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The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines – How Can You Help?

13 January 2014

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The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines – How Can You Help?

Relief work and international aid is pouring into the Philippines as the country continues with its recovery from the strongest typhoon ever recorded on the planet. With wind gusts that hit up to 270 km per hour at its peak, parts of the low-lying islands were completely flattened, and thousands of people were rendered homeless. No strangers to natural disasters, the Filipino people continue to build and rebuild their lives with admiration. We discover worthwhile organisations to volunteer with and how you can help!

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Guest Post: Surviving on a Deserted Island Paradise in the Philippines!

4 June 2013

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Guest Post: Surviving on a Deserted Island Paradise in the Philippines!

Could you survive on a deserted paradise island? Make your own shelter? Find your own fresh water and fish for your own dinner? In today's society we have become so comfortable that we have forgotten about the basic skills needed to exist in a sustainable way. But what if you could go back to this simple way of life? Would you be happier? Feel more freedom? Travel writer and blogger, Martin decided to find out!

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Meet the Dancing Inmates of Cebu, Philippines: Where Getting Locked Up Abroad Is a Laughing Matter

20 April 2013

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Meet the Dancing Inmates of Cebu, Philippines: Where Getting Locked Up Abroad Is a Laughing Matter

If you've been to prison abroad, chances are you don't consider that experience the highlight of your trip. However, a short stint in Cebu's Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center has emerged as the exception to the rule thanks to the dancing inmates of CPDRC...

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WIMDU: An alternative, authentic option for long-term travellers

27 March 2013

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WIMDU: An alternative, authentic option for long-term travellers

You’ve crashed in dorm rooms all over Europe, sampled Couchsurfing in America and splashed out on a few boutique flashpacker hotels in Asia – so what next? If you fancy lingering a while longer in a particular city, or just want to experiment with a different type of accommodation experience – then you may like to check out a website we came across recently...

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

26 March 2013

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

With Lonely Planet being sold by the BBC this week for a shocking £55 million loss, does this put the future of guidebooks into question? This happens in the same week that we hear Frommers guidebooks, born in 1957 with the groundbreaking ‘Europe on 5 dollars a day’, announce the decision that they will publish no more titles. So what do you think? What is the future of Lonely Planet and the travel guidebook in general? Is there still a place for the guidebook when you are planning your trip?

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Notes from the Editor: Patience and Backpacking in South East Asia

16 January 2013

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Notes from the Editor: Patience and Backpacking in South East Asia

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”... When backpacking through South East Asia, your patience threshold will be tested on more than one occasion. Trains that take five hours longer than planned, spontaneous holidays that make banks, embassies and post offices close when you just need to get that something done and a laid-back attitude to the point of slumber are just some of the things that you may struggle with. Coming from a Western culture, we find it very difficult to just… WAIT. Learning to adapt to this cultural and lifestyle difference is an ongoing lesson...

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