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Interview: Hitchhiking, Busking & Sleeping in Temples – What was Backpacking South East Asia like 50 Years Ago?

21 May 2014

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Interview: Hitchhiking, Busking & Sleeping in Temples – What was Backpacking South East Asia like 50 Years Ago?

In an era when love and peace perfumed the air and travellers hopped on hippie buses taking them from Europe overland to Asia, Londoner, Barrie Scott embarked upon what turned into a four year epic adventure (1967-71)! Hitch-hiking, busking, sleeping in a Thai temple with monks, building a boat with some travel buddies and sailing to islands that hadn’t seen foreigners since colonial times, his story sheds light on how the concept of backpacking has changed over the past 50 years. For the better? We ask Barrie what he thinks...

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Will Yours be the Trip of a Lifetime? How to Prepare for the Best Time of Your Life!

21 April 2014

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Will Yours be the Trip of a Lifetime? How to Prepare for the Best Time of Your Life!

The decision is made. You are going to follow your dreams and travel to an exciting new part of the world. Hurrah! But before you pack your bags and wave goodbye to the familiar, have a read of my tips to make sure you get the very most out of your trip.....

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Stuff Backpackers Like. 101 Things…

11 March 2014

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Stuff Backpackers Like. 101 Things…

Aaahh.... Backpackersland - where beer is cheap, massage courses are mandatory, coffee is Fair Trade, happy hour lasts all year, yoga is free, beds are abolished in favour of hammocks and no one ever wears shoes. We decided to put together a list of 101 things backpackers like... Can you recognize yourself amidst the list? Can you add any more stuff backpackers like?

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Will the Real Koh Phangan Please Stand Up! Beyond The Full Moon Party

16 December 2013

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Will the Real Koh Phangan Please Stand Up! Beyond The Full Moon Party

Home to the notorious monthly Full Moon Party, it's no shock that Koh Phangan has somewhat of a dodgy reputation. The truth however, is that this island is special and offers far more than it is given credit for. It’s creative, eclectic, underground, spiritual, artistic; it’s got a great, free-flowing vibe; a tight community that integrates both expats, locals, and travellers who keep coming back. We introduce you to the often overlooked dynamism of Koh Phangan.

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Do No Thing: The Art of Laziness in S.E.A

8 October 2013

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Do No Thing: The Art of Laziness in S.E.A

Every day of our lives we are confronted with the verb “do”: do laundry, to-do lists, even “doing” Asia. But the best, yet most frowned upon, ‘do’ adverb is ‘nothing’. This may sound lazy and boring, but to those who learn to let go of conventional expectations, they will find utter relaxation and peacefulness. Have you learned to let go, relax and simply enjoy the art of doing nothing in S.E.A?

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Stowaway on the Slowboat to China…

28 August 2013

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Stowaway on the Slowboat to China…

It’s a scarcely known fact that one can travel directly from Thailand to China without the aid of a flying mobile. How? Check out a map. See that thick blue line that separates Myanmar and Laos? For centuries boats have been using the Mekong river as major trading route between China and Thailand. And on a much smaller degree, travellers and stow-aways have been using it as a transport link. Penny Atkinson tells us her story of life as a cargo ship stowaway!

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