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Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

January, 2017

  • 31 January

    What Makes Australia’s Blue Mountains Blue?

    The Blue Mountains are a mountain range in New South Wales, Australia on the edge of Sydney. But why are they so blue? Maybe they lost the love of their life. They are broken-hearted, paralyzed by regret and the weight of what could have been. Or, like Hamlet in his famous soliloquy, they are overwhelmed by the struggle of existence …

  • 23 January

    5 Awesome US Cities You May Not Have Considered Visiting

    Why not travel to a few of these slightly lesser-known gems? When it comes to travelling the USA you have probably heard of the more popular tourist destinations, such as Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and New York. However, there are many less popular American cities that may not be on your travel radar – but should be. So why …

  • 13 January

    Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong – The World in One Building

    We booked the cheapest accommodation we could find in Hong Kong. It ended up being one of the strangest buildings we have ever encountered. In fact, it’s not one building at all. Chungking Mansions consists of five 17 story buildings linked together via a shared base. This labyrinthine complex started out as an upmarket residential estate in the 1960s. Since …

  • 5 January

    The Irresistible Pull of Magnetic Island

    Magnetic Island was named for the way it pulled on Captain Cook’s compass as he sailed past it, the needle twisting mysteriously. Some people say this island has a powerful “energy” that radiates from it. While I’m not sure about that, there was certainly some force drawing us here as we travelled down Australia’s East Coast – even if it was …

December, 2016

  • 30 December

    Foods You Must Try As Soon as You Land in Australia

    When I arrived in Australia I realised there were some foods here that weren’t commonly eaten anywhere else in the world. Naturally, I was curious and stuffed my face with all of them. I’m a huge fan of sampling the local food when you travel – as cuisine is one of the most important aspects of a culture and you can …

  • 28 December

    How Travelling Makes the World Feel Bigger, Not Smaller

    The old saying states that travelling makes the world feel smaller. That makes sense. Travel shows us that we are not so different after all and highlights how connected we are. But travel also makes the world feel bigger. Exponentially. The more you see, the more you realize there is to see. Before I left Canada for the first time, I …

  • 28 December

    Three Great Value European Ski Destinations

    If you are planning a skiing trip this year but you are on a tight budget, these affordable European ski destinations will give you a chance to careen through fluffy powder for less. Unlike the super-posh resorts of Italy or the French alps, these budget-friendly resorts offer the alpine sports experience for a realistic price that even the average family can …

  • 22 December

    What to Do in Brisbane: The Museum of Brisbane

    Museums can be hit or miss. Sometimes they are stuffy old buildings with boring displays of ancient artifacts and dusty paintings. You know that the items you are looking at have some sort of significance, but they don’t mean much to you and you can’t connect in a meaningful way. However, some museums are just great. They help you to …

  • 17 December

    Learning to Surf in Byron Bay, Australia

    I took a breakdancing lesson once and I didn’t learn a thing. It’s not that the instructor didn’t have the skills – he could twist and spin and writhe all over the floor with incredible style and agility. It was his teaching ability that was lacking. He knew plenty of great moves, but he could not break them down and …

  • 15 December

    Helpful Tips for Train Travel in North America

    I love trains – they are probably my favourite mode of transport. They are so much more spacious and comfortable than buses and you will often get a bed that you can lie down in and sleep if you pay a bit more for the sleeper class. You can get up and walk around the cabin, or sit and watch …

  • 7 December

    Fraser Island – A Paradise Made of Sand

    Fraser Island shouldn’t really exist. It is the largest sand island in the world (122 km long) and there is a lush, majestic rainforest growing out of all that sand. Have you ever tried to grow anything in sand? It’s virtually impossible. The only reason the forest exists is due to the abundance of fungi in the sand that make …

November, 2016

  • 27 November

    10 Great Resources For a Working Holiday in New Zealand

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to somewhere completely different to live and work for a while? Working Holiday Visas are fantastic opportunities. They make it possible for young people to live and work in other countries for extended amounts of time. On a working holiday visa you will be able to get a job …

  • 26 November

    Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

    “Fsshshaa!” shouted Lee, his mouth wrapped around a snorkel and his face underwater. Floating facedown beside him, I mumbled back, “Hmmm?” (Or, at least I tried to with a snorkel in my mouth.) “Fsshshaa!” he shouted again. I turned to him in confusion. Was he okay? We popped our heads out of the water, spit the snorkels out of our …

  • 22 November

    The Five Best Day Trips from Hanoi

    Bustling and colourful Hanoi is a lot of fun. However, during your stay you might want a change of pace. If you feel like venturing beyond the city and exploring somewhere different, there is a lot of choice in the surrounding area. Here are five of the best options for day trips from Hanoi that will give you a glimpse …

  • 20 November

    Adrift on Inle Lake, Myanmar

    Myanmar was like nowhere else I have ever been. Exploring this country felt like stepping back in time. The locals strolled the streets in traditional longyi and chewed betel nut, their teeth stained bright red. People still made their way around in horse and cart and picked up their daily haul of fruits and vegetables at the open air marketplace. …

September, 2016

  • 22 September

    The Five Most Awesome Gap Year Destinations

    A Gap Year is not really a “gap” in your life. It’s not just an empty diversion where you party overseas for a year before you return to real life. It’s actually a really important opportunity to challenge yourself with new experiences, see a different part of the world and have an adventure that will leave you wiser, happier and …

August, 2016

  • 19 August

    I Want to Travel But I Can’t Afford It

    I searched for “want to travel” on Twitter and I found a constant stream of people expressing their desire to travel the world. Just want to travel & meet new people — SädïëŁÿññ (@Sadie04555539) August 17, 2016 I want to travel and explore and meet new people with cool accents and hear their life stories and see new cultures and …

  • 8 August

    Bangkok from Above – The Red Sky Bar at the Centara Grand

    Bangkok is famous for its rooftop bars. They offer a chance to take a break from the bustling streets and admire the city from a sky-high vantage point while sipping a drink. While I love the Thai capital – I know it can be a little bit intense at street level. Scruffy stray dogs trot past street noodle stalls, rats …

July, 2016

  • 20 July

    A Quick Guide to the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

    Emerald green tea plantations, juicy ripe strawberries, misty mountain tops, overgrown jungle trails, rolling hills and tiny villages – sound like your kind of place? The Cameron Highlands of Malaysia were one of my favourite places we visited during 10 months in Southeast Asia. The high altitude and cool temperatures were a refreshing treat after the sweltering heat of the …

June, 2016

  • 23 June

    How Not to Introduce People To Local Cuisine

    I was in a hostel in Cordoba, Argentina – a chilled out place with a pretty casual vibe. I was in the lounge working on some travel writing work when one of the staff approached me. Talkative and enthusiastic, he was from the USA but had fully embraced his Argentinian roots. He started the conversation with the eagerness of a …

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