Australasia

Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Easter Island, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South America | 1 comment

Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Well, we are back in Canada! Can you believe that a year went by so fast? I certainly can’t. Over the next week or two we are going to have a series of posts with lots of statistics about our trip – including the $64,000 question. This post is the third of three posts about daily costs around the world. This post includes: Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and several countries in South America. It doesn’t include Australia because of the nature of the family vacation we took there. If you need some help understanding this post, please see my Expenses: Europe and the...

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Why we loved New Zealand.

Posted by on Feb 28, 2009 in Australasia, New Zealand | 3 comments

Why we loved New Zealand.

We loved New Zealand. Absolutely and totally loved it. It was the most consistently beautiful country I have ever been to, the people were incredibly friendly, the Kiwi dollar is worth next to nothing so it was much less expensive than expected, there are 10x more sheep than people, there is free wi-fi (and wedding magazines!) in almost every public library, the sub-of-the-day only costs NZ3.90, and their wine regions are compact enough to bicycle around, among many other wonderful things. Though we spent a few days in Christchurch our NZ trip felt like it really started when we picked up...

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Family Vacation in Oz (5.5 weeks in one post)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2009 in Australasia, Australia | 0 comments

Family Vacation in Oz (5.5 weeks in one post)

We spent December 2008 and early January 2009 in Australia. Our trip really consisted of five distinct parts. In the interests of catching up with the blog I am going to write briefly about each one of these parts in this blog post! Part 1 was pre-family vacation in Sydney, Melbourne (with Dan) and driving the Great Ocean Road. Part 2 was family vacation with the Suters, where we took in Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and the Atherton Tablelands. Part 3 was in Airlie Beach and on the Ileola with the Suters, the Martin Suters and the Pelenskys over...

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Thinking about Koala’s Backpackers? Think Again.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2009 in Australasia, Australia, Thoughts on Life | 2 comments

Thinking about Koala’s Backpackers?  Think Again.

If you are thinking about taking a self drive 4×4 tour to Fraser Island and wondering who to go with, I would think twice about booking through Koala’s Backpackers in Hervey Bay. Our trip was fun – the 4×4 was sketchy but roomy, our fellow travellers were great company and for the most part the provided gear worked (make sure to check your ground sheet for holes before you set off!) – but the staff at Koala’s really are terrible and I would recommend going elsewhere. Here is the letter of complaint I sent back in January and didn’t ever receive a...

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