Category Archives: Planning

Expectations

Is this going anywhere?

Two weeks down and a whole lot of house-hunting, negotiating, learning and training has seen us all exhausted but it has been exciting and very rewarding. One thing that was touched on in training was managing expectations, which has become all too true recently for a fellow volunteer. A misunderstanding, break-down of communication and differing […]

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Finding our Feet

First Week

All’s well in the land of fish amok. We have hit the ground running, literally, for the past 10 days or so. Once we got to Phnom Penh, we had to hit the ground running. The Country Manager, Sandra, met us at the airport and it has been all stations go for the last ten […]

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Tourism Transparency

Tourism Transparency

If you are considering a trip to Burma/Myanmar then I highly recommend checking out a good friend’s website – Tourism Transparency. This organisation is a small, independent group of active campaigners who are aiming to educate tourists to Burma about responsible travel. As trips to Burma are becoming increasingly more popular, it is important in […]

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It’s Time

As I lie here in bed listening to the world wake up, I’m finally struck by that sickly feeling. You know the one of nervous excitement coupled with terror that only hits when something really big is about to or has happened. Yeah….that one. Questions are going through my head like “Do I want to […]

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Orphanage Tourism

Children are Not Tourist Attractions

There was a recent article published on the Sydney Morning Herald website that was examining the business of orphanages in Cambodia. I don’t claim to be any kind of expert or even a novice on this topic, but it is a very sensitive and controversial topic that is worthy of a post I think!

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Ten

Leaving Soon

Waking up today it struck me that *GULP* we have 10 days til we leave…TEN DAYS! ERMERGERRD. The last few weeks have been pretty mammoth mentally and physically and to be perfectly honest, I’m really looking forward to being able to sleep in (maybe) and having not as much to do. There have been a […]

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How to cope with the heat in South East Asia

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Asia isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is mine. The heat, the people, the unique chaos of the place that seems to make no sense at all, the food, the lifestyle, the general vibe of the region. Of course there are aspects to it that are hard – the language barrier, the poverty […]

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What to pack..?

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There are loads of blog posts, tips, hints etc online dedicated to the art of packing for a trip, but from what I have noticed, not many for those who are going to relocate to one place for some time or for those who aren’t hardcore backpackers going to stay in a dingy hostel for $2 per […]

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Things I will miss about Australia

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As we pack our belongings and say farewell to family, friends, workmates and pets there are things we often don’t think we will miss until we leave. Yes, I will definitely miss our friends and family but that the obvious one. And its one that we can control. In this day and age we have access […]

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Cultural Appropriateness when Travelling

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South East Asia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with so many amazing things on offer.  There are temples, beaches and islands, mountainous regions, incredibly diverse food and people, strong Buddhist culture and countries that are screaming towards modern development. People come here to be surprised, excited and touched by […]

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