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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.

July, 2017

  • 11 July

    16 Delightful Free Things To Do in Edinburgh

    Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

    I fell in love with Edinburgh the first time I visited – which is why I will soon be returning back again for my 4th time. Wandering down the narrow cobblestone alleys of the city feels like squeezing through the aisles of an old bookshop and the stately Georgian and medieval buildings tell countless stories of Scottish history. When you …

  • 6 July

    10 Things to Know Before You Go to Cancun

    Heading to this Yucatan Peninsula hotspot? Here are a few essential things you should know before you go to Cancun. 1. Yes, Cancun has Culture Cancun is known as the Vegas of Mexico – a non-stop high energy destination that is all about nightlife, beaches and all-inclusive resorts. However, that’s not all that Cancun has to offer. There is also …

  • 2 July

    The Ultimate Backpacker Visa Guide to Central America

    Climbing the crumbling steps of Mayan ruins in the Mexican sunshine while tropical birds squawk in the treetops. Sinking your toes into the sugary sand of a beach in Belize. Swaying slowly in a hammock in a hostel in the Guatemalan jungle. Surfing on a black sand volcanic beach in a sleepy seaside town in Nicaragua. Watching monkeys swing through …

June, 2017

  • 26 June

    18 Fun and Quirky Things to Do in Tokyo

    Westerners often find Japanese culture a little strange – in a good way. It’s different and intriguing, which is what makes it so much fun to explore. When you visit Tokyo, dive straight into the weirdness and embrace it and you’ll have an exciting and memorable trip. You’ll never struggle to find something to do, whether strange or relatively ordinary. Tokyo …

May, 2017

  • 22 May

    Do I Need to Have a Job Before I Get a Working Holiday Visa?

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    Here’s the answer to one of the most common questions I get asked: “Do I need to have a job before I get a working holiday visa?” We have written a lot about Working Holiday Visas on this site and why they are such a great way for young people to travel for longer periods of time. Working Holiday Visas …

  • 18 May

    22 Amazing Attractions Not to Miss in New Zealand

    attractions not to miss in New Zealand

    New Zealand is one of my favourite countries in the world (not just because it’s where I fell in love with Lee). The Land of the Long White Cloud is just so much fun to explore. The range of different landscapes packed into this small island (from bubbling geothermal pools to rolling green vineyards to ancient rainforests to glaciers) is …

  • 16 May

    13 Things to Know Before You Go to Bukit Lawang, Indonesia

    Go to Bukit Lawang

    Bukit Lawang is a small village in Northern Sumatra, a popular destination for travellers who want to immerse themselves in the wild green jungle. The separation between jungle and village is blurry here – monkeys run across the roofs of the houses and you can hear the cicadas droning on at night. This is a peaceful and laid back place, …

  • 3 May

    7 Things to Know Before You Travel to Canada

    Planning a trip to the Land of Snow and Maple Syrup? Here are a few things you should know before you travel to Canada. The Distances Are Enormous Don’t assume that you are going to be able to cover most of Canada during a short visit. It’s a huge country and getting from one city to the next involves travelling …

  • 2 May

    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 …

April, 2017

  • 27 April

    10 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling the East Coast of Australia

    Chilled out surf towns. Gorgeous beaches. Coral reefs teeming with sea life. Lush wilderness. Great nightlife. Traveling the East Coast of Australia is the ultimate backpacking adventure. When you travel down the East Coast you will be able to hit some of Australia’s best destinations, including Cairns, Byron Bay, the Whitsundays, Magnetic Island and much more. Each town and city …

  • 21 April

    7 Spectacular Spots in Ireland Travel Bloggers Recommend

    If you are traveling to Ireland and you have the time, I highly recommend you go beyond the capital city and see what else the country has to offer. There are so many other beautiful places to go in Ireland besides Dublin. I’ve got nothing against Dublin, it’s a very cool city with lots of culture, a great nightlife and …

  • 11 April

    A Guide for Canadians Who Want to Travel the World

    I was 21 years old when I left North America for the first time, on a plane headed from Vancouver to Paris. I didn’t know what would happen – I just knew I wanted to travel the world. My only experiences outside of Canada prior to that had been weekend trips to Seattle and a vacation in Disneyland, California when …

March, 2017

  • 29 March

    $150 Will Get You Anywhere in Canada This Summer (If You’re Under 25)

    If you have ever wanted to explore Canada – this summer you’ll have the perfect chance. Via Rail is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by offering an insanely cheap deal. For the entire month of July, you’ll get unlimited travel in Canada for $150. Yes, that’s $150 to make it across the second largest country in the world. (The only catch …

  • 25 March

    Guilt, Greed, Lust, Fear and Ignorance: How Travel Scams Prey on Our Weaknesses

    No matter where you go in the world, there is always a chance that you will run into an unscrupulous person who aims to take advantage of you and scam you out of your money. As I wrote in this post, it’s important to research the common scams in advance so that you are aware of them and can spot …

  • 17 March

    How to Keep up With Your Hobbies During Long Term Travel – And Why You Should

    When you are a long term traveller or digital nomad there are a few things you should leave behind when you hit the road – but your hobby isn’t one of them. Keeping up with your hobbies and interests during long term travel is important and it will make you a happier nomad. By pursuing what you enjoy and making …

  • 11 March

    Outback Dreaming: Three Days in the Red Centre Australia

    The sensation of a plane taking off is one of my favourite things in the world. It is a physical rush, like the plunge of a roller coaster. When the plane leaves the ground and I get those few seconds of weightlessness my body tingles in anticipation. I know something good is coming. Bright morning sunshine pours through the airplane …

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 …

  • 14 February

    I Gave Travel Clothes a Try – Here’s What I Thought

    Update Feb 2018: When I wrote this post a year ago I was quite happy with the travel pants from anatomie. However, within 6 months of owning them I had to throw both pairs away. The belt loops on the grey, flared pants broke and on the black skinny pants the seams along the crotch and inner thigh fell apart. …

  • 11 February

    25 Amazing Cheap Travel Destinations Under $25 Per Night

    You’d be surprised at the number of cheap travel destinations around the world where you can stay for less than $25 USD per night. If you are travelling in Europe or North America $25 USD per night wouldn’t even cover the worst room in a ramshackle motel on the side of an unsightly and depressing highway, or a dorm bed …

  • 4 February

    Five Yummy Things to Do in the Yarra Valley

    A lush, cool valley just outside of Melbourne, Australia, the Yarra Valley is is the perfect day trip escape from the city. Not only does it have gorgeous forests, a roaring river, a natural park and plenty of wildlife, it also offers plenty to indulge in with more than 80 different wineries, cheese and chocolate producers, restaurants and much more. …

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