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Beng Mealea: The Temple That Almost Wasn’t

Tweet Beng Mealea is one of Siem Reap’s lesser visited temples and was long so for good reason: land mines set up by the Khmer Rouge. Only a few people had visited the temple before its mines were cleared in the last decade and those who did faced a painful death if they took the […]

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Where I Slept in Southeast Asia

TweetI didn’t sleep in the same bed for more than a week for the last three months, including some luxury hotels, some guesthouses and my fair share of boats and trains. Most were to my liking and we soon learned that for $20 USD per night, we could get comfortable rooms, free breakfast and free […]

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What I Want in a Halong Bay Cruise

Tweet When planning a trip to Vietnam, I heard too much information about Halong Bay cruises. I was inundated with information, so it became hard to know where to start. While I’d heard lots of good things about the Hanoi Backpackers Castaways cruises, it became clear to be that I would be expected to party […]

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Remembering the Killing Fields

Tweet Children play loudly in the yard of the school next door to the site. Do they know what happened here? I ask myself. Do they know that children their age, along with their parents, were killed here daily, beaten against trees, hacked with machetes? For their sakes, I hope they don’t know just yet. I […]

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Fear and Loathing and Songkran

Tweet I’d heard fellow travel bloggers talk about how much they loved the Thai New Year, known better as Songkran, so much that I scheduled by Asia leg of the trip around it. Following a marathon day of travel through Darwin, Singapore, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we arrived at the end of the first day. […]

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Traveling the Top End with Wayoutback

Tweet When I decided to add Darwin to my itinerary, I immediately started looking for tour companies that led trips to the national parks, Kakadu and Litchfield. There are lots of tour companies that range in levels of luxury and in length of trips, but many didn’t operate during the rainy season at all. Thankfully, […]

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Why I Skipped the Full Moon Party

Tweet If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years, and wisdom comes with age (right?!), it’s that things that are “the thing to do” aren’t always worth doing. It could be that club drug whose name changes weekly. Or seeing an overrated movie. Or visiting a place you have no interest in […]

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Tips for Backpacking Australia

Tweet Australia is one of the most backpacker friendly countries in the world, particularly for its ease of acquiring visas for most countries, ease of transportation through the backpacker trail and its culture of casual jobs. Their working holiday program is the most popular way for young people to see the country and it’s easy […]

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The Art of Doing Nothing in Pai

Tweet Our time in Thailand had already been a whirlwind, as we flew straight from Darwin, Australia to Chiang Mai in the midst of Songkran, the New Years celebration known for massive water fights in the street and all around chaos. We wanted a few days to relax before spending a week volunteering at the […]

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Packing Like an Expert

Tweet For the last two years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing for Her Packing List, one of the top websites for female travel and packing advice. We’ve reviewed countless pieces of gear and covered every topic under the sun, but the top question we frequently get asked is how to be better at packing. […]

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