7 Reasons to Ditch the Smartphone & Reconnect to the World

Whether you’re an incurable tech head or just a casual phone user, a serial news feed scroller or a die-hard Instagram fiend, be sure to take a moment and peruse these reasons why it’s worth leaving the internet behind for a spell now and again. Hopefully they’ll get you engaged and reconnected to the world around you, conversing with strangers, and enjoying everywhere you visit to the full. It’s okay to disconnect once you’re done reading by the way…

7 Reasons to Ditch the Smartphone & Reconnect to the World
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The Mysteries Of Ubud

Ubud is Bali's monkey town; Bali's artsy town; Bali's temple town. It's a place where you can spy out the ageing remnants of half-crumbled stupas in the jungles, sip mint tea with yogis, and spend your evenings haggling through frantic marketplaces bursting with Hindu trinkets and tit bits. I headed there to see exactly why people said it was so different to everywhere else on the Isle of the Gods. I discovered a place of culture and mystery and macaques…

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The Mysteries Of Ubud
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A Backpackers Guide To La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna is a stop often skipped by tourists opting to forgo the unpredictable weather. We say bring it on! La Fortuna is jam packed with amazing activities, views, and laughs! We aren’t sure if it was the swim under a giant waterfall, the magic river, or the rapid rafting but we can’t get enough of La Fortuna, Costa Rica!

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A Backpackers Guide To La Fortuna, Costa Rica

10 Reasons To Pack Your Bag

Toying with the idea of a round the world trip? Just fancy escaping the rat race for a spell? Or, do you have something specific in mind; treks to the tops of the Himalaya; a surfing trip to Caribbean; a culinary adventure in Vietnam? Whatever’s got your wanderlust stirring, be sure to check this list of 10 reasons that’ll make it stir just a little bit more...

10 Reasons To Pack Your Bag

An Aegean Odyssey: Sailing The Greek Islands

“What are the children of men, but as leaves that drop at the wind's breath?” It's the last message I read as I slam shut my dog-eared copy of The Odyssey – compulsory reading when you're whizzing across the blue-green waters of the Aegean Sea. The wind, the same warming, revitalizing Greek wind that Homer himself would have felt as he roamed the cliffs of Turkish Anatolia, streams through my hair now, and catches the sail. It billows and we're off. I, like the fabled leaves of Homer's image, am blowing in the salty gales that have taken so many across this beautiful corner of the Med.

An Aegean Odyssey: Sailing The Greek Islands

14 Things You Definitely Need In Your Backpack While Abroad

Narrow city streets are our playgrounds, jungles are our local hangouts, and beach hammocks are where we lay our heads. We catch memories and live in the moment, and hold only the most important things dear. However, don’t let your light backpacking ways leave you up a creek without a paddle! Here are 14 lightweight things to keep in your backpack that will make your backpacking trip a breeze!

14 Things You Definitely Need In Your Backpack While Abroad

The Hill Adventure From Chiang Mai To Pai

Ah, Thailand. With ivory-white beaches and macaque-spotted jungles, awesome Buddhist shrines and perhaps the happiest locals on the globe, you offer plenty to love. But you're not all homogenous. From north to south you change entirely, which is precisely what I discovered as I traveled away from the glowing beaches of the Andaman, past buzzing Bangkok and up to the gateway to the north: Chiang Mai. It was just the start of an odyssey into the hills, up to where little Pai town beckons the more adventurous backpackers among us…

The Hill Adventure From Chiang Mai To Pai

8 Things You've Done If You're A Serious Traveller

Travelling brings joy to a part of our souls no other thrill can. Getting lost in old cities, catching barrels on ancient waves, and sipping tea with monks inspires us and opens our minds to indescribable possibilities. Along the way we’ve gotten lost, made some mistakes, and discovered new adventures in serendipitous ways. Here are 8 words of wisdom from some serious travellers...

