The guy selling dates speaks Arabic, plus some French he says, and maybe even a little English. Or at least I think that's what he says.
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.
Travel should be easy. It should be fun. It shouldn't require specialist skills or any specific qualification. And for the most part that's true.
It seems like every few months there's a new list of the world's most liveable cities. People love this stuff. Depending on which list you choose, the world's most liveable city right now could be Melbourne, it could be Vienna, it could be Munich or it could be Zurich. Wellington is usually up there. Copenhagen too.
You won't need any special equipment or skills (other than fitness) to reach these peaks.
Things will always go wrong when you travel. Here's how to deal with the drama when they do.
I urge you, if you love to travel, commit yourself to the safari experience.
Bypass the touristico menu and explore local eating sensations.
It feels like you've been scammed. Like you've been cheated or robbed. The 'tourist price' sucks.
A trip on foot reveals how mountain top Sintra and coastal resort Cascais link up.
David Chang makes a fairly naked attempt at mimicking another more famous American chef's intrepid, excited style.
I love breakfast, particularly breakfast when I'm travelling. It's a chance to steer away from the formulaic Western style and get into something more interesting.
I'm not going to bag Tourism Australia's new marketing 'philausophy'. Except for one thing.
Some travel experiences are notoriously expensive. Here's how you can do them on the cheap.
As a short-term tourist you can very easily ignore a place's shortcomings and convince yourself that you're in paradise, but as a long-term resident you have to face up to the inevitable faults.
There seems to be a trend in certain circles towards introspection in travel, towards soul-searching, towards self-discovery as the ultimate goal.