This section of Travel Notes is devoted to the creative people who make
travel their business, by using SBI to get their online ventures
up and running, often with amazing results.
Travelogues and travel blogs make interesting reading but so do
some of these case
If you've ever wanted to build a travel website but didn't
think you could, then here's your inspiration. The SBIers are a frienly bunch and most of
them have a contact form on their website, so drop them a line and talk about travel.
Find out more about the travel destinations being written about and
you'll soon learn that we don't need to be travel
agents to help people with their travel
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African Music Safari:
Helen, from Switzerland, has always been fascinated by Africa. After some years of African
dance and djembe classes she moved to Ghana, met a young percussionist called Mensah and
now shares Africa through music.
Although Scotch Macaskill tries to pay for the upkeep of this site by selling wildlife
stock photos on Virtual CD or as Photo Packs, a free collection of wildlife and nature
photos is also available for personal or commercial use.
Africa Travel Notes.
Australia Travel Secrets:
Birgit Bradtke, known online as B, now lives in Kimberley so can authoritatively provide
this travel guide to the northern Australian Outback; focusing on the Western Australia
Kimberley region and Northern Territory.
Rita's Outback Guide:
Rita Amend's guide to the Eastern Australian Outback; South Australia and Queensland.
Australia Planning Guide:
Travel to Australia and plan your exciting Aussie adventure holiday with this guide. Learn
from Tina's real life travelling experience and be amazed by beautiful scenery at every
turn and very unique attractions and destinations.
Marylyn Broomhall considers herself an aging baby boomer in a computer nappy; a funny old
frustrated nomad who is at the moment living a very full and satisfying life disguised as
SuperNan - in Melbourne, Australia.
Australia Travel Notes.
Belgium Travel Guide:
Jeff can help you make other Belgium travel plans in addition to your visit to Brussels,
the 'capital of Europe'. Notable places to consider include Waterloo, Antwerp, Brugge,
Bastogne, The Ardennes, Liege, and Spa.
Belgium Travel Notes.
Hamilton and family have lived in tropical paradise all their lives. A Barbados vacation
offers beaches, hikes, sightseeing adventures, nightlife or an educational insight into
the island's culture, history and proud heritage.
Barbados Travel Notes.
Eye on Vancouver:
Vancouver is the heart and soul of British Columbia and has everything you could ever want
from nature: ski slopes, the ocean, massive parks and beaches. Web site owner, Mike Corbin
works with BC ferries.
Ontario Travel Secrets:
Guylaine Spencer is a freelance writer specialising in travel, history and the arts. Her
stories have been published in VIA Rail Destinations, Niagara Life, Americas and many
Canada Travel Notes.
Le Caribbean Islands:
Born in Cuba, Eddy Tuchman now shares his personal experiences gained from visiting many
Caribbean islands during spells living in Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida.
Caribbean Travel Notes.
Having lived in and travelled around Chile, Lorete is in a good position to tell you more
about Chile tourism, Chileans and Chilean culture.
Chile Travel Notes.
China Family Adventure:
Miriam Hoffmann was born in El Salvador, to Chinese parents. Her visit to China was back
in 1986 and she now hopes to promote China as a do-able destination with children.
China Travel Notes.
Zadar Tourist Guide:
Leo lives in Zadar and is working on a a personalised guide for anyone who wants to know
more about Zadar, or plans a visit to the region.
Croatia Travel Notes.
Learn about life in Havana from Victor. Read about Havana's many tourist attractions,
discover the wonderful Caribbean beaches and enjoy the nightlife in Cuba's capital city.
Cuba Travel Notes.
Cyprus Travel Secrets:
Helen Smeaton can help you plan a trip to Cyprus, the third largest island in the
Mediterranean, especially if you're looking for some hidden Cypriot secrets away from the
sun, sea and sand.
Cyprus Travel Notes.
My Prague Sights:
Dean and Martina have Czech and American roots, have both travelled extensively and
managed hotels and apartments in Prague. Their visually appealing website naturally covers
plenty of Prague accommodation options.
Czech Republic Travel
Our Dominican Republic:
Lynda and Les, Canadian baby boomer expats, moved to Cabarete (on the north shore of the
DR) in 2004; after vacationing in the Dominican Republic for 7 years.
Dominican Republic Travel
Travel Tales and Tips:
This site is about the travel tales and tips Patrick van der Meer and Sabine returned
with, after their year on a travelling adventure. Once the travel bug bites, it seems the
journey never stops.
Emma lives and breathes travelling. Her first trip was a volunteering expedition to Ghana
aged 17. Now she has put together this guide to starting a backpacking journey; with
travel tips, advice, health info, useful gadgets, what to pack, how to pack, and what to
pack it in.
Melanie Fine offers great vacation ideas to inspire you to choose and enjoy your next
holiday, with or without the kids.
Geat Women's Vacations:
Travelling from A to B - missing out on quaint towns, historic sites, or scenic views
along the way - is not a woman's vacation. As Judith points out: spas, shopping,
sightseeing - that's a woman's vacation.
