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How to train your Komodo dragon (or not)

If you think Indonesia is all beaches, rice paddies and frangipani, then think again. As the world’s largest archipelago, with over 18,000 islands, Indonesia has a lot more to offer the intrepid explorer.

For one thing, where else in the world can you find real life dragons?!

Yep, you heard right: Indonesia is the only place in the world that you can see the legendary Komodo Dragon going about its sinister daily business.

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Why working in Adelaide is awesome

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete exciting internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from one of those winners, Esther, who worked in marketing and events in Adelaide.

I like to think of myself as a little jet setter. I’ve been around the world a few times, seen some incredible sights, and got myself in and out of some stupid situations.

My first visit to Australia was three years ago. I was a young, adventurous 21 year old looking for adventure, freedom and wanderlust. I had my ‘must visit’ places. The usual really: Melbourne. Brisbane. Sydney. Everyone told me that I should pretty much stick to the east coast.

Nobody ever recommended South Australia, which I now know is a massive shame. It’s why I’m telling you: South Australia is the place to visit.

Buzzing Adelaide

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What’s it like to work as a shark scientist in South Australia? We’ll tell you…

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete exciting internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from Rory Mulloy, an Assistant Shark Scientist based in Port Lincoln, having secured a full time role on completion of his placement.

Twenty-five metres down on the ocean floor, cold water creeping into the gaps in my hood and chilling my neck, while cautiously watching rays, groupers and great white sharks glide around the cage, I had the sudden realisation that I was in my new ‘office’. I have never wanted a desk job, but this is about as far from my previous office as I could have hoped for.

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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 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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6 ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Events from Around the World

Whether your thing is dressing up as Dracula, wearing a costume that resembles something out of the 70′s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hey – that movie is creepy as), or kicking back with a scary movie, let us bring you some golden nuggets of spooky inspiration with a guide to some of the best Halloween events taking place worldwide.


Feature image courtesy of torbakhopper on Flickr

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