Christy McCarthy (WorldNomads.com)

Christy McCarthy (WorldNomads.com)

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    Is Fiji as beautiful as advertised or a letdown?

    It probably depends a little bit on where you stay. I wanted the Fiji in the TV ads, so made sure I booked onto an island. And yep, that part lived up to expectations (although the food did not). All the resorts on Denarau Island are, in and of themselves, quite beasutiful - but they don't have the white beaches and crystal blue waters on the doorstep. My advice - if you fancy warm weather, pools and a relax like Phil said above, it's great. Just do your research on exactly where you're staying. over 6 years ago

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    Where should I take my gap year?

    If you're starting in Switzerland, just keep meandering through Europe for a while - no end of big cities and little country towns. Not to mention the fact you can swap cultures, languages and food with a quick train trip. Get a Eurail pass as it'll allow you to get around cheaply! And consider some of the Eastern European countries too, don't just rush at the obvious choices of France, Spain and Italy. I personally loved Hungary and have heard that Croatia is amazing. If I had the time now, I'd be heading that way and then down into Turkey. Travel Slowly - you have a year to really connect with the locals. Look at Couchsurfing or Airbandb or the WOOOFing scheme as ways to interact with people who live in these places. You can always come back for a whirlwind sightseeing tour later in life. But finding a year of time later on doesn't come easy. Once you get a better idea of *roughly* where you want to go, there's loads of advice in these pages about how to get around and what to do. Have fun dreaming and planning over 6 years ago

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    Restaurant recommendations in Hobart and things to do?

    I just spent a weekend in Hobart and ate at Smolt (Salamanca Square), Ethos and Garagiste. All of them great, particularly Ethos with it's locally sourced, seasonal food. Also, for breakfast on Saturday morning, I wandered the Salamanca market and had a slice of amazing wood fired organic pizza. Don't know the name of the stall, but there's noone else doing it. over 6 years ago

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    Where should I take my gap year?

    Where are you starting from? over 6 years ago

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    Nervous about travel

    also, take a look at this thread here... some great thoughts on how/why people started travelling. You might find some inspiration: http://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/all-locations/4029/why-and-how-did-everyone-start-traveling over 6 years ago

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    Nervous about travel

    Hi Cameron, I always wanted to travel and so finished Uni in Australia and then headed to Japan for a year to work, then onto to Uk/Europe for 6 months. I was 21. Of course stepping onto the plane was terrifying and teary, but my parents encouraged me. This was back in the days before Facebook, email and mobile phones which make it easy to stay in touch with family - all they got in that time was about 6 postcards. I discovered so much about myself that proved really useful and grounding in years to come... I'm not actually all that shy. Just prefer to listen than talk all the time. But staying in hostels forces you to have conversations and meet people. I thought this would be the hardest bit, but actually it's quite easy. I also discovered that although I'm quite organised in my life, travel is a fantastic chance to make it up as you go along. I much prefer to travel without an itinerary and just a few good ideas of where to go. This has shaped the kind of trips and holidays I still take today... even with two kids in tow. And one last thought. I was nervous as anything stepping onto that plane. But did it anyway. You can't make the nerves disappear - just let them be present, and do it anyway. If you can learn how to live with that knife edge feeling of nerves/excitement, it comes in very handy later in life when you need to make a speech, go bungy jumping... over 6 years ago

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    Am traveling across nullabor in 3 weeks.Anybody know of great camping spots along the way.

    I don't remember any caravan parks out there! You can probably pitch a tent at the roadhouses...but even they're a l-o-n-g way apart. Make sure you get a map and plan out when/where you get fuel. I do remember how awesome it was to just drive off the highway a few hundred metres and pull up behind bushes for some free camping, sometimes with views over the cliffs (although, seriously don;t get too close to the edge!). If you can get far enough away from the big truck noises, there's no one else out there to annoy you with loud music or a generator running all night. We had a fire sometimes with wood gathered from the surrounding area. But always left the place clean and took our rubbish with us. over 6 years ago

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    Can anybody recommend a good place to camp for me and two kids (7and 4) not to far from Sydney (2hr max) site needs to have toilets

    Charlotte - Green Patch is about 3 Hours from Sydney. slightly less if you get a good run and possibly a lot longer if you get stuck in Friday night traffic. My advice... don't leave after work, leave by about 3pm and you'll be there to put up your tent before it gets dark. And... don't forget to book in advance! Some weekends, it;'s totally booked out. over 6 years ago