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5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cycle Around Bagan, Myanmar
26th June 2017

Cycling around Bagan, Myanmar is like pedalling back in time.Bagan was founded in the first century and it was during the 9th and 10th centuries that it flourished and the temples we see today were constructed. These days they still stand, although...

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  • 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cycle Around Bagan, Myanmar

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 26th June 2017

    Cycling around Bagan, Myanmar is like pedalling back in time.

    Bagan was founded in the first century and it was during the 9th and 10th centuries that it flourished and the temples we see today were constructed. These days they still stand, although crumbling, and retain their silent elegance.

    Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it is the largest and most concentrated collection of Buddhist religious structures in the world. Although tourism in Myanmar is currently growing, it still has a lot of historic charm and remains largely unchanged.

    It is possible to get around Bagan via horse and cart or even mini-van if you are craving modern comfort Ė but whatís the fun in that? If you are a true adventurer, biking between each of the temples is the most exciting way to explore.

    The area is mainly flat, so the only challenge is dealing with the heat. A cycling trip around the temples will keep you fit and healthy and will also allow you to take much more in. Here are some tips that you should know before you begin your journey:

    1. Get Up Early

    If you can drag yourself out of bed earlier, youíll not only enjoy riding around in cooler temperatures before the sun begins to bake the plains Ė but you will also have the chance to see the temples against the beautiful backdrop of the sunrise. It is a good idea to rent your bike the night before, as the bike rental place may not be open early enough.

    2. Drink More Water Than You Think You Need

    The heat can reach incredible highs, especially during the summer months, so make sure that you are drinking water throughout the day. Drink more than you think you need, because it is sometimes difficult to realise when you are dehydrated. Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

    3. A Sarong is Essential

    A sarong is one of the best items you can bring with on your Bagan trip, as it is lightweight and serves so many purposes. You can wear it as a headscarf to keep you cool and shield your scalp and face from the sun. You can wrap it around your shoulders or legs in order to be respectful and not show too much skin when visiting a temple. You could even use it as a picnic blanket if you stop to have some lunch.

    4. Test Your Bike First

    There are several bike rental places around Bagan where you can rent bikes cheaply Ė but make sure you give your bike a short test ride and an inspection before you pay for it. Some of the bikes are old and may be in poor repair, which is not something you want to notice when youíve already paid and started pedalling and itís too late.

    5. Relax, Itís Not Possible to See All of the Pagodas

    At its zenith Bagan had around 13,000 temples and these days youíll see around 2,200 left standing. Youíd have to be able to cycle at light speed to be able to see all of them on your trip, so donít put too much pressure on yourself and rush between them.

    Itís better to choose a few temples you are really interested and explore them in detail, noting the exquisite carvings and statuary. These really are gorgeous buildings and a lot of time and effort went into making them as beautiful as possible.

    Have you cycled around Bagan? Let us know about your travel tips in the comments below. 

    Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address Ė working from the road for the last 5 years with her partner Lee, a web-designer from England. They have traveled to over 40 countries and they offer travel tips, stories and inspiration on Global-Goose.com.

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  • Island Escape: A Guide To Mykonos, Greece

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 14th June 2017

    By Emma Cunningham

    Out in the Aegean Sea, lies the sun-drenched, elegant, Cycladic island, of Mykonos. Arriving to the island will be a treat in itself, as you dance across the sapphire Greek waters via ferry, welcomed by a shoreline so psychedelic, your eyes pop.

    ďUnreal,Ē you will say to yourself as you step foot to land, far too mesmerized at the view to notice youíve been waiting for a taxi for 20 minutes to take you to your hotel. Later you will learn how Greeks do not hold any sort of conventional time scheme for life.

    ďI thought the club closed at 4am?Ē You will shout to your new found friend somewhere along Paradise Beach. ďItís already 7! How are we still here?Ē You laugh about it over souvlaki for breakfast.

    Oh, MykonosÖ

    And with so much zen, views, food and fun to indulge in, you might begin to feel a tad overwhelmed by the tiny island.

    Worry not though. By all means, continue to stroll down those angelic white streets, (but donít forget snag a spot near the town windmills for sunset) because I took it upon myself to provide you with some secrets of the stunningly picturesque, Mykonos.


