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3 Unique Things to do in Delhi, India

3 Unique and Fun Experiences to have in Delhi Bustling and busy Delhi can be overwhelming for the novice traveller; I know it was for me. But after a while, I started to understand how the city worked and realised it has so much to offer! Delhi
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Cuba’s Top 5 Must-See Beaches

5 of the Best Beaches in Cuba Cuba is a country with a privileged coastline of 588 kilometres. With paradisiacal beaches bathed by the Caribbean Sea in the south and by the Atlantic Ocean and its gigantic barrier reef in the north. Whether
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Take a ride on the Darjeeling Toy Train

Why ride on the Darjeeling Toy Train? Aside from being one of the highest elevated train tracks in the world, riding the Toy Train in Darjeeling is incredibly fun. It feels like it’s weaving along tracks suspended in the air, but actually, they
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3 Destinations To Take You Back To Nature

3 Destinations To Take You Back To Nature As a species, humans have always had a habit to crowd together. That’s how the towns and cities of the modern world were born; humans clustering to one another, spreading out, dominating the land. In the
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The 3 Best Places to Volunteer in Bali

Where to Volunteer in Bali Have you ever had that feeling traveling/living abroad where you feel completely lost and like you have no purpose? I have many times. I used to fix it by visiting a bar most afternoons at happy hour. Now I’ve
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How not to pee when camping [READ]

Reasons why I hate being a woman #3,728 Squatting is always interesting, isn’t it? It’s like gambling just without the fun… And with added public nudity. You just never know what the end result will be but you always stay
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How to do the Larapinta Trail on the Cheap

Ultimate Guide: Planning the Larapinta Trail on the Cheap This is a list of budget tips to do the Larapinta Trail on the cheap, plus some commonly asked questions with budget-minded answers. Anyone can do a tour, but if you want to push yourself
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The Best Beaches in Australia

COLLABORATION: Best Beaches in Australia Did you know that even if you visited a different beach in Australia every day it would take over 29 years to see them all? Most people just don’t have that kind of time! Instead I decided to make
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The Case of the Missing Toenail [READ]

The case of the missing toenail, a travel story - Castaway with Crystal
How does one even lose an entire toenail??? Pushkar is famous for being a predominantly Hindu town, frowning upon any meat or alcohol. The whole of India is quite conservative when it comes to women’s clothing, and this is very apparent in
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Travel Guide: Mexico Road Trip

Mexico Road Trip: Driving in Mexico The air was hot and thick and the sun beat down. My hangover hung on top of me like toxic air as I lay on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I was on Isla Mujeres in the Yucatan and it was the day
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Naked for Satan [READ]

What do empty Coke bottles and being locked out of my room naked have in common? Hot and tired, back aching from the long walk, I slide my heavy backpack up to the counter of the ‘hostel’ I’d booked. I began to tell them I had a booking, and
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Budget Mexico Guide: Mexico City

Guide to Mexico City: Things to do, best places to eat and stay and how to get around MEXICO CITY Mexico City is the multicultural melting pot of Mexico.  Some of the strongest Mexican culture can be found in this bustling, sinking city. It’s
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Budget Mexico Guide: Oaxaca

Oaxaca Guide: Oaxaca City, San Jose del Pacifico, Puerto Escondido and Mazunte/Zipolite STATE OF OAXACA Oaxaca is a magical place. Not as many tourists get here as it’s not so much on the main tourist path. But boasting some of the
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So you want to become an expat?

These are your first steps to become an expat So, you’ve concluded your home country just isn’t for you and you’re going to throw the towel in and move abroad. Don’t worry, I do this every few years or so. You’ve decided where you want to go and
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Budget Mexico Guide: Chiapas

Chiapas Guide: San Cristobal, Tuxtla and Palenque CHIAPAS The multi-cultural and lush state of Chiapas is home to 12 of the 62 indigenous groups officially recognised by the Mexican government. From the beautiful ruins of Palenque, the bright
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Budget Mexico Guide: Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula: Cancun, Isla Holbox and Playa Del Carmen THE YUCATAN The Yucatan is like a huge playground for water-related activities. Everyone here can find something they will love. In this area of Mexico you can see baby turtles
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The Best Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles

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The Best Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles With hotspots like the Mediterranean-inspired Montage Beverly Hills, the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Downtown L.A.’s trendy The Standard, it’s hard to imagine that travelers would stay anywhere
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Budget Guide: Medellin

Best Budget Guide to Medellin, Colombia Medellin has always been a destination that made my heart beat a bit faster. I’m not ashamed of admitting that all those books and stories I’ve read about the ill-famed cocaine kingpin Pablo
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Budget Mexico Guide: Isla Mujeres

The Best Guide for doing Isla Mujeres, Mexico to the Max, on the Cheap Whenever I think back to my time on Isla Mujeres, I’ll get a little teary smile on my face. It was some of my best times travelling, and since I got stuck there for months I
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7 Essential Tips for Smoother Air Travel

