swimming trunks, maybe a pair of long johns, maybe a jumper, an all-weather jacket, an umbrella, maybe a pair of gloves in a duffel bag
  • One pouch for dirty laundry
  • One pouch each for hiking shoes, athletic shoes, outdoor flip-flops and indoor flip-flops. It is possible to reduce this down to two pairs of shoes (hiking shoes and one pair of flip-flops).
  • Maybe a sleeping bag liner with its own pouch.
  • Washbag for toiletries
  • Pouch for additional supplies like sun cream, mosquito repellent, medication, condoms, etc.
  • One or two bags for additional stuff and technical gear with the following contents: Waterproof reserve bag for swimming on your own in places without secured facilities, normal reserve bag, a few 35 litre plastic bags for emergencies of all kinds, travel adapter, maybe spare rechargeable batteries, maybe a mobile phone charger (if you don’t just want to charge via USB on the laptop), cables for the camera and mobile phone, USB flash drive for data exchange, sunglasses in protective case, maybe a shower cap (available in good hotels), maybe an emergency sewing kit (available in good hotels), torch, spare earplugs, small padlock with keys, whistle, etc.
  • Using reinforced shirt carriers (pack-it-folder) for the transport of necessary travel document copies is one of my favourite vacation packing tips:
    Like this a copy of the personal information page of the passport, a copy of the front and back of all payment and ID cards, copies of all travel insurance policies (illness, transport to country of residence in an emergency, maybe an emergency assistance, maybe a travel legal expense insurance), passport pictures for visa en route, maybe a notepad, maybe any documentation of medical treatments (for insurance claims or to inform your doctor at home about the treatment during the trip), copy of the immunisation passport, copy of blood type identification, etc. will be properly protected from wrinkling.
  • In the side pocket: Two protective covers in a pouch for boat transport and rain, one for travel luggage, one for hand luggage and a strap for the travel luggage bag.

Carry on packing list for my carry on suitcase

(It is a hard suitcase in my case.)

  • Laptop or tablet, headset and matching cables in a fitted and robust bag.
  • Regarding carry on packing tips the pouch in bag concept is also useful: Put your camera – if you still have one – and rechargeable batteries plus the charger in a fitted and robust shoulder bag that can be used on any “outdoor missions” without the hand luggage.
  • The book you are currently reading. If you really want to lug around heavy travel guidebooks, instead of saving them onto your laptop, tablet or Ebook reader, you are better off putting them into your checked travel luggage, otherwise your carry on suitcase may exceed the weight limit. Budget airlines, in particular, often check the weight of your rolling hand suitcase.
  • Travel pillow in a pouch
  • Maybe a pair of travel socks, because it can get chilly on the plane or the bus.
  • Maybe a linen sheet with its own bag to protect you from the chill on the plane or bus
  • Maybe a second set of photocopies as described above under travel luggage

Packing list for a vacation – Small Travel Shoulder Bag

  • Passport
  • International driving license
  • Original national and international immunisation passport during longer trips in order to document repeat vaccinations and when travelling in the tropics as proof of immunisation
  • Original blood type identification, if immunisation passport does not carry this information already
  • Accessories for internet banking access during longer trip
  • Maybe a USB flash drive with large data capacity to back up data
  • Two pens, maybe a pencil
  • Business cards and addresses of travel acquaintances
  • Headset or headphones with cables for listening to music on your phone
  • Eyemask for relaxation while travelling
  • Spare credit card and debit cards (Plus, Maestro, Visa Electron, etc.)
  • Pouch for receipts you need to keep

