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Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Go canoeing at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa

[ 1 ] 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.

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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…

[ 2 ] 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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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.

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

PICTURES Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain

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Where to travel in Bolivia

[ 0 ] October 6, 2011

Bolivia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in South America. Not only is it home to the Amazon Basin and the beautiful salt flats, it’s by far the cheapest country to explore.

Read on to see which are the best places to visit in Bolivia – and don’t forget to let us know your plans on Twitter or Facebook!

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Test your nerve on Death Road, Bolivia

1) La Paz

Travelling from Peru? Most backpackers bus it straight to the capital, La Paz.  Here you can test your nerve on Death Road, book the salt flats tour and party hard 24/7.

2) Rurrenabaque

Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon! Book the Pampas Tour from La Paz and head north up to Rurrenabaque for a 3-day canoe trip. Highly recommended.

3) Sucre

Sucre is a pretty city to explore if you’re heading south. Fancy a giggle? Hop onboard the dinosaur bus for an unusual afternoon at Parque Cretacico. Afterwards sip coffee in one of the many sun-drenched cafes…

4) Potosi

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Don't miss the 3-day salt flats tour in Bolivia

Many travellers head to Potosi to visit the cooperative mines and experience the terrible working conditions that hundreds of men are forced to endure. There’s little else to see here so if you’re not keen on claustrophobic tunnels then you might want to give this one a miss.

5) Salar de Uyuni

Unmissable! You can book the salt flats tour from La Paz, Tupiza or Uyuni itself. See pictures of the salt flats here and start planning your trip today.

6) Tupiza

If you like horse riding and want to see some beautiful scenery then Tupiza certainly delivers. Check out our photo gallery here to see why we fell in love…

Looking for more things to do in South America? Check out what Peru has to offer and don’t forget to read our advice section for top tips on staying safe.

Phobophobia at London Bridge is back for Halloween 2011!

Unusual Halloween events in London – best of 2011

[ 0 ] October 5, 2011

Looking for unusual Halloween events in London? From spooky pop-up shops to terrifying ghost festivals, we’ve hunted down the best Halloween attractions in town!

London Bridge Phobophobia 2011

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Phobophobia at London Bridge is back for 2011

Winner of the UK’s scariest attraction, The London Bridge Experience is getting prepared for its biggest thrill yet. Take the kids along to find out about the spooky history of London Bridge during the day, and when the sun goes down get ready for confined spaces, cackling witches and creepy crawlies! Phobophobia starts from 17 October – 1 November 2011, tickets are on sale now from £14.50.

The Wicked Witch of The London Sky

Take the kids down to The London Eye this October to help South Bank’s Wickedest Witch Wilhelmina regain her magical spells during a 30-minute Halloween ride. Tickets cost from £10.35 for kids and £18.90 for adults.

London Ghost Festival 2011

Back for its fourth year, the London Ghost Festival promises to be a toe-curling experience with creepy walks, talks and performances all based around London’s most haunted locations. Starting on 23 October and ending with a Halloween costume ball on 31 October 2011, this is one not to be missed!

Selfridges’ Dead Cool Halloween pop-up shop 2011

Need some spooky clothes for your Halloween party? Head down to Selfridges and embrace gothic glamour, sexy underwear and macabre fashion. Free to attend, this fashion event continues until 31 October 2011.

Looking for more things to do in London? Find out which are London’s most unusual restaurants and start planning your trip now!

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Melbourne ranked best place to live in the world

[ 0 ] September 1, 2011

Melbourne is the ‘world’s most liveable city’, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Aussie city was scored on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure.

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Melbourne best place to live - New survey ranks Melbourne no.1 place to live - Fabulous Travel Guide

It’s the first time in almost a decade of the global liveability survey that Vancouver hasn’t ranked as the best place to live.

Instead Vienna was ranked no.2; Vancouver no.3; Toronto no.4 and Calgary no.5.

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Beauty tips for travellers

[ 0 ] August 31, 2011

*** Boys, look away now. This is definitely one for the girls! ***

Still want to look hot while you’re travelling? You’re not alone. Read on for our top tips and advice to looking good on the road.

