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Birmingham Airport: UK’s Most Accessible Airport

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Birmingham Airport has been described as the UK’s most accessible airport with a ‘catchment’ area of over 35 million people who can access the airport within 2 hours, this slightly more than Heathrow Airport. Its central location and proximity to major networks such as the M6, M42 and M6 Toll, along with various routes such as the A45, means that it is within a 2-hour travel window of over 35 million people, which equates to ... Read More »

Volunteering Abroad – a Debate

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Volunteering abroad can produce remarkable experiences for volunteers and the community in which they offer their services but is it a simple decision on the correctness of the volunteering gesture? I have spent a long time debating the issue of volunteer work in foreign countries and have found it really difficult to come to any fixed conclusions. I am therefore presenting this blog post by way of opening a debate on the subject and canvassing ... Read More »

L’histoire de trois semaines d’aventure autour du trek des Annapurnas…

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Bonjour amis passionnés de nature et de montagne ! L’envie de vous faire partager mon aventure du tour des Annapurnas l’an dernier du 11mars au 1er avril 2012, soit trois semaines inoubliables autour de paysages spectaculaires et une expérience unique….Me revoici au Népal depuis plus d’un mois, et cette fois-ci je vis ici, enfin!!! Voici donc pour vous le récit de cette formidable expédition au coeur des Himalayas dans ce fabuleux pays du sourire qu’est ... Read More »

Donating Blood Overseas

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Have you ever missed your blood donor appointment because you are travelling? Have you ever considered giving blood overseas and thought it must just be a hassle? Well let me tell you that there are opportunities everywhere you go and the procedures are mostly less complicated than the UK. Early start I have been really lucky starting early when in the RAF to give blood and I remember well that we were given an option ... Read More »

Urgent Travel Tip from the Old Guy

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This will be my shortest post to date I reckon but this is definitely worth reading. My good friend Paula Morris highlighted a problem I have had in the past too so it isn’t just her. We all try to safeguard our valuables when we are staying in hostels etc and invariably we hide them under pillows or mattresses whilst sleeping. Paula realised when on the plane to Oz that her credit cards and $200 ... Read More »

Cattle Work, Australia

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It has been a fair while since I have posted anything and that is largely due to the excessive amount of moving around, lack of internet and working hours. But that doesn’t matter now, what does matter is letting you all know a bit about what you can expect if taking on cattle work in Australia, whether it be to extend your working holiday visa, for the money or even just for the experience. There ... Read More »

Our Choice of Cause – Khagendra New Life Disabled Centre

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I have so many articles to write about as a consequence of my Asian journey to date and the backlog builds daily. But the trip itself has not just been a self centred pleasure affair even though I have certainly gained so much from it. Di, my partner, and I have been searching for deserving causes to provide some long term support to; both in the country of origin and remotely from the UK. This ... Read More »

5 Secrets To Make Your International Travel Hassle-Free

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Travelling abroad is both exciting and challenging. Experienced travellers are well-aware of the do’s and don’ts while holidaying abroad. But, for novice travellers, going abroad can quickly turn into a nightmare if things don’t fall in place. So, here are five secrets that will certainly make your vacation enjoyable and trouble-free. Security Having an extra copy of your passport is a good idea if it gets stolen or lost. Further, it makes sense to keep ... Read More »

When we Grow – Exploring the myths surrounding Cannabis

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This well produced video is not to promote the use of cannabis as a recreational drug but rather to explore both the myths surrounding both the plant species and the uses of this species in industry and for medicinal purposes. Cannabis or Marijuana or Hemp is not just the happy drug that many of us associate with these names but if you Google cannabis you will uncover over 21 Million hits so it is indeed an ... Read More »

Panauti, Nepal – Gallery

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This is a very beautiful village in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. It is largely unspoilt by tourists and is an extremely spiritual place in Nepali culture. I spent some days here establishing a new base for Nelly of Nepally Dream and found the relaxed nature of the place a perfect place to visit. Read More »

In Giving We Receive, Nepal – Gallery

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This brief gallery is intended to give a view of the great work being done by the Oz based charity, In Giving We Receive (IGWR). I photographed these happy kids in a Kathmandu house purposely and tastefully refurbished to accommodate these children. Well done Peter, Lia, Marie and Raja Read More »

Volunteer Work for Free – Nepal and India

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Volunteering and voluntary work is an activity researched by many of us, young and old alike, wishing to do something meaningful and worthwhile either at home or abroad. This can take the form of working with charities, animals, nature or often the most sought after; working with local less fortunate people and children, this time in a less well off foreign country. Sadly there is one thing which often curbs our enthusiasm to venture abroad ... Read More »

Namabuddha Temple, Nepal – Gallery

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This beautiful and spiritual place is in the Kathmandu valley and a short distance from Panauti. The bus trip to the Buddhist temple and monastery is interesting and sometimes exciting. The relatively new monastery at namabuddha is in such a great position overlooking the surrounding countryside. The paintings by the monks are a joy to behold and are still in the process of being painted on the walls even as worship is in progress. A really wonderful place to visit. It is disrespectful to photograph inside the monastery and so you will have to walk or bus it to the top to witness the beautiful works. Read More »

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