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“Begpacking”: Backpackers Behaving Badly? Or the Latest Scapegoat for the World’s Inequality?

12 April 2017

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“Begpacking”: Backpackers Behaving Badly? Or the Latest Scapegoat for the World’s Inequality?

Over the past few days a photo has been going viral on Facebook showing two backpackers in the street selling postcards to fund their travels. Two more travellers busking in the street are also shamed for their actions whilst backpacking in Asia. I can’t help but think that this story is being blown way out of proportion by the Western media and the image of these two young, naïve backpackers is being used as a scapegoat for the inequality of the world. Before you get angry with me, here are some thoughts I’d like you to consider…

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How to Ride a Bike in Asia (Like a Tw*t)

9 April 2017

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How to Ride a Bike in Asia (Like a Tw*t)

Having spent more time than intended in North Goa I have seen my fair share of motorcycle twatiness. Apparently, this behaviour isn't unique to Goa. In fact, all over Asia you will find people being knobs on bikes. If you want to be a “somebody” whilst travelling, it's essential you learn how to fit in. So here it is, a simple guide...

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How do you feel about beggars?

7 April 2017

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How do you feel about beggars?

Throughout my travels in India and South East Asia, I’ve been approached by beggars of all ages. Sometimes, I’ve given money or food. Sometimes I haven’t. Every time I go through a complex surge of emotions and the internal dilemma I describe here. Does everybody feel something similar to this? How do you cope with being approached by beggars?

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher in India: Review of 200-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course at Parimukti – Part 3

1 February 2017

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher in India: Review of 200-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course at Parimukti – Part 3

The final part of our day-to-day diaries of the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Goa! What an incredible month of emotional ups and downs, physical challenges and life transforming knowledge! Now, at the other end of the experience, we can honestly say that this is one of the best and most intense experiences that you can do as a traveller in Asia...

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher in India: Review of 200-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course at Parimukti – Part 2

22 January 2017

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher in India: Review of 200-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course at Parimukti – Part 2

Daily Diaries from Week Two of the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course. A difficult week blighted with injury and tiredness. No one said becoming a Yoga Teacher would be easy! Would we make it through to the end to realise our potential?

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher in India: Review of 200-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course at Parimukti – Part 1

15 January 2017

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher in India:  Review of 200-Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course at Parimukti – Part 1

Have you ever thought about training to become a Yoga Teacher? In the first month of 2017, the editor of South East Asia Backpacker Magazine and her partner embark upon a one-month 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Arambol, Goa with Parimukti Yoga School. Read their honest day-to-day diary of this intense, life-changing experience!

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7 Reasons Why Tourist Hotspots Aren’t Necessarily So Bad…

3 January 2017

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7 Reasons Why Tourist Hotspots Aren’t Necessarily So Bad…

Disclaimer: Some touristy places are, without doubt, man-made hell-holes that have been commercialised beyond salvation. We’re merely suggesting that you shouldn’t write them ALL off - until you’ve experienced them yourself. Then, and only then, can you slag them off until the cows come home!

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The Highs And Lows Of Sri Lanka…

1 December 2016

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The Highs And Lows Of Sri Lanka…

At 34, I'm older than most to be making my first trip to Asia. Where better to start for a relatively easy way in than Sri Lanka? The country has been a highly popular destination for several years now and was recommended to me by several of my friends. Here are my impressions after a month's visit with my girlfriend, conveniently simplified into a list of “highs” and “lows”...

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One Girl’s Adventure from Wide-eyed Traveller to Worldwide Entrepreneur

4 September 2016

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One Girl’s Adventure from Wide-eyed Traveller to Worldwide Entrepreneur

Before I published this book on Amazon, I had a complete freak out. An old travel buddy spotted a vague post about my new book on Facebook and messaged me to say - “Hey Nikki. I can’t wait to read your book!” I was in bed still on a Sunday morning at 9am. My body froze.

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Over The Hill? 20 Things Every Backpacker in their 30s will Understand

15 August 2016

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Over The Hill? 20 Things Every Backpacker in their 30s will Understand

As a wide-eyed, fresh-faced young backpacker, no travel hiccup, set-back, nor the worst changover in the world, could prevent you from having the time of your life! So now you’re 30. Will you ever go backpacking again? Hell yeah! But this time, for your sanity and your dignity, there’ll be a few slight adjustments. Here are 20 Things Every Backpacker in Their 30s will understand...

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