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Cave Cruising, River Crossings and Cheeky Monkeys – On the Road in Southern Laos

Today’s blog comes from Rick who recently returned from a trip to Laos with Stray Asia – a hop-on hop-off bus which is one of the only ways to travel through the remote region.

When most people think of Laos, they think of Luang Prabang, the old French colonial capital, Vientiane, the current capital, and Vang Vieng, the party capital. When my partner and I set out to travel Southeast Asia we wanted to venture into the south of Laos, to really experience a relatively untouched part of the world. We certainly got our wish…

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Why Giving Everything Up to go Travelling is *STILL* the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

Saxon Yuen gave up a job he loved to follow his dream. With one year and a lot of experience under his belt he’s back to let us know if we should all consider throwing our keyboards out of the window too…

About a year ago I quit, not only a promising career, but a job I loved. I waved goodbye to my friends and left my apartment, my city, my favourite Chinese takeaway – my whole life as I knew it – in order to travel and chase down a dream.

I wrote about it here and apparently it’s been a bit of a hit (thanks guys) so the masters of the blog have asked me for a little follow up. Am I still going? Is life still good? Did getting typhoid fever take the shine off the dream? Well if the title hasn’t already given it away completely read on and I’ll let you know…

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How to Travel the East Coast of Australia by Campervan

Last year we asked you to pick your favourite campervan route from a choice of 3 amazing Australian itineraries and 2 marvellous New Zealand routes. The winner was Charli’s East Coast extravaganza where she rocked the Cairns to Sydney.

Want to do it yourself? Read on for a run down of how it’s done.

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8 Amazing deals from our January Sale

This year our January sale is big. Really big. So with a great sale comes the great responsibility of of pulling out the best deals to help you find an adventure of a lifetime at a price that will tickle your travel taste buds. We hope we’ve managed.

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5 top sights in Japan…once you’ve done Tokyo!

West meets east in this fascinating country filled with diverse landscapes, massive cities, incredible traditions and thousands of years of culture waiting to be discovered.

We’re assuming the epic metropolis of Tokyo is on your list (why wouldn’t it be?!), but there’s much more to Japan than its capital. Here’s our pick of 5 other awesome highlights Japan has to offer.

Our Favourite Five Experiences in Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto is not only a buzzing city (1.5 million people and growing) it’s also the cultural centre of Japan and a brilliant place to get to grips with the fascinating imperial history of the islands. Kyoto actually means ‘capital city’ and it served as one for over a thousand years leaving it chock full of shrines, temples, gardens, palaces and the ancient Geisha district.

If you happen to be in Kyoto in mid July you’ll have a chance to witness the Gion Matsuri parade – a large procession of traditional floats – some of which can weigh up to 12 tonnes – that makes their way through the centre of the city.

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