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My Packing List for the Camino in Summer

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So you’ve done all your research and you’re ready to hit the trail. Your Camino adventure is about to start — but wait, what should you pack? For the Camino, packing light is essential and it’ll make your life much more enjoyable and pain-free. As you’ll be carrying your pack for more than six hours/day, it’s important [...]

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A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

Trail markers on the Camino

As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James [...]

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Exploring Tasmania’s Diversity at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

This is a guest post courtesy of our friends at Carsales.com.au. Often overlooked in favor of more famous parks in Australia, Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park is a treasure trove of crystalline lakes, evergreen forests, and unique wildlife. You can find wombats, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils in their natural habitat, before taking a [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Reaching our Destination, Santiago de Compostela!

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The final walk from Pedrouzo into Santiago de Compostela was possibly the hardest one we did. Walking at night was plenty of fun at first as we weaved through forests with our head torch and giggled in the darkness, but eventually our lack of sleep (and therefore energy) caught up on us and it was such [...]

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The Camino Diaries: The Final Stretch

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Tonight we will begin our last hike to Santiago de Compostela – the destination for most Camino pilgrims. Many people have recommended us do a night hike for a different experience (and to avoid the crowd and heat), so we’ve decided to do this last leg of the Camino at night to end with a [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Highs and Lows

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Over the past few days, I’ve experienced what has been perhaps the most intense moments of high and low within such a short time frame. After having tendinitis on my second day on the Camino, I fortunately made it back on the trail the next day. From Low to High That day turned out to [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Getting Injured on Day Two

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It’s only day two of our Camino walk and I’m already injured. Sigh. My left knee started aching terribly just when we were three-quarters through today’s hike and the pain just got worse and worse as I continued limping on the trail. I had to give up almost towards the end of today’s trek and [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Day One Updates

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The sky was tinged with purple streaks and the clouds were hanging low when we set off for our Camino pilgrimage this morning. It was barely dawn but we knew we needed an early start before the summer heat set in. Just as the doors of the albergue opened, we took our first step onto [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Why I’m Walking 300km

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This week, I’m off on a new adventure: I’m walking 310 km (192 miles) across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I had learned about the Camino on my first trip to Spain almost eight years ago, and ever since then, I’ve dreamt of walking it. We’ve lived in southern Spain on and off for about four years [...]

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Staying in a Yurt in the Spanish Countryside

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Last weekend, we found magic in the Spanish countryside. It was a whimsical, spirited  place — a place of fairies, myths and dreams. I knew we’d found somewhere special the minute we arrived. It made my heart smile all weekend. We slept under the stars in our yurt, frolicked in the pool, cooked and drank with our [...]

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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part II

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  Read Part I: Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland Day 2: Hike, paddle and drive The next morning, I awoke just in time to see the sun slowly rising above the tree canopy. With my guide, John Warren, I headed for Boodjamulla National Park (just 10km from Adels Grove) first thing in the morning [...]

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Skydiving Gold Coast — Plunging Off at 12,000 Feet Above Ground

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“Are you ready?” David, my skydive master from Gold Coast Skydive, shouts from behind me amidst the strong winds and the roaring engine. I’m sitting at the ledge of the plane’s opened door, about to jump from 12,000 feet above the ground. Looking down at the earth far beneath my feet, my head spins deliriously and my heart races faster than [...]

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Shotover Canyon Swing — the World’s Highest Cliff Jump

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“1…2….3….” Counting to three, I mentally brace myself for the jump and slowly push myself backwards with my toes. But just as I’m pivoted on the ledge, the jump master pulls me back up. He laughs at the expression on my face, but I’m too scared to laugh along. It’s not funny when you’re the one sitting [...]

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From the Coast to the Alps: A Glimpse of New Zealand’s South Island

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Flushed with vast plains, towering mountains and dramatic beaches, New Zealand’s South Island is teeming with pristine wilderness and alpine beauty that few other countries can rival. Over the past two weeks, I traveled all over the South Island with G Adventures and was just blown away by how rugged and remote everything was in [...]

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Video: Flying Over Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

A vast sea of blue ice stands beneath us, with traversal crevasses running through them like cracks on the Earth’s crust. The chunky blocks of ice look almost like lego pieces jutting out from a frozen mountain that extends all the way from the top of the mountains to the valley beneath. I am flying over Franz Josef [...]

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