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Traveler Kristen Briggs in Women of the Future Competition – Vote for her!

 

Incredible to see my amazing travelling friends taking on new and exciting challenges around the World. Kristen Briggs is an awesome intrepid traveller. She’s been to more countries than I can count and she works for an amazing company, Inspired Adventures. She helps people everyday to raise $1000’s for charity.

kristen briggs

She is now in a competition to WIN $1000’s which she will donate to a huge project in Philippines which will change lives!

Here are the details in Kristen’s own words. I hope you can take the time to click the link to The Australian Women’s Weekly competition and help her WIN!

From Kristen Briggs,

Hi everyone,

 

Ive been selected as a semi-finalist for the The Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Women of the Future’ award and I need your help to win the readers choice prize.

 

Earlier this year I went on a medical mission with Operation Newface and I met a 17-year-old boy who had worn a bandana around his face his whole life because he was ashamed of his lip. I went and watched his operation and to see his whole life transform was amazing.

 

If I win $20,000 will go to Operation Newface Philippines Inc. helping them continue operating on people that have cleft lip and cleft palate in the Philippines.

Please help by registering your votes here – http://bit.ly/1tvD1gH

There are no restriction as to the number of votes permitted per day per person. If everyone could share and vote for me as much as possible and ask your friends and family to do the same it would be greatly appreciated. Voting for the Reader’s Choice prize closes on August 27, 2014.

Thanks for your support in helping keep my dream alive.”

 

VOTE now and let’s see what amazing things Kristen can do next!

 

women of future

 


Traveller Profile – Photographer, Cam Cope

Travel writing has led me to meet many wonderful and interesting people. I had the pleasure of bumping into Cam Cope at the Melbourne Writers MeetUp and I was so impressed with his travel tales.

Cam has recently launched his amazing exhibition at the Melbourne Museum in Victoria, Boorun’s Canoe. This is a must see in Melbourne as a beautiful representation of Aboriginal Cutture and a modern appreciation of a great history.

I loved reading Cam’s interpretation of his Australia.  Some great info and advice here so travellers read up!

South_America_by_Cam_Cope_01 http://www.camcope.com

 

  1. Name: Cam Cope

 

  1. Occupation: Photographer and travel writer

 

  1. Country of Residence: Australia

 

  1. Country of Origin: Australia

 

  1. email/contact/ website: contact@camcope.com / www.camcope.com / camcope.wordpress.com / www.facebook.com/camcopephotography / www.twitter.com/camcopephoto

 

  1. Why do you love Travel?

My Dad (Andrew Cope) really inspired in my siblings and myself a sense of curiosity about the world and a strong sense of adventure. He was an outdoor education lecturer at Monash University so we all grew up surfing, skiing, hiking, kayaking, camping, abseiling etc. But Dad was the kind of person who would also stay up late reading Greek mythology or books about Aboriginal culture. His sense of wonder for the world was a great gift that I’m still thanking him for. For me travel is a vehicle to keep inspired by exploring what I value most: the world’s natural and cultural diversity. That’s why I love travel and I definitely consider myself lucky to be able to share my passion from behind the lens and in writing.

 

 

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why?

 

Wilsons Promontory National Park in South Gippsland, Victoria. It’s in my home region and it’s where I discovered a love for the natural world, hiking and surfing. So there’s a touch of local pride in my choice but I reckon it’s got the best beaches in the country. You can even trick people into thinking it’s tropical with it’s white sand and turquoise waters (in photos that is). The best beaches there are also a bit harder to get to, you have to hike in (unlike the coastal asphalt that most tourists experience when they visit the Great Ocean Road on the other side of Melbourne). There are no busloads either and the surfing is uncrowded so I hope I don’t send too many people down that way.

 

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

 

I think what is truly unique about Australia is Aboriginal Culture and the epic sense of space you feel in the landscape. Our cities are great too, but they are not what make our country truly unique. I think this is part of the reason why our identity is so linked with the coast and the outback, despite being one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. So I always recommend people to get away from the cities and experience the low-key places, the enormous national parks, the bush, the rainforest, the desert, of course the beaches but also the mountains that are usually overlooked. I also say to visit local Aboriginal Cultural centres and look up local guides. You don’t have to go to the desert to experience it (not that you can really miss central Australia, it is amazing) but there is incredible diversity in Aboriginal culture all over the country.

