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byron bay
Australia

6 Reasons Why Byron Bay Deserves its Popularity

Byron Bay. Bay of Byron. Australia’s easternmost town. Clothing optional. Shoes unfashionable, if people here really gave a damn about fashion (which they don’t). The mode du jour: hippy, free-loving, rainbow tie-dye hemp drapings. A tropical town of balconied…

white night melbourne
Australia

How to Survive White Night Melbourne

At seven in the evening, the bells begin to jingle. St Paul’s leads the charge, but dozens of extra installations chime in. They herald the start of White Night Melbourne, a dusk-till-dawn feat of neon artistry. The epicentre of…

sign to pha thok cave
Asia Laos

In Knee Deep: A solo hike to Tham Pha Thok caves

The river had looked harmless. But the water was already up to my knees and with every step I risked plunging into the stream. My toes poked around for a stable foothold. The current was so fast it seemed…

portrait of james treacher from turiocity
Travel Insights

Portrait of a Traveller: James Treacher

Welcome to the first of my ‘Portrait of a Traveller’ series, guys. One of the joys of travel is getting to know the unusual array of personalities you encounter. Well, this travel portraits series provide a postcard snapshot of the…

jam hostel
Spain Travel Insights

Barcelona and the hostel family

A group of young dark-haired men sat on the steps of the Plaça del Sol, strumming guitars and tapping the ground with their feet. Around them, a crowd gathered to clap to the Spanish beat and sing along to…

amsterdam
Europe Netherlands

The diversity of Amsterdam

Women clad in black lingerie stand behind velvet-curtained windows. They pick at their nails, text on their phones or leer at the shifty passersby. Everyone wants to peek at the near-naked ladies, but all are too polite to stop…

cordoba mosque
Spain Travel Insights

Why I Travel: Discovering Magic in Cordoba

As I walked up from the Guadalquivir River, light, summery music floated through the streets. Ahead of me was the grand Mezquita-Catedral, Cordoba’s greatest claim to fame. The sun had just set and the sky was entering its magnetic…

chefchaouen
Morocco

Chefchaouen: Where it’s impossible to feel blue

Approaching Chefchaouen from a distance, I could feel my muscles relax and my lungs breathe deep. There it stood, a blue-and-white blob slumped lazily on the slopes of a steep, sparse mountain. The hamlet was surrounded by the dusty,…

famous tannery in fez
Morocco

Navigating Fez’s mazelike medina

“Hello madam,” the young boy said, approaching with a large grin on his face that also lit up his almond-shaped eyes. “Hello,” I said warily and braced myself for his attempt to wrangle some money from me. “What hostel…

Travel Insights

What makes the ultimate travel destination?

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: Travel isn’t always glamorous locations. It may seem that way when you’re following your friends’ travels on Facebook (or if you’re keeping up with my ARoamerTherapy page). But I can…