festivals in Italy

Family and festivals in Italy – not a quiet day!

Choosing the quietest village to attend local festivals in Italy away from the tourists did not give me the quietest day. Nothing is quiet when staying with an Italian family in Italy!About the regionI was visiting friends in the peaceful village of Tarzo, located 60km north of Venice in the province of Veneto. It’s built […]

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4 day shortcut in brazil

What a 4 day shortcut in Brazil taught me

‘Let’s take a shortcut and go directly north’, suggested excitedly by my Brazilian roommates Egi and Silvia. My head went into brain freeze. Hesitation grasped me because nothing was written about it in my Lonely Planet guide. I do like to pre-plan a little so that I’m prepared. So it was unnatural for me to […]

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choose your cruise

How to choose and book your perfect cruise

How to choose your cruise can be daunting as there are so many cruise lines and itineraries on offer to select from.  Where do you start? How do you know which cruise to choose? Will it be for you? You don”t want to spend a lot of money to not enjoy it. I will discuss an […]

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cruise tips for first timers

Cruise tips for first timers

You are planning your first cruise holiday but you want some cruise tips for first timers to ensure you don’t mess up. I can certainly help you as I worked on cruise ships for two years. I have sailed around the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and up the west coast of USA. And spent […]

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what is backpacking

What is backpacking like – can you do these 5 steps

I’ve had a couple of friends ask what is backpacking like and how do I do it. How does one start backpacking when previous holidays have been organised tours or packaged holidays to one destination. To most it sounds scary and daunting. But some want to give it a go, enticed by the flexibility it affords […]

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compare flight prices

Compare flight prices hack – ‘through’ fare vs separate tickets

We all like to get the best deal on flights. But one little trick travellers may not know about is to compare flight prices by comparing the ‘through’ fare wtih separate tickets. Now this doesn’t apply to destinations that offer direct flights (ie. no stopovers/transfers). Quite often the direct flights are the cheapest anyway, especially if there […]

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how to avoid jet lag

How to avoid jet lag using this little-known way

What if there was a simple way on how to avoid jet lag and it doesn’t involve drugs! One of the major disadvantages of travelling around the world is the inevitable crossing of time zones. Consequently, this leads to suffering from jet lag. Wouldn’t you like to beat the side effects of long distance travelling – […]

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cheap flight tickets

7 simple hacks to find cheap flight tickets without waiting for last minute deals

How to find cheap flight tickets is the number one mission for all travellers. Because the more you save on airfares and accommodation, the more spending money you have at your destination. When I was a travel agent, it was simple to get a list of all the airfares. We had access to a database displaying […]

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hotel booking

How booking hotels using Booking.com filters lead to a better selection

Sometimes it can a bit daunting booking hotels online. Especially if you’ve never done that before or had an expensive/unfavourable experience. How do you know who to trust? Will there be a reservation for me when I check-in? Will the rates be the same? A friend of mine called me last week. He is planning a […]

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best travel insurance

How to choose the best travel insurance policy that won’t leave you out of pocket

How to choose the best travel insurance policy can be mind boggling. Especially as there are now many options available online. You need to ask yourself; do the cheapest deals adequately cover your type of travel? It is exciting to travel and explore foreign lands. But it can also attract unexpected mishaps and extra costs. And […]

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