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Author: Emily

5 Reasons to Hike Chitwan National Park

When you think about hiking Nepal, there are a few things which immediately come to mind.  Snow.  Mountains.  Everest base camp. As the home of tea house trekking and with a dizzying number of world class trails to choose from, Nepal is the dream destination for many a hiker.  It’s relatively easy to hike independently.  It’s cheap. And it’s beautiful! But while the mountains are the obvious place to head for, save a little time in your itinerary to explore another side to Nepal’s great outdoors. Here are 5 reasons why you should hike Chitwan National Park.  There may...

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The Overland Track: Mountains, Wombats and Wallabies

Hiking the Overland Track wasn’t even on my radar when we booked our flights to Australia.  To be honest, it wasn’t on my radar up until a month before we were on a plane to Sydney. But I guess that’s usually how things go around here. Sometime last November we were sat planning our route around Australia.  We knew we wanted to avoid hostels and tour buses and that we’d camp as much as we could to save money.  We toyed with the idea of the East Coast, and, of course, we wanted to visit the Outback. And then,...

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Living out of a van – is it worth it?

We’re now almost a month into our New Zealand roadtrip and our latest stint living out of a van. It’s not exactly our first rodeo.  We lived out of a car in Alaska, a people carrier masquerading as a camper van in Oregon and tent camped through Australia to save cash. Our current ride is a four door Nissan mini van with a mattress platform built into the back.  We’ve named him Nigel.  This seems appropriate whenever he’s panting dejectedly up one of New Zealand’s many hills, though he does occasionally surprise us with a sexy little gravel slide...

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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Kaikoura

It’s not often that I voluntarily set my alarm for 4.00 in the morning. Sure, I’ll get up early if we need to break camp in good time or if there’s a flight to catch.  But organising an activity which starts before the sun gets up? Errm, no thanks. So when Terry’s phone started beeping at us in the ungodly hours of a morning sometime last week, it took a lot for me not to throw it at him. But why did you have to pick the early tour? I grumbled, struggling into my clothes in the back of...

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