Author: Alistair Baillie

When I'm not sailing the seven seas as a Deck Officer aboard some amazing cruise ships I can be found travelling the world on my own or with friends.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

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This post is part of a series called Walt Disney World 2018 While at the Magic Kingdom park Fiona introduced me to an awesome game – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom that you can play in the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World. As the story goes Hades has decided to make the park…

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Disney Dining Plan

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This post is part of a series called Walt Disney World 2018 As part of our package we had Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan, we opted for the Quick Service plan as it seemed better suited to our overall plans. As part of the deal, you get 2 Quick Service Meals and 2 Snacks per…

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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This post is part of a series called Walt Disney World 2018 We stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort which is one of what Disney calls their Moderate Resorts and opened in 1988. It’s themed on the Carribean, hence the name, and consists of several islands located around a central lake. Each island area is…

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Living in the UK, London is only ever a few hours away and when Warner Brothers opened up their studios in London where the majority of the films were filmed I had to visit. I’ve been lucky enough to have been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour twice so far, the first was with my sister at the end of November 2015 and I visited again with my Floridian friend Zahra in August 2016.

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Darwin

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I landed in Darwin, capital of Australias Northern Territory, a little after lunch having taken a 4.5-hour flight from Brisbane and immediately was hit by the tropical heat on stepping off the aircraft. After grabbing my luggage I jumped onboard a shuttle which took me to my hotel. I had chosen to stay at one of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotels down on the Esplanade – mainly because I wanted a cookie – but also I quite like DoubleTree hotels.

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Brisbane

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We arrived late at night at the apartments, so next day we were up early and heading out into the city, we made our way up the main shopping street towards the river and hopped on a boat tour sailing down the river. The tour was very informative, sitting up on the open top deck might not have been the best decision as while it was warm in the sun, the breeze on the river was quite chilly.

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Hobbiton Movie Set

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No visit to New Zealand would be complete without a visit to at least one of the movie sets or locations from Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. As we were only planning on visiting the North Island we’d decided in advance that we would go to the Hobbiton Movie Set which is located around one hour north west of Rotorua or around two hours to the south of Auckland.

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Wai-O-Tapu

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Located around 16 miles south of Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a very active geothermal area filled with mud pools, volcanic sulphur pools and the famous Lady Knox Geyser. My parents and I had travelled south from Auckland the previous day and stayed overnight in the quaint town…

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