How to see sunrise at Mount Bromo for free

Sunrise at Mount Bromo is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to see in East Java, Indonesia. Volcano hiking is the most inexplicable highlight of any Indonesia trip, and Mt. Bromo in particular is a relatively easy, accessible hike. Plus, when you go to Bromo, [...]

6 Quick Tips for Travelling Indonesia on a Budget

Travelling on a budget in Indonesia is a habit you slip into by accident. It’s an inevitable result of Indonesia being a very cheap country in general. There are plenty of bespoke five-star resorts, of course, but you really have to seek them out. By and [...]

2018-01-17T21:57:14+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Asia, Budget Backpacking, Indonesia|6 Comments

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+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Ramblings|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

2018-01-13T08:58:48+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 the Great Ocean Road and across the south coast, then did [...]

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

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