The Beauty of Travelling in Winter

Australia is a country that people cannot help but picture in the sun. Beaches, surf, sand, sunbathing. When I first arrived here, straight into the tropical north in springtime, I couldn’t imagine ever being cold again. Actually, on some days, I couldn’t imagine anything better than [...]

2017-08-08T14:02:40+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Australia, Inspiration, Ramblings|Comments Off on The Beauty of Travelling in Winter

Tax Returns in Australia: The Backpacker’s Guide

The end of the Australian tax year is here, and backpackers everywhere are panicking. Facebook groups are exploding with questions: how do I claim my tax back? How much will I get? Do I have to do a tax return if X, Y or Z? Well, [...]

A Complete Guide to the Australian Second Year Visa

I’ve just begun the epic struggle for my second working holiday visa in Australia. The days are long, the work is monotonous, and the pay ain’t all that great. But it’s worth it, if I want to stay in this beautiful country another year. (I do.) [...]

Healthy Eating in a Hostel: 5 Budget Backpacker Meals

Hostels are fantastic. Pick the right one and you’ve got a great place to meet people, a cosy spot to relax after a full day’s sightseeing, and a place to stay that’s a  heck of a lot cheaper than any hotel you care to name. However, [...]

2017-08-12T04:23:53+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Healthy Eating in a Hostel: 5 Budget Backpacker Meals

The Kangaroo Who Trashed the Car

It was a Wednesday. Our road trip had taken us all the way across the never-ending Nullarbor Plain and out the other side. Hour after hour, all that could be seen was dry desert and scrub, red earth and cerulean sky. Full days of driving, endless [...]

2017-09-17T05:16:33+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Australia, Travel Diary|Comments Off on The Kangaroo Who Trashed the Car

Two Fools and the Flinders Ranges

I’m writing from next to a campfire today. We’ve gone proper girl scout for the days we’ve spent north of Adelaide: campsites with no shower, a long drop toilet, and fire pits. As it turns out, there isn’t much demand for camp spots off the backpacker [...]

2017-08-11T08:11:40+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Australia, Travel Diary|Comments Off on Two Fools and the Flinders Ranges

11 Easy Ways to Save Money in New Zealand

I’ve just got back from a hectic three weeks travelling round New Zealand (and by the way, three weeks just ain’t enough). North and South Island; buses all the way. Ridiculous, I know. I wish I’d had more time. But in that short time I still [...]

2017-08-12T04:23:53+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, New Zealand, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on 11 Easy Ways to Save Money in New Zealand

Hiking the Routeburn Track: A Recipe for Complete Idiots

You will need: 3 backpackers, more interested in saving money than being properly equipped for the trip. Must be not very fit and with limited hiking experience 1 tent, from the cheap shop – not particularly waterproof nor very durable 3 sleeping bags, 2 of which [...]

2017-08-11T08:21:13+00:00 April 30th, 2017|New Zealand, Ramblings, Travel Diary|1 Comment

Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington

Our whirlwind tour of the North Island has come to an end, and we have spent the past three days hurtling south in order to get to Queenstown in time to start our three-day Routeburn hike. It’s been a surprisingly enjoyable few days. You wouldn’t think [...]

2017-08-11T08:23:10+00:00 April 25th, 2017|New Zealand, Travel Diary|Comments Off on Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington