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18 Jul
2013

Top 5 LOTR & Hobbit film locations NZ

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Many people know what New Zealand looks like by watching the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies, but does seeing a movie compare to actually seeing the country?... No not really. But I hear you thinking... where should I go as a big Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan to see all the magical places that were used in the movies?!

17 Jul
2013

How to survive a Hostel

surviveahostel

When traveling around the world chances are you stay in your fair share of hostels. Depending on the country and the location you may find that some are better than others and I know after staying at Nomads Cairns for so long other hostels are going to have a hard time living up the expectation of how awesome hostels are.

16 Jul
2013

How to avoid homesickness

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When travelling and visiting other countries there are so many changes that take place. The daily activities and routines all change and you are exposed to new and different choices. Some of these prove difficult as we have many habits at home and when they change you are far away from the comfort of family and friends. Some people love all the changes and really take it in their stride like meeting new people, trying new food etc... because they feel mature and independent.

12 Jul
2013

The mystery (and awesomeness) of beards

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During my time at The Nomads Arts Factory I have witnessed, time after time, fresh faced clean shaven boys walk in and hairy bearded men of the world walk out. It must be something to do with the hippy lifestyle round here.

But what is it that makes a man grow a beard, is it purely just for fashion?

11 Jul
2013

Life Changing Australia

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For those who have visited Australia already you may have noticed that life is very different 'down under'. The weather is always hot (well in the tropics it is anyway), the fashion is different, there are heaps of unique animals and people are just so laidback. With all these amazing factors Australia is the sort of country that will change you. Working at Nomads Cairns I have met lots of people who have been in Australia for varying amounts of time. We are talking anything from 1 hour to 2 years. Your travels to Australia can leave a lasting memory for ever more in the following ways...

09 Jul
2013

NZ's best mobile network for backpackers

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Now there are few main mobile providers throughout New Zealand - Telecom (Skinny Mobile), Vodafone and the more recent 2 Degrees. How are you to choose right off the bat which one is the best for you? Whether you are here for just a month or a few weeks, to upwards of a whole year, there is a mobile network out there that will fit all of your needs! The trick is to be asking the right questions.

08 Jul
2013

Common misconceptions - NZ vs AUS

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People often make the mistake of comparing our beloved New Zealand with our mates across the ditch - there are some very common misconceptions about NZ and AUS. "How's Australia?", I'm asked, "Don't know, I'm still in New Zealand", "Same thing". NO! No it's not the same thing...

Now don't get me wrong, Australia is amazing, The Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, the list goes on of amazing places, and it really is just that, amazing, but it's not New Zealand.

05 Jul
2013

What is, and how to avoid, jetlag

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Jetlag is something we, those of us who work in backpackers hostels, see people experiencing a lot. They arrive after a long flight from the other side of the world and then we sometimes don't see them for the days because they nap when we're awake (or walk around like zombies during the day not capable of talking to anyone), when they should be getting to know new friends. But what is exactly is jet lag and what can you do to avoid it?

05 Jul
2013

How to pack for travelling

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You have made the decision to go travelling, paid and booked your ticket, organised all your flights and planned your travel route. Your visa has been approved but believe it or not all that stuff is the easy part. The next step is to pack your suitcase, but what on earth do you pack? This is where it gets tough, especially for the ladies amongst you!

04 Jul
2013

3 annoying things backpackers don't expect

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There are indeed lots of annoying things you will encounter on your travels. You set off on your journey with a budget in place and a fair idea of where you are going and what you want to see and do. However there are always those few unforeseen things that creep into your travel plans and make for a bit of a road block. So here are a few things to mentally prepare for!!

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