All posts by Jade Jackson

I’m a Writer, Podcaster, and Photographer obsessed with travel. I’ve explored over 55 countries, worked on a cruise ship, as a travel agent, taught travel and tourism, helped NZ tourism businesses with online presence, issued airline tickets, been a tour guide and taught english in Japan; doing pretty much anything that would allow me to travel. Now I share everything I’ve learnt in my blog and podcasts. I aim to inspire, make travel accessible, and change the world, through travel. As Travel Agents fade away, no website or app, has completely replaced them. I try to bridge that gap giving useful information about how to book and travel independantly. If you love the content I provide, then please click on the Support the Podcast page for really easy ways you can ensure this website, and the content I provide continues.

Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock

A weird rock, volcanic pillars, faces weathered into the rocks-the perfect place for a picnic. Welcome to Hanging Rock.

The Church At Auvers-Sur-Oise

See the church at Auvers-Sur-Oise, exactly as Vincent Van Gogh painted it.

How To See The Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an

See 3 Terracotta Warriors at the NGV Exhibition, or over 6000 statues in Xi'an, China.

A Global Disneyland Expedition

Visit every Disneyland in the world, on a single trip!

30% off Flights to Asia and Europe

30% off flights to Asia and Europe! Book today! Plus exciting changes coming to my website.

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A Cheesy Kind of Holiday

The finest cheese, peace and quiet, a good book and views over the ocean. Welcome to King Island.

Wales, Mt Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, article by Jade Jackson

Why Wales Is Worth A Wander

Wales is more than just Castles and Cardiff. Find books, catch steam trains, ride canal boats then sleep in a castle!

Indian Kids, Delhi, India, image by Jade Jackson

India Without Illness

Travelling through India is possible without getting sick, just stick to these tips.

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Escape To Another Country, With These Books

From the warm waters of BAJA CALIFORNIA, to the ALASKAN WILDERNESS or the JUNGLES OF STH AMERICA - these BOOKS will TAKE YOU THERE! (well mentally at least)

Samurai, Kamo Gawa, Kyoto, Japan, image by Jade Jackson

The Mystery of Kyoto’s River

To the people of Kyoto, the Kamo Gawa (Duck River) is many things, least of all, it provides escapism.

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The Greatest iPhone Apps To Use Whilst Travelling

The greatest iPhone apps to capture your trip, immerse with locals, communicate, be entertained on long plane trips and manage your money, all tested on multiple trips.

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New York Like a Local

New York can seem overwhelming but it doesn't have to be with these expert tips.

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Travelosophy #19 – Book Cheap Flights to Anywhere

Book cheap flights to anywhere including 'hacker fares'. In this episode I share my knowledge from being a travel agent, an issuer of airline tickets, a teacher of IATA airfares and ticketing and of course being an experienced traveller. With these tips, you'll rest easy knowing you have the cheapest flight possible and you'll also ...

Travel Agent Secrets Every Traveller Should Know

Whether you use a travel agent or not to book your travel, they can still be useful.

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The Jet lag Free, Long Haul Flight

Avoiding jet lag begins before you even board. Find out the easy way to stop jet lag before it happens.

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Chasing Ancestry in Rural Victoria

A road trip to Melbourne ended with chasing my ancestry in Nhill and meeting distant cousins I didn’t know existed!

Write a Song to Capture Your Next Trip

Write a song on your next trip to make it memorable, for years to come; way more than a quick like on a selfie ever could.

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7 Things Dubai Does Better

Here’s 7 things Dubai does better than any other stopover city.

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Chinese Foot Binding Museum

Learn about the disturbing but fascinating culture of foot binding at this quirky little museum near Shanghai, China.

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Cheap Flights to China and Beyond

Book cheap flights to China and beyond from Australia, USA and Europe. Lots of new Chinese airlines are increasing capacity in Asia.

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Lombok, The Quiet Bali

For the month of June, I’ll be producing #30daysofposts. Expect a new post, everyday full of useful and inspiring travel advice. As an ex-travel agent, tour guide, teacher of tourism and explorer of over 55 countries, I have a ton of knowledge to share. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the ...

