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Friends in high places – Living with the Tamang

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. …

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Bhaktapur, Nepal – Gallery

Bhaktapur is an absolute "must visit" when you come to Nepal. This beautiful ancient city is world renowned for art, Newar culture, marvellous buildings and monuments. There are fantastic shopping opportunities for local crafts and you can witness pottery being sculpted or thrown or Thanka paintings being hand painted. There are numerous festivals (as there are all over Nepal) in this UNESCO world heritage site. There are temples and Museums so there is no end of things to experience here. In the Bhaktapur Durbar Square you find temples, Palaces ad monasteries with the backdrop of the Himalayas. You must visit here.

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

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 …

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How to Find a Cut-Price Cruises

Cruise holidays have become enormously popular and, thanks to the innovative new cruise ships and exciting new onboard activities now available, they have opened up to new audiences too. Whereas cruises were once enjoyed by retirees and those with oodles of spare cash, many families, young couples and budget-conscious travellers are now trying out this style of holiday – and are coming back for more. Cruising generally represents great value for money. After all when …

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Bangkok, just a few more pics – Gallery

There are many images of Bangkok and these are just a few more as supplements. There is so much to see and do in Bangkok and many often use it simply as a staging post for further travels in the beautiful Thailand countryside or escape to the many and various beaches and Islands. Different districts in Bangkok are linked by an excellent traffic system and so all the key attractions; Temples, pagodas, river, restaurants, nightlife and many others besides are well within reach.

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Beautiful Pokhara, Nepal – Gallery

Pokhara, Nepals second city is such a beautiful place and a gateway to the Himalayas. Boating, trekking and paragliding enthusiasts all come here for their fix. You can look out over Lake Phewa and enjoy wonderful sunsets. Views of the Annapurna mountain range draw you into the trek to Annapurna base-camp. Super lake view restaurants cater for all needs and tastes.

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Peace Pagoda Pokhara – Gallery

Built on a hill/mountain overlooking the second city in Nepal, Pokhara, and the beautiful Lake Phewa, the brilliant-glistening white World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Japanese Buddhist monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji movement. The paths up to the pagoda are a wonderful walk and you are rewarded with fantastic views from the cafes on the summit once you get to the Pagoda. This is only a small gallery but will be added to in the future. Superb views.

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My Unexpected Excellent Adventure

This is a guest post from an amazing woman whom I have been following for some time through her personal blog (Adventures in Spiritual Living). This is no ordinary journey however; but one we might each be involved in one day; and if you just need a little more positive inspiration in your life then read on … thank you Marie. My unexpected excellent adventure My most recent journey included new foods and ways of …

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Birmingham Airport: UK’s Most Accessible Airport

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 …

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Volunteering Abroad – a Debate

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 …

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

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 …

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Donating Blood Overseas

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 …

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Urgent Travel Tip from the Old Guy

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 …

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Cattle Work, Australia

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 …

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Our Choice of Cause – Khagendra New Life Disabled Centre

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 …

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5 Secrets To Make Your International Travel Hassle-Free

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 …

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When we Grow – Exploring the myths surrounding Cannabis

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 …

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