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March 2011

The Australian alcohol culture conundrum

When a gaggle of Australian backpackers tumbled into a European hostel, I knew they were in for a loud and drunken evening. Young Australians love to travel—and history and culture aren’t often at the top of their to-do list. Attractive young Aussies...
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Postcard from downtown Sydney

While Sydney is synonymous with surfers and sunshine, it's also the thriving business capital of Australia. The Central Business District (commonly known as the CBD) is nestled right in the heart of Sydney: next to The Rocks and Chinatown, a few...
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Welcome to Melbourne: a review of The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is widely renowned as not only one of the best hostels in Melbourne--and it lives up to its reputation. I read about The Greenhouse in Lonely Planet and was also recommended by a friend who stayed there for a few months while...
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Share the St Kilda view

Every day that I look out my window, I feel a little surge of glee. From my bed, I can spot palm trees, a roller coaster and the Port Phillip Bay (although I prefer to just think of it as the ocean). It feels like all my childhood dreams come...
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#10: Why I didn’t lie out at Bondi Beach

As soon as I decided to go to Sydney, I started daydreaming about long, sun-drenched days at Bondi Beach--so much so that I included it in my Australia bucket list. Bondi Beach is synonymous with Sydney beach culture: I didn’t even realize...
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Postcard from Manly Beach

Manly Beach is just a short ferry ride or long bus ride away from downtown Sydney. One of the most beautiful of the Northern Beaches, it's a fabulous place to go for a stroll, eat lunch with a view or--if you're lazy like me--read on the beach all...
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Eight adventures to have in New Zealand

I've met some great Kiwis in my travels (like the folks of Drifting Kiwi and Indie Travel Podcast), as well as people who just love New Zealand (the minds behind A Dangerous Business and Backpacking Matt immediately spring to mind). They're the real...
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Share the Porto love

Today's photo of Porto, Portugal was contributed by Candace Rardon. She loved the way the city was balanced on both sides of the River Douro and no matter where you wandered, you were never far from the river. After a late lunch, she sat along the...
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Sydney on a budget

You know what no one ever tells you? Or, at least, what no one told me? Sydney (and most of Australia) is really freaking expensive. Sure, people might mention the outrageous cost of books ($25 for a new paperback or $50 for a Lonely Planet...
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Video Postcard from Sydney Mardi Gras

I usually celebrate Mardi Gras with mass amounts of homemade crepes: Fat Tuesday is traditionally the last day to use up all your fat and sugar before Lent. The religious overtones of this day of feasting were cast aside at Sydney Mardi Gras 2011: it...
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