Great Podcasts To Listen To While Travelling

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When I was travelling I got really into to podcasts for a few reasons. Despite already being a fan on my commute thanks to their optimum duration to make a journey pass faster, I found them an invaluable source of entertainment on long journeys. Continue reading “Great Podcasts To Listen To While Travelling”

London And York Short Trips In England

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What do you do when a Kiwi comes to visit the UK? Take him to all the best sights, of course! From London to York, see what weekend trips around the UK can show you while I make the most of beautiful history, architecture, and countryside when exploring my home country!

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Top Tips for Solo Female Travellers

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Worried about travelling solo? You shouldn’t be! But I can understand the hesitation, it’s a big world out there and going alone can add additional worries. Whether you’re a female or male solo traveller, the thought of meeting new people is intimidating for lots of us. I’ve put together a few ideas that I found helped me find my feet and make new friends! Continue reading “Top Tips for Solo Female Travellers”

10 Things That Happen When You Get Back From Travelling

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Everyone goes through different experiences and transformations throughout their lives, but travelling has the ability to fast track some of those changes, and that means that when you come home there can be a hell of a lot of adjusting to be done. There’s a million posts and lists about what coming home is like, so here’s my addition to the blogosphere on the matter. There’s certainly more than just these, but a Top Ten run down seems like a nice start! Maybe there’s scope for a sequel to bump up to 20 at a later date… Anyhow, these are the ones that really stood out for me as I came through arrivals and back into ordinary life after a 6 month round the word trip.

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Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi – Thailand Island Hopping

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When visiting the islands surrounding the southern coast of Thailand, one can easily get wrapped up in the serenity and beauty of these incredible island destinations around Thailand. If visiting Koh Phi Phi it’s and it’s imperative to visit Maya Bay – famous for it’s perfect enclosed beach and dotted islets used as a filming location. Take a look at the best Thai islands to visit following the busy city life of Bangkok, featuring the best quotes from The Beach movie!  Continue reading “Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi – Thailand Island Hopping”

Most Beautiful Places in Vietnam

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On the second part of our Vietnamese journey, take a look at the wonderful nature and landscape of northern Vietnam, as well as historical famous cities such as Hoi An up to Hanoi full of colour, life, and beautiful scenes that take your breath away.  Continue reading “Most Beautiful Places in Vietnam”

Vietnam Culture and History: Ho Chi Minh City to Bai Xep

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Continuing our journey through South East Asia, we’ve made it to the east coast country of Vietnam. Rich in culture and history, join me as we go from the craziness of Ho Chi Minh City to the remote fishing village of Bai Xep with Stray Asia.

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Visit Phnom Penh – Cambodian Killing Fields & S-21

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On our way to the capital of Cambodia Phnom Penh we made some very important stops. Understanding the history of a country such as Cambodia is hugely important, and so visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and S-21 were significant moments of our Stray Asia trip. It’s hard to say how we felt going there, I very much wanted to learn more and fully understand for myself what occurred at these places and why, but to say we were looking forward to this experience is the wrong phrase, however for a long time this destination had been high up my list of important places to visit. To begin the account of our visit, I feel I should introduce what I already knew about the Cambodian Genocide.

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Backpacking Cambodia – Siem Reap to South Coast Itinerary

No South East Asia backpacking trip is complete without a visit to some of Cambodia’s most famous sights. From the vibrant Siem Reap to the remote islands on the coast of Sihanoukville, here’s what to do on a backpacking itinerary in Cambodia as part of the Lot Pass from Stray Asia!

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Exploring Laos from Vientiane to Don Det

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From the Laos capital Vientiane full of culture to the remote 4000 Islands on the Cambodian border, we explored some of the most remote areas of this South East Asian gem as we continue our Stray Asia adventures. Continue reading “Exploring Laos from Vientiane to Don Det”

Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang

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The rich culture and untouched country side of Laos awaits as we make our way down the Mekong River for a 2 day boat ride, ending in the old capital Luang Prabang. Join us on the next leg of our Stray Asia journey!  Continue reading “Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang”

Ayutthaya to Chiang Rai 4 Day Itinerary

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From the ancient history in every corner of Ayutthaya to the contemporary excitement in Chiang Mai, see what you can do with just 4 days travelling north through Thailand as we begin our Stray Asia tour!

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5 Day Bangkok Itinerary

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A city of rich culture, fascinating history, delicious food, and a lively backpacking scene – Bangkok has it all! Here’s all that you can fit into a 5 day visit to the capital of Thailand.

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Backpacking Australia from Brisbane to Sydney

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Join along for the ride down the East Coast of Australia where we’ve already completed our Cairns to Noosa journey, and we’ll be going from Brisbane to Sydney in part 2! Exploring two hugely different cities plus everything in between, here’s what we did on our backpacking trip.  Continue reading “Backpacking Australia from Brisbane to Sydney”

Backpacking East Coast Australia: Cairns to Noosa

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Backpacking the East Coast of Australia is almost a rite of passage for many travellers in the part of the world. I began my journey down the coast in Cairns, eventually aiming for Sydney and via many beautiful stops along the way. Here you’ll find all the best places to visit on the East Coast of Australia on the first leg of the trip from Cairns to Noosa!  Continue reading “Backpacking East Coast Australia: Cairns to Noosa”

