Oceania

The Travelettes Guide to Melbourne

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Melbourne is sometimes incredibly stressful, and I find myself getting anxious and on edge in my free time and days off from work. “But it’s so cultural!! You must be in love with the city!!”, I hear you Travelettes cry, and yes that is correct. However, there is so bloody much to see, do, eat, drink, explore and discover, that I constantly find myself writi[...]

The Australian Outback with 'Dumb Dawgs'

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'Dumb Dawgs in Darn' are a critically acclaimed series of photographs by Rowand Taylor, that document 16 mates from New South Wales, Australia, packing up and heading up to the outback Northern Territory to plant trees in University holidays. Now, I haven’t done any labouring in the serious hard-core outback of Australia, but the farming and fruit-picking[...]

Aussies speak Australian, NOT English

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When moving to Australia from England, the Australian accent and language didn’t even factor as a problem. We all speak the same language, right? It’s not like I’m moving to Spain or Italy where I would truly be isolated by my lack of foreign language. I was never a star pupil in my foreign language class at school so it made sense for me to move to a countr[...]

A Visa for Australia

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Visas. Sometimes they're easy to obtain, sometimes they're an enigma which need plenty of chasing, and sometimes they're not required and you can waltz straight off the plane without a care in the world! I'm pretty good with forward-planning and organisation as my Thailand visa was extended well before i packed my toothbrush, my Indonesian border-run was [...]

An ode to Christchurch

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A devastating  6.3 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's bustling city, Christchurch, on February 22nd 2011. News coverage dominated all Australian television and the reports drove in how devastating the damage was: 300 were reported missing and the damage is estimated to be between $10 - $12 billion. Rescue workers worked hard to reach buried survivors and[...]

"To Market, To Market..."

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A visit to Australia would be blasphemous if one did not rifle and search through the plentiful markets which make regular appearances throughout the massive country. When traveling on a shoestring, little cheap random charms, trinkets, treasures and momentos that you pick up can speak volumes in memories when you return home. However, traveling is the obvio[...]

Once a traveler, always a traveler

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So… you return from a massive adventure around the world where you lived on exotic beaches, drank cheap whiskey by the (literal) bucket loads, and explored new exciting cities, meeting and greeting new faces constantly. Then you return to a cold and miserable British summer where unemployment is sky high and you need to search under the sofa cushions just to[...]

Escape the winter and win a trip to New Zealand

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Dear travelettes, While surfing the web for interesting travel ideas I stumbled over a competition to win a trip to New Zealand. Just when it starts to get dark and cold in Europe, you can escape to the beautiful beaches and unspoiled nature of New Zealand. The travel agency STA and the travel portal 4trips are making it possible for 14 lucky adven[...]

Born to love Melbourne

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Melbourne is a city I’ve been to a couple of times prior to my recent long-haul backpacking trip, however family duties overshadowed any chance of wild running around the city, but this all changed when I was backpacking- I was able to decadently enjoy/drink/eat/shop (on a small scale), generally revel in all of Melbourne’s delights. And there was a hell of [...]