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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

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Solo Female Travel Advice

Solo Female Travel Advice: Things I Wish I Knew

A few short years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would be predominantly travelling solo. I was convinced that going with companions was

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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

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Paris budget

Budget Paris: How To Explore Paris Affordably

Planning European adventures often seems great in theory, until you check your bank balance and have to make some serious cuts. There are countries and

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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

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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,

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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

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Taroko National Park Guide: How To Explore Taroko Gorge Effectively

Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園) in Taiwan’s east is a jaw-dropping natural wonder and popular area to explore. Named after the local indigenous tribe, Truku, this

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Taiwan Street Food: Local Eats And Where To Find Them

Now, I don’t know a lot about the history of Taiwanese food and the language barrier meant that I didn’t know what I was eating

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Best Things To Do In Taiwan

Top 10 Things To Do In Taipei, Taiwan

With a population of 2.6 million people, Taipei is the thriving capital of Taiwan where old and new collide in a perfect balance. When I

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Elephant Walk

Elephant Mountain, Taipei: Everything You Need To Know

Elephant Mountain (象山) in Xiangsian is the famous viewpoint which probably springs straight to mind when thinking of Taipei. Located within the city of Taipei,

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Wanaka Walks

Wanaka Walks That Aren’t Roy’s Peak (And Are Even Better)

That image you’ve seen all over Instagram of someone standing on a mountain edge overlooking lakes and hills in all directions? Yep, that’s Roy’s Peak.

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Instax Travel

What’s In My Bag: Travel Photography Gear

It is the travel writing which is my personal passion, but in this day and age it is pretty impossible to do it without photography

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Long Haul Flight Tips

10 Must-Know Long Haul Flight Tips

When you live in Australia, a trip abroad inevitably means taking a long haul flight. Staring down the barrel of a 20, 24, or 35-hour

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Oxford Photo Diary

Oxford Photo Diary: An Ancient University In Pictures

During my time on a medical elective in London, I had a couple of weekends to explore other parts of the United Kingdom. The UK

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Tips For A Successful London Medical Elective

Tips For A Successful London Medical Elective

Originally, I was not planning on doing an elective in London and had my sights set on somewhere further afield. However after much consideration (paired

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Secret Food Tour Bologna

Taking A Secret Food Tour In Bologna

When you come to Italy, you have to eat. It’s not optional. And in Bologna, a place which is often affectionately nicknamed as “the fat

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Asinelli Tower Bologna

Top Things To Do In Bologna, Italy

Bologna is often referred to by travellers and writers as “Italy’s most underrated city”, and they’re onto something. Bologna is often missed during trips to

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Lisbon Guide

Lisbon Travel Guide For A Weekend In Portugal’s Capital

Lisbon is a place that I have been excited to visit for years and have narrowly missed on a couple of trips. When the opportunity

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London Free Things To Do

20 Incredible Free Things To Do In London

London: the home of royalty, history, and somewhat infamous weather. It is an unmissable city of intense intrigue with fascinating finds around every corner. However

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Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Guide: Towering Peaks, Powerful Glaciers

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in the South Island is home to the highest peak in New Zealand and is a playground for nature lovers. The

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Goodmorning Hostel Lisbon

Goodmorning Hostel Lisbon: Not Your Average Hostel

“We’re not just a hostel, we’re a community”. This is how Goodmorning Hostel was described to me on my first morning. Nothing could’ve proved to

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Bath Day Trip

Bath Day Trip: Exploring A Georgian Masterpiece From London

No sooner was I off the plane from Australia than I was on the train to Bath Spa. It seemed like a good idea when

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Toulouse Guide

Terrific Toulouse: Guide To Exploring La Ville Rose

Although France’s fourth-largest city is often overlooked by travellers, the Pink City of Toulouse offers splendour, culture, and food, all at the most ideal pace.

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Ethical Travel Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel: 10 Ways To Be An Ethical Traveller In 2019

This is a post that I have been wanting to write for quite some time. The issue of ethical and responsible travel is an area

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24 Hours In Manila

24 Hours In Manila: Discovering The Philippine Capital

Manila probably isn’t at the top of many tourists’ Philippines bucket list. And I’ll admit, it wasn’t really on our radar either. Manila is a

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2018 Review

2018 Review: A Turning Point and Plans for the Future

Do you ever have those years where you feel like things really changed? 2018 was one of them. And when I say things really changed,

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Mabuti Eat and Chill

Port Barton Restaurants: Where To Eat In Port Barton, Palawan

Port Barton is a sleepy seaside town on the western coast of the Philippine island of Palawan. The rustic township was our favourite destination in

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Port Barton Sunset

Port Barton: Palawan’s Hidden Paradise

Reaching the small village of Port Barton on Palawan’s west coast was a breath of fresh air. We had to rub our eyes to make

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Sherwood Queenstown

Stay With Sherwood: A Unique Queenstown Hotel

Getting to Queenstown was a marathon effort for us. We had to get from an island in the Philippines to the south of New Zealand

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound: Exploring Fiordland’s Majesty with the BBQ Bus

If you try to think of places that are iconic New Zealand, it doesn’t take long until your mind wanders to Milford Sound. Milford Sound,

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Island Hopping El Nido

El Nido Island Hopping: A Slice of Paradise

El Nido sits in the northern tip of Palawan, Philippines, and is the gateway township to the towering islands the region is famed for worldwide.

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Sea Cocoon Hotel

Sea Cocoon Hotel, El Nido: Everything You Need In Palawan

El Nido in Palawan is famed for its towering archipelago, lapping waterfront, and turquoise waters. The town is a launching pad for Bacuit Bay, where

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2018 Summer Plans Are Here – Travel Textbook Summer Adventures

In some ways this year has gone incredibly quickly, and in other ways, it has been long stretches of placement with no end in sight.

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Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor Night Market: Photo Diary of Kuala Lumpur’s Eat Street

Air thick with the scent of satay and durian greets you at Jalan Alor Night Market. As the sun sets over the metropolis of Kuala

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Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Prom: Getting Acquainted With Prom Country

[pullquote align=”center”] “Ohh you’re going to Wilsons Prom in winter? You’ll freeze!!” – Everyone [/pullquote]   The fourth year mid-year university break is an interesting

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Solo Female Travel Advice

On Kindness: Noodle Soup, Nice Gestures and Solo Struggles

About 18 months ago, I posted an article about my apprehension, or even downright fear, of travelling alone. It was hard to share those anxieties

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Tian Jing

Hotel Review: Tian Jing Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Normally I travel on a bare-bones budget and the thought of staying in a hotel is not even worth entertaining. But for this solo adventure

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48 Hours In Kuala Lumpur: Itinerary and Survival Guide

Kuala Lumpur narrowly escaped a place on the itinerary for my last South East Asian adventure a few years ago. There was supposed to be

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Alfred Nicholas

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens: Seeking Autumn in Melbourne

There is something special about watching foliage undergo a fiery transformation during the autumn-time. In Australia, most of our trees are non-deciduous, so finding pockets

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Grampians National Park: A Road Trip and Breath of Fresh Air

There comes a point where snaking columns of traffic and the ongoing buzz of activity in a city gets to you. I guess ‘boxed in’

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Get Ready For Kuality Adventure: AMSC 2018

Firstly I’m going to start this one off with a massive sorry for the complete lack of blogging over the past few months. Although I

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