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Hello <<First Name>>
In a few weeks time I will temporarily relocate my office to Nepal. My laptop will have mountain views and I will be breathing in the fresh air from my bicycle saddle.

I will be in and out of internet range so if not urgent then email or text me as normal. If urgent please call Phil in the Melbourne office on 03 9670 7252 or email at info@toptentreks.com.au and copy me too.

Enjoy the photos below and to read more just click the Colinthescot link.

"Haste Ye Back"

SriLankan Airlines returns to Australia

Launching on 29 October 2017, the service between Melbourne and Colombo will run daily and utilise an A330-200, with a capacity of around 283 passengers. And it was the first airline from the Indian Subcontinent to gain entry into the prestigious global airline alliance oneworld on 1st May 2014. colinthescot

Email me now to book your next walking or cycling holiday
Accommodation
Expedia is one of the best value hotel booking engines I use. So to make it easier for you I have a link on my website. Same price to you and I make a few bob. Not bad for a Scotsman!!
Drive your car
Driveaway is a car hire broker and here you will find competitive prices in many countries of the world. Book anywhere in the world from anywhere in the world and pay in Australian dollars!
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Covermore and Allianz. You choose. Both very good and reliable.  Compare my prices and remember "if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel."

Why is it so cold on planes?

Even if you manage to nab some empty seats beside you, getting comfortable on board a flight can be made difficult by one major thing: it’s freezing! No matter how many of those flimsy blankets you beg cabin crew to spare, it’s cold up there! But is there a valid reasoning as to why?

According to the ASTM International (a global standards organisation), there’s a direct correlation between in-flight fainting, cabin pressure and temperature, Business Insider reported. Apparently, people are more likely to faint on board an aircraft because the body tissue does not receive enough oxygen and high cabin pressure and a cabin that is too warm “can further trigger this reaction”.

So there you have it, we’re kept in the cold so that people don't faint!

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Vehicles one sees in Vietnam.

Double check your travel insurance

Imagine being on the trip of a lifetime: delicious food, partying, exploring and adrenalin-fuelled adventure activities. Basically every young Aussie's dream trip, right? And then you get hurt!

Luckily, you’re one of the 45 per cent of millennials that have travel insurance. Unluckily, your travel insurance won’t cover you, due to ‘exclusions’ in their policy.
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Scotland - new arrivals welcome!!

Six million Aussies experience overseas travel mishaps

In this guest contributed piece, finder.com.au’s Travel Expert Bessie Hassan talks travel mishaps and how to avoid them. Colinthescot

Social Cycles

Social Cycles host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience. We engage with local experts (NGOs) to learn about social issues, challenges and strategies so that we can gain the knowledge to make a positive difference. We will test your physical boundaries, challenge your perception of charity and completely open your mind. colinthescot

Over-tourism in Dubrovnik

One of Croatia's top destinations is battling its own popularity. As part of that effort, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković has written a letter to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), asking its members to dramatically decrease their arrivals in the historic city. Colinthescot

12 iconic Scottish views!

Longest queues for tourist attractions

TripAdvisor has identified the world’s longest queues to get into popular attractions in destinations all over the globe, where travellers would have to wait in line for up to four hours during peak season to access. Colinthescot

Bid for an airline upgrade!!

Going, going, gone! Stop crossing your fingers and toes in the hopes of an upgrade and put down some money to “win” a first class seat instead. Colinthescot

Qantas shakes up Sydney to London route

Currently, the daily Sydney-London A380 service goes via Dubai, but from March 2018, it will change to stop over in Singapore. The change is one of a few to come out of Qantas extending its Emirates partnership for another five years, to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and each airline’s respective network strengths. Colinthescot

The 7 plushest overwater bungalows in the world

We’ve scouted the best options for overwater bungalows, from jungle cocoons, to family, to well-priced and regal. Colinthescot

Emirates' advance seat reservations

On 20 August 2017, Emirates started differentiating Economy class seats by introducing three new categories of extra value seats:

• Preferred seats are closer to the front of the plane and allows for a faster disembarkation. In most of our planes, preferred seats are in smaller cabin sections, such as first rows of the Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, first rows of the A380 lower deck, and on the A380 2-class upper deck.

• Twin seats allow customers to travel on a row of only window and aisle seats. This configuration of seats can be found on the last rows of the Boeing 777 and on the upper deck of the A380 2 class.

• Extra Legroom seats are exit row seats across our entire fleet. These seats allow eligible customers to benefit from extra legroom. Bulkhead seats are not considered extra legroom and are available only to passengers travelling with infants, free of charge. Colinthescot

Volcanic wonders of Kyushu

Kyushu is known for its numerous active volcanoes, as well as the spectacular island of Yakushima to the south, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Unique flora and fauna can be admired here, including giant Yakusugi cedars, Yakushima Yakushika deer and Yakuzaru macaques. Colinthescot

And finally

YOU are now going to have to purchase a timed ticket to see one of the world’s most famous ancient sites. The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has announced that as of next month, travellers wanting a glimpse of Peru’s famed Machu Picchu will need a timed entry permit for a tour to access the site — and the tours will be limited to just two per day, in the morning (6am-noon) or afternoon (noon-5:30pm). colinthescot

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