Why you should visit Port Douglas in Far North Queensland

Location Location Location The success of Port Douglas is all about Location. Just one hour’s spectacular drive north of Cairns Airport in Far North Queensland, with the waters of the Great Barrier Reef lapping the shoreline and the prehistoric rainforest of the Daintree calling, the tiny town of Port as the locals label it, delivers […]

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Lan Ha Bay Vietnam rival for Halong Bay

Cat Bay Island in Vietnam is a stepping off point to beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Karst islands litter Lan Ha Bay, like stepping stones in a giant playground meant for outdoor pursuits like climbing and kayaking. The quieter, more pristine waters of Lan Ha, rival and many say surpass, those of the descending dragon or Halong […]

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Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 3

Queenstown. Adrenalin Rush Part 3 of our South Island Road trip begins in Queenstown is the self-proclaimed bungee jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, snow skiing, luging capital of New Zealand. Movie Location Tours But Queenstown has more to offer than pure adrenalin fuelled activities. Movie Location tours are popular – three of the many movies made nearby […]

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Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 2

Part 2 of New Zealand’s South Island road trip kicks off at Hope River in Canterbury, zig-zagging toward Christchuch before cutting back through the alps at Arthurs Pass to Hokitika on the West Coast. The route passes glaciers, threads between twin lakes before arriving at picture-perfect Wanaka, with a finale of the highest main road […]

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Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 1

The compact size and undoubtable beauty of New Zealand sets the scene for an unforgettable road trip. Forget long stretches behind the wheel on this adventure and be captivated by the impressive changes of scenery of the South Island. Think of the grand scenery of Canada (10 million square kilometres) condensed into an island covering […]

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Free and Low Cost Camping along the Bruce Highway in Australia

Australia is a large country just begging to be explored and nothing beats the freedom that an Aussie road trip offers. Commercial caravan parks provide excellent amenities and charge accordingly, but when you just want a place to park your van for the night, free and low cost camping will save you big bucks. Plus, […]

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Sicily’s Scenic Southern Corner Revealed

Driving in Sicily can be challenging. Much to my dismay as chief navigator, I discovered how easy it was to become lost, even when using a GPS as well as a paper map. Keeping in mind that trips can take much longer than anticipated, it is a most enjoyable way to explore and reveal this scenic […]

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Over the border into Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor

Sitting at the cafe on Crkvina Hill in Trebinje, savouring the last of our coffee and the admirable view, we cajoled ourselves into moving.  It was time to leave East Herzegovina and drive over the border into Montenegro and that day’s destination in the Bay of Kotor. But there was one last thing we wanted to […]

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Best of 2015 Travel at Budget Travel Talk

Best New Travel Experience In 2015 we added a brand new Coromal Caravan to the Budget Travel Talk arsenal. This photo was taken at our first free camp at Notch Point Queensland.  Years ago we purchased an old van without amenities to see if we liked the lifestyle.  We did, but decided we needed to be self-sufficient […]

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Dickson Inlet from the Deck of the Lady Douglas

We were guests on board the Lady Douglas, a purpose built riverboat, reminiscent of the smaller of the Murray River paddle steamers in Victoria and New South Wales.  But we’d swapped the muddy Murray for the tropical mangroves of Dickson Inlet in Port Douglas, North Queensland. Dickson Inlet looking out to sea. Water is our element […]

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