Activities Adventure Sports City Stays Events Great Treks Nature On The Road Relaxation Stopovers Train Travel Destinations Africa and Middle East Asia Australia Europe New Zealand and Fiji North America South America Tips & Opinions Budget Travel Like A Local Working Holiday In Australia Working Overseas Your Stories Australia Go Victoria - Go West Melbourne might have next-level coffee, but there's much to discover by venturing west. The top whale watching spots in Australia As the majestic mammals set off on their epic mid-year migration, Tom Smith discovers the best places to spot them. The 10 Sydney experiences you cannot miss Don’t leave the Harbour City without ticking these off your bucket list . . . It's a Wild Thing Kangaroo Island is South Australia's best kept secret - and you might find it a rather suprising. Urban Cool - Melbourne Find out why urban diva, Di Caught, ranks Melbourne as her favourite city. Sydney like a local Blend in like a Sydneysider by embracing these six quintessential experiences. Getaway to Hobart Sandwiched between the changeable face of Mount Wellington and a sparkling harbour that gives Sydney a run for its money, Elinor Sheargold crosses the pond to discover Tasmania’s pocket-sized capital Class A.C.T. Canberra is famous for many things - but here are some quirky things you didn't know about the city. City Breaks Janet McGarry plays tourist at home. Victorian Scene Stealers Here is a plan for making the best of 5 days in one of Australia's most magnificent destinations... Top Five Pirate Experiences Ahoy, me hearties! Hoist the Jolly Rodger and unleash your inner Jack Sparrow with these five pirate experiences across Australia. Introducing Queensland With endless days of sunshine, it’s no wonder Queenslanders are so friendly. Australia's Epic Train Journeys Australia is a big country, with big open spaces - making it the ideal setting for epic rail journeys. Brisbane - Like A Local With a sub-tropical climate, friendly atmosphere and vibrant outdoor spaces it’s no wonder the locals stay out late. A Town Called Alice Find out which popular Alice Springs attraction Sir David Attenborough says cannot be matched. Top 10 Australian Wildlife Hostels You'll be surprised by these unique wildlife experience, just outside the hostel door . . . Margaret River DIY South of Perth in Western Australia, Chantae Reden discovered Margaret River was a region easily explored with just a bit of planning. 7 Music Festivals Worth Travelling Interstate For Just because the party isn’t coming to you doesn’t mean you can’t go to the party! ~’Cause you know I’d walk (but probably drive) a thousand miles if I could just see Muse tonight~ The Legendary Triangle Discover water, wine and wildlife on NSW’s Legendary Pacific Coast. West Coast Eats - Southwest WA Take your tastebuds to Western Australia’s Southwest and discover a hotspot for indulgence seekers on a budget. Extreme to Serene - Wollongong Find out how New South Wales's third largest city is keeping adventure seekers busy from 14,000ft to sea-level. The six places you can’t miss on your Aussie adventure From swimming with sharks and cuddling koalas to sleeping behind bars or in the shadow of Uluru, Tom Smith lists the destinations every backpacker must visit on their adventure down under. Introducing South Australia Discovering South Australia is all about indulgent contrasts: rich wine regions, long sandy white beaches and great festivals. Traverse the Top End Darwin and its natural surrounnds are too good to be true. Be Consumed by the Barossa Discover why food lovers from around the world are heading to the Barossa Valley, and lining up for seconds. Sun, Sea, Sail Sailing the Queensland coast's classic sail routes offers a unique travel experience not to be missed. Wild Australia Check out these top Aussie wildlife encounters. Training It There are few more memorable ways to travel in tropical Queensland than by train. 