Packing my bags for a solo 5 month trip around Southeast Asia was the best decision I’ve ever made. I found self-confidence, a lifelong passion, and new hobbies in photography and blogging. I loved it so much I did it all over again a year later with a 6 month trip around South America.


You may be completely befuddled at how this whole backpacking thing works, or maybe you’re just looking for some new travel inspiration, whatever it is, I hope you find what you’re looking for right here.

January 30, 2019

Today's guest post is by Emily Pham who writes about travel in Vietnam over at a blog dedicated to Vietnamese food, travel tips and destination guides. 

There are many reasons why Vietnam should be your next destination. Firstly, it is the country of many...

January 15, 2019

Planning to travel around New Zealand and Australia during summer? Wonderful, you’ll have a blast! It’s beautifully tropical, we have some of the world’s best beaches and our unique wildlife is fascinating. Although best of all, if you’re coming from the northern hemis...

October 4, 2018

This is the ultimate list of party hostels all over Thailand in one place. You can have crazy adventures, try everything at least once and experience all that Thailand has to offer by day, and by night you can party hard with travellers from all over the world in hoste...

September 26, 2018

Everyone want the real deal when it comes to souvenirs. We don’t want to buy the mass produced made-in-China tourist rubbish that the locals wouldn’t even touch. You want to bring home from New Zealand unique pieces of art, clothing, food and jewellery that actually me...

September 12, 2018

It takes a huge leap of faith to travel long term. Back in 2012, when I left for my first and solo trip around Southeast Asia for six months, I was petrified. I told myself that if I didn’t like solo travelling I could just go home after two months, and knowing that he...

September 6, 2018

When was the last time you felt truly spontaneous? When you let the winds of fate decide your day, when you travelled without a plan?

When you lived in the moment simply to see what would happen next?

I understand that travelling spontaneously isn’t for everyone, there...

August 26, 2018

I am mad for a market. A wall-to-wall, stalls packed like sardines, brimming with lovingly hand crafted wares kind of market. I love to scout for bargains and I'm an unflappable haggler - I've had plenty of practise. There's an adventure to be had in not knowing what's...

August 24, 2018

I was two weeks into a six-month trip around Southeast Asia when I awoke one day feeling rather miserable. I couldn’t shake off the feeling and I couldn’t understand it either. I was on a massive trip that I’d been planning and dreaming about for the better part of a y...

August 22, 2018

New Zealand looks small on the map. Sitting pretty next to neighbouring Australia (which is a mighty sized island) and it’s easy to think that you could tick off all of NZ’s Must Do’s within two weeks.

But there is so much more to see and do here. Speaking as a kiwi, Ne...

August 9, 2018

My trip to Bali couldn't have come at a better time. I was feeling stressed and burnt out from work, and I was (probably) deficient in vitamin D after a gloomy winter in New Zealand. And even though I was travelling to Bali solo (in search of a little me-time) and on a...

July 2, 2018

I’m really passionate about markets. I love exploring the maze of stalls, feeling a thrill at not knowing what gem I might find, and then haggling the price down in a foreign language. Knowing I was about to explore one of the largest indigenous markets in South Americ...

May 7, 2018

So, you wanna go to New Zealand. It’s your dream, right? You’ve been dedicated to saving and planning the adventure of a lifetime until out of the blue your friend drops out. ‘Not enough money saved’ they say, or ‘the missus won’t let me’. It happens all the time. Brea...

April 22, 2018

One of the largest, highest, deepest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and both sides of the lake attract visitors in the thousands each month. It’s a ‘must do’ on any South America itinerary and is not only a spectacular sight...

March 29, 2018

Napier. Liveable, sunny, charismatic and charmingly Art Deco. It’s the kind of city that’s popular with mum and dad, but that doesn’t mean that you should be leaving it off your New Zealand itinerary.

Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931, Napier has that upbea...

February 23, 2018

You’ve seen the photos, Myanmar is the hot word on the traveller’s lips. A country that has only just opened its front door to the tourism masses and seen a few tentative visitors (in comparison to the tourism machine that is neighbouring Thailand), but is on the cusp...

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Fuelled by wanderlust, curiosity and a little restlessness, a natural at budget travel, so naturally, a travel blogger. An experienced chef, a proud kiwi, and a burgeoning photographer. And my old friends reading and writing? We go way back.

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