    WHERE TO STAY

    Chances are you came to Mykonos for the party and scenery. Paradise Beach is where youíll get both.

    There are two main accommodations spots near Paradise Beach where all the party dwellers and budget travelers post up.

    1.Paraga Beach Hostel

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Outdoor pool and bar

    - Mini-market on hostel grounds

    - Free shuttle bus to town and ports

    - Ocean side restaurant

    - 250km walk to clubs/bars on Paradise Beach

    - 24/7 reception

    - Great sunset views

    - Rates starting at 16Ä/night

    2. Paradise Beach - CAMPING

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Cabins and bungalows available sleeping 2-3 people

    - Free breakfast

    - Steps away from the infamous Paradise Beach

    - Located near endless shops, restaurants, and water sport centers

    - Located near bus station for Mykonos Town

    - 24/7 reception

    - Over looks ocean and Paradise Beach

    - Rates starting at 45Ä/night

    Looking to splurge a bit or not interested in staying in a camp ground or hostel? Click here to search for your ideal spot in Mykonos!


    WHERE TO EAT

    SAVE: Sakis Grill House - Mykonos Town

    For Mykonos Town, this place is a steal. Delicious gyros and pitas starting at 3Ä!

    The perfect spot for a quick and cheap bite before losing yourself around the mystic white streets.

    SPLURGE: Kastroís Restaurant & Bar - Little Venice

    Every meal, no matter where you are, should make you feel the way Kastroís makes you feel. Sit for a cocktail, listen to some chill-out tunes and try and wrap your head around the sensational Greek sunset before your eyes. The vibe is so euphoric, you wonít know what to do with yourself. Especially when you eye up the waiters! Most thing can/should be ordered to share here, due to prices. I highly recommend anything with black olives or feta cheese, because GREECE.


    BEACHES & NIGHTLIFE

    The beaches on the south shore of the island (Paraga, Paradise Beach and Mykonos Town) have the best sand, views, and wind protection, but are pretty crowded at the height of the season. Like mentioned before, Paradise Beach is where the party is at. But if youíre looking for a beautiful beach without the chaos then head to Agios Sostis. There are zero lounge chairs or umbrellas in sight, so you truly feel as if youíre at a secret beach. So secret, some people may even go nude. Platis Gialos and Ornos, are quieter, less crowded and more popular with families.

    If youíre looking to drink and dance until the wee hours of the morning, Cavo Paradiso is your spot. Everything is outdoors and built into a dramatic cliff top just east of Paradise Beach. There are international DJs there practically everyday throughout the summer, from DJ Snake to Steve Aoki, youíre bound for an epic night. If you are feeling something a little lower key, then Paradise Club is the place for you. A smaller spot sitting right on the water, with fun music and a very fun crowd.


    GETTING AROUND MYKONOS

    Donít you DARE sit around the beach nursing your hangover all day. Mykonos is too extravagant to not see every inch of. March yourself up to your hotel/hostelís information desk and ask where the nearest ATV rental is. Itís easily the best way to round up a few new friends for some exploring and youíre able cover the entire island from coast to coast.

    Theyíre incredibly easy to operate (and much safer than scooters/mopeds). And side streets in Mykonos are incredibly narrow, meaning not many cars are able to fit! So you can get by very easily without worrying too much about traffic. Be sure to bring a map with you so you can hit all the secret beaches!

    Prices start at about 20Ä/day and you must have a valid driverís license.


    GETTING TO MYKONOS

    BY AIR

    If youíre on a time crunch or just extremely anxious to get to Mykonos, there are daily direct flights from Athens to Mykonos airport.

    Check out Skyscanner.com or kiwi.com for your cheapest and best rates.

    BY FERRY

    Depending on the route and vessel, you can reach Mykonos from Athens within 4-6 hours. Piraeus and Rafina are the two main ports in Athens.

    You can book a ferry online to Mykonos (as well as other Greek Islands) via Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways or Sea Jets.

