This article is a part of my travel tips series for New Zealand travellers. If you’re not from NZ, this post won’t apply to you. You can see the rest of the Kiwi traveller guides by clicking here. My travelling whanau. What’s up? Today we’re talking about travel insurance. As with most things, this aspect of

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So let me tell you a story. This is in Uganda. I’ve checked into this budget hotel and you know, I’m hungry. After I buy a sim card for my phone, I ask the lady where her favourite place to eat is. She points across the road to some little place with a blue door.

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Hey. 你好. Qué pasa? Nzuri? Bon. Over the past few years I’ve seen the dividends of all my language study from my twenties. Often on the road I get the chance to chatter in a foreign language, which often leads to people asking me, “Bren you speak Spanish too? How many languages do you speak?”

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One thing you’ll notice if you’re on the road a lot is the scene changes and develops very quickly. Sometimes you’re telling a fellow traveller how you “Wish there was a way to do so-and-so” and a month later there’s a site to do exactly that. Every year I try out as many of these

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If you’ve ever travelled for any longish period of time, you’ll know it goes something like this: You spend months prior to your trip at the gym (because you’re going to meet your soulmate and fall in love out there, of course). You spend the first week of your trip eating shitty food like pizza

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Take a moment to think about your phone.  Think about how much stuff is on there. How much personal stuff. How much stuff you would never want anyone else to see. The angry email you sent your ex boyfriend ten years ago. All the flirty text messages from Jessica at reception. Your artistic naked selfies.

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Update: Due to new developments at Couchsurfing, I no longer recommend using the site. You can read full details here. I spent about a week in Norway recently. On my first night, I stayed in a small cabin in the town of Neiden. I don’t actually know if you could call it a town. It

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If you’re looking to start a backpacking career, there probably is no better place than Europe. It’s safe(ish), there’s a common currency, it is super easy to get around, most people speak English, there are so many countries, it’s packed with history and famous sights and the backpacking culture is booming. Only one problem –

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