An unhelpful guide to tipping

As an Australian, the concept of tipping for service is somewhat of a rarity. Obtaining a tip from a customer in Oz requires something above and beyond what would normally be expected. Wrestling a wild boar whilst mixing a cocktail, for example, might constitute a little something extra. Or juggling pints of beer without spilling … Continue reading An unhelpful guide to tipping

Why getting lost isn’t a bad thing

There is nothing more unsettling than being completely lost in a foreign country, wandering the streets aimlessly, franticly attempting to find your bearings before you curl up into a ball and sob. My next overseas trip is to America and begins with some time in New York City. The thought of getting lost in one of the … Continue reading Why getting lost isn’t a bad thing

Show some respect

I visited a sacred Hindu area when in Nepal a few years ago. I suppose the  location is best described as the Hindu equivalent of a funeral home. The site itself has been used as a place of worship for hundreds of years and the river flowing through it considered more sacred than the Ganges. Tourists get taken here to … Continue reading Show some respect

Trip planning: a blueprint

There is nothing more satisfying than organising that next big trip. All the decision making has been done and you have bitten the bullet, booked tickets and forked over wads of cash to travel agents. It’s a fantastic feeling. There is a process that takes place when organising any trip. Elements will change slightly from … Continue reading Trip planning: a blueprint