April 10, 2018

I tend to romanticise travel. On this blog I write about the all highlights, while conveniently skipping over the days spent on over air-conditioned buses, or on Skype to family while feeling dreadfully homesick. They are the flipside of the travel coin – for every gor...

February 13, 2017

Some recollections of my travels across South America remain vivid several years later. Deep blue skies without a cloud, the foggy breath of an alpaca in the frigid air, the smell of bitter but rich Colombian coffee, the multi-coloured textiles hung over balconies… sig...

August 29, 2016

I don't always understand what makes a city tick.

I’ll visit a popular spot and I just don’t get it – I pick up no vibes, I see little culture and I barely scratch the surface. It’s not that there is nothing worthy to do, but rather that I just don’t see the point to i...

August 19, 2016

First I want to say that I didn't travel South America alone, I was actually travelling with my partner, Jack. But it is important to note that he wasn’t always at my side every minute of the day. Because Jack hates museums and I love them. Also he likes to sleep in, s...

June 6, 2016

If you really want to pack well for your South America trip, there are just a few important tips to remember:

1.     Pack for the different altitudes. You’ll need thermals and warm clothes for the Andes where you’ll be 3000m + above sea level, and shorts...

May 19, 2016

Every traveller I met in South America was wild for Colombia - a favourite destination for many and a pleasant surprise for almost all. You see, as much as we try to wait until we arrive at a destination to form opinions, the internet and news stories skewer, until we...

April 3, 2016

South America is a wholly underrated travel destination. Despite having the attractions and the low cost of travel to match Southeast Asia, the backpackers there are far fewer. But hey, all the better for you. 

When it comes to travel, it's not just about going there an...

March 10, 2016

It rained for all but the last day on our visit to Medellin in Colombia. We started the week by waiting it out, but soon gave in, braving the downpour to witness this rasping, rough and tumble city, a city that saw the downfall of “Cocaine King” Pablo Escobar.

Our mappe...

February 25, 2016

There's so much to do in South America. Big name activities like hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru, cycling the most dangerous road in the world in Bolivia, or snorkelling at the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

When you plan your trip, you have to account for travel fatigue...

November 12, 2015

Compared to tips about backpacking in Southeast Asia, there isn’t a heap of advice up on the web about backpacking South America. We made many mistakes on our South America trip, but through trial and error but we picked up a few bits of useful info. Here is what I wis...

September 16, 2015

Guatape is a small town where every South American stereotype comes together in a bright splash of Latin American energy. Situated in Colombia, Guatape is not quite a secret, not yet a big player in the tourism stakes but still a tourist town, just without the internat...

June 28, 2015

I had grand expectations of Cartagena. I pictured the Caribbean Sea, an all-consuming fierce heat, the colourful alleyway, the tropical fruit and old fort walls cramming it all into one walkable corner of the city.

I saw all of this, but didn't feel any of it. The brigh...

June 4, 2015

Colombia is recognised for its football and coffee beans, for beautiful women, tropical fruit and El Dorado - the legendary city of gold.

We also know Colombia for cocaine and drug lord Pablo Escobar.

However, here I want to talk about Colombia’s opulent beaches on the C...

March 4, 2015

Choosing to travel across South America was simple.

I’d seen exquisite photos of llamas and mountains, churches and markets, each photo with a bundle of colours stacked upon each other. Those ancient ruins, those beaches! I dreamed of South American adventures in the le...

January 25, 2015

I can never put my finger on why I love street food so much. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? Braving the elements and waiting in line, only to quickly scoff down that kebab, or pad thai, or crêpe while seated at an uneven plastic table on a chair so low you...

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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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