One Year On: Lessons Learnt in a Year of Travel

I set off to travel the world exactly one year ago today. (Happy 23rd birthday! Now go take an international flight and sit on an aeroplane forever). Phea and I flew for 19 hours, stopping over in Hong Kong just long enough to screw up our [...]

2017-09-25T15:57:06+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Australia, Inspiration, Ramblings|0 Comments

Farm work has been one of my best Oz experiences. Here’s why.

In order to get a second year working holiday in Australia, you have to complete 88 days of regional work. This usually means farm work in some capacity: from fruit picking, to vine pruning, to tree planting. There is a clear mentality among backpackers that this [...]

2017-09-09T09:19:31+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Australia, Ramblings|Comments Off on Farm work has been one of my best Oz experiences. Here’s why.

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

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

My 2016 Travel Resolutions

Image credit: Peony Gent It’s nearly the New Year already! How has this happened? Feels like five minutes since I was gallivanting in South Africa. Anyway, I’ll be spending New Year in Edinburgh once more (I just can’t get enough of it), but before I make the interminable [...]

2017-09-02T13:41:37+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Inspiration, Miscellaneous, Ramblings|Comments Off on My 2016 Travel Resolutions

Gap Year Guides: How Not to Be a Gap Year Bore

  Gap years are great. They can be inspiring, informative, educational, incredibly exciting; they can give you incredible experiences and friends for life. But don’t let your gap year story turn into a ‘gap yah’ lecture; don’t change it from something amazing and interesting into a [...]

2017-08-03T11:08:51+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Gap Year Guides, Ramblings|Comments Off on Gap Year Guides: How Not to Be a Gap Year Bore