Should I Tip?

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Hello, my name is Josie. I am Australian and I do not tip. Yes, I’m going there. I am going to write about this almost always-controversial aspect of travel – tipping. Nearly every time I see it brought up in discussions online, the conversation becomes heated. It goes from “you must tip because people rely … Read more

Why Sometimes I DON’T Book Direct

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You hear it all the time “Book direct, you’ll get a better deal!” While sometimes that is the case, there are other times when booking through a third party makes more sense. Here is why I sometimes book direct and why sometimes I don’t. Contents1 When Do I Book Direct2 When I Don’t Book Direct3 … Read more

11 Travel Tips for Those One-Day Stopovers

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Many of us look at those one-day stopovers as an inconvenience on our travel journey but perhaps more of us should be thinking of them as an opportunity; an opportunity to explore a whole new location and pack in as much as we can. Yes, you might be tired and you might just want to … Read more

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy While Camping

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy While Camping

Going camping is one of the most rewarding ways to take a break from the droning mundanity of city life. It yields numerous life-affirming benefits since you can enjoy silence and solitude while unplugging from your devices to feel more in tune with nature. Camping can also be a great way to get a change of scene. … Read more

8 Uncommon Ideas to Cut the Cost and Travel More

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Fancy a lap around the globe but find your wallet’s wincing at the thought? Don’t panic! You don’t need to win the lottery or discover a forgotten bank account to fund your wanderlust. I have been scrimping and saving for years to fund my travels, but I always want to travel more than my budget … Read more

Eating Well While Travelling

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Do you bring home unwanted holiday weight when you travel? Is food a huge part of your travel budget? Here are some great tips to help with eating well while travelling to keep extra kilos away and dollars in your pockets. If you’re anything like me, you know that the joy of travel lies not … Read more

Why You Need Travel Insurance

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I want to have a heart-to-heart chat about something incredibly important for every traveller out there – travel insurance. Now, I know it might seem like one of those “just in case” things, but trust me, it’s an absolute must-have for any adventure, and I’m here to tell you why. Contents1 Why You Need to … Read more

20 Packing Tips for International Travel

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You’ve booked your flights and accommodation, planned all the cool things you are going to do and the food you want to eat, now there’s just one thing left to do. Here are packing tips for international travel. Unlocking Packing Tips for Your International Adventures The thrill of an international adventure is a feeling like … Read more

What to Expect at the Airport

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If it’s your first time taking an international flight, the process at the airport can seem daunting. After taking dozens, maybe even hundreds, of international flights, here is my advice for what to expect at the airport. Getting to the Airport A big difference between international flights compared to domestic ones is that you should … Read more

What to do When Your Flight Gets Cancelled

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If you have done any flying over the last few years, you have probably had to deal with a cancelled flight at some point in time. When it happens we are often left wondering what we should do. Here I have put together some steps to help you with what to do when your flight … Read more