Posts Categorized: Australasia

Homestays: An Authentic Experience Abroad

Homestays are a wonderful way to experience a new culture and even become part of a community while you are travelling. Most countries around the world offer homestay experiences either through websites, local language schools, or cultural exchange programs. Or even informal homestays through friends of friends! My experience: Homestay in Guatemala When I first… Read more »

Hiking in the Blue Mountains – Beyond the Three Sisters

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Like most people who visit the Blue Mountains I rarely made it past the Three Sisters lookout in Katoomba. In fact, despite visiting the area at least 5 or 6 times, I had never actually gone further than this lookout point. That is until I discovered the incredible hikes led by Tread Lightly Eco Tours,… Read more »

4 reasons why travellers should love eco-hostels

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When researching hostels, there are a few common things that we all look for – location, price, availability and atmosphere. Should we start adding ‘eco-friendly’ to our list? I know what you are thinking – eco-hostels have to be really expensive, vegan, and without TV’s or WiFi. Well, think again. Here are 4 reasons why travellers should… Read more »

Collaboration: It feels like home when….

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Many expats or travellers find themselves spending months or even years in a new city. But at what point does this new place start to feel like home? When you find that perfect coffee shop? When you have a local bank account and a lease? Or when you have made long-lasting friends? Roxana, a Sydney based… Read more »

Stolen passport, how to cope: Guest Post

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I’m a bit of a travel snob. I’m the person that secretly (but loudly) judges you when you do a travel tour. What’s that you purchased six Lonely Planet books on special? Bless. What? You haven’t had surprise meat prepared on a random island off of New Caledonia? That’s cute. All hail Sue the Queen of #authentic travel!… Read more »