Friday Travel: Travelblogging as Community

We are currently planning significant trip to United States later this year – and it’s interesting to note the differences as well as the similarities. On this trip, we are going to travel nearly 4500km by land – that’s the equivalent of a loop from my home city of Brisbane, via Sydney, down to Melbourne,…

Friday Travel: Sapa, Vietnam

Vietnam is an interesting place, to a visitor from a ‘liberal democracy’ like Australia. It is, strictly speaking, a communist country and yet many of the social welfare things that we have come to expect – like free schooling – don’t appear to be a part of the Vietnamese psyche. As Al Jazeera pointed out in…

When holiday planning becomes obsession :-)

Have you ever had a vague holiday thought, only to see it become an all-singing all-dancing vacation extravaganza seemingly on its own? Some people just ‘wing it’ when they go on holidays – others like to plan everything down to the finest detail. As for Shirley & I? We’re somewhere in the middle, I guess.…

Cruising – what’s your style?

We’ve spoken before about eating on a cruise ship – but you may not have considered WHY some cruise-lines push all-inclusive, while others offer a-la-carte extras. The organization of amenities is an important area where the cruising industry has made changes in order to keep their ships running profitably. One of these areas is the way…