However you like to explore the world, here you will find stories about journeys across the globe, travel tips and inspiration for your next big adventure.
“It’s the small things we do that add up to make a difference. We encourage our trekkers to use public transport – they actually love this as it is a great way to experience the real, day-to-day of the place you are visiting. You’d have to agree that driving around in a chauffeur driven limo would not be the same.”
Change is inevitable. As Marcus Aurelius stated, “Every part of me will…be reduced by change into some part of the universe, and that again will change into another part of the universe, and so on forever.” Whether adventure is a coping strategy for dealing with change in your life, or whether adventure has been the catalyst for change in your life, the consciousness with which we approach adventures can often lead to unexpected (but not unwelcome) enlightenment on what we wish to do in our short, but very precious, time on this earth.
“I wasn’t feeling lost or desperate when I decided to hike, instead I was curious, empowered, and adventure seeking. I wanted to know what it felt like to live in the wilderness. I wanted to meet who I’d be at the end”.
When I jumped on the plane to Nairobi I thought I knew what I was getting into. Six months prior I’d told my family over breakfast that I planned to teach ballet to children in the Kibera slums, visit a student I’d been sponsoring at one of the local ballet schools, and then head to Tanzania to conquer Kilimanjaro.
When we think about #travelinspo, we sweep under the rug destinations that stretch, anger, compel and even confuse us – exactly what Caroline Pemberton found in Palestine.
Travel writer Bonita Grima asks: What is it that makes us want to roam to faraway places? Perhaps this call to explore parts of the world that are wild and unknown is a call to explore parts of ourselves that are also wild and unknown. Or perhaps it is an invitation to challenge and push ourselves, to help us learn and grow?
I dreamed of riding the legendary Gibb River Road, one of the main reasons I got the bike.
On reflection, I have realised that while I usually go for the nature, it’s always the people that create the most profound memories and greatest stories.
Your overseas’s packing list is extensive, you’ve got a 20kg baggage allowance,three weeks away from home and you’re not sure where to start.
So what do you pack and what do you leave home?
The inspiration for some of John Muir’s writings stemmed from here, the corner of Alaska I now find myself in, known for its diverse terrain, soaring mountains, deep forests and abundant promise of raw adventure.
Exceed your expectations of a walking holiday. Travel Play and Live a little with our Editor Amy Heague while exploring the very heart of this ancient land on one of the countries Top 5 Walks- The Larapinta Trail.
Bringing her passion for the outdoors and change together, Frances Antonio adventurous dream was born. This April she will be hiking the 769km Camino Frances, the main pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain, raising money and awareness for One Girl along the way andsharing her journey along the way.
People often ask me if I ever get frightened photographing wild animals. The answer is “no”. I have stood next to black bears while they fished for salmon. I have remained absolutely still while wild horses galloped straight towards me. No, being out in the wild doesn’t scare me. What really terrifies me is surgery.
Meet Vivienne Smith, a young Aussie video producer with her own production company specialising in outdoor and adventure sports films. We talk to Viv about how the best work gets done when men and women work together as a team rather than compete against each other.
Here at Travel Play Live, we are privileged to meet so many amazing women from across the country and hear countless stories of passion, impediments to progress and the overcoming of those barriers. Every now and then, we come across one that embodies the dynamic facets of the adventurous and creative heart we stand for. Elma’s story and photography did just that.
Tierra del Fuego, an island at the end of Patagonia shared by Chile and Argentina. Rugged, raw and wild and often overlooked as merely the gateway to Antarctica, but as Caroline Pemberton found out, a bucket list destination in its own right.
A photographers’ nirvana, each city has its own colour palette of simplicity, be it the muted tones of whites and browns of Fez, or the dynamic blues of Chefchaouen, proudly called the Blue Pearl of Morocco.
Leave the beaches behind and come explore with us as we follow Alice King on her 11,000 kilometre road trip through Australia’s red centre
It may seem like the classic "I quit my job to travel" millennial story but read how Jennah-Louise forced her fears into submission and started a new life that took her to Nepal via Kenya and India and you might just recognise yourself in there somewhere
We caught up with the fascinating inventor of The Travel Bra – anthropologist Dr Annie Holden to learn more about her travels and work with with many different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, marble mine workers in India, and more recently in Papua New Guinea
It’s no wonder Macedonia is leaping on to the adventure travel scene. This is the ultimate adventurous can-do country with a personal kind of magic. On a five-day mountain bike trip around the country’s southwest region, fulfilling our group’s random demands became an informal game of “meet that challenge”.
There is always a certain anticipation in the preparation leading up to a big trip. Making sure you have the right equipment, mapping out your journey and reading travel guide after travel guide in the singular hope that it will capture a sense of reality to where ever it is that you are going.
The barriers to adventure collectively diminish as you get older and more experienced at life. It's a bold statement and counterintuitive to what you might think. As you get older, wiser and more in touch, your adventures only get grander, more sophisticated, more grounded and have greater depth.
One thing I hear a lot of amongst would be adventuresses, is that they can’t afford to buy the ‘right gear’ to start training for their adventure, or they think they have to have all the gear and equipment before they even start. This is not the case! You certainly don’t need a full kit of technical gear to get started.
"Can I be painfully honest with you for a moment? I struggled to write this blog post. Sorry, agonised might be more accurate. I didn’t know how or where to start describing the life-changing experience that was the inaugural UN Women Australia Ride for Rights 2016."
What would you do if you were told that a 10-year-old little girl was about to be sold into child prostitution? This is what founder of SHE Rescue Home Leigh was faced with back in 2006 as she was having a final meal in Phnom Penh at the end of a fact-finding trip to Cambodia. Leigh was cut to the heart as a 12-year-old girl said to her: "My friend, my friend, she is 10 - two men tonight - mother, father sell. You come, you help, please..."
The teams from World Expeditions and Travel Play Live have put their heads together to hand select destinations and experiences with the female traveller in mind. From multi day active tours to adventures in food and culture that get you off the well-trodden tourist trails and enhance your journey with authentic cultural exchange, real exploration, and certainly plenty of fun.
Get the most from your next adventure, by joining one of our Travel Play Live team members as together we discover the power of adventure to unlock fresh dreams and passions in your life. We are committed to bring the heart of our Travel Play Live message to these tours and we look forward to exploring the world with you and travel – play – live.