Author archives: guest

5 Things You Learn When Traveling Alone

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I was 15 years old when I had my first solo travel experience. I was going to Turkey to stay with my aunt, uncle and cousins for a month. Although I wasn't going to be living with strangers this would be a totally new experience for me. I spoke a bit of Turkish, and had previously visited my family with my parents, but I still had infinite doubts a[...]

The Truth about Travelling with Your Dog

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Whenever I get the opportunity to travel I am the first to sign up, but my friends and family are not always available to take a break from reality with me. I traveled alone a couple of times and it was fun, but there was usually a point when I felt lonely, missing friends, family and my dog. I decided I wasn’t going to keep missing what I could bring with m[...]

48 Hours in Shanghai

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Shanghai was initially added haphazardly onto my Asia touring itinerary because I had a stopover there anyway. I figured why not extend that layover from a couple of hours at the airport to a couple of days in the bustling city! 48 hours was certainly a good amount of time for me, but of course only allowed me to scratch the surface of all the city has to of[...]

The Mayan Experience: Life at Lake Atitlan

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Some time ago, I spent a year living in a beautiful place called Lake Atitlan, located in Guatemala. During this time I was lucky to find a dear friend, Petronela, and she invited me to her home in the hills of Santa Catarina, one of the 13 communities surrounding the lake. She worked in a hat and a weaving shop while her older sister and mother were artisan[...]

How to Pack Like a Minimalist

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Getting my bearings on the European backpacking circuit didn’t teach me much about travel fashion. The purple 70 liter behemoth on my back was packed in preparation for nights on train station floors. Day dreams of functionality saw a bulky rain coat, yoga pants and wrinkly t-shirts in my wardrobe that ended up being a hefty sum of nothing I wanted to wear. [...]

Meet the Introvert Who Travels

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You know those posts about introverts you can find online? They say stuff like introverts are uncomfortable at parties, they only have one or two friends, they prefer to spend all their time indoors like hermits and they enjoy studying the world from a distance. I used to read these posts and could relate to every single one of them, or at least so I thought[...]

10 Places in Bosnia & Herzegovina that Will Steal Your Heart

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Bosnia and Herzegovina will always be home to me, even though I have called Sydney, Australia “home” for most of my life. I was just four years old when I became a refugee, leaving everything but a few belongings behind, and escaping the war with my family. As I grew older, I wanted to find out more about where I was from. In 2013, my mum and I went back hom[...]

Camping with Elephants in Zimbabwe

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Think You Know Animals? I like to think that I know African animals. I grew up in Zimbabwe and I often visited areas that were teeming with elephants, giraffe, zebra and more. I can tell you fifteen ways that leopards differ to cheetahs, apart from the fact that their spots are different. I know the sound impalas make during mating season. I know what a g[...]

7 Assumptions About Hostels You Should Forget

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So you've already decided you want to travel on a budget. Maybe it's more like 'need' than 'want', but hey... Whatever the case may be, by now you know you've looked at hundreds of hotels and Airbnb listings, but all you can afford is the dodgy 1 star hotel an hour outside the city. You think 'there must be another way,' as your mind starts to wander into ho[...]