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07 Feb
2013

Valentines Day in a Hostel!

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Here comes that time of the year again... A day to celebrate love, ideally with your partner, your soul mate, your right arm.  For some this particular day can be rather depressing, draining and a never ending show of happy people expressing many forms of PDA (public displays of affection) while others... well, others may start to contemplate how lonely they are and picture themselves 20 years from now... still doing the same old thing or worse, doing it alone.

07 Feb
2013

The best way to travel around Australia

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When arriving in Australia I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the country. In France I could travel from top to bottom in around 13 hours. Over here in Australia 13 hours of travelling will get you to the next gas station (okay slight exaggeration but you get the idea). With so many attractions to visit, staying in one city for your whole stay is not a favourable option. Travelling around is a must.

05 Feb
2013

A Hostel Guestbook

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Ahhh the hostel guestbook. Something all Nomads Hostels have in common, a cheeky little book full of cheeky little comments, pictures, quotes and memories from most guests past and present. The best thing about a hostels guest book is being able to read about the fun, crazy times and the enjoyment that a hostel and its guests have brought upon each other.

04 Feb
2013

My Straya experience!

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As every backpacker has an option to gain a second year working holiday visa by either fruit picking or some kind of farm work, I'd spent time in a small remote place called Condamine in Queensland, where I had spent 3 months in total feeding cattle and helping with animal and crop production. I gained a lot of knowledge and the experience on the farm will always stay with me.

04 Feb
2013

Falling for Taupo

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When coming to New Zealand and deciding on things to do I already knew that the one big thing I wanted to do was a skydive. It's the ultimate adrenaline activity and I wanted to experience it. I knew I had picked the perfect day, the sun was shining, so what better way to spend my day than doing my first ever skydive in Taupo.

01 Feb
2013

End of an Era -The Kombi Van - RIP 1950-2013

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It is an end of an era for the iconic Volkswagen Type 2, with news that the German car maker will finally cease production of the much loved people mover by the end of this year, 2013. The demise of the Kombi Van marks a 63 year lifespan for the vehicle. The end of production comes after stricter safety standards were introduced which means it's not financially feasible to continue with it's production.

31 Jan
2013

My Australia day!

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Want to read about Australia Day, it's history, significance and celebrations around the country? Check out our article on Australia Day!

Anybody who's been to Byron Bay would know that this beautiful oasis is nothing short of extraordinary when it comes to clubbing, live music and a general party atmosphere, especially on weekends. This small coastal town is one of Australias must see destinations on the east coast simply for its blinding white sand beaches, transparent waters, its iconic surfing spots and its tropical vibe.

31 Jan
2013

When in doubt, just say yes!

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Wanting to go abroad is one thing, actually doing it, is definitely something else.

Whenever you tell friends or relatives that you are going travelling, either Cairns or anywhere else that's farther away than two blocks from home, most people will react with a mixture of shock and excitement. Even though these days travelling the world is not as uncommon anymore, it is still not something you do every day. On the other hand, everyone will be really happy and excited for you, because naturally everybody loves travelling!

29 Jan
2013

6 obvious signs of being a backpacker

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Backpackers are a different breed of human altogether and very easily recognisable, from fashion (or lack of) to food habits, they stand out.

I have compiled a short list of the most obvious ways to tell a backpacker from the crowd.

29 Jan
2013

Summer refreshments in Queenstown

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Summer in Queenstown is absolutely stunning. Next to taking part in various activities, people are going to the beach, are taking a swim in Lake Wakatipu or are drinking while hanging outside the bars! There are a few good places in Queenstown that are ideal during summer season and offer the perfect refreshments on these hot summer days...

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