Travel Textbook - Lucy

Lucy is the final year medical student who wants to cure disease, but not her travel bug. She is addicted to a good macchiato, documentaries and jetting off around the world, and no adventure is off-limits. She writes to help other young people find the inspiration and information necessary to explore the world and its cultures.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island: Guide For A Weekend Getaway From Melbourne

Fresh from six weeks in London, we had begun craving an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Having already recently done mini-trips to the Grampians, Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road, and Wilsons Prom, there was one Melbourne weekend trip glaringly missing from our track record.  Phillip Island is a rugged and popular …

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High Tatras Hiking

Hiking The High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia

The High Tatra National Park in Slovakia is the largest in the nation. The expansive area has hikes for all abilities and the views are breathtaking. Despite being a relatively small region, it packs a punch: valleys, waterfalls, and endless snow-capped peaks. Peak season runs throughout spring and summer, however I went for my High …

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Sri Lanka Train Journey

Sri Lanka Train Journey: Guide To Sri Lankan Railways

UPDATED JUNE 2019   When one thinks of Sri Lanka, images of varied landscapes come to mind: tea plantations, mountains, cityscapes, ancient ruins and coastline. This safe and friendly nation has everything you could imagine. To bridge these diverse landscapes, one has to travel somehow. And now, I might be a little bit biased, but …

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Shifen Waterfall

Shifen Day Trip From Taipei: How To Visit Shifen Waterfall

Shifen’s waterfalls were some of the most beautiful I have seen in a while. Maybe the absolutely torrential June rains helped boost them a bit, but the 40-metre high waterfall was positively pumping when I visited.   Shifen is a small town about an hour outside of Taipei with a unique old town surrounding the …

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Jiufen Travel Guide

Jiufen Complete Travel Guide: Everything You Should Know

Jiufen is a historic township in the mountainous north of Taiwan. Formerly a prosperous gold mining town, rather than become abandoned like many others, the picturesque town has maintained its place in local and international tourists’ itineraries. Featuring in animated films like Spirited Away have also helped Jiufen’s profile. An easy day trip from Taipei, Jiufen’s stunning …

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