5 Unique Ways to get from A to B

Inspired by a recent post on Travel with Kat and the comments that ensued I started thinking of all of the modes of transport that I’ve used during my travels. There have been the normal methods of getting from A to B – by plane, train, car and boat but then I started to think of the less conventional ways of travelling.

These are just a few that I’ve come up with, I’m sure there are many more that you’ve all experienced.

1. Pearl Lugger. A sunset cruise on an old Pearl Lugger just off Cable Beach, Broome. A glass of champers and a world famous sunset – what more could you ask for?

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2. Camel – an iconic way of experiencing those world famous sunsets on Cable Beach is from the hump of a camel. It takes a bit of getting used to but definitely a fun way to go.

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3. Monorail  – This one at Beaulieu in Hampshire on the south coast of England  is a mile long and gives you a birds eye view of all the attractions this place has to offer. The National Motor Museum, historic Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and lots of fun for the whole family.

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4. Tiger Moth – How about this yellow peril, my dad took a flight in this Tiger Moth for his birthday a few years ago. He had a ball!

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5. Helicopter – I may be cheating slightly here as a helicopter is not really a unique way to travel but I’ve included this shot because of where it was. The flight in the helicopter took me 2,800 metres up into the Himalayan mountains and landed me at one of the world’s most dangerous airports – successfully!!

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What are some of the unique ways that you have travelled?

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WHERE’S THE INCENTIVE? Broome or Bali, Port Douglas or Paris?

Cable Beach, Broome

‘Broome loses its lustre as airfares rise.’

So read the headline in the West Australian today. Those of us who love to travel are very aware of the high cost of travelling within Australia. With most of us having to make the most of our hard earned travel dollars we have to be very circumspect when it comes to spending them. Living in Perth it is so much cheaper for us to holiday in Asia than it is to travel within our own state, which is such a shame.

Airfares to the north west, and accommodation once you get there, are generally beyond the grasp of many Perth people, particularly if they are looking at taking the family. The same goes for travelling to other states and the high cost of eating and activities at Australian destinations also needs to be taken into account. With the exchange rate the way it is, I could spend two weeks in Paris in October, airfares included, for almost the same price as two weeks in Cairns. Just seems ridiculous.

As the West Australian explains, Broome alone has seen a 20% drop in visitors and something really needs to be done to reverse that trend. I know from my own perspective that I would love to revisit Broome and Kununurra and to check out Darwin and the Karinjini National Park. Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation are high on my ‘places to see’ list, but I have to be realistic and make the most of my travel dollar. If I should decide to spend that amount of money, hey …. let’s go to Europe.

Just having a little rant here, but, in an effort to encourage travel within my own state of Western Australia, here are a few sights you really should make and effort to see.

Take a flight over the Bungle Bungles

Cruise the Ord River

And take a detour up one of its off shoots

Climb over the rocks in Roebuck Bay

Take a camel ride on Cable Beach at sunset

 

Look down on the gorges at Kalbarri

Clamber over the rocks at the southern tip of Western Australia, where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean.

Have a walk along Burns Beach, just north of Perth

 

Reminders of travels past

Something that fellow blogger Remarkably Unremarkable said in a recent post got me thinking, he decided that he needed to focus on the positive aspects of his job rather then the negatives, and this struck a chord with me. I’ve been in a bit of a fug lately. I have no plans at the moment for a holiday and this is not like me. Planning my next trip is what tends to keep me going, and when I have nothing to work towards I tend to wallow. That post sparked a period of thought, not always a good thing, but in this instance it has resulted in this post, so it can’t be all bad. My somewhat convoluted thought processes took me initially through my own inability at times to see the positives, but landed me in the realisation that I have such wonderful memories of the trips I have taken and the places I have seen.

We just need to remind ourselves sometimes that we have led amazing lives and are privileged to have seen and done all that we have. So, please stay with me and allow me this moment of self indulgence as I take you on a journey through my own travel memories.

Tintern Abbey,Wye Valley

The shafts of light speared through these high, ancient portals long since fallen to ruin. They seemed to ceremoniously connect with the remains of those walls still standing to create a surreal atmosphere. The lack of any form of roof meant that the interior was flooded with light and the shadows cast by the stone pillars created a ladder like effect on the grass. This is a place of beauty, serenity and spirituality.

Santorini

The caldera, Santorini

Santorini

 

 

 

 

Very high on my list of travel musts for many years it was a thrill for me to finally be visiting this famously blue and white island. Sailing across the Caldera, a huge lagoon created around 1600BC by a major volcanic eruption, was the highlight of my trip to Greece. Knowing that there is a still active volcano below the surface that, so many years ago, distorted the landscape and resculpted it into what we see today, was an emotional experience.

Paris

Rooftops of Paris

Paris – what more can I say!!

Let me have cake

Hawkeshead in theLake District

Summer's evening in Hawkeshead

It was an evening of pure calm, twilight as only England can do it.  From the graveyard above the church the view took in the surrounding valley and distant mountains. The final rays of the sun picked out the whitewashed walls of the cottages, surrounded by an array of lush greens. It was one of those moments you simply need to share in silence.

Trajan’s Column, Rome

Trajan's Column, Rome

Detail on Trajan's Column

 

 

 

 

Amongst the ruins of this ancient city Trajan’s Column, at one end of Trajan’s Market, stands out for me. The skill and patience of the stonemasons who created this masterpiece, depicting the emperor’s military exploits against the Dacians in the first century A.D., holds up against the backdrop of the impatient and always in a hurry 21stcentury.

The New Forest

The New Forest under snow

Our back garden

Memories of our five year stay in this beautiful area in the south of England.

New Forest ponies

Kalbarri

Kalbarri gorges

 

 

 

Revisiting this coastal resort in Western Australia, that I had holidayed in as a teenager, made me realise that, in the short span of time allotted to us, nothing really changes. These gorges were created over millions of years and in our four score and ten only a few pebbles will have moved.

Broome

Sunset off the coast of Broome

A great holiday with a really good friend.

Bali

My first solo trip to Bali

Smoke not mist but effective all the same

Makes your day easy by comparison