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TERN is a magazine for travellers, by travellers. We’re all about making the most of your adventures on this planet — whether they last for a weekend or the rest of your life. We can tell you about where you should go next, but we’d rather share stories from our fellow travellers about the fun and the freedom of budget travel. Right now our online magazine publishes new features and articles quarterly, but you’ll always find new blog posts here in between.

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Why Tern?

We’ve named ourselves after a tiny but mighty sea bird — the Arctic tern. Of all the creatures that call this planet home, these little four-ounce birds see the most of it. Each year, they migrate from one end of the world to the other — the Arctic to the Antarctic — and back again. It turns out they prefer the scenic route, too, spending a month in the North Atlantic on the way down and swinging by Africa and South America on the way home.

Scientists don’t really know why the Arctic tern travels so far and wide. Some think it’s because they’re following wind patterns. We think it’s because they know — like we know — that there’s just so much to see on this planet of ours, why not try to see as much of it as you can. Wherever the wind blows you… go.

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It’s this time of year again where we look back on the last 12 months and identify the highlights of our year – our achievements, our best trips and all the people who’ve joined us on those crazy adventures. For us at hostelling, people are what it’s all about. There are the people who make […]

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BY Deanna Robbie

If you have been travelling around the world for any length of time now, you have probably met at least a couple of Aussies on your journey. After all, we are an excitable, social bunch with a pretty big case of the travel bug! If this rings true for you, you may have had a […]