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A Few Days in the Brazilian State of Bahia

When I was looking for a specific region of Brazil to visit, it was hard to avoid the obvious choices. It would have been real easy to say, here I come, since I could have easily spent a couple days there and then jumped over … Continue reading →

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) Makes Me Unhappy

Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an attempt to change how we measure the well-being of different countries. It challenges our current use of income-based measures such as GDP per capita. The idea of the Happy Planet Index makes me pretty happy. Even the UK … Continue reading →

Top 5 Reasons to Get Travel Insurance

For a long time Lauren and I have travelled sans insurance. We didn’t actually think nothing would happen, instead we thought it would be cheaper to self-insure. Now that we’ve been on the road for more than a year, looking back, we’re not surprised to … Continue reading →

Do I Need Anti-Malaria Tablets?

Do I Need Malaria Tablets?

Malaria is a tricky one. You can’t be vaccinated against it, but it can be cured. Yes, almost one million people die from it every year, but those who do, don’t have access to treatment. There are many ways to try and prevent malaria, but … Continue reading →

A Globetrooper’s Guide to Great Argentine Steak

Argentine Steak Asado

Most seasoned travelers agree that Argentina is the beef capital of the world. The statistics seem to agree too; the average Argentine eats 70kg+ of beef per year, which is 30kg more than beef-loving Australia. Despite knowing all of this before arriving, I was still … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Survive an Illegal Tour of San Pedro Prison, Bolivia

San Pedro Prison La Paz Bolivia

Once I arrived in La Paz, it became my sole mission to gain entry into San Pedro Prison; a prison that even the guards don’t enter. From a trip to the police station, to being scammed and giving up hope, to finding a second-wind, and … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Make the most of a Visit to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s Famous Salt Flats

Salar de Uyuni Bolivia Salt Flats

A visit to Bolivia’s salt flats in Salar de Uyuni is a once-in-a-lifetime event.  It all starts with one of the most painful bus rides on Earth, but gets better very quickly with stunning lunar landscapes and possibly the quirkiest travel photos you’ll ever have the … Continue reading →

An Epic Search for Untouched Civilizations in Peru

When Adventure Turns to Expedition: An Epic Discovery of Peru

It began over pizza and beer, just like many expeditions before it. We all sat there, poring over topographic maps, tracing steps to come, completely mesmerised by the uncertainty of it all. I quickly interrupted to show-off my (exceedingly rudimentary) comprehension of Spanish, ‘Did you say … Continue reading →

Best Places to Eat in Cusco

Best Places to Eat in Cusco

We had just handed over a hefty amount of money to pay for a month’s rent (extortionate for Cusco). We thought it included everything (hot water, electricity, internet…) when, ’Excuse me, but the stove doesn’t work’. ‘Oh yes, you have to buy gas. You can buy … Continue reading →

Would You Join an Illegal Tour of a Bolivian Prison?

San Pedro Prison Tour La Paz Bolivia

For years we’ve heard stories of the infamous tours of San Pedro Prison in Bolivia. By law, tourists are strictly not allowed in the prison, but there’s a well-worn path of contacting English-speaking inmates to take you in as their relatives for an illegal tour. (Yes, you … Continue reading →

A Touch Of Decadence in Cusco

Decadence in Cusco

When Lauren and I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in 2008, we forgot to book a hotel for the following night in Cairo. So with a thick beard (me, not Lauren), dirty clothes and trekking gear, we stumbled into Egypt at 2:00am without a place to sleep. … Continue reading →

Caminos del Inca: The Inca’s Rally

Caminos del Inca - Incas Rally

There we were, strolling slowly home from our afternoon Spanish class, the main Plaza looking a lot more crowded than usual. Then suddenly, an unmistakable sound: the melodious ‘crackling’ and ‘whoooosing’ of rally cars. There are a lot of things I love about travelling to … Continue reading →

Huacachina: The Sand-Boarding Mecca of Peru

Huacachina Sand Dunes Peru

When I first stumbled upon Huacachina as the sand-boarding mecca of Peru, I added a new must-do in my bucket list. And then came the images of soaring sand dunes, the legend of a mermaid princess who created the natural oasis that is Huacachina, and the … Continue reading →

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