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4 Important Things Travel Has Taught Me

It's inevitable, as the year ends, that we look forward.  We create goals, think about what we're aiming for, set new rules for ourselves. But at the end of the year, it's also good to look back, on what we have achieved, and what we learned [...]

2017-12-28T12:49:18+00:00December 29th, 2017|Inspiration, Ramblings|Comments Off on 4 Important Things Travel Has Taught Me

The long-term traveller’s guide to health and fitness

If you're travelling for the long haul, health and fitness might sometimes cross your mind as a mild concern. It's not easy to stay healthy: budget meals usually comprise some form of quick-prepare noodles, and I have been known to consider a packet of biscuits an [...]

2018-01-05T22:26:12+00:00December 23rd, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Ramblings|Comments Off on The long-term traveller’s guide to health and fitness

Why I’m Rethinking Budget Backpacking (and Maybe You Should Too)

“So, how much did you pay for this?” drawled my neighbour. Clambering inside the shuttle bus heading over to the Gili Islands from Bali, I smiled and greeted my fellow bus-mates. I had been sitting down for all of four seconds before the forty-something American guy [...]

2018-02-01T10:41:39+00:00December 12th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Inspiration, Ramblings, Responsible Travel|Comments Off on Why I’m Rethinking Budget Backpacking (and Maybe You Should Too)

Two Weeks in Sumatra: Highlights (in Pictures)

Sumatra is the third largest island in the Indonesian archipelago, and a far cry from the main tourist hotspot of Bali. A bit too far flung to be on most people's to-do list, it conjures images of dense jungle and endangered wildlife - and it [...]

2018-03-20T01:38:08+00:00December 8th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Inspiration|Comments Off on Two Weeks in Sumatra: Highlights (in Pictures)

50 Budget Tips For Backpacking Australia

I recently spent a year budget backpacking Australia on a working holiday. I travelled down the East Coast, stopped for a bit to work on a farm, spent a few months working a bar in Melbourne, road tripped the Great Ocean Road and across the south coast, then [...]

A guide to haggling like a pro (without being a dick)

Ah, the wonderful world of haggling.  For me, it’s been a while. I’m currently backpacking my way around Indonesia, and as such have been launched back into a world where nothing is fixed price. However, since I first dabbled in the art, back when I was [...]

The blue flames of Kawah Ijen Volcano: a DIY travel guide

Mount Ijen is just one of almost 150 volcanoes that span the archipelago of Indonesia. Volcano hiking is among the most popular activities for tourists who visit the islands (including me) – and Kawah Ijen is no exception. FYI – Kawah means crater, Gunung means mountain! [...]

2018-05-16T22:14:01+00:00November 28th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Travel Tips|15 Comments