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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Searching for Komodos: Lombok to Flores by boat

It was carnage. They attacked the food with no reserve, beating off the competition with their elbows, asserting their dominance with hardened expressions and decisive, practiced movements. It wasn’t Komodo dragons that I was observing. It was my fellow boat-mates, two days into the trip. [...]

2017-10-30T05:48:49+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia|4 Comments

Climbing Mount Rinjani: All you need to know

In case you have missed my harping on about it over on Instagram, I recently undertook the three day, two night Mount Rinjani trek with a bunch of newfound pals. Mount Rinjani is not an easy undertaking. You need to be fairly fit, and more importantly [...]

2017-10-24T14:11:19+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Travel Tips|0 Comments