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...

October 24, 2017

It’s my first afternoon in Pai, a little town in Northern Thailand and I’m already considering extending my three night stay to five, even though I’ve just arrived. That’s how much I like this place. As I type this, on this late afternoon in October, the rush of a rive...

October 14, 2017

Khao San Road

It’s 3.59am here in Bangkok. There’s a tropical thunderstorm raging over the city and the strikes are so close that barely half a second passes between lightning and thunder. A quick google search reveals we’re here at the tail end of the rainy season – so...

October 11, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand. The backpacker mecca. The land of smiles. Exotic and hot and historic and overwhelming.

And one of my favourite countries in the world. Not that you’d know it from my blog. I’ve barely written about Thailand at all. A post here about Pai, a smattering...

June 26, 2017

When I think back to my very first solo backpacking trip around Southeast Asia in 2013, I remember having moments of feeling lost and homesick, and moments of laughing like crazy during beers with new friends. I remember wandering temples and unsuccessfully haggling fo...

May 27, 2017

Can you feel homesick for a foreign region?

After leaving Southeast Asia I missed it something terrible. I threw myself into my work and spent evenings hunched over my laptop researching travel in South America – more travel to remedy the itchy feet.

Eventually I forgot...

May 13, 2016

Backpacking really brings out the daredevil in me. It must be because out in the world nobody knows what a big scaredy cat I am, so out there I can be the person I want to be. Or it might be that travel is all about saying yes to life and giving all those crazy adventu...

January 25, 2016

I can’t wait to return to Pai in Thailand because I hated my time there.

Okay, hear me out.

I was visiting Pai on advice from the many backpackers I met in Thailand and Malaysia. I decided to skip Chiang Rai in the north and go to nearby Pai instead.

Scenically, Pai is be...

August 20, 2015

Southeast Asia is phenomenal.

Here is where you will spend lazy days on marvellous beaches and eat the most sumptuous dishes of your life. You will have adventures in weather that warms the soul, and every corner of the region holds the secret of something new.

The lang...

August 7, 2015

While planning my first backpacking trip to Asia I googled the cost of travel over and over and never really believed the claims that I could backpack the region on $30 a day and now I’m here telling you its entirely doable with the right know-how.

However, I felt that...

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...

November 28, 2014

Southeast Asia is truly the home to the dishes of my dreams. It's the fresh ingredients, the simple balance of sweet and sour flavours and the punch of chillies that we just can't achieve in our Thai restaurants at home. Even the simplest street stalls across Asia do i...

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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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