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Periyar Spice Gardens, Kerala, India

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There are a number of spice gardens on offer around the Thekkady and Periyar district and you will be offered a number of options from the different tour operators and hotels. The gardens we visited provided a superb short outing and we absolutely recommend adding a visit to your tour. The main photo for this article is a really lush rice paddy field within the garden. Entrance A quick rickshaw ride takes you to one ... Read More »

Flying to Kathmandu from India

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The journey from India to Nepal (Kathmandu)is best done by plane but there is also the extended but less comfortable route by train and bus dependent upon where you are leaving India from. I was leaving from Delhi and decided on a flight costing approx £60 one way from Delhi International Airport to Kathmandu Tribhuban International Airport. The airport is easily accessed using the new and efficient metro from down town Delhi. An Airport Hotel In my ... Read More »

Friends in high places – Living with the Tamang

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A Guest post from John O’Connell: This story begins in North Eastern Thailand near a place called Nong khai on the Thai – Laos border, which is ironically where I am writing this story from now. In April 2012, on the advice of a friend, I went to work at Sarnelli house, an orphanage in North Eastern Thailand for children with H.I.V. There we taught the children English and generally kept them entertained and content. ... Read More »

Learning To Dive In Ko Phi Phi Don – A Guest Post

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This is a fantastic guest post from Louise Benson, following her time on Thailand’s Ko Phi Phi island while undertaking a Divemaster course. An excellently written piece, Louise gives detailed information on all aspects of diving on the island, from course content and price to marine life, whilst integrating her personal triumphs and feelings throughout the trip. As she now embarks on the next leg of her adventure in Australia, I’m sure you’ll join me ... 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 »

Extending your Visa in Nepal

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Extending your visa in Nepal has its own difficulties and the main one can be the time taken to complete the process through the Nepal Immigration. I was well aware of the difficulties because Paul, my son, had recently renewed his visa and had explained it was a bit of a pain doing so. The standard tourist visa issued upon entry to Nepal will usually be a month visa costing $40US but if you are ... Read More »

Cherai Beach Resort, Kerala, India

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Although we stayed in a self catering homestay on Cherai Beach, Kerala, India, we did spend a fair amount of time in this resort using their bar facilities and gaining internet access. The Cherai Beach Resort is classed as 4* and in many ways it lives up to this rating. In other ways it does now fall somewhat short. When newly built the resort would undoubtedly have been the cutting edge in this type of ... Read More »

How much does a trip to India cost?

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So you have a dream to travel to India and you need an answer to the simple question… “How much does it cost to travel to and in India?” Well that really depends upon a number of factors; some which apply to all travellers, some which are consequent upon your itinerary and others which are very specifically determined by the comfort and style of travelling that only you can select. 6 weeks in India My ... Read More »

Extended Itinerary for touring India

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We have just completed a 6 week tour of India in an attempt to capture a flavour of this marvellous country. Obviously even 6 months would not be sufficient to get a real in depth feel for such a diverse country but with the time available to us we feel that we have experienced the frenetic and balanced it with the relative calm of other parts. We have looked at Indian tradition, the iconic monuments ... Read More »

India travel tips from the old guy

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This is a short post which I will add to as the weeks go by. It applies to every traveller in India and also applies elsewhere  Due to failing limbs, eyesight, memory and all ailments associated with getting old, many of the tips will be much more applicable to the slightly older traveller, backpacker or simply adventurer. Don’t adjust contact lenses after eating curry Indian style using only your right hand! Do try to book at least your first night ... Read More »

Cheapest Travel Destinations in Asia

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Many students and backpackers seek for the cheapest place where they can have a vacation. Oftentimes, they go to Asia because the currency there is lower compared to other countries. So if you have 100 British Pounds, then that’s already more than 6,000 Philippine Pesos or 3,000,000 Vietnamese Dongs already. You can become an instant millionaire in a foreign country just by exchanging your pocket money. Isn’t that awesome? I know reading this got you ... Read More »

Cherai Beach, Kerala, India

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Cherai Beach is in the southern state of Kerala in India and faces west to south west and is further south than the popular holiday resort Goa. The beach is just outside Cochin (Kochi) which has an international airport and 2 train stations and runs for a full 10 km with the soft Arabian Sea lapping the shores. The beach itself is gently sloping lined with palm trees providing excellent safe swimming and bathing. Arguably ... Read More »

Worst Job in India? – Not quite

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Who would want to be a tuktuk (auto rickshaw) tour guide in Bangalore? It’s an earner for sure but how limited are the options. We discovered the limitations of Bangalore after a very un-relaxing 12 hour sleeper bus ride from Munnar to Bangalore when had the invidious task of finding suitable accommodation at 4:30 in the dark, hot,sticky morning. I would not normally have succumbed to sucker pressure tactics but in this instance we had little ... Read More »

How Many Working Hostels Are There In Bundaberg?

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As I previously mentioned in an earlier post there are 12 working hostels in the town of Bundaberg and in this post I will draw a link to all the hostels which have their own independent website. I think it is really important to give a firsthand review with photographs of working town hostels as there is currently only vague and washy information available online which doesn’t give much away with regards to their availability ... Read More »

Arrival in Bundaberg – What is Bundaberg like?

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We heard on the grapevine that Bundaberg was as good a place as any to hitch up and grab some regional work to extend our working holiday visa, so from Brisbane this is where we headed using the train. It was a smooth ride in a very comfortable and clean economy carriage and it only cost $82 including taxes as opposed to the $98 which the Greyhound coaches were asking. The coffee on the train ... Read More »

Federal Backpackers Review, Bundaberg, Australia

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Do you like narrow, windowless, dirty rooms? Do you like piss and blood stained mattresses? If so, Federal Backpackers is the place for you. Have a shower and walk back to your room and it will be likely you now have 2 years worth of dirt, numerous variations of pubic hair and unidentified objects now stuck to your feet. I should be fair and say I did actually see a cleaner, but I can only ... Read More »

Get Free (or Nearly Free) Airport Transfers Worldwide

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Travelling is fun most of the time but there are points in every travellers journey which are an utter grind. My personal peeve is forgetting to arrange transport from the airport to wherever I’m staying, if I’ve booked somewhere that is. This is normally only a problem for me if the airport is out of the city or out of reach of somewhere cheap to stay. Now normally one could freestyle it to a hostel ... Read More »

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