Best Currency Card for Travel

We’re in the process of planning an over 3 month trip along the Silk Road. I needed to update my options and work out what was the best way to convert currency for international travel in 2017. Starting from New Zealand certainly limits our options- all those wonderful cards which not only give free ATM…

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Vietnamese Visas for New Zealanders

Vietnamese visa - issued at SGN Airport

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). Page ContentsFirst…

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Southern Vietnam: Costs of Independent Travel

Happy Hour Mojitios at the Hotel Majestic, Saigon

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. Page ContentsThe TravellersVietnam  Travel Costs; June 2016Typical…

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The Real Costs of a USA Road Trip

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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Do You Still Need a Camera for Travel Photos?

Short version – yes. Longer version. I have a decent “super-zoom” camera –  the Canon 20IS (the 50IS is the latest model). I’ve had it for several years and am not planning on replacing it. But I know more and more  travellers are ditching their point and shoot cameras and just using iPads or phones…

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