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Welcome To Lis’s Travel Tips

Hi and welcome to my travel site. Its a little different, probably like me, and probably like you. If you are looking for cruise deals or great cheap packages to warm places – you’re probably in the wrong place.

I’m hoping that this site will inspire and motivate you to travel. I know its a little weird wanting to travel for the sake of it, I should know, I’ve been doing it for over 30 years!  Your friends and family probably think you are mad. Mine still do. They thought I might have grown out of it by the time I got to 30, or 40, or 50…

Guess not!

This site is born of frustration. There are no shortage of travel sites online;  Google “travel tips” – and you’ll get over  1,000,000 results to chose from.  On the front page though you will find official government sites warning that the world is a dangerous place, travel agent’s selling their services, and some publishers selling their guidebooks.

Maybe then you’ll try searching for travel tips blogs. There be a bit of problem. There are lots and lots of travel blogs out there. Most of them are either written by people who are planning on travelling – that is they don’t actually have any experience. The alternative are those blogs written by the perpetual nomad style of traveller. Someone who is travelling for years at a time, supporting their lifestyle with freelance work and my making money from their travel blog. That can be good -there are some nice blogs out there. But it also means that there are an awful lot of blogs focussed on the younger traveller, or the long-term traveller.

I’ve travelled for up to eight months at a time. I travelled when I was younger.

Now I’m older, I do shorter trips – typically between two weeks and two months. I write about what I think about travelling in general in my travel blog.

But I’m also a researcher, particularly these days, I am my own travel agent, and when I check prices with an agent, I usually know more about the details of getting somewhere than they do.  It occurred to me that information could be useful to others as well. So under the Destinations link at the top of the page you will notice some detailed articles on the places I’ve been recently plus those that I’m currently researching.

Hope you find something useful.  Or sign up for the newsletter and I’ll send you regular updates from the ever fascinating world of travel.

Vietnamese visa - issued at SGN Airport

Vietnamese Visas for New Zealanders

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts

My Vietnamese visa issued on arrival at SGN Short answer – yes you need a Vietnamese visa if you travel on a New Zealand passport. (If you are a dual citizen of the UK or some European countries – you can  fly in (not  a land crossing) for 15 days without a visa). First Things…

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Do You Still Need a Camera for Travel Photos?

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts

Short version – yes. Longer version. I have a decent “super-zoom” camera –  the Canon 20IS (the 50IS is the latest model). I’ve had it for several years and am not planning on replacing it. But I know more and more  travellers are ditching their point and shoot cameras and just using iPads or phones…

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Koh Chang White Sand Beach

Thailand Islands Compared: Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts

After our exhausting 28 days in Burma – we relaxed on a Thai island. I am a huge fan of Thai beaches and this time we went to Koh Chang, not one that I’d been to before. Koh Chang (Trat) Location Koh Chang (Elephant Island, because of it’s shape) – is actually Thailand’s second largest…

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Koh Chang White Sand Beach

Thailand Islands Compared: Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts

After our exhausting 28 days in Burma – we relaxed on a Thai island. I am a huge fan of Thai beaches and this time we went to Koh Chang, not one that I’d been to before. Koh Chang (Trat) Location Koh Chang (Elephant Island, because of it’s shape) – is actually Thailand’s second largest…

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Wellington Train Station

East Coast USA Itinerary – Well an Outline Anyway!

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts

Starting to get excited now – I know living in the “now” is a big thing is some corners of the Interwebs – but I love to dream and plan! It’s a cold, wet and miserable  Maundy Thursday as I write this, and we will be locking the door behind us on Easter Sunday –…

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Free Photo eBook – 28 Days in Pictures – Burmeze Daze

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts

Finally I’m please to announce I’ve at least finished one thing from my recent trip to Myanmar/Burma!  This is a pdf picture book with some words. I’m not keen on picture only books – I like to know the story behind the photo, so I put together the best 28 photos from our 28 day trip to…

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