Tips to Fly Like a Pro Even those that enjoy flying will admit that it’s kind of a hassle. With boarding passes, flight times and gate numbers to remember—on top of the endless mental notes you made on what to pack—it’s always a stressful time,
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When a Stranger Saves your Butt [READ]

A Collaboration: Random Acts of Kindness from a Stranger With everything that’s going on in politics right now, I felt compelled to try to remember the good things in the world. The little things that help you remember what a beautiful
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The Local’s List: Things to do in Sydney

Free things to do in Sydney that only the locals know about Want to get off-the-beaten-path in Sydney? Sick of being just another person in a busy crowd taking photos of the Opera House? Well, I have the blog post for you! Here’s a collation of
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100 Things to do in 2017

My List of 100 Things to Achieve in 2017 A couple of my friends and I decided to do a list of things we want to do in 2017. It’s kind of like a bucket list but it can include things you’ve done before and want to do again. The
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Mexico and a Painful Love [READ]

  To Mexico, with Love… It’s happening again, I can’t stop this painful love. Every time I think it’s going well, I fuck it up again. It’s been an entire relationship of unhappiness and I can’t understand how it got to this and why I can’t
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Free or Cheap Things to do in Mazunte

6 Ridiculously Cheap (or Free) Things to do in Mazunte, Mexico Mazunte is known as the sleepy beach town near surfer-lovers Puerto Escondito. It’s common for backpackers to party and surf it up in Puerto and then head to Mazunte for some much
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The Best Cenotes Near Tulum

The best cenotes near Tulum - Castaway with Crystal
The Very Best Cenotes in Tulum and Playa Del Carmen Cenotes are created when the limestone ground cover of underground river systems collapse in, creating an entry point. There are over 4,000 known cenotes in the Riviera Maya region and so far,
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7 Reasons to Visit New Zealand in Spring

Why visit New Zealand during the spring off-season: September, October and November? If you think it’s only worth going to New Zealand during the summer or winter, think again. Spring is one of the most beautiful times to see the country,
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Day of the Dead in Mexico [Photos]

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Oaxaca; a day to remember loved ones who have passed I heard it said we die two times. The first is that final breath and when nobody speaks our names aloud we die a second death  – Lift souls on the
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Budget Guide for New Zealand; North Island

Budget Guide for a 3 week Road Trip on the North Island New Zealand is the most breathtaking and beautiful country I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. Bursting with colour and vibrancy, New Zealand’s aura is lush and green. But with beauty
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Rubbish Rant; A Complaint Letter

Dear Trashy Tourists, Recently I went for a hike around the picturesque Royal National Park, just outside of Sydney and just as I was beginning the hike I saw a pile of coffee cups and cans dumped on the ground next to the entry. Seriously…?
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10 of the Dumbest Tourists Ever

10 seriously culturally insensitive tourists Since I’ve been working in the News, I keep hearing about all these seriously dumb things tourists are doing while they’re travelling. Something about being overseas seems to lower peoples
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Eco-Travel Tips from World Travellers

5 Bloggers Tell me their Ultimate Tips for Green Travel The more we travel, the more we feel in touch with the Earth. Eco-travel is a subject close to my heart and many a travel blogger feel the same. So if you’re in the market for some
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Trashed Cars of the NT Photoblog

 Beautiful Burnt out Cars in the Northern Territory Everyone has a weird thing that they secretly like… For me it’s abandoned and graffitied things. I find a simple beauty in burnt out cars; the way the windows shatter into tiny
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How to find a job in Australia

Find a job in Australia: the ultimate backpackers guide I have collated all of this information by asking my many Couchsurfers and friends, as well as posting in Facebook groups and asking there. Also, I’ve used some of my own personal
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Guide to the Northern Territory

Budget Itinerary; three weeks from Darwin to Uluru THE NORTHERN TERRITORY I never knew that dirt could be so magical! But, in the “red centre” it is exactly that. Starkly juxtaposed next to the soft greens of the shrubs and gumtrees, this
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Barunga Festival: A Cultural Playground

Barunga Festival: Music, Sport and Culture WATCH: A Day in the Barunga Festival, plus a trip to Bitter Springs and Katherine.  The Brunga Festival has been around for over 30 years, bringing strong local culture to the wider Australian people.
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Guide to Darwin and Surrounds

Budget Guide for two weeks around Darwin, Litchfield, Kakadu and Katherine THE NORTHERN TERRITORY I’m going to go ahead an assume you’re interested in the NT for the adventure, the beautiful red dirt, nature, culture, hiking, maybe a bit of
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Budget Guide: Cuba, from West to East

Complete Suggested Itinerary for One Month in Cuba on a Budget From one end of the island to the other! Looking to travel Cuba on a budget? Need tips and advice on where to stay and what to do? Cuba is ridiculously cheap as long as you’re
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Nostalgic Photos from Glebe Tram Sheds

A Sydney relic, captured days before it was closed and locked down Rozelle Tram Depot was one of those mysterious, abandoned places that everyone had heard about, but only a few had actually been. Considered by some as a waste of space and a sad
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A Disturbing Train in Tokyo [READ]

A Guy Tries to Commit Suicide on my Train in Japan At some point in my travels I’d mentally noted that Japan was said to have an unusually high suicide rate amongst its citizens, especially men. Jumping in front of the bullet trains was so
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Budget Guide: Japan

Itinerary for 2 weeks in Japan Japan is definitely a place where you don’t have to travel too far to be able to experience their country to the full. We had just over 2 weeks so we travelled south of Tokyo (all the way to Beppu) but if you only
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Golden Week in Japan: Should you go?

