Death Road, Bolivia – Cycling the most dangerous road in the world

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Death Road Bolivia

The first time I heard of Death Road was on Top Gear, seeing them drive down this crazy narrow road with sheer drops at one side, it looked terrifying.  For those of you that haven’t seen the Top Gear episode or heard of Death Road, well it’s famous for being the most dangerous road in the world.  It is a gravel road that is 69 kilmotres long and in some places only one bus width wide.  It used to be the only road from La Paz to Coroico but a new road was finally built in 2006 and so now the only traffic you see on the road are the tourists, either cycling down or in vans, or the local farmers who live at the bottom of the valley. Continue reading

Doubtful Sound NZ – The most stunning overnight cruise I have done

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Doubtful Sound

While visiting New Zealand I heard about Doubtful Sound & Milford Sound, I did the 2hr cruise on Milford Sound and found it beautiful but when I saw pictures of Doubtful, I knew that I somehow had to fit it in my trip. Continue reading

Hot Air Balloon Trip Egypt – I have to keep the balloon in the air!!

Hot Air Balloon Egypt

When I went to Egypt in 2007 I had no intention of doing a hot air balloon trip but when a couple on my tour decided to do the trip for sunrise, the “I hate missing out” part of me started kicking in.  I didn’t want them to come back and tell me how good it was and see the pictures and regret not doing it, so I signed up and agreed to get up at some ridiculous hour so that we could get out to the field into our balloon and in the air while it was still dark so we could watch sunrise in the sky.  When we arrived I was surprised at the size of the basket, I was expecting that one balloon carried maybe 4 people and not realising there would be lots of baskets attached. Continue reading

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The Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I was having a great day and it got even better when I got a message from Lauren @ The Holiday Designer advising me that she had nominated me for The Liebster Award.  It is an internet award given to bloggers by bloggers.  It was created to recognize and discover new bloggers, where each person nominated answers 11 questions given to them by the person who nominated them so you can get to know them a little better.   After I must nominate 3 new bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer. Continue reading

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South Sea Island, Fiji – Visiting paradise

South Sea Island Fiji

After living in NZ for a year it was time to move on, the visa had run out so on to a new country, on my way to Hawaii I decided to first stop in Fiji for nearly 3 weeks.  I had seen pictures before and it looked beautiful so it was a place I had to visit.  I flew from Auckland to Nadi where I stayed in a hostel for 1 night before getting picked up and taken to Port Deanarau to start my 12 day trip around the Yasawa Islands with Awesome Adventures Fiji. Continue reading

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One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

On the 26 June I was nominated by Jon and Jo from JWalking for the “One Lovely Blog Award”.  It’s such an exciting thing to happen 1 month after I issue my 1st blog piece and great to know that people other than family and friends are reading and enjoying my blog.  Thank you Jon and Jo. Continue reading

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Faro – A beautiful town in the Algarve, Portugal


When I decided to visit Portugal it was more to see Lisbon as it seems to be the place to go at the moment.  I had 17 days so I decided that a trip to the south to a few beaches would be good to fit in too.  I had no idea it would be such a beautiful area and I had a great time there.  I flew into Faro which is where the airport is that covers the Algarve, most tourists miss Faro and go straight to their resort but as I had a flight that landed at 11.30pm I decided to book a few days in a hostel there.  Le Penguin Hostel is located about a 10-15 minute walk from the old town & bus/train stations it’s a great hostel, very clean, staff nice and friendly and they knew how to get to others towns or the different beaches.  They also do evening meals too which were great and good portion sizes and the free breakfast was good with lots of choice.  There is a nice outdoor common area that everyone hung out in, a great hostel for meeting other travellers.

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