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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.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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How to avoid catching Malaria | Malaria travel advice | Fabulous travel guide

How to avoid catching malaria

[ 2 ] November 2, 2010

Malaria is a serious and sometime fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical countries. Every year there are 250 million cases across the world and nearly 1 million deaths according to the World Health Organization

Fortunately, there are loads of precautions you can take to prevent getting bitten – just remember to be sensible and follow these simple rules:

How to avoid catching Malaria | Malaria travel advice | Fabulous travel guide

How to avoid catching Malaria | Malaria travel advice | Fabulous travel guide

1) Research where you’re travelling to

Check out Fit for Travel – a brilliant website that tells you all the health information you need to know. You can see which areas are prone to malaria and even find out what vaccinations you need.

2) Ask your doctor about antimalarial tablets

This is important if you are visiting high-risk areas, remote from medical facilities. Talk to your doctor to discuss what you need.

3)    Avoid getting bitten by covering up

Wear long sleeves and trousers when in tropical areas, such as the jungle. Investing a mosquito net is worthwhile, too.

4)   Lather yourself in insect repellent

When your skin is exposed wear insect repellent and reapply every few hours.

5)    Seek immediate medical care if you develop a fever

Malaria can develop even up to 12 months after exposure, so be aware of the symptoms.

Need more travel advice? Check out the Staying Safe Abroad section and don’t forget to register with LOCATE before you go. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

Dawn breaks over partygoers at the full moon party | Fabulous travel guide

Thailand – how to survive the full moon party

[ 0 ] October 18, 2010

Thailand has become famous for its full moon parties, with thousands of travellers trekking to the south coast every month to get a slice of the action.

Held on Koh Phangan, an island off the gulf of Thailand, these events are notoriously wild, last all night and will probably be the highlight of your trip.  But with ‘buckets’ of alcohol costing from as little a pound, it’s easy to see why these parties can get out of hand – so make sure you stay safe with our top tips!

How to stay safe at the full moon party>>

Full moon party | Koh Phangan, Thailand | Fabulous travel guide

Full moon party | Koh Phangan, Thailand | Fabulous travel guide

Looking for more things to do in Thailand? Swim with sharks in Ko Phi Phi  and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

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Fire dancers at full moon party | Koh Phangan | Fabulous travel guide

How to stay safe at the full moon party

[ 1 ] October 18, 2010

Heading to Thailand this year? Don’t miss the incredible full moon parties, held on Koh Phangan every month. Read our top tips for staying safe:

1) Arrive on Koh Phangan in plenty of time. Accommodation gets booked up quickly– so do your best to book ahead where possible.

2) Stay on the outskirts of town rather than in the main streets. Countless backpackers have had their rooms broken into during the night – and if you want any sleep, forget it. Staying further afield is also much cheaper, quieter and altogether more relaxing the next day.

Dawn breaks over partygoers at the full moon party | Fabulous travel guide

Dawn breaks over partygoers at the full moon party | Fabulous travel guide

3) Don’t take any valuables to the party. Leave cameras, passports and phones at home. Like I said, these parties get wild and when you’ve had a little too much to drink it’s easy for pickpockets to work their magic.

4) Make sure your stuff is locked away in a safe deposit box at your hostel. It’s also worth asking for a receipt to show what was in there, too.

5) Stay in a group. It’s easy to get lost so pick a meeting point that you can all find easily if one of you wanders off.

6) Go steady on the Redbull. The powder form – often found in ‘buckets’ of alcohol  – is said to contain the same amount of caffeine as 6 coffees. Mixed with whiskey or vodka, this can have a lethal effect!

7)However drunk you get – don’t attempt to throw yourself through a ring of fire. Burn marks aren’t attractive the next day.

Fire dancers at full moon party | Koh Phangan | Fabulous travel guide

Fire dancers at full moon party | Koh Phangan | Fabulous travel guide

8) Lone travellers need to be extra careful when out and about – especially girls. Don’t get into a taxi alone, wait until there’s a group of you.

9) Write down the name of your hostel – or better still take their business card – so you can show your taxi driver. This avoids confusion and if you’re feeling a little worse for wear as you can just flash it at the driver!

10) Have fun!

Looking for things to do in Thailand? Swim with sharks in Ko Phi Phi  – it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

Black-tip reef shark - Thailand - Fabulous travel guide

Swim with sharks in Thailand

[ 6 ] October 14, 2010

Always dreamed of swimming with sharks? Ko Phi Phi, an island situated just off the south coast of Thailand, is a great place to see your first fin.

Home to the black-tip reef shark, these waters are full of surprises: large schools of blue-lined snappers emerge from the abyss; white banded sea snakes wriggle beneath the coral and leopard sharks lurk in the shadows.

Black-tip reef shark - Thailand - Fabulous travel guide

Black-tip reef shark - Thailand - Fabulous travel guide

Booking a trip couldn’t be easier – you’ll find loads of tour operators in the centre of Ko Phi Phi. Don’t be afraid to barter if there’s a big group of you and shop around for the best deal. Look for companies that offer a refund in the unlikely event you don’t see any sharks!

Tours start early so expect to be on the beach at 6am. Guide will usually provide snorkelling gear but be sure to take plenty of drinking water as you’ll be out on the boat for at least 3 hours.

Swimming with sharks in Thailand | Ko Phi Phi | Fabulous travel guide

Swimming with sharks in Thailand | Ko Phi Phi | Fabulous travel guide

Feeling nervous? Once you’ve seen your first shark you’ll quickly relax. The anticipation is the worst bit! Sharks range in size from 3ft to 6ft – but they rarely come close and will quickly dart off when they spot you.

TOP TIP Don’t splash around – you’ll scare them off. Swim gently keeping your arms tucked in and legs paddling gently in swift movements.

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