Hitting the Pavement for a Vegan Food Tour of Adelaide

South Australia was voted by Lonely Planet as Number 6 in its Top 10 regions in the world recently for 2017; though we can't forget about the state's capital in this accolade. Adelaide - the city of churches - is bursting with vegan menus at restaurants around town and seems to be overwhelmingly welcoming to the vegans travelling here. Here are my top picks for a vegan tour of Adelaide, and it's advised to hire a car or take your own to reach the full potential of this foodie flight of fancy. Below is only a snapshot and there are many more locales to add to the ever-growing list. Still, it's enough to get the tour started. 

South Australia Adelaide Central Market vegan food travel

Breakfasts and Brunches

A short drive to the inner cusp of Adelaide lives Nagev. The name spells vegan backwards, yet there's nothing backwards in Nagev's approach to modern, minimalist plant-based breakfasts and light lunches. A fresh floor-space with wooden tables and teapots sprouting succulents, and a couple of breakout couched spaces for a a lazier coffee; all exuding Nagev's strip-shop vibe on busy Payneham Road. For a good start to the day, order an acai quinoa porridge with seasonal fruit, raw cacao, crushed nuts and chia seeds, sided by a matcha chai latte. Make your hot drink 'dirty' if you must with a shot of added espresso (an Adelaide concept, I noticed).

vegan food travel Adelaide Nagev Australia South Australia
vegan food travel Adelaide Nagev South Australia Australia

Back to Adelaide's CBD on Gouger (locally known as 'Eat Street') pound the pavement to Adelaide Central Market where you'll find an all-day brekkie at Let Them Eat. Chia puddings, short order cooked and cold menu items, cold-pressed juices and 'boosties' can boost the morning energy levels. Watch and listen to the early morning hum of market life while sitting on stools at the long bench before a guilty serve of crispy vegan waffles decorated with strawberries, banana slices, pepitas and dried blueberries all drizzled in maple syrup and topped with a puff of coconut cream. Let Them Eat offers fast service and delicious flavours all to be devoured as the name suggests!

vegan food travel Let Them Eat Adelaide Central Market South Australia Australia waffles

Another sojourn to the inner city to Unley reveals Pollen 185 for brunch. Unley is trendy with a village feel, and Pollen 185's interior is also aptly so, housing a country house aesthetic featuring revived recycled wood furniture pieces and cathedral ceiling. Take a seat at their communal bench and furnish it with a soy peppermint hot cacao. As this raw elixir is sipped, a plate of scrambled Burmese tofu (chickpea flour-based) is delivered; cradled by leaves, juicy cherry tomatoes, sautéed spinach and crunchy, grainy toast, all drizzled in balsamic glaze and edible flowers.        

Pollen 185 vegan food travel South Australia Unley Adelaide Australia food
Pollen 185 vegan food travel South Australia Unley Adelaide Australia food
Pollen 185 vegan food travel South Australia Unley Adelaide Australia food

Lunches and Picnic Supplies

In Adelaide's Rundle Mall is where Vego n Loven It can be found. Leave the city's bustle at ground level and walk up two flights of stairs to lunch in this psychedelically grunge terrace house conversion. Eclectic second-hand furniture and curios furnish the cosy dining space while 60's music nourishes the ears. The Beatles joyfully sing ‘All you need is love' and love is served to the table in the guise of a fresh orange and ginger juice. Burgers are served as a full or half-serve, though gluten free burgers are only served as full serves. So, make sure you have an outstanding appetite! Opt for the Absolutely Fabulous Burger – a thick lentil patty, topped with salad leaves, tomato, grated carrot, then coated in an unusually tasty sweet chilli sauce, hummus and avocado combo.

Vego n Loven It vegan food travel South Australia Adelaide Australia food
Vego n Loven It vegan food travel South Australia Adelaide Australia food
Vego n Loven It vegan food travel South Australia Adelaide Australia food

Back at Adelaide Central Market, there's a little Algerian spot that isn't exclusively vegan or vegetarian though has a few options to buy for some picnic supplies. Le Souk spruiks dates, twin-tubs of hummus and falafel and Turkish Delight that’s perfectly spongy. A great idea for picnic shopping if you feel like lunching in the sunny outdoors. Don’t forget Let Them Eat for too, served from mid-morning.     

