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...

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 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...

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...

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 30, 2015

Was I really in Ecuador a year ago? Afoot in the cloud forests of Mindo, a town enclosed by hills topped with thick fog.

Mindo perches just above the equator, warm and humid, the sunlight shrouded by the clouds that caress the landscape. I was enchanted with this mystic...

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...

May 6, 2015


This isn't easy for me to write because women can, and do, travel solo all over the world with no problems. I backpacked Southeast Asia companionless with no serious incident and I don’t think that it’s any easier for men to travel alone than women. In fact, I thought...

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...

November 22, 2014

I'm a chef and I´m not always excited to try new foods.

There. I said it.

I just couldn´t manage the fried tarantulas in Cambodia, or grasshoppers in Thailand. I tried to talk myself into crunching through their crispy little bodies, but there´s something about creatures...

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Hey, I'm Emma

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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