In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

I recently took a trip with my mother through northern Vietnam, and up into the mountainous region that borders Southern China. The people who have lived there for generations are not Vietnamese, but a mix of isolated and unique groups that retain very separate cultural styles — partly due to...

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A small souvenir that holds big memories of Morocco

A small souvenir that holds big memories of Morocco

Before returning to New Zealand in 2016, my partner and I spent a number of years seeing as much of the globe as we could, with the time and money we had available. We had been living in Birmingham for two years before our visas ran out, at which point...

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A dress fit for a wedding… and for the Trans-Siberian train

A dress fit for a wedding… and for the Trans-Siberian train

Between high school and university, I went to Belgium for a year on Rotary exchange, to improve the French I’d learned at school and experience a different culture. I got along well with all three of my host families, but in the second one, there was a daughter a year...

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On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

I had just finished walking 800 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago across Spain. It was my second Camino, and I wanted something to bring back to Australia. People who have walked the Camino often wear a scallop shell, both to commemorate their journey, and also to identify themselves to...

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How not to piss off a Parisian

How not to piss off a Parisian

Parisians often carry the reputation of being rude and arrogant — especially to travellers in their city. But this stereotype is dated and, in fact, over the last several years the City of Love has become much more customer service oriented. If there are any rude ones, trust us they’re...

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