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Tor Snyder

Travel Advice, Traveler

What Type of Traveler Are You?

Travel.   

You love it! You crave it. You dream of it! You don’t know what you’re having for lunch but you do know where your next 6 holidays will be! It’s why you’re reading this blog, we hope. You just can’t get enough. 

And neither can I. 

I’ve worked in the travel industry for over 7 years (on and off of course because I was travelling). Travel Agent, Tour Guide, Business Development for two travel companies, and now marketing and sales for V Travel Network. It’s a part of my life and a part of who I am.

I recently broke up with my boyfriend (of 3 months) because he didn’t want to travel. Which is understandable. Not everyone has the urge to explore the world with a backpack and no clue or stay in 5 star hotel ordering hamburgers. Yes. These people exist and my ex-boyfriend is one of them. In his defence, he did give it a crack. We took a two week trip to Sydney and Melbourne which was in the end, our demise. We couldn’t travel together. Or I couldn’t travel with him because he DIDN’T WANT TO TRAVEL! Sorry, I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I dated someone who DOESN’T LIKE TRAVELING. Man, I need a holiday just thinking about it. 

But more importantly it got me thinking about what kind of traveler am I anyway? I mean, if the man I love can’t enjoy a simple trip with me, what or where am I going wrong? 

And listen, I’ve done my fair share of solo and group travel. I walked the entire 800km of the Camino De Santiago. I did a 21 Day (insert 18-39 Youth Company) that was CAMPING, when I was 23 I should add. I’ve sailed around the Maldives and ridden door-less trains in Sri Lanka. I’ve had my passport stolen on a train in Barcelona. I’ve dropped trou’ on the nudist beaches of the Casa Blanca Coast in Spain. I tackled the 1000 year old trails of the Kumodo Kodo in Japan, carrying 15kg and a tent on my back. All AMAZING trips that I’ll never forget. 

All of these experiences have one thing in common. I went by myself. 

Obviously some of these trips where categorized as “groups” or “tours” and there where people on those trips. But what I’m trying to say is I haven’t mentioned any of the trips where I went with a boyfriend or a friend. Because the thing I remember mostly about those trips aren’t positive experiences. 

When I travel I’m looking for a new experience, something different and unique, somewhere I can get lost. A choose your own adventure type of trip. And from my own experience, this doesn’t always translate to an enjoyable trip when you have someone tag along. 

Which leads me to believe that I might be traveling solo for the rest of my life… but it could be worse. I could just hate traveling. 

I’d love to hear about your experiences. Tell me what type of traveler you think you are.

 

Here’s a list of a few you mate have run into already. 

Han Solo Yolo – millennial backpacker

The Proclaimer – Hikers that would walk 500miles just to tell everyone about it

Bali Bangers – only goes to Bali and calls all the taxi drivers Ketut

Does it have a Kids Club? – annual family holiday and we mean the whole family, Mom, Dad, Uncle Ted, Grandma Shaz and your third cousin Damo, twice removed. 

The Cruiser – been on every boat, seen every buffet, slept in every inside cabin

Danger is my middle name – has ridden the death road 8 times and done every bungee in the world

 

  • Create your own type of traveler and comment below .
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V Travel Network’s Top 4 Winter Trip Picks

Winter is coming… but Australians and New Zealanders don’t get the same experience as some of our northern friends. So why not travel to where the snow falls and the ice is for gliding on.

Here are our Top 4 Winter Trips to take this year. 

1. Arctic Resort Adventure 4D/3N
Experience the world famous glass igloos or rustic log cabins on this complete Nordic winter adventure. Take a day trip to Lake Inari and go ice fishing and snowmobiling. Hunt for the aurora borealis and take a 2 hour ride through the snow on a husky safari.

2. Yosemite Stay & Play Winter Tour 2D/1N
Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter season for two days of crisp, fresh mountain air. At night, kick back with a warm drink, arrange a twilight hike, or hear stories told fireside at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.

3. Einherjar Faroe Islands 7D/6N
Discover the ultimate beauty and the myths of the Faroe Islands! Hear the tales of ancient Viking customs. Witness panoramic and truly breath-taking views overlooking the islands and maybe even have a close encounter with a Puffin or two.

4. Winter Tour to see Northern Lights Iceland 5D/4N
In this tour you will have time to visit the innumerable islands of Breiðafjörður. Visit the man made Ice Cave in Langjökkull, The national park of Snæfellsnes offers a large variety of hiking trails, one more beautiful than the other.

Europe, Game of Thrones, Travel Advice

5 Destinations to Play Game of Thrones

The final season of Game of Thrones may be over, but you can live your GoT fantasy all year long with travel!

Here are the TOP 5 Destinations to play the Game of Thrones.

