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SEPTEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent 3 nights in Kutaisi, Georgia. KUTAISA (QUICK NOTES): I won’t provide a full write-up of Kutaisi because, to be brutally honest, I didn’t do much. That said, Kutaisi offers many good day trip options: Gelati Monastery, Prometheus Cave, Okatse Canyon, Martvili Canyon, and Imereti to name a few. You can also take multi-day tours from Kutaisi north into Svaneti National Park. GETTING THERE: I started in Akhaltsikhe. I walked to the Central Bus Station and caught the 10:30am bus to Kutaisi. My suitcase went under the back seat. I was not charged extra […]

Mtskheta – Georgia – Living Ideas


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


OCTOBER 2019: OVERVIEW: We have just spent a month in Georgia. We ended up in Tbilisi to catch a flight from there to Nepal … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (or the ‘NPR’). I will refer to them as N$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 N$115 N$127 N$147 Over time, these exchange rates will change. Please check the current rates. GETTING THERE: There are no direct flights from Georgia to Nepal. TBILISI: Getting to Tbilisi International Airport is easy and cheap. Public buses (#37 or #137) leave […]

Kathmandu – Nepal – Information



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



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


JUNE 2019: OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (I will refer to them as T$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = T$5.71 (it was T$6 two weeks before). I was making my way slowly up the mediterranean coast from Antalya to Istanbul. I spent 3 nights in Cali Beach, Fethiye. It was, now, time to move on to Marmaris … GETTING THERE: You need to get to the Fethiye Bus Terminal (bottom star on this map). I walked about 300 metres from my hotel to the bus stop on the 1085 sk. road […]

Marmaris – Turkey – Information


MAY 2019: OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (I will refer to them as T$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = T$5.85 (it was T$6 2 weeks before). I was making my way slowly up the mediterranean coast from Antalya to Istanbul. I spent 3 nights in Kas. It was, now, time to move on to Fethiye … GETTING THERE: You need to get to the Kas Bus Terminal. This should be walk-able from your hotel. A bus goes to Fethiye several times each day: I targeted the 10:45am. My suitcase went into […]

Calis Beach – Turkey – Information



GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of US$30 – US$39 per day for 2 people: Mexico – Zipolite – US$30 ♥ Vietnam – Cat Ba Island – US$30 Vietnam – Saigon – US$30 Philippines – Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island – US$30 Nepal – Patan (Lalitpur) – US$30 Indonesia – Gili Air Island – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Siem Reap – US$31 ♥ Cambodia – Kampot – US$32 ♥ Indonesia – Nusa Lembongan Island – […]

US$30 – US$39 / day


MARCH 2016: Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. INTRODUCTION: I was staying on White Beach Station 3 in Boracay Island for 5 weeks. I wanted to see the rest of the island to see what else it had to offer… BY FOOT: The cost of a scooter in Boracay is a ridiculous PHP2000 / day. You can take Tribikes to different places at PHP10 / kilometre (shared) or look to charter a Tribike for a day (which wouldn’t be cheap). Boracay Island is only 10 square kilometres. So, I decided to walk it over 3 days: The South, The East, and The North. […]

Boracay – Philippines – Around The Island By Foot


FEBRUARY 2016: INTRODUCTION: I was staying at the AGLICAY BEACH RESORT on Tablas Island. I was impressed by what I had found. The Aglicay was the best value for money accommodation that I had found in my 5 weeks in The Philippines so far. The room was a good size and clean; so was the ensuite. It had a lovely beach setting. However, when you use online search engines, there are very few Hotels listed for Tablas Island (less than 10). I wanted to know whether or not there were more such places around the island that were not on the internet… did […]

Tablas – Philippines – Around The Island By Scooter



JANUARY 2016: INTRODUCTION: I was staying in Puerto Princesa and one of the top 2 things that are recommended online is a trip to Honda Bay; so I decided to jump on my scooter and go and have a look up the east coast. I was hoping to find something similar to what I found when I went from Padang Bai to Amed By Scooter back in Indonesia… beautiful scenery with picturesque sandy bays and little fishing villages… I planned to do a 150km round trip. I set off at 10:00am and stopped at the start of the North Road just after […]

Puerto Princesa – Coast By Scooter – Philippines


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


AUGUST 2015: INTRODUCTION: I was staying in Padang Bai and my plan was to stay there a few days before moving north to Amed. Amed is only 30km north of Padang Bai so I decided to rent a scooter and have a look at Amed in advance. A bit like I did with Kep whilst staying in Kampot. WHAT I FOUND: I found another Kep… Albeit a lot more compact. Amed is, effectively, a string of holiday resorts that stretch about 10km along the coastline broken only by the rise and fall of the coastline between the crescent bays. There is no […]

Padang Bai to Amed – Indonesia – Scooter Trip