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Gyumri - 1 Rykov Street
SEPTEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 3 nights in the capital city: Yerevan.  We are on our way to Georgia. Our next (and final) stop in Armenia is Gyumri … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Armenia is the Dram (or the ‘AMD’). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 A$475 A$525 A$595 Over time, these exchange rates will change. Please check the current rates. GETTING THERE: You can catch an inter-city minibus from either the Central or the Sasuntsi David Bus Stations. Most leave from Central. The price is A$1,500. The journey […]

Gyumri – Armenia – Journey


SEPTEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 3 nights in Goris which is said to be ‘one of the top 10 nicest towns in Armenia’.  Goris made my mind up – I am leaving Armenia and going to Georgia. To get to Georgia I have to go through the length of Armenia and connect in (the capital city) Yerevan. I decided to have a quick look at Yerevan on the way … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Armenia is the Dram (or the ‘AMD’). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 A$475 A$530 […]

Yerevan – Armenia – Journey


SEPTEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 6 nights in the Health Spa town of Jermuk. Being a popular Health Spa town, Jermuk is relatively expensive for Armenia. It is time for us to try out a less touristic, more remote town: Goris. The internet says that Goris is one of the ‘top 10 nicest towns in Armenia’ … so, let’s have a look … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Armenia is the Dram (or the ‘AMD’). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 A$475 A$530 A$585 Over time, these exchange rates will […]

Goris – Armenia – Living Ideas



SEPTEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent a week on a road trip in Transylvania, Romania. We ended up in Bucharest. It is time for us to move on to an Armenian Health Spa Resort … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Armenia is the Dram (or the ‘AMD’). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 A$475 A$520 A$570 Over time, these exchange rates will change. Please check the current rates. GETTING THERE: There are direct flights from Romania to Armenia. TAROM FLIGHT: I booked a one-way ticket from Bucharest to Yerevan on […]

Jermuk – Armenia – Health Spa


SEPTEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 3 nights in Gyumri, Armenia.  We now go to our first stop in Georgia: Akhaltsikhe. PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Georgia is the Lari (or the ‘GEL’). I will refer to them as G$s. At the time of writing: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 G$2.96 G$3.28 G$3.69 Over time, these exchange rates will change. Please check the current rates. GETTING THERE: Minibuses are the most common form of transport in this part of the World. The problem with these minibuses is that most don’t have any luggage space. If you have a big backpack or […]

Akhaltsikhe – Georgia – Living Ideas


AUGUST 2019: OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Serbia is the Republic of Serbia Dinar / the RSD (I will refer to them as S$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = S$105. We have just spent 4 nights in Sofia, Bulgaria … … and 3 nights in Nis, southern Serbia. We experienced a lot of history and culture. Back in Bulgaria, we made an off-season, summertime visit to Borovets which is a famous ski resort. It was now time to compare Borovets to the famous ski resort of Zlatibor in Serbia. Again, we were going in the off-season / […]

Zlatibor – Serbia – Information



GENERIC: DONE My initial (Phase 1) around-the-world trip is done. It took just over 5 years. I am, now, in ‘Phase 2’ which sees me return to my favourite places discovered in Phase 1. In Phase 2, I will stay in each of these favourite locations for at least 1 month so that I can discover more about them. WHAT ROUTE DID I TAKE? I planned my Phase 1 route so that I was in each country at the right time to: Avoid rainy, monsoon, typhoon, and hurricane seasons; Avoid Peak Seasons in the more expensive countries; Get as much […]

Planning My Route


JANUARY 2015: MULTIPLE SOURCES WERE USED TO GATHER TRAVEL COSTS: Based on the number of data points found (and how much I believed what I was reading) I set MY FLASHPACKING budget for each country (shown per day and per year). All costs are in New Zealand Dollars (as a simple rule, divide by 2 to get Pounds Sterling). COUNTRY AREA  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER YEAR  MY FLASH PACKING COST PER DAY  Average of the Averages  As an Avg of What Sites Say  As an Avg % vs NZ New Zealand Compare  $ 45,625  $ 125  $ 106  $ 106  $ 106 […]

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