Cleaning up Kumamoto

Cleaning up Kumamoto

Two strong earthquakes struck the Kumamoto area in Japan on April 14th and April 16th, magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. There were 49 deaths, which may not seem a huge number in natural disaster news — in fact, I believe most of people have probably already forgotten about it or...

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Nepal: One year later, in photos

Nepal: One year later, in photos

It’s been one year since a devastating earthquake shook Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and leaving some 21,000 people injured. Now, one year later, we headed back there through the camera lens of travel bloggers The Common Wanderer, to see Nepal as it is today: recovering and ready to...

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Building safe cities for women

Building safe cities for women

Photos by Stephanie Simcox ActionAid Australia is a global justice organisation working to empower women to fight injustice and claim their human rights. In 2015, ActionAid launched its Safe Cities for Women campaign, calling for cities in which women can move about freely and access essential public services like transport,...

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Meet: Mahsa, our local expert in Seville

Meet: Mahsa, our local expert in Seville

Most of us would assume that a motorcycle accident that left you with two broken legs would destroy any chances of you ever again wanting to climb atop a bike. But for Mahsa Homayounfar, an Urban Adventures partner operating in Seville, Spain, it made her want to hop back on...

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The story of Hanh from Vietnam

The story of Hanh from Vietnam

By Michael Brosowski | This story originally appeared on the Blue Dragon blog. Every morning, millions of people wake up far from home, in slavery. Children in factories and on farms. Youth forced to beg and steal, or sell on the streets. Girls and women in brothels. “Hanh” (not her...

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Meet: Olga, our local expert in Moscow

Meet: Olga, our local expert in Moscow

Olga Sitnik is the owner of Moscow Urban Adventures, as well as the director and co-founder of ExploRussia. Despite running two tourism businesses, she actually doesn’t have a background in the tourism industry — which is the way she likes it, instead viewing travel from the traveller’s perspective. Her business...

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A woman abroad: Lessons in going alone

A woman abroad: Lessons in going alone

On my first night in Athens I stepped out of the airport and into an unmarked taxi. As the driver sped through the dark and empty streets, I felt overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by my lack of sleep in the 24 hours it took me to arrive. Overwhelmed by my first solo...

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Have baby, will (still) travel

Have baby, will (still) travel

Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to give up your adventures in travel. Here’s how to bring the kiddies along for the ride. I didn’t attend last year’s annual Urban Adventures conference because my due date was two days after it. Of course I considered going — how could I...

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Unlike any you know: Life beside the rails in Yangon

Unlike any you know: Life beside the rails in Yangon

Words and photos by The Common Wanderer ‘This is Myanmar ,’ wrote Rudyard Kipling, “and it’s unlike any land you know”.   Like any clichéd travel quote, the one above has been thrown about pretty often by writers and journalists, in travel circles, and travellers who struggle to find the words...

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Local kitchen: Czech-style marinated cheese

Local kitchen: Czech-style marinated cheese

Nakládaný hermelín (cheese marinated in garlic and onion) lives in the hearts of Czech people. It’s a Czech phenomenon you can find in every (proper) local restaurant in Prague — just look for the section on the menu that says “Food to go with beer.” There are even books and websites dedicated...

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