Medical Tips for Travelling to Developing Countries

Medical Tips for Travelling to Developing Countries

Over the last 5 years I have travelled to Cambodia for 4-5 weeks annually to do medical volunteer work. When I’m in South-East Asia I enjoy the wonderful tropical fruits and local street foods but I try to be sensible so as to reduce my chances of getting sick. The following are my tips for […]

Heating Up In Las Vegas!

Heating Up In Las Vegas!

Before coming here I knew Las Vegas was a desert city because Kate had visited here previously, but I was still surprised when I arrived in early June and the heat and dry hit me. I come from New Zealand where most areas get plenty of rain and you’re never more than 1.5 hours from […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 7-8. Marin County to Las Vegas

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 7-8. Marin County to Las Vegas

We started our journey back to Las Vegas after our visit to Muir Woods in Marin County, where we had marvelled at it’s old growth Redwood trees. Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge the countryside reminded me very much of my home country New Zealand. It was mid afternoon as we passed through pretty […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 5-6. Silicon Valley and San Francisco

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 5-6. Silicon Valley and San Francisco

Days 5-6 of road trip. We chose to stay in Mountain View, Silicon Valley rather than San Francisco itself for two reasons: 1. Kate had stayed in Mountain View before and loved it there. 2. It was a Friday and the accommodation was cheaper in Silicon Valley c.f San Francisco heading into the weekend. Interestingly […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Day 4. Monterey, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Day 4. Monterey, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley

The Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Day 4 of road trip. During this Summer road trip I have been surprised by how much the central California coast looks like parts of Australia. I think it must be because of the rolling, golden hillsides and the enormous numbers of Eucalyptus trees here. I’ve noticed some gorgeous crimson flowering […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Day 3. Pacific Coast Highway

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Day 3. Pacific Coast Highway

View near Bixby Bridge Day 3 of road trip. Driving up central California’s Pacific Coast Highway has been on my bucket list for many years so I was excited about today’s journey between Moro Bay and Monterey to the north. Several years ago a friend and I did a road trip along Australia’s Great Ocean […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast : Days 1-2. Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, Pismo.

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast : Days 1-2. Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, Pismo.

Strawberries from Santa Maria, near Pismo Day 1 and 2 of road trip. It’s June and Kate and I are spending a month or two in Las Vegas. Kate is thriving on the dry heat and desert landscape of Las Vegas, but I must admit that I’m struggling with the daytime heat and desiccation (it’s […]

Red Spring, Las Vegas – escape the city in just 20-30 mins!

Red Spring, Las Vegas – escape the city in just 20-30 mins!

Just 20-30 minutes drive west of the Las Vegas “Strip” lies the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, which is a popular place for locals and tourists alike to escape the frenetic pace of the city. It’s early June and the weather has been hot! In the afternoons it’s been getting up to 104 F! With […]

Las Vegas on a budget.

Las Vegas on a budget.

This is my first visit to Las Vegas but Kate has been here twice before, most recently in January this year. We are here for 1+ weeks and we are considering making it our base from which to explore the U.S west coast and beyond. Accommodation and living costs are comparatively cheap here, for example […]

Waikiki – the Manhattan of the Pacific !

Waikiki – the Manhattan of the Pacific !

Strolling the streets of downtown Waikiki Kate and I have noticed five surprising similarities between this holiday destination and New York City. 1. Ethnic Diversity. Honolulu and NYC both have a large number of ethnicities represented, due to tourism and immigration from all over the world. Interestingly a large number of the Hawaiian population have […]

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