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Caroline Howley

Travel Enthusiast and Writer

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9 months, 3 continents, 1 backpack! Taking a career break in style

After spending five years fitting my long-haul travel dreams around my writing job, I decided that 2015 would be the the year I take on the world properly.

'Properly' for me meant dusting off my travel bucket list, throwing some darts at a map, and taking my pen on the road for nine months in order to finally experience the places I've always wanted to go, and to be surprised and challenged by those I never knew I did.

My trip is taking me from the highlands of Peru, through the salt flats of Bolivia and the beaches of Rio across to South East Asia, where Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia are on the itinerary, before I finally touch down in Australia.

Follow my blog if you've always dreamed of swapping your nine-to-five for exotic cultures and faraway beaches, and want to live the adventure alongside me - or maybe gain inspiration and ideas for your own career break.

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Caroline's Been There Done That

  • Lost ten consequential games of Connect 4 to one of Bangkok's ladyboys
  • Welcomed a glorious sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • Quad biked to Echo Mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert to shout into the void
  • Reached Machu Picchu after four coca tea-fuelled days on the Inca Trail
  • Feasted on BBQ'd rat with the hill tribes of Chiang Mai
  • Sung along with a gospel choir at a church in the Bronx

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Getting from A to B in Sri Lanka: A practical guide

Travelling through Sri Lanka can be the best part of your trip, as long as you know how. Here are my tips for getting around this beautiful island.
  • 13 Oct 2017
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My Sri Lankan rail adventure Part 2: Sun, sea and the south coast

The bus careened around yet another sharp corner and I grabbed onto a pole to stop myself tumbling out of my seat and through the open door. All the other passengers looked unperturbed, seemingly desensitised to the driver's erratic motoring skills, and familiar with being crushed against strangers for long periods of time.
  • 20 Sep 2017
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Southeast Asia's strangest cuisine: Snake blood, scorpion stings and weasel coffee

Travellers commonly eulogise on the subject of foreign food and avoid familiar dishes when away from home - but what would you do if you found yourself faced with a Balut?
  • 09 Aug 2017
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Hiking in Ella, via "the most beautiful train journey in the world"

We were about the embark on the "most beautiful train journey in the world" for a couple of days in Sri Lanka's stunning trekking destination of Ella. But would we survive 3rd class, and could this little village live up to our expectations?
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