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia aka Kings Landing
Nested on the shore of the Adriatic Sea, Durbovnik’s stone walls, dramatic cliffs and amazing views make it the perfect seat for the kings, or Queens, of Westeros.

2. Doune Castle, Scotland aka The Lord’s Tower (Stark House)
Poor little Bran Stark “fell” out one of its windows in the first season, when he saw something he never should have. Originally built in the 13th century, Doune Castle features a nature walk through the grounds for visitors.

3. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland aka Kingsroad
Not just the road used to visit your King, the area that surrounds the Dark Hedges is a must-see, since it has been used to film Winterfell, Castle Black and the Stark family war encampment.

4. Essaouira, Morocco aka Astapor
Not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the home of slave-trading city where Daenerys freed the Unsullied, including everyone’s favourite: Grey Worm.

5. Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
Probably one of the most famous sites and a favourite among GoT fans, this is the setting of Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love story. Located at the South East Coast of Iceland at the roots of Vatnajökull where you find the biggest glacier in Europe and one of the steamiest scenes in TV history.

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Are you a first time hiker??

Alright, so you’ve booked that big trip to hike Mount Kilimanjaro or maybe you’re thinking about doing the Camino… No matter what, everyone has there first big hike. Don’t stress, we’ve got a quick guide to help you pack and train for any new adventure.

1. SHOES
Start working those babies in! Depending on your hike/walk/trek, you’ll need a good solid pair of boots or trail runners and you SHOULD NEVER WEAR THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE STARTING DAY OF YOUR HIKE. If you meet someone on your trail who’s done this, you can thank us later. Also, always bring an extra pair, sandals or lite runners to give your feet a rest in.

2. BAG
If you’re travelling with all your own gear, a good bag that fits your back, straps in nicely and is easy to pack and remove is all you need. Try on as many as possible until you’ve found your match. Also, when trying on a bag, but some weight in it so it feels more realistic.

3. WATER
Will you take a water bottle or a camel pack? I prefer the camel pack, 2Litres is perfect, not that heavy and gives you easy access to water. Depending on your length of hike, you might not even need to fill it up more than once a day. But remember, only take tiny sips.

These are just for starters. Any questions on what to pack, just comment below. We’ve got a whole list of essentials coming soon to a blog near you 😉

Asia, Europe, South America, Travel Advice, Trekking

Traveling via Foot – Top 5 Treks that are so hot right now.

Ever thought about travelling via foot?
It’s eco friendly. It’s flexible and inexpensive. It’s great exercise. And you can literally stop and smell the roses when ever you’d like.

Here are our picks of our Top 5 Treks:

1. The Camino – Spain & Portugal
Whether you want to do the full 800km or just the last 100, the Camino has plenty of options and is great for first timers or long time trekkers.

2. Kumano Kodo Complete – Japan
Starting in The Kii Peninsula, south from Kyoto and Osaka, it is one of the most remote and mystical areas of Japan.

3. The Kerry Way – Ireland
The Kerry Way is a looped 9 day walking route starting and finishing in the tourist hub of Killarney. The walking route winds its way around the Iveragh Peninsula taking in some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland.

4. Nordic Pilgrimage – Norway/Sweden
Vist the Nidaros Cathedral, the world’s northernmost gothic cathedral. Stay in a pilgrim’s cabin, close by to the ruins of a medieval monastery on this week long journey through the fjords or Scandinavia.

5. Patagonia Glaciers Eco-Trek
Spend 3 days being fascinated by the natural beauties near el Chalten on this Los Glaciares National Park Trek Adventure. Overnight at marvelous Eco Domes and make the most of your adventure as you’re guided through De los Tres Lagoon, Piedras Blancas Glacier Viewpoint, Madre e Hija & Torre Lagoons, among others.

Want to know more? Visit our website vtravelnetwork.com or contact your local travel agent today.

South America

8 Trails to take to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. And every year over a million people make the trip to see this amazing landmark.

But not everyone is taking the same path. Here are 8 ways you can reach Machu Picchu.

1. The Classic and Famous Inca Trail. 
The traditional 4-day Inca Trail Trek takes you along the original hand-built stone footpath leading you to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and ultimately Machu Picchu. This is the most popular route and a permit is needed. Only 300 permits a day are allowed.

2. Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights
This challenging and beautiful scenic trek takes you along a popular route in the pristine landscapes of the majestic Andes Mountains. (4-day trek also available)

3. Jungle Adventure 4 Days / 3 Nights
This is the perfect combination of an adrenaline pumping mountain biking descent and trekking in the Andes high jungle through local communities.
(Optional Rafting & Zipline)

4. Lares Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights
A uniquely alternative and cultural trek, the Lares allows you to immerse yourself in the Andean culture and peek into Inca villages at the base of snow capped mountains.

