My Travel Pages and Travel Guide Links - A Greensleeves Home Page

INTRODUCTION

This is the home page of all my travel guides and travel advice pages.

The function of the page will be to promote the concept of travel - how travelling can provide memories of a kind which will last forever, and how a visit to another country can be so life-enriching. And I hope I can encourage anyone who can possibly afford to do so, to get on that plane, or that boat or train, and leave the environment of their home world behind.

It will also be the page which provides links to my other travel pages. If you enjoy travel and wish to read more about the places I visit, then please bookmark the page and return to read. Happy travelling everyone!


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Photographs of subjects from around the world Guardian Statue, Grand Palace, BangkokPhotographs of subjects from around the world Ceiling art from Versailles, Paris, FrancePhotographs of subjects from around the world Portrait of a pelican in Florida, USA Photographs of subjects from around the world Illuminated Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, FrancePhotographs of subjects from around the world Traditional triangular dwelling, Madeira
Photographs of subjects from around the world Guardian Statue, Grand Palace, Bangkok
Photographs of subjects from around the world Guardian Statue, Grand Palace, Bangkok
Photographs of subjects from around the world Ceiling art from Versailles, Paris, France
Photographs of subjects from around the world Ceiling art from Versailles, Paris, France
Photographs of subjects from around the world Portrait of a pelican in Florida, USA
Photographs of subjects from around the world Portrait of a pelican in Florida, USA
Photographs of subjects from around the world Illuminated Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France
Photographs of subjects from around the world Illuminated Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France
Photographs of subjects from around the world Traditional triangular dwelling, Madeira
Photographs of subjects from around the world Traditional triangular dwelling, Madeira

MY EXPERIENCES

As a child I travelled extensively in Western Europe with my parents. I also toured America on one occasion taking in 22 states. Subsequently I visited Florida several times. However, it is since the turn of the new millennium that I have found the time, money and motivation to travel more extensively, and more often, and I now try to take in at least one or two foreign trips each year. Destinations so far visited during this time include Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba, Greece, Egypt, Tanzania, South Africa, Madeira, Libya, Jordan, India, Thailand and Malaysia, and in time I hope to compile travel guides covering all these as well as future destinations.

All photos which accompany these guides are taken by me. Because of this, some guides will be delayed until I have had time to scan my slides (until recently the photographic medium of choice) into digital format. However, I do hope to add further travel pages each month to this site.

All photos shown on this page are taken in countries featured in my reviews, and will change regularly as more pages and more countries are added. For this reason I apologise for the limited range of countries featured today. They will increase.


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Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World The cliffs of Cabo Girao in MadeiraScenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Rock outcrop at Krabi in ThailandScenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Wadi Rum in JordanScenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Porto Moniz in MadeiraScenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World The Waterfall of Seven Colours in Thailand
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World The cliffs of Cabo Girao in Madeira
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World The cliffs of Cabo Girao in Madeira
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Rock outcrop at Krabi in Thailand
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Rock outcrop at Krabi in Thailand
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Wadi Rum in Jordan
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Wadi Rum in Jordan
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Porto Moniz in Madeira
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World Porto Moniz in Madeira
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World The Waterfall of Seven Colours in Thailand
Scenic Landscapes and Seascapes of the World The Waterfall of Seven Colours in Thailand

MY GUIDES

My travel guides for the most part are not intended to be a complete source of all information for the tourist. Therefore you will not find detailed information on how to get to a destination, places to stay or eat, currency rates, local transport facilities and so on. Instead my guides are intended more to give a quick illustrated guide to things to do and sights to see. I review some of the world’s great attractions, and some less known attractions, and the history or geography which surrounds them.

I hope that the guides will provide for pleasant or interesting reading, and an understanding of what one is looking at if one visits these places. If any of them actually inspires someone to pack their bags and get on a plane, then even better! Currently I only write about places I have enjoyed, so if someone else can visit and enjoy these places, then the pages will be worthwhile.

The following is a list of links to my travel guides, followed by my advocacy for the benefits of international travel.


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Modes of Transportation from around the World Long-tail boats in the Phi Phi Islands in ThailandModes of Transportation from around the World Cable car to the mountains near Funchal, MadeiraModes of Transportation from around the World Camels for tourist rides at Petra in JordanModes of Transportation from around the World Boats in the Funchal Marina on MadeiraModes of Transportation from around the World Slightly overloaded motor tricycle in N.E Thailand
Modes of Transportation from around the World Long-tail boats in the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand
Modes of Transportation from around the World Long-tail boats in the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand
Modes of Transportation from around the World Cable car to the mountains near Funchal, Madeira
Modes of Transportation from around the World Cable car to the mountains near Funchal, Madeira
Modes of Transportation from around the World Camels for tourist rides at Petra in Jordan
Modes of Transportation from around the World Camels for tourist rides at Petra in Jordan
Modes of Transportation from around the World Boats in the Funchal Marina on Madeira
Modes of Transportation from around the World Boats in the Funchal Marina on Madeira
Modes of Transportation from around the World Slightly overloaded motor tricycle in N.E Thailand
Modes of Transportation from around the World Slightly overloaded motor tricycle in N.E Thailand

