Things to do in Jakarta, Indonesia: Jalan Cikini Raya
09 Dec 2018

Things to Do in Jakarta: Two Days in Indonesia’s Capital

When I told people I was going to go out of my way to spend two days in Jakarta the general reaction was…why? It isn’t the kind of place you go to just have a look and see the sights. I’m probably one of the few people who actually went there

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03 Dec 2018

A Day Trip to Ajanta Caves From Aurangabad, India

If you read my recent post about Ellora Caves you’ll realise that this is basically a sequel, and sequels are never as good (with the odd exception). My day trip to Ajanta Caves started out much the same as my day trip to Ellora Caves, only the bus never arrived

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26 Nov 2018

Searching for the Best Beaches in Padangbai, Bali

Padangbai is perhaps best known as the port you’ll pass through on the way to Lombok and the Gili Islands. But slip away from the traffic choked streets of the port area and you’ll find a couple of nice beaches and a laid-back little beach town. On my recent trip

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The day trip to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad, India --
03 Nov 2018

A Day Trip to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad, India

People often say it’s the journey, rather than the destination, where the magic of travel truly lays. That’s not always the case in India. Sure, pushing your way onto crowded buses and trains and then being uncomfortable for a couple of hours probably sounds fun, but after the 10th time

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Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand -- Taylor's Mistake from above
26 Oct 2018

17 Things to Do in Christchurch, New Zealand: Is It Worth Visiting After the Earthquakes?

This things to do in Christchurch post was originally posted in September 2017 and was updated after my recent trip the city. Upon entering the centre of the city for the first time since the 2010 / 2011 earthquakes, it became obvious what a long shadow those natural disasters still

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Scenic roads near Queenstown, New Zealand
10 Oct 2018

Glenorchy | Paradise | Kinloch: Searching for Scenic Roads Near Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is known as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful towns (at least in terms of scenery), but what are things like when you leave the comfort of town for the winding roads to Glenorchy, Paradise and Kinloch? This drive, and the walks you’ll want to do in-between driving, features

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03 Oct 2018

The Best Places to See in Bijapur, Central India

I never planned to visit Bijapur. I was in Hampi when I realised I didn’t need an 18-hour overnight bus ride to Mumbai in my life, so I opened Google Maps and looked at some options. Bijapur, in the state of Karnataka, was in the general direction I was headed

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26 Sep 2018

10 Awesome Islands Near Bali That You Can Easily Visit

Bali means many things to many people. Some are captivated by the spirituality, kind locals, variety of landscapes and hip beach bars while others catch one glimpse of Kuta — and all the tackiness it’s famous for — and decide Bali isn’t for them. A trip to Bali doesn’t have

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