 

South_America_by_Cam_Cope http://www.camcope.com

 

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

 

If I had to go anywhere else it would probably be Brazil. The relaxed atmosphere, beaches and friendly people remind me of home, but where our culture becomes a bit stiff (music and dancing) they become even more relaxed and somehow go nuts at the same time.

 

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

 

I think the most amazing travel experience I’ve had here in Australia was sailing for five weeks from the Gold Coast to the Whitsunday Islands in 2009. We were able to visit so many amazing places that are way off the tourist trail and totally out of reach unless you have a boat. It’s a reflection of Australia in general I think, the further you get from the beaten track the more you can experience how epic this country really is.

 

South_America_by_Cam_Cope http://www.camcope.com

 

  1. Favourite activity when around your city?

 

When I’m back in Melbourne (where I’m based at the moment) I like to explore the many bars and restaurants. There is so much variety you can just about eat any kind of world food if you look for it. I love when I find a new favourite place, and they always seem to be opening up, which is usually bad news for my wallet. I also can’t help keeping tabs on every footy (world’s greatest game) no matter what I’m doing.

 

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

 

I think I know it quite well, hosting visitors has given me great excuse to explore over the years. However there are still some big gaps, Tasmania and Western Australia are next on the list.

 

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

 

Australians don’t like whingers. If you’re bothered by the insects put some repellent on and then practice some Zen. We don’t want to hear about it. Don’t complain too much about the price of living here (unless it’s alcohol in which case fair enough) or the price of getting here. Or the heat, or the sun, or the crappy ads on TV (warranted), or that it gets cold in Melbourne in the winter (you can google our climate before coming) we’ve heard it all before. Understand that you are in an isolated place and that it’s expensive for us to travel away from here too. The current high value of the Australian dollar is a modern phenomenon, we are well travelled and have visited places like Europe and North America when it was in the doldrums, so understand the coin can fall both ways (pun intended). Besides, if Australia were cheap and easy you probably wouldn’t want to wake up next to it in the morning.

 

South_America_by_Cam_Cope http://www.camcope.com

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

 

For Aboriginal culture check out Ten Canoes. For an insight into the cultural differences between our cities check out He Died with a Felafel in his Hand. For a sense of our humour check out The Castle. For a brutal but realistic depiction of the Australian frontier check out The Proposition. For a shocking, hilarious and existential masterpiece (everything an Australian movie should be) check out Bad Boy Bubby.

 

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country?

 

I recommend the same book to Australians and foreigners alike. It’s called Why Weren’t We Told by Henry Reynolds and gives incredible insight into the colonial history of Australia and contemporary race politics.

 

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

 

Being a recent migrant nation Australia is still searching to define its cuisine. You will find amazing variety and quality of all food styles here (in urban centres at least). Where we are starting to find identity is in native ingredients. Don’t be squeamish, eat kangaroo, it’s lean, delicious, high in iron, low in cholesterol and a better alternative for the local environment than beef. -Our wattle seed tea is another unknown gem.

Moon Dance_by_Cam_Cope http://www.camcope.com

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

 

Master these three and the rest will follow:

  • G’day mate.
  • No worries mate.
  • Cheers mate.

 

  1. Best time of year to visit?

 

Being a continent of many climes it all depends on where you go and what you’re after. If you want beaches and sunshine, avoid the south in winter (yes our winter, commenting on how amazing it is that the seasons are reversed in the Southern hemisphere will set Aussie eyes rolling faster than mentioning shrimp and barbecues in the same sentence). But a safe bet anywhere is always summer, we’ll be on holiday and disposed towards having a good time and including you in it.

 

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country:

 

Ancient, relaxed, remote, irreverent. 

 

Vanuatu_by_Cam_Cope http://www.camcope.com


Traveller Profile: Poet Duncan Filer

An incredible chance meeting with Duncan in Jodhpur will lead to a lifelong friendship. Duncan was on his first extensive trip when we met in India and I was honoured to be part of his journey. He wrote the beautiful poem Mehrangarh as an ode to our wonderful meeting in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

Read Duncan’s journey and his loves of the UK, his home country.

