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Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

June, 2018

  • 19 June

    How to Get to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) Georgia from Tbilisi

    The small town of Stepantsminda in the Kazbegi region of Georgia is one of those places that makes you feel like you have stepped into a postcard. The imposing jagged peaks all around you don’t even look real – they surround the village on all sides and are so tall that their tops are dusted with snow and crowned with …

  • 11 June

    Things That Have Changed Since We Started Traveling A Decade Ago

    When Lee and I met we joked that instead of a “Gap Year” we wanted to take a “Gap Decade.” That’s exactly what we did. September 2008 was my first solo travel experience, which led to a working holiday in New Zealand, which led to meeting Lee, which led to becoming a “digital nomad” freelance writer, starting this blog and …

  • 3 June

    Why We Don’t Have Ads or Sponsored Posts on Global Goose

    Something is missing from our website. Have you noticed? When you load the homepage, there are no ads in the sidebar anymore. There is no pop-up requesting your email (we never had one anyway). There is no box that fills your screen, requesting for you to like us on Facebook. When you look around, you also won’t find any more …

May, 2018

  • 23 May

    Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas for Australians?

    If you are a young Aussie keen to work abroad, there are many working holiday visas for Australians to choose from. A working holiday visa is a great way to travel long term. It allows you to live in another country for 12-24 months and permits you to take up employment while you are there. Each visa has its own …

  • 10 May

    Slow Down – Don’t Squeeze Too Much Into Your Travels

    In a hostel in Quito, Ecuador I met a friendly young Canadian traveller on his first big backpacking trip. He had a typed itinerary containing all of his travel notes and ideas for where he wanted to go. He excitedly listed all of the countries he wanted to cover – Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil – pretty …

April, 2018

  • 28 April

    What Are Capsule Hotels Like? We Stayed in One in the Kuala Lumpur Airport

    Our two hour layover was changed into an 11 hour layover and there was really not much we could do about it. (Thanks, AirAsia!) So, we made the most of it by paying to sleep in a little box. We were flying from Melbourne, Australia to Medan, Indonesia with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. I’m really not sure why the …

  • 21 April

    Things To Know Before You Visit Vashlovani National Park, Georgia

    Vashlovani National Park is a wild and remote area of eastern Georgia (the country, not the state), known for its unique badlands, sharp cliffs and abundant wildlife. The name Vashlovani comes from the Georgian word for apple trees and it refers to the many fruit and pistachio trees that make the landscape feel like a vast, wild orchard. The park …

  • 17 April

    10 Smart Tips to Avoid Travel Scams

    “I want to go travelling, but I’m afraid of getting robbed or scammed in another country.” Travelling the world is an amazing adventure, but the truth is that there is an element of risk involved. Although most people you meet will be pleasant, no matter where you go there is always a chance that someone there will be dishonest in …

  • 5 April

    Digital Nomads are SO Tired of Hearing This Question

    Our lifestyle is pretty unconventional and as a result we get some strange and sometimes funny reactions from people we meet along the way. For most people, job and travel are completely separate. They work at a full time job to save up money, then they go on a vacation or a longer term travel adventure and focus on having …

March, 2018

  • 28 March

    Reasons to Visit Georgia (The Country) in the Winter

    There are a lot of reasons to come to Georgia – the gorgeous Caucasus mountains, the friendly people, the delicious food, the fascinating 8,000 year old wine culture, the unique architecture, the history and much more. Lee and I have been living in Tbilisi, the capital, since September and we have simply fallen in love with it here. I highly …

  • 19 March

    Snarky Signs and Other Mistakes Hostels Make

    Opening a hostel seems easy, right? You just put a bunch of bunk beds in a room, some bean bags and a TV in a common room and start charging backpackers for their stay. Well, no. Hostel management is a little bit more complicated than that. As a full time traveler for the last 8 years I’ve stayed in many …

  • 7 March

    7 Tips for Night Markets in Southeast Asia

    Night markets in Southeast Asia are a feast for the senses. 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 jewelry, pirated DVDs, souvenir t-shirts, charm bracelets, key chains and brightly patterned sarongs. You are sipping on a cold freshly squeezed papaya and banana …

  • 3 March

    5 Real Travel Scams We’ve Encountered – And How You Can Avoid Them

    Travel scams are awful. The people who perpetuate them take advantage of the ignorance of tourists who really don’t know enough about how things work in the destination to be aware of when something is fishy. Scammers play upon this innocence, taking advantage of the trust of inexperienced travelers. When you are taken advantage of in this way, not only …

February, 2018

  • 21 February

    Top 18 Things to Do in London in 2018

    Heading to London this year? When you arrive in the UK capital there are a few things you’ll notice. First of all, it will likely be rainy (unless you are lucky enough to get one of those rare sunny summer days). Secondly, the architecture is old and gorgeous and the city is steeped in history – you’re likely to stumble …

  • 17 February

    5 Gorgeous Film Locations You Can Travel To

    I think travel should be about seeking out whatever geeky thing you are interested in and finding stuff that delights you around the world. After all, it’s your trip! That’s why I’m totally in support of travelling to film locations. It’s really interesting to be able to see a place in real life that you had only previously seen in …

  • 12 February

    The 15 Mistakes First-Time Travelers Often Make

    Are you worried that when you go traveling for the first time you will have no idea what you are doing and you will do it all wrong? Don’t stress out too much about it. I felt the same way when I started traveling. It’s totally normal. After all, as I often mention on this blog, travel is not something …

  • 7 February

    How Hostels Work and How You Can Be a Good Guest

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    Are you planning to travel the world on a budget, but you aren’t sure how hostels work? If you have never stayed in a hostel before you probably have no idea what to expect from this type of accommodation. The cheaper price might appeal to you, but you have some questions about how it all works – is it totally …

  • 3 February

    Due An Avalanche Warning We Ended Up in Gudauri, Georgia (And Loved It!)

    Visiting the ski resort town of Gudauri, Georgia had not been our original plan. We had booked a getaway in Stepantsminda, a village one hour further into the mountains. Our plans were to rest for a few days while surrounded by the snowy peaks and perhaps take a trip up to the 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church – perched high …

January, 2018

  • 6 January

    25 Interesting Things to Do in Tbilisi, Georgia

    There is a lot to enjoy in the Georgian capital and it is all quite affordable for budget travelers. Looking for things to do in Tbilisi? The capital city of Georgia is a bit of a hot commodity at the moment and it was listed as one of Vogue’s 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017. Why is everyone so excited …

December, 2017

  • 28 December

    6 Good Habits Every Traveler Should Develop

    Like driving a car or playing the piano, travelling well is a skill you learn with practice. On your first trip, you can guarantee you will do things wrong. I made a ton of mistakes when I planned my first trip abroad. Don’t worry too much about it, no one gets it right the first time. Your stupid mistakes will …