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Oman: where dolphins and turquoise water meet camels with birth control bags

Oman: where dolphins and turquoise water meet camels with birth control bags

CrikeyOct 30, 201118 Comments

I wondered if the text I’d underlined in the Oman Lonely Planet could possibly be correct. The writer had raved about Oman’s khors-rocky inlets and its pristine beaches, about its windswept deserts and the stark and treeless mountains.

Just 50,000 of my closest music loving friends and a small hurricane

Just 50,000 of my closest music loving friends and a small hurricane

Nicola HeathOct 27, 2011

<em>The Age</em> goes to Bali: the worst travel article ever published?

The Age goes to Bali: the worst travel article ever published?

Amber JamiesonOct 25, 201130 Comments

New York, how do I love thee

New York, how do I love thee

CrikeyOct 20, 20112 Comments

This week a recruiter asked me what someone from Australia (with its miraculous 5% unemployment rate) is doing looking for a job in New York. Fair question. The number of people unemployed in the US, at 14 million, is equivalent to two-thirds of the population of Australia.

Battling it out with Colombia's CIA

Battling it out with Colombia's CIA

CrikeyOct 19, 2011

Room for one more: riding the buses of Manila

Room for one more: riding the buses of Manila

CrikeyOct 17, 2011

Buses in the Philippines come in two varieties, ordinary and airconditioned. And ordinary buses are very ordinary, says Henry Bateman.

Generosity in the oldest city in the world

Generosity in the oldest city in the world

Margaret O'ConnorOct 13, 20112 Comments

It’s that combination of history that got me, and the people, so unexpectedly warm and full of generous ways -- from sharing their sweets with you on a bus trip from Damascus to Palmrya to searching up and down the street for someone with sufficient English to guide you back to the Ummayad Mosque, after you have become hopelessly lost in the myriad labyrinthine ways of the Old City of Damascus.

The blood, sweat and fears in riding an elephant

The blood, sweat and fears in riding an elephant

CrikeyOct 10, 20111 Comment

There I was, sitting on the back of an elephant, having her spray water at me from puddles that she walked past. In the Thai jungle, with the sun beating down mercilessly.

Room for one more: how to ride a jeepney

Room for one more: how to ride a jeepney

CrikeyOct 6, 20112 Comments