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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 …

  • 6 February

    Istanbul Was Wonderful (Despite the Tear Gas)

    I woke up on the top bunk of our hostel in Istanbul with a strange slight burning sensation in my eyes and nose. I didn’t think too much of it as I climbed off the bed and took my laptop into the common room to get to work on some writing. But as I left the bedroom the burning sensation …

January, 2015

  • 31 January

    #JustOneRhino – Save These Amazing Creatures and Win Some Pretty Sweet Travel Prizes Too

    Some of my most memorable travel experiences have been the moments when we have had up close encounters with animals in the wild. The time in Borneo when some curious wild bearded piglets came to sniff us out. The amazing afternoon of swimming with dolphins in the wild at Pipa Beach in Brazil. The other time in Sri Lanka when …

  • 19 January

    Why I Prefer British Pubs to North American Ones

    As a Canadian who has lived abroad in the UK and traveled throughout Canada and the USA, I have had plenty of experiences in both British and North American drinking establishments. I have come to the (perhaps controversial) conclusion that when it comes to pubs, the United Kingdom does it better. Here are a few of the reasons why I …

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 …

  • 17 September

    Little Things That Make a Hostel Go From Okay to Fantastic

    I have spent a significant chunk of my adult life staying in hostels. While travelling through New Zealand, Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and South America over the last five years I have probably stayed in more than a hundred different hostels. Most of them were average and forgettable, some of them were wonderful and others were so bad that …

  • 8 September

    Why Malta is a Must-See Destination for Everyone

    Before I first visited it by chance, nearly ten years ago, I knew little about Malta.  At the time all I was after was a bit of winter sun on a budget and Malta fitted the bill.  Malta certainly has plenty of winter and summer sun (the average yearly temperature is around 23 °C), but as I soon discovered, this tiny …

July, 2014

  • 26 July

    Exploring the Caves of Semuc Champey, Guatemala

    I have travelled the length of Latin America from Uruguay to Mexico and of all the adventures I had, Semuc Champey in the dense forests of Guatemala was my favourite trip. Forged into grounds of exceptional natural beauty, a day trip to the former Maya baths provide adventure, fun and relaxation. The journey to the Kan’ Ba caves is rough. …

  • 23 July

    Pelourinho in Salvador: The Crumbling Quaintness of Colonial Brazil

    The third-largest city in Brazil, Salvador was the first colonial capital of the country and, being founded by the Portuguese in 1549, is also one of the oldest colonised cities in the New World. At the heart of this antiquated city lies the Historic Centre, better known as Pelourinho, or just Pelô to the locals. The etymology of the name …

February, 2014

  • 21 February

    5 Years of Travel in 100 Photos

    Lee and I have spent most of our time travelling and working abroad since we met in New Zealand in 2009. When we met, we were backpackers with Working Holiday Visas, taking whatever jobs we could find to keep our travels going. These days, we have established an online income via writing and travel blogging, which allows us a lifestyle …

January, 2014

  • 10 January

    Man Survives Plane Crash, Then Takes The Ultimate Selfie…

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    I’m not sure I would have the presence of mind to take a photo like this if my plane had just come down. Ferdinand Puentes recorded the aftermath of his plane crashing on its way to Honolulu, Hawaii last month. The plane went down after its engine lost power.

  • 3 January

    Down Into Colca Canyon – Our Long Descent From Desert to Oasis

    My calf muscles have ached for three days and walking down stairs is so slow and painful it’s almost comical. Why? Because a few days ago we decided to hike down the steep slope into Colca Canyon here in Peru, a natural wonder more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. The descent caused me to …

  • 3 January

    Seven Tips for Night Markets in Southeast Asia

    The chatter of the crowd and the smell of sizzling meat fills the air as you wander through a row of stalls packed with silver jewellery, pirated DVDs, souvenir t-shirts, charm bracelets, key chains and brightly patterned sarongs. You are sipping on a cold freshly squeezed papaya and banana smoothie as you spot the perfect pair of sandals for less …

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 …

September, 2013

  • 9 September

    5 Tips for Finding a Job Abroad

    Are you dreaming of finding a job abroad and moving to a different country for a while? Working abroad can be a truly life changing experience. It will give you a chance to experience another culture and to learn about what life is like in a different country. You will meet new people, experience new things and open your mind. …

August, 2013

  • 13 August

    Our Elephant Encounter in Laos

    While we were in Southeast Asia, one of the experiences that Lee and I really wanted to have was to ride an elephant. I’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to sit atop one of these enormous beasts as it clomps through the jungle. We got to check this travel wish off our lists for the first …

May, 2013

  • 27 May

    Plastic Tables and 25 Cent Beer – A Uniquely Vietnamese Drinking Experience

    Going out for a beer in Hanoi or Saigon is an experience unlike no other. First, you have to gather your nerves and walk confidently through the never ending heavy stream of motorbikes flowing through the crowded streets. (Don’t worry, if you move with purpose they will flow around you like a river rushing past a rock.) Then, you must …

  • 11 May

    Cruising in Halong Bay, Vietnam

    While attempting to write this post about our cruise in Halong Bay I have struggled somewhat, as the writer in me wants to be able to express the beauty of this strange and ethereal landscape in words. However, to truly understand how gorgeous this place is you have to see it, so I hope that the photos that we took …

March, 2013

  • 10 March

    Tubing In Vang Vieng, Laos and the Dangers of Traveller Stupidity

    Floating down the river with the sun shining and beautiful mountains passing you by. Tubing in Vang Vieng is every bit as wonderful as it sounds. You drift along at a lazy pace, past lush forests, herds of cattle and young boys spearfishing near the banks. The Mekong River meanders slowly, giving you plenty of time to gaze up at …

January, 2013

  • 29 January

    A Very Quick Guide to Malaysia

    This very quick guide is a condensed introduction to Malaysia. We have listed basic information and quick tips to help you understand the costs and practicalities of travelling around this diverse land. Visa In our experience getting into Malaysia could not be easier. Most countries are visa exempt and get an entry stamp on arrival at no cost. Nationalities will …

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