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My friends and I are on the last leg of our journey. Our tour guide, Jai, expertly drives the van over steep mountain roads, cutting through rough terrain, meandering alongside the brilliant blue waters of the South Pacific. Amazing scenery serves up a warm welcome to the paradise island of Fiji…
Europe: home to beautiful history, stunning landscapes, fascinating cultures and iconic landmarks. It’s likely that when you think of travelling to Europe, you probably start to see your budget burst. But, the truth is, travel is Europe doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, it can be downright affordable, even a bargain if you know what to do and where to look.
My husband Michael and I were in our 50s when we made the decision to retire overseas. Before then I really hadn’t given retirement much serious thought. I suppose I had seen us as part of the grey nomad brigade, caravanning the well-worn roads of Australia, gathering at 5 p.m. for ‘sundowners’ then toddling off to camp for the night.
When I talk to friends who’ve never visited Southeast Asia about my life in Vietnam, they’re often surprised by some of the things I take for granted. Reliable WiFi in every cafe and restaurant, modern shopping centres, cinemas that show English language movies, even an ice rink. But that’s Vietnam for you…full of surprises.