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Travel Musings: On Being Unplugged & The Beauty of Silence

We were in Vietnam, not far from the Cu Chi Tunnels. The rain fell hard, harder than I'd ever heard it fall before. And then it was nothing. Except the hum of the jungle. Sprawled on top the covers of the hard bed, I fiddled away on my phone with an ancient looking TV on mute in the background. Then with an ominous click, I simultaneously heard the sound of the air conditioner, TV, ceiling fan and light shut off...as if someone had tripped a cord. Just like that, blackness surrounded me. There was an almost faint ringing in my ear as the buzz of electronics faded away to nothing. All that remained was the sound of the rain. Of course...

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Keep it Wild - A Beer with Seasoned Traveler Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is the type of person who makes us realize, this is why we do this "A Beer With"  series in the first place. He's the type of guy you desperately want to meet when you travel. He'll look you square in the eyes and before he's even said anything, you know this guy has stories for days. Aaron has gone above and beyond just traveling a few times a year...he's made it made it his life's work and his life's mission to leave the "campground better than he found it" so to speak... His latest project is all about keeping the wild, well, WILD. When was your first real "backpacker" trip. Where did you go and how did...

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This Week in Travel (Issue No. 40)

One of the many joys of travel is leaving behind the worries and woes of the everyday grind. The flip side of that? Unfortunately for the reputation of backpackers, sometimes our sense doesn’t make it onto the plane with us. Their inhibitions left behind in the Czech Republic, this week 6 men donned Borat-inspired ‘mankinis’ and posed for a photo on a snowy day in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital. Extremities exposed, the group quickly got into hot water with the Kazakh authorities, copping a $70 fine for ‘hooliganism’. The actor behind the Kazakh character Borat is no stranger to pushing the cultural barriers, and Sacha Baron Cohen generously offered to pay the fine on behalf of his Czech comrades-in-mankinis. In every...

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GREATER IMPACT | Cam Brown is on a freaking mission!

  There are certain people in your life that you will only see every so often. Despite your best intentions, life just sometimes gets in the way, and time can run away on you. Consider them your once a year (maybe) friends.  When you eventually happen to cross  paths with each other, it will be when and where you least expect it. These encounters are always memorable, entertaining and uplifting, and they will always leave you feeling like “why the hell don’t we do this more often.” All too fitting an introduction for a good friend of mine, Cameron Brown from Ceduna... are you scratching your head trying to place where that is? That’s because It’s in the outback of Australia....

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