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Moai at the Easter Island quarry

How to travel to Easter Island on a budget

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The mysterious Easter Island lies 3,600 km off the coast of Chile. Covered in hundreds of Moai statues, it still holds the secrets of a lost civilisation. Many people dream of travelling there, but being so remote the cost of visiting is high. Luckily we managed to include it on our trip backpacking through South America and with a few simple tricks…

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Life and Death in Varanasi

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“Don’t go to Varanasi.” That’s what we’d been told by a few people we’d met on our trip. “You’ll either love it or hate it,” others had said. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. Filthy, smoggy, the traffic is insane – it makes New Delhi seem like The Cotswolds. But it is one of, if not the most mesmerising and unforgettable…

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Alipura

Alipura and the Kama Sutra Temples of Khajuraho

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Alipura is a small rural town in Madhya Pradesh. Around eighty percent of the Indian population live in small towns and villages like this one, so it was really great to visit another. We stayed in Alipura Palace which is over 150 years old and has been partially converted to a heritage hotel by descendants of the original ruling family. Staying here…

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Village Life in Tordi Sagar

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Tordi Sagar is a small village in rural Rajasthan, around a three hour drive from Jaipur. Our home for the night was Tordi Palace, a beautiful heritage hotel and the ancestral home of the Khangarot clan.  We spent just a day there, walking through the narrow, dusty village streets and observing daily life. Children followed us everywhere, desperate to pose…

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The Pink City of Jaipur

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Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, is an amazing, colourful city, with chaotic streets and lively bazaars. Camels and elephants share the roads with scooters and cycle rickshaws. In the hills, the remains of palaces and forts show the splendour of the city’s ancient royal past.

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Chai tea seller

New Delhi and No Signs of a Bad Belly

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Namaste India! This one has been on the bucket list for a long time. We arrived to an extremely smoggy New Delhi late at night and the next day set out to try some of our favourite cuisine. 

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How to get a visa for India while already travelling

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We were half way through our trip when we decided we wanted to add India into the itinerary. We thought we could get the e-visa online, but it only lasts up to 30 days and we wanted to stay longer. That’s ok we thought, we’ll just get it in Bangkok. You can get everything in Bangkok. Nope, we discovered that…

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Rice Terraces and Hill Tribes in Sapa

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Sapa is a town in the mountains of North Vietnam, originally a hill station for the French in 1922, now a base for trekking in the surrounding countryside through cascading rice terraces and small hill-tribe villages.

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3 Days in Sydney on a Budget

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Sydney isn’t the cheapest city to visit, especially on a backpacker budget, but with a little effort it can still be enjoyed and doesn’t have to break the bank. Below are some tips on how we saved money.

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