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You Can’t “Do” A Place

River in Melaka

When I was 18 and visiting Melaka, I met a fellow traveller in his thirties who was adamant that he wanted to “do” the city. Visiting overnight from Kuala Lumpur, he wanted a brief taste of the south Malaysian city so that he could tick it off his list. Melaka is a small city to […]

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Why Camping is Great for Your Mental Health

Tent in Tapanappa campground

I never went camping with my family as a child. We travelled overseas or took road trips and stayed in holiday houses. My first experience with bush camping was when I was seventeen and went with my high school boyfriend. He was an experienced camper and took care of all the set-up and cooking. It’s […]

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Guide to Tapanappa Campground in Deep Creek Conservation Park

Adelaide is clean, accessible, and interesting enough, but I have always maintained that the best parts of the state are on day trips away from the city. My boyfriend and I usually both work five days a week, and so we try to take day trips along the coast when we can. Last weekend, I […]

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No One Cares About Me

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No one cares. My brain tells me this every time I have a fight with someone who I love, every time I get left out of a social gathering, every time I’m feeling lonely. ‘No one cares’ is a grotesque monster that claws its way into my chest and feasts on tiny slivers of my […]

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Travel Anxiety: Does It Get Easier?

Imperial Palace Kyoto

I threw up on the airport floor before my solo flight to Buenos Aires in 2017. I hadn’t slept more than half an hour the night before because I lay there, completely paralysed with travel anxiety and unable to even get out of bed. My brain kept telling me over and over that solo travel […]

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How to Cope with Body Dysmorphia

girl standing in front of a temple in Nara

I went through puberty very late and extremely quickly. Until the age of sixteen, I was underweight, very short, and completely flat chested. I was regularly misgendered and already knew that others perceived me as ugly. I was convinced by that point that I was going to have the body of a little boy for […]

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6 Ways I Save Money For Travel

money on a washing line

Travel is one of my biggest priorities in life. I love the freedom it brings and the ways in which it challenges me personally to grow as a human being. I love trekking through mountainous landscapes, eating food packed with spices, and bus trips that stretch on for hours through nature and sprawling cities. However, […]

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Instagram is Terrible for Mental Health

Girl in a tunnel covered in leaves

Social media apps like Instagram and Facebook offer a much-coveted rush of instant gratification. Instagram in particular is instantly addictive. However, Instagram is terrible for mental health. Unlike other forms of social media, the approval you get from Instagram is mostly from complete strangers, and on a larger scale. Within a matter of minutes after […]

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Why I Chose Travelling Alone at 18

girl in front of thai archways

During my last year of high school, I spent too many hours neglecting my studies to plan my gap year travel. At the time, my high school boyfriend was supposed to join me for a few months around Southeast Asia. We even bought our first flight from Adelaide to Bali together. However, even before we […]

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How To Avoid Being Codependent in a Relationship

Man and woman in sunset

I love my boyfriend, but whenever I am in a relationship, my sense of insecurity heightens. It’s because there’s suddenly something to lose, and someone who can take it away from me. I can’t control his feelings towards me, and my abandonment complex rears its ugly head. To cope with all this insecurity, my brain […]

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