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 [...]

2017-12-11T11:11:12+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Inspiration, Ramblings|0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-12-08T15:48:02+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Inspiration|0 Comments

50 Budget Tips For Backpacking Australia

I recently spent a year 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 across the south, and then did the rest of my [...]

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 [...]

2017-11-21T14:11:59+00:00 December 5th, 2017|India, Indonesia, Ramblings, Travel Tips|0 Comments

The blue flames of Kawah Ijen Volcano: a DIY 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! [...]

2017-11-23T13:47:41+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Travel Tips|15 Comments

A guide to hiring scooters in Indonesia (without dying or being ripped off)

First of all, let me just say this: hiring a scooter in Indonesia is probably a bad idea. But before you get all shouty, let me also say that of course I have done it myself, many times. And I haven't crashed or fallen off or [...]

2017-11-12T12:28:31+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Indonesia|1 Comment

Hiking Mount Ramelau: All you need to know

First things first: getting to Mount Ramelau is not an easy journey. I'm sure you could probably book a tour to do this from Dili or something, but doing it yourself is way more fun, right? And if you are doing it independently, you're going to [...]

2017-11-09T10:35:19+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Timor Leste, Travel Tips|0 Comments

Going overground: Braving the bus from Indonesia to East Timor

At first I thought the tweeting existed just in my head. A symptom, perhaps, of spending too long on the go: a taxi, a plane ride with a brief stop, a ride from the airport on the back of a motorbike, and now several hours in [...]