Travel Briefings

Freely Travel Briefing: Issue No.69

 Photo by Sergey Pesterev

The snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro rise from the plains of Tanzania: a place where the people, the culture and the land are all connected. Conservationists reckon anyone with the ability to scale the mountain – the tallest in Africa – should, as the relatively accessible journey is an excellent way to witness the effects of climate change in action. This week, we’ll be learning more about here and other precious places under threat, and will also be catching up with a bunch of immigrants to hear about their first year on Australian soil. Finally, we’ll meet a woman who just took her family overseas for a month with only hand luggage! Impressive packing skills, eh? 💼

Four Magnificent Places in Urgent Need of Conservation

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We learn about four extraordinary places on the brink of irreversible damage.

Given humans’ devastating impact on nature, today’s explorers tend to have conservation at the core of their expeditions. In this eye-opening piece from National Geographic, we learn about four extraordinary places on the brink of irreversible damage. At Mount Kilimanjaro, the ice caps and glaciers are shrinking at such a rate that they could be gone in 25 years; in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, the river is full of wastewater – yet still works as the primary source of irrigation for all the region’s farming. Then there are the threats of industrial farming to the largest bat migration in Africa, as well as the need for the conservation of lions and their habitats. 🦁

Read: Allie Yang for National Geographic

My First Year on Aussie Soil: a Podcast

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Comedian and actor Suraj Kolarkar moved to Australia from India as a child, and has been obsessed with immigrant stories ever since.

If you’ve ever been to Thailand, you’ll be familiar with its saffron-robed monks: kneeling in prayer, sitting in temples and taking up alms. More than 99.9% of them are men, but despite a firm resolve by the country’s Buddhist authorities’ to keep it that way, hundreds of women are circumventing the laws that prevent them from getting ordained in Thailand by travelling overseas to do it. “Woman can do it too, not only man. Men can say anything they want, but if woman decide to do it, just go for it. Nothing going to stop you,” explains novice monk candidate Achara Ratanakasin. In this moving episode of Four Corners, we follow two Thai women on a deeply spiritual quest to turn the tide on generations of tradition. 🧡If you’ve ever moved overseas, you’ll know that it can be a combination of extreme cultural and logistical challenges coupled with the amazing highs of experiencing life in a different place. In this funny and heartwarming podcast, we join comedian and actor Suraj Kolarkar, who moved to Australia from India as a child and has been obsessed with immigrant stories ever since. From a woman who arrived from France to chase love to a former child soldier from Uganda who moved to find safety and purpose, ‘My First Year on Aussie Soil’ shares first impressions, the ups and downs of life in a new country and the trials and tribulations of the Aussie accent. 🐨

Listen: My First Year on Aussie Soil

How to Travel Overseas With Only Carry-On

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Teagan decided everyone was just going to take carry-on for the month! 

Travelling by herself to Canada with two kids, Taegen was a little nervous about the mass of lost luggage horror stories she’d heard. So she decided everyone was just going to take carry-on for the month! “It was so nice knowing that once I was through security, I could literally just walk out the door,” she explained, adding that for her children, the challenge of wearing heavy things on the plane and condensing their belongings into seven kilograms was part of the fun. She also found that packing light ended up being a money saver – as there literally wasn’t any room when she got tempted by a spot of holiday shopping!

Read: Bec Whetham for ABC Everyday


Thanks to the northern hemisphere’s “summer of lost luggage”, a piece of consumer electronics the size of a coin has proved to be a huge hit with wary travellers: Bluetooth tracking devices! Genius.
Hong Kong is getting ready to announce its long-anticipated end to quarantine-free travel. According to the Oriental Daily, the change could come as soon as this week, with arrivals instead required to undergo self-monitoring for seven days rather than the current system – which requires people arriving to spend three days in a designated hotel followed by four days of restrictions from restaurants and bars.
The hashtag #airbnbwhileblack has been trending on social media since 2016 as a means for Black travellers to share their experiences of racial prejudice when interacting with Airbnb hosts. Now, digital nomads Jessica Boyd and Steven Hughes have created a new community to help Black travellers avoid awful experiences when travelling by booking Black-owned Airbnbs: Journey Black Home.

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