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Taking on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

It was a crisp Sunday morning at Tongariro National Park.  I was up early to catch my transfer bus to the carpark at the start of the one day tramp across the Tongariro Pass.

Before I hopped on the bus I started a conversation with a fellow countryman from Cork.   Continue reading Taking on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

New Zealand: Backpacker be warned, the lackpacker is here

In June 2011 I wrote a blog about the different breeds of backpacker.  I talked about the flashpacker, backpacker and of course the slackpacker.

Just over 2 years on from this I have noticed a new breed of backpacker.  I’ve called this type the lackpacker.  I’m here in New Zealand myself, not as a backpacker this time.  I am here hoping that I can settle here for good when I find a job.  But more on that in another post. Continue reading New Zealand: Backpacker be warned, the lackpacker is here

Travel Tips: Best seat in the sky

You’re booking your next long haul flight and you’ve come to the option to choose your seat.  So how do you know which is best for you? I personally prefer an aisle as that suits me best when getting off a flight quickly. I can also get to the toilet without having to wake up or climb over anyone.  To speed things up I always select the seat closest to the front in my cabin area which I am happy to pay extra for. Continue reading Travel Tips: Best seat in the sky

Monaco: Day 17 of 17 Happy St Paddy’s Day

I decide to go and look for breakfast.  I find a cafe called Caffe Due Merli Savona in a small street near a church and escape from the rain in there.  I order a latte and two croissants with a marmalade filling.  Well, this is how the lady describes it, but to me it tastes like apricot rather than the orange I am used to. Continue reading Monaco: Day 17 of 17 Happy St Paddy’s Day

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