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Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Estate – Visiting Tasmania’s Iconic Lavender Farm

Admittedly, I had not heard much about Bridestowe Lavender Estate while growing up in Tasmania. But as Instagram took off, I could rarely open my

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Hierve El Agua Tour Oaxaca

Hierve El Agua: Marvelling At Mexico’s Petrified Waterfalls

I must admit, my visions of Mexico before arriving in the country did not include petrified waterfalls. However, much to my excitement, I can confirm

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Isla Holbox Budget Mexico

Isla Holbox Budget Guide: Yucatan Peninsula’s New Backpacker Paradise

The sleepy and colourful Isla Holbox off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is everything I thought Tulum would be. Dirt roads, no cars, and

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Best Travel Blogs 2020

Best Travel Blogs 2020: Travellers You Should Be Following

Somehow, it’s the New Year already and time to list off the list of the Best Travel Blogs 2020. After a brief hiatus from creative

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2019 Recap

It’s 2020 Already? Here’s A 2019 Recap, The Craziest Year Yet.

It feels crazy to be typing out a 2019 recap. The rumours that the years go faster as you get older definitely have credence. Fifth

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10 Day Cuba Itinerary

10 Day Cuba Itinerary: The Best Of Cuba

Cuba is a destination that surprised me in more ways than one. I had heard such mixed reviews from people that I had started doubting

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Travelling To Cuba

20 Things I Wish I Knew Before Travelling To Cuba

It can be difficult to find accurate information on travelling in Cuba. With the travel climate here constantly changing and the island under an embargo,

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Mugged In Mexico

So, It Eventually Happened. I Was Mugged.

After one of my best days in Mexico exploring the Hierve el Agua and just about to press ‘post’ on an article about travel safety

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Teotihuacan Pyramids From Mexico City

Teotihuacan Pyramids From Mexico City: Ancient History Just An Hour From the City

I had heard of Chichen Itza before coming to Mexico, but the reality is, there are dozens of equally impressive archaeological sites in the country.

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Mexico City Centro Historico

Top Things To Do In Centro Historico, Mexico City

Mexico City’s beating heart is the Centro Historico which is full of intriguing archeological ruins, dramatic buildings, and mouth-watering Mexican fare. The vibrancy and activity

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Tasmania Things To Do Cradle Mountain

Big Tassie Bucket List: 50 EPIC Things To Do In Tasmania

There is no hiding it: Tasmania is Australia’s favourite place to explore at the moment. With stunning scenery, the cleanest air, and a well-established food

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Finished Medical School

School’s Out: Medical School Is Over!

This post-high school era has been simultaneously slow and lightning fast. There have been good days and bad days, great years and not-so-great years. There

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Sintra Guide

Best Things To Do In Sintra (That Aren’t Pena Palace)

If you’ve ever been on Instagram, you have probably seen a picture of Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal. The vibrant red and yellow hues of

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Bratislava Travel Guide: A City Of Contrast

Bratislava wasn’t a place that was originally on my Eastern Europe itinerary, but the intrigue of a city with such a stark contrast of new

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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 coastline.

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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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