Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite is in stationary orbit over New Guinea where it captures some truly amazing imagery of the Earth. Every day the satellite captures imagery of the western Pacific, Australia, and parts of Asia, Antarctica & Alaska.  Glittering Blue is a video of Himawari 8’s imagery from just one day. What makes Glittering Blue stand out is its sheer size, which really showcases the amazing quality of Himawari-8’s imagery.”  Direct download (2,200 x 2,200 33 MB)

 Astronomy Picture of the Day  See a different image of the universe each day. Each image has an interesting blurb written by a professional astronomer.

Airline Seating Charts – Seat Guru by Trip Advisor

Airline Ratings

All Down Under – information about Australia

Australian Customs 

Australian Government Travel Advice and Register – smartraveller

Australian Government Health checks and vaccinations

Australian Government Travel – health

Australian Government Travel – travel advice

Apps – 14 apps every traveller needs on their phone

Cruise Advice

Carbon Calculator

Ferries  AFerry is the world’s largest online ferry ticket distribution network providing the ability to book more than 80 major European ferry operators, and over 1200 ferry routes throughout the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Holland, the Mediterranean and the rest of Europe, as well as locations in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America.

Oanda Currency Converter

Universal Currency Converter

The International Ecotourism Society

Electrical Power – Specs, Plugs and Language

Duolingo Learn a new language? Now you can for free, select which language you want to give a go and you’re ready to start.

Luggage Limits

The Luxury Travel Expert

Maps – 15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Medical Services

Ocearch   Sharks, dolphins, seals and turtles, you can see all manner of marine life travel logs in real time. Each animal has a name so you can see who’s swimming around out there.

Outdoors – then things you need in your backpack when you hit the great outdoors

Parking, Parkopedia  – choose from millions of parking spots all over the world

Rail bookers

101 Questions to Spice Up a Long, Boring Road Trip

Sailing – Mark Pescott Multihulls

Seniors Travel Guide

Sport – STILL STOKED  Alexa Hohenberg – for women in action sports

The tech evolution of travel

Train Travel – The Man in Seat Sixty-One

Travel Clinics Australia

Travel Doctor



Upgrade Travel Options – optiontown

Upgrade Travel Options – plusgrade

Vaccines – International Travel Vaccination Centre


Weather Forecast

World Health Organization – international travel and health

World Health Organization – Dengue and server dengue

World Time Converter

World Time and Date

World Time and Date Clock

World Weather

Intellicast World Weather

Yahoo World Weather

Anthony Bourdain eats a bowlful of noodles in Hanoi during Parts Unknown Season 4.

All the Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower is lethal to your soul. And a selfie in front of the pyramids in Giza? Completely overrated.

“plans should be ephemeral, so be prepared to move away from them.” Even if it means losing a bit of money. Even if it means sacrificing that phenomenal Instagram I was picturing in my mind.

But that summed up everything Bourdain is about. Roll with the punches. Walk the less-traveled path. Budget strategically.

And above all, slow down. Your mind will thank you. And your wallet will thank you.

“You can’t take it in, driving by stuff. That’s not satisfying,” he says. “Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch.”


The way we see the world has changed thanks to a little thing we like to call technology. Travel is no exception; an array of websites and apps has made it easier and more convenient for all. So if you’re looking to get away, or just dreaming of your next vacation, here are 10 ways you can use the ‘net when planning and heading off on your next holiday.


If you had a dollar for every wannabe social media influencer who captioned their holiday snaps ‘W.A.N.D.E.R.L.U.S.T’ accompanied by a plane emoji, the fortune sitting in your bank account would make Elon Musk jealous. Give your followers something original with one of these beautiful travel words instead.


Anyone who’s ever whipped up a spag bol in the hostel kitchen or sparked up a conversation in the hostel common room knows how easy it is to find friends when you’re travelling by yourself. And as our mates at Lonely Planet explain in this excerpt from their new book ‘The Solo Travel Handbook’, there are plenty of positives to hitting the road on your own.

HOSTELING INTERNATIONAL is a worldwide network of Not-for-Profit Youth Hostel Associations

Hostelling International (HI) is a charity that manages a federation of not-for-profit youth hostel associations. Our Youth Hostel Associations such as YHA, Stayokay and DJH combined provide a network of hostels in more than 80 countries.  We believe that exploration and travel lead to a better understanding of other cultures, and in turn that creates a peaceful, smarter, and more tolerant world. This is and has been our mission for almost 100 years.  We operate ‘for good and not-for-profit’ which means your stay should be cheaper while contributing to something amazing — any surplus of funds is reinvested in affordable hostelling and not shareholders.


Weaving the Bridge at Q’eswachaka


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