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Planning a trip can sometimes be overwhelming. It can take over the excitement you feel when planning your ideal trip. I sometimes feel we really need a holiday after the planning has been done! But planning your trip doesn't have to be overwhelming.  We have been travelling for many years and along the way we have picked up great tips that we'd love to share to with you on flights, accommodation, tours, adventures, insurance and more, all so you can create enjoyable memories of a lifetime. 

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Travel Books

There are many great travel books available. Some are books with amazing photos to inspire you and help you decide your dream destination. Others provide information on the destination you have chosen. Others are great travel story books. Here I've included some favourites.

Epic Hikes of The World by Lonely Planet. With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic.

The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations To Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout.  From helping to build a health clinic in Tanzania to learning massage in Thailand to aiding green turtle conservation in Belize,The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life is full of fun, meaningful, and memorable possibilities

Destinations Of A Lifetime: 225 Of The World's Most Amazing Places by National Geographic. Hundreds of oversized images of the world's most spectacular destinations are featured along with service information on the best and most authentic ways to experience them. A candy box full of visual delights, this book will inspire tangible ideas for everyone's next great trip. National Geographic takes you on a photographic tour of our world in this spellbinding coffee table travel gift book. Hundreds of Earth's most breathtaking locales are illustrated with vivid, oversized full-color images taken by Nat Geo's world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture. Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience

Wonders Of The World by Mark Truman. Learn all about Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon, and other wonders of the world with this book! Packed with full color photographs showcasing 100 incredible and inspiring places on earth

All This In 60 Minutes by Nicholas Lee. For more than thirty years Nicholas Lee was a cameraman on 60 Minutes, Australia's most respected and watched current affairs program, alongside Ray Martin, George Negus, Ian Leslie, Richard Carleton, Mike Munro, Jennifer Byrne, Liz Hayes and Tara Brown, among others. All This in 60 Minutes is the revealing and often hilarious memoir of his time with the show - of the crazy days of unlimited expense accounts, of late nights and bleary mornings, the fun and fear on the road, and in the refugee camps and war zones. It goes inside the IRA, Idi Amin's torture cells, and into palaces and mud huts. It recounts unforgettable trips on B-52s, ultra-lights and the Orient Express. And it takes you behind the interviews with the famous and infamous - from presidents, rock stars, despots and kings, to pygmies and manic, charismatic gurus.

A Year In The World by Frances Mayes. A Year in the World is a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to readers.