We all have those moments on the road. Rants, questions and late night writing sessions round up here

Whangamomona republic
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Whangamomona Republic Day: That time I went to vote for a cat in an election…

The self-proclaimed Whangamomona Republic is in the north island of New Zealand, hidden down the forgotten highway of Taranaki and on the Whangamomona Republic Day is when it really comes to life.
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Why learning to Scuba Dive will change your life

My first venture into scuba diving took place in the tropical waters of Thailand. My friend, a qualified PADI instructor, had dragged me to sign up for a discovery dive while we were staying near Koh Phi Phi.
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Can travel cure depression?

I had no clue what to do next but I knew it needed to be different from the past decade. That moment I stood up off the floor I had to do something different, I had to find away to feel complete. But life, money, the normal, it was all standing in my way.
Mauritius Cultural Dance
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More to Mauritius: Unearthing adventures beyond the beaches

I expected soft white sands. I expected azure waters lapping at my feet. I expected luxury resorts akin to a windows desktop screensaver. But, what I didn’t realise was how much more there is to Mauritius.
StockholmME
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EXCITED! I’m joining the Lonely Planet Trailblazer family (and how you can too)

I'm joining the LP Trailblazers family (and I kinda still don't believe it) - that moment when dreams come true...
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Discovering Port Douglas and Aboriginal Culture

Ever since I moved to Sydney I was adamant I wanted to learn more about Aboriginal culture and the indigenous people of this vast land. Learning from a book is one thing, but to spend time with a local and understand their perspective is far more valuable...
Agonda India Beach
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Agonda Beach India… The ultimate digital detox?

Let me tell you how peaceful, perfect and relaxing Agonda Beach in Goa is. Then I'll tell you why I hated it. if you are after the ultimate digital detox in India, this could well be it...
Sunset
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Brain Haemorrhages and Bucket-lists

“I was in a coma. 10% chance of making it. My memory was deemed gone.” - We throw around the word Bucketlist these days, but what happens when you get the second chance to write it? How does it lead you to the slums of Delhi?
HandsOnJourneysCambodiaRoyalPalace
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Cambodian Genocide: The Killing Fields & S21 Prison

Cambodia is a country with a heartbreaking and recent history. The Killing Fields and S21 Prison now welcome tourists to try and understand this dark past It is not often I am reduced to tears in public, but here tragic history consumed me.
Responsible Tourism
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What is responsible tourism?

Eco, sustainable, respectful, green... Responsible tourism comes with a whole host of hashtags these days, but what does it actually mean? I asked some of the blogging world for their take on it as I make this the year to #PayItForward
Cinque Terre Italy Travel Photography
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Finding silence in Cinque Terre

You come to Cinque Terre for beautiful villages, stunning photography and to gain at least a stone in carbohydrates. But in those almost haunted streets, if you listen careful, you might just find yourself...
Falling in Love
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Lessons of Love: One day in Paris

With one day in Paris what can you do and see? How much of the city of love can be discovered? The main tourist sights might not have been on my agenda, but they turned out to teach me more than I had planned... A personal look at a destinations (hidden) lessons.