Author: Charlie Stone

A Music Lovers Guide to Toronto

Canada is home to some great artists and lots of music lovers. The country is flooded with magnanimous concert halls and spots to find great live music. Toronto is no exception. It holds a large number of music spots which have been the love of music lovers for a long time. Toronto offers a lot of lodging options as well and short term rental in Toronto tends to be pretty affordable. Are you a music lover living or planning to visit Toronto looking for hot spots to enjoy music? Below we list one of the top spots for music lovers in...

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How to Save Money When You Travel

Travelling around a country or around the world can be the best time of your life. Unfortunately, it can also cost a lot of money. You can always get a better deal if you take the time to plan your travel or vacation well in advance. You can also go to places where other people don’t want to go (or just haven’t heard of!), or travel in off-season. In general, you can save money when travelling if you have some flexibility around dates – which fortunately for us backpackers we usually do! Here are some areas in which you...

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Exploring Australia’s Coral Coast

Lesser known than some of Australia’s more famous coastlines, the aptly names Coral Coast on the western side of the country is just as spectacular as its eastern counterparts. Running north of Perth all the way up to Exmouth, the Coral Coast stretches over 1000 kilometres. Stunning scenery, paradise beaches, natural wonders and amazing flora and fauna can be found in abundance. You can visit this sub-tropical region all year round. From March to July you can experience a truly unique wildlife encounter, swimming with whale sharks. From June to August it is cooler and rainy but this is...

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Rainforest Zip Lining in Langkawi

Fly through the treetops of Langkawi’s ancient rainforest with Umgawa’s amazing eco zip line adventure. If you’re visiting the beautiful Malay island of Langkawi then Umgawa’s zip line experience is not to be missed. During our five days on the island, this was definitely one of the best things we did here. Not only do you get to soar through pristine rainforest, the whole experience at Umgawa is an educational one, giving you a real appreciation for some of the amazing plant species and animals who inhabit this unique eco system. Umgawa is one of the first zip line attractions of its kind...

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Preparing for the big trip

Getting ready for a big backpacking trip can be a daunting task. The knowledge that you are going to have to carry everything you will need in one bag and include items for varying climates and environments is enough to make anyone stress out. So here are some pointers from some of the biggest online travel experts… Avoid Over-packing! The biggest danger according to Travel Independent Info is over packing. Over packing is not good – it makes your trip that much harder as you carry unnecessary weight around. No one intends to pack too much and yet the urge to...

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Co-Working Spaces in Bangkok

There are plenty of places to go to when you are a traveller and work simultaneously. Bangkok is not only a thrilling place to travel to but also ideal because of the places that are considered co-working spaces. Some are unbelievable to work in; you’ll be amazed at the amenities offered to the digital nomads that need a place to work and stay overnight. Although there may be some that are a bit pricey, there’s some that are absolutely cheap and affordable to work in. It’s an absolute dream for those who are fortunate enough to be able to...

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72 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City

The economic powerhouse of Vietnam and formerly known as Saigon, HCMC is a melting pot of different cultures and political stances. East doesn’t just meet west here – capitalist and communist ideologies have also combined making HCMC a unique and interesting place to spend a few days. Well-known brands and big businesses are very visible in HCMC – a reflection of its more relaxed attitude towards capitalism and Western brands. Day 1 – A Whole Lotta’ History Vietnam has a turbulent yet fascinating history and if you take some time to learn more about it you’ll understand and appreciate...

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Local Accommodation in Exchange for Language Practice

These days, travelling the world is almost seen as a necessity. In an increasingly globalized and connected world, it’s easy to learn about new cultures, but true knowledge of the world comes from experiencing these cultures. TalkTalkBnb, a new free social platform, offers travellers this very opportunity – by staying for free with locals and living authentically, in exchange for speaking their native language with their host. Food and lodging in exchange for a service Based on the principle of bartering, TalkTalkBnb offers an entirely free-to-use online community of “Hosts” and “Travelers.” Hosts offer free accommodation; in return, travellers...

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Causing More Harm than Good – The Truth behind Volunteering with Orphans

In recent years the popularity of ‘voluntourism’ has exploded and a huge number of people are now combining a holiday with the feel good factor of ‘giving back’ to the places they visit. At face value it is a hard thing to criticise – what could be wrong with giving up some of your time to help others? The concept is a great one and there are many aspects of voluntourism that should be celebrated but the unfortunate truth is; that hidden behind the veil of ‘doing good’ there are many cases of exploitation, with unscrupulous individuals and organisations...

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How Travel Has Shaped My Life

In 2009 I broke my back and my pelvis in a serious car accident that left me wheelchair bound for 3 months. Less than four years later I was backpacking around South East Asia and three years on from then, I now have a life I could never have imagined 7 years ago. When I started University I had my future pretty much planned out… I would get a job, save some money, go travelling, return home and embark on my busy corporate career. Of course I would also get a mortgage (because I’m British and we have some...

