Private villa vs hotel in Bali

Good old Bali – so beautiful, so welcoming and, for many of us in Australia, our very first overseas trip. Our Asian neighbour is renowned for its warm hospitality, tropical beaches, delicious food, and amazingly cheap prices, thus Bali is an extremely popular holiday option for travellers worldwide.     Bali has so many different pockets to explore, all varied and offering something different for … Continue reading

Treading London’s hipster trail

The dictionary defines ‘hipster’ as “a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream”. Sound familiar? While India and Nepal have their historic Hippie Trail, East London has become legendary for its own modern-day Hipster Trail, just waiting to be explored by bearded boys and vintage-clad girls. Here’s where to follow the hipster trail in London.   Spitalfields Or more … Continue reading

8 ways to bulk up your bank account before travelling

It’s no secret that we need money to travel and after working as a consultant at Student Flights for eight years, I’ve realised that everyone’s budget can vary from stupidly dangerous to wildly excessive. Some are happy to ration a can of tuna over three days and sleep on the beach, while others want to rent jet-skis and order room service. No matter which style … Continue reading

All you need to know about AfrikaBurn

Take the all-out crazy of Burning Man, plonk it in the African desert and what do you get? AfrikaBurn, an annual art festival based on the infamous Burning Man event in the US that’s held in the Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Think raving in the desert, mutant vehicles, creative sculptures, curious artworks and unique creations, plus a … Continue reading

The other film locations in New Zealand

New Zealand’s bubbling brooks, snow-capped peaks, rich forest valleys and ancient glaciers gained international fame after they were transformed into the home of Middle Earth for Peter Jackson’s first The Lord of the Rings movie in 2001. Since then, the 150-plus amazing locations used in the film alongside other international blockbusters like King Kong and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe have overshadowed other tourist-friendly … Continue reading

All about Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Gallipoli has long held an important place in the hearts of Australians. Many believe this spot marks the defining moment of the foundation of the Anzac national consciousness and the separation from the Motherland, a.k.a. Great Britain. Remembering the events that took place in Turkey a century ago honours the lives of the many Australian soldiers who died in battle, and a pilgrimage to the battlegrounds of Gallipoli is … Continue reading

The camping commandments for Splendour in the Grass 2015

Unless you’ve been residing under a rock, right now you’re probably obsessively anxiously monitoring your progress in the ticket queue, crossing all your appendages for those coveted 3-day Event Tickets for you and your mates. Yep, Splendour in the Grass 2015 (SITG) goes on sale at 9am today and that hot little ticket will get you access to four stages and an amazing lineup of … Continue reading

The best bits of Berlin

Berlin has long been known throughout backpacker circles as the clubbing capital of Europe. I don’t need to tell you about that, as there are plenty of websites telling you where the most banging warehouse parties will be happening on any night of the week. Once you’ve unrattled your brain and the ringing in your ears wears off, take some time to check out the … Continue reading

5 former no-go zones (that are now OK to visit)

If Phuket is feeling a bit ‘same-same not different’ and you’ve ‘been there, done that’ in Bali, it may be time to switch things up a bit. While Phuket and Bali are massively popular for a reason, there’s a lot to be said for exploring countries that few people have visited, let alone locate on a globe. With a sketchy past or a dangerous reputation, … Continue reading

8 cray-cray things to try in Bolivia

Bolivia is the literally still the Wild West. Legend says that the famous cowboy duo, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, met their ends here during a shootout in 1908. I’m not suggesting you become a gunslinger, but you can get up to some goodhearted, dangerous fun here. Here are a few things to try in Bolivia.     1. Buy a magic potion from the … Continue reading