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Summarising a Year on The Road

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | Views [862] | Comments [2]

I'm trying to remember that person who set out to follow her dream over fifty weeks ago. The one who decided that if you were not happy with your life, it made sense to do something about it by getting rid of unwanted encumbrances and make a fresh ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, blogs, career break, gap year, travelling, useful items


Sunset on SE Asia

THAILAND | Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | Views [1570]

Six months ago I arrived in Bangkok to a culture for which I had no yardstick, no previous point of reference and for which I was unprepared. Arriving in The Land of Smiles to find none, and in fact finding more a feeling of hostility towards 'just another ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, bali, cambodia, healing, journey, penang, singapore, thailand, travelling, vietnam


Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

SINGAPORE | Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 | Views [1313]

Getting around Singapore couldn't be easier. My first trip entails a sight-seeing tour on an open top bus. It may the ultimate tourist option, but it's a great way to get your bearings. What better start than to make my first watering hole stop the iconic ... Read more >

Tags: air asia, backpacking, grasslands coaches, kuala lumpur, lcct, seri pacific hotel, singapore, super nice


Singapore Surprises

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Views [1640]

It's quite staggering what you can pack into just under 700km2. How about 5.5m people, skyscrapers of all descriptions, parks, attractions and of course sufficient living space. Welcome to Singapore - island, city and state. A fusion of nationalities ... Read more >

Tags: asia, backpacking, capitalism, island. merlion, marina bay sands, pods, sentosa, singapore


Breaking Through Barriers - Bangkok

THAILAND | Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | Views [852]

The first thing that hits you as you disembark in Bangkok is the wall of humid heat. After struggling with the ATM and then changing larger notes into smaller ones (a generally recommended practice), I search for the metered taxis. It is possible to ... Read more >

Tags: asia, backpacking, bangkok, culture shock, four faced budha, silom soi, taxi fare, temples


Signing Out of Australia

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | Views [625]

Comfort zone. That place where we feel most at ease - familiar, understanding our surroundings and our expectations, daring to believe we have a degree of control in our daily lives. Travel to different cultures challenges us to step outside of all ... Read more >

Tags: australia, backpacking, cairns, comfort zone, great barrier reef, mission beach, port douglas, travel buddies, tropical


Kia Ora New Zealand!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Views [888]

Kia Ora New Zealand. I have packed so much into the 24 days I have been here, seen so much and yet I leave with so much left unseen. It is certainly a land to be explored and I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering some of the wonders it holds. With ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, backpacking, car hire, fabulous, ponsonby, relocation car hire, seabeds, watsons way


Maori & Mud Packs

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | Views [673]

The North Island bus trip begins just as it is getting light on Bank Holiday Monday. Much has been made of the Queen’s birthday weekend, and I suspect that there is more patriotism over here than on her home turf! The trip up to Paihia on the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, bay of islands, culture, maori, naked bus, new zealand, paihia, rotorua, sulphur springs, tamaki


Northward Bound

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [727]

All ferry crossings the following day were cancelled! Again I was lucky although it was far from a smooth trip. Arriving in Wellington in the dark, I find that navigation here is no easy task. I know that the hostel is about 20 minutes away and that ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, desert highway, glow worms, makopa falls, mt egmont, new zealand, paihia, ponsonby backpackers


New Zealand - A Land of Two Halves

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Views [867]

I examine my expectations of New Zealand and find that I had envisaged seeing a few pretty sights and that just over 3 weeks would probably be more than sufficient time to do so. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I am ashamed by the almost flippant ... Read more >

Tags: accents, backpacking, car hire, ferry, maori, marlborough sound, new zealand, stormy swells, stunning scenery


Te Anau to Christchurch (RT part IV)

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 26 May 2013 | Views [1803]

They told me New Zealand was beautiful, but I never really understood just how incredibly beautiful it is. If I have to draw a parallel, driving from Te Anau up to Queenstown resembles driving around Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The scenery is dramatic ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, lake tekapo, new zealand, queenstown, stunning, te anau, tekapo springs, touring


Milford Sound - A Must See (RT part III)

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [1216]

Milford Sound is truly a place of majestic beauty and tranquillity. Technically, as it was formed by glacier action, it should be Milford Fiord. Opting for the first tour of the day, a short trip down to the departure point and we are ready to depart ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, discovery centre, dolphins, milford sound, new zealand, seals, stunning, tasmanian sea, vertical rainforest


New Zealand - The Road Trip (part II)

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Views [811]

Day 2 arrives and I head off with the intention of getting to Bluff, the Land’s End of New Zealand. I head towards the coast and find myself entering the Otago Peninsular. The road northwards winds along only marginally higher than the water’... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, beaches, bluff, car hire, new zealand, otago peninsular, rugby, stirling point, stunning views, te anau


New Zealand - The Road Trip (part I)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views [573]

It’s all about the view! I discover that I‘m a scenic type traveller. I look back and realise that whenever I arrive somewhere, invariably the first thing I do is look at the view. I love landscapes, natural or even man-made and if I were ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, curry, dunedin, jucy rentals, moeraki, new zealand, oamaru, shag point


Salute to Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Views [667]

It is alleged that I brought the rain with me when I arrived in Christchurch. In fact it is only drizzle and, genuinely, I do not need it to feel at home! The striking thing about landing in Christchurch is noticing how completely flat the land is ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, christchurch, community spirit, containers, earthquakes, new zealand, ruins, the old countryhouse


The Travel Bug

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views [1126] | Comments [1]

I gaze down at the opal ring I felt so drawn to buy in Adelaide. As the sunlight catches upon each of the 8 small stones, the light refracts colours which change from greens, to blues, milky whites and fiery reds. I realise this closely reflects this ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, australia, backpacking, inspiration, itinerary, opals, philosophy, travel, travel buds


Sydney - the grand finale

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views [775]

I suspect that there could be a no more fitting finale for a fabulous stay in Sydney than taking a helicopter tour of the city. Helitours were incredibly helpful arranging a last minute addition to their afternoon flight. From the moment of pickup ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, helitours, sydney


Sydney heading to Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | Views [1122]

There is something about Sydney that makes me want to draw a parallel to a show home. Picture perfect, squeaky clean, enviably functional and clearly successful. With any number of books and leaflets detailing the ‘must see’ guide to Sydney, ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, base hostel, coffee shop wifi, melbourne, sydney, tiger air, travellers


Destination South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [811]

All too soon 3 months have passed and I am preparing to leave South Africa later today. Without doubt, this has been the trip of a lifetime and whilst I still have another 9 months of travelling ahead of me, the South Africa part is going to be very ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, backpacking, beaches, fantastic, game viewing, holiday, safari, south africa, volunteer, wildlife


The Secret Cave, Wilderness

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | Views [1608]

Having heard tell of a man that lives in a disused railway tunnel not far from here, a group of 5 of us decided that we would take a late afternoon walk to investigate. We walked through the tunnel without expectation and certainly none that would live ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, baz bus, secret cave, wilderness


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