 

  1. Name; Duncan Filer

 

  1. Occupation; Poet

 

  1. Country of Residence; UK

 

  1. Country of Origin; Germany

The only photo of Duncan in India, Proud to have taken it

  1. Why do you love Travel? I love to be free and to feel the spirit of adventure flowing through my veins.

 

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why? This is difficult as there are some of the world’s greatest outdoor spaces in Great Britain. I think for pure wild beauty then I would have to pick the Dartmoor National Park and for poetic inspiration the Lake District National Park

 

Watchet Beach – Somerset

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country? For a tourist then I would say London is the place to go, it’s best explored on foot and away from the tourist attractions. For example walk from Nottinghill Gate to The Portobello Road or Embankment to The Tower

 

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country? That’s too easy; I’d live in India… (with Emma of course at her guest house when see opens it)

 

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country? I walked a National trail called the pennine way, it’s about 270 miles end to end. I walked a few days with a postman call Nick, his challenge was not to walk past an open pub without stopping for a beer. He drank 100 pints in 16 days; we walked the last 30 miles in 7 hours and then drank a gallon of beer!! Google 100 pints pennine way and see if you can find him…

 

Haws Village – Yorkshire

  1. Favourite activity when around your city? I love walking in English cities, in fact any city. Really I find it’s the best way to get to know a people and their culture.

 

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed? There’s lots more to explore here, so many small towns and villages with lots of ancient myth and tradition

 

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country? Don’t drive in London, bring rain gear and be careful English people will recommend things out of pure politeness…

 

The Isle of Wight Festvial

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why? Nottinghill for its shear Englishness, it is everything romantic about being in England.

 

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country? Secret London

 

Hi Cup Nick – Cumbria

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country? Toad in the Hole, even better if you can get Roast Beef Toad in the Hole…. awesome bliss x

 

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier?
    A pint of beer not larger please landlord?
    Can you tell me where the nearest nice toilet is?
    Do you know when the rain will stop?

 

  1. Best time of year to visit? The Summer after Wimbledon

 

Oxford Uni playing fields

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country: Polite, historic, wet and romantic

 

Thank you to Duncan for his wonderful information about the UK and beautiful words.

 

Morris Dancers in Hampshire


Traveller Profile: Craig Lawton

Introducing Craig Lawton. Talented writer. Global Traveller. Well versed in Australian travel and culture. And funny down to earth guy.

Hear what he has to say about Melbourne, his home city, and Australia, the land he calls home.

  1. Name  Craig Lawton
  1. Occupation  Infrastructure Architect Telstra Pty Ltd.
  1. Country of Residence Australia
  1. Country of Origin Australia
  1. email/contact/ website

www.anacoluthia.net

  1. Why do you love Travel?

I have a difficult relationship with travel. Dave Graney song is my reference. Mt Gambia. Gave his memoirs.

“You want to go there, but you don’t want up travel.”

When you’re moving it’s not stressful, but it’s the planning and the preparation and thought of it that daunts me.

To go to places that you don’t know anything about can be scary and exciting. Act of travel is stressful. Not knowing where you’ll sleep? Not knowing layout of city?

I like going to places that friends don’t know. Something different.

The Trans Siberian is def one.

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why?

Stretch of coast from Cairns to Cooktown. There is a trail up there. Only bout 1000m or something but it’s laid back and reminds me of being on the frontier. Cooktown is great. Looking out over Endeavour River, can see the country going all the way North from there like it could go forever. It’s like going wild, back to the wilderness. You get the sense up there that you can imagine what it used to be like.

Giant fishes in the water. Very chilled out. I just keep going back.

You gotta go for the drive, it’s one of the great drives!

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

People come so far and travel so long to get here it’s a shame if they don’t explore. In Victoria visitors must go to Wilsons prom, it’s totally under appreciated.

South West of WA is also a little undiscovered but beautiful. Pemberton and Margaret River.

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

Have lived in England for a couple of years. And I would choose that. Great location. History. Friends there. Easy to travel to virtually anywhere from there including Asia, Europe and the Americas. First-world country so easier with kids and a family.

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

Time at Wilson’s prom, on windy saddle a few hours into this walk, all the travellers sitting, elderly couple sitting on other side of the Grassy clearing, head of brown snake came out from behind a man, and then behind the woman. Sat there watching and just went in slow motion. The snake went right around them and then went back into the bush and they were none the wiser.

