Guest interview: Kimia, embracing solo travel head-on

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On a day honouring women, and the unique challenges they face, we thought we’d sit down with an inspiring woman we know who’s traveled the world, sometimes with friends, sometimes on her own. We hope she inspires you too.

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The 7 best street markets from around the world

Long before they were recognised as popular tourist spots, street markets across the world have brought together communities to buy and sell their goods. More than just a place to trade material good, they are places where ideas are exchanged along with the sharing of cultures. As retail stores come and go, these seem to have stood the test of time.

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If you love eating, you need to add these festivals to your diary

With such a wide range of cultures clustered into one area, Europe is an incredible destination to experience different food and traditions. We may not all speak the same words but we share the same beautiful language of gastronomy. Food has a way of bringing people together no matter their culture, religion, or background.

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How to celebrate Halloween like an American

Halloween, it’s a time of overindulging on sweets and showcasing our not so innocent side. What was once a more religious themed holiday has turned into a massive commercialised enterprise in the United States. Long gone are the days of its association with All Souls Day and All Saints Day where saints and the souls of Christians who died were honoured.

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Chasing chocolate and dodging zombies: quirky races from around the world.

It’s never been about the destination, it’s about the journey. This sentiment rings true for fun runs, many of which are a day for people to have fun while raising money for a cause. I’d rather leave the marathons to the elite and sign up for runs where I’m being chased by zombies, clambering iconic buildings and even races that require entrants to eat their way throughout the race(a personal favourite of mine!) are you with me?

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Your 2013 guide to Europe’s biggest and best music festivals

As summer slowly comes to an end our days of sun, beach and music will be put on hold for a few months. For those that like to keep the summer vibes going, Europe’s Summer Music festival is the perfect destination. This year’s festival line up is definitely not to be missed and should be enough to entice anyone to venture on an unscheduled escape from the Australian winter.

So here it is – your essential guide to the best times to be had in 2013!

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Tasting barbequed sheep’s head in South Africa

Whilst travelling in South Africa, I had the chance to try a local township delicacy; the Smiley. A Smiley is a whole barbequed sheep’s head with its lips bared in a sick charred grin, thus the name Smiley. Locals in the townships say it’s a good cure for a babelas, the local word for hangover.

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Tips for sleeping well on flights

Long plane trips often mean resorting to “a little something” to help you or the kids sleep. Contrary to what you might think, snoozing for hours on sleeping pills or sedatives won’t necessarily help — and might even harm you or your child.
Natural sleep is the best way to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your holiday. Here we discuss some reasons why taking sleeping pills can be dangerous and give tips to help you and the kids rest safely while in the air.

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