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Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Go canoeing at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa

[ 2 ] November 23, 2011

Travelling the east coast of Australia? Gagaju Bush Camp is an absolute MUST for nature lovers and backpackers.

Tucked away between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba, this rustic camping ground is the perfect base for exploring the Australian bush – and it’s only 20 minutes from Noosa.

Pictures - Gagaju Bush Camp - Canoe trips in Noosa, Australia

Pictures - Gagaju Bush Camp - Canoe trips in Noosa, Australia

Hop in a canoe and paddle down river to enjoy fabulous views of Cooloola National Park and the Everglades – a section of river stained black from teatrees and famed for its beauty. Don’t forget to stop by the historic Apollonian Hotel for lunch.

Picture - Gagaju Bush Camp, Noosa - Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure

Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Back at camp, enjoy a barbecue with fellow backpackers, snuggle up round the camp fire or watch a movie in the TV room. Keep an eye out for kangaroos in the woods, Blade the dog (who is on heat) and any other creepy crawlies that might wonder into the camp.

PICTURE Camp fire at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa, Australia

Camp fire at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa, Australia

How to book

Contact Travel Bugs to book a 1, 2 or 3-day trip. Prices include return transfers from Noosa, accommodation (camping and basic dorms) kitchen facilities, canoe hire and TV room.

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You know you’ve become a hippy when…

[ 5 ] November 19, 2011

Going travelling? There’s a high possibility that you’ll turn into a fun-loving hippy. Read on to see what happens:

1) You deliberately grow a dreadlock

Sometimes it’s just easier NOT to brush your hair.

2) Suddenly, hippy pants and Alpaca clothes are cool

Been to Bolivia? You’ll know exactly what we mean. Anything with a llama on it is as good as sold.

3) Shoes are no longer necessary

It just feels so good…

4) Fire dancing becomes an art form (NOT dangerous)

The first time you see it you’re worried, the second time you’re amazed; the third time you’re doing it.

5) There’s no such thing as TOO many bracelets

If you don’t have at least 8 bits of string and a few beads tied round your wrists then you may as well stop reading.

6) You say ‘aura’ at least once a day

Travelling is all about ‘finding yourself’, right? Well auras are just taking it to the next level.

7) You become vegetarian and drink herbal tea but STILL smoke

Any of this happening to you? Enjoy it while it lasts! As soon as you’re back home (or maybe 6 months after) you’ll cut out the braid, ditch the bracelets and be back in the office. And as for meditating, you won’t even have time to sleep let alone ‘find the real you’.

So guys, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF BEING A HIPPY. Sadly, it may not last.

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

What to pack for the Inca Trail

[ 0 ] November 3, 2011

Planning to hike the Inca Trail in Peru? Make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities by consulting our checklist.

From First Aid kits to flashlights, our essential guide will ensure you’re well equipped for Machu Picchu!

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail - Fabulous Travel Guide

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

*Flashlight

Girls – if you need the toilet during the night you’ll want your hands free. Go for a head torch so you can keep your dignity. A wind-up torch is also useful as there won’t be many power points along the way.

*Wet wipes and hand sanitiser

There’s nowhere to have a shower after a tough day’s climb so be sure to pack wet wipes. Hand sanitiser is great, too – and a necessity if you wear contact lenses – as no water is required.

* First Aid kit

It’s always worth having a First Aid kit with you as you never know when you’ll need Asprin, Imodium or re-hydration powder. It’s also worth noting that tour guides aren’t allowed to administeri any type of drug including headache pills, antibiotics and altitude sickness pills. Make sure you pack blister plasters and bandages. We can’t stress this enough!

* Waterproof cover for backpacks and a poncho!

Make sure your backpack stays nice and dry in a waterproof case. There are usually rain showers along the way so a poncho is a good idea, too. However you can buy these from locals on the way.

* Sleeping bag and liner

You can hire sleeping bags for around $10USD. If you bing your own, make sure it’s waterproof with a thermal lining.

* Purification tablets

Clean water is limited so take purification tablets or a filter so you can drink fresh water on the trek. The last thing you need is a dodgy stomach.

* Watch or alarm clock

Tour guides usually wake you in the morning for breakfast but on the last day, when you race up up to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn, you’ll set your own alarm.

*Camera and spare memory card

Every day of the Inca Trail is awesome so you’ll be snapping away left, right and centre. Make sure you take a spare memory card – and battery – if you have it so you don’t have to be stingy!