8 Things You've Done If You're A Serious Traveller

10 Of The Most Amazing Places In Southeast Asia

Mist-topped jungles peppered with the ancient temples of the Khmer, scintillating beachfronts on the Bali Straits, noodle-scented French towns on the edge of the South China Sea – the gems of Southeast Asia are pretty much endless. Here's our pick of ten of the top spots…

10 Of The Most Amazing Places In Southeast Asia

The Hectic Haze Of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City

There are few cities in the world with the same exotic draw as Ho Chi Minh City. Steeped in war only 30 years ago, it's still got a sort of off-the-beaten-track allure to it that's hard to pin down. I traveled there to explore its nooks, crannies, corners and fascinating relics from decades gone by. What I found was a medley of French colonial treats, sizzling street food markets, wild evenings filled with homemade whiskey, uber-friendly locals, and a hectic haze of urban energy. Read on for more…

The Hectic Haze Of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City

Top 8 Reasons to Live the YogaLife

Imagine the jungles of Krabi at your back, the sounds of swinging macaques echoing through the palm boughs. Then add the scintillating rollers of the Thai Andaman, lapping rhythmically against the karst cliffs and picture-perfect beaches of the shore. Drop in a group of likeminded travellers all eager for a blowout in the Land of Smiles, not to mention daily classes of yoga that push the body and mind, a regime of healthy smoothies and not-so-healthy Chang beers, the opportunity to scuba through coral reefs and the succulent flavours of the Thai kitchen. Bingo: that’s the YogaLife. As if you needed eight more reasons to go and live it!

Top 8 Reasons to Live the YogaLife

8 Things Most Travellers Miss in Central America

Central America might not be the most traveled corner of the globe, but there's no question it's on the up. Thousands of tourists now flock to the beaches of Panama and the forests of Costa Rica each year, eager to spy out sloths and ride their first Pacific swells. However, there are still oodles of off-the-beaten-track spots and attractions in this S-bend between the Americas, with everything from hidden rivers to mysterious Mayan ruins on the menu for the more intrepid backpacker. Check it out…

8 Things Most Travellers Miss in Central America

Crazy Things You Might Just See On An Asia Tour

Asia has beaches and buzzing cities, it’s home to some of the world’s most eye-wateringly wonderful natural sights, it bursts with interesting history and flavours and it’s got some of the nicest locals on the globe. Still, none of that helps with the culture shock experienced by first time travellers on an Asia tour. Those folk will still have to deal with the curious nuances and traditions that have grown up in this vast continent over the years, and get used to the fact that what may seem weird and crazy in the West is totally fair game in these parts! Check out some examples…

Crazy Things You Might Just See On An Asia Tour

How to Plan a Hike on the Inca Trail

A traveler’s ticket to the great Lost City of the Incas, the winding tracks of the Inca Trail now represent one of the most iconic hikes on the planet. Thousands of people every year come to wax up the walking boots and hit the ancient paths that were first laid by the mighty pre-Colombian empires of South America all those centuries ago. 

How to Plan a Hike on the Inca Trail

6 Differences Between Travelers & Other People

Are you a traveler at heart who’s stuck in the nine­ to ­five rigmarole? Are you determined to live the life of a nomad and see places and people you could never at home? Well, be sure to check out this list of little titbits, which highlights six ways of just how the life of a dedicated traveler differs to most folk...

6 Differences Between Travelers & Other People

European Destinations That Could Be The Perfect YachtLife Croatia Add-On

We get it – you don't want to leave Croatia! No one really does, especially not after two weeks of sailing the picture-perfect Adriatic Sea, exploring beautiful islands like Hvar and wild Vis. Of course, you don't actually have to. Just check out this list of places you could easily drop in at the end of your bucket-list-busting sailing jaunt. There's a nice spread, from medieval Italian Roman towns to seaside hotspots in northern Croatia – all doable! Enjoy…

European Destinations That Could Be The Perfect YachtLife Croatia Add-On