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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.

April, 2016

  • 6 April

    32 Tips For a Safe and Enjoyable Trip to India

    India is a bit of an intimidating destination, even for the seasoned traveller. It’s chaotic, intense, busy and overwhelming at times, but it’s also beautiful and fascinating. Arriving in India for the first time is a steep learning curve and it takes some time to get used to this bewildering country. Lee and I spent a month travelling around India …

  • 3 April

    A Colourful Experience – The Holi Festival in Pushkar, India

    When I realised that Lee and I would be travelling in India during the Holi Festival, I was thrilled. It had been a festival I had known about for many years and now I would finally get to experience it first-hand. Holi takes place in March and it is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. It …

March, 2016

  • 28 March

    Five Years Of Travelling – What We Do Differently Now

    Lee and I met while working abroad in New Zealand and we have spent the last five years working as digital nomads and travelling to over 40 countries, which means that we have spent the majority of our 20s on the road. "Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, …

  • 21 March

    Colombia to Panama – Five Days Sailing in the San Blas Islands

    There are more direct ways to get from Colombia to Panama than taking a five day sailing trip through the San Blas Islands… but I’m sure it’s the most enjoyable option. So, we set sail with three other couples to live the sailing life in the Caribbean. This sailing trip was an opportunity to disconnect from the world for a while. …

  • 14 March

    Some Travel Days It’s Okay to Do Nothing

    Recently I read one of those list posts that was titled something along the lines of “25 Things a Real Traveller Would Never Say” and it irked me. It always annoys me when I see posts that perpetuate the idea that there is one “real” way of travelling the world and you need to do it that way in order …

December, 2015

  • 11 December

    The Challenges of Long Term Travel #3 – Maintaining Health and Fitness

    I have found that routine is key for sticking to healthy habits, but when I am on the road my life is anything but routine. I find it very easy to stay healthy and fit when I am living in one place. I stock up on yogurt and granola and eat a few variations of the same healthy breakfast every …

  • 10 December

    Ziplines, Chocolate and Cuddly Chickens in Mindo, Ecuador

    I’m splayed out, face first, belly down, strapped to a cable suspended high above the ground and surrounded by lush green forest. The guide strapped in behind me is counting “uno, dos…” and when he reaches “tres” he pushes off from the wooden platform. I gasp as we zoom through the air. My arms spread wide, my hair blowing everywhere, …

November, 2015

  • 2 November

    Hiking to Waterfalls in Juayúa, El Salvador

    Somewhere deep in a thick green forest just outside of the small highland town of Juayúa in El Salvador there is a waterfall cascading down a rock face where locals dive, swim and play. During our stay in this quiet outpost we took a day to hike to these beautiful waterfalls, accompanied by three guides from our hostel – one …

September, 2015

  • 15 September

    How to Combat Seasickness on Your Travels

    The San Blas Islands of Panama are a collection of remote islands with sandy white beaches and swaying palm trees – the ultimate tropical getaway. Unfortunately, when I first set foot on these pristine sands I was feeling a little shaky. I had just spent 30 hours in a sailboat on the choppy open ocean – vomiting, sweating profusely and …

August, 2015

  • 2 August

    Visiting the Panama Canal

    When I entered Panama I had only three previous associations with the country in my head: The Van Halen song, the Panama Hat and the Panama Canal. Well, the song was stuck in my head every day, I saw plenty of people wearing hats and we got to see the Canal up close. However, we also discovered that this country …

  • 2 August

    Don’t Fall into the Party Hostel Trap

    Eat. Drink. Sleep. Repeat. On a worn out futon in a hostel in Vang Vieng, Laos a gaggle of painfully hungover 20 somethings sprawl while sipping soft drinks and watching reruns of Family Guy and The Simpsons. When the sun starts to go down and rumours of the night’s party start to circulate, they will pull themselves off the cushions, …

July, 2015

  • 24 July

    The Challenges of Long Term Travel #2 – You Can’t Pace Yourself Against Those Who Are on Holiday

    In 2009 I went on a working holiday to New Zealand, thinking that I would only be gone for 6 months. Six years later I am still travelling and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Sometimes travel goes beyond a short term trip and becomes a long term lifestyle. Travelling long term is an amazing experience and it allows …

  • 19 July

    The Challenges of Long Term Travel #1 – Finding a Portable Source of Income

    In 2009 I went on a working holiday to New Zealand, thinking that I would only be gone for 6 months. Six years later I am still travelling and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Sometimes travel goes beyond a short term trip and becomes a long term lifestyle. Travelling long term is an amazing experience and it allows …

  • 19 July

    Medellin Metrocable – Gliding up Above the City

    I leaned against the smudged glass of the gondola car, peering out at the ramshackle houses strewn across the mountainside below us as we slowly glided upwards. Scruffy stray dogs trotted confidently across dirt roads and children played football in parks alongside buildings covered with elaborate graffiti scrawls. A couple on a motorbike weaved through the switchbacks up the steep slope. …

  • 18 July

    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Region in Colombia

    For many a good cup of coffee is more than just a drink, it’s a sacred morning ritual. The anticipation as you brew it, the aroma that fills the room. The slosh of the dark liquid into the cup and the radiant heat as you draw the mug toward your face. As you sip your first cup of coffee, your …

  • 11 July

    How to Get a Cheaper Stay in a Hostel

    When you are travelling around the world on a budget, hostels are fantastic. They are much more affordable than hotel rooms and they usually offer a kitchen so that you can make your own budget meals and save even more money. Staying in a hostel is a great budget option and we have found that it is often possible to get an …

June, 2015

  • 30 June

    How Travel Scams Work

    No matter where you go in the world, there is always a chance that you will run into an unscrupulous person who aims to take advantage of you and scam you out of your money. As I wrote in this post, it’s important to research the common scams in advance so that you are aware of them and can spot …

  • 30 June

    Australia Tourism Group Wants to Raise Age Limits for Working Holiday Visa

    Are you daydreaming about working your way around Australia on a long term travel adventure, but are past the age limit for a Working Holiday Visa? At the moment only young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible for the Australia Working Holiday Visa, but the Tourism & Transport Forum wants to change that. The Tourism & …

  • 28 June

    Take Travel Advice with a Pinch of Salt

    It seems a little bit funny for me, a blogger whose website is filled with travel advice, to be telling you to take such advice with a grain of salt. But the truth is that not all travel advice you receive should be believed completely and it’s important to think critically about it and make your own decisions. When you …

  • 24 June

    How to Get From Buenos Aires, Argentina to Montevideo, Uruguay

    Now that you’ve enjoyed the delicious steak, live tango music and European vibe of Buenos Aires it’s time to move on to your next destination: Montevideo, Uruguay. These two cities are relatively close together geographically, so you would think that it would be simple to get between them. However, it’s not possible to simply drive from one to the other, …

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