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Go Garuda!

11/04/12: It seems Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda Airlines has emerged from years of low brand esteem since the high profile 2007 Yogyakarta crash, taking out the best international airline for January 2012 in a recent Roy Morgan survey of airlines. I flew Garuda to Bali in 2008, despite the talk around the Yogyakarta tragedy, and I have … Continue reading

Photo: Stupas at Borobodur

Photo: Welcome to the top of the world

Review: Lonely Planet’s Great Journeys

With so much online travel content out there, it’s somewhat refreshing and unusually exciting to take receipt of Lonely Planet’s latest book release “Great Journeys: Travel the World’s Most Spectacular Routes.” So thrilled am I to receive this collection of more than 70 of the greatest trips any traveller could ever take, that in the … Continue reading

Burning Man Australia: Prologue

The annual week-long Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada is the stuff of legend. Some call it the world’s most incredible festival. This extraordinary experiment in community, radical self expression and radical self reliance, began around a bonfire on San Francisco’s Baker Beach at summer solstice in 1986 – now Burning … Continue reading

Captain Jack sells Fiji at travel expo

Backpackers treated themselves to free coffee, free BBQ and free travel advice at the Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo at Sydney’s Town Hall last weekend. The Expo, sponsored by TNT Publishing and Hostelworld.com, attracted legions of keen travellers to meet and talk travel with more than 150 exhibitors from all over the world. A few operators took … Continue reading

Photo: Boy with brolly, HCMC, Vietnam

2011 Backpacker Industry Conference #2

There was an unusually upbeat mood at the 2011 Adventure and Backpacker Industry Conference in Sydney’s Darling Harbour this week. More than 200 delegates from all over Australia, New Zealand and Fiji gathered at Dockside in Cockle Bay Wharf to engage with expert insights from quality speakers on wide range of topics. New South Wales … Continue reading

2011 Backpacker Industry Conference #1

The 2011 Adventure and Backpacker Industry Conference (ABIC) takes over Darling Harbour in Sydney later today. Delegates from all over Australia will hear from some of the industry’s leading lights on trends in the sector. Sessions will cover: the global economic outlook, backpacker travel patterns, managing online communities, changing consumer behaviour and marketing via mobile. Operators … Continue reading

Photo: First smoke of the day, Central Java

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