Aoraki — Mt. Cook

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Aoraki — Mt. Cook

When planning my trip to New Zealand, I considered a number of different options — hotels, camper van and bed & breakfasts. In the end, I opted to go down the B&B route. My reasoning was twofold: (1) B&B’s by their very nature, tend to have more character than the relative anonymity of hotels; (2) … Continued


Twizel

Did nothing yesterday as was too tired from all the travelling and anyway needed to rest before hiring my 4×4 today. Didn’t even bother going in to the city as there was nothing much left of it to see anyway. The devastation is on a much larger scale than appeared to be indicated by any … Continued


Christchurch

I arrived in Christchurch around 1.30 after having caught my connecting flight in Sydney. When you look at New Zealand on a map it looks quite close to Australia — almost like the way Ireland is close to England. What we forget however is the scale of both countries. The flight from Sydney to Christchurch … Continued


Stopover in Singapore

It was only on my way out to the airport to catch my onward flight to Sydney that I passed by a cordoned off area of the city centre. It was then that the penny dropped.  The Formula 1 Grand Prix circus was in town (for three days as it turned out) so that probably … Continued


Singapore is not cheap!

Singapore has a well deserved reputation as a shoppers’ paradise but prices have clearly risen sharply since I was last here years ago. Being a typical man, I’m a bit of a gadget freak so I set off for Funan Mall which was located about a 20 minute taxi ride away. Although the taxi itself … Continued


The joys of international travel

Connected through Heathrow yesterday, having flown in from Dublin on Aer Lingus. Despite there being three hours connecting time between the flights, my bag never reached the Qantas flight in time with result that I have to kill 24 hours in Singapore in the clothes that I’m wearing. I got 100 Singapore dollars straight away … Continued


First Mobile Post

Wow! The onward march of technology never ceases to amaze me. So I can blog away on my forthcoming RTW trip, I’ve just added a neat app to my Samsung Galaxy SII that will enable me to upload content directly from my phone to the TravelBug website. How cool is that?


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