15 Reasons Melbourne is the Coolest City First of all, traveler, don’t pronounce the ‘r’ in Melbourne, or you’ll announce yourself as particularly un-hip. Great Value Gold Coast There’s so much more to the Goldie than skyscrapers and theme parks, as these five budget-friendly experiences reveal Fremantle Prison YHA Imagine living in a room not much larger than a toilet, where the only creature comforts are a hammock, small desk and chair, and a bucket. Brisbane is Boss A born and bred Brisbanite tells us why this city rocks... Fan-Tassie Island Find out why Australian's are enamoured with Tasmania, Australia's smallest state. Darwin - The City and Beyond Find out why Darwin was named Lonely Planet's hottest tip in 2012. After Dark Australia The most enjoyable experiences in Australia happen at night. Discover the most thrilling nocturnal adventures on offer. Ports Ahoy No less than six YHA hostels have port in their name. Legendary Pacific Coast Discover the best surf, breaks and beaches taking the back roads on NSW's Mid-North Coast. Wonder-Full Oz Do you like secrets? We reveal five of Australia's most unbelievable wonders, that are too good to miss… Broome Time Broome is the gateway to the Kimberleys and a renowned destination for rest and relaxation. The Red Heart Janet McGarry takes the leisurely route around Australia's iconic Red Centre. Hobart: Sensory Overload Hobart’s illustrious past and creative present combine to stimulate the senses of the curious visitor, writes Rob Grant. Introducing Tasmania Australia's island wilderness, rich in history and beauty has a few dirty secrets you wouldn't believe... Brisbane - Life on the Bright Side Find out what the sizzling city of Brisbane did to change it's country town image. View from the top Megan Czisz scales Western Australia's highs and lows. Earn 'Coin' During Your Gap Year Here are some helpful employment ideas to help you save on your holidays. Sydney’s Rocks District on the Cheap The Harbour City doesn't have to hammer your wallet. Winter Warmers - Get Centred Carla Carouso feels the call of adventure in the Red Centre. 48 Hours in Melbourne Planning a whirlwind weekend escape? Tom Smith discovers how to make the most of two days in Melbourne. The six best places to escape winter Shake off the winter blues by thawing out in these six sunny spots around Australia. Adelaide - Cool Capital The people of Adelaide have been keeping a little secret all to themselves, but what is it? Taste of Paradise Cairns has never been more delicious, writes Sarah Blinco, as she explores a food trail around Tropical North Queensland. Tropical Darwin Australia's Top End is like nowhere else on this diverse continent, and tropical Darwin is a great place to start, writes Janet McGarry. 50 Free Things To Do in Melbourne For all you backpacking bargain hunters out there, exploring wonderful Melbourne doesn't have to hurt the hip pocket. Here are 50 free things to see and do while you're in town. Taking It To The Extreme Australia’s “other half” offers up some spectacular locations for a huge range of equally extreme sports. 10 Most Instagrammed Places in Australia Which snap-happy Aussie attractions get the most hashtag love? Iconic Aussie Trips On the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Byron Bay, start your trip with a crocodile pie. Urban Walks Melanie Ball explores our great Australian cities by foot. 5 Types of People You'll Meet in a Hostel As all hostels have their individual personality and quirkiness, so too do the nomads travelling through. Vibrant Victoria Victoria is a perfect location for nature, wildlife and discovery. Here are five places to head for a uniquely Victorian break. How to save money for travel And you don't need to stop drinking $5 coffees! On The Road With T-Rex This is our round up of the most photo-worthy locations along the east coast of New South Wales. Newcastle Pride From pristine beaches to hipster bars, it only took Kirra Loh a few trips around the globe to discover her hometown, Newcastle. Australian Backpacker Bucketlist 22 Australian experiences to tick off your bucket list. West is Best David Whitley finds out that Perth has been reinvented. Darwin: Full of Surprises Emma Wheaton discovers Australia’s Top End capital, Darwin, is a surprisingly vibrant tropical city. Queensland's Northern Stars Jo Stewart heads on a tropical road trip north of Cairns to visit Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas. The Great Ocean Road(trip) Where do you go? What do you see? Are there really twelve of the apostles? Whirlwind Whitsundays Elinor Sheargold ticks off two bucket list items in two days. Introducing Northern Territory The Top End is home to natural attractions including Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park. Ranging Beyond Flinders The Flinders Ranges are South Australia’s gateway to the Outback, and the ultimate country holiday