Plan a Dream Trip:
Plan a trip well and you cant help but have the best vacation possible - simply
because you take the time to address individual details carefully and thoroughly. In the
process, you go from 'nowhere to go' to 'know where to go'.
General Travel Resources.
If you're looking for a little something different in Germany, let Karen show you how to
travel in Germany; off the beaten path.
Germany Travel Notes.
South India Vacations:
Lakshmi was born and brought up in beautiful Kerala State, popularly known as God's Own
Country, in the southern tip of India. Find out more about the natural and man made beauty
of South India, her culture and heritage.
India Travel Notes.
Eddy's first Israel Travel Experience was in 1959 when as a teenager he travelled to
Jerusalem for a year of studies, and spent several months working in a kibbutz.
Myriam was born in Brussels, Belgium and after travelling pretty much around the world,
decided to make Jerusalem her home.
Shiri's Jerusalem and
Israel Travel Guide:
The amazing thing about Israel is that since it's such a small country, most of the
tourist destinations are relatively close to each other. If you dont rent a car, the
public transportation (buses and trains) will take you practically anywhere.
Israel Travel Notes.
Cath and Mike Andrews found love at first sight - when they visited Rome. They later
returned to get married and bought a house in Le Marche.
Rent a Villa in
Jim and Fiona moved from Scotland and now live in Tuscany full time, to help others have a
truly enchanting holiday in one of Italy's favourite regions.
Italy Travel Notes.
Honor Dargan's adventure in Japan started in March, 2001 when she was told she just had to
go to Tokyo; as it's 'an incredible place to be'. With Honor's help, your Tokyo travel
planning has been made a whole lot easier.
Japan Travel Notes.
Your Guide To
Aqaba - Jordan:
Travel info, practical hints, background notes, stories, facts and fun brought to you by
Eszter; a 'local-expat' living in Aqaba, Jordan's only seaside resort town.
Jordan Travel Notes.
Malaysia Vacation Guide:
The long coastline of Peninsular Malaysia, with the South China Sea to the east and the
Straits of Malacca to the west, affords a wide selection of beaches and islands for
visitors to choose from.
My Island Penang:
Penang, described as a living heritage city and a place of historical cultural fusion, is
considered by the World Monuments Watch as
one of the hundred most endangered sites in the world.
Malaysia Travel Notes.
San Miguel de Allende:
Donna was born and raised in California, has lived in London, Amsterdam, Chicago and New
York. But none of those places have touched her heart and stirred her soul like Mexico's
San Miguel de Allende.
Mexico Travel Notes.
Check out some of Auckland's popular tourist attractions such as the Sky Tower, Auckland
Museum or Kelly Tarltons. During the Summer there are many free concerts and events on
throughout the city.
Holidays in New
Born and bred in New Zealand, Gail shares her knowledge and experiences of the diverse
treasures and pleasures holidays in New Zealand have to offer.
New Zealand Travel Notes.
David and Linda (Lin) Schneider are based in the 'tropical desert' beach town of Los
Organos, in Northern Peru. From here they hope to share Peru's hidden treasures with their
Peru Travel Notes.
Beautiful one day and perfect the next, many say its the Boracay (as it once was) of
the North. Let John tell you more.
Philippines Travel Notes.
Algarve Beach Life:
Jennifer hopes to create the best guide to all that's great about the Portuguese Algarve
coastal region and its 160 kilometres of beaches.
Portugal Travel Notes.
Vieques Travel Guide:
One of the 'Spanish Virgin Islands', Isla de Vieques is an offshore island of Puerto Rico.
Find out more about the Caribbean the way it used to be from Luisa Cupeles.
Puerto Rico Travel Notes.
Culture and Attractions:
Discover Southeast Asia's smallest state with the insight of an expat migrant who has
fallen in love with this metropolitan city and its rich culture.
Andalucia For Holidays:
Rachel's Andalucia for holidays covers the southern region of Spain; the area from the
Mediterranean Sea in Almeria to the Atlantic Ocean and Portuguese coast of Huelva.
John Greaney lived in Tenerife for eleven years and still goes back there two or three
times a year, so can offer Tenerife information as both a one-time resident and a
Christina moved from Germany to Spain, and fell in love; first with a Spaniard, then with
Almeria - in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia.
Spain Travel Notes.
Albrecht likes telling people about Switzerland; especially the Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
region, in the French-speaking west of the country.
Switerland Travel Notes.
Luca's guide to travel in Taiwan; a friendly and surprisingly beautiful island with
majestic mountains and ancient forests.
Taiwan Travel Notes.
Amazing Chiang Mai:
Roger and Helen's account of the magical city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. How to get there,
where to stay and what to do there. From tourism to retirement.
Brent created this website to share his love for Thailand and Pattaya, the most popular
vacation destination in Thailand, in particular.
Tour Bangkok Legacies:
An historical travel guide on renowned places preserved for posterity; the momentous
events surrounding these places and the legendary figures who left these legacies in the
landscape of Bangkok.
Visit Chiang Mai:
Real life experiences of how to get the very best from your visit to Chiang Mai and
surrounding areas, from Kevin and Rose.
