Personal Stories

10 Observations from a Brit in Australia

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It’s been four months now since I made the move from the UK to Melbourne. With native Australia having been invaded by the British in 1788 and us flooding over in the masses ever since, you may think that despite the huge distance between us both, the cultural differences would be minimal. To a certain extent you’d be totally right - it’s probably one of the[...]

Saudi Arabia- Is this the world’s newest, most controversial travel destination?

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“Cover your hair sister, you’re in Saudi Arabia now.” Something I became all too used to hearing on the streets of 2012 Riyadh. Only 6 years ago. But under the rule of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’, just maybe, Saudi Arabia is in with a legitimate chance of becoming a tourist destination. Probably quite the c[...]

A Traveler's New Year's Resolutions for 2019

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I am not one for bucket lists or New Year's resolutions. This is not because I can't keep them but because they often seem quite insignificant on the grand scheme of things or the timing is just off for me. While I like the clean cut that comes by the year changing and find that it gives me an emotional clean slate somehow, why wait for January 1st to make n[...]

No – Us Travellers Weren’t all ‘Born’ to Travel

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It’s a cliche I hear in the travelling world all the time. People who declare that they were born to travel. They were brought up strapped to their mothers back hiking mountains in Nepal, nay – practically squeezed out in the depths of the Amazon, midwifed by Yanomami village elders. Travelling to foreign lands is for some people all they’ve known gro[...]

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

Seize Your Adventure with Fran Turauskis

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A few weeks ago, I contributed to an episode of my favourite travel podcast She Explores. The episode was all about female solo adventures and I shared my thoughts on hiking solo across Scotland and what being alone in the outdoors does to my mind and body. The episode featured many inspiring women, who sought the outdoors and adventure - one of them was Fra[...]

The adventurer who travels the globe in a wheelchair

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I met Sylvia Longmire as most people meet today: on the internet. I was researching inspiring female travelers for a post about Instagram and what it has become. I wanted to feature women that were different for a lack of better word than the stereotypical traveler we so often see today: predominantly white, twenty-something and skinny. I set out to search f[...]

Why long-term backpacking sent me spiralling into depression

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Just because you’re on the other side of the world, it doesn’t mean you can’t be depressed. When I went traveling for the first time, I was excited to flee the country and immerse myself in new sights, sounds and experiences. Little did I know that traveling would plunge me into the depths of depression. Let me start by saying that I absolutely do not ta[...]

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