Happy birthday dear Melbourne…

…Happy birthday to you. The 30th of August is Melbourne Day, and today Melbourne was 175 years old. Although Melbourne Day is an official day, it’s not an official holiday, so it’s not celebrated with gusto. Most people don’t know about it. If you were to pick a true Melbourne Day it would probably be […]

Where I’m At: August, 2010 – Essen

On the trail of artists and architects in Germany From Budapest I took a flight to Weeze in the West of Germany. It worked out much cheaper to do this than to fly directly to Amsterdam, which was my next stop. Flying to Weeze kept my remarkable run of visits to Germany intact, and it […]

Subscribe to the AirAsia newsletter for cheap flights in Asia

If you travel in Asia, or plan to, then may I suggest subscribing to the Airasia Newsletter. AirAsia are the largest low cost airline in Asia and they often have some amazing sales. An example of an AirAsia promotional email. Since I have been subscribed to the newsletter I have picked up some ridiculous bargains, […]

Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast

The Black sea Coast of Bulgaria has been a budget holiday favourite for decades. First with the countries behind the Iron Curtain, and now with the countries from the cold north. Along this stretch of coast is a good cross section of Europe with styling urban cities, cheapo package holiday resorts, old fishing villages and […]

Walking the length of Broadway, New York

New York’s Broadway is a road that runs the entire length of the island of Manhattan (and continues through to the Bronx). Everyone has heard of Broadway, but before I first visited New York I just assumed it was the name of the theatre district. View Larger Map Ever since I discovered this geographic curiosity […]

Apocalypse Wow! Judgement day frescoes at the Rila Monastery – Bulgaria

The Rila Monastery in Bulgaria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and perhaps the most well known structure in the country. When you enter the monastery it just looks like an old fort and it doesn’t prepare you for the view that is inside. The monastery is famous for its frescoes by Bulgarian artist Zahari […]

Notes on Fort Lauderdale: beaches and canals

Fort Lauderdale is one of those places that turned out better than I thought it would be. The beaches are better than Miami (softer sand) and the mansions and super yachts along the waterways are truly grand. Fort Lauderdale Beach. Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. I wince whenever I hear the […]

A review of my first Couchsurfing experience

While planning my trip to the United States I discovered that hostels aren’t available in every big city, so finding budget accommodation was proving to be difficult. I had previously signed up to CouchSurfing.org but I had not used it, so it seemed like a perfect time to try it out. Finding A Couch To […]

Notes on Miami: The Capital of the Americas

Going To Miami It wasn’t my original plan to visit Miami on this trip to the USA. I was planning to road trip from Chicago back to Newport, RI, where I have based myself. It turns out that there is hardly a hostel between Chicago and Newport, so my accommodation budget was facing a blowout […]

Travel Habits, Rituals and Superstitions I Have Acquired Over The Years

I first went overseas in 1995 (to Hawaii) and I got the travel bug immediately. Over this time I have acquired numerous travel habits and superstitions that follow me around the world, and even dictate my travels. I Travel To London Every Year Visiting London at least once a year is something that I make […]