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view of Half Dome from Upper Yosemite Falls hike
Destinations North America USA

Yosemite: A veritable eden

“It was like lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more butiful than any built by the hand of man.” – President Teddy Roosevelt. The cliffs close in on you, as if you’re going down a bright…

Destinations North America USA

Travelling Hawaii: Oahu

Hawaii. Palm trees and blue skies. Leis on arrival and hula dances at night. Surfing galore and a dose of luaus on the side. It paints a pretty picture, huh? And Oahu can be gorgeous, when the sun is shining,…

corn in Sapa
Asia Destinations Vietnam

Sapa: Hiking with the Hmong

Tung had buck teeth and a smile that played about her eyes. She wore huge hoop earrings and indigo embroidered clothes that marked her out as a member of one of Vietnam’s highland minority groups, the Black Hmong. It’s hard to…

interior of Cat Ba island
Asia Destinations Vietnam

Halong Bay: Motorbike adventures

Throughout Asia, I harboured dreams of whipping through the countryside on a motorbike. It’s the quintessential Asian adventure, right? The wind would lick at my hair and the breeze would cool me down. I’d scoot through out-of-the-way roads, waving…

war museum
Asia Destinations Vietnam

The best propaganda museums in Vietnam

No matter where you grow up, you’re always going to hear a slightly skewed version of historical events. As an Australian, I learned briefly in high school about the trauma Aussie soldiers – and their American allies – experienced…

elephant at elephant valley project
Asia Cambodia Destinations

Where elephants go to retire in Cambodia

Bob’s head appeared to crumple inwards at the temples. His concave appearance made him look exceptionally skeletal. He guzzled his food, yet a thin, sagging ribcage betrayed a body tortured and fatigued from a long working life in logging.…