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Port Stephens

In 2005 we left Sydney, did the seachange and moved to Nelson Bay, Port Stephens.

My top travel tip at the moment.........Stolen near security

Please take care at airport security checks. One friend lost a mobile phone (Dublin) and another his wallet on the way through the X-ray scanner (Hawaii). He was asked to remove the wallet from his back pocket and put it in a tray. Security footage showed a man place his jacket over the wallet, then scoop up both on the other side.

Before you go through the scanner, empty your pockets and put everything into your hand luggage. Laptops do have to be taken out and put in a tray but if you are travelling with someone, wait until they have walked to the end of the conveyor before putting the hand luggage on the belt. Then, if you are pulled over, the other person can keep an eye out for the hand luggage.

From India to South America

I was born in England, worked in Italy for 10 years then moved to Australia in 1986. I was quite well travelled but in 2002 we went to India and Nepal and that really gave us the travel bug. Since then we have been to South America (2004) but also places more on the beaten track like Paris and New York. In 2005 we went to Spain, Italy and Thailand.

Turkey to Tasmania

In June 2007 we visited family in the UK, so looked to tie something in with that so we went to Turkey.

After contribution from VT members, the itinerary was:
6 July arrive Istanbul for two nights.
Take sleeper train to Ankara and bus to Goreme for 3 nights.
Then on to Lake Egidir for 3 nights and walking, inc St Paul's Way (photo).
Down to the sea to Kas for 2 nights then Fethiye for 3 and another three on a Blue Cruise.
Up to Selcuk to see Epheseus and then a tour to Pergamon, Troy, overnight in Canakkale, Gallipoli and back to Istanbul for a couple of nights.

For details see travelogues on my Turkey page! It was a fantastic odyssey!

In the middle of Feb 2008, we flew to Tasmania and rented a campervan for three weeks. We stayed 1-3 nights in 15 locations, only driving a couple of hours maximum on travel days.

Middle East To New Zealand

In March/April we spent 12 days in Egypt, 6 days in Jordan and 3 in Dubai. This trip had been postponed twice over the last 18 months so we were pleased to get there!

New Zealand
In Nov 2010 we toured the South Island for 2 weeks in a hired campervan from Kea. The snow was still on the mountains but the spring flowers were out everywhere. So green and such beautiful country.

Christchurch, Oamaru, Otago Peninsula, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, West Coast, Murchison, Nelson, Havelock, Picton, Kaikoura, Christchurch.

So sad to see the devastation in Christchurch.

Europe 2011

Just returned from 6 weeks in Europe. Stopover in Hong Kong for 2 nights and catch up with an old friend. Also after 25 years Down Under I am over the 24 hour flight. Visited the rellies in Lincolnshire with side trips to south of Ireland (1 week), Cornwall and Devon, Prague (5 nights). Then home via Bangkok for 2 nights.

Cambodia and Vietnam 2011/2012

This trip was on our bucket list for ages. So finally we set off for Siem Reap, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh!!

DISASTER! Husband was ill, after 3 days in Siem Reap we had to head straight back to Australia. Is this a record for a 3 day trip?! All ended well, can't wait to get back.

In March 2012, we spent 3 weeks - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh with a stop over in KL. Called the Spring Roll Tour, most of our emails home reported on the fantastic food! However the people are very welcoming, great value hotels, lots to see, and we highly recommend it.

China 2013

Spent 3 weeks on a tour of China. Such a diverse country and so BIG! One overnight train trip and five internal flights: the sky scrapers of Shanghai to the mountain town of Lijiang, and mud bricks. OK, so bit restricted by tour but there is still a huge language barrier. Advantage of tour is that sometimes you put your luggage on coach, see something on way to or way from airport, and you don't waste time. Also, learning about the areas from local guides is helpful.

Myanmar to Moscow

November 2013 had two weeks in Myanmar. Excellent, for once I got to a place before tourism takes over. Yangon, Bagan, an overnight boat trip up to Mandalay, Kalaw, Inle Lake. Lovely people and a diverse country.

2014: Just returned from UK, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Karlstad, Stockholm, Tallinn, St P and Moscow!!! All so different and all so enjoyable.

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  • grayfo's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip, Happy Birthday Susie

  • TheAndos's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I can only speak to my soul when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads. Paul Coelho, Aleph.
    I am a born pilgrim .Paul Coelho, Aleph.

  • TheAndos's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Thanks for birthday wishes!

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • CEP1863's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Susie, wishing you a very happy birthday and a year packed with exciting travel!

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Yorkie's in the home page photo? The one on the left looks a bit like mine.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Hi from Brisbane! Enjoyed reading where your travels have taken you. Must agree with the flight, both my husband and I are feeling like that! Travelling Australia now for a rest!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Susie, we are from Perth, love Nelson Bay, you will love Shanghai and China.

  • TrendsetterME's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    "Happy Birthday", with all my best wishes ... :)

  • grayfo's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    A Merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!

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