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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.

December, 2015

  • 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

    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, …

  • 23 June

    Slow Down – Don’t Squeeze Too Much Into Your Travels

    In a hostel in Quito, Ecuador I met a friendly young Canadian traveller on his first big backpacking trip. He had a typed itinerary containing all of his travel notes and ideas for where he wanted to go. He excitedly listed all of the countries he wanted to cover – Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil – pretty …

  • 23 June

    Nervous About Travelling? Think About it This Way…

    If you have never travelled before, booking a flight and heading to a foreign country is a truly exciting yet intimidating thing to think about. I remember how my stomach was fluttering with a thousand nervous butterflies before I went on my first big travel adventure – I had no idea what I was doing and I was scared because …

  • 23 June

    Five Things I Loved About Chile

    Every country has its own unique blend of characteristics that add up in a different way, creating an overall experience that is like nowhere else on Earth. Chile is a great example, so here are five aspects of this country that really made me enjoy my time here. 1.      The Varied Landscapes Chile is a long and skinny country, shaped …

  • 21 June

    Creepy Paris: Exploring The Dark Side of the City of Light

    Once you explore beyond the lovely romance of the city’s sidewalk cafes and tree lined banks of the Seine, you will discover that there is definitely a dark and creepy side to La Ville Lumiere. This city has a long and fascinating history involving plenty of ghosts, legends, murders, and dead famous people. If you are interested in the gruesome …

  • 18 June

    São Paulo’s 4 Best Parks – Green Escapes in a Concrete Jungle

    São Paulo, Brazil, is an enormous sprawling city, and it is usually associated with endless expanses of grey concrete. While the city offers a wealth of dining options, culture, museums, and galleries, sometimes you need a break from the urban environment to sit on the green grass and breathe the fresh air. Luckily, huge portions of the city are also …

  • 16 June

    The Middle of the World – Visiting both Equators in Quito, Ecuador

    While we were in Quito, Ecuador we got a chance to visit the equator. In fact, we had enough time to visit both of them. Yes, both of them. The location of the original equator was pinpointed by Charles-Marie de La Condamie on an expedition in 1736. However, this was well before the invention of accurate GPS systems and he …

  • 7 June

    How Hostels Work and How You Can Be a Good Guest

    Have you been thinking about travelling the world, but aren’t sure about staying in hostels?  If you have never stayed in a hostel before you probably have no idea what to expect from this type of accommodation. The cheaper price might appeal to you, but you have some questions about how it all works – is it totally weird to …

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