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Packing for Cold Weather in China – Carry On Edition

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / October 6, 2019 / 10 Comments
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Packing for a trip to China’s Western Sichuan province has been challenging. Most of the trip will be at altitudes over 3000m – in mid-late October the temperatures are looking at  zero to mid teens centigrade.  Not warm at all.  Plus I want to  carry just my carry-on sized 45l backpack and a smaller day…

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Best Currency Card for Travel

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / August 19, 2019 / 10 Comments
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UPDATED August 2019  Often living in a small country at the end of the world is advantageous. But  not when you are looking for a great deal on cards to use when travelling.  Americans and Europeans have heaps of options for cash-back, point-hacks etc etc. New Zealand not so much. Until very, very recently we…

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Silk Road Planned Travel Route

Planning a Silk Road Itinerary – 3 Months Travel Along the Silk Road

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / July 3, 2017 / 22 Comments
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UPDATE  Well our Silk Road trip is over – 8 days after landing in Shanghai – we were landed in an emergency room of a hospital in Lanzhou – a city I never planed to overnight in… When your partner collapses on a bus to Xiahe you learn some stuff. I didn’t panic – a…

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Vietnamese visa - issued at SGN Airport

Vietnamese Visas for New Zealanders

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / January 5, 2017 / 2 Comments
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My Vietnamese visa issued on arrival at SGN Short answer – yes you need a Vietnamese visa if you travel on a New Zealand passport. (If you are a dual citizen of the UK or some European countries – you can  fly in (not  a land crossing) for 15 days without a visa). First Things…

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Earthquake Damage, Lyttleton, New Zealand

What Happens To Tourists in New Zealand After An Earthquake

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / November 15, 2016 / 2 Comments
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Earthquake Damage, Lyttleton, New Zealand As I write this we are tidying up after a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand. The sensational reported by both local and overseas media makes it hard for tourists to get a real view of what’s happening here.  So I’m writing this to  add some reality to the…

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Happy Hour Mojitios at the Hotel Majestic, Saigon

Southern Vietnam: Costs of Independent Travel

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / June 27, 2016 / 5 Comments
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We’ve just returned from a short 2.5 week trip to southern Vietnam. Given that Vietnam seems suddenly being promoted to New Zealanders (thanks to the many more options of flying there) I thought I’d keep a record of our expenses on the ground to give you some idea. The Travellers My partner and I are…

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Road Tripping in the Eastern USA – From an Australian/NZ Perspective

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / March 25, 2015 / 3 Comments
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We drove 4300 miles over 4 weeks from Philadelphia and back via the Atlantic Coast, northern Florida, New Orleans and the Appalachians. It was quite a different experience – and because much of what is written about American road tripping is from an American perspective, I thought it might be fun to  write from a…

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The Real Costs of a USA Road Trip

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / June 27, 2014 / 5 Comments
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The short version – travelling the USA for 4 weeks in a hire car cost us around $800 for the car – plus US$240/day for all costs for 2 adults.  To see where we went see my  Road Trip Plan post. Note these costs do NOT include the far more expensive cities of Philadelphia, New…

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Wellington Train Station

East Coast USA Itinerary – Well an Outline Anyway!

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 17, 2014 / 3 Comments
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Starting to get excited now – I know living in the “now” is a big thing is some corners of the Interwebs – but I love to dream and plan! It’s a cold, wet and miserable  Maundy Thursday as I write this, and we will be locking the door behind us on Easter Sunday –…

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Singapore Changi Airport Pool

7 Tips for Stress Free Travel Flying – For Those of Us Who Can’t Afford Business!

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 14, 2014 / 7 Comments
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This is a bit of a rant disguised as useful information – I just read a well-known travel blogger’s  take on stress-free travel. It all sounded very chill so long as you can afford priority access through security, lounge access and business class. Back in the real world, I don’t waste money of flights, I’m…

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