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Inle Lake Boat Tour

Inle Lake Boat Tour – Things to Do in Inle Lake

Looking to take an Inle Lake boat tour? Here’s a review of the tour I took, things to do in Inle Lake, where I ate and where I stayed. As I watched the sun set over Inle Lake, I caught sight of a local fisherman who was expertly balanced at the back of his boat. In one graceful move, he raised a… Read more →

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How to Get a Vietnam Visa

How to get a Vietnam visa used to be a pretty straightforward question – you had to get it in advance, from an embassy. Full stop. However, as tourism continues to increase, the Vietnamese government has begun to adapt. While this is great news because it introduces easier and sometimes cheaper ways to visit Vietnam, the entry rules and methods… Read more →

3 days in Hong Kong

3 Days in Hong Kong – What to See and Do

Want to know what to do when you have 3 days in Hong Kong? Read on… On my first visit to this Asian cultural hub, I was so jet-lagged that my 3 days in Hong Kong were a blur of sights, snacks and somewhat insane sleeping hours that culminated in me ordering breakfast with a beer in an Irish bar… Read more →

Tonlé Sap in Cambodia

Tonle Sap in Cambodia – The Trip that Changed my Life

No matter which way I slice it, the beginning of 2010 was a monumentally shit time for me. My personal life had fallen apart and I couldn’t stop crying. My sleeping pattern was in tatters and in the darkest parts of the night I lay in my bed, straining my eyes against the dim bedside light, flipping through travel brochures…. Read more →

Planning an affordable Copper Canyon Tour Itinerary

Planning An Affordable Copper Canyon Tour Itinerary

If you’re looking for an affordable Copper Canyon tour itinerary, read on. The Copper Canyon had been on my ‘bucket list’ for years but, to be honest, fear of straying into Narco territory put me off. Then, one fortuitous day, I bumped into a girl from the Netherlands. She was tiny (smaller then my 5ft self), blonde (so, much more… Read more →

where to go in sardinia

Where to Go in Sardinia – Self-Drive Itinerary

Want to know where to go in Sardinia? Read on… I’d always thought Sardinia would be a beach-based trip for me – after all, isn’t that why most people fly into what is Italy’s largest island? However, there’s not much you can do to talk me into sitting on a beach in November (even in Italy), so I ended up… Read more →

sardinian food

Sardinian Food – Where and What to Eat in Sardinia

Francesco Cetti once said, “There is not in Italy what there is in Sardinia, nor in Sardinia what there is in Italy.” The 18th century zoologist was probably talking about the wildlife. Probably. But he could equally have been talking about Sardinian food. I’m fast loosing count of the number of times I’ve been to Italy, but my sojourn to Sardinia was… Read more →

The Copper Canyon Divisidero

The Copper Canyon Travel Guide: Planning Your Trip

Depending on the metrics you use, the Copper Canyon in Mexico is either four or seven times larger than the Grand Canyon in the USA. But that difference between four and seven times hardly seems relevant – you just need to grasp that the Copper Canyon is immense and, if you take the train through it, it’s likely to be one… Read more →

3 Days in Florence

3 Days in Florence: The Itinerary I Give My Friends

Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” I feel that way about Florence; which might explain why I have visited this arresting Italian city so many times I’m losing count. And, with that, what I’m equally losing count of is the number of times I’ve scribbled out an itinerary for 3 days in… Read more →

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls For Only $5

Looking to go from Buffalo to Niagara falls? I’ve got all the details below including how to get there, what to see and do at the falls both on the USA and Canadian side and how it can all be done for just $5. But first… Why visit Niagara Falls from Buffalo (instead of Toronto)? Like most people, I originally… Read more →