Volcanoes and wildlife: The best hiking in Boquete, Panama

Panama was a real surprise for me. I had very low expectations of the place, to be honest, and it delivered way over the odds – I loved spending time studying Spanish in Casco Viejo, hanging out on the beaches of Bocas del Toro, and of [...]

2019-07-21T16:04:30+00:00July 21st, 2019|Gap Year Guides, Panama, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Volcanoes and wildlife: The best hiking in Boquete, Panama

A step by step guide to scoring cheap flights

Flights are often the biggest outlay when it comes to international travel. If you can nab yourself a great, cheap flight deal, you’ll find yourself with a lot more money to play with when it comes to the real stuff – Climbing up volcanoes. Searching for orangutans. [...]

Panama’s Volcan Baru Hike: Everything You Need to Know

Hiking up Volcan Baru is a decision that you will probably come to regret somewhere between 2 and 4 hours of setting off on the climb. When I first decided to take on the challenge of hiking up to the highest elevation in Panama with a [...]

2018-03-31T03:47:02+00:00March 24th, 2018|Panama, South America, Travel Tips|1 Comment

One day to explore: Panama City Old Town, Casco Viejo

Panama City’s old town actually has four names. Casco Viejo and Casco Antiguo both translate literally as ‘old quarter’, but then there’s the other two names on top of that. San Felipe is its official name, and Catedral is a local nickname - funnily enough, on [...]

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+00:00January 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+00:00January 9th, 2018|Responsible Travel, Travel Tips|3 Comments

50 Budget Tips For Backpacking Australia

I recently spent a year budget 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 [...]

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 travel 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! [...]

2018-05-16T22:14:01+00:00November 28th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, Indonesia, Travel Tips|15 Comments