Another story,

In eastern Kimberley on my honeymoon at Emma Gorge. Semi luxury tents, El Cuestro , hotel cabin, tent roof, en-suite. Wife wanted to go for walk , something wrong with toilet, went to use shared ones. I stood around looking dazed in the sun. Heard a scream but was off in the distance….. my wife, who had screamed, then laughed, waited for aftermath, then she started laughing.

Wife picked a toilet. And frog jumped up and out into the air then felll back in and slid down the toilet bowl.

  1. Favourite activity when around your city?

In city everyday for work but I love walking through the city through the lane ways. Trekking through city and never going on main roads. State library is a must see and jus to enjoy the reading rooms.

Explorer!!  City safari man!

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

I know the country and it’s people. I think on one level we’re quite shallow so not so hard to understand. Local peculiarities you forget when you’re away.

In terms of the whole country, you could travel your whole life and still not see the whole thing. Open spaces. Nothingness. Because we don’t know what’s there?

Something terrifying and haunting about the Australian interior. Memories of Lindy chamberlain, Falconio.

Aboriginals history.

Dark side of it.

Sense of the country that would be hard to understand now, the aboriginal side,

Maybe do a tour like that and learn more about the indigenous heritage.

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Don’t go to the interior. Who knows what’s there?

Shit stirring stories just for fun i.e. Drop bears, spiders, then brown snakes

Seriously – around the coast, beware of the water. If we put up warnings, we mean it!!

Snake stories. Ran straight over a red belly black snake once. Just another day in Oz.

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

The hunter

William de foe

Tassie wilderness, myth of Tassie tiger

Lantana – captures Sydney suburban without the trite.

Mature and honest look into suburban Sydney and Australian life.

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country?

Dirt music. By tim Whitton.

For Melbourne – photo book.

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

I wouldn’t say anything. All exciting stuff is blend of Asian and European.

Come to Melbourne. Go to Vic market and get fresh produce.

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

– How ya goin mate?

– No worries

– Get ya hand off it.

– Ya dickhead

I reckon I’m less passionate about Australia then I am about Melbourne.

Love being Sarcastic

  1. Best time of year to visit?

Melbourne. Autumn. Or spring. The changing seasons.

Tropics – June / June

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Young, clean, open, conservative

Make sure to check out Craigs blog: www.anacoluthia.net

Photos by http://www.steveweller.net/


Life through a Lens – Sarah Churcher Photographer

Sarah Churcher is a photographer and friend. She takes beautiful images through the lens and from behind the lens make you smile with her good heart and lovely sense of humour.

Sarah was one of the first friends I made in Melbourne and she has helped me greatly by providing me with some beautoful photgraphs for my portfolio. She is a Kiwi of Origin but a Melbournian at heart.

Emma Lovell by Sarah Churcher

Emma Lovell by Sarah Churcher

Sarah at work

 

 

Learn more about her wonderful photography, her love of New Zealand and her new home in Oz.

 

Traveller Profile

  1. Name: Sarah Churcher
  1. Occupation: Photographer
  1. Country of Residence: Australia
  1. Country of Origin: New Zealand
  1. email/contact/ website:

sarah@sarahchurcher.com

www.sarahchurcher.com

0423 281 324

  1. Why do you love Travel?

I love to see and photograph new things in new light. I think travel is vitally important to our growth as human beings. I wish I could do more travel, to be a Travel Photographer is an ultimate dream of mine!

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why?

My favourite place in New Zealand is Wanaka – in Central Otago. There is nothing better than being surrounded by the stunning landscape with a glass of local wine in hand! Balmy nights…live music ….Wanaka is simply breath taking!

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Central Otago – Wanaka and Queensland! Stunning, and so much to do! John Travolta did say “If God lived on Earth, he’d live in Queenstown”

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

I have already left my home country and live in Oz…if I had to leave here I fancy myself somewhere along the shores of Italy. Who doesn’t!

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

We went whale watching off Kaikoura and not only were we surrounded by two whales but also a pod of over 500 dolphins! Completely stunned by our experience on the way back to shore the engines were suddenly turned off and two hector dolphins swam past. Felt like a dream! It was unbelievable!

  1. Favourite activity when around your city?

In Melbourne it’s hard to select one particular favourite! The beach, the shows, the exhibitions, the laneways, the bars, the restaurants…

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

New Zealand – very well! Australia needs much more exploring!

