Yes – New Zealand is joining my blog. When I started in March, I omitted NZ because I hadn’t been back there for some years. However, I have so many photos, information and memories of the many times I’ve been in NZ, and friends there who keep me up to date – that I think it’s worth including after-all.

My first visit to NZ was to the South Island back in the early 1970’s as a young single backpacker, and it has impacted my life a lot since then. I’ve returned many times touring with my family, and when the ‘kids’ were grown, we left them at home to live and work in the Wellington region for two wonderful years!

NZ holds a special place in my heart – so time to share! My first NZ post will go up tomorrow!

UPDATE May 2, 2021

Since I began my travel blog in March, I’ve received feedback and consequently have added a new category – Far flung travel memories from my early travel days.

The main reasons I did not include old travels initially was because I didn’t consider the photos good enough – many have deteriorated over the years. Plus, as I explained in my initial introduction, I’m out of date on many of the destinations.

So much has changed over the last 50 years too. Some countries don’t exist anymore. Others have faced terrible wars. And my memory has also faded to the point that I can’t always go into enough detail to write a full blog about the photos.

But I’ve been persuaded that some of you might be interested in seeing the snaps. So here goes – adding my new category – I’ll post up an ‘old’ photo every week, with a brief explanation.

You’ll find all my categories – Australia, Japan, New Zealand and my new ‘Far flung travel memories’ on my BLOG page and also direct links at the bottom of this Home page.

MY TRAVEL BLOG – begun MARCH 7, 2021

Welcome to my travelling and foodie blog!

I’ve been travelling for over 50 years – hauling a backpack and tent in my late teens and 20’s, youth hostelling and pension stays around Europe, public transport in places like Afganistan and India, through to a taste of high end luxury hotels and travel experiences. Most of my trips have been self planned. I developed an aversion to organised bus tours and big ship cruises very early on, and prefer to organise and book my trips rather than using agents. The Covid pandemic proved this was a good move as I got all my money back without any troubles on a 2020 planned trip to Japan!

In the distant past I’ve visited: France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, the old Yugoslavia and Greece, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (including Kashmir), Nepal, Thailand (only Bangkok),Canada, USA (only California, Texas and Hawaii), New Zealand and many Pacific Islands. I am well out of date on most of these destinations.

So for now I’m concentrating only on recent travels in Japan, Singapore and Australia for my blog. When I embark on another trip to NZ in the next few years, it will be added in. Here’s hoping for a Covid safe travel bubble soon!

Australia and Japan are my great travel passions – I’ve been exploring all States and Territories of my home country Australia, especially the outback regions, throughout most of my adult life. Western Australia, where I live, and Tasmania, where I grew up, are the Australian States I know best about.

I’ve visited Japan three times since first going there about 20 years ago. I was headed back there last year (2020), but Covid kept me home. I plan to be up, up and away as soon as the pandemic eases and I am vaccinated.

During my travels, I’ve experienced some delicious food, and I’ll share some of those delights along with my travel tips with you on this blog.

On my BLOG PAGE, you will find categories where you can more directly access the stories that interest you. Links are also at the bottom of this page, along with my latest posts.

I hope you enjoy my travel tips, experiences and foodie feasts!
Love to hear some feedback with your comments!

Visiting Queensland, New Zealand for the first time in the early 1970’s. . A stunningly beautiful country that draws me back constantly.

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