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How tourism is helping disadvantaged youth in Kratie

If you’re going to be travelling through Cambodia then why not get off the typical tourist trail and head to Kratie, a small town situated next to the mighty Mekong river. As well as being home to one of the world’s last remaining populations of Irrawaddy River Dolphin, visitors to Kratie can enjoy its laid back charm, relaxed rural atmosphere and get to know some of the incredibly friendly locals here. Kratie is also home to CRDTours and Le Tonle Restaurant and Training Centre, both operated by the wonderful Cambodian Rural Development Team who work to reduce poverty and conserve the environment...

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Official Supporters of the ChildSafe Movement

I’m very proud to announce that we’re now official supporters of the ChildSafe Movement run by the fantastic Friends International whose work helps to protect children around the world. ChildSafe is a global movement protecting children and youth around the world.  We first found out about the ChildSafe Movement in Cambodia back in 2013 when it opened our eyes to the complexities of volunteering with children. ChildSafe is an incredibly important organisation; not only does it directly protect children through front-line services but it also raises vital awareness amongst tourists and volunteers about child protection issues so that more people travel ChildSafe. Read the...

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Luang Prabrang Half Marathon – Running for a Great Cause

Pack your running shoes and take part in this years Luang Prabang Half Marathon. Run through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed town and raise vital funds for the Lao Friends Hospital for Children.  In its 4th year, the annual Luang Prabang Half Marathon is a unique, charity-focused race. It features a scenic loop course which participants can enter as a 7km, 14km, or 21km (half marathon) distance through the town’s historic UNESCO heritage area, passing golden temples while winding along the Mekong river. Entry fee’s have been reduced to less than half the cost of last year and any runner who independently...

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How to get from Muang Khua to Muang Ngoi by Boat

The boat journey from Muang Khua to the tiny village of Muang Ngoi is one of the most scenic boat trips you can take in South East Asia. If you are travelling to Laos by land from Vietnam and are using the Sop Hun / Trey Trang border crossing then the bus you are on will most likely go to Muang Khua. However, most travellers using this crossing, will skip Muang Khua and head straight to Luang Prabang, thereby having to endure a ridiculously long journey and missing out on one of the most beautiful parts of this country....

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Grab a Bargain on Awesome Adventures in Ha Long Bay

Our good friends at Asia Outdoors are having a big summer sale with over 20% off certain activities.   We’re big fans of Asia Outdoors who have received great praise for their responsibility to manage the sustainable development, bolting, safety, maintenance, and environmentalism required to rock climb in Ha Long Bay. After building such a good reputation, the company diversified and now offers a range of awesome activities and adventures that make visiting this geological marvel even more amazing! Save 23% on full or half day rock climbing tours.  Save 16% on Stand Up Paddleboard Full Day Tour Save 17% on the 2 day 1...

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Sunscreen is Damaging Our Oceans

Until I read an article in the Guardian last year I had absolutely no idea just how bad sunscreen can be for the environment. I guess it’s not something you really thing about, if you’re putting something on your skin, you don’t really expect it to be harmful to anything else. Sunscreens are damaging our oceans The chemicals contained in traditional sunscreens are causing damage to our oceans and the species that reside in them. “As people become more aware of the damage the sun can do to unprotected skin more and more of us are buying sunscreens to ensure a safe tan....

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Bamboo Bridge to Koh Paen Video

In Kampong Cham a bamboo bridge stretches across the Mekong to reach Koh Paen Island. Unbelievably this elaborate bridge is rebuilt every year in the dry season after its been washed away by the wet season rains. Despite being made from bamboo, the bridge is very strong, and can even support the weight of cars and trucks. Hire a scooter from the Lazy Mekong restaurant and you can drive across the bridge yourself before exploring Koh Paen. Alternatively walk across the bridge and hire a bicycle once you reach Koh Paen to get around the island easily.   Related...

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The World’s Cruellest Animal Attractions

This is a list of animal attractions to completely avoid even if it is top rated on TripAdvisor or recommended by a tour company. The sad fact is that many companies in the tourism industry are motivated purely by profits without any regard for the welfare of the animals they exploit. It is also unfortunate that the general public lack awareness with 80% of people leaving positive reviews on Tripadvisor for attractions that are treating wildlife cruelly*. Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit analysed 24 types of animal entertainment attractions across the world. They then rated the attractions based...

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Win a Trip to China with GuideWeTravel

Play GuideWeTravel’s new game and you could win an awesome trip to China! The Silk Road Adventure game is available to play on the GuideWeTravel website and on Facebook. A hidden object game, players will journey along the Silk Road learning about some of China’s top destinations and gaining the chance to win some incredible prizes. It’s educational and you could win prizes – what’s not to love?! You could win: Special Coupons Multiple players will win discount vouchers for enormous savings on some of GuideWeTravel’s most popular tours & itineraries. Vouchers are worth up to $600. Bitcoin Prizes GuideWeTravel now accepts...

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