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Best Travel Products 2017

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I have been traveling since 2009 and over the years products have been released that make my life on the road that little bit easier. Every single year a new travel product comes out that I get excited about. As we travel pretty much full time I am always on the lookout for new gadgets or products. Here are a …

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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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8 Times We Have Made Fools of Ourselves While Travelling

When you travel the world, anything can happen. Sometimes you’ll have incredible moments, like when I was surrounded by wild sea turtles while swimming in Sri Lanka, when we spotted wild koalas while hiking on Magnetic Island, Australia or when we watched the sunrise over the salt flats in Bolivia while soaking in a geothermal pool. However, sometimes you have …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Not to Introduce People To Local Cuisine

I was in a hostel in Cordoba, Argentina – a chilled out place with a pretty casual vibe. I was in the lounge working on some travel writing work when one of the staff approached me. Talkative and enthusiastic, he was from the USA but had fully embraced his Argentinian roots. He started the conversation with the eagerness of a …

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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 …

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Exploring the Temples of Bagan, Myanmar by Bicycle

My thigh muscles ached as I pushed the pedals of my bicycle slowly, the tires crunching along the dirt road. Sweat poured down my forehead and collected at my chin, dripping off my face in fat drops. My t-shirt was soaked through between my backpack and my lower back, sweat pooling at the base of my spine. The long road …

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One Day in Mandalay

The second largest city in Myanmar, Mandalay was the last location of the royal capital before the country was under British rule. Throughout the colonial period it was the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. When Burma gained independence from Britain in 1948 the city remained the main cultural and economic centrepoint of the country. Some tourists skip right …

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Pick Pocketed in Central America

When we talk with people about our travelling lifestyle, the same questions seem to come up a lot. What’s your favorite place? Where haven’t you been? Where did you hate? Where did you guys meet? Another one that we get asked a lot is: “Have you ever been robbed?” The answer is yes. I know why people ask, it’s a …

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Product Review – Bellroy Travel Wallet

Until recently I had been travelling around the world with the same wallet I have had since I was 14 years old. When I got my paycheque from my first job I felt flush with money, so I treated myself to the Adidas wallet. The funny thing was, since I had spent all of my cash on the wallet itself …

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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, …

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The Angry American in Belgrade

When you expect everything in a foreign country to be like it is back home, it’s easy to think that people from other cultures are useless, stupid or ignorant when they don’t behave the way you want them to. Over the years I’ve learned that having that attitude is pointless and it only makes traveling not fun. The story of …

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