    A true European playground, Mykonos is a flawless mix of luxury fantasy and a wild ride of an island, offering something for everyone. Itís everything that itís hyped up to be, and more. So go grab your suitcase and passport, because the psychedelic shores are callingÖ

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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Venice

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 14th February 2017

    Venice is one of the most romantic, photogenic and popular cities in the world. Here are 5 of the must have pictures during your visit:

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    San Marco square from above


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    The Grand Canal


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    The water and islands surrounding the main city of Venice


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    Gondalas 


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    Canals which aren't the Grand Canal


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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Cape Town

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 17th December 2016

    Cape Town is one of the duels of Africa, a beautiful beachside city with one of the most iconic mountains in the world.

    Here are the photos that you must get when visiting.

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    Table Mountain at sunset (or at any time of the day!)


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    The penguins of Boulders Beach


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    A Cape Town sunset


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    Lion's Head from the top of Table Mountain


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    Cape Town's iconic coastline 

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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Santorini

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 17th November 2016

    Santorini is one of most beautiful places on Earth, and arguably the prettiest place in Greece. It attracts countless visitors every year looking for perfect photographs of the island, windmills and that famous sunset. 

    Here are the 5 photos you MUST get when you are there:

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    The perfect Santorini sunset


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    The white buildings


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    A windmill


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    The winding streets of Oia


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    One of the island's towns from afar



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  • 10 Foods You Must Try Travelling Through Asia

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 7th November 2016

    1. Laksa Ė Chinese and Malaysian

    The perfect laksa balances sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours to create a rich, and often spicy, noodle soup with chicken, prawns or fish, sautťed in coconut milk. Itís distinct and addictive flavour comes from the laksa leaf combined with chili paste and coriander.


    2. Bao Ė China

    Bao is a steamed, bread bun thatís filled with a limitless variety of fillings. Youíll find them on the streets for a delicious, on-the-go lunch or try a more gourmet variation at an upscale restaurant.


    3. Pad Thai - Thailand

    Yes, itís stereotypical but until youíve tasted a locally-made Pad Thai from a street stall in Thailand, you canít say youíve truly experienced Asia.


    4. Tom Yum Ė Thailand

    Youíll find variations of this popular Thai soup throughout South-East Asia. Made from a herbed clear, sour and spicy broth, not only is it delicious, itís also healthy.


    5. Pho - Vietnam

    This Vietnamese soup makes an incredibly cheap and authentic meal for any time of the day or night. With rice noodles and chicken or beef, itís garnished with basil or mint, chili and lime.


    6. Amok Ė Cambodia

    Amok is at the centre stage of Cambodian cooking. Itís a creamy coconut curry thatís made by cooking fish or chicken in banana leaves for maximum flavour.


    7. Nasi Goreng Ė Indonesia

    Another flavour-packed dish youíll find all over the country, Nasi Goreng means fried rice. Try it at an authentic local restaurant for the best sweet, salty and spiced fried rice youíll ever taste, tipped with a fried egg.


    8. Chicken Tikka Masala Ė Malaysia

    What makes Malaysian cuisine so unique is itís blend of Chinese, Indian and Malay influence. You donít need to go to India to enjoy this authentic disk of baked chicken in a creamy and spicy tomato and coriander sauce thatís often served with flat bread.


    9. Larb Ė Laos

    I thought minced meat could only be so good until I tasted larb. Youíll find it made from chicken, beef, pork, duck or mushrooms, intensely flavoured with lime and fish sauce, served over rice.


    10. Papaya Salad Ė Laos

    Who would have thought that a salad made from shredded, unripe papaya could be so moorish? This Laotian dish is a must try whether you like it hot, sweet or sour.

    Start planning your culinary adventure through Asia, by getting your hands on an Asian Travel Journal. Plot must-taste destinations on the included map and create your own list of foods to try. Itís also the perfect place to make notes of dishes that inspired to try back home.

    10% from all sales of our Asian Travel Diary are also donated to the Little Fireface Project to help save the critically endangered and super cute, slow loris.

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  • 9 Unique Animals You Can Only See in Australia

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 31st October 2016

    Did you know that more than 80% of Australiaís animals canít be found anywhere else in the world?

