Posted by: traveljunkies | May 27, 2011

traveljunkies blog has moved . . .

Hi

Since January we’ve moved our blog to www.traveljunkies.com/blog

Thanks for following us

Cliff

Posted by: traveljunkies | January 22, 2011

Travel Experts Predict More Travelers Asia Bound in 2011

Small Group Journey Specialist Travel Indochina Ready with More Than 800 Departures

Leading experts agree: travelers in 2011 expect genuine experiences and life-changing journeys, making Asia destinations like Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam among the top choices for travel in 2011. Travel Indochina, a leader in small group Asia travel, offers the best of the ‘real Asia’ with more than 800 departures, and new Small Group Journeys that provide authenticity and total immersion for even the most discriminating travel junkies. Read more …

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Posted by: traveljunkies | January 5, 2011

How to bargain fairly in third world markets.

Bargaining is a two way process and it’s important that both sides feel they have done well from the bargain.

Don’t try to screw every penny out of the deal. A dollar to you is trivial but is more important to the seller. Accept that they will try to rip you off but that’s part of the game. If you don’t want to play the game, just walk away, or better still, avoid the place altogether.

Never make the first offer, always get the seller to state their price first.

Don’t buy the first time round. Shop around to get an idea of the going prices. It will send a message to the seller that you might buy from someone else, and it will make your bargaining easier.

To get the best price just walk away. Tell the seller you like it but it’s too expensive. You’ll find the price goes down more the nearer you are to leaving. The seller needs to sell more than you need to buy.

And remember it’s their way of life and they have to make a living. So join in and enjoy yourself. You can always walk away.

Cliff Chapman

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 21, 2010

Leon’s Christmas Newsletter As He Cycles Through China To Hong Kong

Hey everyone!

To followers old and new, welcome, and thanks for showing an interest in my travels.

I’ve been on the road now for 225 days and have covered roughly 13,000 kilometres
(or 8,500 miles.) The journey has been incredible in so many ways, but it’s not done
yet – not by a long shot! I’m writing this from Bangkok, having arrived here from
Australia just over a week ago.

Rest, relaxation and acclimatization have been the order of the day and I’m now ready
to tackle the roads of South East Asia. I leave tomorrow heading through eastern
Thailand until I reach the border with Cambodia. From there I’ll pass through places
such as Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, before traveling into Laos. The flexible plan
onwards is north along the Mekong, east to Vietnam, north once more along the coast
and then finally through China towards Hong Kong.

It feels a little like the last leg of the journey, and in some ways it is because I’m at
least on the same landmass as my end goal of Hong Kong. On the other hand there’s
still in the region of 5,000 – 7,000 kilometres between here and there, and
undoubtedly countless new adventures and experiences to be had.

Your supportive emails and comments are always greatly appreciated, and I hope you
are all enjoying following my travels – I certainly love writing about them.

Make sure to check out my recent blogs on my time in NZ and Australia at
www.leonmccarron.com
and you can see all the latest photos at
www.leonmccarron.com/photos.html

Finally, as always, this trip is aiming to raise money for the great work done by
UNICEF and you can donate at
www.justgiving.com/leonmccarron

Until the next newsletter, take care all, and have a very Merry Christmas!
Cheers
Leon

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 18, 2010

Beautiful, but scary, sky over Mission Beach, QLD, Australia


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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 18, 2010

City Breaks and Short Weekend Breaks – Europe and Worldwide

There are some cities that never fail in delivering a great city break experience whether you are looking for that short break or something a little longer. You can compare our excellent deals on city breaks in the UK, Europe and beyond and find great prices for a long weekend or a mid week break. From Paris to New York, Amsterdam to Dubai and Rome to Marrakech, there is a city waiting or you. Choose from our selected city break offers below or fill in your details on the left and hit search to find great city break deals. Need some inspiration? Not sure where to go? See our great city break ideas.

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 18, 2010

Guurrbi Tours – One of Australia’s Ultimate Must-Do Experiences

Guurrbi – – Award Winning Aboriginal Tours

“An amazing journey of story and dreaming, birthing and beginning”
Andrew Fairley, Turtle Cove, Fiji.

