Oceania

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[...]

10 Instagrammers That Will Make You Want To Go To Australia

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Whether you're heading to Australia soon and still need some travel inspiration, or you're just keen on curating a perfectly sunny Instagram feed that will make you feel like you're on holiday whenever you have a look at your phone, checking for #australia is always a good idea. I think we've established that Instagram is our go-to vacation inspiration tool [...]

Australian Motorcycle Diaries: Two Road Trips in Queensland

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Due to some very strict traffic laws – especially for motorcycles and bikers - the one thing that Queensland is not very well known for is on-road motorcycle tours. The truth is though, that with miles and miles and MILES of beautiful roads winding along the coast, through lush rainforests, around mountains, and past some of the most beautiful places in the [...]

Glenorchy: The Off-the-Beaten-Track Gem of New Zealand

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Have you ever seen more than ten rainbows in one day? I have and I’m not even kidding! It was at Glenorchy, a 45-minute ride away from Queenstown at the head of Lake Wakatipu. I was there in the middle of September last year and the climate was so moody, going from rainy one minute to sunny the next, that rainbows graced my presence again and again that day.[...]