Kakadu in the wet

From the dry, cool confines of Canberra in spring, the idea of spending two weeks hiking in tropical Kakadu National Park seemed like the adventure of a lifetime and I signed myself up excitedly. As the hike drew nearer, however, I started to get nervous about hiking in the tropics. Now that I thought about […]

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Untourism in Timor-Leste

Every traveller dreams of a place untouched by tourism. But in our globalised world where ordinary people can be in another continent in mere hours, the search for the ‘authentic’ often turns out to be an Eldorado, always glittering just out of reach. If untouched places do exist, it is usually because war and the risk of being […]

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The call of the blue duck: Hiking in New Zealand’s Whirinaki Forest

The tail of a cyclone was headed our way with heavy rain forecast.  This was inconvenient as we were starting a three-day hike in the Whirinaki forest tomorrow. The Whirinaki is only two hours southeast of Rotorua on New Zealand’s north island, but to describe the area as off-the-beaten-track would be an understatement – we had possibly travelled backwards through time to […]

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