Author: Stacey

The Temples of Angkor

Going to Cambodia without visiting the temples of Angkor is like going to Egypt and skipping the Pyramids. More than two million visitors swing by the temples each year, and for good reason. With hundreds of temples in the area there’s plenty to choose from, and they’re all so different that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Entry to […]

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Flight of the Gibbon-Ziplining in Siem Reap

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go ziplining in Siem Reap at the Flight of the Gibbon in Angkor Archaeological Park, and I’m so glad that I jumped at the opportunity. In order to get into the Angkor Archaeological Park you need a park pass which is $20 for a day or $40 for three days. […]

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Relaxing in Nusa Lembongan

After five days of experiencing the craziness that is Kuta we were ready to get away from it all, so we decided to spend a day relaxing in Nusa Lembongan. Located off the coast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is only around 8 square kms so although we would have preferred to spend a few days exploring, we were confident that we […]

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Whitewater Rafting the Telaga Waja in Bali

I’ve wanted to go whitewater rafting for the longest time. Considering I’m from a country renowned for its adventure sports I still have a lot of them on my bucket list, and I’m finally doing them now that I’ve left New Zealand. When I looked into booking whitewater rafting from Australia it was going to […]

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First impressions of Bali

After traveling for 21 hours (thanks Air Asia), we finally arrived into Denpasar airport at around midnight. Immigration was easy, and we eventually ended up outside surrounded by taxi drivers. This was my first dumb move. I forgot everything I was told about using taxis in Bali. I’d been advised to only use metered taxis, and […]

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I did it! I quit my job and I’m heading to Asia.

I’ve always wanted to do some backpacking in Asia. I’ve spent the last ten months in Australia, and while working as a Travel Agent has taught me tons about travel and the industry, it’s been pure torture selling travel while I’m longing to have my own adventures. The older crowd is fine. I can send […]

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Travel Agent Tip: When is it best to book through a Travel Agent?

Todays question is from Izy who blogs at www.thewrongwayhome.com. In this day and age, is it really better to book through a travel agent? This one is tricky for a number of reasons. Largely because it’s completely dependent on the type of person you are, where you’re going, and your level of stress when planning […]

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Learning how to Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef

Louise takes her regulator out of her mouth and drops it, pointing so I can see the bubbles as she exhales. While dropping one arm, she reaches behind her, grabs her regulator and sticks it back into her mouth, blowing out to clear it and then breathing normally again. She gestures for me to do the same. I hesitate. My brain is telling me […]

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Travel Agent Tip: How to get Cheap Flights

Welcome to my new series: Travel Agent Tips. In the last eight months I’ve learned a lot about the travel industry and travel in general, and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned with you, my lovely readers. First up, I’d like to address some of the many myths and misconceptions around finding a cheap flight. […]

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Australia You’re Turning me into a Wimp.

I’ve got a bone to pick with you Australia. I always thought I was pretty tough. I never really pictured myself as one of those girly girls who froze in fear at the mere mention of a spider or a snake. Here’s the thing though Australia; you’re turning me into a wimp. When I look back, the reason […]

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185 Empty White Chairs in Christchurch

There are few things more heartbreaking than seeing your home town devastated by over eleven thousand earthquakes. In a special kind of irony, Lonely Planet named Christchurch number six out of ten top cities to visit in 2013, while the mayor himself has admitted that Christchurch is “munted”. There are whole suburbs of Christchurch that […]

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That time I jumped off a bridge and screamed like a girl.

I’ve always wanted to try bungy jumping. The moment I learned that you could jump off a bridge, attached to what is essentially a super-strength rubber band I was intrigued. I wondered if I’d be able to do it. Would I get to the edge, look down and freak out? Or would I take the final step […]

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San Diego: Some of the Places I Miss the Most

San Diego is an interesting city. It’s the eighth largest city in the United States, and because it’s so spread out it feels even bigger. It has a very relaxed vibe, and a laid-back feel that reminds me of home. The people are warm and welcoming, and there’s a huge amount to see and do- most of […]

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Reverse Culture Shock: Returning Home after Living in America

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog and honestly, it’s because moving to Australia has been really hard after living in America for so long. Anyone who’s lived overseas for more than a few months will be able to relate to the weird feelings I’ve had after returning from living abroad. This is known as Reverse […]

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Photo of the Week: An Alley in Melbourne

I love Melbourne. I really enjoy walking around the city and finding alleys and lanes with cute shops and great cafe’s. I took this photo as I peered into an alley in Melbourne one cloudy day. It was a little overexposed when I took it, but I found I liked the look after I converted it to black and white, […]

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Swimming with the Dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii

When I was in my travel month after working as an Au Pair, I was most excited about the prospect of finally swimming with the dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’d wanted to do it for years in New Zealand, but you know how it goes-often you never do that sort of stuff […]

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Photo of the Week: Behind Rainbow Falls, Hawaii

This is one of my favorite photos from my time in Hawaii. The waterfall itself is gorgeous of course, but we also squelched through the mud behind Rainbow falls (being eaten alive by mosquitoes), and were well rewarded for our efforts. I’m definitely an amateur photographer, but I think I managed to capture the stillness […]

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The Best Beaches on The Big Island, Hawaii

I recently visited the Big Island in Hawaii, and when other travelers told me they were “island hopping”, I figured I’d mistake devoting 11 whole days to just one island. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Public transport is sporadic and unreliable (although very cheap), so we rented a car for a few days, and […]

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Save me San Francisco: The Main Attractions of a Very Interesting City.

I was recently in San Francisco for four days, and it was barely enough time to explore this quirky city. It quickly became one of my favorites in America.   Where to go:   Fisherman’s wharf: Fisherman’s wharf/pier 39  is one of the more famous places in San Francisco, and for good reason. There’s so […]

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