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November, 2015

  • 25 November

    Taking the Leap: My Life as a Digital Nomad

    I was definitely one of those people. When I graduated from high school I told myself that I was going to start traveling. Every year since then, even through college, I told myself the same thing, but there was always an excuse about why I couldn’t. I always knew that I wasn’t going to live a traditional life; I just …

June, 2015

  • 29 June

    A Complete Guide to Visas in Southeast Asia

    One of the most stressful things for many people when planning a big trip is working out which countries require a visa, which don’t, how much they cost, where to apply, when to apply and a million other visa related questions. I will try, as best I can, to answer these questions in this blog post but as visa requirements …

  • 23 June

    How Canadians Can Get a Working Holiday Visa for Ireland

    Whether you are in search of rich culture, unparalleled historical marvels, some of the best beer in the world, or mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes, the Republic of Ireland is one country that is undoubtedly somewhere on your top 10 list. With a truly remarkable landscape and national legends and lore shrouded in mysticism, there is just no …

May, 2015

  • 27 May

    Weird and Wonderful Things to Do in Chicago

    Most people who visit Chicago will see some of the most popular attractions, such as the Hancock Observatory, the Sears Tower Skydeck, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier, and Lincoln Park Zoo. But what if this is not your first visit and you have already seen the main attractions? What if you want to delve deeper into the strange and unique attractions …

February, 2015

  • 27 February

    Exploring The Great Outside – Cultus Lake

    As I sat on one of the benches looking out over the water, listening to the wakes of boats and jet skis breaking over the pebbles on the beach, I suddenly had to catch my breath. I’ve spent the better part of my life in this area, been to this exact spot a hundred times, and for the first time …

  • 13 February

    Cheese and Wine on the Grass — The Best Places to Picnic in Paris

    Paris is a perfect city for picnics. When the warmth of springtime comes around, Parisians and tourists alike will flop down on the grass of their favorite parks and enjoy lengthy feasts of baguettes, cheese, olives, and wine while chatting and admiring the views. This city has so many lovely spots in this city for al fresco dining, as well …

December, 2014

  • 31 December

    How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

    With my family living in Australia and my chosen home being London, I’m a bit of an expert in long-haul travel. It takes about twenty four hours to get from London to Melbourne, which doesn’t sound a lot, but that’s twenty four hours sitting on a plane. Of course the easy way to do it would be to fly business …

November, 2014

  • 1 November

    Yummy Vietnamese Street Food You Should Eat on Your Travels

    There’s no better way to get a real taste of Asia, Vietnam in particular, than by hitting the streets for some of the country’s best foods. Whether you’re in the country for the weekend, an entire month or longer, one of best experiences to complete your getaway is a taste of Vietnam’s popular street foods. Some of these dishes have …

  • 1 November

    6 Practical Tips For Hostel Cooking

    As budget travellers, I like to think that we can stretch our hard-earned dollars as far as possible to make our trips last longer. If any luxuries can be cut from our costs, they’ll be unceremoniously disposed of and left for the not-so-frugal people to enjoy. Cooking our own meals is the number one way we cut costs. Why spend …

October, 2014

  • 8 October

    Discovering the Delights of Derry

      Whether you call this place Derry or Londonderry (and it depends a bit who you’re speaking with as to which name you use), “the maiden city” and its surrounding coastline is a fascinating part of the world. Derry is the original name for the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, the name is derived from the Irish word for “oak …

  • 7 October

    A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing at Val D’Isere

    I grew up on a small farm in rural Australia. We were a long way from anything that looked like snow. It wasn’t until I was in Europe and a group of friends was organising a skiing holiday that I really got excited about the prospect. I decided to learn how to ski. I really hate looking incompetent at anything, …

September, 2014

  • 19 September

    What Makes a Gay Friendly Destination?

    Travel operators are aways looking for opportunities to attract new customers and encourage repeat business. It is the basic principles of marketing – understand who your product will appeal to, look at how best you can appeal to them, and then find a way to let them know what you have to offer. One of the most attractive travel segments …

  • 18 September

    5 Ways to Avoid Freezing your Ass off During Winter in Russia

    “Isn’t it going to be really cold?” was the response we most commonly received after mentioning our plans to visit to Russia in winter. But Robert and I were insanely excited, and it entirely lived up to our expectations. Snowflakes landed on our shoulders as we waltzed through Red Square in the heart of Moscow, St Basil’s Cathedral looking unbelievably …

  • 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 …

August, 2014

  • 18 August

    Some Like it Hot – In Tropical Far North Queensland

    As I stepped off the plane at Cairns airport, I had Marilyn Monroe in my head. I’d flown to the north of Australia from Melbourne in the south. It was mid July and Melbourne (as nice as it is) is not the place to be in mid-July. Cold, grey, rainy – as the warm sun of Queensland hit my skin …

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 …

  • 21 July

    Three Essential Things to Know On Your First Visit to Japan

    Japan is a fascinating and exciting destination, but it is sometimes a place that people shy away from – it is quite different from most other countries, the language, the alphabet, the food, the customers, the people. I remember when I first landed in Tokyo and I was trying to find the hotel that I’d booked in the busy, nightlife …

  • 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 …

April, 2014

  • 8 April

    Exploring Croatia on a Budget – Insider Tips

    This guest post is brought to you by Frank and Vera from Frank About Croatia. They share their insider tips for making the most of your trip to this beautiful country on a small budget. I moved to Croatia from Canada almost ten years ago without really planning it. I haven’t even known much about Croatia prior to moving here. …