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5 Things to Avoid in Bali

1. Riding a Motorbike While it is a really fun and easy way to get around and explore the island, many travellers end up with devastating injuries as a result of coming off a motorbike in Bali. The locals seem to have little concern for road safety and some roads can get pretty crowded and […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Balinese Offering

I arrived in Bali at night. When I woke the next morning, I found a little basket made of palm leaves containing flowers, food and incense on the door step of my villa. By lunch the food had been half eaten by birds, cats and dogs. By mid-afternoon the little basket had been pretty much […]

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Getting Mugged for Bananas in Bali

I consider myself to be a relatively smart traveller. I have never been mugged before. I normally take all the right precautions. I always carry the equivalent of US$20 into my sock – just in case. I carry a ‘fake’ wallet to hand to thieves if they target me. And I am generally very aware […]

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Sunday Snapshot: A Desert Sunset

The desert produces some of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen. During a recent trip to Abu Dhabi I went on an afternoon desert safari. After an hour of dune bashing in a fully kitted out four-wheel drive we stopped to (attempt) climbing a very high dune to watch the sunset. Foundering in the […]

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Getting Intimate at Karma Beach Club

Picture this… You’re lounging on a private cabana at an intimate secluded beach cove, surrounded by turquoise blue waters and coral reef. You order some freshly caught seafood for lunch while lying back and soaking up some rays. You decide to take a dip in the ocean, or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Stormy Thailand

Last year I made a treacherous decision to visit Koh Samui during the monsoon season. The opportunity for a two week vacation came about last minute and feeling a little thrilled at the spontaneity of it, I jumped at the chance. My beloved and I had originally planned to spend the two weeks in Phuket, which […]

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Hotel Review: Uma by COMO, Ubud

From the moment I set foot in Uma by COMO, Ubud reception I felt like the personal house guest of a (very wealthy) friend. A hotel experience can make or break a holiday. Those who know me well, know that I love personal attention and luxurious boutique accommodations, hence the reason I adopt the flashpacker travel philosophy. […]

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Bondi to Bronte: Sculptures by the Sea

No trip to Sydney is complete without tackling the Bondi to Bronte walk. And by tackling I mean; be prepared to dodge the masses of other people you’ll be guaranteed to encounter. The walkway is a popular spot for the locals out jogging or walking their dogs and can get quite narrow in some spots. But […]

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Sunday Snapshot: An Unexpected Muse

 This weeks Sunday Snapshot is a photograph of a lone seagull gliding past the Brighton Wheel at dusk. I’d like to say that I intentionally set up this shot to perfectly capture the seagull flying past, but really I was just clicking away and happened to capture the gull at the right moment. I didn’t […]

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Laneways: the Lifeblood of Melbourne

If the Bourke Street Mall is the heart of Melbourne, then the laneways and arcades are the arteries and veins that carry lifeblood throughout the city. Melbourne’s laneways are synonymous with the city’s reputation for arts and culture. From random characteristic street art to mysterious local drinking holes (bars), there is so much to discover […]

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