Monday, December 12, 2005

Flashpackers Guide to the Not So Lonely Planet

Attention travellers who are sick of the same old cheap rubbish!!!

Hands up those of you who have so often been tricked into staying in a crappy roach infested hostel simply because your Lonely Planet Guide told you it was fantastic? Who among you has spent countless hours just wandering the streets of some far flung city trying to find that restaurant that came highly recommended in your Rough Guide only to discover that it has recently been turned into a KFC? And how many other travellers have you met who bleat on and on about how they got the same tour for less than half of what you paid?

And whats with all those scruffy, smelly, penny pinching backpackers who spend every waking minute in thier hostel because they can't afford to do anything but annoy everyone else? They argue that they "get to meet nice people" and they "like the atmostphere". Get real folks!! Why would you take a once in a lifetime opportunity, like seeing the world, and squander it by spending all your time and money in crappy hostels.

Ok, so maybe I'm being a bit harsh. Hostels aren't all that bad, and usually your guide book gets it right. And as for the smelly Backpackers, well, maybe they really do like what they do. But what if you want something different? What if you don't want to stay in the same hostel as every other traveller? My advice is: don't settle for it!!

Become a Flashpacker!!

Thats where this blog springs from. I got sick of staying where everyone else was staying and eating what everyone else eats and so tried my damndest to avoid it at all costs. And guess what? It can be done, and without too much effort.

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting info and tips on where to stay in various places around the world (China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and more), all from my own experience with pros and cons for every place I visit, as well as those travel tips on what to bring and, just as importantly, what not to bring.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly a travelling legend or anything like that, but I reckon some of you could maybe use what I have to offer. And I know I would have been delighted to find some sort of resource that offered something other than the norm.

Anyway, first post tommorrow.


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