Hawea

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Visiting NZ – dress warmly.

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Obvious answer, sorry! Lord of the Rings. Or how about The Piano – also a goodie!

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country?

Lost in New Zealand by Craig Potton

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Any seafood! Bluff oysters! Hockey pockey ice cream! Watties tomato sauce! YUM

17. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

Not sayings so much as words you should know!

Esky = Chilly bin

Togs = swim suit

Thong = Jandle (this is an important one – thongs mean g-strings in NZ!)

  1. Best time of year to visit?

Different benefits to going all year round!

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Picturesque, mountainous, relaxed … perfect

Contact Sarah for her Great Work


Adventure Photographer Krystle Wright – Traveller Profile

Krystle Wright is an amazing adventure photographer who is always on the next big adventure. She’s been to Baffin with a crew of base jumpers, Pakistan to capture para-gliders and even to Chitwan, Nepal for the elephant polo.

 

She has quality work and has been published in magazines and papers all over the world. Not only that, she is a top chick. She has become a friend through our connection on http://www.explorergirls.com.au where we are both ambassadors. Read why Krystle loves her own country, Australia.

 

Krystle in action

 

  1. Name: Krystle Wright

 

  1. Occupation: Adventure Sports Photographer

  1. Country of Residence: Australia

 

  1. Country of Origin: Australia

 

  1. email/contact/ website : http://www.wrightfoto.com.au

 

  1. Why do you love Travel? Travelling can offer so many unique experiences whether it be meeting new people or discovering new places. It’s always a different experience continually opening your mind to new things.

 

Krystle's work

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why? Probably Sunshine Coast because it is where I grew up and it’ll always have the home feeling. Plus the vibe there is relaxed and it’s easy to find your own beach to play on or escape to the hinterland.

 

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country? Australia is incredibly diverse that it’s hard to only choose one place. The central desert area showcasing Ayres Rock is amazing to visit, or the picturesque Lizard Island surround by crystal blue waters and the majestic Great Barrier Reef. The choices are endless and Australia has something to offer to any tourist visiting.

 

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country? Well I haven’t been to Europe yet and I think Spain sounds pretty good.

Krystle enjoying BAFFIN

 

  1. Favourite activity when around your city? I love bodysurfing at the beach as it’s such a good release for the body and mind. Otherwise I’m usually on the hunt for a plate of awesome dumplings in the city.

 

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed? There is always more exploring to be done especially when your country is as vast as Australia.

 

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country? Use your common sense. Like any country, there are good and bad things and just keep alert of your surroundings.

 

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why? The Castle. An absolute classic Australian comedy though it tends to be a movie that people absolutely love or the complete opposite.

 

Krystle and I with my friend Sundar and her friend in Kathmandu, Nepal

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country? I’m more of a visual person so my book to recommend is; A Day in the Life of Australia: Photographed by 100 of the World’s Leading Photojournalists on One Day, March 6, 1981

 

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country? Have a massive BBQ surrounded by friends or family. Perfect way to spend the afternoon!

 

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

Whose next shout?

About as useful as tits on a bull

Hit the frog and toad

 

  1. Best time of year to visit? Anytime. It just depends on what activities you wish to do!

 

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country: Relaxing, Breath-taking, Unique, Beer

Krystle's article from Pakistan


Y Travel? Ask Caz MakePeace – Traveller Profile

Caz and Craig Makepeace are true travellers and lovely people! With 12 years of travel under their belt and so many amazing experiences, they are certainly the go to people for Travel advice. I met the great team through blogging and have really enjoyed getting to know them, in person and through their writing.

Learn more about Y they travel and Y they love Australia!!

At a beautiful Aussie beach - The lovely family

  1. Name Caz Makepeace
  1. Occupation formerly a teacher, now a blogger/ publisher/editor
  1. Country of Residence currently Australia
  1. Country of Origin Australia
  1. email/contact/ website

http://ytravelblog.com

East Coast beach

  1. Why do you love Travel?

Travel gives me the freedom to live my life the way in which I choose. It gives me the opportunity to explore this beautiful and diverse world of ours and to learn so much about it and myself. When I travel I feel as if I am truly alive and doing what I was born to do.

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why?

