Flight Review: AirAsia X – Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: AirAsiaX D7 2723 Date: 13 March 2009 From: Melbourne (MEL) To: Kuala Lumpur LCCT (KUL) AirAsia X – Long-haul low cost flying AirAsia X is the long haul brand of Malaysian low cost airline AirAsia. They fly from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne. They also fly to London Stansted, making […]

29 Euro train tickets from Budapest to Munich

MÁV, the train operators of Hungary, have special ticket prices from Budapest to locations around Europe. I got a ticket from Budapest to Munich for €29. The tickets aren’t apparent to find on their website. I only knew about the ticket offer from billboards in Budapest, and there is no indication of the special price […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Biarritz, Tangier – Morocco

Hotel Name: Hotel Biarritz Address: 102-104 AV Mohammed 6, Tangier, Morocco I spent the night in Tangier, which not many visitors seem to do. There was definitely a distinct lack of tourism here. Most visitors to Morocco skip Tangier and head to the train station for the Marrakech Express. [City of Tangier] Tangier certainly has […]

Spain to Morocco by ferry

I travelled to Morocco from London from which there are many low cost airline flights. I wanted to arrive in Morocco via the classic ferry to Tangier so I opted for a flight to the South of Spain instead. There are numerous airports in Andalucia that you could possibly fly to from London. I chose […]

Flight Review: easyJet – Gatwick to Gibraltar

Flight: easyJet EZY8901 Date: 13 Nov 2008 From: London Gatwick (LGW) To: Gibraltar (GIB) In October 2007 easyJet bought fellow UK carrier GB Airways. Most of the flights operated by GB Airways have since been integrated into the easyjet network. The acquisition meant that easyJet now has rights to fly to Gibraltar. I was travelling […]

Long Neck Women – Chiang Mai

The long neck women are from Burma/Myanmar, and many live as refugees in Thailand. The long neck women are known as Padaung, a sub-group of the Karen tribe. The Karen tribe villages are near the Thai-Myanmar border, but there are also “villages” near Chiang Mai. I say “villages” as they are really just market stalls […]

Notes on Goa: Matt Damon, hippies, and Portuguese ruins

[Palolem – Goa] Goa is a small state on the west coast of India. It is often referred to as if it is a place. This former Portuguese colony was once one of the happening places on the overland hippy trail in the 1970’s, and ever since then every hippy worth their salt will tell […]

A tour of the slums of Mumbai

At every book stall on the streets of Mumbai there are always the same travel books on sale. The one you see the most here is Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. The book is a fictionalised retelling of the authors true-life escape from an Australian prison and flight to India, where he ends up living […]

Notes on Mumbai: Bollywood, World Cup Cricket, Shantaram

Welcome to Bombay, Sir Arriving at Mumbai International the terminal looked like it hadn’t changed since the 1950’s. I love it. It’s like a glimpse back in time which you are not afforded in todays modern hub airports of Southeast Asia. I turned on my mobile phone and I received a welcome message from a […]

A guide to budget accommodation in Dubai

There’s not much in the way of budget accommodation in Dubai. Cheap guest house style accommodation that is common in Asian destinations does not fit in with Dubai’s grandmaster plan of being a luxury holiday and shopping stop-over hub. Hostels There are some hostels in Dubai, the UAE YHA, though it’s not in the most […]