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India the start

This is the start of a 6 week tour of India and I am starting in Kerala to have a slow introduction to this frenetic country. The people are so friendly and the food a challenge ...beach and sea warm and wonderful.

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How We Got From Sydney To Byron Bay

So after our final fling with Sydney which involved a group of us  enjoying a curry in Surry Hills, Sydney, it was now time to move on to our next Aussie destination right up the coast towards Brisbane with an eye to party in Byron Bay beforehand for a few days! We had a few options of how to get up there but as poor backpackers we opted for the cheapest and most scenic mode …

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Driving in India

Do not even contemplate hiring a motorbike, moped or car in India…it simply would be the action of a lunatic. Starting my tour of India in the quieter Kerala province convinces me that unless you are tuned to the Indian psyche you would not survive on the roads. Yet it is essential to master the art of traveling if you want to make it here. Let’s say you’re traveling from Warangal to Hyderabad, which many …

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Holiday Ideas to put the Art in Architecture

Traditionally Europe is seen as the centre of the art world and tourists travel many miles to visit the famous galleries and museums of major European cities; yet the streets of Europe are an artwork in themselves and architects the artists that have left their mark. ART ON THE STREETS Helsinki was declared the World Design Capital in 2012, an honorific title that paid tribute to the importance of design in the Finnish capital. Austrian …

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How To Learn A New Language in 3 Months

If you are interested in how to learn a language, then this is the video for you to learn in just 3 months. We may visit many countries and not all of them will speak our native language, so if you a are planning on visiting any of these countries, then here is your chance to get ahead of yourself. The original post, titled “How to learn any language in 90 days” was written by …

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Cancer Travel Insurance Q&A

It can be a shock when you are first diagnosed with cancer, however, however most cancers are treatable, or even ones that aren’t many people still go on to lead satisfying and normal life. As part of this normal routine, many cancer sufferers still like to get away and go on holiday, or find that they need to travel. This question and answer guide will make sure aware about what special circumstances you need to …

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The City That Never Sleeps “Las Vegas”

I have been very lucky to have visited this wonderful and magical place twice. Las Vegas has something for everyone and is not just a place to go and gamble your money and maybe your life away.  There are lots of things to do and see in this fascinating place which has been man made in the Nevada Desert. When I was there I went in a helicopter that took me over the hoover dam. …

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International Women’s Day – Wateraid

8th March 2013 – International Women’s Day. Why should we be writing about this on Livefreedietravelling? Simply because our charity of choice, Wateraid, is heavily involved and the work by Wateraid is dramatically changing the lives of so many women in so many areas of the globe. We are immensely proud to be supporting this cause in our own small way but also wish to create a message encouraging you to also become involved. If you are reading …

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Vientiane, Laos Gallery

The capital city of Laos, Vientiane was our safe haven following a very messy, but no less awesome, time in Vang Vieng. There were some pretty cool sites to be seen, besides the inside of the bathroom, which is where Thomo spent most of his time expelling the contents of his bowels. A couple of days will get you around most of the sites and we hope the pics give you a feel for the place x

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Vang Vieng, Laos – Gallery

I suppose for this gallery we can do nothing but apologies for its desolate state, but in fairness there is actually a good reason. A synopsis of Vang Vieng would be 'alcohol fueled partying on a rapid river' and a synopsis of the days you take it easy would be 'alcohol fueled partying in a lounge bar which plays back to back episodes of Friends and Family Guy'. How can we be expected to takes pictures in among all this? To be fair they do sell waterpfoof bags to store non water resistant valuables, but where your floating (struggling to stay float) in a river the last thing you need to be thinking about is whether you've dropped your camera or got it wet. So is that excuse enough?!?!?! I think so x

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Singapore Malaysia, Gallery

Singapore was an unexpected gem for me, where else could you go from getting off a train in the unknown, to being half naked in a swimming pool in a multi million pound apartment complex? We were thoroughly welcomed to our hostel by the manger who swiftly had us drinking free beers in the bar and later took us off to a hidden bar where we hung with some really cool people. When that's the first night you'd think it would be hard to compete, but followed a day later by our travelling buddies, we lived it up and had an amazing time x

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Phi Phi, Thailand Gallery

These photos encapsulate what I think is the essence of Koh Phi Phi, a small island based in the South West of Thailand. It is such an amazing place and is so diverse in its offerings. These could range from some of the most picturesque beaches with turquoise waters, stunning islands/rock formations, a diverse tapestry of sea life making for some amazing diving experiences, through to a thriving party scene with like minded individuals where you can dances around a fire on the beach to the early morning, to chilling at a bar and watching drunk people attempt to Thai Box for a free bucket of alcohol. A true highlight is walking down the sides streets in the early hours and watching the numerous happy go lucky drunks getting all manner of tattoos, mostly on their asses x

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Travelling to India?

Going to India? Got your VISA? Feel like Flu coming on? Do not make the same mistake I have made…. consider applying for your visa well before you intend to leave. I had not realised the somewhat antiquated mechanism for gaining a tourist visa to India and so fell foul of the long application process. Simply…you need to allow a good fortnight to ensure you have no problems. I was been informed that it would …

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TEDxRainier – Patti Dobrowolski – Draw Your Future

Patti Dobrowolski is a nationally acclaimed comic performer, high-performance business consultant, speaker, strategic illustrator and newly minted author, she spends her time focused on new neuroscience discoveries that leverage the power of imagination and visuals to actualize a vision of the future. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. What do we want in life? When we think about what we want in life, we …

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The Cost Of Living In Sydney

As Sydney was my second port of call this time around in Oz I had a rough idea of what the prices would be like here. Perth was my ghetto for around two and a half months before our sneaky interjection to Vietnam and let me tell you that that was an expensive joint to hang out in! 😉 So in a way I am grateful for the fact that Perth absolutely destroyed my wallet …

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