Tips and tricks for things to pack on a trip

  • For a long time, I used to take seven sets of clothes with me. But that just takes up too much space. I prefer to wash them, or get them washed at every stop and have it take up less space in my luggage.
  • I always take two extra pairs of socks, because socks are always the first to disintegrate. Especially when you are travelling, since you walk more the socks wear out more easily.
  • I no longer take towels with me, since those can be purchased everywhere if necessary and most hotels and hostels provide some anyway.
  • A pair of good quality shoes for hiking is an indispensable component in any travel luggage!
  • My rucksack has two outer pockets, which can be opened up to place small water bottles inside them. I prefer this solution to water bags, which rely on suction, because those get contaminated with bacteria over time. I would also recommend, when hiking, to buy water en route, if at all possible, and to consume it as you go, even if that is a more expensive. To me that’s better than carrying a load all the time.
  • Don’t take a sleeping bag, unless you are just going camping. A sleeping bag liner is sufficient. Should you need a sleeping bag, you can always buy or rent one locally.
  • Reinforced shirt carriers (pack-it-folder): The idea behind those is actually the crease-free transport of shirts, but they are also very useful for transporting documents without causing damage.
  • Why a copy of the payment and ID cards when packing for international travel? Simple. The numbers you need to call to cancel the cards are often on the back of the card that you no longer have, because it has just been stolen together with the rest of your wallet, for example.
  • To be on the safe side, you can make a note of your blood type and put it in your wallet. You can also add an ICE plus telephone number. ICE stands for “in case of emergency” and designates your person of contact in such an event and their mobile phone number. Additionally, you should make a note of all intolerances of medication, allergies and chronic diseases. In the event of an emergency, the medical staff will search your personal belongings for exactly this type of information.
  • Photos for visas: For every month that you are travelling you should have two pictures with you. Especially when travelling through a lot of countries in Asia.
  • My packing list is centred around the male traveller. Women need to make adjustments. I’d happily publish apacking list for women, if one of my female readers sends me such an adjusted list.
  • In my wallet and in my trouser pockets, I usually carry the following travel-related accessories: credit card, debit card, cash, ID card, driving license, health insurance card, passport copy in A6 format and earplugs.
  • For longer trips I empty the rucksack, which I use on short trips as hand luggage, and put it in my checked luggage for day trips.
  • If you want this article as a printable vacation packing list just click on the printer icon on the left or at the top or bottom of this article.
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Laos still is the most relaxed, slow and easy going country in South East Asia. Don’t expect anything there to go quickly and grasp this slowness as a chance to slow down yourself from the hectic smartphone lives we live nowadays.

And then enjoy the things to do in Laos presented here to you.

Luang Prabang

No Laos holidays should happen without a visit to Luang Prabang, which is the city with the highest density of temples in South East Asia. While walking on the street you will pass along a temple about every 300 metres. In the middle of the town there is a small hill with another nice temple on top. If you manage to get up before 6am you can see the daily alms procession of the monks. Out of town you can visit the Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist temple built into a cave.

Read more here about the things to do in Luang Prabang.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can go there by plane from Vientiane or you can reach it by bus from Vientiane or from Yunnan-Province of China.

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One of the best things to do in Laos: Visit the 4000 islands

The 4000 islands in Laos (locally called Si Phan Don) is one of the most beautiful places along the Mekong river. In this area there are a lot of islands inside the big Mekong river and some nice views can be enjoyed here. It is a very laid back area, so the purpose is to enjoy the day and be relaxed. You can rent a bike to explore the two main islands and to drive to the largest waterfall of South East Asia. It is also possible to make a boat tour to explore some more islands.

Read more about Laos’ 4000 islands here.

How to get there for your travel planning

There are 3 places to go: Don Khong (biggest), Don Det (backpackers) and Don Khon (small and quiet). Take a bus to Ban Nakasang. From there take a boat to the island of your choice.

Plain of Jars

What more to do in Laos? One mystic idea is to visit the plain of jars. No one knows how those jars got there and what their purpose was. Take a guided tour and explore the different jars, or rent your own motorbike and ask the locals for the way.

How to get there for your travel planning

Visit by bus or plane from Vientiane to Phonsavan. The plain of jars is near Phonsavan.

Vang Vieng

One of the popular things to do in Laos for the younger crowds is to go to Vang Vieng to relax, get drunk and watch endless loops of Family Guy and American Dad.

But besides joining the crowds partying in an openair disco at night, there is also beautiful nature to be explored here. You can also go tubing on the local river. You rent a tube (lorry size) and float down the river. The infamous river bars are no longer there, but floating on a river can still be very relaxing without all the madness, there used to be here.