I think Broome, Western Australia would have to be high up on the list. It is a small country outback town on the beach. I think it is a really unique town to Australia. Cable beach is consistently rated as one of the world’s best and Broome is the entry to the spectacular Kimberly region.

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many different areas. The East Coast is the most popular area as this is where the majority of tourist places are. I like to recommend Western Australia to tourists though as it is so untouched and very beautiful. It is not heavily populated with tourists so your experiences may be a little more unique.

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

Thailand or the USA, but there are many more countries I could live in for a short while. We wrote a post on it called 11 places we could live around the world

Our pearl farm in WA

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

Craig and I lived and worked on a pearl farm in the Kimberly region, Western Australia for 4 months. It was a fantastic experience to live in a remote area in the outback region. We would fly in and out of work on a sea plane and our camp was surrounded by dingos, snakes, wallabies and plenty of underwater life.

On our weeks off we would fly to Broome and explore more of the beautiful gorges and waterfalls of the Kimberly region.

  1. Favourite activity when around your city?

We love to walk around around Sydney Harbour, it is just so beautiful and there are plenty of walking paths. We might stop for lunch and a pint at one of the pubs in the Rocks area and catch a ferry around to Darling Harbour. We recently went to Taronga Zoo which we felt was a great Sydney day out

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

Australia is so big and diverse, I feel that I haven’t even touched the surface. We definitely need to explore more of Australia and would love to travel around it in a motorhome for at least a year.

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Bring plenty of cash! Australia is expensive so be prepared for it and look for ways you can reduce the cost.

Also wear sunscreen. Many tourists coming here don’t understand just how harsh our sun is until they go out in it for ten minutes on a hot summers day and they turn into a nice shade of vibrant red. The sun in Australia is brutal.

Sydney harbour

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Priscella Queen of the Desert- it is fun, flamboyant and hilarious- showing a different side of Australian life and the country as well.

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country?

I love anything by Bryce Courtney that is set in Australia as he predicts our culture and history very well.

Bill Bryson’s ‘In a Sunburned Country” is also good.

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Vegemite. Its our most famous spread and much loved by Aussies. You also must try a meat pie, a lamington and some pavlova.

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

G’day mate- is for hello

The dunny is what we call the toilet

Fair dinkum- aussies use it all the time so its best for you to know what it means. It can mean “truly” or in asking if you “are being serious” or can be used in replacement of a swear word.

  1. Best time of year to visit?

I think from November to Easter is the best time. The weather is warm and sunny and there are so many festivals and events on to enjoy.

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Outdoorsy, laid-back, diverse, exotic


Dismas (MUFASA) Alex, TANZANIA, Travel Profile

Introducing you to Tanzania by Dismas (Mufasa) Alex.

 

Mufasa is a dear friend to me who I only recently met on my amazing and epic journey, Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. As head guide, mufasa is responsible for all arrangements with staff and for the primary care of all 9 international participants on the trip. He commands his crew and orchestrates his tribe incredibly for a seamless and highly enjoyable tour.

 

I cannot wait to go back to Tanzania (planning 2 years time) to see more of the wonderful country and with my best guide and dear “Rafiki” (friend) by my side.

 

Read more about wonderful Tanzania from Mufasa and see his contact details below for those who are going!

 

 

1. Name: Dismas Alex (MUFASA)

 

2. Occupation: Tourism

 

3. Country of Residence: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

 

4. Country of Origin: Tanzania

 

8 NORTHER ICE FIELDS FROM THE RIM

5. email/contact/ website ( If happy to be published on a website):

dismasguide@hotmail.com, safaris@tanganyikaparks.com

P.O.BOX 7711, MOSHI

Cell: +255 768 848 323; + 255 658 848 323

 

6. Why do you love Travel? I feel happy to participate and deliver my community with responsible travel caring about nature flora and fauna living free in wilderness.

 

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?

Kilimanjaro (the roof of Africa), been there more than 150 times. I feel freedom of mind on the highest peak of Africa, as on the foothills where I grew up in Marangu volcanic fertile land, God given us. I’m so proud of it.

 

Snows of Kili background

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Places in combination eco-tourism Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro & Serengeti.

 

9. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

I love my country Tanzania; more important, it’s a peaceful country; If it happens I’d like to live in any country similar as my home country.

