The Best Things to do in Huahine Island, French Polynesia

Many of the islands of French Polynesia have cute little nicknames and Huahine’s is the Authentic Island. Having spent a few days there, I can quickly understand why. While nearby Bora Bora and Mo’orea are popular on the French Polynesia tourist trail, Huahine is often skipped and left behind. Which is too bad for those…

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Exploring the Marquesas Islands: Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa

When I went to French Polynesia I didn’t plan on visiting the Marquesas. While they looked amazing, I was already spending a month island-hopping across the islands around Tahiti which, if you didn’t already know, definitely did not come cheap. But, the longer I spent in French Polynesia the more I fell in love. And…

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What to Wear in Antarctica: An Antarctica Cruise Packing List

I planned my Antarctica trip 18 months in advance. Plenty of time to think about what to bring, especially with the packing list provided by Intrepid Travel. However, a month before my departure I was scrambling with what to bring. In the end, I’m happy with what I packed for my 10-day Antarctica expedition voyage…

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What to Wear in Winter in Canada: A Canada Packing List

Winter Clothing for Canada

Oh, winter in Canada. It’s the stuff of plenty of jokes but it’s my reality. And you know what? I actually love it. Winter in Canada is actually pretty awesome. Sure it long, cold as hell, and I spend what seems like half of my days shovelling but there’s something truly magical about skiing in…

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Authentic Gluhwein Recipe from an Austrian Chef

Gluhwein recipe

I’ve made it no secret about how much I love European Christmas Markets, especially those in Germany and Austria. I have a million reasons why but I’d be lying if I said that the gluhwein wasn’t one of them. Which is funny, because back in 2011, when I first visited European Christmas markets, I didn’t…

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What’s in My Bag: My Travel Essentials

Fun fact: I hate packing. Hate it. I take ages to pack for any trip because I usually last 15 minutes before I get bored, frustrated or both. That being said, over a decade travelling, often for months at a time, I am getting better at it. Well, sort of. I at least have my…

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The Best Things to do in Mandalay (and What to Avoid!)

I visited Myanmar in 2015 but only had a week which meant I really only had time for two cities. Bagan was a must- there was no way I was missing those temples and sunrise moments that I had been dreaming about for years. My other option was either Yangon or Mandalay. Yangon was the…

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The Best of Bagan in 2 Days

Bagan in 2 Days

Myanmar (also known as Burma) has been one of those mysterious countries that most people know very little about and few people choose to travel to. In the past, the military control of the country had most tourists afraid or unwilling to venture into the South East Asian country, and those that did dare to…

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The Salzburg Krampus Run: A Unique Christmas Tradition

Salzburg Krampus Run

When I was travelling around Europe for the Christmas Markets I expected to see plenty of Santas and maybe a few elves and reindeer. What I didn’t expect to find was a giant, hairy, devil-looking creature known as Krampus; essentially a Christmas demon who has his own celebration called Krampusnacht or Krampus Run. This event…

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Vietnamese Street Food: My Must-Try Favourites

There were a million and one reasons why I thought I would fall in love with Vietnam. Vietnamese steeet food was not one of them. It’s not that I didn’t expect to like the food, more that food usually doesn’t rank really high on my travel radar, especially in places like Southeast Asia. Don’t get…

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Solo Travel in Vietnam: Tips and What to Expect

Vietnam seems to be one of those places that people either fall in love with or end up disliking. I know several people who fall on both sides but I’m happy to say I was one of the lucky ones who fell in love with Vietnam. That being said, compared to other destinations in Southeast…

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The Best of Ho Chi Minh City in 1 Day

Ho Chi Minh City in 1 Day

When I stepped down from the bus I took from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh city I was ready to hate it. To be honest, I originally planned on avoiding this Vietnamese city, for what I thought was good reason. I had been told over and over again that it was overrated, too hectic…

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