Oceania

Top 5 croc/stinger/shark free dream swims in Queensland, Australia

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What's the point of going to Australia if you can’t swim in the sea? I’m sure many of us have asked ourselves that question when heading over to Queensland with the Great Barrier Reef in the north and Brisbane in the south in the middle of stinger season. Deadly jellyfish love the warm summer water in the ocean, and from October to May (just when those of us[...]

How moving abroad has changed my life for the better

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More than a year ago, I left my safe space in my hometown of Copenhagen in Denmark and moved abroad to take a masters in journalism and communication in Sydney, Australia. It was by far the biggest decision of my life - and also the most terrifying! I clearly remember the strange feeling in my body at the airport before I jumped on the flight to Sydney. I w[...]

A Love Letter to Sydney, Australia

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Dear Sydney, I fell in love with you as it happens in the books: slowly at the beginning.. and then suddenly all at once. I met you when I could not find myself anymore, but from the very first step I took on your ground I felt like you knew me since I was born. You welcomed me on a windy and warm December night, and gently let me walk through your[...]

10 things I learned when I solo cycled around New Zealand

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When I graduated from university in August 2015, I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career. What I did know was that I needed to escape. That I needed to travel far, far away from the chaotic streets of London, where I had been living for the past four years, to somewhere wild and exotic, mountainous and rugged. I chose New Zealand, because it was my mum[...]

A Kingdom for a Whale - A Travel Story from Tonga

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I want to see a whale. More than that - I want to swim with a whale. That was my one and only reason to travel to Tonga, an island state in the South Pacific that is one of the few places worldwide where it is possible to do exactly that. And now I am standing on this boat in the middle of the ocean with nothing around me but water. I repeat, nothing. We [...]

5 Cool things to do in Wellington, New Zealand

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The charming capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its gorgeous picturesque views and mystical “Lord of the Rings” scenery; but not so many people know that it's also known as the world's “coolest little capital”. With a modest population of 204.000, the vibrant city offers a wide range of activities from outdoor experiences to luxury spa and well[...]

10 things you should know before a trip to Australia

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Even if you haven't been, you probably think that you've got a good idea of Australia. Whether it's prawns on the Barbie, "G'day mate", sun-bleached surfers or sun hats with dangling corks, everyone's pretty familiar with the Aussies. But these stereotypes don't really scratch the surface of what a natural beauty this country is, nor the depth of culture. [...]

How to Visit Tahiti on a Budget

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Four years ago, my best friends and I were planning our big trip around the South Pacific and of course we wanted to visit some of the beautiful islands. The only problem was that we were on a budget and we had heard that Tahiti was one of the most expensive islands on the planet. But surprise, surprise: we were wrong! The biggest expense we made that day wa[...]

What living in Sydney taught me about Freedom

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To my big surprise, cultural shock never hit me when I moved to Australia. Back in 2013, at the age of 28 I had the opportunity to move temporarily from my home country, Guatemala, to the cosmopolitan city of Sydney to study a master's degree for almost 2 years. Although I had traveled overseas by myself before, it was my first time actually living abroad. D[...]