Thailand Travel Notes.
Istanbul Extra Large:
Zeynep Ozlem has lived in Istanbul - the gateway between East and West and home to
centuries of history and culture - since arriving in 1995 as a student of architecture.
Turkey Travel Notes.
Ukraine Travel Advisor:
Started in January, 2006 Dina hopes to make the Ukraine Travel Advisor site into a real
'Ukraine Guide', where you can find all the necessary travel and tourism information to
help plan your trip to Ukraine.
Ukraine Travel Notes.
Isle of Wight
Holidays For All:
Written by island residents, this website offers friendly, unbiased advice for tourists.
It reviews and illustrates Isle of Wight visitor attractions, beaches, campsites, towns
and villages, holiday homes, pubs, and restaurants.
May Cropely lives in the Kingdom of Fife, on the east coast of Scotland; a part of the
country that she promises will delight and enchant you.
Top Ten Glasgow Guide:
Scott Docherty invites you to pour out a wee dram, settle down, forget absolutely
everything you've ever heard about Glasgow and spend a while on the site. If you need a
nudge in the right direction on anything about Glasgow after that, don't hesitate to use
the contact form and he'll get back to you.
UK Travel Notes.
When asked "Why Fairbanks, Alaska?" Terri replies: "Because in Fairbanks,
you can enjoy the Alaska vacation activities and adventures of your dreams. And besides,
Fairbanks Alaska is friendliest town in North America!"
Alaska Travel Notes.
Annelie Piccino and husband Tony have been tour guides to visiting relatives and friends
from all over the world. Now they've put together a travel guide with their tips for best
places to visit in Southern California and Los Angeles.
Getaways at Los Angeles Theme Parks:
Although you wouldn't want to type out that mouthful of a domain name too often, clicking
on over to Vicki Funes is easy enough; to see how interesting and varied Southern
California's attractions really are.
California Beaches Vacation Guide:
Laura's travel guide includes information on Southern California beaches, vacation
rentals, hotels, camping, and lots of fun things to see and do along the sunny Southern
California Travel Notes.
Having grown up in the northern Everglades town of Pahokee and explored the state of
Florida from Pensacola to Key West, and from Fernandina Beach to Chokoloskee, Reid helps
you discover new Florida adventures.
Florida Travel Notes.
Boston Discovery Guide:
Boston's many tourism and historical attractions provide visitors with plenty of places to
explore and interesting things to do. Visit Boston with Susan, and you'll discover the
charm of one of America's oldest and most historic cities.
Massachusetts Travel Notes.
Romantic Lake Michigan:
Ideal for a weekend getaway, romantic Lake Michigan also makes a great beach wedding and
Michigan honeymoon destination. Discover over 300 miles of beautiful west Michigan coast
while exploring romantic beachtowns, art galleries, wineries, and great restaurants along
the 'third coast'.
Michigan Travel Notes.
If you are thinking of moving to Minnesota or visiting Minnesota, Judie Ramsey (Judith)
shares tips gleaned from a lifetime of visiting Minnesota vacation spots from north to
Minnesota Travel Notes.
National Park Travel Guide:
Perry Rosenbloom spent a couple of summers 'working' in 'America's little Switzerland' so
can probably answer most of your questions about Glacier National Park.
Montana Travel Notes.
Get on in Vegas:
Theres much more to Las Vegas than gambling; so much more in fact that you might not
know where to begin.
Nevada Travel Notes.
Ski Mountain Resorts:
A Massachusetts native, Kevin Connolly has been to the majority of New England ski resorts
and finds that 'the season for skiing and riding is always either open or just around the
corner'. Even if it's May.
Cliff Calderwood helps you plan your visit to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Lake Placid Area Guide:
Debbie says the first thing you notice as you enter the quaint village is the setting; the
beauty of the lake and the surrounding Adirondack mountains.
NYC Insider Guide:
Melissa is a New Yorker, who loves just about everything in New York City. While some New
York City Travel Guides have great reference material, none of them can address what's
going on in New York City right now.
New York Travel Notes.
As travel journalists, Nancy and her husband have explored the region many times over the
years. Their travel guide to Asheville and the mountains of Western North Carolina can
help you plan a Blue Ridge Mountain vacation.
North Carolina Travel Notes.
Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey have written over 50 guidebooks between them; for people
like National Geographic, AAA, Insight Guides, Michelin, Thomas Cook, Moon Handbooks and
Oregon Travel Notes.
Pa Dutch Travel:
Dutch country is a region in Pennsylvania made up of ten counties, although Wendy (a
homeschooling mother) and her son Chase concentrate on Lancaster County; as they visit
each place and write their reviews.
Pennsylvania Travel Notes.
Real Austin Texas:
Part directory, part scrapbook, and part time capsule celebrating Austins unique
culture and honoring its rich history - from Brad Castro.
Texas Travel Notes.
Victoria Falls Travel
Tony Peel and wife Boo we created this website out of a passion for their home country
Zimbabwe and their love for the African Bush, wildlife and adventure.
Zimbabwe Travel Notes.
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