If you intend to take a trip down under planning your budget should be an important part of your preparations. Yes Australia is many atlas inches from pretty much anywhere else (no offence New Zealand), so your flight is unlikely to be cheap, but there are ways to save on an Aussie adventure while still having a bonza time.
Cebu City is uncharacteristic of the white sand and crystal clear waters experience that otherwise dominates one's idea of the Philippines. From the Cebu International Airport it sprawls, though relatively compact in size, as an urban metropolis that contrasts with the smaller more rural or seaside towns.
For centuries dating as far back as 3000 BC, India would've been regarded as not so much a country, but more a collection of evolving kingdoms and sprawling empires. Each with their own ruling dynasties, customs, culture, cuisine and fashion. The nation may be unified as one nowadays, but the remnants of this land's rich and diverse heritage still lives on.
My ideal travel book is thin, lightweight and water resistant. It must be able to survive in my rucksack or bike pannier, where things get crushed or soaked. It must be a cheap book that I'm willing to lose and it certainly can't be a Kindle as electronic devices don't last long in these conditions.
So, you are just about to finish secondary school, high school, sixth form, college or whatever you call it and you are weighing up whether to take a gap year before going to University or whether you should hold off and take a gap year after you have your degree in hand. There are advantages to taking a gap year at certain stages in your life and hopefully this will inform you as to when would suit you best...
In the course of my job as travel journalist, I'm always on airplanes but try to reduce the stress level by only taking one carry-on bag - no anxiety at baggage claim and you're always first out of the airport. The trouble is that colder climates mean extra clothing but fortunately new technologies are coming to the rescue.
Ah, Paris! You're oh so beautiful, so romantic, and also, somewhat expensive. The chic boutique hotels, the mouth-watering steak frites, un vin rouge along the Boulevard Saint-Michel - just staying, eating and drinking in the French capital can be a costly experience before you even add on the 'must-see' sights of the city.
"I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them," Mark Twain once quipped. How right he was. Travel can make or break a friendship, so before you journey to the other side of the globe, only to realise that your best mate is your polar opposite...