A Brief Guide to Budget Travel

There’s a problem with budget travel tips, they are relative to the particular author offering the advice. One person’s budget is another’s excessive luxury, and yet others wouldn’t dream of lowering themselves to stay or dine in these ‘slums’. For example, staying in hostels would be unthinkable to many, but are the mainstay of the travel plans of many more. …

Smart Travel; Cultural Survival Guide for Travellers

The recent spate of horrific sex attacks on female travellers in India have highlighted a problem which as existed for many years. There have been numerous other attacks but the ferocity and aggression involved resulting in the death of one victim has received worldwide condemnation. Extensive media coverage has fuelled the feelings of revulsion aimed at the sub-continent. “Reported rape …

Great Tips for Doing Nothing

“The sightseeing tourist will visit all the attractions but the explorer will discover their own”  At the risk of appearing the laziest traveller on the planet I’m going to confess my fondness for doing nothing. In reality it’s doing nothing in particular, in other words exploring a destination without a particular plan. This suits my philosophy of travelling, preferring to …

New Media; Balancing Promotion with Story Telling

‘New media‘ is rapidly evolving and the number of opportunities to attend press or blog trips are increasing all the time. These usually involve exciting itineraries, providing excellent opportunities to travel, experience new destinations and to rediscover a few familiar ones. The trips are usually sponsored by tourism boards or possibly a hotel chain, and organised by their public relations …

Aboriginal Tourism; The Art of Indigenous Culture

It’s unlikely I’ll ever be accused of being a culture vulture but indigenous culture and aboriginal arts has always been fascinating to me. The term aboriginal tourism has become one of the buzz phrases of the modern travel era. “How many countries a person visits is of little interest but the number of cultures experienced is” Along with responsible tourism …

Exploring stylish but quaint Agios Nikolaos, Crete

I have the unusual luxury of having plenty of time to explore the resort of Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, Greece. Many trips involve racing around often attempting to fit as much into the visit as possible, with very little leisuretime. They are often roadtrips stopping off at several cities or towns, fitting in walking tours, visiting museums …

Children make better Adventure Travellers

While travelling on a train recently I could not help smiling at a young mother and her two children. A little boy and his little  sister, they were clearly excited, the boy especially was like a hyperactive Duracell bunny. There was a mature gentleman sitting across from them attempting to engage them in conversation, not an easy task I assure …