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Road Signs in DoolinWho needs a GPS when you have maps – so I thought. The constant reminder of hiring a GPS is plastered on every car rental website, the door of each car rental shop and then there is Guy telling me how popular it is in Europe. A fancy toy or a necessity in Ireland?

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This will be my last entry in Australia till I come back. How do I feel? Very mixed emotions from sadness, nervousness and excitment. What now you may ask, well who knows the big wide world is waiting for us…

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Helping handHas it become too dangerous to help out someone in need? We have all been in that situation where we ummmm and ahhhhh about it as we look and watch a broken down car sitting on the side of the road. The days of leaving your doors unlocked are long gone, but yet, there are a few people still holding onto the “honest” society. With the recent shootings in Melbourne, it is hard to determine if his efforts helping that person in need were a heroic act or a sad tragedy… Read the rest of this entry »

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fOoD mOnStErIts been a long day and you come home to a beautiful dinner. It smells divine and looks great. You are so hungry you can’t wait to start. Just as you pick up your eating utensils you are hit with the big question of the night. Is it best first or best last?

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I read an article (www.theage.com “Good wing tips”) on some flight tips that I thought would be good to share. From sleeping in airports to the do’s and don’ts on a plane it is the little things we sometimes forget in the busy rush for holidays.
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Hiring a suit for my wedding I thought was much like buying a suit at a shop, but boy was I wrong.

Fat Giraffe

Looking like a fat giraffe on my wedding day was not the look I was looking for but with the wrong suit/shirt/tie combination I could only hope the photographer was a pro with Photoshop editing.

So what did I learn on my suit hiring excursion with Ben?

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On the weekend Phillipa and I set out to buy our wet climate jackets for our adventure around Europe. After talking to other travelers the words “Freezing” and “F#$%@ cold” came up a lot which brought back some fond memories of New York.

Phillipa and I experienced extremely cold weather in NY (wind chill of -30) the parkers we got (Mountain Design) didn’t do as well as we had hoped. The parkers were warm enough for most of the trip but when the constant rain fell we found that our jackets were starting to get heavy and very wet. We found that drying the jackets took too long and we may not have the luxury of waiting this time round.

There are a number of articles stating how important it is to have Gore-Tex clothing for very cold and very wet areas. Add the word Gore-Tex to any clothing and expect the price to double or triple.

So is it worth buying Gore-Tex clothing?

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After asking different people who have backpacked before what to they thought was important to bring I have come up with this list.

  • Rock climbing clips – To clip wet cloths to back pack to dry (while walking)
  • Safty pin – Always handy in emergency
  • Leather man – What else would you need (remember not to leave in carry on luggage unless you want a five finger search)
  • Pillow case and sheets – To use in hostels
  • Thongs – To wear and to use in public showers (You don’t want fungus feet during you trip)
  • Power board – To charge all your devices at once and only needing power converter
  • Travel Guides – Lonely planet guide is a must as it gives great tips and tricks given by other backpackers that have been there and done that
  • Spork – A knife/fork/spoon combo so you will never be without eating utensils
  • A foldable Gore-tex jacket (Outer shell) – Gore-tex is waterproof and windproof and is generally the shell that keeps you dry. The foldable version can be packed easily not like the standard Gore-tex jacket which can be a bit harder to compact

If you have any other tips what else to bring please feel free to post it.

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I loved the USA and would love to go back. Cheap and nasty food, the food was all wrong in so many ways, but so yummy! We had highlights every day, it was amazing! When you think the today was the best day another one just tops its the next day. Watching the New York Knicks play the Chicago Bulls at Maddison Square Gardens was definitely the highlight of the trip for me though. Something I’d only ever dreamed of being a keen follower of the NBA!

After travelling the US I have come up with some tips for future travellers.

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Ok, so we’re getting organised and finally got around to putting a blog up. We’re busy organising our huge trip, our wedding and we’re still renovating the bathroom! Oh and we’re training for our black belt in taekwondo too (yay)!
We’ve got a whopping 3 and a half months to get all this stuff finished, so it’s gonna be a race to the finish line we think. Nevermind. If anyone has any tips/hints/time (jk) about any of our ventures, let us know!

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