Justine de Jonge

I’m a freelance vegan travel writer and blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. Fire & Tea is my destination where I can help you find the joy of vegan in your travels. Fire & Tea is also a map of my personal journey into becoming vegan, especially while on the road, and slipping into the vegan way of life.

DJs and Diwali

Driving from Lumbini to Varanasi on any other day would usually bring expected challenges – unpredictable traffic, lengthy border crossings, stray animals, bikes and auto-rickshaws. Yet today, India is in the throes of celebration. It’s Diwali season, and today is the last day of the festival. Traffic is bumper-to-bumper and everyone has a place to …

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Wandering along the Geelong Bollards Trail

If you’ve ever visited the port city of Geelong, you’ve probably encountered some colourful figures, the Geelong Bollards, along the city’s waterfront. Geelong is located on Corio Bay, just under an hour’s drive south-west of Melbourne. The name itself was derived from the word Jillong, a word used by the indigenous Wathaurong tribe meaning land …

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Take a Ride on the Northside

I’ve been working on some freelance writing for Chapel Street Precinct, an online community dedicated to those who reside and run their businesses in the Chapel Street area. Chapel Street is not just an internationally-recognised shopping destination. It’s a thriving community within the inner suburbs of south-east Melbourne, and I’ve managed to unearth some cool …

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One Billion Tourists, One Billion Responsibilities

This post is brought to you in partnership with Travel Indochina who specialise in Vietnam holidays One billion tourists travelled outside their borders in 2012. This record sparked the idea that one billion international tourists can create one billion opportunities for local communities. Kian Rackley of Travel Indochina was on hand to discuss this increase …

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