Timor-Leste Travel With Purpose

'Travel With Purpose' was inspired by my own travels, I was finding that more and more young people were looking for something more out of their travels; they wanted to dive deeper, connect authentically and contribute positively to the place they were visiting. It seemed only fitting to lead our first Travel With Purpose group back to the place where Tasi was born, Atauro Island, Timor-Leste. At the end of July we took a group of 8 on an adventure of a lifetime. Here's a little look into what we got up to..

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Tales From the Road: Michelle Halpern

Michelle Halpern is a 31-year-old travel writer, photographer and digital nomad, constantly in search of beautiful places and spaces. She has spent the last two years on the road and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. We chat about all things travel.. 

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A Week on the East Coast of Tasmania

Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to travel but have never made it happen? For the last two years I’ve thought about Tasmania nearly every day. For whatever reason I just couldn't get that place out of my head. But there was always a reason I didn’t go; I wanted to wait until I had long enough to explore, until the weather was warmer, until this project was finished or that thing happened. Well about a month ago I finally just booked flights. It wasn't the perfect time but it never is. The trip however, was perfect.

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Tales From the Road: Chris & Freya

Chris is an adventure photographer from Belgium, Freya is a scientist turned travel writer from Australia, and together they venture to far-flung corners of the globe, documenting the world around them as they go. We chat to Chris and Freya, aka The Sandy Feet, about their travels..

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Exploring the Scottish Highlands

When planning our holidays last year, the desire to re-visit Scotland kept creeping further and further up the list. My husband and I had only briefly visited sans children, and we promised ourselves we would return.  So we set about ensuring that after our month in Italy, we would head over to Scotland. The planning phase of this trip was very exciting as we knew immediately that we were confident enough to tour around Scotland and set about studying maps and travel guides of the routes we could take, marking all our must see sights and destinations.

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Tales From the Road: Jonathon Collins

Jonathon Collins is a 26 year old scientist, photographer and writer from Sydney, Australia, who captures stories from lesser known corners of the world. His personal passion for travel and his work as a photographer has taken him to the furtherest tips of the globe, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America. We chat to Jon about his favourite travel experiences, the resilience of the human spirit and witnessing the impacts of climate change around the world.

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The Anxiety of Travelling

Travel is one of the most exciting things we get to do in this life; we get to meet new people, see new horizons and often have our belief systems and ideas completely challenged. But amongst the many amazing experiences we get from travel, there can be some not so positive emotions attached too.  Travel anxiety is real. From the anxiety of travelling solo, to being in an unfamiliar situation to the fear of things going wrong, travel forces us out of our comfort zone and occasionally this brings with it genuine anxiety.

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The Other Hawaii

I didn’t really want to go to Hawaii. Most of my previous travel has revolved around exploring countries like Turkey, India and Morocco on a shoe string, finding the local’s local and avoiding the tourist traps. So why would I want to visit one of the most holidayed tourist islands in the world? Well, to be honest it was a combination of a family holiday and a ‘why not’ attitude. I visited for 10 days and was very, very pleasantly surprised.

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Tales From the Road: Pippa Marffy

Pippa Marffy is a Zimbabwean born New Zealander who now lives in London, but feels fully at home all over the world. She can be found wondering or wandering, always. Wondering where to eat, what to cook, read, wear or do. Wandering streets, gardens, cities, the world. Pip shares her travel secrets with us..

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Baja Bound

The Mexican border officer flagged our van down and pointed us in the direction of a separate queue. We were told to get out of the vehicle and leave all bags inside as we waited behind a solid wall while our van was x-rayed. I tried to not fiddle with the money belt that was hidden under my clothes containing passports and cash. What were we doing driving our van down to Mexico? Hadn’t everyone warned us about how dangerous it was? Thoughts of gang violence, corrupt police and drug cartels ran through my head. We were nervous.

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Why We Believe in Slow Travel

For a lot us, when we hear the word travel we automatically think of far away; of flights and suitcases and tropical destinations far from our own reality. Travel doesn't just have to mean this though, at Tasi we advocate for slow, local travel too. On big overseas trips we often return home more exhausted than before we left. If we're spending a lot of money to travel somewhere new, naturally we're going to want to pack as much into our time there as possible. But if our lives are frantic at home, wouldn't we be looking for the opposite in our time off?

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An Inside Look at Living and Volunteering in Another Country

Most of us have daydreamed about the idea of living in another country at some point in our lives. Particularly with the rise of the digital nomad, it is perhaps more accessible than ever to live, work or volunteer overseas. Lara Abraham lived in Cambodia for 16 months, volunteering at New Hope for Cambodian Children, a school and orphanage for children with HIV. She shares with us an inside look at what life was like living in another country.

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A Guide to Summer Camping with Drifters Campervans

There might only be a few weeks of Summer left, but an end to the warm days isn't even close to being in sight. There's still plenty of time to organise a weekend away, and if you're local to the Sunshine Coast like us, away can be right here in our backyard. Erin from Drifters Campervans shares some of her favourite spots to camp on the Sunshine Coast and why they believe in exploring your own town.

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Sunshinestories Guide to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the land of coconut honey, dried fish, and all things spicy. This little island has been slowly popping up on the travel scene after the civil war ended in 2009. More and more people are coming to find what a gem Sri Lanka is for all things tropical and surf related. If you’ve found yourself in Sri Lanka, we’re giving you a rundown of what it’s like to stay as a guest at Sunshinestories Retreat, a surf camp and yoga retreat, located in southern Sri Lanka.

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A Tasmanian Travel Story

I have always had an intense interest in Tasmania, cold oceans filled with life, native forests mostly untouched and deliciously sweet, fresh air. With the freedom of Christmas holidays, there couldn't be a better time to make it happen.

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How to be a Traveller, Not a Tourist

Travelling is one of the most unique, and perhaps powerful, opportunities we have to learn during our lives. As travellers, we have an amazing opportunity to foster cultural exchange, share knowledge, form relationships and break down barriers, if we choose to. Travel can be life-changing, it allows us to have a better understanding of the world and humankind, but unfortunately travel often brings out the worst in some people. Here are some tips to ensure you stay respectful, curious and open to the amazing experiences that await when we act as travellers, not tourists.

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Tales From the Road: Mish & Kirk

Mish and Kirk are two world roamers from Australia. Currently based in South Australia, Mish and Kirk have a big love and passion for photography, travelling, and learning as much about this wonderful world as they can. They love capturing and sharing their travels across their social media platform, @WeLiveWeExplore, and hope to inspire others to chase a life of adventure too.

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