 

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

That is during my childhood, when I first climbed Kilimanjaro 14 years ago; with no proper gearsuntil 4,600 meters, and that I was happy getting closer to those big blocks of permanent glaciers I use to see from the bottom, and also landscape when on Ngorongoro crater rim and Serengeti endless plain with vast wild beast migration.

11. Favourite activity when around your city?

Chatting and exchanging tourism ideas with friends and colleagues

 

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

I know most of my country places of interest physically in spite of the fact that more exploring needed (eco-tourism) to the new places for Tourists to visit as Tanzania is big and believed to have plenty of virgin interesting places to visit.

 

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Others are normal like any other country, to bring/have copy of their yellow fever certificate.

 

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Novels and movies featuring Tanzania, so they can have an idea what kind of a country they are going to visit

October 2011

 

15. The best book to read before visiting your country?

The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernst Hemingway.

 

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Ugali (stiff porridge- corn flour) Banana stew, banana beer,

 

17. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

“Karibu” – Welcome

“Hakuna matata” – No worries, no problems

“pole pole” – slowly slowly

“Poa kichizi kama ndizi” Crazy cool like a banana.

 

Our mountain tent

18. Best time of year to visit?

All year around, except the raining season March & April for hikers

 

19. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Tanzania the land of “Kilimanjaro”, “Serengeti”, “Ngorongoro” & “Zanzibar”

 

Emma and Mufasa on the SUMMIT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

KILIMANJARO

Mountain Guides & safari Outfitters

Post Office               Home Address:-

7711 Moshi              Taifa rd.

East Africa               Tanzania

Phone +255 768 848 323

E-mail: dismasguide@hotmail.com

Climbing/Safaris & Beaches


Adventurous Rotorua New Zealand

Adventure, outdoors, stunning scenery and thrills of a lifetime. Does this sound liek the ebst holiday ever?

Well, for my mate Tak, this is LIFE. Tak lives in Rotarua New Zealand and started an adventure activity business offering white water rafting, biking, climbing and basically anything else which gets the heart rate going and the endorphins surging. The website for the action is www.multidayadventures.co.nz and Tak is happy to talk through your activty needs with you at any time.

I visited New Zealand in 2003 and was surprised how different it is to Australia, as I always expected it to be similar. The people are just as friendly and lovely though and they will definitely have some fun joking around with you. New Zealand is diverse and exciting and it’s a must on any explorers destination map!

Read why Tak is urging you to visit him in Rotorua, NZ!

1. Name Takurua Mutu

2. Occupation Company Owner/Operator

3. Country of Residence New Zealand

4. Country of Origin New Zealand

5. email/contact/ website www.multidayadventures.co.nz

 tak@multidayadventures.co.nz

6. Why do you love Travel?

The world has a lot to offer, it’s up to me to find it.

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?

-My home town Rotorua. With 30 lakes in the region, 120km of purpose built mt bike trails, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall as well as 3 other grade 5 rivers nearby, surf 25mins away, snow 2 hours the other way, natural hot pools everywhere and of course the most important thing, my whanau. That for sure is the most important and wonderful thing about Rotorua. My tribe, Te Arawa, have always been very excepting and friendly as well as curious with foreigners and that’s what sets Rotorua apart from much of the rest of the country, our culture.

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Do you have to ask?!? Queenstown is great, but Rotorua has that extra something special about it. It’s real, we have culture.

9. What other country would you life in if you had to leave your country? Perish the thought, I couldn’t imagine not having this beautiful home of the Long White Cloud to come home to.

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country? They say there’s a problem binge drinking culture in New Zealand, well lets face it, after travelling around many a pub and clubs around the place you really do have to get as much drink in ya as you can when clubs only really get going for 2 hours a night.!!!!

11. Favourite activity when around your city? The white water kayaking/sledging is pretty awesome but with our forest and trail networks set up as they are it’s pretty hard to go passed the mountain biking here.

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed? I know New Zealand from top to bottom so well, but there are still so many rivers, mountains and forests I would love to explore.

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country? Watch out when visiting New Zealand, you may become hooked!!! Seriously, it’s a great place to visit and its safe. Like any country in the world we have the occasional crazy dude.

