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February, 2017

  • 21 February

    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 …

January, 2017

  • 31 January

    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 …

  • 13 January

    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 …

  • 5 January

    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 …

December, 2016

  • 17 December

    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 …

  • 7 December

    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 …

November, 2016

  • 26 November

    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 …

  • 20 November

    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. …

June, 2016

  • 23 June

    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 …

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 …

  • 28 May

    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 …

  • 18 May

    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 …

April, 2016

  • 8 April

    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 …

January, 2016

  • 22 January

    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 …

December, 2015

  • 10 December

    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, …

June, 2015

  • 18 June

    São Paulo’s 4 Best Parks – Green Escapes in a Concrete Jungle

    São Paulo, Brazil, is an enormous sprawling city, and it is usually associated with endless expanses of grey concrete. While the city offers a wealth of dining options, culture, museums, and galleries, sometimes you need a break from the urban environment to sit on the green grass and breathe the fresh air. Luckily, huge portions of the city are also …

April, 2015

  • 29 April

    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 …

  • 28 April

    I Was Followed By a Creep on the Paris Metro – Here’s What I Learned

    My first mistake was bringing enormous wheeled luggage that was far too heavy. It was my first travel experience and I really had no idea what I was doing, so I was struggling to lift my suitcase up and down the steps of the Paris Metro on my way to catch a bus to Amsterdam. A guy came over and …

March, 2015

  • 18 March

    Spotting Sea Lions in Salinas, Ecuador

    It was hard to see it at first – its mottled brown fur blended in with the wet rocks along the shore – but I squealed with excitement when I spotted it. It was a big, fat sea lion, lazily sprawled on the rocks only a few metres from the pier Lee and I were standing on. It rolled slowly …

February, 2015

  • 13 February

    Chasing Waterfalls – Abseiling down the Rio Blanco in Baños, Ecuador

    Strapped in from head to toe in a wet suit, hip harness and countless carabiners, I was attached to a rope suspending me above a roaring waterfall in the rainforest just outside Baños, Ecuador. The Go Pro camera stuck to the helmet of our tour guide was focused on me and I could hear the faint noise of everyone cheering …

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