5. Inca Quarry Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights
Witness stunning waterfalls, breathtaking archaeological sites and intriguing Inca engineering marvels at the Cachicata quarry on this recently discovered route. (4-day trek also available).

6. Sacred Valley Trek 2 Days / 1 Night
Stay away from the crowds on this beautiful remote 2-day trek and enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Sacred Valley dotted with magnificent Inca archaeological sites.

7. Choquequirao Trek 8 Days / 7 Nights
Descend into the Apurimac canyon, climb back up to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao and finish off at Machu Picchu on this invigorating 8-day trek.
(4-day trek also available)

8. Not interested in trekking? We don’t blame you. Just take the train!

1 or 2-day train excursion to Machu Picchu on the PeruRail are a relaxing and scenic option to Aguas Calientesand the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. While a one day visit is possible, we recommend staying overnight to enjoy the town and its pristine natural surroundings.

Want to check availability? Just send us a message with your dates or chat to your local travel agent today 

Travel Advice

5 Destinations for the Ultimate Road Trip

Head out on the highway. Looking for adventure? Here are 5 destinations to have the ultimate road trip 🏎️

1. ICELAND
Maybe not in winter, but you can totally save some cash renting a car with mates and cruising around this adventure island.

2. CANADA
Again, maybe not in winter. But deciding to drive around Canada is easy. And it givens you more time to stop and smell the moose?

3. USA
If you’ve got the confidence to tackle some of the biggest freeways in the world, get behind the wheel.

4. IRELAND
It takes less than 4 hours to drive from the top to the bottom.

5. VIETNAM
Not quite ready to drive yourself? Hire a driver, or a motorcycle!

 

Travel Advice

Guide to Traveling Solo

Deciding to travel Han Solo is a big deal. You’re a rebel. Taking the Millennnium Falcon on a lonely road trip can be scary. Here’s a quick guide to traveling solo.

1. KNOW YOUR DESTINATION
Wherever you’ve decided to travel, learning any customs or traditions is so important. Even learning hello or goodbye in a new language could save the day.

2. FIRST DAY – NO DRAMA
Do you know how you’re getting from the airport to your hotel? Do you even know where you’re staying? Even if you want to wing the trip, make sure you’re prepared for your arrival. You’ll be tired, excited, nervous, hungry! So don’t fool yourself into thinking you can figure it out when you get there.

3. PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS GOOD
When you’re traveling solo, it’s usually cheaper to use public transport than taking a cab or renting a car, and it’s a great way to meet the locals.

4. TAKE A TOUR
Day tours or even week long adventures are great ways to avoid loneliness and boredom. The best thing: you always have something to talk about, because you’re having the same (hopefully great) experience.

5. JUST DO IT.
Seriously, traveling solo is thrilling and exciting because you’ll never know who you’ll meet or what will happen.

 

Travel Advice

Guide to Creating a Travel Budget

The only way to get serious about travelling is to get serious about your budget. Here’s a few tips to get started on your journey…

1. WHERE YOU GOING?
Get to know your destination. Your budget needs to be tailored for each trip you take. Accommodation and meal prices are going to be a lot different from New York City to island life in Thailand.

2. WHAT’S THE EXCHANGE RATE?
The currency exchange rate could be the difference between staying in a hostel and staying in a 5 star hotel. So make sure you do your research.

3. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO SPEND?
Set yourself a daily allowance and then add $20. We always spend more than we want but it’s worth over estimating that amount.

4. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
Stuff happens. You miss your flight, your bag gets lost, or your hostel loses your booking. Travel insurance is always recommended but having an emergency fund included in your budget can make a big difference. AND if you don’t need to use it, you can stock up at the duty free on the way home😉

 

Travel Advice

5 Important Things To Do Before You Travel for the First Time

You’ve booked! You’re excited. You’ve posted about it on Instagram. But first, before you go, there’s a few things to achieve before the fun begins. Trust us, this will lighten the load before you’ve even started to pack. These are our tips on Important Things to do Before you Travel for the First Time.
1. Make Copies of Important Documents
Whether you want to save paper or travel with a binder. Take screen shots of your travel docs and passport. Get photocopies and leave them with friends or family. 


2. Call Your Bank
You don’t want to get denied trying to pay for that Michelin Star dinner in Paris because you forgot to activate your credit card. Or more importantly you can’t book a train or accommodation.


3. Tell Australia You’re Travelling
Alright, that’s a little intense. But seriously, Smart Traveller is a website designed to register where you’ll be travelling in case, well, there’s a national emergency.


4. Clean Your Room
Not to sound like your mother, but you’ll thank us when you come home after backpacking across South America to a nice clean, fresh house. 


5. Make A Check List
This will help you be more organised than you’ve ever been. Even if you’re not a list person, we’ve started it for you.

What would be on your checklist? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.