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Every traveler needs a First Aid Travel Kit with essential items for dealing with even minor medical events.

Here is a downloadable and printable list of essential items for your first aid travel kit and the reasons that you need them.


TRAVEL EXperts suggest great Christmas Gift ideas

We asked a group of travel experts for their suggestions for ‘must-have’ Christmas Gifts, under $100, for people who love to travel.  Take a look through their list of fun and practical ideas and the gifts that they would just love to receive themselves!


STREET ART- New zealand

Guess what we found in Whanganui?

-Amazing new street art!

Last Easter eight national and international artists were invited to take part in a street art festival in Whanganui. Although there was no set theme they were given some historical information, and a four day time period to paint their murals on buildings in the downtown area. Most of the artwork did reflect some aspect of Whanganui's past or present, and this made it a more interesting display than just a set of random murals. ​


A PHOTO tour of tibet

Paulette and Jon have just got back from another of their amazing trips. This one was a short trip by their standards. Just a quick 10-day tour of Tibet.


We went through their photos and selected 30 of the ones that aroused our curiosity. So come with us now on a photo tour of Tibet with Paulette and Jon.  It could very well motivate you to plan a tour of Tibet too! 



A Guide to Amazing Street Art Murals & Microbreweries in the hip area of Kakaako on Oahu in Hawaii.

Spend a few hours wandering around, being amazed and surprised by the variety of stunning wall murals around every corner, and while you’re in the area, stop by and sample the wide range of beers and food available at the local microbreweries, speakeasies, and cafes.


Get out of town!  Best Day trips from the Gold Coast.

Everyone has heard of the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and everyone loves to holiday on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. If you love sunshine, miles and miles of squeaky white sand surf beaches, an amazing range of cafes, bars, and night clubs, great shopping, and exciting theme parks, you’ll love the Gold Coast.

But wait! That’s not all!

Within an hour or twos drive from the Gold Coast is a whole set of totally different experiences that are not to be missed. We asked the local travel experts and travel bloggers for their tips on must-see places on a day trip from the Gold Coast. Here are their recommendations.



.......and ‘getting around’ instructions so that you can find them easily.

In Buenos Aires, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do and places to go. Here is our list of places, in no particular order, that ‘knocked our socks off’ and will hopefully impress you too.

Check out the world's most beautiful bookshop, where stunning street art is located, the birthplace of the tango, where Eva Peron is buried, where Diego Maradona played football, where you can watch a 24 ton metallic flower open and close and much more 

GUEST travelers

"The most dangerous Walk in the world!"

with Alison & Graeme Pike & Jamie & jesse

"The Most Dangerous Walk in the World!" was the headline that caught our eye while we were researching places to go and things to see on our upcoming trip to Spain. We like a bit of excitement and this hike looked pretty spectacular. We checked it out with the rest of the travelers and we all agreed it was a Must-Do!



PART 1: Stunning street art

Buenos Aires took us by surprise! We had visited once before, just for a day, on a South American cruise and we had had a pleasant day, but it wasn't a place we came away from saying, "That was great! We MUST come back again!"


But we are so glad we did go back! Such a fascinating and interesting city, with its strong European flair mixed with the Latin American vibe.


And one of the main reasons we loved it so much was for the stunning street art!

We would just be wandering around  and all of a sudden, out of the corner of our eye,  we would spot an amazing painting  up high on a building, or a mural on a wall as we walked by, or out of the bus window,  or hanging from the ceiling of a subway station like the slices of David's face sculpture above. It always took us by surprise. It was like living in an open-air art gallery.


best of IGUAZU falls -South America

 Rainbows, butterflies & waterfalls!          

How much more awesome could one of the most spectacular sights in the world  get?        

Stunning Photos -

Stunning Facts- 

Travel tips -to inspire you to add

Iguazu Falls to your 'Must See' destination list!

When Eleanor Roosevelt visited them she declared "Poor Niagara!"


Iguazu Falls are, taller than, and twice as wide as Niagara Falls and set in an amazing rainforest jungle.

