Getting Wild in Straddie – North Stradbroke Island, Australia

Our time in Australia up until now consisted solely of heaving cities and bustling towns, and North Stradbroke Island (or Straddie, as its affectionately known by locals) is an absolute breath of fresh air. Having caught the Scuba bug in Koh Tao, when we read that Manta Bommie off Straddie is a popular haunt for … More Getting Wild in Straddie – North Stradbroke Island, Australia

A Holiday From Backpacking – Surfers Paradise, Australia

Disclaimer: While all our previous posts have been backpacking on a strict budget, and the activities and places we go cater to that, at Surfers we were met by my Mum and Step-Dad, Ron. We were, to put it simply, absolutely spoilt for which we are very, very grateful and as a result were able … More A Holiday From Backpacking – Surfers Paradise, Australia

An Unexpected Journey – New Zealand, North Island

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know that our route around NZ was a little haphazard, to say the least. In actuality we made two trips to the North Island; our initial stay in Auckland, followed by a second stint when we were displaced after the Kaikoura Earthquake (hence, ‘An Unexpected Journey’). I’m going to … More An Unexpected Journey – New Zealand, North Island

It’s Like Romance… But Cheaper: How to Survive Dating as Backpackers

Congratulations, we’ve all scraped through another Valentine’s Day unscathed, if slightly poorer. Alex and I had the extra challenge of it being our first V Day together while trying to adhere to our very strict travel budget. We discussed giving it a miss, but felt like it would set a bad precedent; missing out on … More It’s Like Romance… But Cheaper: How to Survive Dating as Backpackers

There and Back Again – New Zealand, South Island

Our itinerary for New Zealand is another fine example of our haphazard planning. Having booked flights into Auckland and out of Christchurch comfortably in advance, we left it until the last minute to look at transport while actually in the country. As it turned out, it was actually cheaper to do the following: Spend a … More There and Back Again – New Zealand, South Island

Bali, Baby! (with special guests Steph and Selene)

After an all too brief glimpse of the Indonesian mainland we boarded a flight to the much-hyped Bali, 2016’s most Googled travel spot. Within Bali hides the spectacular, elaborate temples we had seen on the mainland, alongside idyllic rice paddies and picturesque volcanoes across the North; and these are contrasted with Western-style resort towns teaming with … More Bali, Baby! (with special guests Steph and Selene)

5.5 Days in Java

Whilst ‘Java’ is a well known US slang word for coffee, that wasn’t our only reason for taking a whistle stop tour through this Indonesian island, oh no! During our time on the island, we’d experience bustling cities, ancient temples, cramped trains, world heritage sites and get well off the beaten track. I’m now going … More 5.5 Days in Java