    This very large, down-under island is home to some incredible and unique animals that bring flocks of tourists to the country. So, what are some of the great animals you can see travelling in Australia? Hereís a taste from our Australian travel journalÖ


    1. Kangaroo

    While Australian kids DONíT really ride kangaroos to school, these strong animals weight up to 90kgs and can run up to 70km/hour. Youíre likely to see one in most rural parts of the country. Watch for them crossing roads and donít mistake them for their smaller relative, the wallaby.


    2. Koala

    Contrary to popular belief, one, the koala is not a koala BEAR and two, theyíre not cuddly! Koalaís are aggressive and territorial marsupials that spend all day either sleeping or eating eucalyptus leaves, which are toxic to almost all other animals. Youíll find them up and down the east coast.


    3. Dingo

    Dingoes are native wild dogs and theyíre Australiaís largest predator. They can be found all over the country with the exception of larger towns, cities and Tasmania.


    4. The Tasmanian Devil

    Although you wonít find dingoes in Tasmania, itís the only place to see the endangered Tasmanian devil in the wild. About the size of a small dog, itís the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and itís very unique with a pungent odour, extremely disturbing screech and strong, ferocious bite. Donít worry though, theyíre not known to attack humans unless provoked.


    5. Platypus

    The platypus is an egg-laying mammal, or monotreme, which are distinct to Australia. The live in burrows near rivers, have a duck-like bill, a furry body and webbed feet for swimming. Theyíre very shy and hard to spot but head to the coastal areas of eastern Australia or the zoo for your best chance.


    6. Echidna

    Echidnas might look like a hedgehog but theyíre another unique monotreme with a long, sticky tongue that they use to eat ants from their holes. Donít try picking one up!


    7. Wombat

    This solid, muscular and short, burrowing animal isnít often seen in the wild but can be found throughout the south-eastern regions of Australia. Weighing up to 36kgs, they have rodent-like teeth, powerful claws and a backwards pouch to carry their young.


    8. Emu

    The flightless emu is the second tallest bird, after the ostrich. They can be found all over rural Australia and are well adapted to the harsh climate, only requiring water and food infrequently. Their meat was an important food for native Aborigines and although uncommon, you might be able to taste an emu egg thatís the size of 8-10 chicken eggs.


    9. Perentie

    These shy native goannas are the forth-largest type of lizard. If you see one of these in arid areas, west of the Great Dividing Range, count yourself lucky! They can overpower small birds, mammals and reptiles with their strong claws and tail and are an important part of Aboriginal culture and traditional diet.

    Write about your unique experiences with Australian animals in our Australasia Travel Diary. 10% of all proceeds are donated to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust, helping to save New Zealandís rare and unique bird.

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  • 8 Ways to Save Money Travelling in Europe

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 25th October 2016

    ďTravel. Itís the only thing you can buy that will make you richerĒ

    Here at Adventurelogue, we totally agree that seeing the world only makes you richer. But, if youíve got the wanderlust gene like us, youíll also appreciate that the more money you save, the more places you can venture.

    Travelling through Europe can be fairly expensive (especially if the exchange rateís not in your favour), but there are lots of simple things that you can do to save yourself some pennies so that you can do more, see more and experience it all!


    1. Travel Off Season

    All the attractions are crowded, youíll spend hours waiting in lines, itís hard to find availability and when you do itíll cost an arm and a leg. If you choose your timing, travel to Europe in shoulder seasons when the weatherís still good and prices are a little lower.


    2. Travel Overnight

    Red eye flights and overnight train tickets are often cheaper than travelling during the daytime but theyíll also save you on a nightís worth of accommodation. Invest in a comfy travel pillow, record your daily explorations in your travel diary and fall asleep to wake in your next city.


    3. Join Loyalty Programs

    Sign up for frequent flyer and hotel programs that give you reward points for your bookings. Itís amazing how quickly they add up and a free flight and/or hotel rooms makes a big difference to keeping travel costs down.


    4. Look for Free or Low-Cost Activities

    Itís amazing how many free events and things to do there can be in different cities so have a look online for free art events, museums and other interesting things to do. You can also save lots of money by creating your own tours such as mapping out top restaurants or coffee shops for a personalised gastronomical adventure or hire a bicycle to see major sites.


