Christmas with the Mayor of Warren, Illinois, USA

Repost from Bill “Magic 500” Hunter’s blog,



Bill’s young cousin Emma visited his dear friend Wayne Raisbeck, the Mayor of Warren.




See a tour of Wayne’s wonderful house decorated for Christmas!




Bill Hunter has amazing friends all over the world due to his kind, generous and loving nature that is simply infectious.







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Introducing James Freemantle, a great TV presenter for Travel and news shows. He’s my mentor and will be helping with my travel presenting! Watch this space


Introducing the incredible James Freemantle of REDgum Communications. I thought I knew a thing or two about presentation, communication and presence – until I met James. James has a true gift in his ability to convey meaning, personality and passion into all that he does.

James has many years of presenting and teaching experience which led him to start REDgum Communications. They run training and workshops in media, presentation and personal branding. You will learn so much in a very short time from this talented group of people.


  1. Name; James Freemantle

2.Occupation/ business: REDgum Communications

3. Position: Director

4. Country of Residence; Orshtrayya (Australia)

5. email/contact/ website ),

6, Twitter: @redgumcom


7. Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?

  1. We help people become aware of how they are experienced by others, how they’d like to be, and how to create…

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Tulum – True Paradise on Earth

Tulum is a beach and town with ancient ruins located on the East Coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo.

Tulum should be the new word for  = Paradise!

Dancing on the beach in Tulum!

I visited Tulum in 2009 with my university friends on our Semana Santa, or Spring Break. Out of all our travel for 18 days, Tulum was far and away my favourite. Never have I been to a place that could so instantly lighten my mood and warm my heart.

The clearest blue waters you’ve ever seen, soft white sand, cabanas on the beach and picture perfect views with the ruins, cloud studded skies as the sunsets. Sunrise, or what I saw of it, was magic and captured in my memory for all time.

Tulum has changed since I was here 3.5 years ago but the essence remains the same. The cabanas at Mariachi restaurant where I stayed last time are still here but are no longer the closest to the runs. There are 3-4 new hotels now on the beach which are located closer to the pyramids. However the cabanas remain the most economic. A “matrimonial suite” is 350 pesos per night ( $27 US) or a single low cabana with double bed for 250 pesos ($18 US). With 2 people, this is highly affordable accommodation.

Some people may not like the basic nature of the cabanas but I love it. It’s all you need. No matter where you stay on the beach, the view is the same isn’t it ? Waking up and a walking down the stairs onto stunning white soft sand, with a view of the clear blue water is all I need. We have toilets, showers and restaurants at the complex and electricity for 2 hours a night to charge electrics.

Sunrise is incredible!

A cab to town is only 50 pesos and there you can enjoy a variety of shops, clubs, restaurants and catch the buses to Chichenitza famous pyramids or Playa Del Carmen just an hour away, another beach and famous town. The pyramids from my cabanas were just a 5-15minute walk by road and are 60 pesos to enter. You can also walk along the beach to the other hotels and restaurants and enjoy a meal or night out. We had a great time at La Vita Bella – using the WIFI and enjoying incredible fresh fish and delicious nutella crepes for dessert.

On offer at the beach is also a snorkeling tour in the ocean with a great view of the pyramids from the water. Then you have the unforgettable, unmissable cenotes! From the cabanas it was 450 pesos per person ($35 US approx). This is a must!! You go with a guide to the Grand Cenote and experience the most incredible underwater caves and brilliant colours of water. We were lucky to see turtles swimming, fish and have a great view of the underwater caverns as there were scuba divers visiting at the same time.


This is the most incredible region of Mexico and a week would be a recommended stay to experience all that is on offer. Day trips to Chichenitza, Coba, Playa del Carmen, all separately would be great to experience more of what’s on offer. Valladolid is also a pretty city not far from Tulum which could be nice for a cultural visit. If you have 10 days or more there are more extensive trips to Merida, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and even Palenque (pyramids in the jungle) from this hub.


Pyramids at Chichenita, 7 wonder of the New World

Enjoy Tulum – My favourite place in the world!

Watch out…. You’ll be Tulum’d!

Pyramids at Tulum, Ruins by the sea

Peru Trek to Machu Pichu

Here are just a few photos of the epic adventure that was Machu Picchu and the trek leading up to it!

Instagram has been amazing for documenting my trip and sharing info along the way.

Trekking in the lares valley, Peru

Finished the trek at Ollantaytambo, almost at Machu Picchu


The view of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu





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Travelling in the Americas

It’s been a whirlwind so far! Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and now the U.S.


A few pics from each country and more to come soon!!

Machu Picchu in Peru


Peruvian Tattoo artist living in Bolivia -love this!


Salt flats, Uyuni, Bolivia

At the beautiful Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico

Disney pose in Jackson Square, Jazz birth place, New Orleans, USA


Isla Del Sol in Pictures

Too many words to describe this beautiful island but a picture says 1000! So here we are.

We stayed in the South of the island which is the least popular choice but in my opinion ended up belong the most beautiful.

A huge trek up the hill to reach the accommodation, we thought we had really stitched ourselves up but although it was an hour with 20kg packs, it was beautiful.

A walk from South to North will take approximately 1.5-2 hours and you can either go over the top or follow the coastal route around the island. I suggest you do one there and the other back as you will virtually see the entire island.

A simple way of life, a quiet place, and a peaceful paradise.

Food was interesting = hawaiian pizza with glacier cherries

The views were endlessly spectacular

Copacabana – Beautiful yet ever so stupid

It’s been a while since I’ve been to such a beautiful place which also had the ability to drive me absolutely balmy! The town itself and surrounds look stunning but the systems and processes of communication and exchange, are somewhat lacking.


Copacacrappa, as my friend has now donned it, sits between Puno in Peru and La Paz in Bolivia and rests upon the awe inspiring Lake Titikaka. Despite stunning blue waters that sparkle under the sun, my blood was boiling and frustrations ever increasing.


The local people have taken on the guise of assisting tourists yet it appears to be a love/ hate relationship. They would like your money yet do not wish to provide you with service or hospitality. Ok no I am being harsh, we had 2 beautiful caballeros in 2 different restaurants who once we had already been placed into a pickle by someone else, managed to provide us with correct information to resolve said issues. However, I feel that these issues or discrepancies should never have arisen had the people in question provided adequate information in the first place and not taken on the “need to know” basis policy.

Trying to buy a bus ticket out of town included 2 hours of walking back and forth between shops, googling forums on Lonely Planet to find out we would need to cross a lake, purchasing a ticket at an escalated price only to not actually have a ticket and need to run back to the original store. It seems these mis-communications and lapses in exchange are a frequent occurrence.

So excuse the language but Copacabana, get your shit sorted!


Despite all this – I probably would visit again as it is the gateway to the incredible Isla Del Sol aka Paradise of Bolivia.