Ask Stephanie Anything: Flights

  I get many emails each week where wannabe travellers ask me various questions about travel. Here is an email that I recieved this week; Hi Stephanie, Hello!  I came across your blog this week and have really enjoyed reading some of your posts about your fascinating adventures!  Thank you!  I have a huge interest…

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Nine Months of Travel: Summary and review

My ninth month of travel was mostly spent in Australia, I place I have mixed feelings about. I don’t think that I ever really got over my reverse culture shock whilst I was there.     After a few days in the chilled out town of Coolangatta which is right on the border of New…

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Choosing happiness: I’m coming home!

As I write this i’m sat in a library in New Brighton near Christchurch in New Zealand. As I look outside the window I can  see waves crashing on a beautiful pristine beach and see the sunlight reflecting off the azure water. It’s hard to believe that nearly ten months has passed since I started…

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First impressions of Singapore

When I arrived in Singapore I was a little bit burnt out from travelling around Sri Lanka. Although I loved the country it was not an easy country to travel in as a newbie traveller and I was frequently overwhelmed by the sighs, sounds and different cultural practices. I breathed a sigh of relief as…

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Eight months of Travel: Summary and review

Month eight was the month where I had to say goodbye to my beloved Asia in Exchange for a new country and a new continent, Australia on the other side of the world! I started my month in Koh Phi Phi after a last minute decision less than 2 hours before the night boat departed….

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Coping with reverse culture shock in Australia

I was always a little skeptical of reverse culture shock. I experienced slight culture shock when I arrived in Sri Lanka, a crazy country for my first visit to Asia but I never thought that I would experience culture shock when going to a Western country like Australia! Why was I feeling like this? I…

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Six months of Travel: Summary and Review

After the craziness and stress of Vietnam the smiling Khmer people were a heartwarming surprise. As I arrived in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, I was shocked by the disparity of poverty and wealth around me. Right next to the stupidly ornate Palace there was naked children searching for God knows what in…

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Four months of Travel: Summary and Review

This month has been the hardest in terms of homesickness and loneliness on the road. Despite meeting many great people on my travels It’s sometimes hard travelling solo. (Read about my tips for combating loneliness on the road here). I found it especially hard travelling solo as a female through Laos. Many Laotians are lovely,…

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