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What is it really like? Let our travellers tell you.


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What is it really like? Let our travellers tell you.


Why I decided to seek a local adventure in a Duara village while in Bali

ISABEL, MUNTI GUNUNG, BALI, APRIL 2017

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Isabel spent her first weeks in Bali surfing in Canggu and doing yoga in Ubud with other travellers. As she had no plans for the next weeks, she started asking around what to do.

“It was not an option for me to go to Kuta or Seminyak or other super touristy areas. I wanted to get to know the local culture and get involved.” Read the whole story...

 

Why I gave Duara a chance after spending my entire life in four star hotels

SUSAN, HUONG NON, VIETNAM, FEBRUARY 2017

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“When I travel I don’t need luxury, but I need clean sheets in a nice, usually a four star hotel. I am a 'champagne-in-a-hotel-room' type of traveller. Or actually, maybe a sparkling wine type.”

It sounds like the experience in Huong Non was far from clean sheets and champagne. Read the whole story...

 

How to Google translate "snake wine" in Vietnamese?

JUUSO, HUONG NON, VIETNAM, JANUARY 2017

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I stayed in Huong Non, Vietnam for 5 days in January 2017. I had been backpacking South East-Asia before, but unfortunately my experiences have been somewhat "touristy" because I have not really experienced these countries from the local perspective. When I heard of Duara, I decided I would give it a try when backpacking for the next time. Read the whole story...


We were guests in a Zanzibarian wedding party.

IKILOMALLA, KIZIMKAZI, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA, SEPTEMBER 2016

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We moved in with a local Muslim family for a week in a fishing village in Kizimkazi because we wanted to experience authentic African lifestyle. We camouflaged ourselves with culturally appropriate clothing and we hopped on a speedy dalladalla minivan to Kizimkazi. Read the whole story...


Our week in a homestay on tea plantations: A breakthrough!

Ma famille voyage, neluwa, sri lanka, september 2016

We just spent one week in a small village near Neluwa town in Sri Lanka. We stayed in a “homestay”, in other words in a local home with a charming and caring family which pampered us for a week. Read the whole story...


Safety is not absence of threats, but feeling at home somewhere.

Saara, KALKUDAH, SRI LANKA, AUGUST 2016

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I am picked up exactly on time by Prathap, the local Duara contact person. He even takes me to see the fishermen on the beach although I am not sure it is his job really. He seems to keep an eye on if I’ve settled well before he leaves. There is a sense of excitement in all of us, this being new to us all.
Read the whole story...


How we got to live like a Tanzanian family in Likamba.

Laura & Emilia, Likamba, TANZANIA, June 2016

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Hi! 
Last week we travelled three long days from Ruanda to Arusha, Tanzania. The journey was extremely long, roads in poor condition and we didn’t have internet so we had to find a place to sleep when arriving to each village exhausted after such long travel days. However, crossing the border to Tanzania was easier than any other border crossing before, we got the visas from the border and the staff was really friendly. Read the whole story...


Lembeni – a cute little town surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Miriam, LEMBENI, TANZANIA, March 2016

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I begun my Duara experience from the busy bus station of Moshi which is the town where many travellers stop by on their way to Kilimanjaro or other “most visited places in Tanzania”. I, on the other hand, was not on my way to any of those places but to a little village located in the middle of Tanzanian countryside. Read the whole story...