Author: Finlay Kent

How to Avoid Opportunistic Tourist Scammers

One of the rather unfortunate realities travellers have to constantly deal with is opportunistic tourist scammers who make it their full time business to try and con tourists out of their money and sometimes even valuable possessions and items such as your passport and other important documents. It’s really hard to feel sorry for anyone trying to trick you and steal from you, but the reality is that most of the places which turn out to be attractive destinations because of how affordable they are, are home to people who generally edure a lower standard of living, especially those...

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Essential Travel Guide for Non-Drinkers and Fussy Eaters

People who don’t drink alcohol (out of choice) are a very rare breed these days and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when I refer to the quizzical stares you get when you tell someone that you’re a non-drinker. The consumption of alcohol is as natural as breathing to most people, so much so that everybody is expected to be happy about being poured a glass of wine or being offered a stiff drink as a big part of otherwise regular customs and traditions. Fussy eaters also don’t have it easy, especially if your picky eating habits are...

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Breaking Your International Travel Duck – What You Should Know

Travelling abroad for the very first time induces a mystifying mix of excitement and a bit of wonder about the unknown, sometimes a bit of fear and anxiety as well because the truth is you’re literally venturing into some brand new territory and you can’t confirm with 100% conviction exactly what you can expect. Fortunately though, wherever it is you’re going, there are plenty of travellers who have mapped the way before you and there’ll be plenty more who follow the same path after you. So it’s already somewhat of an institution and institutions tend to breed familiarity around...

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Top Tips for Planning Your USA Road Trip

It’s everyone’s lifetime ambition, but is planning a road trip around the USA easier said than done? When you get down to the nitty gritty it’s really not as easy as landing at LAX and jumping into a hire car with your mates.  You really need to plan every step of the journey, get your visa sorted, buy insurance, and check accommodation rates. I reckon you need a year minimum to plan it properly, and to make sure your group knows the itinerary and what they all need to do before travelling. Here are some top tips for planning...

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Sydney Hotels Reports a Drop in Hotel Occupancy

Australia is one of the most visited countries in the world, with people from all corners of the globe flocking to Oz to see the Sydney Opera House, take a walk on Fraser Island or take a trek in the Tasmanian wilderness. Despite Australia being one of the most desired holiday destinations on the planet, Sydney has reported a 2% drop in occupancy in 2014. Sydney is without doubt synonymous with the Australian landscape, with many people holidaymakers confusing it as the capital city, so it’s a little disconcerting that tourists might not be visiting the city as much...

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