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Summer in Costa Brava: Exploring Secret Coves, Beaches and Trails

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Pardon me for a week of silence! We took last week off from work to treat ourselves to a holiday in Costa Brava. Many people think that I’m on a perpetual holiday since I’m constantly traveling — but few know how much work I put in and how exhausting it is to be on the road [...]

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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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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

The Camino

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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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part II

Lawn Hill Gorge

  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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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part I

Constance Range

Flying over the vast savannahs, I feasted on amazing views of  orange earth and green spinifex cacti that ran for miles and miles. The terrain twisted and curved around gentle hills and long dirt roads, and cattle herds ran in all directions on the dusty plains. This was my first glimpse of Outback Queensland. It [...]

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Outback Queensland: Red Earth, Emerald Water and Blue Sky

Sunset at Harry Hill

Rose red sandstone mountains rise from parched grey earth dotted with lime-green spinifex grass and eucalyptus tree, while emerald water runs through the gorges lined with green palm trees. This part of Outback Queensland reminds me of the Red Center (specifically the area around Uluru) — but  without the crowds. It’s hot, dry and harsh, studded with gorgeous unearthly landscapes and criss-crossed [...]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part II: Walking from Sunrise to Sunset

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Read first – Annapurna Foothills Trek Part I: A Walk in the Clouds Day 3: Arriving at Dhampus in the darkness – 18km It’s 7am by the time I leave the warmth of my sleeping bag and head down to the breakfast table on the open porch of Breeze Teahouse. The view before us comes as quite a shock to my [...]

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The Lelioa Trek: Going Backcountry in Papua New Guinea

The ridges and rias of Tufi

The air is hot and steamy, and I’m completely drenched in sweat. It rained the day before and the trail is still muddy and slippery. There’s actually no trail to speak of, we are literally bashing our way through the thick vegetation that is sprouting in all directions. I am here on the Lelioa Trek, [...]

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An Outdoor Lover’s Playground: Tufi, Papua New Guinea

The deck at Tufi Resort

As a first-time visitor to Papua New Guinea, I wanted to see and explore as much of the country’s famous tribal culture, hiking trails and dive sites as possible — and at Tufi Dive Resort I did just that. Located off the Solomon Sea in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Tufi Dive Resort is set right [...]

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