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Shark Bay, Western Australia: Kitesurfing With Sharks

Kitesurfing in Shark Bay “They wanted to do a competitive swim across Shark Bay but the city reckons it’s too risky,” the pub owner explained and coyly flashed his teeth. At the sound of this, I quickly reflected on the three ways that Australians name places....

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Margaret River Region Surf Spot Guide

Margaret River Surf Spot Guide Aside from karri forests, family owned wineries, fields of wildflowers, active wildlife, adventure activities, delicious food, friendly locals, and untouched beaches, Margaret River is one of the best places in the world to find an unridden, perfect wave. If you’re visiting...

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Maybe Kiting Isn’t So Freaky After All? Confidence in Coronation Beach

Where the wind blows, kitesurfers and windsurfers follow. Since I’m one of these wind-chasing kitesurfers now, and happened to be on a kitesurfing tour, we set off in a convoy from Lancelin to Coronation Beach. Gloomy with a tinge of wind gusts, I quietly harbored a secret...

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The Adventure Guide to Margaret River Region, Western Australia

This guide for the Margaret River Region covers: Where to camp and stay Where to eat and drink Adventures to have when the waves are flat I’ll be mentioning places in Yallingup, Dunsborough, and Augusta as well as Margaret River in this guide. For over two years, Margaret River...

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Flight of the Gibbon Ziplining: Flying Through Chiang Mai

Does hurling yourself off of high platforms count as a hobby, sport, or just an interest? Whatever category it falls under, I’m an active enthusiast. Skydiving, bungy jumping, sketchy tree-climbing, you can always count on me to join in on experiences that start in the sky and...

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A Day at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai

“Really? REALLY? People are doing yoga on elephants now?!” I muffled a few expletives as the TV showed a couple in Thailand preparing to do yoga on top of elephants. “An exciting new luxury travel trend…”  Wow, what’s next? Base jumping off of the neck of a...

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Going for a Ride on the Battambang Bamboo Train

When I was a kid, my mom tried to deter my sister and I from begging for carnival rides by telling us that they were built by drunk, lazy men who don’t like to read instructions. I imagined bearded, potbellied men rummaging around a pile of...

The best way to tour Battambang, Cambodia is to do it via the back of a motorbike 6

A Day With Bun in Battambang

I didn’t get a good vibe from the man that the hotel designated as my tour guide. I didn’t like the way his eyes looked through mine, as if my head was transparent. His mind seemed to be working – plotting – like a villain in...