As my train travelled across the bridge separating China and North Korea, my stomach started to knot in apprehension. “Why am I doing this?” I thought to myself. The current tension between North Korea and the Western World had put doubt in my mind about whether this was safe. The train pulled to a stop and North Korean military flooded onto the train, where they took our passports and thoroughly searched our bags. We waited here at the border for 2 hours before the military got off the train and let us proceed towards Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. After…

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I’ve been to Greek, Thai and Indonesian islands, but Rottnest may be a serious contender for my favourite island in the world. Rottnest Island, affectionately named “Rotto” by locals, is home to beautiful bays, lakes and the elusive quokka (which I will get onto in a minute)… Ellie and I were staying with my aunt and uncle in Perth, and given that Rottnest is only about 18km off the Perth coastline, it made sense to go and visit for the day. So, we caught the ferry early in the morning from Fremantle B Shed terminal, and made the 45 minute boat…

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So many people dream of doing that classic backpacker route up the East Coast of Australia. From pristine beaches, ancient rain forests, cosmopolitan cities, incredible national parks, islands and wildlife- this coastline really does offer a bit of everything. I spent 5 and a half weeks touring the east coast, and could easily have spent longer. Here’s a low down of my route and itinerary up the coast from Sydney to Cairns… Sydney Probably the most famous city in Australia; Sydney is a must visit. I personally adored this city, and could have spent a lot more time here than…

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Even though Magnetic Island is only 8km off the coast from Townsville on the east coast of Australia, it feels like a whole other world. With hardly any roads, a ton of natural wonders and a chilled out vibe, I really loved Magnetic Island and highly recommend a visit if you’re in the region. We had 2 nights and 1 full day on this wonderful little island. I could easily have spent another couple of days, but unfortunately Cyclone Debbie was brewing and we were advised to evacuate the island as soon as possible. Its a good job we did as ferries stopped…

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Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast of Australia lies a cluster of 74 islands known as The Whitsundays. It seems that every backpacker making a trip up the east coast heads to these islands on a sailing trip, and I can certainly see why- it was one of the highlights of my 7 weeks in Australia. The islands consist of beautiful white sandy beaches and lush jungles and are surrounded by amazing coral reefs with an abundance of marine life. There are lots of companies that take you on cruises of the Whitsundays,…

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