How to get there for your travel planning

By bus from Luang Prabang or from Vientiane

Vientiane – the capital of Laos

One more of the places to visit in Laos is Vientiane, its capital. There are also some temples to be seen here. But it mainly is a great place to relax – e.g. dinner and beers along the Mekong river – and take it easy. You can also have a look at  the national monument Pha That Luang and the Lao version of the “arc de triomphe”, which is called Patuxai.

How to get there for your travel planning

By plane from Kunming or Bangkok, by bus from Yunnan-Province of China or Thailand or by train from Nong Khai, Thailand.

What else?

If you like trekking in not so touristy areas explore North Laos visit Vieng Xai in the north-east to know more about the secret war besides the Vietnam war.

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Imagine going to a Thai market, that becomes a dangerous place eight times a day? That is the case if you visit the Thailand train market in Samut Songkhram, that is on the train tracks just before the Maeklong train station.
When you walk through the Thailand train market it’s hard to imagine, that this track is still actively used by a train as the vendors with their goods and stalls have perfectly adapted to their selling place.
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Look at all these wonderful fresh vegetables!

 
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The stands are on wheels, so you can pull them back quickly when the train comes.

 
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The Thailand train market entrance behind a street opposite the train station.

 
Pictures of the Maeklong train station:
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There at the end of the street the Thailand train market is located.

 
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Crushed ice production near the market. Amazing! Never saw that live before.

 
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And the lovely mae klong river right behind the train station with the same name. By the way: That thing looking like the white house is a private property as a local told us.

How to get to the Thailand train market for your travel planning

Quickest option

Recommended, if you also want to see other attractions in the area like the Amphawa floating market, Tha Kha floating market and Don Hoi Lot. Use the minivan service from the southern Bangkok bus station. You will reach Samut Songkhram in about 1.5 hours.

The longer and decent option

If you have more time you can make a day-trip out of it and take the train from Bangkok. You will drive right through the market with the train. You can find a good description of this plus a video in an article on Migrationology.

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Are you afraid of the wrong travel hazards?

Many of you may be familiar with this. One prepares for a longer journey, or even an around the world trip and gets lots of good advice from relatives and acquaintances. Most of these might trigger the travel anxiety you already might have.

Some of those warnings warn you about the wrong travel hazards!
Some are just exaggerated!
Some are justified!
More interesting facts and tips on the topic

Below, I would like to explain this and share my thoughts and travel tips to help you with this aspect of travel planning as well.

For legal reasons I would like to point out that the following is my own personal opinion, which you can trust or not! I reject all liability in case you should have a differing experience.

Warnings about the wrong kind of travel hazards!

Never walk alone into a dark street?

True, this is dangerous, but not necessarily because you are going to get mugged, but because you cannot see the ground very well and may trip over holes or even partially or completely fall into one.

Never eat at a street kitchen! Flies land on the food and it’s exposed to the heat for too long.

I do this a lot in my everyday life in Bangkok and on my travels. It’s very possible that my tolerance has increased over time. But I would like to give a list of where and why I have contracted food poisoning on four occasions so far:

  • Enjoyed a salmon filet in a five star hotel in Switzerland
  • A meal in a posh restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 22 in Bangkok
  • Vietnamese spring rolls in a Cambodian restaurant
  • Omelet from the Tesco Lotus Food Court On Nut Bangkok

I only blame myself for the Cambodian restaurant near the border to Vietnam, since I ate a fresh Vietnamese spring roll there. Since then, I pay more attention to the cooling of the display case. Further, I no longer eat egg dishes, which are pre-fried and stored, not even when the whole room is chilled, as was the case with the Tesco Lotus On Nut. Egg dishes, seafood, sushi and milk products should not be consumed when they are lying around for too long without proper cooling. Curries and stews, on the other hand, are, in my opinion, suitable for consumption even after a few hours without special cooling. I have never contracted anything from a street kitchen, even though I eat there all the time during the week, mostly from the take away buffet, which is in the warm air, protected only from the sun.
The first two examples prove furthermore that the kitchen is the deciding factor and not the place where the food is consumed! Always look at the kitchen, if you want to be on the safe side!