Le Souk Adelaide Central Market vegan food travel South Australia Adelaide Australia food

Dinner Times

If a casual, cheap spot is sought, then Zenhouse Vegetarian Teahouse is good value for money with fast service. Just grab a seat, order and pay at the counter then wait for the feast to arrive. A quick and simple stir-fry of mixed vegetables in ginger and mushroom sauce, complemented with a serve of salt and pepper fried tofu offers nourishing harmony. A visit to Zenhouse isn't complete without a pot of its specialty blend teas – the sweet-scented and earthy quince green tea is a new addition to the 70+ list and worthy of a sip.

A car is definitely needed for a trip to Mai Kitchen in Ferryden Park and it’s worth the drive. Vietnamese food is one of my all-time favourites and some of my all-time Vietnamese favourites are found here at Mai Kitchen. Mai is the matriarch of this thriving vegan Vietnamese restaurant and her family's culinary passion is infused in the fresh flavours home-cooked in every dish; from a robust bowl of lemongrass vermicilli salad (bún Đậu hủ xào) topped with Vietnamese mint, fried shallots, to lemongrass chilli tofu and veggies (Đậu hủ xào xả Ớt) , spring rolls (chả giò) with lettuce and Vietnamese mint to wrap them in, and even down to the fluffy steamed rice and jasmine tea.

Mai Kitchen vegan food travel South Australia Vietnamese Adelaide Australia food
Mai Kitchen vegan food travel South Australia Vietnamese Adelaide Australia food
Mai Kitchen vegan food travel South Australia Vietnamese Adelaide Australia food

Dessert choices are abound too – three bean colour drink (chè ba màu) and my favourite banana sago soup in coconut cream with a sprinkling of crushed peanuts (chè bột báng xoài hoặc chuối). All elements of a Vietnamese meal are cherished and proudly served at Mai.                

Sweets and Treats

The truth is in the name and Two Bit Villains Soda Bar in Adelaide Arcade doesn't refute this. While you can dine here for lunch or dinner, try visiting this retro Tiki styled establishment for supper. Grab a bamboo couch by the first-level window and consume a creamy soda float or a peanut butter salted chocolate sundae. The sundae is devilish, decadent and decisively naughty. A milkshake glass is packed with scoops of vanilla and chocolate soy ice-cream and layered with warmed salted crunchy peanut butter all coated with a rich and thick chocolate sauce and crowned in whipped cream and crushed peanuts. Junky sweet tooths beware!

Two Bit Villains dessert vegan food travel South Australia Adelaide Australia food

For more vegan treats, and specialty vegan groceries, take a short drive to Everything Vegan – a vegan, cruelty free grocery stop and coffee stop. Make the trip last a little longer by ordering a chai latte and a slice of raw carrot cake from the coffee bar. The choices for vegan specialty groceries, cookbooks, clothing and ethical products here are unlimited, the service just as friendly and welcoming.           

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Vendors tried and tested during Adelaide's Vegan Festival, all served up in compostable and eco-friendly cutlery and crockery. Sometimes, these vendors can be found during the rest of the year at various markets around town (links included where possible):          


All menu items chosen at each venue were served vegan and gluten-free. Web links have been included where possible so you can conduct your own additional research on these restaurants. Not all locations were strictly vegetarian/vegan.
All meals and beverages were paid for in full by me.

Travel Lessons Learned at the Vegan Festival in Adelaide

I attended Adelaide’s Vegan Festival a couple of weeks ago; a journey I’ve been meaning to take for a while now. It’s a priceless opportunity to listen to experts in the world of veganism speak, and sample amazing new foods and products in the process. Yet, after listening to so many empowering speakers, what does all of this mean for me in the context of travel? There are many lessons we learn in our lifetime, and I guess that’s the beauty of living – we’re learning every day on our journeys. Some of my biggest lessons in life have always stemmed from my travels to far-flung places.

A sunny road-trip to Adelaide's Vegan Festival - two days of learning, eating and chilling.

A sunny road-trip to Adelaide's Vegan Festival - two days of learning, eating and chilling.

Adelaide isn’t exactly far-flung for me (only a full day’s drive or quick flight from Melbourne). Those speakers who also took the journey to Adelaide's Vegan Festival to deliver their wisdom allowed me to explore new, inspirational knowledge and new perspectives across different facets of veganism. Here are my top three insights which I have translated into the context of travel. 

