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10 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling the East Coast of Australia

Chilled out surf towns. Gorgeous beaches. Coral reefs teeming with sea life. Lush wilderness. Great nightlife. Traveling the East Coast of Australia is the ultimate backpacking adventure. When you travel down the East Coast you will be able to hit some of Australia’s best destinations, including Cairns, Byron Bay, the Whitsundays, Magnetic Island and much more. Each town and city …

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7 Spectacular Spots in Ireland Travel Bloggers Recommend

If you are traveling to Ireland and you have the time, I highly recommend you go beyond the capital city and see what else the country has to offer. There are so many other beautiful places to go in Ireland besides Dublin. I’ve got nothing against Dublin, it’s a very cool city with lots of culture, a great nightlife and …

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How to Visit Pompeii on a Day Trip From Rome

I remember learning about Pompeii and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in school as a child. As someone who’s always had a fascination with history and ancient civilisations, I knew that one day I would find my way there. My previous visit to Italy back in 2012 saw me walking the streets of Milan, Florence, Siena, Verona and Venice, but …

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Outback Dreaming: Three Days in Australia’s Red Centre

The sensation of a plane taking off is one of my favourite things in the world. It is a physical rush, like the plunge of a roller coaster. When the plane leaves the ground and I get those few seconds of weightlessness my body tingles in anticipation. I know something good is coming. Bright morning sunshine pours through the airplane …

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Five Yummy Things to Do in the Yarra Valley

A lush, cool valley just outside of Melbourne, Australia, the Yarra Valley is is the perfect day trip escape from the city. Not only does it have gorgeous forests, a roaring river, a natural park and plenty of wildlife, it also offers plenty to indulge in with more than 80 different wineries, cheese and chocolate producers, restaurants and much more. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Why It’s a Bad Idea to Camp Near an African Waterhole

Hippos kill more people than any other animal in Africa. The bad news is that it’s the middle of the night and my tent is surrounded by hippos. This is not the most advantageous position to be in, but luckily hippos are dumb. If there is a huge sand-colored thing on the grass that looks like a rock, it probably …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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