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The 90 Mile Straight
After leaving Eucla we soon found ourselves on the longest straight stretch of road in Australia. Cutting through the western side of the Nullarbor, the 90 mile straight (146.6 kilometres) presents over an hour of driving without so much as a kink in the road. This stretch of road really put into perceptive just how big and empty Australia is; we found ourselves surrounded by nothing but openness, alone on the road. This was one of the things we enjoyed most about driving in Australia; that you can head out and not pass another soul for hours. You can let yourself become completely lost in just driving and enjoying the passing scenery. Three days after passing the road sign marking the eastern side of the Nullarbor Plains, we reached the town of Norseman and the end of the Nullarbor. Despite the horror stories we had been told by countless people before setting off (Wolf Creek was mentioned more than once), we had made it across without a hiccup. Although a lot of our success was down to careful planning beforehand, such as stocking the car with plenty of spare fuel, water, engine oil and food, deciding not to drive at dawn or dusk to avoid kangaroos and taking regular breaks. One of the most useful websites we found was this one, which documents each roadhouse along the way allowing you to plan each break before setting off. Our drive across the Nullarbor has been one of our favourite trips, although only short it gave us a sense of just how big this world is and how little we have seen of it, sparking our sense of adventure it would become just one of the long road trips we would complete in Australia. The distance we covered crossing the Nullarbor (1,200 kilometres from Ceduna to Norseman) is comparable to driving from London to the Germany/Poland border, something we would never have considered doing back in England, yet three days after joining the Eyre Highway we had and still hadn’t reached the far side of Australia. It is no wonder that Australians view distance so differently to the rest of us. Don’t let the distance and the horror stories of locals put you off driving the Nullarbor for yourself; the Eyre Highway is after all just another road to travel.Connie Moseley
What to See: Surrounding Sites
The original plan was for us to stay one day in Port Campbell but that easily changed into three. Port Campbell itself is a small town but the surroundings are something not to be missed and its takes a few days to do it all. We chose to hit all the sites on our first day as the weather was windy and a bit colder then we are used to up in Sydney. But as the days went on we realized that the Great Ocean Road is a very windy place and even though the sun may be out it doesn’t heat up like we were used to. So make sure you pack an extra jumper or jacket and a pair of pants as it cools off even more at night. Regardless, dress for the weather as make the most of this beautiful area. We started off by driving south to see the 12 Apostles. There is a parking lot that is easy enough to access and from here you walk out to observe the 12 Apostles, or what is still standing of them. As we were standing there taking in the beauty we loved the sites from above but wanted to get to the beach. We saw people walking along the sand and wanted to join. For access to the beach you need to drive south of the main tourist area and go to the small road turn out. There you can access a set of stairs that takes you down the beach. I highly recommend getting yourself down to the sand and being at sea level to experience it. We got back in the car and headed and headed north back towards Port Campbell. There are multiple look outs along the way and be sure to hit every one of them. You will see the Loch and George, Thunder Cave, The Arch, London Bridge-awesome story with this one, and the Grotto. When we were at the Grotto we decided to go a bit off the beaten path, and it was well worth it. If you get the opportunity take yourself inside and experience The Grotto right at the water. Do your best to hit every site as they are all so unique and but equally as breath taking.Brandi Buss
Is three days enough in this crazy city?
We arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport (Bangkok airport) from England at around 7am local time. Everybody left the plane, eager to get their bags and set out on their onward travel but were faced with a queue of around 100 people at border control. We stood patiently, waiting for the Thai border force to allow us through, they were awfully slow. Once we received our 30 day visitor’s visa we ran to our baggage claim, so worried our backpacks weren’t going to appear, they did, thankfully. We walked into the arrivals hall, eyes peeled for our airport pickup. We had booked a tour for our first week in Thailand and they were here to collect and take us to our guesthouse. The tour company we used was Thaintro and I’m so glad we used them because they not only give you an introduction to Thailand but an introduction to Backpacking in general. Our group leader Liam, had organised a taxi to take us back to our guesthouse, he rode with us and got us checked into the Wild Orchid Villa. Naturally, Alex and I crashed out until around 2pm, we had pretty much been awake all night on our flights from London to Dubai and Dubai to Bangkok. We booked our flights with Gapyear.com, it was ever so simple, all done over the phone in a matter of minutes.Rebecca Brunning
If you’re in England and visiting London there is an incredible amount of things to do and see and places to go, such a vast city has a lot to offer, and although I do recommend checking out the obvious places, it is easy to miss the essence of London when following the tourist trail. Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Big Ben, the London Eye etc. are all entertaining and interesting in their own right, but London is so much more than a selection of attractions, even if they are very nice attractions.lily-guy-vogel
Top Things To Do In Manchester
My first visit to the city of Manchester in United Kingdom was in April 2017. Getting out of Piccadilly Station that day, having just spent two hours in the incredibly efficient and fast Virgin trains plying every few minutes between London and Manchester, I had no idea that I was about to take my first step into a city that would soon become my home. It was a cold, windy and wet day but outside the station, Mancunians, as the city’s inhabitants are lovingly called, milled about happily, seemingly oblivious to the weather.purnalahiri
Hamburg : Vibrant and Edgy
You fall for Paris, London is so vibrant, Berlin invents itself anew on a daily base and you feel like you never want to leave Rome again- and you are right. However, I argue that you actually would never leave again if you would roam around more. To prove my theory, I choose one of the most obvious examples in Germany: mesmerizing, surprising, aesthetic, friendly Hamburg with a smell of the sea and a Nordic touch. Great for visiting, it is truly addictive when staying longer.Janni from Travel Without Ends
England: Not just London
As London is home to some of the most frequented airports (and thus, cheapest) for European travel, many euro-trippers make London their first stop at the beginning of their adventure or their last stop on the journey home. Don’t get me wrong, London is beautiful, full of amazing history, and home to some of the best music and art scenes in Europe. Don’t skip London! That being said, don’t stop at London! Bare the cold and cover as much of England as you can. My time in England was spent with friends, just exploring the country. I don’t have much advice as to what touristy spots are worth a visit in England, but I can assure you these listed areas are most than exciting enough places to hang out for a couple of days!Haley Brown
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