Fiji Island Hopping

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For a perfect beach break, peaceful relaxation, and great food, Fiji is the place for you! Here I share my Bula Pass island hopping experience across the Yasawa Islands.  Continue reading “Fiji Island Hopping”

New Zealand Road Trip – Christchurch to Auckland

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How do you drive the length of a country (or near enough) in just over two weeks? Here’s how we managed to road trip New Zealand from Christchurch to Auckland and hit all the best spots along the way!  Continue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Christchurch to Auckland”

New Zealand – A Week in Queenstown

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With incredible views, scenic walks, and any kind of activity your heart could desire, is a week long enough to enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer? Here’s what I filled my time with on my second visit, and a few ideas to enjoy what Queenstown has to offer!  Continue reading “New Zealand – A Week in Queenstown”

WWOOFing in New Zealand

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During an extended tour of New Zealand, I decided I wanted to spend some time WWOOFing. I chose to revisit Franz Josef after enjoying my time on the Kiwi Experience tour which took us along the West Coast of the South Island, and realised this tiny glacier town hadn’t seen the last of me. If you’re looking for where to WWOOF in New Zealand, check out what Franz Josef has to offer!  Continue reading “WWOOFing in New Zealand”

Ultimate Guide To Solo Travel in Christchurch and Canterbury

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What to do after you finish the Kiwi Experience? Here are few things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury around the city and further afield to soak up the South Island beauty in New Zealand! Continue reading “Ultimate Guide To Solo Travel in Christchurch and Canterbury”

Kiwi Experience – South Island: Otago & Canterbury

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Moving away from the West Coast on the Kiwi Experience bus and towards left us in Wanaka, and then in Queenstown. There’s a lot of hype about this destination, many of the people have heard such great things so it was hard to avoid high expectations. I have to say, it was a great place, the views and lakes are amazing, but you can tell it’s a bit of a tourism hotspot for extreme sports, partying and generally enjoying youthfulness. Having said that, I did very much enjoy my time there and could definitely stay again! Continue reading “Kiwi Experience – South Island: Otago & Canterbury”

Kiwi Experience – South Island West Coast

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Thinking about taking the Kiwi Experience bus tour? Here’s all you need to know about the stops and itinerary of the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand from Abel Tasman to Wanaka.

It’s fair to say that the South Island is considerably more stunning than the north (sorry northerners!). It seems that the south is all about the outdoors, nature, and extreme sports while the north is more about history, culture and a more urban life. It’s all personal preference really, but I can see why it’s recommended to spend longer in the South Island.

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Kiwi Experience – North Island: Auckland to Wellington

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For many backpackers the favourite way to get around New Zealand is through the Kiwi Experience. I signed up for the Sheepdog Pass to take me from Auckland to Christchurch using the hop-on hop-off travel approach, and here you can find just how it went on the North Island leg of our trip. From the cosmopolitan Auckland down to the cultural Wellington plus some incredible spots in between, you can be sure that the North Island of New Zealand has incredible scenery and exhilarating activities to suit every backpacker!

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4 Days In Auckland On A Budget

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Kia Ora from Auckland!

As the most expensive and busiest city of New Zealand, it can be easy to burn your budget in a few short days. Here you can find the best activities to cover 4 days in Auckland from wandering the city and cultural areas, plus a few unique activities along the way – all for under $30! Continue reading “4 Days In Auckland On A Budget”

Best Things To Do In Melbourne: Beaches, Art, and Parks

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My second week in Melbourne saw me exploring more of the city itself. Monday was a very hot day which a couple of light showers in between, so I decided on a day to relax a bit and let myself recharge. I was also getting confused because I STILL hadn’t felt jet lagged in any way besides waking up slightly earlier, I definitely didn’t want it to hit at some later point!

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Exploring Melbourne CBD & Visiting the Great Ocean Road

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Most of my time spent exploring Melbourne to get my bearings involved lots of walking, lots of getting lost, and lots of gardens. Melbourne has many really beautiful (and surprisingly big) gardens across the city. In the midst of a bustling CBD it’s a refreshing break to sit among the flowers and trees with a fountain in the background. Continue reading “Exploring Melbourne CBD & Visiting the Great Ocean Road”

Phillip Island Day Trip

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My first day trip from Melbourne was an activity I had I vowed to do whilst in Melbourne: see the Penguins on Phillip Island! The Penguin Parade happens daily around sunset, and is magical, unique experience. Here’s my day trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island, visiting koalas on the way and seeing the Phillip Island Penguin Parade!  Continue reading “Phillip Island Day Trip”

First Impressions of Melbourne

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The seemingly gruelling 24 hour journey from London was actually fairly painless despite having to basically sprint between gates during my flight transfer. I must say that Qatar Airways did a great job at keeping everyone entertained and well fed, I hardly noticed that the flight time to Melbourne took so long!

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Welcome to Suzy Stories

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Welcome to Suzy Stories! Where to start… After much time spent agonising over what to call my little ramblings I settled on Suzy Stories. I wanted to explain quickly what it was I’ll be using this blog for but to be quite honest I’m not too sure, so stories seemed to fit best (and who doesn’t love some alliteration?!). Other great ideas included ‘Suzy Sashays’, ‘Suzy Sight-sees’, ‘Suzy Struts’ and when things got really desperate ‘Suzy Sees Something’. Continue reading “Welcome to Suzy Stories”