Author archives: guest

5 little ways to avoid the tourist treatment in Asia

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When traveling, we’re essentially walking targets. We tote around our cameras, our 15 gallon packs are loaded with endless amounts of gear, our physical features are different, and we may even strut around downtown in our workout clothes on a Friday night (guilty), making us relentlessly stick out like a sore thumb. Needless to say, as ramblin’ gypsies, the [...]

What travel takes and what it gives

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Travel takes a lot. It takes money, debit cards, planning, patience and time. Colombian pick pockets have taken my purse, Bali ATM’s have taken my banking information, India has taken my definition of personal space and shrunk it ten fold. New cities have stolen my heart, or a small piece of it, because there are just way too many cities I have left my heart[...]

18 things to do in Copenhagen on a budget

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Yes, you read it right, Copenhagen is doable on a budget! Anyone who has ever travelled to Scandinavia knows that it can be very expensive but unbeknownst to many tourists, there are a lot of awesome things that you can do for cheap - and for free. Summer is a glorious time to visit, as Copenhagen comes alive and teeming with many delightful sights and prosp[...]

A beginner's guide to Russia

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Matryoshkas, Vodka, Communism. If these are your first associations with Russia, think again. The world's largest country in terms of land area has far more to offer than that. So don't let yourself be intimidated by what you hear on the news. Don't fear the language barrier. Here's what you need to know when you think about travelling Russia for the first t[...]

How to Start Travelling After a Break Up

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A break up is the start of the rest of your life. It’s up to you what this ‘rest of your life’ will bring. My 5-year relationship ended over a year ago now and with a lot of soul-searching and hindsight I can see it was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Although there have been times in my journey where that’s definitely not seemed the case. In[...]

7 Scuba Diving Myths busted

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A year ago I decided that I needed a change. I’d tried very hard to conform to a conventional lifestyle but, like a square peg in a round hole, it just didn’t quite fit. So I decided to quit my job, sell my house and move to Honduras to train to be a scuba diving instructor. After months of deliberation, I booked my flights and slowly began to tell people my[...]

A beginners guide to Saint Lucia

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When I booked my flight to Saint Lucia, the only thing I knew about the island was its location: The Caribbean. In the weeks leading up to our trip I heard more and more about Saint Lucia: The Bachelorette was shot there, it’s a dream honeymoon destination, it is part of the Commonwealth. But nobody I knew had ever been and thus arriving at tiny Hewanorra Ai[...]

Through the Eyes of: Crystal Brindle

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New Zealand is beautiful - even if you haven't been there yet, we all know that much. Images of its mountains, coasts, country, and lakes saturate the internet and people rave about how clean, green, and natural everything looks. Although photos can't possibly do its beauty justice, many photographers try of course. As a New Zealander, I can say that Crystal[...]

The Sunday market in Bac Ha, Vietnam

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A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels - I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn't sure whether I would have good time there. But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town cha[...]