 Should I go to Japan During Golden Week? Hard questions you may be asking before you book your ticket. I myself decided to head to Tokyo right in the middle of Golden Week, despite reading countless blogs telling me not to. I did this mostly
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Word Reflections, Ep 1: Creativity [READ]

Musings over a single word that has meant something  to me Creative… Creativity… I have a long history with this particular word. A love/hate relationship. From the moment I could pick up a pencil my mother told me I was creative and encouraged
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A Day in Baracoa, Cuba [WATCH]

Video of a Day Trekking around Baracoa with a GoPro on my Head Baracoa is on the far Eastern tip of Cuba and is one of the more difficult places to get to in Cuba. If you’re wondering wether it’s worth the long and difficult trip to
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8 Ways Yoga Changed My Life

8 Significant Ways Yoga Changed my Life for the Better I’m just going to give a little shout out to Yoga here, since it’s given me so, very much. I used to be one of those people that wanted to be able to exercise, but just couldn’t push myself
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Great Barrier Reef: Wonder of Nature

The Great Barrier Reef: The Only Living Creature Visible from Space Recently Roxana from Travel n Escapes contacted me to ask if I’d like for her to do a guest post on my blog. I told her to send through her ideas and what we came up
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Surfing with Lead [READ]

What does surfing and two AK-47s have in common? In the quiet backpacker town of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua, Mad Mike was at war with the locals. He was one of those loud-mouth Americans who’d moved to Central America, threw a bunch of cash
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Tips to Travel Cambodia on the Cheap

How to Save Money and travel Cambodia on the Cheap Cambodia is already ridiculously cheap, and this is just one of the reasons why it’s such a great country to travel. The people are friendly and welcoming and there is a distinct lack of rules,
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Journey of a Postcard [WATCH]

What happens when a postcard is lost for six years, and then finally hand delivered to its rightful owner? I write this hung over, with a pounding headache and a sore neck. But I am very excited to tell this story, for it is one with substance
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A Dangerous Drive [READ]

The Scariest Motorbike Ride I’ve Ever Experienced Exhausted I alight the bus just outside of Sihanoukville. It had been an extremely long day after riding a van of death from Siem Reap on the opposite end of Cambodia. Tuk tuk drivers were
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Budget Guide: Cambodia

A Budget Guide for 2 Weeks in Cambodia Cambodia is very popular on the South East Asia trail, and with gorgeous local people, cheap food and hardly any rules, it’s an easy place to love. The Khmer people have been through hell and back during
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People of Cambodia: A Photo Essay

Photoblog: Way of Life in Cambodia I found Cambodian people to be some of the kindest and consistently happy in the world, and I know that I’m not alone in this thought. The children play in the streets and everyone helps each other out.
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Follow Me Through Cambodia

16 crazy, beautiful, ‘off the beaten path’ personal experiences I had in Cambodia I travel extreme and on a budget; I endeavour to find the cheapest possible way to do anything. And travelling like this usually means I end up in sticky
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Death Ride in Cambodia [READ]

A story about a time I was SURE I would die It was a hot, sticky day in Siem Reap, like every other day. The heat was beginning to get to me. I’d compared prices around the tourist offices and found a ticket for an “express” van that cost little
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How to Be a (Super Cool) Green Traveller

Mastering; ‘Not Being an Asshole’ (aka Green Traveller) and Why it’s Important This is a list of super-awesome environmental considerations I take into account every day on my quest to be a Green Traveller. Step outside into nature
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Dear 2015, Screw You [READ]

Dear 2015,   There are just a few important things to say, here. I just need to get them off my chest. You have been an integral part of my life for around a year now, but I want you gone… disappear! I’m out. Screw you.   2014 had started
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Photos: Children of Cambodia

Anyone who’s been to Cambodia will understand that there is something special about the children there. Their smiles are infectious, their friendly demeanour rubs off on you. A lot of the children learn English in school and revel at the
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Festival Survival Tips

Tips and Tricks to get the most out of your Festival Experience Festival Realities So you spent all your money on the ticket and now you’ve got no dinero to party when the date rolls around. Need some unique tips on how to get the most out of
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[READ] A Dingo’s Got my Sister!

After the case beginning in 1980 when a small child disappeared from a campsite in Central Australia, the line, always said with a thick Australian accent, “A dingo ate my baby!” became somewhat of a worldwide joke. Years afterwards, and to this
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Breathtaking Photos from a Flight Over Taree

Fantastic Aerial Shots over Taree, Australia I had been pestering my family friend, Tez, for years to take me for a flight in his little passenger plane. He’s an aviation mechanic in Taree and owns a vintage Auster plane that is actually
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