Warnings about malaria and dengue fever

I was afraid of both of those for a long time. In the meantime I am now of the opinion that as long as you are not permanently living in close proximity of a canal in a shoddy wooden house, your chances of contracting either of the diseases are rather slim.
However, if you are going on a jungle tour, or spend time near stale waters, use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers as well as closed-toed shoes, even if this is less comfortable.
Without those risk factors it’s sufficient, in my opinion, to carry a spray and to only use it when mosquitoes are about. You will notice that even with all precautions taken, you will get stung. The key is to reduce the amount of stings drastically. It is impossible to completely avoid them.

Do not go with people who are unknown to you!

Another unfounded travel warning. I would put it this way: Do not go with people who are unknown to you to a place you don’t know. But when someone wants to have a beer with you in a bar full of people, where’s the problem?

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Exaggerated travel hazard warnings!

Don’t eat anything you don’t know or that no one can explain to you!

No danger! I do this time and again and I am still alive! This is exactly what makes travelling and exploring so exciting! This is no guarantee, that you might not end up with travellers diarrhea every now an then. But do you really never want to try anything new, just because the might be some risks involved?

Don’t drink the tap water! Don’t even use it to brush your teeth!

I used to adhere to this advice for a long time. Now, I always brush my teeth using tap water, unless it has a metal taste, it is turbid or otherwise strange. And, I am still alive!

Don’t trust the ice cubes in developing countries

This is only still a problem in very remote areas. The revolution of ice cubes that come in 50 kilogram bags from the ice factory has swept up even developing nations, and these can thus be enjoyed without giving them a second thought. No need of travelling with anxiety regardin this one.

Don’t eat uncooked fruit or salad in developing countries

Where the salad is concerned, I agree! Germs can be mixed up in it. But I have no idea why there are so many warnings about fresh fruit and vegetables. I have never had any problems as a result of eating uncooked fruit or raw vegetables, as long as they come in a simple shape that not so many germs can get caught up in.

Beware of beggars

You don’t have to be careful about beggars on the side of the road. They don’t often mug anyone. One should not give them any money, since they will only learn that they can live off begging and will be even less likely to work. Especially to children one should never give anything, otherwise their whole life may be headed in the wrong direction. One should also never buy anything from children.

Warnings about terrorists

This one I cannot hear anymore! Yes, there is terrorism, but that you in particular will be killed by a bomb is even less likely than getting struck by lightning. That’s a total useless travel anxiety.
Inform yourself in detail about the parts of the country where you plan to travel to! Examples: In Columbia, you cannot travel everywhere and certain areas in the South Philippines are also off limits.

Justified travel hazard warnings!

Beware of tricksters

This is a problem that I have encountered mostly in Europe so far. One should never let oneself get involved in a conversation about luck, destiny, etc. These people will give you advice for two or three minutes and when one then refuses to pay, they pretend to get aggressive. However, this is only pretended aggression because they know that when the average tourist is intimidated he gives a little money.
Don’t hesitate to confront these people head on. You will see that their threats are empty and that they move on to the next person if they don’t get anything from you. Yet, getting rid of them at the beginning remains the most effective way in such a situation!
A mistake that a lot of people make is to discuss matters with these characters for far too long. Just turn away from the person and that’s it!

Beware of drugs in Asia

The penalties even for small amounts can already be draconian. Don’t get involved with people who want to sell you something on the street. Around the corner there’s often a police officer waiting. He will arrest you and only let you go for a huge sum of money. So hands off!

Beware of all these strange animals?

This can be very different from country to country. But one can reduce the risk on hikes by wearing solid hiking boots and long trousers made from strong fabrics. In that case, a spontaneous snakebite, for example, might be no problem, while the flip-flop and shorts wearer probably won’t be as lucky. And before one starts running around alone or takes spontaneous baths, it can’t hurt to ask a local whether it may be dangerous.