Clare Mann – Vegan Psychologist

A fundamental lesson I learned while studying Biology at university is our ability to ‘fight’ or ‘fly’ from a particular threat. It’s a basic survival mechanism for all animals (that includes humans). Sometimes, the word vegan can send people ‘flying’ away from a conversation. Or, they choose to stay put, and ‘fight’ me out point-after-point. Clare Mann touched on our innate ‘fight or flight’ response to situations, which has helped me out immensely during my vegan travels. When we innately fly or fight a conversation, we lose our ability to reason with one another - biology takes over. Veganism has taught me to engage people in what they perceive to be a hard conversation and Clare believes engagement requires a ‘lean-in’.

When I travelled through Sumatra last year, we travelled to North Sumatra where local Batak people are traditionally renouned for eating almost anything that walks. Amazingly, we dined at a local home on a vegan meal home-cooked by our meat-loving hosts and they were fascinated, even gob-smacked, by my tour group’s ethic to eating plants; eating compassionately. A generous spread of traditional meals were transformed, proudly by our hosts, into a vegan feast, just as tasty and fulfilling, and shared by all. There are ways we can engage locals in a conversation about being vegan and language or culture doesn’t need to be a barrier, either. I find that sharing a meal brings us all together in a reciprocal union, despite our nationalities and values. So, what better way than to start with a welcoming home-cooked meal? In Sumatra, that also meant sitting on the floor and eating from a banana leaf plate using right-hand fingers, then leaving a very small amount of leftover to observe local custom.

Day 1: So much food, so much healthy vegan goodness!

Day 1: So much food, so much healthy vegan goodness!

David Coles – Life Guide

David Coles has a blunt and honest approach to the state of our world, the future of all animals, and saying it like it is. David encouraged his audience to stop seeing 'what we want to see' and feeling ‘what we want to feel'. He called for speaking the truth and not budging, while keeping fear at bay. Fear is not the guide, here. I remember the weeks leading into my trip to Syria, Jordan and Egypt in 2011. When work colleagues asked where I was travelling to and I responded, I was almost always met with a confused 'Oh', quickly chased by the question: 'Why are you going, there?' My only reply at the time? 'Why not?'

At the time, Syria was a safe place to travel, yet perceived as a country centred in what Western politicians labelled the region as 'the axis of evil'. ‘How could a country be evil?’ I questioned. When I travelled there, I was immediately embraced by locals. Sometimes, I was an oddity in my long cargo pants and floppy hat, but that was OK. At every dusty corner, cobblestoned side-street and even at the local, historic, Umayyad Mosque, I experienced nothing but smiles, brave conversation then showered in generosity with food at local restaurants. Sipping mint tea in the scorching heat, I couldn't fathom any experiences any less 'evil' than this journey. Upon landing back into Melbourne weeks later, I strived to share my positive experiences and travel stories in a desperate bid to dispel the myths. If I could quote David again: "Once you face something, you understand it." Nothing is truer than when we travel to erase the distorted perceptions those close to us try to paint. If only Syria now was the Syria I was introduced to then, and it saddens and pains me immensely to witness the catastrophic state it has now become, not to mention the thousands of lives lost and displaced since the conflicts began.

Incredible leafy salads, vegan quiche and potato salad (those hairy legs are my husband's!)

Incredible leafy salads, vegan quiche and potato salad (those hairy legs are my husband's!)

Leilani Münter – Environmental Activist, Race Car Champion

Leilani Münter has leveraged her biology graduate status to become a race car champion in her electric powered race car. Through sport, Leilani brings valuable awareness to millions of viewers about the saddening plight of our oceans, reefs and waterways; devastating ramifications that will ultimately lead to the declining health and mortality of underwater populations worldwide. Earth is in a diabolical situation, and we are losing marine populations at an alarming rate. If 10% of the world's population supports an idea, Leilani explained, then a tipping point is created for the rest to follow suit. Being vegan for me means mostly being a catalyst to change by maintaining a questioning mind and being accountable during what's left of my life on this vulnerable planet.

In my travels, I feel most at home when I experience wild animals in their natural habitat, with as little impact and interference as I can. While I took a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef on a trip to Queensland in 2001, we anchored with engines off so we wildlife seekers could snorkel. Snorkelling is one my most cherished ways to explore the ocean and I spent over two hours gliding on the ocean's surface while majestic turtles swam and flippered their way through the water below me with oblivious ease. I decided to shadow one turtle in particular, and she took me on a memorable sea voyage – a tour even – of her home that’s the Great Barrier Reef. We 'wandered' through dips and seabed hills, coral terrain and misty, bright blue water. Sadly, she led me to parts of bleached coral beds, now mere skeletons where parts of her home once was. I returned back to the boat with a sense of exhaustion, wonder and saddened awareness. While my fantastic voyage was a one-in-a-lifetime travel moment, I came away depressed by how we've brutalised our world through the choices we make. If my being vegan contributes to a tipping point, then my wish would be to help restore the damage we've done.  

