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  Personal Travelogues 21 July 2014

   I was first bitten with the incurable travel bug when I went on a five month trip round Europe in 1987. Since then I've travelled whenever and wherever I could, mostly on my own, but sometimes with friends and lately with my wife (Karen) and stepson (Scott). There is nothing quite like visiting a new place that has a totally different culture to your own .....

I try and give something back to the travel community by making regular postings to WikiTravel, Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree, Boots 'n All and others.

In terms of travel guides, I recommend The Rough Guides unreservedly - I've found them to be the most thorough, accurate and comprehensive guide books around. The name "Rough Guide" may suggest that these books are only for extreme budget travellers willing to rough it, but that is definitely not the case - Rough Guides are outstanding for travellers on virtually any budget, from penniless students to affluent globetrotters.

If you're in Southern Africa, buy your Rough Guide from Loot.co.za - simply the best online bookstore around.
International Trips   Countries Visited
May 2014   24 days Turkey, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
June 2012   31 days China
June 2010   33 days Peru, Bolivia, Argentina
September 2008   29 days Jordan, United Arab Emirates
September 2007   16 days Italy
June 2006   31 days Thailand, Cambodia
September 2004   31 days France, Belgium, Luxembourg
May 2002   25 days Switzerland, USA
May 2001   46 days Australia, Malaysia
October 1999   15 days England
August 1999   33 days Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Gibraltar, Italy, France, Monaco
January 1999   15 days England
May 1998   59 days England, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Norway
May 1997   11 days England
October 1996   16 days England, Austria
February 1996   10 days USA
May 1995   64 days England, USA, Canada
May 1992   17 days England, Sweden, Finland
September 1990   44 days England, Ireland, France
July 1987 152 days England, Scotland, Wales, France, Monaco, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Vatican

Southern African Trips   Description
July 2014     4 days Books, coffee and icy cold weather on Route 62
June 2011     7 days Ambling along the Wild Coast
April 2010     4 days Exploring South Africa's West Coast
January 2009     4 days Cape Town to Port Elizabeth by train
June 2007   15 days Exploring the Southern and Eastern Cape
September 2003     9 days Canoeing down the Orange River
September 2002   15 days Cape Town to Natal via Lesotho
September 2001     6 days Cape Town to Knysna by train
August 1986     9 days Hiking the Fish River Canyon trail in Namibia

Country Count : 44

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