One thing you’ll notice if you’re on the road a lot is the scene changes and develops very quickly. Sometimes you’re telling a fellow traveller how you “Wish there was a way to do so-and-so” and a month later there’s a site to do exactly that. Every year I try Read more
If you’ve ever travelled for any longish period of time, you’ll know it goes something like this: You spend months prior to your trip at the gym (because you’re going to meet your soulmate and fall in love out there, of course). You spend the first week of your trip eating Read more
Take a moment to think about your phone. Think about how much stuff is on there. How much personal stuff. How much stuff you would never want anyone else to see. The angry email you sent your ex boyfriend ten years ago. All the flirty text messages from Jessica at reception. Your artistic Read more
I spent about a week in Norway recently. On my first night, I stayed in a small cabin in the town of Neiden. I don’t actually know if you could call it a town. It probably only had eleven people living there. We arrived in the late afternoon, stashed some beers in the fridge, ate some crab Read more
If you’re looking to start a backpacking career, there probably is no better place than Europe. It’s safe(ish), there’s a common currency, it is super easy to get around, most people speak English, there are so many countries, it’s packed with history and famous sights and Read more
A few months ago I returned to Auckland from a five week stint in Bangkok. I decided to head to my beloved Thai capital after a few months in the European winter, which was driving me nuts. I finally understand why Southeast Asia is full of Europeans in December and why they’re all so Read more
These days every traveller, no matter how inexperienced, has the ability to find their own accommodation. Travel agents, at least in this regard, are completely obselete. It doesn’t matter if you’re booking six months in advance, the day before your flight, or simply showing up Read more
Note: I have a specialised guide on travel insurance for New Zealand travellers. If you’re a Kiwi, click here. Travel insurance: It’s like the washing dishes of travel. Nobody wants to think about it, but sooner or later you just gotta get it done. Today I’m going to break this Read more
Depending on where you live, flights can be a real suck on your travel budget. Thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. How do you find a cheap flight? It’s the bane of every budget traveller. Over the last few years I’ve learned a few tricks, and flights are no longer the Read more
So you want some packing tips.
Don’t really have many good ones, to be honest. But I can tell you what I like to carry.
My backpack has all the usual stuff in it – underpants, toothbrush, pet giraffe – but I also carry a few things that might not be so obvious.