Ben Groundwater

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 host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy, 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.

Melbourne laneways: Melbourne did it first and they're awesome.

Dear Melbourne, we still love you

Sydneysiders love Melbourne. We love it because it has all of things that Sydney does not. When you want a break from Sydney city life there's nowhere better.

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Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Borat's back and he's… kind of racist

The whole world, once again, is laughing at Borat. It's laughing at America. And of course it's laughing at Kazakhstan. I get the joke. But if it was anyone else, it wouldn't be funny.

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Right now, even a bad holiday sounds better than being at home.

The worst trip I've ever been on as a travel writer

I'm sharing it just to let you know that sometimes the life of a travel writer is amazing, sometimes it's inspiring, sometimes it's shockingly lavish – and sometimes, it sucks. On this trip, it sucked.

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