12 Questions You Should Ask Your English Friends

England.  There’s something unique about this word, about this country.  It sounds perfect, kingdom-ish… it fact; it sounds very English.  When I say England, it comes with that cute and polite accent. (Okay, perhaps, this accent isn’t really mine, but it...
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Where to Stay in Bali: The Chillhouse

Here I was; leaving the hostel life behind for a few days.  I can’t lie; I was looking forward to discovering The Chillhouse.  As soon as I entered the place, I could already feel the good vibes they were talking about.  The staff were lovely.  A welcome drink...
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The Best of Myanmar – A Simple Guide

Myanmar was one of my biggest highlights in Southeast Asia.  This country simply stands out in comparison with its neighbours.  I had a huge crush on the people too.  Burmese are very friendly.  They are more than happy to have a quick chat with foreigners so they...
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The Best of Vietnam on a Budget

I was in Cambodia when I asked my followers on Instagram where I should go next.  I knew my time in Asia was nearly over and my wallet wasn’t full anymore.  They said; Vietnam!  Here I was, sorting out my visa to get to Vietnam.  This budget guide is based on a...
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Backpacking in Southeast Asia Taught Me to Let Go

That moment when you walk along the wet street.  It could be a flood.  Or it could simply be muddy and wet.  But, that day you are wearing flip-flops.  There’s no point in wearing proper shoes when it’s the rain season (unless you are craving your…
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Where to Stay in Bali: The Chillhouse

Here I was; leaving the hostel life behind for a few days.  I can’t lie; I was looking forward to discovering The Chillhouse.  As soon as I entered the place, I could already feel the good vibes they were talking about.  The staff were lovely.  A welcome drink was...

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The Best of Myanmar – A Simple Guide

Myanmar was one of my biggest highlights in Southeast Asia.  This country simply stands out in comparison with its neighbours.  I had a huge crush on the people too.  Burmese are very friendly.  They are more than happy to have a quick chat with foreigners so they can...

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10 Ways To Be More Of A Spontaneous Traveller

Spontaneous: Adjective; performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus.     Being spontaneous isn’t a characteristic that suits everyone. Spontaneity is scary. Fact; it scares your parents and...

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40 Great Excuses to Travel to Southeast Asia

You can call it reasons if you describe yourself as a rational person, if you’re in denial or if you are already convinced… Reasons, excuses… Same-Same.  (But different.)     40 Great Excuses to Travel (or To Go Back) to Southeast Asia:   You don’t need...

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Tourism Australia: 100 Unique Experiences

100 Experiences that make Australia…. Australia I have been living in Australia for a bit more than a year and a half.  When I left Australia back in June, I was quite sad.  (Let’s be honest; I was also very excited about the adventure to come in Southeast Asia!)  I...

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Mental Health Travelling Tips Infographic

Suffering from a mental health condition can be very challenging and impact on your quality of life. Everyday tasks can become more difficult. Travelling is an eye opening experience however it can also be stressful at times as you are hundreds of miles from your...

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5 Tips To Plan Your Motorcycle Trips

Riding a motorcycle abroad is a bucket list item.  The scenes constantly change, adrenaline tickles you and you appreciate the sound of your engine…  This sounds like the perfect motorcycle trip.  Travelling on a motorcycle becomes even more epic!  You still...

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What’s a VPN and why you might need one

When I arrived in China, I wondered if I would be able to keep up with the blog and to work on my other assignments (#digitalnomadlife). Why’s that? Because Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google are prohibited in China.  It has been like that for many years already....

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How to be a Travel Blogger

Everybody can start a travel blog.  It’s easy to get started!  Own a travel blog is a thing.  Be a travel blogger is another one.  I started blogging last July and so far, I love it!  Being a travel blogger is a full-time job… even if you already have a...

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THE BROKEN ONE - MELISSA GIROUX

THE BROKEN ONE - MELISSA GIROUX

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am from Quebec, Canada.I’m the writer behind (or beyond) A Broken Backpack. I am a random backpacker, professional photo bomber, lovely devil-ish angel who decided to blog about it. Collecting mistakes, stories and experiences, I will embrace the changes.  I’m broken.  And I like it that way. Broke, anxious and crazy rhymes with my sarcasm.  Enjoy and happy travels!

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