Tag: Budget Travel

The Songkran Dilema – Chiang Mai and Thai Visa Extension

The Songkran Dilema – Chiang Mai and Thai Visa Extension

This time last year I was finishing up my first month in Thailand. Livi (my sister) and I had been adamant that we would spend just a few days in Thailand, only because Bangkok was so easy to fly into and we could head straight […]

A Day in the Hills – The Grampians

A Day in the Hills – The Grampians

I fled half way around the world to escape being an adult, yet here I am with a full time job and a house in rainy Melbourne. Not quite what I had expected from Australia. Despite a severe hang over, I had somehow made it […]

Escaping Manjimup – A Margaret River Road Trip

Escaping Manjimup – A Margaret River Road Trip

We had our first day off in three weeks and it called for a celebration: a mini road-trip to Margaret River, one last jaunt in our Holden Commodore, which is currently more dust than car, before it moves on to owners new. Sheer blue skies […]

A City for City Skeptics – Kuala Lumpur

A City for City Skeptics – Kuala Lumpur

I landed in Kuala Lumpur after a traumatic flight with Vietnam Airways from Heathrow, despite being told at check in I couldn’t board because I had no visa for Malaysia and, bizarrely, because I had no return flight from Australia. Both myself and the lady […]

Becoming a Dog Person – Manjimup Pt 3

Becoming a Dog Person – Manjimup Pt 3

Picking fruit, packing vegetables, slaving away on a farm in extreme heat losing my body weight in sweat each day; what I had expected to be doing to earn my second year visa, the type of work you’d only do if you’re a backpacker and […]

The Last British Outpost – Tana Rata

The Last British Outpost – Tana Rata

Tana Rata was not the sleepy highland town I was expecting. Most of the journey from KL was passed in deep slumber, until we reached the dense jungle of the lower mountains and excitement chased away the dreams for the rest of the journey. The […]

The hunt for rural work – Manjimup

The hunt for rural work – Manjimup

On a good day, Manjimup is a 3.5 hour drive south of Perth, down two long highways. The first is lined with fields that stretch dusty and scrubby with stumpy trees east and west. Approaching Manjimup you become hemmed in by towering Karri trees which […]

My Guide to Bagan

My Guide to Bagan

The bus station for Bagan is a way outside of the towns, probably a 15 minute drive from Nyaung U which is where I would recommend staying, around the same to New Bagan and probably 20 minutes to Old Bagan. I wouldn’t recommend attempting to […]

Sleeping Amongst the Clouds – Hpa An

Sleeping Amongst the Clouds – Hpa An

My first night in Myanmar and I’ve forsaken the nicest room I’ve had in 5 months for a cardboard thin mattress in a room lacking electricity and two hours up a mountain…   I arrived in Hpa-An around 10am, desperate to get some sleep after the discomfort of the bus journey from […]

Sunsets and Surfing – Kuta, Lombok

Sunsets and Surfing – Kuta, Lombok

One image in particular is the first to my mind when I’m thinking of Lombok; sweeping round a certain bend about halfway along to road to Selong Belanak beach, on the back of JM’s bike. His driving was always slightly faster than my comfort zone […]