Winding down Day 2 at Adelaide's Vegan Festival with a last-minute, early dinner. Spicy!

Winding down Day 2 at Adelaide's Vegan Festival with a last-minute, early dinner. Spicy!

I had the pleasure of experiencing solo artist Georgy Rochow at the Adelaide Vegan Festival (who happened to make me an amazing matcha latte at a local café days before) and her lyrics resonated with me. If I could sing some of those lyrics from her set, we can't always 'give in to what the world wants'. What we can do is be the most thoughtful, compassionate and resilient travellers we can be. We can embrace our courage and bravery, and have those exacting conversations to expand our own knowledge as well as that of those new friends around us. Show respect with a positive and peaceful outlook, all snugly packed in our backpacks and our hearts. There are travel lessons we can teach, while we are simultaneously teaching ourselves. And, it's only then we can enact change to help solve the worldly problems that currently seem so daunting and unattainable.    

Adelaide in South Australia hosts its Vegan Festival at Victoria Square, the city's CBD annually. For all the information from this year's Vegan Festival (and inspiration for you to attend next year), visit the Festival's official website.

Turning Can’t into Vegan Gluten Free Can-Do at Abitza Café in Upwey

We are all reluctantly familiar with the word ‘can’t’. Recently, I’ve had to incorporate a gluten-free element to my vegan diet, and the word ‘can’t’ is starting to emerge more in my travels. Food outlets are accommodating, but usually to a certain extent. I understand that, and I’m definitely not one to seek out special treatment. Though, now I need to for health reasons. A sunny drive into Upwey in Melbourne’s outer east meant a lunchtime stop to try out Abitza Café. There was word that vegan options are free-flowing here, except I wasn’t sure how many vegan gluten-free options would be available.

vegan gluten free lunch chai Abitza Cafe Upwey Melbourne

Stepping into Abitza is like arriving home. This converted shopfront is a little deceiving in the sense that there are a couple of cosy breakout rooms furnished by tables and chairs, a comfy couch and cushions. Before even taking a seat, we stand politely near the counter to discover we can choose a spot wherever we like and we’re encouraged to come back to the counter and order as we wish. Sue is warm, smiling and the matriarch of this calming whole foods café. Her warmth travels along to the acoustic tune from above; the soulful urban poetry of Tracy Chapman’s self-titled album.

Sue quickly showers us with glasses, a big vessel of water and unwavering hospitality. “Yes, we can do something for you,” she declares. After a little back-and-forth, I discover that my lunch choice – Vegan Burger – will be a vegan, chickpea and lentil burger (spiced lightly), potato chips, fresh garden salad and a serve of raw pumpkin salad and sided by vegan mayonnaise (all sans bread bun).

vegan gluten free lunch Abitza Cafe Upwey Melbourne

When we go without, we are blessed with what we get in return and I realise that Abitza Café is all about what it can do for its ‘amazing’ customers. No sooner am I feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for Sue’s positive ethic, my chai tea arrives in front of me together with its own teeny-tiny bowl of cinnamon. I pinch some of this sweet-smelling spice and roll its scratchy fineness between my fingertips. I sprinkle this light brown powder over the cloud of soy milk froth then lift the cup to my lips as my nose catches that brief scent of cinnamon. The chai, made from scratch here at Abitza, is a melody of spice and sweetness without a need for added sugar. The gentle flow of warm, nourishing chai brings homely warmth to my body; this meal is going to be alright.     

vegan gluten free lunch burger Abitza Cafe Upwey Melbourne

My meal arrives with impeccable timing; within minutes of finishing my moment with a cup of Abitza’s chai tea. Finely chopped raw pumpkin salad is folded through a layer of fresh spinach, topped by sliced tomato and cucumber that’s speckled by a seeded dressing. A dollop of vegan mayonnaise tries to hide under my thickly cut chips. That’s what those chips are going to be dunked in before slicing through my wholesome chickpea burger. My vegan gluten-free burger is transformed into a filling lunch that sees me out through the rest of the afternoon.    

Be guided by Sue’s wholesome food and hospitality at Abitza Café, Healing and Giftware, 56-58 Main Street, Upwey, Victoria Australia 3156. Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.00pm, Saturday 8.00am to 3.00pm, Sunday 9.00am to 2.00pm. Phone: 03 9754 6850.

