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.
Flight claims
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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.
Chamarel Mauritius
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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...
Vietnam Agent Orange
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Agent Orange: The true face of Poverty in Vietnam?

Coming face to face with the ongoing damage from Agent Orange and similar in Vietnam was heartbreaking, yet, heartwarming as well. A story of bonding, coffee and understanding the start of my change in the world...
Maldives Holiday
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Beautiful Places, Breakups and Blues…

The Maldives are one of the most beautiful places I have ever witnessed and also home to some of my most beautiful memories. Should a break up change how we view the world, both past and present?
Ensenada Dogs
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Is Voluntourism Bad?
Not when it looks like this…

'And that's how I became a qualified doctor.' The pride and struggle in Carlas voice was warm and genuine as she recalled the life that had led her to be sat here. Sat in front of our 40 stunned and silent faces which clung on to every word.
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...
Simla
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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?
Jakarta
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Dear Asia… It’s not you, it’s me.

"You showed me beauty, religion and culture. You gave me illness and you gave me purpose. I want you to change, I wish I still felt the same, but for now, I need to break up with you."