Tag Archives: Backpacking

Images of Angkor

December 3, 2012


While watching an old episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations last night, I was reminded of what a special place Cambodia is. I’ve been twice and wouldn’t hesitate to visit for a third time. I’ve even managed to convince my parents to take an extended trip to South East Asia and they’ll be visiting Cambodia […]

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Petra – A City of Romance?

November 19, 2012


“Don’t leave! Stay here with us. Come and live with me in my cave,” said my Bedouin guide. Now that’s what I call romance! Who would have thought my day at Petra would end with a sort-of marriage proposal? My guide was young, so I’d likely have been wife number one, but caves aren’t my […]

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A Tropical Island Escape in Thailand

November 14, 2012


The days are getting shorter, it’s getting a whole lot colder and I MISS THE SUN! And the warmth. And not having to put on layers of clothing  before leaving the house. Oh, and I miss not wearing socks. I hate wearing socks and have trouble finding a pair that actually match. It’s the time […]

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Extreme Adventure on New Zealand’s South Island

October 24, 2012


From skydiving, to canyoning and swimming with wild dolphins, my travel experiences in recent years have found me doing things I couldn’t have imagined five or six years ago. I never used to be much of a risk taker, but now, put me in the right setting and I’ll try just about anything! As many […]

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The Luxury vs. Budget Debate

May 21, 2012


There seems to be a general attitude amongst some travellers, that if you enjoy staying in luxury accommodation you’re not considered a ‘real traveller.’ I’ve come across this so many times over the past few years. Backpackers tend to look down at you if you enjoy the finer things on occasion. But let me tell […]

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The Anti-Bucket List

January 18, 2012


I don’t particularly like the term ‘bucket list,’ maybe because it comes from the term ‘kick the bucket.’ When I Googled bucket list the most common definition of a bucket list is obviously a list of things to do before you die. The strangest definition I found was a list of ugly or undesirable females […]

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Ten lessons learned from travelling and living abroad

December 30, 2011


You’ll notice many of my points below start with the same word – don’t. Some of these things may sound like absolute common sense to most people – and they should be. That being said, bad ideas often seem like good ones at the time! 1. Don’t play with fire. You will get burned. And it will hurt. Just because locals on […]

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Fraser Island – the World’s Best Campsite

May 23, 2011

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I can honestly say, camping is not typically high on my list of things to do. Or on it at all for that matter… ‘Roughing it’ isn’t really my thing. Bugs? Tents? No running water? Noooo thank you! But, I simply could not pass up an opportunity to go camping on Fraser Island. On the east […]

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