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, [...]

Seven Reasons You Should Travel in Monsoon Season

Hear me out: I'm in favour of travelling during monsoon season. Many a hapless traveller has found themselves inadvertently caught amid a sudden downpour at some point along their journey. Soaked through, grumpy, probably muttering something along the lines of ‘if I wanted rain, I would [...]

2018-02-10T11:53:57+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Asia, Indonesia, Inspiration, Malaysia, Travel Tips|4 Comments

The 6 Things I Always Do in Preparation for a Trip

Trip preparation is probably one of the dullest parts of international travel. The exciting parts are finally booking that flight, spending endless hours trawling through travel itineraries and pretty Instagram pictures of your destination. And of course, the travel itself. Getting vaccinations, travel insurance and sorting [...]

2018-02-16T01:36:17+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Responsible Travel, Travel Tips|3 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 [...]

A guide to haggling like a pro (without being a dick)

Ah, the wonderful world of haggling.  For me, it’s been a while. I’m currently backpacking my way around Indonesia, and as such have been launched back into a world where nothing is fixed price. However, since I first dabbled in the art, back when I was [...]

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

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