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Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Twon, South Africa

Table Mountain view of Cape Town, South Africa

• English Speaking Countries are easy to get around for English speakers, historically interesting, generally safe from violent crime, offer few health problems and are often blessed with spectacular scenery. Careful, eco-friendly development of these landscapes and the provision of appropriate facilities and safety measures makes these countries among the best in the world for outdoor pursuits, especially hiking and cycling, while those who enjoy riskier adrenalin activities know there is quality medial backup not far away.

• The Downside of any English speaking country is that they are not cheap, the weather is often unpredictable, cuisine can be dull and not dissimilar to one's home diet (maybe that's a good point?) and the thrill of alien discovery is distinctly lacking.

• Self drive car hire is often the best way to get around these spacious, picturesque countries when you've had enough city culture. Good infrastructure, safe driving conditions and good quality rental cars at a reasonable price give drivers the freedom to escape timetables and pick the right spot at the right time for the right activity.

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USA Travel Guide

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TrekAmerica offers the widest range of small group road trips for 18-38s. Top Tours from New York; Top Tours from LA; Top American Experiences; Discounts and Special Offers; Trip Reviews

Zion Canyon, southwest USA

Zion Canyon, USA Pictures

British/European and travelling to the USA? You will be required to complete an online/electronic Travel Authorisation (ESTA) form 72-hours before you fly. However, you will not have to specify precisely when you are on the move and the authorisation you receive will last for two years. This system applies to those using the Visa Waiver Program which allows British passport holders to stay in America for less than 90 days without a visa.

America is not as gun-happy as movies would have us believe, providing you choose the right destination. It offers a massive variety of outdoor pursuits, long self-drive trips (try the RV lifestyle!), and lively urban culture, though it's so big that tourists need to focus and not try to see everything in one holiday.
The worst thing about the USA is probably airport arrival, the routine 2/3 hours at immigration and the incredibly unpleasant customs officials. Do not joke with them! (even if they ask - as they did me on my way to Peru - if I was carrying Peru?!)

Best US weather: depends on holiday destination. Southern States are generally good October-March, but unbearably hot and sticky June-September while Northern States such as Washington, New York and Massachusetts will be very cold in winter but pleasantly warm in the summer.

USA Pictures: New York    Las Vegas    Burning Man   


SW USA National Parks    America's Beaches


US Guides: USA Tours    Best of the USA    USA Map    USA Links


US Guides by region:

South West: California    California Beaches    Arizona    San Francisco


Los Angeles    'Grand Circle'    Las Vegas


North West: Seattle    Rocky Mountains


Great Plains: Texas    Dallas


Southern States: New Orleans    Florida Guide    Florida Beaches    Miami


Atlantic Coast: Washington DC    New York City    New England    Boston


Great Lakes: Chicago


Alaska    Alaska Pictures    Hawaii Guide    Hawaii Beaches    Hawaii Pictures


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Canada Travel Guide

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TrekAmerica and Grand American Adventures offer an exciting range of active, small group trips. GAA: Canadian Rockies; Atlantic Maritimes; Canadian Wildlife & Canadian Wilderness Walk.
Trek (18 - 38s): Mountie, Canadian Parks West & Canadian Road Trip

ski slopes above Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Pictures

Canada is safe, friendly and fantastic for outdoor pursuits - especially winter sports, wildlife and summer hiking.
There are some great city cultures both English and French speaking (notably Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City), and many fascinating festivals.

Best Canada weather: May-September or to ski, Dec-March (n.b. July/August: crowds, prices will be up, accommodation difficult)
Worst: Nov-March (wet or cold) unless for winter sports.

Canada Pictures: Vancouver    British Columbia    Alberta    Toronto   


Ottawa    Quebec    Quebec City    Atlantic Provinces    Churchill Polar Bears


Canada Guides: British Columbia    Alberta    Ontario    Quebec   


Atlantic Canada    Northern Canada


Canada Provinces Map    Canada Map    Canada Tours


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South Africa Travel Guide



Drakensberg Mountain Walking Trail, South Africa

Drakensberg Mountain walk, South Africa Pictures

South Africa is a country in the mould of Australia, with a fine climate, hardy, amiable locals, plenty of outdoor action - particularly hiking and surfing - and excellent robust cuisine.
Scenery is stunning, wildlife is rampant and prices are inexpensive. Crime is a concern but is avoidable with common sense and attention to local advice. This is a great self-drive country with stunning views and low-traffic roads.
Best South Africa weather: Spring (September-November) and Autumn (February-May), but also good in winter (June-September).

See also: South Africa Beaches    South Africa Map


South Africa Pictures: Cape Town    Durban    Kruger Safari    Garden Route


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New Zealand Travel Guide



the Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Hiking the Routeburn Track, South Island, New Zealand Pictures

New Zealand is very safe (tho' take care not to tread on any Maori toes), world famous for magnificent walks and mad outdoor pursuits of the bungee kind, though somewhat lacking in arts and 'culture'.
Best New Zealand weather: November-April (summer, note that school holidays are from Dec 20th to the end of January so it's a busy time).
Worst: the rest, though June-October is good for skiing.

See also: New Zealand Walks    New Zealand Map


New Zealand Pictures: South Island    Tongariro    Auckland   


Queenstown    Coromandel    Bay of Islands    Rotorua


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Australia Travel Guide



Surfer's Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia

Surfer's Paradise, Gold Coast beaches, Australia Pictures

Australia is a pretty safe country and especially good for beach life, partying, relaxing with friendly locals, wide-open spaces, long self-drive trips and fun city life, though a bit short of arts and culture. It's also a popular holiday work destination.
Best Australia weather
In the south: November-March (summer).
e.g. Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania. Worst: April-Sept (south)
In the north: May-October. e.g. Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Darwin. Worst: Nov - March (north)


Australia Guides: Holiday Destinations    Sydney    Melbourne    Cairns    Australia Map


Australia Pictures: Sydney    Melbourne    Great Ocean Road   


Adelaide    Wildlife    Beaches    Uluru


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UK Travel Guide

Picture of Houses of Parliament at night, London, England

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, London, England Pictures

The UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) is fairly safe, stuffed with history, urban culture, colourful sporting events and great walks, if you can tolerate the frequently terrible weather and glum faces.
Best UK weather: May-September.
Worst: Jan-Feb.

Guides/Information: London    Historic Places    British Beaches   


Walking    Edinburgh    England    Scotland


UK Maps: England and Wales Counties    Scotland    England    England and Wales Tourist Map


England Pictures: London    Oxford    Brighton    Canterbury   


Bath    Stonehenge    Dorset    Cornwall    Beaches


Scotland Pictures: Edinburgh    Castles    Cities    Islands


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Ireland Travel Guide

a beautiful, lonely Irish road, Ireland

A typical beautiful, lonely country road in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland (as opposed to Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom) is safe though famously wet, has a rich culture - much of it embedded in lively and attractive Dublin, many castles, lots of rolling green spaces, dramtic cliffs and provides superb, bracing (a euphemism for wet and windy!) walks as well as a clutch of boisterous festivals.

Best Ireland weather: June-September.
Worst: January-March.

Ireland Guide and Pictures    Dublin Travel Guide    Ireland Map



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