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why? Hard to say without getting clichéd. Lord of the Rings etc. were great, Whale Rider is a great little insight into Maori culture. But I suppose if you want an insight in to “good ol’ kiwi” sense of humour then you better watch Flight of the Concords (I realise this isn’t a movie but still….)

15. The best book to read before visiting your country? 28th Battalion – It’s a non-fictional war book on our people in WW1 and 2. It’s a great book to see where the idea of kiwi ingenuity comes from and the background on the Maori people and we are called the Warrior race.

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country? Have to try a proper Hangi or earth oven meal. Not many places do it well but if you ask the right person they may just put one down for ya. Otherwise try “Mitai” 

17. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

1) “Chur” – often followed by bro is a local greeting. But it is more than that, it can be used as an alternative to the following; – Hello – Good bye – Thank you – How are you? – I’m ok – That was cool/neat – Can I have that please? – Would you like one? (often refers to a beer or wine) – Are you alright? – Yes – No

2) “Sweet as” – Everything’s great

3) “Kia ora” – The bastardised way of saying hello in the Maori language. Really mean to live well and only said to someone you know or actually want to live well. Not really said to complete strangers until recently.

18. Best time of year to visit? Depends on what you want to do. Surfing, some summer. Ski/Board, come winter. This place is great all year around.

19. The 4 words that best describe your country:

 Time of your life!

Check out New Zealand with Tak – Visit http://www.multidayadventures.co.nz


Travel to KOREA with Juno

This week we have JUNO from Korea. I met Juno through her wonderful posts on her blog and her twittering! Now we share tips on travel.

Read about Juno’s experiences in her home country of Korea and check out her blog for great travel advice www.runawayjuno.com.

  1. Name

Jiyeon Juno Kim (just Juno is fine)

2. Occupation

Mechanical Engineer.

3.Country of Residence

Seoul, Rep. of Korea for now

4. Country of Origin

Rep. of Korea

  1. email/contact/ website

runawayjuno@runawayjuno.com /

twitter.com/RunawayJuno /

www.runawayjuno.com

5. Why do you love Travel?

It gives me un-describable thrill. Nothing gives me this much of thrill. Photography is one of my biggest passions in my life, so travelling and photography make perfect sense for me. The greatest thing of travel is meeting people. Wherever you go, you meet fellow travellers. Even though you came from totally different world, it’s so amazing that you can talk to each other with same values. This is what gives me a thrill during travelling. I’ve met so many great people on the road and planning to do so for a long time.

6. Favourite place in your home country and why?

Seoul. Because it is my hometown J  and has a lot of excitement.

7. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Seoul. Definitely.

East coast to beautiful nature (beaches and mountains)

Jeju island.

8. What other country would you life in if you had to leave your country?

Too many great places I want to live but I have to say NewZealand at this point. Because it is the best I’ve ever been so far.

9. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

I went to Jin-do (Jin-island) at very south of Korea. It is really small Island so not many people live nor know. It was a middle of summer. Even though I love beach in summer time, I don’t like to be in crowd so I never go. But that time in Jin-do, I went on a beach and there were 5 people in the water! Water was cristal clean, beautiful sunshine, just so peaceful. I can here little child giggling with the sound of wave. It was magical moment. Some place should remain just like that.

10. Favourite activity when around your city?

Among many excitements in Seoul, I watch many great musicals, go to special festivals (like St.Patrick’s day festival yesterday) and visit sub-urban city around Seoul by subway.

11. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

I travel lots of place in Korea, but Korea still does have more things to see for sure. I think, it will never end J

12. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

We are very secured country. If you are worrying about security issues.

Although I recoment learn few Koreans before your visit. Actually many Koreans can speak English well but just in case. J

Additionally we have a lot of spicy food so smell or ask before you eat. J Ouch in your mouth!

13. The best book to read before visiting your country?

It is very hard beacause not many of our books translate to English. I will let you know this too with the answer of No.14 J

14. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Actually I had article about this in my blog. Here’s a link!

http://su.pr/1s8Cdn

15. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

Hello : An nyung ha se yo.

Thank you : Gam sa hap ni da.

I can’t speak Korean : Han guk mal, mot hae yo.

16. Best time of year to visit?

We do have clear 4 seasons. All seasons are great, but if you insist I choose spring and autumn. All the flowers and new born trees in spring and flame color maple trees in the mountain. It could blow your mind.

17. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Country of rising sun.


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