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  • Sydney or Melbourne: the great Aussie debate

    Sydney or Melbourne: the great Aussie debate

    October 3rd, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Pin Sydney and Melbourne have been battling it out for supremacy as long as Europeans have been setting sail for Australia. Both are capitals of their respective states – New South Wales and Victoria – and both think they should be the capital of Australia. So fierce is their rivalry that nobody could choose between…

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  • The rebirth of Perth: how the city got cool

    The rebirth of Perth: how the city got cool

    September 1st, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Sun-soaked and healthy? Perhaps. A decent gateway to Western Australia? Definitely. But a cool place to spend a few days? Until recently Perth just couldn’t muster enough hipster hangouts to keep visitors interested, and even the locals would leave the city centre come nightfall. The city earned the moniker “Dullsville” and a reputation for being tucked…

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  • 6 amazing journeys in Southeast Asia

    6 amazing journeys in Southeast Asia

    July 4th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Pin Travelling in Southeast Asia isn’t just about getting from A to B, on almost every trip the journey is part of the experience. Here’s our pick of the best journeys across Southeast Asia. Check out The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget for everything else you’ll need to plan your trip. 1. Thailand–Burma Death Railway,…

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  • Croatia’s top foodie experiences

    Croatia’s top foodie experiences

    June 15th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Why go to Croatia? The unspoiled coastline, with its hundreds of islands and crystal clear waters. The gorgeous ancient walled cities, their beauty so unreal they find themselves starring in the Game of Thrones series and Star Wars movies. The food… wait, the food? Perhaps that last reason is an afterthought, or maybe you’re concerned that…

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  • A coastal trail with a difference: sea kayaking in Northern Ireland

    A coastal trail with a difference: sea kayaking in Northern Ireland

    May 19th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    The Northern Irish coast is justifiably famous for its beauty, all craggy inlets and brooding cliffs topped by crumbling castles. Most people explore this coastline from the land, walking along the clifftops and driving the winding road that snakes along from the Scotland-facing east coast to the large inlet of Derry in the west. But…

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  • Split or Dubrovnik: where should you go first?

    Split or Dubrovnik: where should you go first?

    May 17th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Split and Dubrovnik are the stars of Croatian tourism. Both have an ancient core historic enough to be listed by UNESCO yet vibrant enough to remain home to a sizeable local population. Both have beaches backed by clear waters, fresh local seafood and plentiful bars with Adriatic views. And both have appeared in Game of…

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  • Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    April 27th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Spain’s two biggest cities have long had a friendly rivalry – and it goes far beyond football. Madrid is, of course, Spain’s capital city and as well as being more or less geographically at the centre of the country, it is also the centre politically, economically and culturally – as well as the home of…

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  • 9 ways to beat the travel bug

    9 ways to beat the travel bug

    April 19th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Feet itching to get out on the road again? Been back home for a while since your last adventure and desperate to start the next one? If your travel piggy bank isn’t quite up to the task of flying you off on the next big trip just yet, don’t let the travel bug get its…

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  • 9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    April 11th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Backpacking Thailand can mean staying in fun-packed hostels and idyllic beach bungalows, eating noodles so tasty and so cheap you’ll swear off all other food groups and climbing aboard everything from an overnight train to a lolloping elephant. But it also means following a well-worn route – one that has sprouted an entire industry to…

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  • Trekking in Thailand: the best routes

    Trekking in Thailand: the best routes

    December 10th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand is ripe for trekking. From its dripping, pristine rainforests to its towering, mist-enveloped mountains, there is a landscape that just begs you to get out on two feet and explore. But the real joy of trekking in Thailand here is nothing to do with the scenery, it’s the people that make every step count, from…

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  • How to carry cash abroad

    How to carry cash abroad

    November 25th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Pin In this article sponsored by Compare Forex Brokers, Helen Ochyra runs down the best ways to carry cash while travelling.  You may have become accustomed to depending on those little pieces of plastic when at home, but on the road paying for that bowl of noodles, train ticket or local beer is unlikely to…

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  • Go it alone: solo travel in Thailand

    Go it alone: solo travel in Thailand

    November 24th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand is the quintessential backpacker destination. Here you can make the first footprints on secluded sands, dance shoeless under a full moon and swim beneath cascading waterfalls. Running through Thailand’s rainforests and temples and looping around its islands and beaches is the so-called “banana pancake trail”, a well-worn, tried and tested backpacker route that has…

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