How do we respond to #overtourism in Amsterdam?

How do we respond to #overtourism in Amsterdam?

In the news just this week Amsterdam is struggling to manage the large volume of tourists.  The city is home to 850,000 residents and last year hosted an estimated 18 million visitors. For any neighbourhood that’s a challenge with the city tightening up on hotels, AirBnB and new souvenir shops. The problem expected to get worse. Its almost like the campaign to get visitors to Amsterdam such as iamsterdam and Netherlands Tourism have been too successful. So, as visitors to…

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Wollongong

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Wollongong

Ok. I know what you’re thinking. Wollongong? Really? Well I’m here to tell you that Wollongong is all grown up and a little bit funky! 90 minutes south of Sydney it’s bound by mountains to the west, the sea to the east and the steel works to the south. We visited The Gong last year for a quick visit but before that it was decades ago and it was very much an industrial town centred on coal and the steel…

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Paris in the Rain

Paris in the Rain

Back in June 2016 we spent a few days in Paris. During our visit a major rain event throughout Europe meant that the River Seine had its worst flooding for years. Below is an extract from our blog which first appeared on A Pair Travelling  (8 and 9 June 2016). We searched for the Eiffel tower but could not find her. She was shrouded in mist and cloud. With every turn of each quintessential Parisienne Avenue she was not there….

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Sculpture in the Paddock – quirky, imaginative and inspiring

Sculpture in the Paddock – quirky, imaginative and inspiring

On a beautiful crisp clear spring day we headed out of Canberra down the Barton Highway towards Yass to visit Cooma Cottage and investigate ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’. We could see the historical settlement on the crest of a hill sparklingly in the sunshine. The history of Cooma Cottage is fascinatingly Australian. Built by the famous Australian born colonial explorer Hamilton Hume (the famous Hume and Hovell expedition). He came to settle in the Yass area after he had completed…

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Who Are We?

Who Are We?

We are Fiona and Paul just two very ordinary Australians embarking on a journey to broaden our horizons several countries at a time. We first caught the travel bug 10 years ago when the last of our children became more independent and we found we had both time AND money! We don’t take ourselves too seriously – we try to enjoy each moment as it presents its self. We really love to plan travel and explore new places. Our travel over…

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Welcome to our travel blog

Welcome to our travel blog

Hello! Thank you for visiting us here at A Pair of Travellers. As you can see we’re not quite up and running. When you come back you’ll find terrific blogs about our crazy travel journeys and lots of exciting resources. Happy travels!