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

The Backpacker’s Guide to Buying a Car (in every Australian state)

Before I came to Oz, I had never owned a car. In the UK, it seemed an expensive and pointless purchase. Who needs the hassle of shelling out for insurance, and spending loads on petrol? But in Australia, buying a car is a necessity a lot [...]

2018-02-16T01:52:28+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Australia, Budget Backpacking, Travel Tips|0 Comments

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Choosing Transport in Australia

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about Australia since I arrived, it’s that it is bloody enormous. I knew it was big, of course. Bigger than the UK, sure. Bigger than several UK’s, I imagined. As it turns out, this doesn’t even cover it. Australia is [...]

2017-08-12T04:22:03+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Australia, Budget Backpacking, Travel Tips|0 Comments

How to Take an Epic Road Trip in Australia

No great backpacking adventure would be complete without a good road trip. And when you're travelling Australia, it's practically a rite of passage. It can seem daunting to the inexperienced. Australia is a big place (huge, actually); there's a lot of distance to cover. Depending on [...]

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, [...]

Healthy Eating in a Hostel: 5 Budget Backpacker Meals

Healthy eating is a hot topic these days, and with good reason. But it somehow seems to slip down the priority list when you're travelling - especially when you're a budget backpacker and you're trying to cut costs by staying in hostels. Don't get me wrong, [...]

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 [...]