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The Amazing Amazon

Let me start by saying I hate snakes. In fact, I am not sure that hate is a strong enough word for something that makes my skin crawl, my hands sweat and my pulse race. I blame my Dad for this phobia, as when I was about 12 years old he insisted on allowing a Moroccan snake charmer to drape a horrible long, brown, heavy snake around my shoulders, for the sole purpose of getting a photo! I was terrified and the fear has stayed with me ever since.

So as you can imagine, I was more than a...

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A day in Krakow

Place yourself in the walled city of Krakow in the 13th Century. Unbeknown to you or the rest of the population of Poland’s walled capital at the time, the Mongols, led by the brilliant military strategist Subutai, were planning a surprise attack to raze the city to the ground. Their plans, however, were to be thwarted. A sole trumpeter spotted the approaching horde and blew a warning, now famously known as the Hejnal Mariacki, that allowed the city’s gates to be closed in time to stop...

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Climbing Volcanoes outside Antigua

As I pulled myself up the steep hill to the next view point, still shrouded in cloud, I wondered really why I was bothering to climb this volcano at all.

The tour had arrived in Antigua, a city in the central highlands of Guatemala. The cooler temperatures were definitely welcomed by the group after nine days of humidity. It's a charming colonial city to wander around, sight seeing and taking in the Spanish Baroque architecture, which was what most of the group had opted to do on our...

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Honeymooning in the Masai Mara NR

We got married on Saturday 6 April 2013 in Pittwater, Sydney. An amazing day. One week later, after leaving our jobs, moving out of our apartment in Sydney, we packed our bags and set off on our honeymoon – 9 months backpacking around the world!

The Masai Mara NR

It was a long bumpy drive along dusty roads to the Masai Mara, but after being in Africa for just two days, we were taken on an introductory game drive that afternoon – what an incredible way to...

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Crossing the Cambodian Border

I have always said there is nothing quite like a good old border crossing. Whether your crossing the border from Chile to Argentina to get over to the Mendoza side to just sample some the amazing wines that are on the Argentina side.  Or maybe even crossing the Bulgaria to Turkey border where as you have to take out everything in your backpack in order for the Turkish police to check your things for drugs or weapons.

Ah but today I want to share with you one of the most adventurous...

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Just popping to Antarctica

I have travelled to all seven continents and extensively visited more than 75 countries in the past 18 years working in Tourism, so as a Tour Leader I regularly get asked where my favourite place is. I usually reply that there are many places I have loved for different experiences, but I suppose if I am made to choose outright, then my cruise with Tucan Travel to Antarctica would be right up there.

I was working a season in Patagonia when I suddenly found that I had three weeks off due to...

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