Best London Sightseeing Tours by Public Bus

Take a London bus tour and go sightseeing on London’s public red buses!  London has a fantastic public bus network passing through many of London’s famous landmarks and tourist sights.  Mix with the locals and catch the proper London red buses for a day of sightseeing.

London’s public red buses have more frequent services than the hop-on hop-off tourist buses and cost only £1.50 per bus trip (or a maximum of £6.80 for a day’s use of London’s buses, tube and trains within zones 1 and 2).  If you don’t have the Oyster TFL smartcard, don’t worry, any major contactless debit/credit card will work (cash is not accepted).  Why pay £20 for a day’s pass on the touristy Big Bus London or the Hop-on Hop-off London bus tour ?

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Most London buses are double deckers and many are new Routermasters that enable you to hop on and hop off the bus easily.  Over 8,000 buses serve more than 700 routes and 19,000 bus stops in the city , we have selected some excellent bus routes to help you decide which is the best London bus tour for you to enjoy the sights, scenery and major landmarks of London.

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St Anton Photo Gallery – One of the Best Ski Resorts in the World

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It’s almost ski season and St. Anton am Arlberg is definitely a resort to consider with its vast area, great off-piste options and fun bars.   Whatever your standard or demands Arlberg has it all.  We loved spending a season there, not only enjoying the slopes of St Anton but the nearby Lech, Zurs, Warth, Sonnenkopf, and Schroeken.

Who can forget the apres of Krazy Kangeroo, Mooserwirt, Taps, and Basecamp to mention just a few.  Oh St. Anton we miss you.

Look out for our guide to St Anton am Arlberg coming soon.

Solo Travel in India – Home truths about what to be aware of

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Deservedly or not, India still has a reputation that means solo female travellers still have to consider if they want to go to India or not.  Unlike other destinations where travellers jump at the opportunity to visit, sporadic news reports of gender inequality and crime can temper anyone’s desire to visit the colourful and unique country.

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Experiencing Varanasi, The Ganga and Ghats

A Guide to the Holy City of Varanasi

Varanasi, the holy city of the Ganga (Ganges) and ghats is an easy place to get lost and maybe even lose yourself.  As with most busy cities in India, bazaars and shops are everywhere.  Whilst the lanes and bazaars near the Ganga are a nice place to amble around, the holy river of the Ganga and the many ghats that line its banks are the main draw to this photogenic Indian city.  In North India this is one of the cities that visitors to really feel India.

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Landing in Delhi: Metro Airport Transfer, What to Expect and Shams not Scams

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Bang! It’s a cliche but as soon as we land in Delhi all our senses are smacked hard by the hustle and bustle of the Indian capital. Tuk tuks honking, the blazing sun hitting your neck, Honda Heroes darting in and out of traffic, colourful saris flowing along, cows meandering down the street, and the sweet and spicy smell of street food is a busy Indian city.

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The hustle and bustle of the streets of Indian cities means that it’s not a place to chill (if you’re a tourist anyway). It’s easy to get distracted with everything going on around you and right in your face.

We landed right in the middle of it all at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Getting from Delhi Airport into the City by Metro

The Delhi Airport Express Metro gets you to New Delhi after landing in Delhi in about 20 minutes, it runs every 10 – 15 minutes with trains running from 04:45 – 23:30. It’s clean, fast, and efficient and only costs 60 Rupees to get you into the heart of Delhi.

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The Paradise Island of Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and arguably the most beautiful with its stunning beaches and temples.  Thailand has long been a backpackers favourite and Koh Samui draws in all sorts of travellers especially the luxury traveller.  Koh Samui now has amazing high end restaurants, bars, spas and resorts to complement the more traditional temples, family run restaurants, and local towns towards the south-west of the island.

Koh Samui Attractions

Big Buddha and Wat Phra Yai 

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Tokyo City Guide by a Local

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Our three day stay in Tokyo was short for such a big city but we had other places in Japan to explore such as Kyoto, Koyasan, and Osaka.  To get a little local taste of Tokyo in such a short time we enlisted the help of a Tokyo resident to give us a local’s guide to Tokyo the capital city of Japan via Tokyo Free Guide.  In a packed half day we visited districts off the beaten path such as Shimokitazawa, Nippori, and Yanaka.

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Drinking in Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo- Tiny Bars, Big Fun

Golden Gai is in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo known for its nightlife and brilliant little bars to drink in.

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Surrounded by skyscrapers and bright lights, Golden Gai (Golden District) is a small area of alleyways packed full of tiny bars in little old buildings.  This place has character and you’ll find yourself wondering around the intriguing area for a while before even stepping into a bar for a drink.

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Food in Japan is not just about Sushi – Japanese Food Adventure

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A Guide to Food in Japan

Sushi is of course one of Japan’s most famous exports.  For lovers of fish, sushi is a beautiful way to enjoy the fresh delicate flavours that only seafood can provide. I love fish and I love sushi, but what if you don’t like fish or sushi?  Japanese food has something to offer everyone, pretty much all of which is tasty, some a bit weird, but you’ll be sure to enjoy an amazing adventure of food in Japan.

Japanese food is probably the most palatable of all Asian foods to the west.  Simple fresh flavours seasoned with salt and sugar to boost umami.  Japanese food is perhaps the Italian cuisine of the Far East in terms of highlighting the flavours of the natural ingredients rather than overpowering them with herbs and spices (although you’ll probably find a bottle of 7 flavour chilli powder – Shichimi containing chilli, sansho, orange peel, black sesame, white sesame, hemp, ginger, and nori) on most restaurant tables for those after a healthy spicy kick).

Japan is a wonderful place to have a food adventure and experience amazing tastes and flavours.  Here are some great food options to try in Japan other than sushi.

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Gerber Shard – An airline safe compact travel keychain multi-tool

The Gerber Shard is a brilliant multi-tool that is small and compact.  In fact it’s so small that it easily fits on your keychain without digging into your thighs when you’re walking around.  It’s about 3cm long, and only weighs 9g. It’s also coated in titanium nitride for corrosion resistance and it looks pretty cool too in a slick matte black.

The size is brilliant for travellers, but more importantly it’s airline safe meaning you can carry it across airport security and onto planes without any trouble.

It might be small, but it’s a proper multi-tool too with 7 of the most useful tools:

  1. Small Flat-head Driver
  2. Medium Flat-head Driver
  3. Philips Screwdriver
  4. Wire Stripper
  5. Lanyard hole
  6. Pry Bar
  7. Bottle Opener

Yep, the all important bottle opener for that beer that is begging to be opened.  Also a great way to be a hero when someone else doesn’t have one.

I don’t carry around a big bulk Swiss Army knife or wonder what those 20 other things are on my other multi-tool any more.  This little powerful and useful beauty is more than enough and a brilliant travel companion that doesn’t take up much space or weight.

Get it on Amazon for a super cheap price.