Tags archives: off-the-beaten-track

5 Reasons to Visit Hawaii's Big Island

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When my mom suggested the Big Island of Hawaii to add to my itinerary, I brushed her off. "Mom, I know what I'm doing, there's nothing to see there!" But boy oh boy, was I wrong. Thank goodness I eventually decided to go because if I hadn't I would've missed so much. Although the Big Island of Hawaii is the least hyped in the tourist industry, with intense, [...]

5 Places to get Off the Beaten Track in Thailand

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Anyone who has been to Thailand will know it's one of the most vibrant, beautiful and relaxing places on earth. It's also one of the most touristy. And if you go in peak season, many of the top spots such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Bangkok's Khao San area will be heaving with young Europeans in Chang vests and neon face paint. I've heard many backpackers[...]

10 Places in Bosnia & Herzegovina that Will Steal Your Heart

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Bosnia and Herzegovina will always be home to me, even though I have called Sydney, Australia “home” for most of my life. I was just four years old when I became a refugee, leaving everything but a few belongings behind, and escaping the war with my family. As I grew older, I wanted to find out more about where I was from. In 2013, my mum and I went back hom[...]

10 Reasons to Put Kyrgyzstan on Your Travel Radar

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“Are you married?”, the customs officer asks me expectantly. I put on the universal smile of I-Don’t-Speak-Your-Language-But-Please-Let-Me-In-Your-Country that has proven so useful to me in the past, and shrug in helpless explanation: my Russian sucks, it is supposed to tell the uniformed man behind the glass window in front of me. “Husband? Man?”, h[...]

5 Reasons You Should Visit Slovenia NOW

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Slovenia may be one of the newer countries on the block (after all, it only gaining its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991), yet this hasn’t stopped the place from rising up to become one of coolest places in central Europe. Guide books keep naming Slovenia Europe’s hidden gem, which means it isn’t going to remain “hidden” for too much longer. Here’s five [...]

Hotels We Love: andel's Lodz, Poland

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What does a hotel need, to feature in our Hotels We Love series? Well, obviously something extraordinary; something that no other hotel has to the same extent; something that lets you forget that you stepped out of your comfort zone and knee-deep into a foreign culture; something unexpected that leaves you in awe. When Katja and I made our way to Lodz in Po[...]

Exploring La Alpujarra - A Secret Place in Spain

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What if I told you that I have discovered a place, where you can still find peace and quiet, where you can hear the sound of silence and where nature is unspoilt and pure? Beautiful clean water running in streams and rivers makes this lush and fertile land a dreamland for walkers. Wild camping on mountain plateaus, the feeling of being on top of the world, a[...]

Experience Zanzibar like a Local with Red Monkey Lodge

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"Are you ready for the best food in all of Zanzibar?" - wasn't that what Mark had asked me in the afternoon? Then, why am I sitting on the floor of a candle-lit living room, with my dad on my left and a bunch of expats living on the island completing our circle? Fair enough, the smell coming from the partly inside, partly outside kitchen is amazing and my tu[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Tajikistan

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“Afghanistan?” the man at the airport check-in desk screamed at me as if I was completely crazy; “No, but close, Tajikistan” I answered with a big smile, as if I was casually flying to the US or Italy. With a clueless look on his face, he then whispered to himself “you’re the first person I ever meet, who’s going to that country…” I have to admit, flights fr[...]

A Travelettes Itinerary for Myanmar

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Nestled between India and Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) was once a bit of a mystery for travellers, notoriously difficult to enter and largely closed off to the west. However, in recent years things have changed, and Myanmar has grown in reputation to become one of Asia's most exciting and intriguing destinations. I've had the pleasure of travelling through the [...]

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