Stay a little longer to enjoy Abitza’s book loan corner or buy a coffee for someone in need through Abitza’s suspended coffee program. Giftware is also available to purchase.

If you want to learn more about ‘suspended coffee’ you can read my earlier blog post.

Saying Welcome through Vegan Food at CERES Tamil Feasts

“Thank you for being with us. Your supporting us helps us to start a new life. You come to eat but that support is big things for us in Australia.” Nothing summarises Tamil Feasts at CERES any better than asylum seeker and cook Sri, as quoted from Facebook. I read this quote, as a warmness gathered within every cell of my being. I’ve attended the Tamil Feasts on Vegan and Vegetarian Night twice now and I’ve left on both occasions as if I’ve helped marginalised people living in limbo, in our community, achieve a small win.

Tamil Feasts CERES vegan vegetarian food Melbourne Australia

CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne’s inner north-east is a non-profit sustainability hub over 4.5 hectares on Meri Creek. CERES engage in supporting environmental and green technology education, urban community projects and social enterprise. The grounds also host a community market, onsite café and grocery, community kitchen, permaculture and bush nursery. An organic, online supermarket brings CERES’ community spirit even closer to Melburnians living in outer areas around town. As the name spells out, this Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies aims to make social and environmental change through powerful means that only education can offer. Even the land on which CERES resides is traditional to Wurundjeri indigenous Australians. Merri Creek was the backbone to the Wurundjeri community – a spot to swim and play and, importantly, a vital source of food.

CERES Melbourne Australia vegan food

Through traditional meals served on a weekly basis, CERES hosts one social enterprise that has gained constructive momentum and community awareness – Tamil Feasts. Four Tamil men from Sri Lanka are currently seeking asylum here in Melbourne. Together, Sri, Nirma, Niro and Nigethan are being supported through Tamil Feasts. They prepare, cook Sri Lankan meals at the CERES Community Kitchen on Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights up to a maximum of 50 guests each night. It is a celebration of culture…and seriously delicious food! 

Tuesday’s vegetarian and vegan menu is packed with delicious traditional Tamil fare such as onion and spinach bhajji for starters, then eggplant and chickpea curry, garlic dhal (some of the best dhal I have ever eaten), spiced green bean curry, gotu kola (a Sri Lankan green salad of cabbage, bean sprout and broccoli), parsley salad and eggplant chutney, all served on a feast plate with rice jewelled with sultanas or roti. For dessert, gulab jamun is prepared for vegetarians while vegans like me swoon with every mouthful of payasam – a Tamil style sago pudding prepared with coconut milk. 

vegan food Melbourne Australia vegan CERES

But, it’s not just all about turning up and eating the delicious food on the menu; it’s ‘more than just a meal’. Tamil Feasts offers Sri, Nirma, Niro and Nigethan a platform on which they can share their culture and their experience while going through the paces of seeking asylum in Melbourne. Through community interaction, Sri, Nirma, Niro and Nigethan can continue their unpredictable journey with just a little less stress. Their authentic Tamil cuisine is an avenue these brave men travel along to help us – Melburnians – build tolerance and understanding while they await the decision of their permanent destination. Will they be granted asylum in Melbourne?

vegan food CERES Melbourne Australia

Over a banquet of starter, curries, and dessert, we are taken on a journey that transcends the viewpoint of tonight’s feasting guests that Sri, Nirma, Niro and Nigethan are welcome in Melbourne; in Australia. By supporting Tamil Feasts, we’re effectively declaring what has been in our hearts and minds all along: “I say welcome.”

Bookings for the CERES Tamil Feasts are essential and can be made via their website. $30 per person, $20 for kids and includes three courses. A bar is available and beer, wine and kombucha are available to purchase as priced on the night. The fourth Tuesday of each month is also dedicated to Spice Night.

Book here for Tuesday nights where you can book as vegan or vegetarian.

Takeaway containers of leftover meals can be purchased at $5 a container
or bring your own container to save on plastic waste for the same price

For more information, you can visit the CERES website.
CERES Community Environment Park, corner Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East Victoria Australia 3057 Phone: 03 9389 0100

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Being an Urban Nomad is Easy and a Lonely Planet Best Of giveaway!

