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My Worst Travel Moments of 2015


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With the number of photos I share, particularly in a year like 2015 when I spent much of my time on the road, it’s not surprising that some people think my life is full of rainbows and northern lights. While I saw plenty of both this year, I can also attest to the fact that…

An Eventful Trek to Chalahn Falls


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The best places are the ones that you can return to time and again knowing you’ll have a completely unique experience every time. O’Reilly’s Plateau, located in the heart of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, is one of those places. I’ve visited four times — far too few, given I’ve lived in…

“Going Missing” on the Copland Track


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I sat in a Wanaka internet cafe, waiting as the infernally slow internet attempted to load my email inbox. It was 2008 and I only had a $30 brick of a phone and no laptop, so this was the only way I could connect to the rest of the world (and I was fine with…

How the Hooker Valley Track Nearly Killed My Dad


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New Zealand is a country that inspires you to go hiking out into the wilderness.  Rugged mountains, picturesque shorelines, and golden tussock-covered rolling hills represent but a small portion of the amazing landscapes you can see if you just lace up a pair of boots, slip on a backpack, and head out onto the trail. For…

The Best Ways Not to Drive Into a Norwegian Fjord


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My recent travels spanned from New Zealand to the UK and involved me renting three cars in three different countries. One country was in the middle of summer; the others were in the depths of winter. Two countries drive on the left side of the road; one thought it would be different and drive on the right.…

Blinded by a Monkey


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This is a guest post by my brother, Philip, who took the big step of quitting his job earlier this year so he could travel in Australia and Asia. Unfortunately, it seems the ‘uncoordinated’ (or at least, the ‘unlucky’) gene runs in the family… Vang Vieng, Laos is a lovely place. There are majestic mountains in…

Don’t Let a Stolen Wallet Ruin Your Trip


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Earlier in the week, I wrote about how a silly mistake — leaving my cabin door unlocked on a sailboat at port — led to my wallet being stolen. Like most regular travelers, I had a backup plan for the event that I was ever robbed while abroad…but it seemed like, for that week in…

How I Offered My Wallet to Croatian Thieves on a Silver Platter


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I didn’t think twice about doing it. I was just leaving my cabin for a few minutes before I came back to get myself settled for a week of sailing along the Croatian coast. I’d lock up before I went up on deck when we set sail for Hvar. Unfortunately, it was that moment of…

How Forenom Koto Left Me Out in the Cold…Literally


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My entire trip to Lapland was fantastic. All of my plans seemed to go exactly as I expected; there were no late buses, very few hotel issues, and all of my activities were just as good (and often better) than they had sounded on paper. Then I tempted fate and mentioned this to a friend…

On Missing Trains and Meeting Communists


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Booking a ticket from Brisbane to Porto was no easy task. All of the major airlines flying from Australia seemed to have forgotten that Portugal was a viable destination, and any tickets to Lisbon to Porto had a several hundred dollar premium attached. I spent hours trawling Kayak trying to find options that were even…
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