destination... Brisbane By Night Brisbane shouldn't be overlooked on the Aussie travel trail, writes Emily McAuliffe, as its concealed bars are hot to trot. Top tips for Thredbo on a budget Stephanie Williams shares her top tips for sticking to a budget in Thredbo. Perth Perfect It may be a city on the edge of a desert, but Perth offers the perfect urban experience – most of it outdoors. Ultimate Aussie road trip! Explore one of Australia’s great driving routes from Sydney to Cairns—the perfect way to see the best of East Coast Australia. Battlefields Trips War has made its mark on the world landscape writes Shaney Hudson. Green is the New Black From chook farms to veggie gardens, sustainability means more to YHA than just solar panels and rainwater tanks. River Deep In Australia there are more ways to get wet than there are days to do it... Chasing the Sun Chase the rising sun amongst some of Australia’s most breathtaking surroundings. Quirky Australian Events Australians don’t always take their sport seriously - we look at some of Australia's craziest sports... Oceans to Outback - 6 Stops You Can't Miss From Adelaide to Darwin, experience the best SA and NT hotspots. 10 Essential Australian Outback Experiences World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship winner, Nainaa Rajpaal, shares 10 Outback experiences you must tick off your Aussie bucketlist. Conquering the Iconic Stuart Highway Known to locals as "The Track", The Stuart Highway is one of Australia's major highways covering a distance of 2,834 kilometres. Surfing the Gold Coast Out of his comfort zone, Leigh Reading discovered surfing and more on the Gold Coast. Melbourne like a local The very best of Melbourne is accessible to everyone, writes Jo Stewart Introducing Victoria From surf beaches and national parks, to wineries and rainforests, Victoria is the best of Australia in one gorgeous state. Introducing Western Australia Before you visit Western Australia, there is something you should know... Adelaide Like A Local Discover from a local how best to spend your time in the 'Festival City'. Great Southern Land Pack the car - Southwest WA is calling for a road trip! Working Holidays in Australia Find out how resourceful and adaptable young people to are making cash on their Australian holiday. Study Down Under If you are a student struggling to stomach the cost of earning a university degree in the UK, why not study in Australia? Fear Factor Discover why getting eye-to-eye with Great White shark is both spooky and beautiful. History, Hippies and Hipsters in Hobart Lured by history, wine and the promise of a good time, Di Caught discovers that she is not alone in Australia's southernmost city, Hobart, Tasmania. Great Island Escapes There are a few deserted beaches, outdoor adventures and wildlife encounters that will delight you like these gems. Great Australian Walks From short strolls to hard core hikes, make these YHA hostels a base for your exploration. Music Festivals On The Cheap We all know how expensive music festivals can get, here are some tips to catch the bands without breaking the bank. In the Heart of Oz Ted Rose finds plenty to do in the middle of nowhere. Winter in Australia Welcome to winter in Australia, where you can ski the slopes in New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains one day, and snorkel the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef the next. 8 Islands Your Boss Will Hate Dreaming about island holidays at work? Stop dreaming and start packing your escape to paradise. 10 Days 3 Capital Cities A quick 10-Day itinerary covering 3 of Australia’s capital cities—Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Ten of the Best Adventures in North Queensland From Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation, rainforest to coral reef, crocodile to kangaroo - Queensland adventures await! Spring into Action Sydney is more than just the icons; the city hums with music and food writes Rob Grant. 