Age is a key excuse for not making a change - read about why its never too late!Read More
The Cocos Keeling Islands.
I love this place!
I really do – its perfect for someone travelling on their own, who is happy doing stuff on their own, and is happy striking up conversations with any unsuspecting soul that comes within talking range.Read More
Auckland has plenty of pretty beaches with scenic islands conveniently scattered through the Hauraki Gulf it lies within on its eastern coast, but drive 40 minutes in the other direction toward the setting sun, and its a completely different story. Here you enter the wild west coast!Read More
I’m not big on cities when travelling or holidaying – especially not with the kids. Kids (my kids at least) want play or action and for us that usually meant water or snow. So, cities – well – I usually give them a miss. However when living in England we often went on long weekend or mini breaks and one of our favorite little side-jaunts was to the city of Amsterdam.Read More
I was living in Australia at the time I first flew away to ‘get my teeth done.’ Yes - before I left I got the standard...
- But how do you know it will be safe?
- Are you joking? Going to Asia to get your teeth done?
Continuing north from Alice to Darwin, there are many many kilometers interspersed with plenty of good stopping points. First, are the Devil's Marbles – a series of huge rounded boulders, balanced in seemingly gravity-defying formations – provide great climbing fun for kids and adults alike (alternatively just interesting scenery).Read More
NZ is not abundant in native mammalian wildlife, with the only native land mammal being the bat! However, there are still many unique and wonderful creatures to see including a number of incredible flightless birds - the most famous being the kiwi of course, and dinosaur age relics - the tuatara, Archey's frog, and giant weta. Some of these are truly difficult to see in the wild, others are not. This list gives any animal lover a few options:Read More
If it’s your first trip you might be wondering what you need to sort out before you go, or, what you might have forgotten. Use this article as a checklist and get yourself on the road with a clear mind!Read More
Renting the house is a great way to either cover the mortgage while you are away, or, to fund your trip if you are lucky enough to be mortgage free (read more here). Whichever it is you want to make sure all goes well in your absence. Read on for some key things to do in preparation:Read More
The drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs is over eight hours and really emphasizes how huge and sparsely populated Australia really is. Nothing for 800km but the odd turn off leading to a homestead and the occasional roadkill, just to keep things exciting.Read More
If you're over 50 and on a budget – that means no working holiday visas like the 20-somethings, but it doesn’t mean you can’t travel cheaply or make money on the road. Here I’m looking at a few tricks – quite a few – to stretch that budget and keep you on the road longer (and arguably better)!Read More
We arrived in Coober Pedy (CP) just after dark after a stunning sunset. (Don’t start me on the night sky. I can't even describe in words how amazing the star strewn night sky is over the outback so I'm not going to try.) Sky cannot be appreciated until you are in a landscape as flat as the outback... you can see it forever, and during the day you can see where the horizon meets the earth so it seems as if you are driving into the clouds. An excellent exercise in one point perspective!Read More
Little money but with the urge to travel is a common scenario and a lack of riches is no reason to stop you. People in their 50’s and 60’s often ask me if they can afford to travel – and of course I say yes!Read More