WHY TRAVEL? - TRAVEL CAN OFFER US THE GREATEST OF EXPERIENCES

'Of journeying the benefits are many: the freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners'. Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi (13th century Persian poet)

'Travel allows you to discover history and culture, nature and people, and maybe you will discover something about yourself'

Travel allows us to experience sights and sounds, impossible in the home environment, and it gives us memories which enrich the soul for as long as one lives. Here I'm not talking about lying on a beach burning to a cinder in the sun, or dancing and drinking in a disco until the mind is addled, and the body is out of control. (though I'm not denying there may be a place for these activiities!) I'm talking about experiences which cannot be had at home; experiences which stimulate the senses and expand the mind. Experiences such as new foods and styles of music and dance, culture and language. And the greatest sights in the world - legendary cities and monuments and natural beauty.

A SMALL LIST OF EXPERIENCES

In the past ten years I have:

  • Sailed on the Nile in Egypt, source of the first great human civilisation, visited the location in Greece of the greatest cataclysm ever to hit a civilised society, walked where human sacrifices once took place in Guatemala and seen a chequered courtyard in India where the Emperor once played a chess-like game with (reputedly) slave girls as the game pieces.
  • Lived as the guest of a family in a small village in Thailand, and experienced Carnival on the Island of Madeira. I've had afternoon tea in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore and I've even met and dated a local girl whilst on vacation in Cuba.
  • Walked among wild zebras in Swaziland and been attacked by black kites in The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania (they were only after the picnic lunch). I have swum with stingrays in Belize and laid on a tropical beach at night-fall, as hundreds of giant fruit bats passed slowly overhead. And I've also witnessed a volcanic eruption in Costa Rica and seen a total eclipse of the sun in Libya.

The point about all of this is - I am by no means a seasoned professional traveller. All of these experiences have come from no more than four to five weeks carefully selected vacation per year over the past decade. If you can afford to travel but have not done so, this is what you are missing.


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Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 13th Century Notre Dame in Paris, FranceHistoric Sites and Architecture around the World 19th Century Pavilion at Bang Pa-In, ThailandHistoric Sites and Architecture around the World 1st Century AD Treasury Facade, Petra, JordanHistoric Sites and Architecture around the World 19th Century Nossa Senhora do Monte, MadeiraHistoric Sites and Architecture around the World 16th Century Ayutthaya, old capital of Thailand
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 13th Century Notre Dame in Paris, France
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 13th Century Notre Dame in Paris, France
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 19th Century Pavilion at Bang Pa-In, Thailand
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 19th Century Pavilion at Bang Pa-In, Thailand
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 1st Century AD Treasury Facade, Petra, Jordan
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 1st Century AD Treasury Facade, Petra, Jordan
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 19th Century Nossa Senhora do Monte, Madeira
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 19th Century Nossa Senhora do Monte, Madeira
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 16th Century Ayutthaya, old capital of Thailand
Historic Sites and Architecture around the World 16th Century Ayutthaya, old capital of Thailand

WHY TRAVEL? - TRAVEL ALLOWS US TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY

'The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page'. St. Augustine

'Travelling is the death of ignorance'. Mark Twain

Travelling in Africa allows you to walk in the footsteps of the first people on Earth. Travelling in the Middle East allows you to walk in the footsteps of the first people to develop civilisations and harvest crops and rear livestock. Travelling in Europe and Asia and in Central America allows you to walk in the footsteps of the first people to establish great cities and empires. And travelling throughout the world allows you to walk in the footsteps of the people who shaped the modern world with their discoveries, inventions, and constructions. And their wars.

You can stand where great leaders were inaugurated, made speeches or were assassinated, where attrocities were committed or landmark events took place and history was made. Travelling to these places lends substance to, and breathes life into, the tired old history lessons of our childhood. It makes history come alive, and become more real and relevant than it can ever be on the printed page or the television screen.

I have learned more and understood more from a week's visit to Jordan, a few days in the Mayan cities of Belize, or a few hours in the ancient capital of Thailand, than I could ever have learned in any other way.


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Images of people from the countries of the world Little Portuguese girl in MadeiraImages of people from the countries of the world Beach girls in Krabi, ThailandImages of people from the countries of the world Children with goat in JordanImages of people from the countries of the world Carnival performers in MadeiraImages of People from the countries of the world Thais at prayer at a Buddhist shrine
Images of people from the countries of the world Little Portuguese girl in Madeira
Images of people from the countries of the world Little Portuguese girl in Madeira
Images of people from the countries of the world Beach girls in Krabi, Thailand
Images of people from the countries of the world Beach girls in Krabi, Thailand
Images of people from the countries of the world Children with goat in Jordan
Images of people from the countries of the world Children with goat in Jordan
Images of people from the countries of the world Carnival performers in Madeira
Images of people from the countries of the world Carnival performers in Madeira
Images of People from the countries of the world Thais at prayer at a Buddhist shrine
Images of People from the countries of the world Thais at prayer at a Buddhist shrine

WHY TRAVEL? - TRAVEL BROADENS OUR MINDS

'To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries'. Aldous Huxley

'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'. Mark Twain

The more one travels to distant lands, where people superficially live very different lives to us, the more one may appreciate the diversity of cultures and customs, and yet equally, the more one appreciates that we are all basically the same. As a person travels, and gets to meet Asians and Africans, Aborigines and Latin Americans, Buddhists and Hindus, Muslims and Christians, so it becomes increasingly difficult I believe for anyone to be racist, xenophobic and prejudiced.

