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Long-Haul Travel: A Frequent Flyer’s Survival Guide. PART II

Long-Haul Travel: A Frequent Flyer’s Survival Guide. PART II

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Long-Haul Travel: A Frequent Flyer’s Survival Guide. PART I

Long-Haul Travel: A Frequent Flyer’s Survival Guide. PART I

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For the Love of Travel (Oh, and I’m Off To Umbria!)

For the Love of Travel (Oh, and I’m Off To Umbria!)

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A Winter Camino, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

A Winter Camino, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

 

It’s a traveller’s worst nightmare. Well, one of them at least.

 

Those huge red, flashing letters next to the departure time of your next flight have the power to rattle even the most frequent of flyers: CANCELLED. A delay is frustrating enough but you see ‘cancelled’ and your heart just sinks.

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Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Rain, Hail or Shine: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

Rain, Hail or Shine: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

 

It hasn’t rained at all today. The sky is blue and the sun is out in full force. None of which is usual on the northwestern side of Olympic National Park in America’s Pacific Northwest.

The tiny lumber town of Forks* where we have based ourselves has an annual rainfall consistently over 100 inches.

But not today.

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Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

 

“On the ragged edge of the world I roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home”

from ‘The Nostomaniac’. Robert Service.

I am awake long before my alarm sounds at 4am. Rising at 4am is not something I do well. In fact, I actively try to avoid any kind of anything before 7am. But today is different: today I plan to see wolves in the wild in Yellowstone National Park.

I know you can’t plan these things but there’s nothing like a little positive thinking to start the day. Actually, I prefer to start the day with coffee – several even – but the town of Gardiner near the north entrance of the park is eerily quiet at 4am and sadly coffee is but a distant dream.

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Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

 

I have to admit, my initial impressions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming / Montana were far from enthusiastic, and as we drove around on our first day in the park I got to wondering what on earth all the fuss is about.

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Notes From North Pole, Alaska: Northern Lights

Notes From North Pole, Alaska: Northern Lights

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A Day on the Ice: Ice Climbing the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska

A Day on the Ice: Ice Climbing the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska

 

Taking a well-rounded spirit of adventure and cranking it up to the next level is always a fun thing to do – and ice climbing fits that bill perfectly. I have to admit, I think I am addicted.

All I’ve thought about since our day on the ice is….when am I going to do this again? I’ve even googled potential ice climbing hot spots back home in Australia. So, you have been warned: ice climbing can be seriously addictive.  But, for even the slightly adventurous at heart, what trip to Alaska would be complete without it?

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