1. Get a haircut before you leave

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Beauty tips for travellers

Chances are you won’t get a haircut for months so book a last-minute appointment. If possible, leave your hair long. It’s much easier to manage and you can tie it up when it gets too hot.

Blessed with curls? Find out how to combat frizzy hair here.

2. Buy a good moisturiser

A good moisturiser is essential! Buy one that’s lightweight, easily absorbed and has a high SPF. We loved NIVEA Essentials day cream – perfect for throwing in the backpack and it won’t leave your face shiny.

3. Ditch the foundation

You might think you can’t live without it but foundation is a waste of time when you’re jumping into the ocean, rolling around in the sand and hiking up to Machu Picchu.

Instead go for Tea Tree Oil Facial Blotting Tissues. Not only do they combat shiny skin, they’ll help control blemishes and leave your skin looking fresh.

4. Invest in a Lush shampoo bar

Shampoo and conditioner is easy to buy when you’re away but lots of travellers find Lush shampoo bars useful. They lasts for ages and are great for taking on treks as they double up as soap.

5. Get an eyeliner with built-in sharpener

Nothing’s more annoying than a blunt eyeliner pencil when you don’t have a sharpener. So buy one with a built-in sharpener in the lid like this Clarins Eyeliner Pencil.

6. Leave nail polish at home

Nail polish chips too easily – especially when you’re in and out of the sea. Instead, keep nails short and sheen. It will save you heaps of time and effort.

7. Keep your eyebrows trim

Looking fresh-faced is hard when your eyebrows are out on control so buy a pair of small tweezers. Little and often is the key here – try and do them every few days.

8. Drink lots of water

Late nights and too much alcohol can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless so drink lots of water to keep hydrated. Aim for 2 liters per day – more if your on the beach or in humid conditions.

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Hippo and croc tour - St Lucia Estuary, South Africa - Pictures of hippos in South Africa

Hippo and croc tours in St Lucia

[ 0 ] August 29, 2011

Fancy seeing hippos playing in the water and crocodiles lurking in the reeds? Go on a river boat cruise in St Lucia and spend the day animal spotting.

St Lucia Estuary is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a recently declared World Heritage Site. It’s home to over 800 hippos, 1000 crocodiles and many different species of birds.

Hippo and croc tour - St Lucia Estuary, South Africa - Pictures of hippos in South Africa
Hippo and croc tour – St Lucia Estuary, South Africa – Pictures of hippos in South Africa
Booking your tour

Tours leave the dock hourly and take around 30 passengers on a 2-hour tour of the river. Get ready for weird and wonderful facts, plenty of laughter and even sound effects! Guides are massively enthusiastic and will happily answer all your questions.

Enjoy a river boat cruise in St Lucia, South Africa - Pictures of St Lucia Estuary
Enjoy a river boat cruise in St Lucia, South Africa – Pictures of St Lucia Estuary

Prices cost from 170ZAR and can be bought from tour agencies or the dock. Look out for special offers – Budget Backpackers is currently offering 10% off 10am tours.

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Pictures: Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Cango Caves: the Adventure Tour

[ 2 ] August 24, 2011

Looking for an adventure in South Africa? The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn are sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

The underground maze, which was first discovered by local farmer Jacobus van Zyl, is a fascinating combination of limestone masterpieces, hanging crystal gardens and claustrophobic tunnels.

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Pictures: Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

One minute you’re wandering through vast chambers taking snaps of towering stalactites; the next you’re squeezing through a hole in the wall just 30cm high.

Types of tour

There’s only one way to see the Cango Caves – and that’s with the Adventure Tour. This takes around 90 minutes to complete and starts at the same point as the Standard Tour but goes deeper into the caves.

You’ll crawl through The Tunnel of Love (a low passageway some 74cm high), climb slippery ladders, squeeze into The Coffin and even experience the notorious Devil’s Chimney, a steep shaft about 45 centimetres wide which leads upwards for 3.5 metres!

Prices: Adults: 90ZAR (£7.70); children: 55ZAR (£4.70).

TOP TIP If you are at all claustrophobic then do the Standard Tour. It can get very humid in the some of the chambers and some guests have complained of shortness of breath,

Looking for more adrenaline-pumping adventures in South Africa? Why not go cage diving with Great Whites or get up close and personal to lions and elephants on safari?

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