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Can you ever go home again? For most expats, home is a humble little word filled with a wealth of meaning.

Home: a humble little word with a whole world of meaning

Can you ever go home again? For most expats, home is a humble little word filled with a wealth of meaning.

When a meal is more than the sum of its parts

Most of the best meals I can remember while growing up were eaten at my grandmother’s house. Sometimes it was because a couple of branches of the extended family were sitting around the table eating together and chatting, and sometimes it was just because of the love and care transmitted to us by the cook […]

Where the bloody hell is the campaign for indigenous tourism? An interview with Bruce Poon Tip

“Australia has such an amazing indigenous history, most countries would be jealous to have what you have and they do nothing with it,” declares founder and CEO of Gap Adventures Bruce Poon Tip. “They” being Tourism Australia, an organisation Poon Tip is scathing of, particularly in its lack of promoting and supporting indigenous tourism in this country. It […]

Being herded onto a bus with 40 other tourists and being driven from sight to sight, stopping only to let people off to take a few snaps before re-boarding the bus, is not my idea of a good time, says <b>Rebecca Arnold</b>.

On disliking must-see tourist sights

Being herded onto a bus with 40 other tourists and being driven from sight to sight, stopping only to let people off to take a few snaps before re-boarding the bus, is not my idea of a good time, says Rebecca Arnold.

Martin Lane writes: I'm the sort of person mainstream travel agents should love. Once a backpacker, I now have two kids aged 10 and 14 and, while the old spirit of adventure remains undimmed, my first priority is to make sure they’re going to be safe and that flights, accommodation and probably transfers are all booked in advance.

Why travel agents take the joy out of travelling

Martin Lane writes: I'm the sort of person mainstream travel agents should love. Once a backpacker, I now have two kids aged 10 and 14 and, while the old spirit of adventure remains undimmed, my first priority is to make sure they’re going to be safe and that flights, accommodation and probably transfers are all booked in advance.

My Back In A Bit colleague Kevin O'Faircheallaigh recently wrote a stinging piece about camera-wielding tourists – very much worth a read if you haven't already done so. While I agree with a lot that Kevin said I'd like to partially defend myself and other travelling photographers, says <B>Scott Bridges</b>.

In (partial) defence of me and my camera

My Back In A Bit colleague Kevin O'Faircheallaigh recently wrote a stinging piece about camera-wielding tourists – very much worth a read if you haven't already done so. While I agree with a lot that Kevin said I'd like to partially defend myself and other travelling photographers, says Scott Bridges.

In this, the latest in a series I've been calling "In defense of hugely intrusive government regulation in order to eradicate behaviours in others that I find annoying", I'm going to explain why I feel that in order to purchase and operate a camera people should be forced to obtain a license.

Why I hate you and your camera

In this, the latest in a series I've been calling "In defense of hugely intrusive government regulation in order to eradicate behaviours in others that I find annoying", I'm going to explain why I feel that in order to purchase and operate a camera people should be forced to obtain a license.

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder: are we losing a little of that travel magic by constantly relying on technology?

To connect or disconnect, that is the first world problem

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder: are we losing a little of that travel magic by constantly relying on technology?

The ethics of watching sport on holiday

I once went to Sydney for a weekend with four male friends. We arrived around midday with tickets to a football double header that evening and an eye to heading out afterwards. Casually flicking through the TV channels, waiting for everyone to be ready, something unforseen happened. Somehow we landed on The World’s Strongest Man […]

<b>Scott Bridges</b> is back. Well, just for a short minute, before he heads off somewhere else. Where would you pick if you had two months of free time and a budget that can take you anywhere?

Back. And now it's time to daydream

Scott Bridges is back. Well, just for a short minute, before he heads off somewhere else. Where would you pick if you had two months of free time and a budget that can take you anywhere?