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Souvenirs To Make Your Trip Memorable

Cheap and easy souvenir ideas for your next trip. Not to be morbid but choose them wisely as they’ll also be a reminder of you, once you pass away.

The Best Free Stuff in Sydney This Week

Free Donuts, whale watching, photography exhibitions and magazines all in Sydney. Only in this article by Jade Jackson.

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Explore Wellington As A Local

Wellington is perfect as a weekend getaway for it’s incredible coffee, boutique cinemas and unique markets.

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How to move to New Zealand

Move to New Zealand in three easy steps with this blog post by Jade Jackson who moved there in 2009.

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Travelosophy #18 – When Things Go Wrong Whilst Travelling

You’ve spent months planning the perfect escape when something goes wrong, what do you do? Find out in this episode of Travelosphy with Jade Jackson.

Jade Talks Stuff Podcast

Jade Talks Poetry

In this podcast episode hear what inspired Jade Jackson to write his first poem, examples of early poetry and recent poems, as well as learn how to create your own beautiful poem.

Sunflowers in Tuscany, Italy. Image by travel photographer, Jade Jackson.

Italy Without The Crowds

Italy doesn’t have to be standing in queues for big sights, experience the real Italy, with these tips.

Improve Your Travel Photos

Learn how to capture iconic images on your next vacation.

Explore the Blue Mountains, as a Local

Explore the Blue Mountains, as a local with these insider tips.

Travelosophy #17 – How to be a Travel Photographer (or travel photography tips for beginners).

Learn how to improve your travel photos and take the money shot.

Long Distance Relationships

Long Distance Relationships or LDR can be cruelly addictive, here’s why.

Alcohol Free Activities

Embrace the alcohol-free lifestyle with these non-drinking alternatives.

Jade Talks Orcas

Orcas are super intelligent, probably more than humans.

Jade Talks Loss and Love

Apologies I didn’t post a Jade Talks Stuff podcast episode last month. I lost two friends, who both lived overseas. Jennifer Olsen was 42 (Chicago), and Chris Dawson was 39 (Wellington). This episode explains my biggest fear, how I found out, and the story of Jen and I. I’m in the middle of recording a ...

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Travelosophy #16 – A Tribute to Jennifer K Olsen – 1976-2019

On what should have been Jen’s 43rd Birthday, instead here’s our story, my tribute to her. Happy Birthday Jennifer xoxo

Losing a Friend Overseas

Losing a close friend overseas, has always been my greatest fear.

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Travelosophy Episode #15 – Hong Kong

Discover a city packed with stories, and hidden treasures down every alley.

Travelosophy #14 – Hitchhiking in Alaska and Orcas in the Wild

Only in Alaska would you get picked up hitchhiking, by a 16 year old girl playing Christian death metal music.

Flying on a Blacklisted Airline

No travel agent will ever ask you, “would you like to fly on a blacklisted airline?”

Travelosophy #13 – The Lure of Islands and Cape Palliser

Hear two travel articles, written and read by Jade Jackson, featuring the Lure of Islands and Cape Palliser.

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Jade Talks Going Alcohol Free

Stop drinking alcohol and live a happier, less stressful and more productive life.

Travelosophy #12 – Russia and the Trans-Mongolian Railway

Take one of the longest railway journey’s in the world, through snow, desert, and mountains.

Solo Travel

Solo travel is not just for singles, it’s for women, mothers, elderly, anyone! Solo travel will change your life.

Most Popular Podcast Episodes and Blog Posts of 2018

Check out the most downloaded podcast episodes, and read blog posts of 2018.

The Lure of Islands

Like the sweet lull of a mermaid’s call, islands have long seduced us.

Travelosophy #11 – Travel To The North Pole Next Christmas

Add a Destination Christmas to your traditions for a more relaxing day and to bring back the magic.

Jade Talks Losing Everything in a House fire

Ever wondered what it’s like to lose EVERYTHING in a house fire?

Travelosophy #10 – How to be a freelance travel writer

Ditch the office and work from anywhere, whilst getting paid to see the world as a freelance travel writer.

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Travelosophy #9 – Japan on a Budget and Become Fluent in Japanese

Learn how to become fluent in any language and travelling Japan on a budget.