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, [...]

A Complete Guide to the Australian Second Year Visa

I’ve been through the epic struggle for my second working holiday visa in Australia. so I know how you feel. The days were long, the work was monotonous, and the pay wasn't all that great. But it was worth it, to get the chance to stay [...]

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

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 [...]

2018-03-23T01:52:02+00:00May 7th, 2017|Budget Backpacking, New Zealand, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on 11 Easy Ways to Save Money in New Zealand

Saving Money in Melbourne: A Practical Guide

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Australia is daaaaaaayum expensive. Melbourne, unfortunately, is no exception. Particularly if you're just travelling - or rather, you're not earning money while you're here. (If you get a job, the sky-high prices of everything suddenly become more [...]

2017-08-12T04:23:54+00:00February 13th, 2017|Australia, Budget Backpacking, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Saving Money in Melbourne: A Practical Guide

Coff’s Harbour: One Week Itinerary

I spent quite a long time in Coff's Harbour. Like, over a month. After planning to be there a few days. I kinda loved it. When I first arrived, the free shuttle bus from Aussitel, the hostel I stayed at, took me to a nearby lookout point. With [...]

2017-09-05T13:36:50+00:00January 5th, 2017|Australia, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Coff’s Harbour: One Week Itinerary

Far North Queensland on the Cheap

Cairns, Port Douglas, the Daintree and the Atherton Tablelands Far North Queensland is the end of the Australian east coast journey for some, and only the beginning for others. Some will be set on blowing their budget before heading home, while for others the saving is [...]

2017-09-02T12:55:30+00:00October 17th, 2016|Australia, Budget Backpacking, Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Far North Queensland on the Cheap

How to Be Everyone’s Favourite Hotel Guest

People rarely give much of a thought to hotel staff in travel blogs. It’s all about ‘tips and tricks’, ways to save the traveller money, hotel and accommodation ‘hacks’. And don’t get me wrong, this is useful stuff. I read those blogs. I take that advice. [...]

2017-08-12T04:23:55+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Practical Information, Travel Tips|Comments Off on How to Be Everyone’s Favourite Hotel Guest

Don’t Panic: A Guide to Fighting Travel Anxiety

Have a read of my advice on how to overcome the fear that is an inevitable part of first-time travel. Get your gap year or backpacking trip off to a good start using these tips!

2018-01-12T17:58:32+00:00August 28th, 2016|Gap Year Guides, Inspiration, Practical Information, Travel Diary, Travel Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Panic: A Guide to Fighting Travel Anxiety