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Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak

This travel story is an excerpt from Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak.

I left Tahiti behind, still hearing Cocos words, You always go, non?

The plane rose and I watched the shores of French Polynesia fade to a spread of blue ocean. The fragrance of Tahiti seemed to linger on my skin, in my hair, like a memory that couldnt be washed away.

A flight attendant handed me an Air New Zealand survey. One of the questions asked: “How do you generally prefer to travel?”

I smiled to myself as I checked the box, “Independently, without prior arrangements.” A lifetime summed up.

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How to Explore the Philippines Islands by Nikka…

My name is Nikka and I have lived in the Philippines all my life.

The Philippines Islands can best be described in these five words:

  • charming;
  • cheap;
  • laid-back;
  • diverse; and
  • adventure-filled.

Women should consider visiting the Philippines Islands because it’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful islands and kindest, happiest people…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Ulan Bator, Mongolia…

My name is Lisa Imogen Eldridge and I lived in Ulan Bator, Mongolia for one month.

Ulan Bator can best be described in these five words:

  • eye-opening;
  • modern;
  • fashion-conscious;
  • challenging; and
  • unique.

Women should consider visiting Ulan Bator because it is a very different Asian capital…

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One Trip to India, One Life Changing Moment…

The windows rattled as the train made its way along the dusty tracks to the foothills of the Himalayas.

The sounds of ‘chai chai,’ flowed through the carriages as I sat wide-eyed taking in the scenes around me before the train arrived at what was to be my home for the next week.

The stench of urine was almost overpowering and I held my breath, trying not to step on figures who lay in stained rags asleep on the dirty floor.

I felt something brush my trousers and looked down expecting to see a stray dog sat before me. Instead I stood in shock at the sight of a torso on a make-shift skateboard staring back up at me. A sign asking for money hung around his neck and he looked at me with a sadness in his eyes.

‘I can’t do this,’ my mind screamed as I covered my face in my scarf, longing for the comfort of home but there was no going back…Continue

Casey’s Practical Tips to Vietnam Travel by Bicycle…

Crack!

Blinding lightning flashes through the dark sky. The swollen clouds grumble their agreement. Leaves tremble and are torn from their perches. The wind snarls and the torrential downpour heightens to a roar.

The very cows low in terror.

Along the muddy road, two lost bicyclists struggle against the gale with the storm worsening by the second.

With no other options, the cyclists are forced to seek shelter from a small group of homes.  After the local villager realizes the situation, he graciously ushers them into his home where he provides shelter and food.

It was experiences like this that opened Casey Siemasko’s eyes to the wonders of Vietnam travel… all from the seat of her bicycle.  Learn how Casey’s adventurous decision to cycle across Vietnam became a journey of self-motivation and inspiration…

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