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Do You Still Need a Camera for Travel Photos?

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 8, 2014 / 21 Comments
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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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Cape Panwa, Phuket

This Blog is Not Going to Malta!

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 4, 2014 / 2 Comments
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So I’m a bad blogger, and I don’t update often enough.  But when I do update, it’s genuine. Which is why I’m not going to Malta. But I probably need to back up and explain: Malta is running a campaign which sees them sponsoring 72 travel bloggers to visit in 2014 In some ways this…

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Independent Travel Ireland

Independent Travel – Ireland Edition

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / June 28, 2013 / 0 Comments
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I have traveled Ireland several times  – but for many people Ireland is their first trip overseas so what should a beginner be thinking about if they are considering a trip to the Emerald Isle. You could decide to go with an organized tour – lets be clear tours are great – so long as…

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Sydney Ferries Under the Harbour Bridge - Dwarfed by a Liner

Sydney 30 Years On

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / February 17, 2013 / 1 Comment
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Sydney was my first overseas city which I traveled to solo At 19 at scored a holiday job a summer job with a multi-national oil company in Sydney’s Rocks area. A few weeks ago my latest trip was because I was taking a travel writing course Sydney Transport Options The first time I arrived I caught…

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My Non-Boring Travel Money Guide Is FREE

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / January 12, 2013 / 0 Comments
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I‘m currently giving away my Non-Boring Travel Money Guide – free on Kindle. Sorry it’s back to it’s regular, but reasonable price of $3.99. (If you don’t have a Kindle, which personally I think is the best piece of travel gear invented EVER, you can still read it with a free Kindle app.  This is the…

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Yangon Railway Station

Train Travel in Burma: Should A Tourist Take the Train in Myanmar?

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / January 9, 2013 / 4 Comments
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Content last updated – November 2016 – please contact me  if you have an update!  Travel is slow and exhausting unless you fly. However if you fly you miss out the main point of Myanmar, which is the people and landscapes rather than specific attractions. Frankly after 2 weeks I never wanted to see another…

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Where it all started, Sydney Cove

Australia Day – What Is It And What Can An Australian Visitor Expect?

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / December 27, 2012 / 0 Comments
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Australia Day is Australia’s National Day – it commemorates the arrival at Sydney Cove on 26th January, 1738 of the first white settlers, the fleet of convicts, dispatched from Portsmouth, England. The group of 11 ships carried 759 convicts, 211 marines, 46 wives and children of Marines and Captain Arthur Philip’s staff of 9. Initially…

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Christmas Markets, Berlin

Travelling At Christmas – How To Survive

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / December 25, 2012 / 2 Comments
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I’ve spent many Christmases away from home. The most memorial one’s probably include: spending most of the day on flights from New Zealand to India;  to the first time I spent Christmas in Australia – in Sydney; many years later spending Christmas in the middle of the Nullabor Plain; Christmas Eve in Singapore before flying to Hanoi…

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Koh Chang White Sand Beach

Thailand Islands Compared: Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / December 23, 2012 / 3 Comments
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After our exhausting 28 days in Burma – we relaxed on a Thai island. I am a huge fan of Thai beaches and this time we went to Koh Chang, not one that I’d been to before. Koh Chang (Trat) Location Koh Chang (Elephant Island, because of it’s shape) – is actually Thailand’s second largest…

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Overpriced Hotel - Ngaungshwe

No Room at the Inn – Or Do You Need Hotel Reservations in Myanmar?

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / December 22, 2012 / 2 Comments
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I’d been warned for months to book Myanmar, the tourist “surge” was in full swing and the country was “full”. No room. Indeed I was even told I was irresponsible not to book in advance! Myanmar is in an unusual situation: tourists are arriving in numbers unseen for years, yet the government still requires that…

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