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Traveling Around Australia on a Budget

Visit Australia on the Cheap

Australia is a very large place and offers the curious world traveler a great deal to see and experience but all this sightseeing can cost a lot of time, energy and hard cash. For many adventure travelers it may be tempting to take off overseas … Continue reading →

Reaching for the Frontier in Papua New Guinea

Adventure Travel in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, certainly one of the last great areas of land on Earth to remain partially unexplored; this remarkable remote landscape still remains a place of great wonder and deep mystery. Exotic birds, plant life and rare animals, unique extraordinary art and languages and … Continue reading →

When It’s Time to Return Home

Return Home to Australia

Lauren and I are both from Australia. It’s the place we call home. Yet we’ve seen less of Australia than most people we meet abroad. We hear all sorts of tales about the outback and rain-forests, but we just can’t relate. The funny thing is … Continue reading →

The Land Down Under

A vast country – indeed, a whole continent of its own – Australia is an epic land if ever there was one. On the one hand, it is known for its large expanses of wilderness and rough terrain, the open spaces of the Outback; yet … 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 →

Wimdu Australia Launches With Free Accommodation Offer

Wimdu Australia

Wimdu.com.au is a marketplace for private accommodation. That means travellers can book rooms in the homes of local people, and locals can rent out their rooms to earn money. It’s a win-win situation that leads to much lower accommodation costs and deeper immersion in local … Continue reading →

Cost of Living: Sydney vs Montreal vs Cusco

Cost of Living - Sydney vs Montreal vs Cusco

What does the cost of living in various cities have to do with your next two-week vacation? Well, nothing really. This post is for those of you with a dream. A dream that involves long-term travel OR anything that requires your undivided attention (and no income). By … Continue reading →

Words Can’t Explain a Life-Changing Travel Experience

Backpacker

Legs numb, rheumatism approaching, and back indented by the inner springs of the upright seat on the $15 Sydney-Canberra bus. I mentally wave at my mum’s house as we pass by. I’m bursting to tell her about my culture-shocking trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and Egypt. She … Continue reading →

Things To Do in Sydney – Chosen by Locals

Things to Do in Sydney

We could tell you to visit the Opera House, climb atop the Harbour Bridge, visit Bondi Beach… but then you’d spend most of your time with other tourists. Instead, we’ve put together a list of things to do in Sydney from a local’s perspective. These are places … Continue reading →

The Real Cost of Living In Other Countries

Big Mac Index

Your real cost of living in a new city depends on how you will live in that city, not on how an average person with an average job and 2.5 children may live. Even more importantly, the way you live in your current city is … Continue reading →