    5. Cook Your Own Meals, Sometimes

    One of the best parts of travel is trying the local cuisine but if thereís nothing particularly delicious or unique then cook your own meals to save money. Pick up snacks and other easy to prepare food from local farmerís markets or supermarkets and find a picturesque place for a picnic.


    6. Walk or Use Local Transport

    Do as the locals do and get a subway pass, walk or use buses to get around instead of using taxis. Itís a great way to experience the more authentic side of a city and itíll help to keep you fit.


    7. Buy a Local Pre-Paid Sim

    If you donít think you can get by just using free Wi-Fi in shops and hotels, buy a local sim card to save a small fortune on roaming costs.


    8. Sleep Local

    If regular hotels are expensive, look for local alternatives like Airbnb and Home Exchange, stay just out of the city centre or camp for a more authentic, money saving experience.

    Before you head off on your European adventure, grab yourself (and your travel buddies) a European Travel Diary. With plenty of blank pages to capture your thoughts and memories, itís the perfect way to document your journey.

    10% of all sales from the European Travel Journal are donated to Hauser Bears to help them in their mission to better the welfare of bears worldwide.

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  • 8 Reasons Why You MUST Keep a Travel Diary

    8 Reasons Why You MUST Keep a Travel Diary

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 17th October 2016

    The days of journal writing seem all but lost in our fast-paced digital world. Cameras have replaced sketches of beautiful people and places, Ďchecking-iní lets us look back on what weíve done and a single post to all our friends is easier than sending postcards.

    Thereís a special beauty in the written word. So, before we forget these age-old traditions, hereís a timely reminder of why keeping your own travel journal is the best way to truly experience, learn from and remember your worldly adventures.


    1. It Never Runs Out of Batteries

    No power adapters, cords or charging needed, your travel journal is always good to go even if your adventures are taking you for a month-long trek through the wilderness.


    2. Itís the Best Place to Express Your Creativity

    Everyoneís got a bit of a creative spark within them. No matter where around the world your travels take you, visiting new places and experiencing new things allows you to explore your creativity.

    Try sketching the Great Wall of China, record inspiring meals and ingredients or brainstorm new business ideas. Your World Travel Diary is the perfect place!


    3. It Lets You Remember All the Important Bits

    Everything from your must-do lists to funny quotes and that ticket to a Broadway show fit perfectly in your travel journal. Help make the taste of that banoffee pie be remembered by slipping the package into your diary or spritz the pages with your favourite French perfume.


    4. Itíll Help You Defeat Boredom

    Letís face it, travelling isnít as constantly incredible as your Instagram account makes it out to be. Those more boring times waiting for planes, busing across a country or waiting for your Ďlostí friends to make it back to the meeting point are the best opportunities to scribble down some memories in your travel journal.


    5. Gives You Something to Show the Grandkids

    When you travel, you collect stories and experiences and thereís no better way to be able to share your journey with your family than sitting down and flicking through your travel diary. Itís something youíll keep forever and look back on with fond memories.


    6. It May Save a Friendship

    Itís true that ďtravel is best measured in friends, rather than milesĒ but no matter who you choose to see the world with, theyíre sure to do something to aggravate those nerves.

    Use your travel diary to work out your annoyance, leave your poor friend who insists of taking photos of every single landmark be and avoid a fight.


    7. Your Travel Journal Isnít a Target for Theft

    Thatís unless youíre on a Contiki and youíve done a bit too much ranting, raving and other things that would make good gossipÖ


    8. Youíll Use it to Help Others Plan

    Revel in being the travel expert among your friends and share your best travel tips and secrets by flicking through your diary to help others plan an amazing trip!

    Donít create experiences that will be forgotten, preserve your around the world adventures in your own World Travel Journal from Adventurelogue.

    Not only does it have a pouch for keep-sakes, itís got a wold map so you can track your footprints around the globe.

    10% of all proceeds go directly to help support Traffic, so youíll be supporting a leading world organisation to monitor and prevent wildlife trade.

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