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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.

February, 2015

  • 13 February

    La Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito – A Harrowing Climb but a Spectacular View

    “Don’t look down. Don’t look down.” I pleaded with myself while gripping the metal rungs of the steep ladder-like staircase along the side of the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador. However, telling yourself not to look down has the same effect as telling yourself not to think about pink elephants. Naturally, it’s the first thing you do. So …

  • 6 February

    Istanbul Was Wonderful (Despite the Tear Gas)

    I woke up on the top bunk of our hostel in Istanbul with a strange slight burning sensation in my eyes and nose. I didn’t think too much of it as I climbed off the bed and took my laptop into the common room to get to work on some writing. But as I left the bedroom the burning sensation …

  • 6 February

    Five Big Questions First Time Travellers Have Before Going on a Working Holiday

    Working holiday visas are, in my opinion, one of the greatest things ever invented. They allow people under the age of 30 (35 in some countries) to live and work in another country for 1-2 years – giving them the change to travel abroad long term and immerse themselves in another culture. The working holiday visas available to you depend …

January, 2015

  • 31 January

    #JustOneRhino – Save These Amazing Creatures and Win Some Pretty Sweet Travel Prizes Too

    Some of my most memorable travel experiences have been the moments when we have had up close encounters with animals in the wild. The time in Borneo when some curious wild bearded piglets came to sniff us out. The amazing afternoon of swimming with dolphins in the wild at Pipa Beach in Brazil. The other time in Sri Lanka when …

  • 22 January

    Brazil’s Amazon Jungle –Piranha Fishing, Eating Maggots and Cuddling with Caiman

    Piranha Fishing. Caiman spotting at night. Sleeping in a hammock in the jaguar-infested jungle. When I read about the activities available on our Amazon jungle tour in Brazil I started to feel a little nervous. Does my travel insurance cover getting eaten alive by Piranhas? Just how dangerous will this experience be? Along with a few nervous butterflies I was …

  • 19 January

    Why I Prefer British Pubs to North American Ones

    As a Canadian who has lived abroad in the UK and traveled throughout Canada and the USA, I have had plenty of experiences in both British and North American drinking establishments. I have come to the (perhaps controversial) conclusion that when it comes to pubs, the United Kingdom does it better. Here are a few of the reasons why I …

  • 2 January

    How I Built a Successful Freelance Writing Business So I Could Work from Anywhere and Travel the World

    I’m a freelance digital nomad travel writer and I love my job and my lifestyle. You’ll typically find me hunched over my laptop in hammocks, hostel kitchens and coffee shops from Buenos Aires to Bangkok to New Orleans – furiously typing stories about all of the amazing things I have experienced around the world. I have the freedom to work …

December, 2014

  • 31 December

    The Amazing Superpowers You Will Develop While Backpacking

    Going backpacking is an experience that will change you in a lot of ways, teaching you about yourself as well as exposing you to other cultures, ideas and experiences. After you have been travelling for a while, you might find yourself developing some of these backpacking superpowers. The Ability to Sleep Anywhere It doesn’t matter if I am on a …

November, 2014

  • 11 November

    A Guide to Travelling by Boat Down the Amazon

    It’s hard to wrap your head around the sheer scale of the Amazon River – this humongous waterway makes most other rivers in the world look like a mere trickle. Last week, Lee and I travelled a total of 1,584 km between the Brazilian cities of Manaus and Belem on a river ferry – an epic journey that takes five …

  • 10 November

    Valparaiso, Chile is one of the Coolest Cities in South America

    If I could have a crush on a city, it would certainly be on this one. Poetic and beautiful, yet a little rough around the edges, Valparaiso has a complex past and many layers. The more I got to know it, the more I wanted to know. We returned there twice during our travels in Chile and stayed for almost …

  • 10 November

    Ten Brilliant UK Cities to Visit Besides London

    When tourists think of visiting the UK, they usually have one destination in mind: London. The capital city of England seems to dominate the international image of the UK and many other cities are not usually considered in most tourists’ plans. Of course, the city of Big Ben and Beefeaters is certainly worth visiting, as it is a world class …

October, 2014

  • 16 October

    Should Gay Travellers Avoid Anti-Gay Countries?

    Depending on how you do the maths or interpret some of the constitutional anomalies, there are around 80 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal. The penalties imposed range from the death penalty (seven countries) to imprisonment (about 70 countries). Beyond that there are a number of countries where there is some level of discrimination based on sexuality (such …

  • 7 October

    A Few Things Brits Should Know Before Visiting the USA

    Planning a holiday to America? The USA has a lot of amazing experiences to offer, from hiking in the Grand Canyon to the big city lights of New York City to the beaches of Miami. Here are a few important things that you should know before your trip: It’s Bigger Than You Think You can drive almost anywhere in the …

September, 2014

  • 28 September

    Travel Romance – What to Do if You Fall in Love on the Road

    Five years ago when I went on a working holiday to New Zealand I never thought I would fall in love with a charming and irreverent Englishman and end up following him back to deepest darkest Lancashire. Even after we met, while working as tour guides in a creepy old prison, I never thought that our backpacker fling would evolve …

  • 17 September

    Little Things That Make a Hostel Go From Okay to Fantastic

    I have spent a significant chunk of my adult life staying in hostels. While travelling through New Zealand, Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and South America over the last five years I have probably stayed in more than a hundred different hostels. Most of them were average and forgettable, some of them were wonderful and others were so bad that …

  • 6 September

    Tips for Staying Safe on Your Skiing Holiday

    There is nothing quite like a ski holiday, where you can spend your days getting your adrenaline pumping while zooming down the slopes and then relax in the evenings and enjoy great food and a buzzing apres-ski scene. However, while you are enjoying your ski holiday it is important to keep some safety tips in mind so that you can …

July, 2014

  • 24 July

    How to Avoid 99.9% of Travel Scams

    I meet a lot of people, online and in the real world, who are going on their very first backpacking trip ever. They are filled with excitement and anticipation, a sense that they are about to do something that will push them outside of their comfort zone and change their life. However, they are also filled with a bit of …

  • 23 July

    Hostel Food Theft and the Problems of a Communal Fridge

    It was nearing 1pm and I couldn’t ignore the grumbling emptiness in my stomach anymore. It was time to stop working on the travel writing for a while and have some lunch, so I closed my laptop and headed to the kitchen of our hostel in Buenos Aires. The florescent lights flickered as I pulled open the fridge door and …

  • 23 July

    Travel Insurance – Is It Really Necessary?

    Flights, buses, hostel rooms, food, sight-seeing, tours, souvenirs – there are a lot of expenses associated with travel and they add up quickly. If you are planning a budget adventure, you might be wondering whether it is worth it to pay extra for your travel insurance. After all, travel insurance costs can make up a huge chunk of your travel …

  • 17 July

    How to Bicycle Your Way Around Mendoza’s Delightful Wineries

    Whether you are a snooty sniffing and sipping wine connoisseur or just someone who loves to wash down a good steak with something tasty, grapey and alcoholic, you will love the Argentinian wine paradise that is Mendoza. This city is world-renowned for being the centre of the wine industry in Argentina – accounting for nearly two thirds of the entire …

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