The Golden Rules of Reclining

There is little room in the economy section of an airplane as it is. When the person in front of you flings their seat back, there is even less.  It can be annoying and an inconvenience. 

Reclining the seats on an airplane has also been a highly debatable topic. So here are five golden rules I have collated to asssist you when your fellow passengers feel the need to recline.

  • Do not recline during the meal service or when refreshments are being served.  Hot drinks and meals are a safety hazard to reclining seats.
  • Do not recline unless you ask the person behind you if it is okay.  Manners go a long way and you are more likely to be greeted with a favourable response.
  • If your flight is five hours or less, do not even think about it. We can all sit upright for such a short period of time. I have just taken a flight from Cuzco to Lima which is only just over an hour and the person in front of me reclined.
  • Recline slowly and be mindful of what the person behind you is doing.  Do they have a hot drink or laptop on their tray table. Is the person holding a baby on their lap behind you. 
  • Finally, only recline as far as you actually need to. You really do not need all the space of a full recline.
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Strategise your Hike

Earlier this month I completed the Lares Trek in Peru. A challenging trek which took me to 4,800 metres above sea level.  The Lares Trek is higher than than the famous Inca Trail and more challenging.

However, trekking in the Andean mountains is not the same as a hike back home. For one thing, the air is thinner at that height. Unless you have lived above 4000 metres at some stage, for several years, you may feel some side affects of altitude sickness.

So when you embark on any of the treks in Peru be sure to take your time. When your guide says “take it at your own pace”, do exactly that.  Everyone reacts differently to a multi day hike. 

You do not have to race to keep up with the leaders. The only person you have to compete with is yourself. So the goals you set are the only ones which matter. Your goal may be to simply complete the trek. This is fine and quite easy to set your own personal strategies against.

For me, completing the Lares Trek was what I had come to Peru to achieve. I was not interested in competing with anyone but myself. I knew I would not be the fastest in the group and I was fine with that.

So I set myself the following strategies for completing each leg of the trek.

  • Take it slow
  • One step at a time
  • Take 50 steps and rest
  • Increase to to 100 steps if I felt okay
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
  • Keep positive.

This strategy kept me positive to complete the trek. It was easy to measure my success with stepped out goals which I could see. 

And I did complete the trek successfully. 

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Magical Machu Picchu

A trip to Peru is not complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. There is no better feeling than to sit up on the agricultural steps and look down at this ancient Incan city.

Take the half hour bus ride from Aguas Calientas , a town built specifically for tourism. You can also buy your ticket at the same time you purchase the bus ticket. However, be warned, get there early as the line for the buses literally winds ups the street.

Once inside Machu Picchu there are a few rules to be mindful of.  Due to a few unfortunate tragic incidents resulting in tourist deaths, the following activities are not allowed.

  • No jumping selfies
  • Do not sit on the walls
  • No naked photos
  • No desiccating the rules ( yes tourists have been urinating on the walls)

The Peruvian authorities are on hand to ensure everyone remains safe during their visit.

As you tour the ruins you will be in awe of how the Inca people lived many centuries ago.  It does get crowded which makes it difficult to enjoy a walk through the main city ruins. But if you tune out the noise around you and focus on the Inca people, you can feel their spirit around you.


However, soon it will be more expensive to visit the Machu Picchu ruins. The Peruvian Government is planning for a cable car to be erected over the site in the next couple of years. Soon this will be the only way to view the sacred site. If you want to walk the ruins, there will be an additional cost.

So right now enjoy the privilege of the ruins from the ground surrounded by the energy and spirit of the ancient Inca people.

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Captivating Cuzco

This week I am in Peru. More precisely, Cuzco, the centre of the Incan world.  The city is rich in history and Peruvian culture. You will get the most out of youtr stay by getting out and immersing yourself with the locals. Even if you only have a basic level of Spanish, you will get by. 

In central Cuzco, the historic centre.  It is quite easy to walk around. But take it slow, especially if you have just arrived or are not used to high altitudes.

A good place to start is at Plaza del Armas, the main square. Here you will find the Cuzco cathedral, a beautiful building not only on the exterior but also inside. There is a small admission fee, but it is worth while as you may catch a service in progress.

Relax on one of the many benches on the plaza and take a break amongst the locals.  It is popular for the parents to bring their children. Don’t worry about the dogs who roam freely, they won’t hurt you and are quite friendly.

There are a variety of shops around the plaza to satisfy your shopping habit. From Peruvian handcrafts to tens made from Alpaca wool. 

Once you have finished browsing the stores and tasted some of the culinary delights from the many cafes, continue along until you come to Plaza San Francisco.  This plaza is also a meeting point for locals. You will also find the San Francisco church here, again it’s facade is great to admire from the outside before venturing inside.

Cuzco is quite safe to get around on your own. But for those who want the security of a group, there are many day tours which can be booked through your hotel reception.

Plaza del Armas

Cuzco Cathedral


San Francisco church

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Roman Summer

Another trip down memory lane from my visit to Rome.  I was walking passed the Pantheon one morning  and came across this busker.  Even though it was quite warm, did not prevent her performance.  As I stood listening it confirmed again for me the people we meet during our travels make travel even more enriching. Continue reading

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Pirates of Mykonos

The narrow twists and turns of Mykonos’ streets were designed in a way to confuse the pirates who roamed the high seas of the Mediterranean centuries ago. Continue reading

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Photo of the Month: Illuminations

I will always love this photo I took of the Pantheon in central Rome. During the day the piazza is hot and crowded. But when the sun goes down the city vibe makes Rome even more magical.  Continue reading

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Language of Travel

Do you need to learn the language of the country you want to visit? This, of course, depends on the experience you want to seek from your travels.  Continue reading

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Travel: Addiction or Lifestyle?

I came across an article recently on Facebook about travel being a real addiction. A doctor was quoted in the piece confirming just that. But I have to disagree with that diagnosis. Because for me, travel is a lifestyle choice. Continue reading

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Lovely Laura

A couple of weeks ago I took a spontaneous bus trip north of the city to a small regional town rich in history. Laura is located 230 kms from Adelaide approximately 90 minutes drive away. If you keep travelling beyond the wine region of Clare Valley you will discover a small picturesque town of history and beauty. Continue reading

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