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When It’s Time to Return Home

by Globetrooper Todd | 4 Responses
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 that we left Australia because we wanted to see more. Little did we know that the Australia we knew was barely Australia at all. We wanted to leave the concrete jungles for real jungles, real adventure and foreign cultures. It seems silly now, but all of that was sitting and waiting patiently in our own backyard.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Australia, Featured | October 27th, 2011

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