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Hyams Beach – Whitest Sand Beach In The World

Blue Water Lagoon on White Sands
Beautiful water and pure white sand at Hyams Beach, Australia

Officially the whitest sand in the world according to the Guiness Book of World Records, Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay is a great "off the beaten path" destination. A few hours south of Sydney, Jervis Bay is more of a local spot. Rent a car and drive yourself down; stay in a house on St Georges Basin Lake, or even on the beach, while only paying modest prices. You won't find crazy nightlife, or busy shops & restaurants, Jervis Bay is a place to get away from the masses of Bondi style beaches.

Farming in Kerikeri Bay, New Zealand

Thursday, April 14, 2011
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The Oldest Stone Building in New Zealand
The Oldest Stone Building in New Zealand, Kerikeri Bay

Kerikeri is a backpackers best and worst nightmare about 3 hours north of Auckland. If you're travelling on a budget around the North Island, Kerikeri is definetely a place you can find work. The city, like most citys in New Zealand, is pretty small and basic. There's a local supermarket, a few shops and a Mcdonalds (of course!). Unless you have a car you cant really get to the outer edges to see what little else it has to offer....theres a chocolate factory, a few prehistoric buildings and you can check out Rewa's Village - the start of a bush trail. Finally, they've got Rainbow Falls waterfall, which is nice to look at, but nothing spectacular.

Mana Island Guide – Fiji

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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White Sand and Clear Waters, Mana Island
White Sand, Clear Water, Palm Trees. Typical Mana Island

Mana island is one of 333 fijian islands, just a 4 hour boat ride from Nadi from about $50 return. Mana island is a lovely little island you can easily walk round in about 3 hours providing you're steady on your feet as you do have to clamber over rocks round some of the edges. The accommodation on Mana varies from budget to exclusive with the island having its own airstrip its a popular destination for families and honeymooners as well as backpackers. The island seems to be split in to 3 sections, the section where you arrive on the boat is where all the backpacker accommodation is, some more expensive than others. I stayed at 'Serenas' which was $35 a night with 3 meals included; the dorm rooms were basic as was the one cold tap used as a shower. Although the family that ran it were lovely and very helpful i wouldn't recommend it, the food was questionable, often cold, and I personally don't enjoy doughnuts for breakfast. The situation was similar next door at Mana Lagoon, although they have a small games room and the only shop on the island.

Greek Islands Photos & Overview

Bad Ass Dudes on Scooters
A couple bad ass dudes posing with their scooters on a cliff in Santorini

Q. Hey Mike. Quick question. When you did the greek islands, did you from athens, or elsewhere and did you take a ferry? Also a boat between islands? Finally, which ones do you suggest doing for sure? Thanks dude!

Planning A Trip To Fiji

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Sunset In Fiji
Sunset from the pool in Fiji

If you're planning on visiting Fiji you can do it in one of 2 ways: 1. Book a set tour for a specified number of days and on a pre-determined number of islands, having the whole thing planned out for you or 2. you can get a flight, land in Nadi and see what happens from there. Although a little daunting I'd recommend the latter; its cheaper and if you get somewhere you don't want to be you can leave or likewise if you really like somewhere you can stay longer. As a starter when you land in Nadi airport your going to get harassed by people trying to book you into tours and plan your trip... they're all working on commission and can be a bit pushy. Be strong and walk through the airport there's a free phone and you can dial one of a number of hostels to pick you up. More often than not they'll pick you up for free but if not its only about $10 - $15 fjd

Answering Questions About SE Asia Trip

Swimming In Waterfalls, Luang Prubang
Swimming in the clear waters of the Kouang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos

Q. I'm going to be in China and Korea for a school consulting project in May, but have about 12 days to travel on the back end and want to go to SE Asia for a bit. I just wanted your thoughts on how to best spend my relatively short amount of time and money.

Coast Camp: Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Campsite 12 at the Coast Camp site in Point Reyes
One of the more exposed campsites, number 12 of 14, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Coast Camp.

Coast Camp is one of 4 backcountry campsites in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. Like the 3 others, access is limited to hikers, bikers and horse riders, so whatever your method, you will have to haul in your own stuff, but it will be worth it because the hiking is awesome and the coast has a lot to explore.

Monte Louro, Galicia, Spain

Friday, July 2, 2010
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Monte Louro - Galicia, Spain
A view of Monte Louro, Lagoa de Xalfas and the Atlantic Ocean outside of Muros, Spain

Monte Louro is a small peninsular mountain wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and a small lagoon, Lagoa Xalfas, in Galicia, Spain. The Monte Louro Nature Preserve is accessible from AC-550, just north of the town of Muros. It’s a great day trip from Santiago de Compostela, just 45 miles if you take the coastal route, or if you want to stay the night campsites are available.

Photos & Things To Do In Olympos, Turkey

View From The Citadel In Olympos, Turkey
A short hike up the mountain to the Citadel in Olympos provides this view of the beach

Olympos, Turkey, just outside of Antalya, is the perfect place to visit for a backpacker. Stay in a tree house at Kadirs, meals are included in the cost of your stay. Relax at the beach, explore the ruins, hike, kayak, rock climb, go cliff jumping, scuba diving, go canyoning, see the Chimera Flame, mountain bike, go out on a boat, or play volleyball. Come home, take a nap, then head out to the Hangar Bar at Kadirs for some drinks. When the Hangar Bar closes around 11, the Bull Bar Opens. Go dance and mingle until late night. Olympos is a vacation spot, so everyone is social, it's easy to make new friends from Turkey or anywhere else in the world.

Yangshuo, China

Sunday, March 7, 2010
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Hot Air Ballooning Yangshuo
Your typical photo from a hot air balloon trip in Yangshuo, and how our ride started

Yangshuo is a small town along the Li River in the Guilin Area, Guangxi Province of China. The town is surrounded by hundreds of tall and narrow karst peaks. Its the perfect destination for a backpacker, lots of things to do. I recommend the Hot Air Balloon ride, however you may not want to go if rain is in the forecast (as it is frequently). Ride the boat down the Li River from Guilin, then stop off for 3-4 days in Yangshuo. Monkey Jane's hostel is a fun place to stay if you like to drink. Monkey Jane herself likes to hang out with her patrons and is a great host, shes got a bar on the roof where everyone hangs out at night.

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