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Why every traveller to Jordan should do a homestay

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What first springs to mind when you think of Jordan? The ‘lost’ city of Petra? Maybe the Dead Sea? Fair enough – these are classic Jordan travel experiences for good reason. The highlight of my visit to Jordan, however, was something I…

10 simple ways to minimise plastic while travelling

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Do you justify your plastic use by tossing it in the recycling bin? Unfortunately, it’s not a long-lasting solution. With 300 million tons of plastic produced around the globe every year, and only 85 per cent of the world’s plastic…

A local’s guide to Byron Bay

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Byron Bay is a special place. I was incredibly lucky to grow up in this beautiful northern NSW town, and after upping sticks 15 years ago to move to Sydney and then work and travel all over the world, I’m…

5 of the best: social enterprises in Luang Prabang

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I recently spent a sizeable chunk of time in Luang Prabang, one of my favourite cities in Southeast Asia, to research a guidebook. A 1995 Unesco listing has helped this northern Lao city retain much of its Franco-colonial charm, but…

6 reasons to take that trip to Alaska right now

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To fall back on an overused but oh-so-apt cliché, Alaska really is one of the world’s last great untamed wildernesses. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this vast, gobsmackingly beautiful state twice – the first time on a road-trip through the southeast…

How to travel sustainably in Phuket

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It’s no secret that Phuket is no longer the unspoiled tropical paradise that first started luring international travellers to its shores in the 1970s. Yet thanks to its still-beautiful beaches, choice of good value hotels, excellent food and convenient air links, Thailand’s favourite…

10 of the best apps for eco-conscious travellers

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As responsible tourism becomes ever more popular, there are more and more ‘green’ smartphone applications available to can help you be kind to the planet on your travels. These handy apps can help you do everything from track your CO2…