Why TSA and other Customs Officers always search me

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Everytime I embark on a trip, I make sure I allow an extra 20 minutes for that inevitable search. It’s always the weird look from the agents towards me, a solo travelling mid 20s male travelling with just a backpack. I never need a suitcase, I travel with everything I need and enough clothing for 1.5-2 weeks without having to wash. I like to think I’m efficient, plus I hate carrying more than I have to.
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New Years Camping in Belongil, Byron Bay

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Camping in Byron Bay is tiring, I thought I was going for a chilled holiday but I ended up drinking every single day and night for the 5 days I was there.

We had chosen what I believe was the cheapest accommodation in Byron Bay over the New Years period, Belongil Camp Grounds.
This camp ground cost around $52 a night for a powered site, and a bit cheaper for one without power.
Overall the place is quite large, with 1500 campers there at the peak time (NYE). 1500 was quite a lot of people, campsites are pretty stacked together but you still had room to move. I was told last year they had 4000 people.. yikes.

This camp ground is roughly 3km out of the city center of Byron Bay, which I think is a bit too much to walk but the perfect distance if you have a bike.

The first day the place was only about 1 third full, so there was plenty of room and everything was pretty chilled.
Slowly but surely, as the days went on, things got a bit more hectic. It was reminiscent of a music festival; music blasting from every tent, professional CDJ setups, PA speakers, but it wasn’t overwhelming. In fact, there was quite a variety of music and everybody was quite welcoming if you wanted to go chill with them and listen to their tunes.

The next two nights got pretty wild, there was no chance you were going to get to sleep without being completely belted, something we had many years experience at. Girls walking around with goonsacks, guys doing burnouts in the field, a few fights, but you never really saw any aggression outside of that. The toilet/shower block ended up with broken glass all through them with some champion taking a shit on the shower soap holder. A few broken mirrors, lights ripped from the ceiling and shower doors all kicked in. There was a super secret toilet + shower combo which had its walls ripped down which was absolutely devastating as I gave that sucker a workout a few times.

So far, nothing too bad, considering the amount of people that were staying at the camp grounds. We ended up with a rotting t-bone steak (I think?) outside our tent which we have no idea where it came from. There was also a turd about 4 meters away from it. Some people really don’t like using toilets.

All in all, I enjoyed myself, but I would highly recommend you being completely shitfaced to maximize the enjoyment.

Do not go here if you are a family
Do not go here if you are older than 22-25+
Do not go here if you’re afraid of some glass and random turds

Go here if you have a pair of shower thongs and are prepared to give those badboys a workout
Go here if you want to see a bunch of random funny shit, like dudes jumping bikes into the back of Toyota Land Cruisers
Go here if you plan on being permadrunk, playing some tunes and talking absolute shit with your good mates

Protect Your Laptop Computer When Traveling

Protect Your Laptop Computer When Travelling
For once I would love to go away without the added weight and worry of my laptop; but the need far outweighs the drawbacks, especially when 90% of your work is based online.

So, my laptop is essential and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving him at home all alone, without anyone to take care of him, play with his keys nor spill coffee all over his case.

I know what it’s like to lose a laptop, so I take a few steps now to ensure its security and protection. Here’s what I recommend:
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10 Travel Essentials

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10 Travel Essentials – What to take on The Road

When travelling, there’s a fine line between over and under packing. There are countless times you wish you had brought X item or left the other behind.
The list below will provide you with an excellent foundation for your travel essentials.

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How To Get an Italian Working Holiday Visa

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How To Get an Italian Working Holiday Visa

When you think Italy, most would picture green picturesque rolling hills, amazing culture and thick, juicy, authentic slices of pizza. That’s great and all, but I’m in it for the snow; Dolomites, Livogno, Aosta Valley; they’re situated in the alps and make for some of the best skiing and snowboarding the world has to offer.
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What To See In Malta

What To See In Malta

Malta is fast becoming a top tourist destination which is well deserved title.
Due to Malta’s location in the Mediterranean and the amount of times it was conquered in history, many foreign influences over the years have been instilled in this small Island country; imbuing it with the rich culture, history and ruins many appreciate today.
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Best Travel Locations – Top 5

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The Best Travel Locations

With only so much holiday time during the working year, I wanted to go to somewhere new, exciting and worth it. I have around 4 weeks a year to dust off my hiking boots and travel somewhere new; I want it to be well worth it.

I’ve done my research and I’ve come up with the following 5 options for where the best locations for travel are. So ignore London, Paris, New York and Rome, check out the locations below.
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