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Travel stories, inspiration, news and musing

We are the dreamers, the seekers, the travellers, the adventurers, the optimists. It's nice to meet you! There are lots of us with the same DNA - we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

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2017 Ethical Fashion Guide

Aimee Pearce

Every year Baptist World Australia releases their annual Ethical Fashion Report to shed light on what the industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. Along with their report they provide FOR FREE an accompanying Fashion Guide that grades 106 companies (330 brands) based on their ethical performance. As consumers we should absolutely be grabbing hold of this valuable information and using it to help us make informed purchasing choices.

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The Airbnb conundrum

Aimee Pearce

I'm an Airbnb advocate. For sure. A space created by travellers, for travellers. To stay in privately owned accommodation instead of chain hotels. To gain local knowledge from hosts when you're travelling. What's not to love? It's the perfect platform for travellers right? In fact I love it so much after staying in Airbnb accommodation almost exclusively for our travels over a few years, we decided to set up our own Airbnb property. We built in under our existing home and now rent out our space on Airbnb. We live in paradise, why not share it with other travellers right? [Have a sticky-beak if you're in the market for a Sunshine Coast holiday!].

BUT.. (why do great things always need to have a but???) I've been thinking quite a lot lately about the impact Airbnb is having on the permanent housing market. This isn't a new problem, nor is the housing shortage entirely Airbnb's fault, but as a responsible citizen, (of both the world and my local community) I feel obligated to question the scenario we find ourselves in and ask if there is a way we can do it better.

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How to stay safe in an emergency situation

Aimee Pearce

When travelling internationally one thing is certain and that is that nothing is certain. You can have packed precisely, researched in detail and planned to perfection BUT there is always the potential that everything can be turned upside down. At best I'm talking about delayed flights and lost luggage, at worst, you could be looking at a natural disaster or even an act of terror. I don't say this to be at all alarmist and I certainly don't say it to scare you out of travel - as you know we are the biggest advocates of travel - but I say it to be realistic and to help you be prepared for whatever your adventures might throw at you.

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Mid week meetings: Aimee

Aimee Pearce

Hi! Since we're hanging out so often, I thought it might be nice to actually introduce myself...

My name is Aimée and I make up one half of the dream team that is Wanderlust People! 

Obviously my favourite thing in the world to do is travel. But here are a few little insights into my world....

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What do cactus, Tibetan socks and pineapple leather have in common?

Aimee Pearce

Not much I'd suggest - apart from being a few of the latest favourite things of Katie Roberts, the hippie kid-turned fashion designer and buyer-turned environmental scientist-turned stylish sustainability maven. And as a fellow Sunshine Coaster and kindred ethical consumption spirit, Katie and her blog Sustainability in Style are some of our latest favourite finds. 

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Volunteering that doesn't do damage

Elissa Webster

Volunteering - it's a symbol of the love/hate relationship that people in the developing world must have with tourism. It brings much-needed resources and exposure to places that have often dire shortfalls in both, but in lots of cases, that comes with a sizeable side of patronisation, over-simplification, disrespect and cultural degradation.

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We are one!!

Elissa Webster

It's been one whole year since we introduced Wanderlust People to the world! So much has happened since then - but for those of you who have been a bit late to the party (never mind, that's everyone except for Aimee and I and our long-suffering families and friends!), here is a recap on where we've come from, and why we're on this crazy journey!

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Aussie surf brands under fire over slave labour claims

Aimee Pearce

Rip Curl, has been accused of using slave labour in North Korea to produce its clothing and now more iconic Aussie surf brands are facing questions about their questionable supply chains. In the past, labels like Rip Curl, Billabong and Quicksilver have refused to publish a list of the factories they use for production. And where there's no transparency, there are bound to be questions asked and sure enough, it was only a matter of time before someone is exposed.

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