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Do You Have To Live Near The Sea ?

By Lis / September 24, 2014 / 0 Comments
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My mother always claimed to have to live near the sea. She was born in a house across the road from the sea in Wellington. Around 70 years later she died in that house and my brother and I inherited. We sold it a few years later because although the view was nice – the house…

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Falling in Love with a House

When House Just Won’t Let Go!

By Lis / September 23, 2014 / 0 Comments
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Sometimes you just have to go and look in real life. A house that is for sale in a Titahi Bay  has caught my interest. In fact I’ve looked at all the photos many times, worked out the floor plan, driven the area via Google Street View.I’ve googled it and found a previous issue with a…

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The Story Begins – Thinking About Buying a Home By The Sea

By Lis / September 22, 2014 / 0 Comments
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Buying a home is a big deal – but the start of this story was quite casual, I had a vague feeling that I wanted to move nearer the sea. We’d previously discussed moving somewhere warmer, probably Tauranga – but the tropic is that it’s not THAT much warmer, and it’s a small town. I…

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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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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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