The more I travel, the less nationalistic I may feel.. I live in a civilised, affluent, well-ordered country (the United Kingdom) and there are no doubts as to the benefits of such a society over most others. Yet wherever I go there will always be something - some local custom or etiquette, a new foodstuff, a traffic law, a way of solving some social problem, which is a better way of doing things than we know. And I will meet people who have a welcoming charm and a warmth which is difficult to find in our hectic, urbanised, wealth-obsessed society.

Travel can give a better perspective on life, and make a person more tolerant of differences between cultures, and more responsive to new ways of doing things.


WHY TRAVEL - FINAL THOUGHTS

Here in the West we seem increasingly compelled to live hectic complicated lives - lives which mean for many there is a vital need to relax, to unwind and to forget the pressures of work or day to day domestic life. Travel permits this release from stress better than almost anything else we can do. It can take us as far away from the world we normally inhabit, physically and spiritually, as it is possible to go. And it gives us the chance to briefly forget our problems and return rejuvinated. Deprivations we may see in countries less fortunate than our own, may even make us more grateful for our own standards of living which we spend the rest of the year cursing.

Of course the value that one gets out of travel depends in part on the effort and the spirit that one puts into it. It is no good travelling to the other side of the world only to be disconcerted by the differences which exist, whether it be poverty or language or food or culture, Better to cherish the differences than to lament them. And if one travels with the right approach, an enquiring mind, and the right spirit of open-mindeness, the favourable experiences to be gained from travel will stay with you a lifetime.

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I'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS. THANKS. ALUN 13 comments

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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Alun, my pleasure. It's the least I can do and pay it forward.


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Greensleeves Hubs 17 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Kristen Howe; Thanks very much Kristen - a really nice comment. And timely - it's made me realise I've got a few more links to add to this hub for places I've written about in the recent past! Cheers, Alun


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great guide for your travelogue hubs to have it all in one place. Very useful to scroll through your hubs. You're a trail-blazing traveler. Voted up!


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Greensleeves Hubs 3 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks so much Suzie. When I wrote this and went through some of the experiences I'd had in just the last ten years, it really made me wish I could spend my whole life travelling! There's so much to see and do in the world - the great experiences provide permanent and good memories, whilst even the negative experiences are something to learn from and benefit from.

I've taken to preparing 'home pages' for subjects on which I've written more than 8 or 10 hubs - it's a nice way to gather links to all the hubs on a single page - not sure if it increases views, but I guess it can't do any harm! I intend adding more travel hubs before long and linking them here, but unfortunately most of my trips were made in the days of slide photography, and it takes so long to scan those photos for digital use. I must make the effort to do it!

I really appreciate all your many visits to my pages, and your kind comments, Suzie.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Alun,

This is another fantastic travel hub in way of an index to your outstanding work I so admire and respect as a traveler lover and could not agree more with all your reasons to travel. I am a much richer person having been enlightened with so many cultures, traditions, people, food and experiences like you. I loved your list of things that you have done in various countries. Tea in Raffles, walking with zebras and living with a family in a tiny village. Truly memories for a lifetime.

I remember similar amazing things that have helped ignite those travel flames never to burn out.

Congrats on a wonderful hub and I look forward to more of your exceptional work through your gift of words and photography.

Vu, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, Shared and Pinned!


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Greensleeves Hubs 3 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thank you Alfred. I very much appreciate all your visits to my pages, and your support. Alun.


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Alfred Hoeld 3 years ago

Well done your Hub pages, -I LIKE- ;-)


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thank you aprilkielb, and welcome to HubPages. I wish you well.


aprilkielb 4 years ago

if we are arranging a group tour with our friends and family members then this places are really very attractive. we can hire one bus charter and we make a group tour and visit each and every above places.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thank you Derdriu. I will have to try to get my slides digitised and write up some pages on places I've visited in the past so I can keep that promise! But two months ago I spent 3 days in Paris, so that will be the subject of 3 more guides hopefully all to be published within the next week.

Thanks so much for visiting another of my pages and commenting.


Derdriu 5 years ago

Greensleeves Hubs: It is so convenient that you have compiled this home page to your considerable worldwide travels. It is a promise of coming attractions which must be kept!

Thank you, voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks Jeannie! Appreciate your comments, and glad you like the pics. Thanks for visiting and voting.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is a very informative hub. I also love the layout of the hub. The photos are beautiful, as well. Voted up!

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