Tag: 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 […]

Finding an Australian Job – My Two Cents

Finding an Australian Job – My Two Cents

Australia is the great British backpacker’s dream; falling into jobs wherever you land, earning at least double your UK wage and all in a sun filled country. That has not quite been my experience not least because my travelling wardrobe was not put together with […]

Forces of Nature – The Great Ocean Road

Forces of Nature – The Great Ocean Road

Discovery Melbourne hasn’t been the most sociable hostel I’ve ever stayed in so I’d been fairly mopey since Mike left for a trip with his parents, thinking I’d spend the three weeks of his absence friendless and lonely. It turns out though that was just […]

Adventure Here – Da Lat

Adventure Here – Da Lat

Much like the Malaysian Cameron Highlands, Da Lat is a welcome break from the heat and humidity of Vietnam where you won’t find air con in most of the hostels and a rain coat is a must. Da Lat is a stop for the adventurous. […]

A Breath of Freedom – Melbourne Pt 1

A Breath of Freedom – Melbourne Pt 1

I left Perth at 7pm after an all day movie marathon and landed in Melbourne 9 hours later, at 7am (Melbourne is 3 hours ahead) having had no sleep on the cramped Jet Star plane. With the addition of a skateboard strapped to the front, […]

Big City Lights Calling – Manjimup Pt 4

Big City Lights Calling – Manjimup Pt 4

The mad town of Manjimup is now well and truly in my past. And let’s hope it stays there. No more mental bosses screaming at me for getting sinks wet, no more cleaning of dog placenta from dogs tails and no more cleaning poo from […]

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 […]

Don’t Swerve – Manjimup Pt 2

Don’t Swerve – Manjimup Pt 2

The diamond tree has a lookout straddled atop its bough, 52m vertically up in the air. Stakes have been forced into its trunk to form a ladder that winds steeply around the trees trunk, a flimsy chicken wire mesh vaguely protects you from falling outwards, […]

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 […]