Top 10 budget-friendly things to do in Hanoi

I hadn’t planned on spending 10 days in Hanoi. The original idea had been to make our way leisurely up the coast of Vietnam and spend a couple of days here before flying home. But a pesky monsoon hit us hard in Ho Chi Minh and, being shameless sun-seekers, we decided to jump on a flight to the sunnier end of the country. This turned out to be a … Continue reading Top 10 budget-friendly things to do in Hanoi

Waterfalls, kauri forests and secret glowworm caves in wonderful Whangarei

My attempt at a New Zealand road trip didn’t start very well. In the space of the first week we had unwittingly checked into a hippy commune, bought a car, had all our belongings stolen from said car and then been stuck in the middle of nowhere waiting for the car to be repaired. To say the least, it had been an eventful start. I think … Continue reading Waterfalls, kauri forests and secret glowworm caves in wonderful Whangarei

Ancient temples, pickpocketing monkeys and a taste of luxury in dreamy Ubud

Despite being a big believer in shoestring travel and hostel life, (I spent the best part of 8 months in a sweaty communal dorm room and loved every minute,) every so often you crave a little luxury. Nothing too fancy. Maybe just a place where you don’t have to race everyone to the kitchen at 7am to get the last scrapings of free jam to put on your toast. … Continue reading Ancient temples, pickpocketing monkeys and a taste of luxury in dreamy Ubud

Hidden graffitied laneways, a concealed coffee culture and chic night spots: the secret side to Cairns

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Cairns. In fact, for the first few weeks I actively despised it. In fairness, this was mainly due to me coping badly with Sydney withdrawal symptoms and working in an English school hopelessly stuck in the 90s (I’m talking tape cassettes, actual tape cassettes…) run by a troll faced, miniature dragon lady who hated my … Continue reading Hidden graffitied laneways, a concealed coffee culture and chic night spots: the secret side to Cairns

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand’s faded party paradise

Thailand has always had a special place in my heart. For years I had dreamed of visiting this enchanting land of elephants, jungle fringed beaches and spicy noodles and when I finally did visit, it was my first taste of somewhere truly ‘exotic’. The first time I had ventured, completely alone, into the unknown. I was 22, fresh out of uni and keen to start … Continue reading Koh Phi Phi, Thailand’s faded party paradise

Sweet Home a La Tania where, despite telling myself never again, I seem to have found myself for another ski season

Ski seasons are for 19 year old stoners, or rich, bored daddy’s girls. Ski seasons are for young, stupid people who don’t mind working ridiculously long hours doing such exciting things as scrubbing toilets and baking bland sponge cakes, or ferrying whiny families to and from Geneva airport, or serving endless shots of Jäger every night till 4am and never getting a night off to … Continue reading Sweet Home a La Tania where, despite telling myself never again, I seem to have found myself for another ski season

An (almost) untouched paradise: the gorgeous Gili islands

I have been wedged between my boyfriend and a sweaty stranger, my bare thighs sticking uncomfortably to a plastic seat, for almost 3 hours. The window nearest to me stubbornly refuses to open more than a crack and the colour of most of the passengers faces combined with the relentless rocking of the stiflingly hot boat explains the pervasive smell of vomit. A wooden dock … Continue reading An (almost) untouched paradise: the gorgeous Gili islands