I’ve been travelling through the past few months in a topsy-turvy and unpredictable way. You could say I’ve been coasting along with no real game-plan or fixed address, a little like travel in many ways. While I’ve been living out of home due to home repairs and managing the daily life of work, writing, blogging and R&R, I’ve been living the life of an urban nomad (as explored in this previous post).

When we travel – whether it’s overseas or interstate – we as travellers can sometimes succumb to travel uncertainty. Where will I go today? Who will I meet on my journey? Will the journey be long or short? How will I get to my destination? Cities are amazing, in the sense that they provide us with the answers to our travel questions, transforming uncertainty into exhilaration.

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Lonely Planet Best Of London 2017 travel
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Cities are like anchors to balance us in our travel ambitions; there are nuggets of authentic experiences to discover, delicious local food to eat and amazing locals to meet before we trek further. Being an urban nomad in a city helps us to the build the travel courage we need so we can explore authentically. Then it’s just a matter of reeling in our anchors to travel further beyond the city limits.

So, how can we make the most of being an urban nomad? For me, research works – each and every time. Being an innate researcher, I am gathering my own nuggets of information constantly through reading, surfing the ‘net and brain-picking my friends. Though, we live in a time where time is limited and intimate knowledge may be scarce. This is where curated, up-to-date travel guides can give us as travellers a step-up in the research stakes; a trusty local secrets ‘share’ so we can leverage our authentic travelling experiences.

Lonely Planet has decided to meet our demands for authentic city travel knowledge by launching a series of ‘best of’ city-specific annual guides. Now, we have access to easy-to-pack city guides with the magnifying-glass focus on authentic experiences for the urban nomad in all of us.

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It’s exciting to see these cities being spotlighted in their 2017 editions:

Best Of Barcelona – imagine roaming the cobblestone streets within Barcelona to discover the city’s culinary gems. There are even a few local tips for vegetarian travellers.

Best Of London – for those who are keen to back-track the heritage trail, experience edgy bars, backstreets filled with history and galleries, London is a prime city to start your UK journey. 

Best Of New York City – The city that never sleeps needs an energetic urban nomad to explore its round-the-clock surprises, from the rolling acres of Central Park to the gleaming surprises each turn can offer. Vegan and vegetarian travellers – there are some tips in here to keep you nourished along your way.

Best Of Paris – fall in love with this leafy city, and be captivated by the sights such as the Eiffel Tower alongside gothic-style points of interest while devouring all that Parisian cuisine this cosmopolitan has to offer.

Best Of Rome – Rome wasn’t built in a day and travellers can discover why. From the Sistine Chapel to the Roman ruins scattered around the city, there are centuries of history to explore, not to mention rich, local Italian food and experiences.

All Best Of guides are equipped with dedicated fold-out maps and a ‘survival guide’ so you can plot your individual journey while navigating language and local custom.

 

Can you see yourself being an urban nomad in one or all of these cities? Then, you’re in the running to win one of these five Lonely Planet Best Of guides!
I have one for each city to give away, with many thanks and gratitude to Lonely Planet.

For your chance to win, simply complete the entry form below. Choose which Best Of guide you’d like to win and tell me what an authentic travel experience means to you. Entries close at 9am on Friday, 21 October 2016. Full terms and conditions are below, too!

 

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25.  If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, subject to any direction given under State Regulation.

26.  Entrants are responsible for any cost associated with accessing the promotional website. Access to that site is dependent on the Internet service provider.

27.  If an entrant uses any form of software or third party application to enter multiple times (including scripting software), organises for a third party to enter on their behalf in breach of these terms and conditions or enters using incorrect contact details, his or her entry will be deemed invalid. If such an entrant wins a prize, the entrant must immediately return the prize to the Promoter. The Promoter has sole discretion to determine whether an entrant has breached this clause. The Promoter reserves the right to request whatever documentation it deems necessary to confirm whether an entrant has breached this clause. Entrants must provide whatever documents the Promoter requires upon request.

28.  The Promoter will make reasonable efforts to deliver prizes to the addresses provided by competition entrants. If a prize is returned to the Promoter because it could not be delivered to the address provided, the Promoter cannot guarantee that it will be able to resend the prize to the prize winner. The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any damage to or delay in transit of prizes.

29.  The Promoter reserves the right to redraw the prize if an entrant who claims to be a prize winner is unable to satisfy these terms and conditions.

30.  The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.

31.  All entries become the property of the Promoter. The Promoter collects personal information about you for the purposes of conducting this promotion. Any disclosure of such information will be made as required by law and in accordance with these terms and conditions but no further use of this information will be made without prior consent.