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New roaming rates in the EU mean that the O2 UK SIM card is a much better value option for anyone travelling around Europe, particularly if you don't need too much data.
 
European Union roaming rates were lowered yesterday which means that the O2 UK SIM card will work out the best value roaming option for many travellers.

As long as the United Kingdom remains part of the EU, you now get free incoming calls throughout most European countries with the O2 UK SIM card and calls to other European countries (either local calls or calls from one European country to another) are only 4p/minute when travelling outside the UK. Data access is now only 4p/MB (although the O2 Travel bolt-on package gives you 100MB data for £1.99/day).

Calls to non-European countries remain expensive so you are best off using an app such as Facetime, Localphone, Rebtel, Skype or Viber for calls home to Australia.

So if you need a SIM card for use throughout Europe and don't plan on using more than 50MB data per day then take a look at the O2 UK SIM card. If you need more than 100MB/day the Ortel German SIM card (with the Cross European roaming package) still works out better value. If you will be using between 50MB and 100MB data per day either SIM will work out about the same, although the O2 UK SIM card is generally a more user-friendly option.

If you buy the O2 UK SIM card and plan on using it mostly outside the UK, then we recommend you buy this on the International SIM tariff as the included value in the Big Bundle tariffs cannot be used outside the UK. 
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But I need ALL THE DATA. Good news though.
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Wow. Sydney is stuffed. Glad I live in Melbourne. 
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I've launched a new website with information about rail travel in France. http://railpassfrance.com
Guide to rail travel in France with information about travelling on French trains, buying cheap French high-speed train tickets and rail passes.
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Happy new year from Melbourne
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Japanese salmon taco from Mr Miyagi at the Night Noodle Market. You can't go wrong when you look for the food stand with the longest queue. 
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Had to drop something off for a customer in Port Melbourne and walked home via a part of the Docklands I hadn't visited before. 
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Almost makes me want to buy a selfie stick. 
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Here's some pictures from last night's White Night Melbourne festival.

This year's White Night initially didn't seem as good as the past two years, particularly since they didn't have the projections on Flinders Street that were the highlight of recent festivals and it also seemed less crowded (although I did set out after 2am to avoid the worst of the crowds). However the projections on NVG International and the Royal Exhibition Buildings were excellent, as were the projections in the reading room at the State Library. 
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The free V/Line coach and rail travel promotion has been extended until 7 February 2016.

This means that you can now travel free in Victoria on V/Line coaches and trains until 7 February 2016. There's no need to book a ticket. Simply show up at a station and hop on a train.
V/Line trains and coaches in Victoria are free 23–31 January 2016. You don't need a ticket. You simply show up at a station and hop on a train. The only
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Taiwanese popcorn chicken is always a good idea. Especially when it's from Ghost Kitchen at the Night Noodle Market. 
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Street art spotted at Presgrave Place in Melbourne
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Having drinks at the Opera Bar in Sydney and there's fireworks. Apparently, it's just because it is a Saturday night.
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That's Sydney for you. :)
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I run a couple of travel websites including bug.co.uk, hostelcritic.com and travelgear.com.au
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I've been backpacking since 1989 and started the web's first hostel review website back in 1997.
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I write and edit travel guidebooks and publish budget travel information online at www.bug.co.uk. The BUG site that I started in 1997 was the web's very first hostel review website and has been rebranded as hostelcritic.com. It is completely independent (unlike other online hostel sites, hostel owners cannot write a description of their own hostel) and it has a complete focus on hostels (hostels are the only accommodation option listed - no hotels, motels or resorts - only hostels).

I sell travel accessories online at www.travelgear.com.au and sell SIM cards online at www.travelgear.com.au and www.simcardguru.co.uk.

I ride a Vespa and live in the heart of Melbourne's city centre.
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Started the very first hostel review website
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Melbourne
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Melbourne - London - Paris - Montréal - Vancouver - Auckland - Kilcunda