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“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)

“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)
There is a well-known saying, "Bagan is (the) spirit of (the) history of Myanmar" and to fully understand the importance and complexity of the Buddhist influence over Myanmar then you really should treat yourself to a hot air balloon flight over the ancient city of Bagan. Although not yet awarded a UNESCIO World Heritage listing, this area is home to the highest density of Buddhist architecture…

“Shh! If the Rhino Charges, We Climb a Tree” – Hiking In Nepal

“Shh! If  the  Rhino  Charges, We Climb a Tree” – Hiking In Nepal
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal, offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. The park, which is situated approximately 150km southwest of Kathmandu, is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Clouded Leopard, Striped Hyena, One-Horned Indian Rhino, wild boar, deer, monkey, Gharial (crocodile), over 450 species of birdlife and…

Travel Partners with Benefits – Can the relationship last the Distance?

Travel Partners with Benefits – Can the relationship last the Distance?
  “The value of a relationship should not be measured by the length of time the relationship lasts, but by the strength of the bond that exists every moment you are together. When you eventually say goodbye, you need to appreciate the moments you had, more than you dread the moments you won't have.”   “Guess what!…I’m sort of, engaged!” my…

Nepal – Mountains, Monasteries and Marriages

Nepal – Mountains, Monasteries and Marriages
Dear Penny  My sister and I have been invited to our friend's Hindu wedding in Kathmandu, Nepal, in September. We have been told that Nepal can be quite confronting and want to be well prepared. We are considering booking an “adventure tour,” as we both like hiking and photography. We are also interested in helping or volunteering at an orphanage. Do you have suggestions? We have only 2 weeks’ vacation…

Family Road Trip 101

Family Road Trip 101
Does the idea of a road trip leave you with thoughts of the Griswold's misadventure to Wally World? The good news is it doesn't have to! Whether it is traveling to the beach, theme parks, visiting friends, relatives, national parks or cities, a road trip is often the way that most people get to experience the sites and beauty of their own…

2014 – The Year of Travel – Making a New Year’s Resolution

2014 – The Year of Travel – Making a New Year’s Resolution
Making a New Year's Travel Resolution is easy - achieving it is much more difficult. The good news is, it doesn't have to be! Most often, New Year's Resolutions fail because people don't believe they can actually achieve their goal - to many, it is just a dream. The key to accomplishing your New Year's Resolution is by planning how you can unlock those travel dreams and make them a reality. Goal Setting,…

5 Tips for Travel During The Festive Season

Travel can be stressful at the best of times so consider this little check list to make your Christmas travel enjoyable and stress-free. 1. Have Realistic Expectations Don't expect the rest of the world to run on your schedule. Consider flight delays due to weather conditions, long lines, traffic and people being tired and stressed. 2. Be Organised Use a…

Making The Big Decision

Making The Big Decision
Whether you are a young, solo, 18 year-old departing on a Gap Year or a '50- something" single woman, we all face a time in our lives when we want to travel. Women like to travel for several reasons: memories, adventure, romance, or just to connect with other people and better understand humanity. I travel because I love to learn…

How to Travel With Children – Airport Stop Over

How to Travel With Children – Airport Stop Over
*** Thanks for your question Holly! From personal experience, my advice when it comes to traveling with children (whether it be to the shops or international travel) is the same: They get hungry, bored, tired, restless and need the washroom frequently – and this usually follows a pattern every couple of hours. With a little preparation, traveling can go from…

Escape to Paradise This Holiday Season

Escape to Paradise This Holiday Season
Many Australians travel to Thailand each year because it provides great value for their dollar. Increasingly, Thailand is becoming a top international holiday destination for families. Dear Penny, I need your help. This year I am going to get in early and plan our family vacation, so that I can take advantage of the travel specials offered for early bookings. I…