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Naked travel

“YOU didn’t know that on Sunday evening there’s a swingers party?” They were the words that froze travellers Nick and Lins in their tracks. The jetsetting Belgian couple, who share nude photos of themselves travelling the world on their popular Instagram page Naked Wanderings, have seen thousands of people in …

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Nevis Catapult at AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

IT’S a wild ride like nothing you’ve ever experienced before — a catapult reaching almost 100km/h in 1.5 seconds, propelling thrillseekers 150m across a ravine and through a series of jaw-dropping bounces. Officially launched at AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand today, the Nevis Catapult is billed as the world’s biggest …

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Where true colours shine through

I AM lying on my back, eyes closed, covered in mosquitoes, deeply breathing and hoping that a colour pops into my head. This colour, I am told, will indicate which part of my body needs healing most. There are three women beside me and we are lying in a perfectly …

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Wonders of Incas within easy reach

I HAVE always been intrigued by Machu Picchu, the ancient settlement built on a peak in the Peruvian Andes – an Inca city hidden from the world for centuries and only revealed by American archeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911 but I could never imagine getting myself there. I thought the …

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Niue island

WE HEARD the whale before we saw it. Singing so loud the sound reverberated through the hull of the boat. “It’s got to be close if we can hear it up here”, said our guide, before she jumped in the water with her mask and snorkel to look for it. …

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Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat

HUMANKIND has built stunning landmarks that have stood the test of time. While preservation efforts by UNESCO and other groups are ongoing to keep these sites from deteriorating, wear and tear and the very people that come to admire their beauty have become their greatest enemies. Some places have tried …

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The Brando, Tahiti

WHEN Marlon Brando filmed a movie on this island in French Polynesia in the 1960s he loved it so much that he bought it and built a house. It has since been converted into a super-luxury hotel where you can stay in for about A$4000 a night – the price …

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Iceland tourism

WALK through waterfalls higher than skyscrapers, sit on beaches covered in black sand and tan while watching icebergs melt — Iceland is a travel experience like no other. It’s not unusual to find yourself alone at some of the country’s greatest sites and attractions, and for young travellers who want …

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Honduras

HIDDEN underneath this tarpaulin in the middle of the jungle lies one of the most fascinating ancient structures on Earth. Welcome to the temple-pyramid called “Structure 26” in Copan, Honduras, which is home to an incredible 30-metre high hieroglyphic staircase. Sure, the 72-step staircase is just one of a series …

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