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World’s Coolest Cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro (sometimes simply referred to as Rio) attracts so many travellers every year that it is not only the most visited city in South America, but in the entire Southern Hemisphere. All of those visitors know one thing: Rio de Janeiro is one of the World’s Coolest Cities. From its gorgeous natural beaches and lively carnival celebrations, to …

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Beyond London: The Wild Beauty of Wales

(This is the third post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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Loco-motion: A Tale of Bolivian Travel

A Guest Post by Geordon Omand & Elise Palmer Bolivia is renowned to travelers as being home to the World’s Most Dangerous Road. Unfortunately, this leads one to believe that the remainder of the country’s roadways are relatively safe, which is anything but true. In fact, this little-known Andean nation – colloquially referred to as the Ceiling of the World …

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Beyond London: Cumbria and the Lake District

(This is the second post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK. Check out the rest of the guides here) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, …

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Visiting Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial – New York City

While we were in New York this March Lee and spent time visiting Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial. The site features two deep waterfall pools located on the spots where the towers used to be and a museum and new skyscraper which are currently under construction. Aside from the fall of the Berlin Wall (which I have no memory of because …

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Hitchhiking and the Art of Weightlessness

Hitchhiking Around Newfoundland

This is one of my favourite photos of myself. I am somewhere on the highway between Clarenville and Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. Lee and I were hitchhiking across this isolated island province, couch-surfing in small villages. See that little pile of luggage there on the roadside behind me? Those bags contain everything that Lee and I own in the entire world. …

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Exploring Parliament and Eating Beaver Tails in Ottawa – Cross Canada Adventure

Located just across the river from Quebec, this bilingual city was our first preview of the French Canadian culture that awaited us further down the road. We caught a ride-share with some students from the bustling big city lights of Toronto to the slightly more reserved and historic city of Ottawa. Filled with stately government buildings, leafy boulevards, pretty canals …

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Vancouver: A Local’s City Guide

This is a guest post by Lizzie Gross of the blog From Marmite to Maple. She is a British girl who has moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and fallen in love with this fantastic city. In this guide she offers the visitor many great ideas of what to do in this beautiful Canadian metropolis. I’ve been living in Vancouver …

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The Big City Lights of Toronto – Cross Canada Adventure

After our wonderful stay in Winnipeg with the lovely Jacques, it was time to head to Toronto. This great metropolis is the biggest city in Canada and also one of the most multicultural cities in North America. It is well known for its amazing diversity of ethnic restaurants, its art and culture scene and its position as one of the …

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Couchsurfing in Winnipeg – Cross Canada Adventure

After our stay in Saskatoon we boarded the first train of our journey and made our way to the prairie metropolis of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This city is the largest in Manitoba and a major economical, cultural, and commercial center in Canada. The name comes from the Cree First Nations word “Wi-Nipe-K” which means muddy waters and this aludes to the …

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Exploring the Outdoors and Wildlife of Southern Africa

Have you ever dreamed of exploring the wilds of Africa? We hope you enjoy this exciting guest post from Dave of Dave’s Travel Corner about his experiences at a wildlife park in South Africa and the beautiful photographs of the animals that he saw while he was there. If you would like be our next featured guest writer, click here.

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Slow Travel: Why We Are Hibernating in Newfoundland

Lee and I just finished backpacking across Canada from the West Coast to the East Coast, and it was a thrilling three months filled with adventures, new friends, and never-before-seen sights. We made it all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland and this is where we have decided to stay for the winter. Newfoundland is a truly gorgeous place, but …

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