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Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

The excitement of traveling to somewhere you have never been before is second to none. New food to try, sights to see, people to meet and adventures to be had. To get the most out of your travels you have to do a little digging and a little planning. While most information you can easily find on the internet these days I always carry a copy on Lonely Planet with me when I am traveling. Not only does it have…

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Why you should buy travel insurance

Why you should buy travel insurance

Would you ever buy a car and not get car insurance? Would you purchase your home and not have an insurance plan in place? So why would you go traveling and not buy insurance? Travel insurance is one of the most important things you’ll need for your trip and you shouldn’t leave without it! Why? Because for only a few measly dollars a day, travel insurance can save you a ton of money when something goes wrong. If you get sick…

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The Art of Thai Massage

The Art of Thai Massage

Having only ever had one professional massage in my life, the opportunity to have an authentic Thai massage in Thailand was an exciting prospect. Although I didn’t have a clue what to expect. My mind was flooded with questions. How do I choose the correct massage parlor? What happens in a traditional Thai massage ? What other options are available? Do I have to get naked?  What if they are massaging my back and ask me to roll over and…

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Medical Emergency Vietnam

Medical Emergency Vietnam

Sometimes travel just doesn’t go to plan. We’ve all been faced with bumps in the road – and often they become the moments that make your trip. On other occasions, there’s nothing you can do but sit back, laugh and go with the flow. In Vietnam I was left with no choice to make an emergency trip to the Dentist. I phoned around a 3 or 4 dentists that were recommended on google that were English-speaking but the couldn’t see…

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Providing Proof of Onward Travel

Providing Proof of Onward Travel

When traveling internationally, most countries require you to have proof of onward travel. This means that you will have to have an outbound flight already booked. But what if you are traveling for a few months at a time and would like more freedom to stay somewhere that you like or leave if that place isn’t all you thought it would be? Would you be happy that you had to purchase a new ticket? Probably not. I’m going to tell…

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The Cost of Backpacking New Zealand

The Cost of Backpacking New Zealand

The one thing that concerned me the most when I decided go to New Zealand was what the cost of backpacking New Zealand would be. Flights, accommodation, transport and activities – would I have enough money? So to save you time trying to source information from all over the web, I have compiled it all for you in one place. Remember that the prices I give are subject to change and costs are in New Zealand Dollars. It’s also better…

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Godley Head Track, Christchurch

Godley Head Track, Christchurch

After a week that produced rain on a biblical scale, the weekend arrived. “Have I woken up in a different country?” I asked myself.  The cool air breeze and the sun shimmering through the trees, had given the morning the feeling of a spring day. Just when you think winter is coming the unpredictability of New Zealand weather system strikes again. Although it was for the better this time. So with the pleasant surprise of a glorious day what do…

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Why New Zealand is the Best Country for Backpacking

Why New Zealand is the Best Country for Backpacking

Yes this may be a bold statement, but there are many reasons why New Zealand is the best country for backpacking. Although relatively small, New Zealand can seem larger than life as it has some of the most dynamic and diverse landscapes on the planet. With the sense of adventure that is thrust upon you from the minute you land, you get the feeling that New Zealand was created for backpacking. People from all over the world come to visit…

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How to save money for 5 months travel?

How to save money for 5 months travel?

2016 and 2017 have just been incredible. So much travel, so many flights. In fact I have been on so many different forms of transport its unbelievable. It has been a year of discovery that’s for sure. I’ve managed to tick a good few countries off the bucket list. Five months traveling around Southeast Asia : Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. Back to New Zealand for a couple of months to work and save up some more money,…

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Cheapest flight? Is it worth it?

Cheapest flight? Is it worth it?

Keeping costs down when you go traveling is essential if you want to travel longer. Most likely your biggest expense will be airfare. But is it always best to book the cheapest flight? As my time in Southeast Asia was coming to an end, it was time to book a flight back to New Zealand. So I done my usual and checked around all the price comparison sites and booked the cheapest flight. Flying from Kuala Lumpur the cheapest flight…

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