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I’m sitting at the Emirates lounge in Bangkok with a plane home to catch in an hour. The only good thing about this scenario is that I can drown my sorrow in the bottom of a bottomless champagne glass. And the fact that there is fast wi-fi so I can plan my next adventures. Other than that I am absolutely miserable due to the fact that yesterday I was swimming …

[ Written by Annika | 15 Apr 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

Ahhh the notorious night buses of Asia. You may be familiar with the many horror stories that filter down through backpackers of how awful, traumatic and dangerous they can be, but I’m here to tell ya that they can be fun! Well, perhaps I should say that they can be entertaining, confusing, bewildering, adrenaline pumping and bonding. If that’s what you’d class as fun then you might not mind taking …

[ Written by Sophie | 13 Apr 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

Billowing white clouds rise up towards the sky, and the drizzling rain only adds to the eerie feeling I get. I’m in Beppu, on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The steam, too light to be seen as smoke, looks completely different to anything I have ever seen before. The Kanazawa Jigokus are volcanic hot springs where you can gaze at the bubbling, frothing volcanic water rise into the sky. Bear in mind, these …

[ Written by guest | 11 Apr 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

I knew little about Tel Aviv when I touched down at the airport of Israel’s seaside getaway. Four days lay ahead of me and I quickly came to realize this was nowhere near enough time to explore the city fully. But with a few good tips from friends and early mornings I did well and good a great first impression. Here are seven things you should do in Tel Aviv …

[ Written by guest | 9 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

“I’m cooking,” my friend Julia declares and tries to cool herself with a self-made banana leaf fan. “You are boiling, not cooking,” Jatoo, our guide, corrects her. His English is not only excellent, he is also a very brave man; I wouldn’t have quibbled with her over semantics in the state we are all in. We are well into the third day of hiking in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai …

[ Written by Annika | 8 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Ask most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug the age-old question, “Where to next?” and they’ll probably have a confident reply ready. Unless they haven’t sealed the deal and booked the ticket quite yet, in which case the answer could be an extensive bucket list – one which, like a daily to-do list, keeps chopping and changing as our priorities shift through the evolving cycle of this funny …

[ Written by Alex | 7 Mar 2015 | 22 Comments | ]

While preparing my big trip to South East Asia, I was looking for something different to do than the classical route through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. When someone asked me ‘Why not try the Philippines!?’, I got curious. With direct flights to Manila from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Australia, and even budget airlines flying there, the Philippines are within easy reach. Long story short, as soon as my plane …

[ Written by guest | 28 Feb 2015 | 19 Comments | ]

You have probably heard and read it a million times: volunteering abroad (be it short or long-term) is an ultimately rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It sounds like a cliché, right? There is the truth to it though, and I’m happy to repeat it for the million+1st time – volunteering really is amazing.
When planning our travels we often get absorbed in what we want to do and see. Quickly, it’s all about …

[ Written by guest | 24 Feb 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

Vietnam is a country that had forever been on my hit list. It had enticed me over with promises of delicious Pho noodle soup, silken tailoring and epic landmarks, such as, Halong Bay. After studying the Vietnam War, I knew it had a harrowing history that was both deep and tragic, but when I finally stepped off the plane, I was quickly immersed in Vietnam’s beautiful culture that still retained …

[ Written by Sophie | 17 Feb 2015 | 11 Comments | ]

While Borneo isn’t wild with a buzzing backpacker scene or filled with travelling party animals, it is a welcome treat of getting back to nature and witnessing things that you’ve only seen in National Geographic. Borneo and its 140 million year old rainforest definitely knocks you on the head and shouts, “Wake up! This is nature at its finest!”, whilst simultaneously lulling you into a fascinated stupor.

I covered some reasons …

[ Written by Sophie | 7 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]
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