48 Hours in Sydney Jennifer Ennion dodges the tourist traps and unveils some hidden gems in the Harbour City. Beyond the Great Ocean Road Discovering the hidden treasures west of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is worth the drive. Bush or Beach Mid-year breaks can recharge and reinvigorate. Deborah Dickson-Smith looks at two of the best in New South Wales. See Sydney Beyond the Wharf Find out how to get a ferry good view of the harbour city without breaking the bank. Noosa Love Discover why the locals and visitors call Noosa ‘paradise’... Top 10 Instagrammable Spots in NT Social influencer @chriznobs' guide to getting all the Double-Taps! Fremantle Alecia Hancock experiences the unique new Fremantle Prison YHA The Alternative North Coast Funky country towns, secret swimming holes and a good dose of “Bohemia”: Serena Renner embarks on a summer road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay. Go Hard or Go Home Discover why Far North Queensland is Australia’s 'Adventure Capital'. Live. Love. Melbourne Found out what is happening and where to go in the happening suburbs of Melbourne. 12 Reasons Hostels are Rad Why travel and spend money just to tick a box? The tourist sees what he has to see and the backpacker actually experiences it. Fruit Picking in Australia Discover how two Australian's picked up buckets of travel cash on the harvest trail. 10 Things To Do in Melbourne on a Rainy Day The rain may be coming, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up inside your hostel. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do in Melbourne when it’s miserable outside. Introducing New South Wales In New South Wales you can learn to surf, ski, party and play. Sydney Like A Local Mary-Louise Limbrey shares insider tips on Sydney's favourite spots. Canberra If you haven't been to Australia's capital city, there is a big reason why it's time to reconsider. 101 Free Things To Do in Sydney Visitors be warned: Sydney is not cheap! To help you save some dollarydoos, here are 101 free things to see and do while you're in town. Stunning Straddie Corina Adams reveals one of Queensland’s less well known island paradises. What’s on in Thredbo this winter The village brings up its 60th anniversary in 2017 – and there’s a jam-packed calendar of activities to celebrate! Asia Stopover - Hong Kong Standing still on a Hong Kong footpath, is a matter of strategic planning but a stop-over like none other. Stopover - Guangzhou The secrets out, we reveal why tourists are flocking to China's third largest city, Guangzhou... Mei Ho House, Hong Kong Mei Ho House is more than just a museum. It’s also the newest and most central YHA hostel in Hong Kong. Wats Beyond Angkor There's more than just temples to tempt travellers to stay and play in Siem Rap, Cambodia. Discover Everest Base Camp Mount Everest finds out that there ain’t no mountain high enough to stop travellers with big climbing ambitions. Seoul In Seoul, South Korea, the language barrier really kicks in when your clothes come off... Holy Cow Warning: The Indian capital, New Delhi, may cause culture shock. Hong Kong's Hidden Gems Whether it’s on a brief stopover, or a trip in itself, Hong Kong offers lots to entice the budget traveller. The World's Greatest Trek Discover why KoKoda, Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most beautiful places. Malaysia Malaysia offers more than you expect. Japan for beginners Do you think you know Japan? One night in Bangkok . . . . . . or only a brief Singapore fling is barely enough time to see the best of these two stopover cities, writes Steve McKenna Stopover - Bangkok Find out why travellers are cutting their time short in London and Paris to hang out longer in Bangkok. Bangkok's River of Life Bangkok engulfs but never sleeps - we discover how to find peace among all the energising excesses! Battlefields Trips War has made its mark on the world landscape writes Shaney Hudson. New Zealand and Fiji Mt Cook On Ice Treading warily over the swing bridge – the first of many – it becomes clear to David Whitley just how special Aoraki Mt Cook National Park really is. Snow Pilgramage Brindi Joy gets bang for her ski holiday buck. New Zealand’s Foodie Revolution With notepads and cameras in hand, the Neat Places team dispatches to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch with one single mission: to suss out all the best neat places. Auckland Adventure Perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland is New Zealand’s 'Big Smoke'. Call of the Mild No-thrills Queenstown didn’t get David Whitely’s heart racing – and he was okay with that. New Zealand: Winter Beyond Skiing Not a snow bunny? Not to worry. Shaney Hudson discovers there’s still plenty to do in New Zealand to get your wintry fix. Adrenaline Junkie in NZ Keen to base jump off New Zealand’s tallest