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Why You Shouldn’t Travel Without Travel Insurance

Why You Shouldn’t Travel Without Travel Insurance

I’ve noticed some really bad advice on the web recently about travel insurance — mostly on Twitter and usually dished out in unhelpful proclamations like “Don’t buy travel insurance — I’ve been to 100 countries and I’ve never needed it”. Well, aren’t you the lucky one? It...
Learning About Places By Observing Public Rituals

Learning About Places By Observing Public Rituals

Over the years there have been times during our travels when we’ve found ourselves caught up in momentous events and unexpectedly learning about places by observing public rituals, rites and ceremonies, and the outpourings of emotion that come with them — whether it was a national...
Our Guide to Eating and Drinking in Battambang

Our Guide to Eating and Drinking in Battambang

Cambodian cuisine is one of the most misunderstood cuisines in Asia. And unfortunately visitors’ understanding of the food isn’t helped by tourist restaurants passing off Thai dishes as Cambodian because they know diners are more familiar with the balanced flavours of their neighbour’s cuisine than...
Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

As we waited at Siem Reap airport for our flight to Bangkok a few days ago, I overheard American tourists on their phones telling friends back home about their Asian adventures. A highlight of their trip, they said, had been visits to orphanages in Cambodia. I...
Things To Do In Battambang

Things To Do In Battambang

We’ve spent a lot of time in Battambang in northwest Cambodia over the last year, so we know its attractions aren’t immediately apparent and it can take time and a little effort to appreciate its allure. Here’s our guide to things to do in Battambang....
Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

In October 2013, we went behind the scenes at Jaan Bai restaurant in Battambang to cover the opening of the Cambodian Children’s Trust‘s new social enterprise hospitality training restaurant, which has been supported by Australians Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok and restaurateur John Fink...
City, Sun and Sand — European Summer Escapes

City, Sun and Sand — European Summer Escapes

Summer is upon us in the northern hemisphere — the time to start thinking about European summer escapes. If you structure your seasons by calendar months, as Australia does, summer would have begun on the weekend on the first day of June. If you follow the...
Breakfast in Singapore — Kaya Toast and Kopi

Breakfast in Singapore — Kaya Toast and Kopi

The most quintessential breakfast in Singapore, kaya toast and kopi, did not initially excite us. However, it’s hard to resist an opportunity to participate in a local morning ritual that involves sipping, dunking and crunching. We’ve long loved a good strong kopi — since we first...
Delicious Food and Wine Road Trips in Australia

Delicious Food and Wine Road Trips in Australia

With a ridiculously diverse range of jaw-dropping landscapes, a good connection of highways and impossibly scenic back roads, Australia is a country that is just made for road trips. Add fabulous produce sold from farmers’ gates, fantastic seafood served up sand-side, wonderful wineries with welcoming...
Underrated Cities in Europe That We Love

Underrated Cities in Europe That We Love

I have a love-hate relationship with travel lists. When they’re inane, generic, lack perspective, and are researched from a desk, I loathe them. When they’re useful, subjective, personal, and written from experience, I find them inspiring. A good list reminds me of passionate conversations over glasses...