In 2011 Iguazu Falls was declared as one of the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature' through a global poll.


WASHINGTON DC - Trip Review & Tips

                                                     with Sue & Philip Williams

"Washington was everything we expected and more.  The overall impression is of grandeur.  As a city built to be the capital, it has to have been done with great large federal buildings with architecture that inspires. If you love museums and history, you will love this city."

Check out Sue & Philip's seven 'Must See Places,' their travel review and tips for visiting Washington.


How To Plan Your Own Shore Excursions On Cruises

So you've booked your cruise? Lucky you!

The next big decision is deciding what shore excursions you want to do and how they will fit in with your budget.

Before you leave home your cruise ship will provide you with a detailed and comprehensive list of the shore excursions they offer at every port of call, including the duration of the tour and the price. It is well worth having a good look through these and deciding which tours appeal to you the most. You can then decide whether to book the ship’s tour or plan your own.

Read more for the pros and cons of ship's tours, and tips on how to plan your own shore excursions and finding relevant information.

Guest Travelers 



New York- Does It Measure Up To Our Guest Travelers' Expectations?

If you’re planning a trip to New York anytime in the future, you might want to take a look at their list and see how the places and activities lived up to their expectations, and if you should add them to your list.


Shirene Perry and Malcolm Hanley from Australia spent six days in New York as part of their trip to the USA. They had done a lot of research online before they left and came up with a list of must-see places and must-do activities. Check out their evaluations and tips.  


Firstly -Stunning scenery! Stunning scenery! And even more stunning scenery!


Secondly, about eight or nine extremely picturesque cruise ports that you will get to visit while you cruise the length of both the North and South Islands!

Photo- D'Urville Island by Seabird NZ

Check out this week's inspirational travel quote..

Check out the latest "Best of Travel Books" review!



A very well kept secret!....."Where?" you ask.

One of our regular jobs in Australia is as relief managers for an “Over '50s" gated community of 250 houses at Kingscliff. Did I hear you say “Where?” You may not have heard of Kingscliff.


It seems the Brisbane locals like to keep it a secret to themselves. They can enjoy a great beach weekend or holiday with all the necessary facilities within walking distance at Kingscliff, without having to battle with the hoards of international tourists and highrises, 20 minutes up the road on the Gold Coast, so they don’t like sharing this secret.


It’s an adventure! Every house or pet sit is a unique experience and I can guarantee you’ll have some great stories to tell on social media or when you get home.


The greatest benefit of house sitting is that you can live like a local in the destination of your choice. You can either select a particular destination or an appealing looking house sit in any destination,and use your new home as a base to explore the local area and beyond.

Read more about how to get a house sit. 

Travel tips: 9 Ways to Survive Those Long haul Flights in economy

So you missed out on a large lotto win this week and now have no option but to book that long flight in economy class. Once upon a time, a long haul flight was considered to be 8 to 12 hours. These days the ultra long haul flights of around 15 to 17 hours are becoming more and more common.


The old boy scout motto of “Be Prepared” has never been more relevant! Here are some essential tips you need to survive your trip.



Geoff Annesley-Smith and Gillian Mathew have been visiting Africa for over thirty years and have spent time in fifteen different African countries.

They have a passion for wildlife and have accumulated over 20,000 stunning wildlife photographs.

Here is a selection of some of their photos from their 2018 trips to the Masai Mara in Kenya and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

There are also some recommendations and practical tips for those of you who  are planning on visiting these areas in the future.

2019 Our FAvourite coffee table Travel books

There are some magnificent, recently published travel books that are excellent to have as resources for your travel plans, or are just great to have sitting on your coffee table, so that from time to time you can flick through and reminisce about places visited in the past, or dream of places you’d like to explore in the future.


Each week we will feature one of our favorites!   Enjoy!

THE BUCKET LIST:    1000 Adventures Big & Small

"So start dreaming, start planning and get going!”

So Many Places! So Little Time!

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