Natalie Tran – Cooking in a hotel room

Here are some excellent travel tips (Cooking in a hotel room) from Natalie Tran, the YouTube sensation from Australia. Search on YouTube for more of her travel videos. However, I’m off on another trip soon, so maybe I’ll put these cooking skills to work.

Book review: The Old Patagonian Express, by Paul Theroux

The Old Patagonian Express, published in 1979, describes Paul Theroux’s trip, mainly by train, from Boston to the southern part of South America, so he could write a book about it. He was already an experienced traveller and writer of fiction and nonfiction, and spoke Spanish quite well. The book is not your typical travel…

Budget souvenirs

Have I mentioned that my husband and I are budget travellers? When we travel, instead of souvenir shopping we look for local rocks and, of course, sea shells. We pick nice ones and carry them around for the rest of the trip and bring them home. The price is right, as long as you don’t have to pay…

Book review: The Unconquered, by Scott Wallace

Image by CIFOR via Flickr An adventure in the Amazon is always at the top of my bucket list, even though I’ve could have crossed it off after my 2009 trip to Peru. The Unconquered is subtitled “In Search of the Amazon’s Last Unconquered Tribes” and that pretty much sums it up. Published in 2011, the…

Ficus trees and the living bridges of India

Have you seen pictures of the living bridges in Meghalaya, India? According to the information on this site, they are made from a species of India rubber tree (Ficus elastica)  and are constructed over several generations. This photo is of a banyan fig (Ficus benghalensis), the national tree of India, in the Brisbane Botanic Garden. It could be up…

Navigating with my iPhone and google maps

My iPhone is an essential travel companion. I feel that I have my family and friends at my side whenever I want – without all the annoyances of their actual presence! When I’m out of the country, I need to seek out wireless internet for a fix once or twice daily, but that adds a little structure to…

Reviews of budget accommodation in Australia

Bendemeer Caravan/Tourist Park This a long post but just a summary of facts and figures about our accommodation in Australia (New South Wales and southern Queensland). Prices are in Australian dollars, which were about 3-8% higher than American and Canadian dollars. By the way, it should be no surprise that many of these places will not be quite…