These magical award-winning Aboriginal tours with Nugal-warra Elder, Wilfred (Willie) Gordon, are now listed as One of Australia’s Ultimate Must-Do Experiences.

Willie, the traditional story-keeper of the Nugal-warra clan, takes guests to his ancestral rock art sites at Wangaar-Wuri, high in the hills above Hope Vale, outside Cooktown. Here he shares the stories behind the art, and explains how the cave paintings speak of the essence of life and the lores of his people.

With his great smile and infectious laugh, Willie gives an amazing insight into Aboriginal culture and society, and shows how we all have a spiritual place, wherever we come from.

Nugal-warra Elder, Wilfred (Willie) Gordon

Guurrbi Tours – http://www.guurrbitours.com

The Australian Travel & Tourism Awards finalist 2010 – A Top 10 Queensland Must-Do 2009
One of Australia’s 20 Top Tours 2009 – Indigenous Tourism Biodiversity Website Award 2009
Best Indigenous Tourism Experience runner-up 2009 – Gnunkai Indigenous Tour Guide Award 2007
One of Australia’s Great Hidden Experiences 2007 – An Australian Ultimate Must-Do Experience since 2006

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 17, 2010

Scuba Bestsellers of 2010


Courtesy of Scuba News

Still stuck for Christmas presents? What about one of the top ten SCUBA books of this year so far…

    1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1847735703/1286 

    2. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
    The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/asin/158479710X/1286

    3. Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water, by Len Deeley
    Classic dives and secret spots: the authors’ top 100 dive spots.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0470744928/1286

    4. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007159862/1286

    5. Dive in Style by Tim Simond
    Luxury diving around the world.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0500288682/1286

    6. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides) by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/174179188X/1286

    7. Diving with Giants by Jack Jackson
    Features the best places to dive with pelagic species.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1845371801/1286

    8. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0140287302/1286

    9. Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide
    Mainly covers Egypt but also mentions Aqaba, Eilat, Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0954519930/redsea-21

    10. Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea by Ned Middleton
    Eight years of research went into this accurate and definitive guide to the wrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1898162719/1286

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 15, 2010

How About a Trip to Mongolia

We have 13 top holidays to Mongolia in traveljunkies

Just go to www.traveljunkies.com and enter Mongolia in the search box

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Posted by: traveljunkies | December 15, 2010

This Week’s Top 20 Deals From Travelzoo (from UK)

£79 — London Hotel at Tower Bridge, up to £120 Off
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Source: Apex Hotels

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Source: Red Sea Holidays

£79 — Paris Hotel Awarded 4 Stars, Drops Rates to Celebrate
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Source: Hotel Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse

£89 — Yorkshire Eco-Spa Package w/Meals & Treatments
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Source: Titanic Spa

£449 — Full-Board Nile Cruise w/Free Excursions, £250 Off
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Source: African Safari Club

£16 — Springtime Rail Sale Across France
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Source: iDTGV

£99 — Cornwall Mini Break in 18th-Century Castle, 50% Off
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Source: Tregenna Castle Estate

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Source: vueling

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Source: Terre Resort & Spa

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Source: Copthorne Hotel Sheffield

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Source: Inghams Travel

£88 — Montreal: Legendary 4-Star Hotel, Save 40%
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Source: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

£266 — January, 2011, Flights to Cuba (Return)
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Source: Charter Flight Centre

£79 — Dublin Break: 4-Star B&B w/Dinner & Upgrade, £80 Off
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Source: The Burlington Hotel

£649 — 10-Night Thailand Beach Break, 5 Nights Free
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Source: Best at Travel

£99 — Silverstone Supercar Thrill & Race Tickets, was £180
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Source: Virgin Experience Days

£85 — Malta for 3 Nights w/Flights, Save £100
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Source: Choice Holidays

£19 — Lancashire Hotel inc Meals & Wine, £35 Off
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Source: Britannia Bolton Hotel

£899 — 15-Night Caribbean Cruise & Free NYC Stay, £400 Off
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Source: Ideal Cruising

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