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Australian Safari 2012

When applying for my Australian Visa, under “purpose of visit” I put down “eco-tourism”. And I wasn’t lying. You can’t really travel this close to the South Pole and NOT see penguins in their natural habitat!! And how could I resist a chance to see some Koalas, Emus, Wallabies and Kanagaroos?? There are two ways you can choose to see…

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Melbourne 2012

OK, I’ve got a confession. Despite it being the cultural capital of the nation, I wasn’t really that interested in Melbourne itself, so I was only there for a couple of days and the weather was so atrocious. Thankfully, once again, I was staying at an Intercontinental hotel and it was a pretty comfortable place to wait out the torrential…

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Blue Mountains 2012

Being based in Sydney gives you the opportunity to jump on the train at Sydney Central and head across to the Blue Mountains – but definitely set off early so you can make the most of it in the day. (Not much point staying overnight, in all honestly.) The Blue Mountains are both a National Park and a UNESCO World…

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Sydney 2012

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d get to see Australia in person. However, I happened to be in Asia. And thanks to budget airline Air Asia’s exceptionally low fares, and my willingness to travel with just one bag, it suddenly seemed to be within the realms of possibility. Unfortunately, I would only have a week in…

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Kandy 2012

This was the LAST Sri Lankan Kingdom, before it was captured by the British Empire about 200 years ago. Today it’s known as the country’s cultural capital. The city of Kandy sits on a plateau in central Sri Lanka, surrounded by mountains, and is famous for its many temples, with the main attraction being the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth…

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Pinnawala 2012

About 50 miles outside of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, is the village of Pinnawala. It’s known for one thing only: Elephants. Because it’s home to an elephant sanctuary, and a popular tourist stop when exploring the country. The souvenir shops sell all kinds of knick-knacks made of elephant poop – seriously! Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary Riding an Elephant I was…

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Colombo 2012

Once again, I had a big chunk of airmiles burning a hole in my virtual pocket, and it was time to explore the most efficient way to use British Airways’ generosity to my own advantage. I had a hankering to explore South Asia. Unfortunately, I was banned from India and had no desire to see Pakistan again. However, I could…

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San Francisco 2012

In May 2012, I briefly returned to San Francisco to negotiate a contract on behalf of my employer. As it happens, negotiations broke down and things didn’t work out. But it was still a chance for me to revisit some of the city’s highlights again, and this time I had a newer camera so the pictures came out a little…

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Seychelles 2011

The final leg of my Indian Ocean tour was a visit to Seychelles – the smallest African country by size and population. There are actually 115 islands, of varying sizes, that make up the Republic of Seychelles, but I only had the chance to visit Mahé, which is the biggest and home to the capital Victoria. I know I often…

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Réunion 2011

Time for the next leg of my Indian Ocean tour. I’d wanted to visit Madagascar, but the logistics of that were prohibitive. So instead I was heading from Mauritius to nearby Réunion Island (formerly Bourbon Island), which is part of the French republic and, therefore, a part of the European Union. They use the Euro as currency and have an…

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