* Plastic bags

Keep your clothes wrapped up in plastic bags – it will keep them nice and dry.

Next: What to wear for the Inca Trail>>

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Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina to hit Cancun in next 24 hours

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011

Hurricane Rina is hurtling towards Cancun, a popular tourist resort in Mexico.

The storm, which has sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Caribbean coast in the next 24 hours, prompting the Mexican government to issue travel warnings.

Hurricane Rina hits Cancun, Mexico - Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

It has already brushed Nicaragua and Honduras, where dozens of people have been reported killed by flooding and mudslides.

Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast today before hurtling towards Cozumel, another popular resort in Mexico.

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Brad Pitt stars in new movie World War Z - Filmed in Glasgow - Fabulous Travel Guide

Brad Pitt boosts hotel bookings in Glasgow

[ 0 ] October 21, 2011

Brad Pitt has apparently boosted tourism in Glasgow – with hotel bookings at an all-time high.

The actor, 47, stayed in the city in August to film his latest movie World War Z – and it’s thought to have increased the number of visitors.

Brad Pitt stars in new movie World War Z - Filmed in Glasgow - Fabulous Travel Guide

Brad Pitt stars in new movie World War Z -

‘We welcomed Brad Pitt and more than 1,000 production staff working on Hollywood blockbuster World War Z, which generated significant business for the city’s hotels,’ Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, tells the Daily Mail.

‘Not only are our hotel bookings at an all-time high, Glasgow is now also the busiest city in Scotland.’

According to the latest statistics, Glasgow has filled more hotel rooms than Edinburgh, generating a whopping £180million in 2011.

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Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010 - Image from scienceblogs.com

Icelandic volcano sparks ash cloud fears

[ 0 ] October 14, 2011

Remember the ash cloud? Well, another volcano in Iceland is threatening to erupt – and experts fear it could dwarf last year’s natural disaster.

Seismologists are watching rumblings beneath a volcano named Katla on the southern edge of Iceland where several small earthquakes have been detected.

Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010 - Icelandic volcano - ash cloud 2010 -image from scienceblogs.com

Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010 - Image from scienceblogs.com

‘It is definitely showing signs of restlessness,’ Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, tells the Daily Mail.

Worringly, Katla has a larger magma chamber than Eyjafjallajokull – the volcano responsible for last year’s ash cloud – and experts fear it could cause havoc if it erupts.

Disaster officials are now preparing evacuation plans and have set aside temporary housing but it’s thought residents would only have about an hour to flee…

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Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

Ryanair to remove toilets on flights

[ 0 ] October 13, 2011

Ryanair has announced plans to reduce the number of bathrooms on its planes to make way for more seats.

Chief Executive Michael O’Leary wants to ‘recertify’ the Boeing aircraft to enable 6 extra seats to be installed – leaving just one bathroom between 200 customers.

PICTURE - Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

‘We very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft,’ he tells the Daily Mail. ‘[It] would fundamentally lower air fares by about 5 per cent for all passengers – cutting £2 from a typical £40 ticket.’

Despite Ryanair’s cut-throat tactics, it’s thought over 75million people will travel with the budget airline this year. Get ready to cross your legs!

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Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain South Africa

FUNNY PICS Dassie defends its territory in South Africa

[ 0 ] October 12, 2011

Planning to hike up Table Mountain? Keep an eye out for the territorial dassies! Scroll down to to see what happens when this little bird gets too close.

TRAVEL PHOTO - Dassie on Table Mountain - South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

TRAVEL PHOTO - Dassie on Table Mountain - South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURES Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain

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PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

SHOCK VIDEO! Antelope crashes into cyclist in South Africa

[ 0 ] October 11, 2011

Mountain biker Evan van der Spuy got the shock of his life when an antelope crashed into him during a race in South Africa.

The cyclist was competing in the Time Freight MTB Express at Albert Falls Dam when a red hartebeest charged across the plain and knocked him to the ground.

PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

Footage of the incident was caught on camera by fellow cyclist Travis Walker, who was recording the race for a marketing company sponsoring the event.

Fortunately, Evan, 17, didn’t suffer any serious injuries apart from mild concussion and whiplash. He was treated in hospital and released the next day. SEE VIDEO HERE

NEXT VIDEO: Shark leaps out of the water in South Africa!>>

PICTURE: Lions stalk 4×4 in South Africa>>

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