It offers the thrill of history that's lived in - it's the exoticism of many different micro-cultures, accents, languages and architecture rubbing up against each other.
Traveller's globetrotting backpacker, Ben Groundwater, finds the good, the bad and the ugly in the world’s best destinations. Ben is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and co-star of the web series Beauty and the Backpacker, who has visited more than 80 countries during his 12 years in the industry. Ben was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015.
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