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"gap-year" related travel guides

Los Angeles for the round-the-world tripper

Destination: Los Angeles

In backpacker circles, Los Angeles has a wildly undeserved reputation. Dismissed as culture-less, impersonal and drab – a highly unpopular choice. Want to know why this is wrong? Read on…

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One of many shrines on the streets of Kowloon City.

Another side to Hong Kong

Destination: Hong Kong

Filled with authentic old-style Chinese culture and food, Kowloon is a place tour guides don't mention--but it has sights and tastes that can't be missed

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View over the Twelve Apostles West from the lookout point

Driving Australia's Great Ocean Road

Destination: Lorne

The Great Ocean Road in Victoria offers some of the most spectacular and iconic scenery in the world

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The Falla in all her glory

The Falla - The jewel of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Destination: Cairns

With its quirky charm, its inspirational captain and its captivating story, the Falla shows the Great Barrier Reef as it deserves to be seen.

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The view over the misty Blue Mountains - NSW

The Indian Pacific: interrailing the Australian way

Destination: Sydney

Sydney to Perth on the Indian Pacific is one of the world's great rail journeys – 3,000 miles taking in vast deserts, mountain ranges, tiny ghost towns and some the finest cities you'll ever see.

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Best backpacker hostels in Thailand

Destination: Bangkok

Looking for somewhere to stay in Thailand without blowing all your baht? Check out these backpacker gems in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Chang and Koh Phangan

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Backpackers outside the entrance to THC rooftop bar, in the middle of a water battle during Songkran

Backpacker bites in Chiang Mai

Destination: Chiang Mai

From a Thai take on English breakfast to a rooftop bar where you can watch the stars, here are the places a hungry backpacker in Chiang Mai needs to know

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join in Thai chi !!!

Bangkok: start your day the Thai (chi) way

Destination: Bangkok

Lumpini Park is Bangkok's oldest, largest, and most loved public park. Get there at 5am and watch, or join in, as the daily workout for health conscious residents begins

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Beautiful Mylopotas Beach

Ios, Greece: the party island with secluded beaches

by Tom J

Destination: Ios

Always overlooked Ios is the original Greek party island offering a vibrant and bohemian nightlife, yet still retaining everything that makes it typically Greek

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Wildlife at Mole National Park

Off the beaten track in Ghana

Destination: Cape Coast

If you're looking for a holiday that offers more than just sun, sea and sand (although you can expect plenty of those, too), head to Ghana, a little-visited gem on the west African coast

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