You’ve Gotta Do House Sitting!

You’ve Gotta Do House Sitting! I’m writing this post from a luxurious home in an upscale residential neighborhood in Noosa Heads, itself the most chic town on Australia’s glorious Sunshine Coast. My plush bedroom easily competes with any 5-star resort room. But it’s better because I have a whole house. I’ve been cooking in the …

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PHOTO GALLERY: Noosa – Australia

PHOTO GALLERY: Noosa – Australia Noosa is the northernmost point of Australia’s magnificent Sunshine Coast. Noosa is blessed with stunning nature: long sweeping beaches, a dramatic forested headland, surfing breaks, rivers flowing into the sea, mangrove forests, a plethora of birds and, of course, the vast Pacific Ocean. Noosa town consists of a single street …

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The Fabulous Sunshine Coast – Australia

The Fabulous Sunshine Coast – Australia Picture miles upon miles of undisturbed golden beaches backed by grass-tufted sand dunes, interspersed by the occasional rocky headland and pounded by gently roaring waves. On any given day you’ll see clumps of surfers bobbing on the sea awaiting the best wave crests, people strolling the beaches, dogs frolicking …

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Work Exchange Tips: When Work Exchange Goes Wrong

Work Exchange Tips: When Work Exchange Goes Wrong  This year I’ve excitedly shifted most of my travels from SE Asia over to Oceania. Since mid February I’ve been slowly exploring New Zealand, Fiji and Australia, spending 2-3 months in each country. Because these travel destinations are all relatively expensive, I’ve joined several work exchange gigs …

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Travel Tips: My Five Most Essential Travel Items

Travel Tips: My Five Most Essential Travel Items As many of my friends & followers already know, I started my solo world travels back in 1998 in Thailand. Over the course of these 16 years I’ve been able to discard many items that I initially thought would be useful or even essential, as I eventually realized …

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My Costs to Travel Around Fiji for 2 Months

My Costs to Travel Around Fiji for 2 Months Armed with the knowledge that Fiji actively markets to and caters for budget travelers and having a 1-month HelpX assignment lined up at remote Kadavu Island, I headed to exotic Fiji as an independent budget traveler in early June, 2014. I’d already booked myself into two …

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PHOTO GALLERY: Boudhanath Stupa – Kathmandu, Nepal

PHOTO GALLERY: Boudhanath Stupa – Kathmandu, Nepal  Majestic Boudhanath Stupa is one of Kathmandu’s most famous and intriguing temples. Standing 36 M tall, it’s one of the world’s highest stupas and the tallest in Nepal. It was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1979. Although Nepal is primarily a Hindu nation, thousands of Tibetans have …

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10 Free Things to do in Brisbane, Australia

10 Free Things to do in Brisbane, Australia  Australia’s third largest city, sunny Brisbane, is located about midway along Australia’s extensive eastern coast. With flash Gold Coast just to the south and the stunning Sunshine Coast just to the north, Brisbane lies squarely in the heart of Australia’s famed stretch of gorgeous, sun-drenched beaches. The …

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Five Delicious Traditional Fiji Dishes

Five Delicious Traditional Fiji Dishes Fiji’s traditional cuisine relies heavily on foods available naturally on the island. As a result, their delicious dishes are usually made from fish and seafood, coconuts, root vegetables such as cassava and taro, other crop vegetables, citrus fruits and some chicken, pork and lamb. Many dishes use coconut milk, which …

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10 Free Things to do in Fiji

10 Free Things to do in Fiji In two recent posts about Fiji, I pointed out that this Pacific island nation actively markets to and caters for budget travelers. All around Fiji’s scattered islands travelers can find beach-side budget resorts, dorm rooms, and inexpensive rooms at city budget hotels & guest houses. Read more about …

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