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United States

Hawaii’s North Shore – The Surf Bus

Aloha wanderers! If you have been following along on my instagram feed (@sam_clarkey) you will have seen I have just returned from the Aloha State, Hawaii. With my time coming to an end in Melbourne, Australia I decided to have a short ‘lei’ over in Honolulu as I made my way back to Toronto. Jetstar has recently started operating direct flights Melbourne (MEL) to Honolulu (HNL) for an affordable “backpacker” price. I paid only $299 AUD one way, and added…

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Asia

Thaintro – The best week in Thailand!

Heading to South East Asia for the first time? Well look no further! This past May, I had the pleasure of heading over to South East Asia, starting my trip in the Land of Smiles, Thailand. Throughout my research of Thailand, I quickly came to realize that there were SO many places to start, routes to follow and things to see/do, even for a travel agent (haha) it all became a bit overwhelming. To pin point the exact itinerary I…

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Asia

Bali, Indonesia – Uluwatu, Gili Trawangan & Ubud

A popular destination for all style of travellers; surfers, yogis, beach bums, party animals, foodies and scuba diving addicts; Bali, Indonesia has been on my bucket list since the travel bug bit. Bali is easily accessible from Australia; 6 hours by plane from Melbourne & Sydney, 3 ½ hour from Perth & 2 ½ hours from Darwin – due to that it is quite common for travellers to find themselves spontaneously booking flights to this tropical state of mind. With…

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New Zealand

North Island, NZ – Rotorua

A great night’s sleep at the Marae refreshed me for my visit to New Zealand’s North Island Adrenaline Capital… Rotorua! Only a short drive away from Stray’s unique stop – the Marae, Rotorua offers a selection of adventure activities to the traveller. I planned on stopping off in Rotorua for 3 nights – to visit the Peterpans Rotorua team, in addition to take advantage of everything Rotorua has to offer – adrenaline, scenery, culture and more! When I arrived into…

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New Zealand

Bay of Islands – New Zealand

The adventure begins… in the Bay of Islands! Bright and early in the morning I am awoken by my excitement about heading up to the Bay of Islands. A short walk from Nomads is the Stray New Zealand office, where my guide for the day picked me up, Muesli! All the driver guides have funny names that coincide with a funny story that happened when they first started with Stray. You’ll just have to join in on a Stray trip…

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New Zealand

A New (Zealand) Adventure

The day has finally arrived! It’s time to get my wanderlust on again! An early morning wake up call began my journey (courtesy of Byron Easy Bus) to Coolangatta (Gold Coast) Airport to catch my flight to Auckland, New Zealand! I arrived at the airport just before 7am, which allowed for a good amount of time to check-in, go through security/customs and grab some food. As I should have expected, there is no such thing as smooth sailing when I…

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Australia

Cairns, Queensland

Cairns, the city of adrenaline and home to the infamous Great Barrier Reef – a world of adventure ready for me to explore… again. An early morning shuttle bus began my journey up the East Coast; courtesy of the Byron Easy Bus I was taken from Byron Bay to Brisbane airport. I had a couple hours to kill in the airport before flying through to Cairns. I didn’t pay for a scenic Great Barrier Reef tour? .. oh well I’ll…

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Australia

Wayoutback 4WD Red Centre Wallaby Dreaming

Day 1: As the alarm sounded at 5am, it was time to go. We hit the road, and the first stop of the day was the camel farm. When we arrived a few of the group decided to partake in the camel rides. I have to say that there is nothing more hilarious than getting the chance to ride a camel. See for yourself! Following lunch, we arrived at Uluru. Commonly referred to as Ayers Rock… or the big red…

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Hobart, Tasmania

Commonly known as Australia’s “South Island” one can find the little state of Tasmania. With its small but mighty population of only 500,000 – Tasmania has the potential to offer the traveller such a unique and fulfilling experience. After an early Jetstar flight, I arrived into Tasmania’s largest and oldest city, Hobart. Hobart is located in the Southeast region of the state and has a total population of approximate 200,000 people (that’s 40% of the entire state!) I picked up…

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Happy – Byron Bay

A good friend once told me something so simple, yet so powerful that it has managed to stick with me for many years. The mantra that she continues to live by and continues to pass on to those who have the pleasure of meeting her; “Do what makes you happy until it doesn’t make you happy anymore, then change.” At the end of the day I couldn’t agree more – you only have one life to live so why spend…

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