Why This is the Year to Plan the Perfect Camping Vacation

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Few activities can make you slow down and recharge quite like camping. In the age of coronavirus, these sort of trips satisfy our desire for adventure. You can stay local, you have more control over your destination, and it’s affordable.

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A Weekend in the Dandenongs – a Getaway from the Hustle and Bustle

Originally published on Trivago.

Lush with hills that make for memorable drives, filled with endless gleeful ferns and much to do among them, the Dandenong Ranges are one of Victoria’s most glorious gifts. The hills are currently alive, with plenty of new things to see, do and eat, alongside some impressive accommodation options to top it all off. 

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Your Guide to Australia’s Hamilton Island

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One of the Whitsundays’ greatest treasures, Hamilton Island is like nowhere else in Australia. It’s a haven of pure and sophisticated calm, largely thanks to most of the island getting around on golf carts and the fact there are only 1200 staff and residents present. Island roads head up far above the sea, leading the way to plenty of things to see and do, including grand viewpoints to admire the mesmerising azure waters from. Continue reading “Your Guide to Australia’s Hamilton Island”

Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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Scenic, versatile and beautifully understated – if New Zealand is on your travel radar, consider putting the Bay of Plenty on your wish list. It was named by James Cook when he anchored in the country in 1769, and it’s a name that still rings true today: anyone who visits will find the great outdoors right upon their doorstep, in the forms of wild swimming holes, surf beaches and hiking trails. The Bay of Plenty offers a lifestyle so well-rounded, you may struggle to say goodbye. Continue reading “Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand”

Why I Won’t Give up on Sri Lanka and you Shouldn’t Either

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“Welcome to Sri Lanka!” was one of the first greetings I heard in Colombo, the country’s bustling big city. A local graced me with those lovely words from across the street. Not a storekeeper, nor a hawker. Just a person who wanted to pass on a warm hello.
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Going Solo in Shanghai: Eight of the Best Activities for Lone Travellers

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Shanghai could be the perfect place to fall in love with travelling solo. There’s always something new to eat, a new show to catch, a new skyscraper to head up for sunset drinks. Plus, there are so many people around (over 26 million) you need not fret about anyone staring at you on your lonesome.
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The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand

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The pleasure of swimming in wild settings could be one of the most human exercises we can undertake. New Zealand then, is a country offering ultimate outdoor therapy. As well as boasting glorious beaches, New Zealand is a patchwork of rivers, waterholes and lakes that are perfect to take a dip or dive in. Continue reading “The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand”

Tourists Often Pay More Than the Locals. Is That Fair?

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Being “ripped off” is often part of the travel experience. Whether it’s those tourist menus with prices double what locals pay, unregulated taxis charging five times the regular price, or seeing someone at a market pay less than half for a T-shirt you bought two days ago. But does the fact it happens so often make it fair?

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Managing a Fear of Flying: How to Keep Anxiety from Grounding Your Travel Plans

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A fear of flying isn’t uncommon but, for some people, it can make travelling an incredibly stressful experience and, for others, prevent them from going on the adventure of their dreams entirely. We asked three people with different perspectives for their tips on how to manage anxiety before and during a flight.

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How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth

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A fusion of Arabic cuisines and the Mediterranean diet, Andalucian food is about the simple pleasures – affordable and unpretentious. It is Moorish food, within Moorish surrounds and it’s easy to let your stomach run wild – the food is vibrant and prices are reasonable. Continue reading “How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth”

An Andalucian Road Trip: Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Spain

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Majestic, inspiring and somewhat mysterious, the region of Andalucia’s rich history is ever-present today. Easy-to-drive highways link towns nestled in otherworldly terrain, passing by vibrant fields of sunflowers and mammoth wind turbines along the way. There are open-air flamenco performances to get your heart racing, a food scene to rival all others in Europe, and the Costa del Sol’s beaches to rejuvenate at. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Continue reading “An Andalucian Road Trip: Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Spain”

Luxury Escapes in Sri Lanka for a Mix of Nature, Culture and Comfort

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When you think of lavish escapes, your mind usually pictures Italy’s alluring Amalfi Coast, the magical waters of the Maldives or Dubai’s impressive all-inclusive resorts. But rising in the ranks is Sri Lanka, a new contender in the realm of luxury hospitality. Continue reading “Luxury Escapes in Sri Lanka for a Mix of Nature, Culture and Comfort”

Calling All Parents: Here’s Why Your Child Should Take a Gap Year

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Watching your child set off on a long-term trip can be daunting… or even terrifying. Even if your budding backpacker is beyond their teens and reasonably responsible, for many guardians the worry never really goes away. 

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