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December, 2016

  • 28 December

    How Travelling Makes the World Feel Bigger, Not Smaller

    The old saying states that travelling makes the world feel smaller. That makes sense. Travel shows us that we are not so different after all and highlights how connected we are. But travel also makes the world feel bigger. Exponentially. The more you see, the more you realize there is to see. Before I left Canada for the first time, I …

June, 2016

  • 15 June

    Don’t Take a “Gap Year”

    The more I think about the term “gap year” the more I don’t like it. I get the concept. You take a year “off”, either between studies, or after graduating before you go into the workforce. It’s just not the best way to describe a year of travelling the world. A gap is an empty space. It’s nothing. When you …

May, 2016

  • 30 May

    Does Voluntourism Warp How We See Other Countries?

    In a large, dark room in an orphanage in Vietnam, I sat beside a child who couldn’t have been older than 5. He appeared to have limited mobility in his legs, but he twisted his torso to look at the strangers in the room. His eyes were bright and he called to other children around him. I was a month …

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, …

August, 2015

  • 1 August

    My Least Favourite Travel Quote…And Why We Should Stop Sharing it.

    “The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page” What?!?!? I see this shared all over social media and I cringe every time I read it. This isn’t inspiration, this is gloating. gloat ɡlōt/ verb gerund or present participle: gloating contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure …

June, 2015

  • 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 …

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 …

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 …

July, 2014

  • 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 …

  • 5 July

    How TripAdvisor Changed The Travel Industry

    It is hard to remember a time before TripAdvisor. It was only in the year 2000 that it was established, but somehow, as the result of the impact of this web-based travel community, the world these days seems to be a different place. It is the travellers, the holiday-makers, the consumers that set the agenda. At its most basic, TripAdvisor …

February, 2014

  • 24 February

    The Five Ways that Adults Scare Young People Away from Travel

    Somewhere, right now, a young person in their 20s really wants to go travelling. However, you can be certain that there is at least one adult in their life who is trying to talk them out of it (maybe more). There are so many things that adults say that scare young people away from going travelling – which are simply …

January, 2014

November, 2013

  • 1 November

    Myths that Are Holding You Back From Travelling

    There is a lot of misinformation out there about travelling and unfortunately, it stops many people from following their dreams and seeing the world. Here are three of the biggest myths that are holding people back from travelling – and why they are simply not true. Travel is Expensive If you want to go on a luxury cruise or stay …

October, 2013

  • 28 October

    Tips for Talking About Your Travels Without Sounding Like a Show-Off

    If you have just returned from a massive travel adventure you are probably excited to tell your friends and family about all the amazing experiences you have just had. Whether you were volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia, working at a surfing school in Australia or teaching skiing in the mountains of Canada – you’ve probably had the time of …

  • 28 October

    Why Every Young Person Should Travel Solo At Least Once

    I can’t tell you how many people have told me that I am “so brave” for travelling on my own as a young woman in my early 20s. Many people I have spoken to have visibly shivered with fear when thinking about the idea of travelling to a foreign land alone. So many friends have told me that they would …

May, 2013

  • 20 May

    Why I Will Never Be Finished Travelling

    “So… when do you plan to finish travelling and settle down?” It is a question that we are often asked, by friends and family as well as by strangers who we explain our nomadic lifestyle to. Whenever this question comes up, I stumble over the answer because I really don’t know what to say. The truth is that we really …

January, 2013

  • 15 January

    5 Movies That Will Make You Afraid to Travel

    Can movies make you afraid to travel? Hollywood has a huge role in the general perception of travel and a massive influence on where people decide to go. New Zealand has benefited greatly by being shown off to millions of Lord of the Rings fans and Midnight In Paris (as well as the thousands of other movies about the City of Light) …

  • 3 January

    What Being Alone and Scared in a Paris Airport Taught Me About Solo Travel

    I was 21 years old and had just left North America for the first time to embark on the solo travel adventure I had been dreaming of for months. Jetlagged and nervous, I arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris expecting my French host to pick me up. When she didn’t show up, what happened next was one of …

December, 2012

  • 24 December

    2012 – A Year of Travel in Photos

    2012 is coming to an end and it’s time to look back on all of the experiences that we have had in the last 12 months. This has been our first full calendar year as digital nomads and during this year we have visited 8 very different countries. We started off the year amid 10 foot snow drifts and freezing …

  • 12 December

    Will I Be Lonely as a Solo Traveler?

    Are you dreaming of a travel adventure, but nervous about setting out on your own? I’ve heard many people tell me that they would love to travel, but they just don’t want to be out there all on their lonesome. Take it from me; the fear of loneliness is not a good reason to hold yourself back from your travel …

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