More interesting facts and tips on the travel safety topic

Forgot your wallet?

Happened to me in Bangkok when I was overly tired and confused, but wanted to get something to eat. I noticed it five minutes later and returned to the restaurant. When I entered a smile appeared on the face of the employee and they returned my wallet to me. Everything was still in it.

Too risky scooter driving, by yourself!

I noticed this especially in Phuket, when I was there the last time for Christmas 2011. The deceitful taxi Mafia, which charges a staggering 400 Baht even for short distances, pushes a lot of tourists to rent a scooter. Many overestimate their abilities, however, and drive around in a manner that the question is not if, but when they will have an accident! I am an experienced motorcyclist and can therefore make such assessments.
I recommend you drive slowly and avoid risks. You are on holiday and not in a rush.

Good preparation helps reduce fear of travelling!

Undisputedly, it may happen that you get attacked or mugged. When you prepare for it though, at least you won’t panic in the moment, since you know that you have control over the situation.

Good old common sense

In countries such as Australia, the United States or in Europe, everything is regulated down to the last detail. As a result, a small proportion of its inhabitants have lost their instinct with regard to danger. In Asia, Africa and South America one has to look after oneself and, for example, not climb up somewhere just because there is no barrier or eat something just because it is offered in a public space, etc.
With regard to alcohol, as well, one should employ one’s common sense. When someone is drunk, the temptation to take advantage of that person is present. I live in Bangkok and it helps to remind myself that I walk around with one to two months’ Thai salary in cash almost all the time. And now imagine me blind drunk, sleeping in a corner. Any more questions? It is after all often the opportunity that makes a thief!

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5 great things to do in Portugal https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/europe/portugal/portugal-top-5/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/europe/portugal/portugal-top-5/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:25:19 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=400 Read here about 5 great things to do in Portugal. The country is so diverse. There is something for everyone. What to do in Lisbon Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and a very beautiful city. Besides the many attractions in this city (Tram 28, Castelo de São Jorge, Elevador de Santa Justa, Torre de […]

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Read here about 5 great things to do in Portugal.

The country is so diverse. There is something for everyone.

What to do in Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and a very beautiful city. Besides the many attractions in this city (Tram 28, Castelo de São Jorge, Elevador de Santa Justa, Torre de Belém) one of the best things is to just stroll around in the old city to discover some beautiful houses and lovely small alleys. And don’t forget to watch the ground to see some nice street ornaments. Find out here, what to do in Lisbon.

How to get there for your travel planning

You can reach the international airport of Lisbon with many airlines. The “Aerobus 1” connects the airport with the city centre (Rossio, Praça do Comércio).

Lisbon can be reached by train from Paris and Madrid.

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Places to see in Sintra

Sintra is a historical city with a picturesque Moorish castle to visit. Besides exploring the centre of Sintra you can visit the palace “Quinta da Regaleira” that was built (or extended) by a businessman and has an eccentric architecture. Furthermore the Moorish castle needs to be visited. And you shouldn’t miss a ride on the historic tram route from Praia das Maçãs to almost the centre of Sintra.

How to get there for your travel planning

Take the train from Lisbon.

What to do in the Algarve

My personal favourite of the things to do in Portugal is to explore the Algarve area in South Portufal and to enjoy the countless beautiful beaches amongst many other attractions. The best is to rent a car and drive around in the Algarve. Explore as many beautiful beaches as you like, enjoy the food, night-life and history in the cities and go for a hike in the area of Monchique. Find out here about the things to do in Algarve, Portugal.

How to get there for your travel planning

Fly into the airport of Faro and rent a car. A minimum of 5 days is advised to explore the Algarve. You can also take the train from Lisbon.

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What to do in Porto

Porto, a historic city with a beautiful old centre, already existed in Roman times, hence it has a lot of history to offer. At least since those times it has always been inhabited. The attractions to see are the historic city centre, the ribeira (river front), one of the bridges spanning the river for a good sight onto the city, a river tour and last but not least a visit to a port wine cave.

How to get there for your travel planning

Porto can be reached by plane. The Aerobus connects the airport with the city. You can take an international train to here from Paris and Madrid. And there are a lot of domestic train connections to Porto.

Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

It is the only national park of Portugal and convinces with the beauty of its nature. The park offers hiking-trails and a few camping sites to its visitors. It consists of a lovely mix of lakes, waterfalls, hills and forests. A former village in the park area called “Vilarinho da Furna”, that now lies flooded in a barrier lake, can be seen when the water levels of a dam with the same name are low.

How to get there for your travel planning

The best option is to go with a rental car and then head to a park information office in either Braga, Terras de Bouro or a few other places. Braga can be reached by train or bus.

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What to do in Lisbon, Portugal https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/europe/portugal/lisbon-top-5/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/europe/portugal/lisbon-top-5/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:30:10 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=409 Lisbon is such a beautiful city! So what to do in Lisbon? I already had a hard time to choose the ten best photos out of all the Lisbon things to do for this article. I just want to advise you to visit Lisbon and as many Portuguese cities as you can manage in your […]

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Lisbon is such a beautiful city!

So what to do in Lisbon? I already had a hard time to choose the ten best photos out of all the Lisbon things to do for this article. I just want to advise you to visit Lisbon and as many Portuguese cities as you can manage in your life, as they have such beautiful designs. Also don’t forget (the former Portuguese) Macao in China.

Lisbon is a perfectly walkable city. So you can combine all elements below except Torre de Belém and Cristo Rei in your personal Lisbon walking tour.

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Rossio seen from Elevador de Santa Justa

Stroll through the town / Tram 28

One of the better Lisbon Portugal attractions is the Tram 28. You will get a feel for Lisbon and it’s many treasures. The places you should see is Martim Moniz, Rossio, from Rossio walk to Praça do Comercio through the city quarter Baixa, Bairro Alto (a wonderful spot in it is the Largo do Chiado), Alfama (a nice spot there is Largo da Sé, from there walk more uphill).

The historical tram no. 28E drives through many of the interesting areas. The car is historic and beautiful and you will be surprised, how it winds uphill around the curves. Just wait for it somewhere in the Alfama quarter (e.g. Sé station near Largo da Sé) and embark.

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Rossio

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Baixa street and Praça do Comercio

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Largo do Chiado and another street in Bairro Alto

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Viewpoint in Alfama

Castelo de São Jorge

Another must see in Lisbon ist the Castelo de São Jorge. It’s an impressing fortress and allows great views on Lisbon. You can’t miss it. You can see it from many places in downtown Lisbon. The hill on which the castle stands is inhabited for 2500 years already. The first constructions on the hill started in the 2nd century BC.

How to get there for your travel planning

The best is to walk up through the Alfama quarter.

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Elevador de Santa Justa

One more idea, what to see in Lisbon, would be this elevator. It represents beautiful older technology perfectly melted into the city. Since Lisbon is built on seven hills a few elevators were built to ease access to the different quarters. And they were already built a long time ago and look beautiful like everything else here. This elevator was opened in 1902. It was first run on steam and then electrified.

How to get there for your travel planning

It’s right next to the big Rossio square into the Rua Aurea.

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Torre de Belém

Another one of the places to visit in Lisbon, although in the outskirts of the city, is the beautiful tower of Belém. The beauty of this tower will convince you it was worth the visit. The construction of this tower was finished in 1519 and it’s purpose was being a fortress against invaders from the ocean. But it actually looks far too beautiful for just being a fortress. In this area you can also visit the monastery “Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos”.

How to get there for your travel planning

The bus line 28 goes along the coastline of Lisbon and stops at Belém.

Cristo Rei

Another idea regarding what to do in Lisbon in Portugal is to enjoy the good view to Lisbon from Cristo Rei and to witness a Catholic monument. This monument was built in 1959 inspired by the Christ statue of Rio de Janeiro. From the observation deck, on which the statue stands, you have a great view onto Lisbon on the other side of the river.

How to get there for your travel planning

Use the ferry from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas. If you have enough time walk the 3km along the coastline from Cacilhas and take the elevator up to the statue. There are some nice restaurants on the way.