building? Climb, leap and zipline underground? Tempt fate on an active volcano? Movie Magic in NZ James Draven discovers no trip to New Zealand's North Island would be complete without these Lord of the Rings experiences. Te Anau David Whitley discovers that Te Anau deserves more than a one night stand Wild Wheels Some of us cycle for the love of hills and some of us cycle to avoid them. Nelson/Tasman is the sunniest region of New Zealand's South Island with excellent routes for everyone... New Zealand's Hottest Spots Geographically, New Zealand is young, but Shaney Hudson discovers an old fire burns in her belly, bubbling up from the earth’s core and creating an intricate network of impressive thermal attractions. Enjoying the South Island Spirit New Zealand’s South Island never fails to inspire travellers from around the world... Discover the Abel Tasman Track Nature awaits adventurers on the Abel Tasman track in New Zealand. Fiji for Backpackers Fiji isn't just for couples. Find out what one single (and ready to mingle) backpacker discovered in Fiji. Ten of the Best Kiwi Adventures New Zealand's South Island is bursting with adventures in Autumn. 8 Islands Your Boss Will Hate Dreaming about island holidays at work? Stop dreaming and start packing your escape to paradise. Wellington Weekender Cafés, cable cars, culture and clubs, are just a taste of the kiwi capital. Across the Ditch Jessica Daviot shares her experience of landing the perfect job in the perfect town. A New Christchurch A new creative movement is reshaping the city just two years after Christchurch was hit by devastating earthquakes. Art Deco Dazzle Paul Rush steps out in style to discover Art Deco New Zealand. Taste Testing New Zealand David Whitely sets out on a gastronomic journey to discover which New Zealand locations taste best. Tiki Tour Time Exploring some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māori cultural hotspots will take you off the beaten track. New Zealand's Northern Exposure 100 ways of chucking yourself into, off and under things - the 'other' New Zealand island is anything but dull. Live. Love. Auckland. The Neat Places team dispatches to Auckland with a single-minded mission: to suss out the best neat places in the ‘burbs. Europe Get Out of London There is a very good reason to travel more of the UK than just London... A Baguette For My Basket Quality counts in France, but what is the secret ingredient on everyone's lips? Paris on a Budget A confession at the outset – Paris is my favourite city writes Janet McGarry. The Italian Job Find out how to mix history, culture and pizza on a tight Italian budget... Battlefields Trips War has made its mark on the world landscape writes Shaney Hudson. London on a Budget London sucks you in – whether you go there for a couple of days or a year. London Cheap Tricks London is expensive! Here are some tips to make your dollar go further, whether you’re visiting for a few days or a few years. London Fiveways Don't spend the "Big Bucks" seeing London with these five new budget tips Croatia: Spell Bound Europe’s jewel of the Adriatic worked its charm on Joanne Brookfield. Ole Spain Tapas, tango, art and architecture are all part of Spain's undeniable appeal . Bus Europe Four wheels went missing on a coach trip from Paris to Berlin. Dublin on a Budget Find out what happens when an Irish expat rediscovers her hometown and finds things have changed... Iceland - the Land of Ice and Fire Detached from mainland Europe - marooned in the North Atlantic, a three-hour flight from London - Iceland requires that little bit of extra effort (and money) to visit. But it's so worth it, writes Steve McKenna. Zurich on a Budget Don't throw your money away! Here are Ewen Bell's cheap tricks for budget travel in Zurich. Wonderful Wales Steve McKenna explores a land of castles, coastline and countryside. Berlin - Capital of Cool With a vibrant underground music scene, countless hipster clubs, and an image that's so cool - it's easy to get lost in Berlin. Europe's Street Art Steve McKenna discovers that there’s a wealth of art to be seen on the street. Head North Getting out of London and heading north opens up a cultural feast in three rejuvenated British cities. On the Rails in Europe Give planes and buses a wide berth and blaze a trail across Europe - by rail. Trek the Coast to Coast Trail UK It’s rumoured Royal Marines do it in six days - but is there a short cut?