World Cup fever continues with the vuvuzela

If you’ve been watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches anywhere, and we hope they’ve been at special broadcasts in our VIP hostels, you’ll have come in touch with the wonderous item that is the vuvuzela.

A force to be reckoned with, this horn is popping people’s eardrums and encouraging them to party all over the world in a loud and very distinctive monotone.

If you felt like you’ve missed out on the action you can actually blow a virtual vuvuzela online here!

And don’t forget to write a message to your favourite team at this blog!

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

World Cup fever

Ole Ole Ole! The World Cup starts today and we know there will be a lot of sleep deprived people over the next few weeks as a result.

VIP Backpackers will be joining the crowds here in Australia to support the Socceroos at all times of the night – and these are late, scheduled for 12pm or 4am – eek!

Even if you’re far from home, we still want you to get on board with us.

VIP Backpackers hostels around Australia will be showing live coverage of the games on big screen TVs! If you’re in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Cairns, Fremantle, Hervey Bay, Perth, St Kilda or Sydney, you can join all the fun. Check out full details here.

If you’re not in these locations, then check out the SBS programing for Australian television so you can keep up with the action.

In the meantime, as the flavour of the World Cup should have spread just about everywhere, use this as a chance to support your team.

Send in your messages of support, stories or photos of your team.

If we don’t hear from you, we’ll think it means just one thing – go Socceroos!

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

VIP’s top 10 destinations for 2010

It’s that time of the year folks in which we’ve already surpassed thinking of the year that’s passed and start thinking about the year ahead. And in this part of the world, if you’re a VIP Backpacker, that means you’re thinking about travel! To help you on your way, here are some hot VIP destinations to consider in 2010.

Sydney, Australia

1. Sydney, Australia
The perennial backpacker favourite won’t alter its status in 2010. If you’re arriving in Australia this is a good place to base for work, the climate is great and there’s plenty to see and do, plus there’s gnarly events all year like the Mardi Gras and New Year’s fireworks.
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Voluntourism

The view from my window here in North India is of pine forests, villages clinging to terraced slopes and enormous snow mountains. I worked here as a volunteer in a school about 10 years ago and I’m back to visit. During this time I sent an email to friends about both my time here and in Kolkata (see the previous post), which lead to some discussion about how you actually volunteer when you travel. I touched on this new phenomena of travel, voluntourism, in the last blog, but it might be fun to explore it further now.

The most common response to my email indicated most people had no idea even how to begin arranging a volunteer position. I am fortunate in my travels that I often come across opportunities and contacts I can pursue either then or at a later date. Often I meet the people first and even see the facilities where I could later stay or work. This sort of insight does help but I’ve also arranged for positions via email. Some of the voluntary work I have done includes teaching PE in this Indian school, working as a journalist for an NGO in Mongolia, teaching English in China, documenting a school library in Cambodia and a variety of things in Australian Aboriginal communities. Some I arranged in person, others by email.

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