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Cristo Rei is in the back left of the bridge, viewn from Alfama

Fun question: Is Lisbon in Spain? 🙂

Nope. It is in Portugal. It even is the capital of Portugal. Portugal lies west of Spain. The two countries – and the tiny British exclave Gibraltar – share the Iberian Peninsula in the west of Europe as their Geographic location.

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Mekong dolphins in Kratie https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/cambodia/mekong-dolphins-in-kratie/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/cambodia/mekong-dolphins-in-kratie/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:30:36 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=877 When I thought about what to do in Cambodia, I was absolutely thrilled by the existence of fresh water dolphins in Kratie. They are called Irrawaddy dolphins. So I guess the question “Can dolphins live in freshwater?” is answered with this. There are dolphin species, that can. With a bit of luck they can be […]

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When I thought about what to do in Cambodia, I was absolutely thrilled by the existence of fresh water dolphins in Kratie. They are called Irrawaddy dolphins. So I guess the question “Can dolphins live in freshwater?” is answered with this. There are dolphin species, that can. With a bit of luck they can be seen there in Kratie. I was lucky – back in 2012 after 30 minutes of waiting, the boat driver already wanted to return – and made one good picture and video of them. So Kratie is one of the best places to see dolphins. Unfortunately those dolphins are in danger to be extinct.

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How to get to the dolphin watching point

Rent a motorbike or a bicycle and drive up north from Kratie about 15 km to the Kampi village. Watch out on the left side for a place with some food stalls, parking and one building.

The place is not so easy to spot, so if you are less adventurous arrange a tuktuk ride from Kratie. The locals on the way don’t speak any English, so they can’t help you with directions.

What to do in Kratie

Kratie city is a relaxed spot. You can have a dinner meal from the locals somewhere along the river and there are some good restaurants in town. Other than seeing dolphins and having a dinner along the river there is not many things to do in Kratie in Cambodia.

How to get to Kratie for your travel planning

You can reach Kratie by bus from Phnom Penh or from Kompong Cham. It is usually ok to buy the ticket one day before you go. Be there half an hour early, as the buses sometimes depart earlier (actually happened to me in Kratie back to Phnom Penh). I recommend to take the buses in the morning, because travelling in Cambodia takes time and I prefer to arrive while there is still daylight.

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A hotel entrance in Kratie I liked. According to the hotel owner the rabbit symbolises the forest that used to be at that place before.

Kratie weather: Best time to visit

The Kratie weather is similiar to the rest of Cambodia. The best time to go is the dry season from November to February.

 

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Which stops belong on your Great Ocean Road itinerary https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/australia/discover-the-great-ocean-road/ https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/australia/discover-the-great-ocean-road/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:55:31 +0000 http://cttechbd.com/dontworryjusttravel/?p=789 As you cruise along The Great Ocean Road you cannot help but be mystified by the beauty of the sand swept shorelines and deep blue sea. Speckled with small coastal towns, picturesque landscapes and hundreds of beaches, The Great Ocean Road drive in the Australian state of Victoria is a must do for any traveller. […]

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As you cruise along The Great Ocean Road you cannot help but be mystified by the beauty of the sand swept shorelines and deep blue sea. Speckled with small coastal towns, picturesque landscapes and hundreds of beaches, The Great Ocean Road drive in the Australian state of Victoria is a must do for any traveller.

So, how long is the Great Ocean Road?

Stretching from the Surf City of Torquay to Allansford, your journey takes you 243 km along the South-Western coastline of Victoria, mesmerizing your optical senses with amazing natural limestone formations such as The Twelve Apostles and The Grotto.

The Great Ocean Road in the Australian state of Victoria with its attractions like the twelve apostles or the Otway national park is an unforgettable travel experience.

For your travel planning

Torquay, our suggested starting point of your Great Ocean Road itinerary, is 101 kilometres from Melbourne along the Princes Highway. Regular domestic and international flights arrive in Melbourne daily and cheap accommodation is available if you wish to explore Melbourne before this trip. The best way to see the sightsis by car. You can rent one from numerous companies in Melbourne such as Europcar, Avis and Budget car rentals, or if you want to use some backpacker style, a Wicked Camper rental may be a better choice. If you don’t fancy driving yourself and have a healthy budget for your trip, there are a variety of differing guided tours available.

