Exploring Golden Ballarat As A Day Trip From Melbourne

A day trip to Ballarat feels like taking a step back in time - something that I find doesn’t happen all that often in the state of Victoria. The most popular day trips for tourists from Melbourne seem to be places like the Great Ocean Road, Philip Island and the Yarra Valley. They’re all beautiful sites to visit, of course, but Ballarat shows off something distinctly different - a brilliantly preserved forgotten industrial history, a unique architectural spectacle and something a little more rustic than Victoria’s pristine natural attractions.

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Inspiration Interview: An Unprepared Cycle From London to Greece

We all have one of those friends who is forever coming up with crazy ideas. They’re the kind of people who are infectious to be around as they brighten up the dullest of days. But there are probably only a few of us who have friends that regularly action their far-fetched ideas. Well, I appear to be one of the lucky ones. Let me introduce you to my good friend and ultimate travel inspiration, Aled Davies.

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8 Things To Know Before You Visit Tasmania

Yes, Tasmania may not be the most obscure and unknown travel destination in the world but just like any new place, there are plenty of quirks that are always useful to familiarise yourself with before you visit. Australia’s only island state is different to any other I have experienced in Australia. To me, it is an intriguing mix of New Zealand, England and Victoria, in terms of the landscape, architecture and even lifestyle, yet it has elements that are, of course, uniquely Tasmanian. So before you pack your bags or book that ticket, here are some important and useful things you need to know before you visit Tasmania.

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Two Weeks in Toronto: How I Lost My Solo Travel Virginity By @smudge.photography

I’ve read a lot of stories and know a few people who have been travelling on their own and the majority say the main reason they do it is for the independence and freedom that it brings. As great as this sounds for some, it didn’t massively appeal to me. I’ve always preferred to go away with friends and share my travel experience with others. The main reason I embarked on a solo trip to Canada wasn’t out of any urge to get away and be free, but actually out of simply being sick of waiting for my friends plans (and the planets!) to align to allow us to go away together.

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Apparently I Travel to 'Run Away'

If I had a pound for every time someone said, or insinuated, that I travel to run away from the responsibilities of adult life, well - I’d basically be able to afford an around-the-world ticket (see ya suckers!) “Are you just going to run away every time life gets tough?” said by a male friend of mine, has to be my favourite sweeping statement made to date.My initial reaction to this was naturally ‘get f*cked’ and other defensive retorts like ‘I have staying power you know’ and ‘I do have emotional strength to face issues in my life, you complete moron’. Perhaps, on reflection, I was a little harsh.

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20 Fascinating Facts To Make You Want to Visit Tasmania

On every single day of my trip, Tasmania surprised me with a truly stand-out fact that I learnt from a local or read on a information board or brochure. It was exciting - never had a place I thought I knew so much about proved me to be so ignorant. Tasmania is a totally unique place and, as such, claims the title of many ‘world firsts’ and interesting facts that I’m sure will surprise you, just like they did me! Here are just 20 Tasmanian facts that I hope are reason enough to convince you to visit to learn and see more!

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How To Hike the World's Deepest Canyon, The Colca - Tips From My Mistakes

Most people have heard of the famous Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is one of the world’s most popular natural sights, attracting an incredible 5+ million tourists a year. Yet not many people have heard of the Colca Canyon, situated some 4,422 miles away in the pre-inca region of Arequipa, Peru. I admit, I too had never heard of it until I arrived to Arequipa itself. But you should; the Colca is in fact over two times deeper than its American rival, boasting an elevation of 11,500ft above sea level…

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5 Super Easy Ways to Become a More Eco-Friendly Traveller

It’s a fact that travelling is bad for the environment. However by making small, low effort changes to how and what we do when we travel, we can actually majorly counteract and minimise our negative impact on the planet.

Here are just five things that I am doing both at home and abroad in an attempt to be a more environmentally friendly traveller. I hope you consider adopting some, if not all of these easy ways too!

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How To Spend A Weekend Road Trip Down The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is hands down one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world. The iconic route stretches 243km from Torquay to Allensford in Australia, showing off some of Victoria’s most attractive and interesting natural tourist sites along the way. From Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road trip can be easily experienced over a weekend. Or, even better, enjoyed more slowly with an extra day (i.e. for three days, two nights). After visiting the Great Ocean Road for just a quick weekend, here is a guide to everything I know about this stunning world famous Aussie road trip.

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20 Productive Things To Do Whilst Waiting At The Airport

As a frequent traveller, I must have spent hundreds of hours over the years sitting in airports. Not helped of course by the fact I always leave even earlier than rationally necessary due to a neurotic fear of missing my flight. I’m almost certain I’ve wasted more hours twiddling my thumbs, pacing the equivalent of a marathon and attempting to sleep on cold, hard chairs than the average person.

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A Journey Through Bolivia's Diverse Landscapes: A Photo Diary

The wild and rugged scenery of Bolivia inadvertently pushes you into experiences that test your limits and overwhelm all your senses. From mountain biking down the world's most dangerous road to swimming in alligator infested waters in search of pink dolphins, adrenaline and adventure are clearly two of Bolivia's most seductive qualities. 

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How to Visit The Great Wall of China on a Layover

Just as I was about to commit to a one way flight to Melbourne, Australia, an advert on the booking website caught my eye. Instead of a two hour stop over in Singapore with Emirates, Air China were offering absolute bargain flights with a 10 or 12 hour layover in Beijing. Too long to wait at the airport I thought but what if I could leave it? 

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What To Do in Rural Ella, Sri Lanka

Stumbling out from the hippy rooftop lounge of Cafe One Love after too many mango mojitos, I swore to the honeymooning German couple propping me up that I was never leaving Ella. I realise now that (apart from being a great passion-killer), I was simply one of the many travellers hopelessly under the influence - sorry - spell, of this magical hillside village.

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The Best Brunch Spots in Barcelona (and What to Eat There) By @mimozaeverywhere

My favourite meal of the day: breakfast. When you wake up late (probably quite tired from last night), this favourite meal of mine transforms into an even better concept: brunch. The dictionary describes it as “a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch”, but I describe it as pure happiness. Since I live in Barcelona, I feel like I have to share my knowledge with you, everyone, on this very serious and important matter.

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UNESCO World Heritage Vietnam: A Photo Diary

With jaw-dropping natural marvels and fantastically preserved ancient relics, Vietnam is home to eight incredible UNESCO World Heritage status sites. From abandoned imperial cities to present day towns, unique landscapes to underground wonders, the heritage sites of Vietnam are truly something to behold. Here is a visual insight into this culture rich country.

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The Ultimate Indie/Rock Playlist For Solo Female Travel

Solo travelling is one of the most empowering and socially rewarding things a person can do, no matter what age or gender. However for a female, it certainly takes a little more assertiveness to ignore concerned family members, unnerving international news and the fear of judgement and harassment, to explore a strange country, completely alone. But I know for a fact, because I have female friends who have told me so, that many women just unfortunately don't have the confidence to take the plunge…

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An Aotearoan Adventure: How To Spend a Two Month New Zealand Road Trip

Living life on the road was something I had been dying to do for years. So when a two month opportunity to travel to New Zealand arose, I couldn't think of a more perfectly suitable country to do it. Well known for its dramatic and diverse landscape, New Zealand has an array of natural wonders to explore at every corner of the country.

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