Hitch-Hiking in Malaysia: Yes, please!

I was on the bus on my way to Melaka when I met her, a very funny Dutch girl.  We discussed our travel plans and it was a great fit; we had similar plans. – Would you be willing to hitch-hike in Malaysia? – Why not? It has been a while since the last...
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Canggu, Bali; Peace, Waves & Happiness.

I just want to relax.  This was my only thought and my only priority after many crazy days in Java.  I was completely exhausted after Bromo and Ijen and I was looking forward to see Bali.  But, no! Crazy Java wasn’t done with me yet!  On my way to Bali, I was...
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5 Best Places to Visit in Cambodia

As I’m writing these lines, it’s my last day in Cambodia.  The journey has been great, although it started the wrong way.  I had a plan; travelling across Cambodia with Busabout Asia.  If you’re not familiar with the concept, first you need to know it’s great! ...
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Backpacker’s Guide to Java, Indonesia

When I decided to go to Indonesia, I was picturing temples, rice terraces, tea plantations, epic volcanoes, stunning beaches and sunset pornography. I didn’t research it too much, and, boom; it was already booked!  Backpacking full-time isn’t really handy.  I...
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How to Get a Visa for Vietnam

Let’s be honest; getting a visa isn’t the funniest thing in the world!  (Or is it just me?)  Even though I have crossed many borders so far, I still hate it.  I’m a pro at making scenarios. What if I can’t get in?  What if they ask for a departure flight? Or worse;...
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Hitch-Hiking in Malaysia: Yes, please!

I was on the bus on my way to Melaka when I met her, a very funny Dutch girl.  We discussed our travel plans and it was a great fit; we had similar plans. – Would you be willing to hitch-hike in Malaysia? – Why not? It has been a while since the last time...

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Canggu, Bali; Peace, Waves & Happiness.

I just want to relax.  This was my only thought and my only priority after many crazy days in Java.  I was completely exhausted after Bromo and Ijen and I was looking forward to see Bali.  But, no! Crazy Java wasn’t done with me yet!  On my way to Bali, I was still...

read more

5 Best Places to Visit in Cambodia

As I’m writing these lines, it’s my last day in Cambodia.  The journey has been great, although it started the wrong way.  I had a plan; travelling across Cambodia with Busabout Asia.  If you’re not familiar with the concept, first you need to know it’s great!  You’ll...

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10 Cheap Things to Do in Sydney

When I decided to go to Sydney a year and a half ago, I had no idea what to expect. I was moving there with my little budget full of hope to settle there long term.  Already, I had a huge crush on this easy-going –busy – entertaining city.  I found a flat in Pyrmont...

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9 Travel Apps You Must Have for Your Next Trip

I’m not a planner.  Well.  I guess that depends where I am.  Back home, I used to be a professional planner – always on time – with a very busy schedule – kind of girl.  I don’t know where I lost that precious skill.  Perhaps, somewhere between Canada and Australia,...

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Running Out of Money while Travelling

When nothing goes to plan… Running out of money while travelling can certainly be a nightmare. Been there! (Ahem, and more than once!) I guess this is normal considering my reality as a traveller with debts and a serious case of wanderlust. It happened back in...

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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

Melissa Giroux is the writer behind (or beyond) A Broken Backpack.  Originally from Quebec, Canada, she is living the dream (or at least… an English life).  Hopping in Australia (and around), she loves to explore and to live abroad.  Collecting mistakes, stories and experiences, she will embrace the changes.  She is broken.  And she likes it that way. Broke, anxious and crazy rhymes with her sarcasm. Want to work with me?