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09 Aug
2013

Weird australian words

schoonerpotstubby

No matter where you visit in the world each city will have its own slang. Even if you speak the language fluently there will always be a few words that throw you off. We can usually get by with hand gestures and word association, but certain words cause you to look at your friends and go "HUH?!?!? what on earth does that mean!

08 Aug
2013

The Jucy Route

jucyvansurftrip

In this tall tale I will impart to you a story of intrigue, mystery and legend to rival that of Game of Thrones. Although sometimes I lie so I can neither confirm nor deny the excitement level of this story.

Welcome to a bright Monday morning outside Nomads Queenstown with three radical nymphs with 23kg (each) of packed luggage, 3 snowboards and one surfboard. The surf board has magical powers (you'll find this out later). Enter two young bucks with two backpacks, two snowboards and another surfboard.

06 Aug
2013

Breaking habits - What I don't miss!

breakinghabits

People travel for all sorts of different reasons but one reason is to break the usual routine of living at home. It is very easy to fall in the trap of doing the same thing every day and night and sticking to the usual habits. The best way to break these habits is to get out of the usual routine by doing something totally different. What better way to do that than to go travelling...

05 Aug
2013

Oven Free Desserts while traveling

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What is the one thing you miss while on the road that you won't find at most hostels? If you're a foodie who loves to cook or bake then that would be an oven! And just because you're traveling, doesn't mean you have to totally go without. So how do we survive on the road without these nifty appliances to help aid our fabulous cooking and deliver extraordinary and impressive dishes that will impress our fellow travelers?

02 Aug
2013

Golden Backpack Awards 2013 - VOTE NOW

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Voting now closed - winners and finalists announced soon!

It's that time of year again when backpackers can vote for their favourite hostels, nights out, activities and tours in Australia and New Zealand. These awards are highly regarded because it's the backpackers themselves giving the backpacking industry their feedback. But what do you get for voting?

02 Aug
2013

PK's Jungle Village Cape Tribulation

PK's Jungle Village

We welcome Pk's Jungle Village to the Nomads network!

Cape Tribulation is a spectacular example of Australia's natural heritage with long isolated stretches of beach and lush rainforest covered mountains in the background. At PK's Jungle Village we have air conditioned rooms, a fully licensed bar, restaurant, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and IGA Supermarket and all just a 2 minute stroll away through lush rainforest to Myall Beach.

01 Aug
2013

Pro’s and Con’s of staying in one place for a long time

prosandcons

When travelling around Australia you will undoubtedly like some places better than others. Everyone will have that one stand out place they loved more than anywhere and it can be influenced by a number of factors. When making plans you will schedule in certain time for certain places but this can easily be changed. I have been in Cairns for a while now, I absolutely love it and could not imagine being anywhere else. When I tell people how long I have been here people are sometimes shocked and wonder how I have stayed in the same place for so long.

31 Jul
2013

How to be prepared for an earthquake

firstaidkit

It's become a bit of a hard realisation here in New Zealand... when we least expect it, mother nature decides to have a bit of a tectonic dance party, an earthquake. Whilst trying to keep this as lighthearted as possible and without terrifying any of you so much that you decide not to visit this beautiful country, it really is something that has become a common occurence around here recently! The best and only thing to do in the now is just to be prepared, whether it happens during your travels or not. Fortunately after any disaster there are improvements to knowledge and therefore also to preparation and prevention of damage.

31 Jul
2013

Don't be a boring backpacker!

dontbeboringparaglide

Traveling can be an extremely scary (but very exciting) experience, especially if traveling alone, so it's completely understandable that maps, guidebooks and rigorous itineraries come into play. Being prepared for everything sometimes makes it all feel a lot more safe. But planning everything isn't always fun, 'safe' can lead to missing out on those once in a lifetime opportunities... it can turn you into a boring backpacker!

30 Jul
2013

See a Kiwi Bird in New Zealand

kiwibird

A question we often get at reception of Nomads Fat Camel or here at the Mad Travel Shop in Auckland is where can I see a kiwi in NZ? You may not realise it... but even some New Zealanders have never seen a Kiwi bird before in their lives. Kiwi birds are very small and have become an endangered species here in NZ, they have been around for about 70 million years so they are very ancient! Not only that but they are a very shy, nocturnal bird. It really is a rare and spectacular sight if you do get to see a Kiwi bird. Use it to your advantage if you are starting your travels around this amazing country and keep a look out at a few of the places we can recommend that are best for spotting a Kiwi!

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