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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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