Since arriving in Australia it’s been super hard not to worry about how expensive it is. After 8 months in Asia it’s taken a little while to transition and get to grips with everything costing 4 times more again, especially here in Sydney!
To save as much as possible and be able to explore more of this huge country I’m currently working a full time job, often 6 days a week. Seeing as my free time is now sparse and I’m still trying to budget, maybe even more so, I’m always on the look out for fun things to do that won’t break the bank.… Read more
I loved what I eventually saw of Singapore. The very short time I spent there left me wanting to see more and I even kept thinking to myself, “yes I could see myself living here”.
Things didn’t exactly start of with a bang though. Adam and I chose to take the night bus so we arrived in Singapore with enough time to check out the city before our flight to Bali the next day.
It turns out the day bus was probably the way to go.
A rough introduction
Perhaps it was an unusual day or perhaps it was the area, but there was nowhere open to sit let alone eat or drink until 11am. And we’d arrived at 5am. We couldn’t check into our hostel until 1pm so we found ourselves wandering the streets trying not to pass out.
Pair that with hostel staff shouting at you for quietly asking to leave your bags with them and it makes for a testing situation and not exactly the best introduction!… Read more
The Perhentian Islands were top of my list when I knew that we were travelling through Malaysia to fly out of Singapore. Apparently these tiny paradise islands are well known on the backpacker trail but I’d only heard of them from an old work colleague, otherwise I might have skipped over the tiny section in the Rough Guide.
Despite its popularity, we didn’t run into any other backpackers heading that way or who had been. So I’m very glad I was sold before leaving the UK.
Think pristine, picture-perfect white sand beaches, turquoise waters, ramshackle huts, fire shows, shisha pipes, impeccable snorkelling and diving conditions plus everything cheap as chips… The ultimate backpacker paradise!… Read more
You know you’ve done a fair bit of travelling when any journey under 5 hours seems like an absolute breeze and you can’t comprehend how you ever complained about those 3 hour trips back home.
I’m totally used to long, overnight journeys now but even after a dozen Indian sleeper trains, this 34 hour journey from Pondicherry to Kolkata was taking it a step further. In this case the train departed just before midday so that was a hell of a lot of time awake and only 1 night’s sleep to pass the time with!… Read more
Adam and I left planning our 2 week visit to Bali very last minute. After a couple of rushed visits to Malaysia and Singapore on route, we knew we just wanted to take it easy but we also couldn’t ignore that fact it offers some of the best surfing conditions in the world. A quick bit of research on beginners’ surfing in Bali told us that the Kuta area, including Seminyak or Legian were good spots.
The beach town of Kuta in Southern Bali is 20 mins from the airport so not surprisingly one of the most popular resort towns in Bali. Our flight was arriving late evening so we chose to stay a couple of nights around Kuta first, get in some surfing and then head for Ubud.… Read more