The Great Ocean Road in the Australian state of Victoria with its attractions like the twelve apostles or the Otway national park is an unforgettable travel experience.

Here some suggested things to do for your Great Ocean Road itinerary

Bells Beach

Probably Australia’s most famous surf beach and home of the World Surfing Tour Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach is a must-see stop on your Great Ocean Road itinerary. Featured in films such as Point Break, this right hand reef break can be seen from the car park at the cliffs above the shoreline. Situated at the start of The Great Ocean Road, this surfing amphitheatre provides a great rest stop after travelling from Melbourne. For the surfers among you, this surf spot is truly only for the experienced wave rider.

Visiting Lorne

Situated 47 km from Torquay on The Great Ocean Road, Lorne is the essence of beach-side living. The Lorne pier is a great place to cast a line and catch some fish for lunch and the local pub is a great spot for a bite to eat, with a commanding view. Soak in the rays on the beautiful beach-front or try your hand at surfing, Lorne really has it. Nearby Erskine Falls is a must see and Teddy’s Lookout provides spectacular photographic views of The Great Ocean Road, just turn off at William St and follow Erskine Creek Road until you get there!
Lorne Falls Festival is on every summer, with international bands and musicians providing a flow of music to the seaside town. It takes place from 28 December to 1 January every year, but make sure you get your tickets early.

Cape Otway and The Great Otway National Park

Cape Otway is situated 143 km along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay, 76 km from Lorne. After a stop for lunch in Apollo Bay, the road begins to zigzag and climb into the cliffs that you have spent most of the trip below. Cape Otway overlooks the Bass Strait and was the site of eight known shipwrecks; the lighthouse watching over the sea on the cape has been the saviour of many more. The light house is open daily to visitors and a few short hikes in the area allow the active traveller to take in the scenery.
The Great Otway National Park stems from Torquay through to Cape Otway, but the lushest and best experienced region is around Cape Otway. For those chasing the outdoors experience then look no further as the forest meets the trees, koalas are abundant in this area and it is not uncommon to come across a friendly fellow. Cheap accommodation is available at Cape Otway, otherwise camping is permitted.

The 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia

The highlight of The Great Ocean Road itinerary and a world renowned destination, the 12 Apostles are located 213 km into the journey, 6km from Princetown in Port Campbell National Park. The remaining eight limestone towers (four have fallen since being discovered) can be accessed via a short walk along the boardwalk from the visitor centre (can’t miss it). The lookouts are well maintained and provide an epic platform for photography, but watch out for crowds as it can get pretty busy. The 45 metre limestone towers are best viewed at sunrise or sunset, when the amber glow of the sun invigorates the natural limestone colours and the deep blue sea paints an amazing background.

The Grotto

Our last destination located at the 216km mark of our journey is The Grotto. The Grotto is a circular arch made naturally in the limestone cliffs that captures a naturally framed view of the ocean. As you look out from the rather small viewing platform you can see a calm and placid rock pool preceding the Southern Ocean. A picturesque spot that allows you view it from above or to walk down to shore level and truly experience its beauty. The Grotto is situated just 340 metres from the car park and is well signposted.

The Great Ocean Road in the Australian state of Victoria with its attractions like the twelve apostles or the Otway national park is an unforgettable travel experience.

As you can see, The Great Ocean Road is packed with golden moments, spectacular scenery and awe-inspiring landscapes. So what are you waiting for?

When is the best travel time for your Great Ocean Road drive?

Victorian Weather can be a little fickle (as my not so great photos prove) and you should pack some warm clothes all year round as the nights can get quite chilly. To truly enjoy the sun-soaked beach lifestyle encountered on this epic journey one should chase the sun and head there during summer. Summer in Victoria is between December to February; however October to April provides pleasant conditions in the region.

Another nice road trip is from Brisbane to Sydney!

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