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 [...]

2018-03-23T01:51:56+00:00November 7th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Timor Leste, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Hiking Mount Ramelau: All you need to know

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 [...]

2017-11-05T01:33:54+00:00November 5th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Ramblings, Timor Leste, Travel Diary|Comments Off on Going overground: Braving the bus from Indonesia to East Timor

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+00:00October 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+00:00October 24th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Climbing Mount Rinjani: All you need to know

6 Awesome Places to Eat in Ubud

I would never claim to know what the best places to eat in Ubud are. Six days is a relatively long time in the backpacker’s world, but it’s certainly not long enough to eat in all of the great restaurants and cafes on offer. However, I [...]

2018-03-19T23:43:23+00:00October 17th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Travel Tips|Comments Off on 6 Awesome Places to Eat in Ubud

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+00:00August 29th, 2017|Australia, Budget Backpacking, Travel Tips|Comments Off on The Backpacker’s Guide to Buying a Car (in every Australian state)

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 [...]

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, road trips are 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. [...]

2018-03-13T01:51:42+00:00July 18th, 2017|Australia, Budget Backpacking, East Timor, Inspiration, Practical Information, Singapore, Travel Tips|Comments Off on How to Take an Epic Road Trip in Australia

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, [...]

2018-04-14T23:41:38+00:00June 18th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Healthy Eating in a Hostel: 5 Budget Backpacker Meals