11 Easy Ways to Save Money in New Zealand

11 Easy Ways to Save Money in New Zealand

I’ve just got back from a hectic three weeks travelling round New Zealand (and by the way, three weeks just ain’t enough). North and South Island; buses all the way. Ridiculous, I know. I wish I’d had more time. But in that short time I still managed to pick up a fair few tips on how to save some dollars here and there. Click here to read my New Zealand […]

Hiking the Routeburn Track: A Recipe for Complete Idiots

Hiking the Routeburn Track: A Recipe for Complete Idiots

You will need: 3 backpackers, more interested in saving money than being properly equipped for the trip. Must be not very fit and with limited hiking experience 1 tent, from the cheap shop – not particularly waterproof nor very durable 3 sleeping bags, 2 of which are designed for children, not adults Assorted backpacks, varying levels of waterproofing Raincoats, none of which are particularly waterproof 2 sets of clothes, one […]

Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington

Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington

Our whirlwind tour of the North Island has come to an end, and we have spent the past three days hurtling south in order to get to Queenstown in time to start our three-day Routeburn hike. It’s been a surprisingly enjoyable few days. You wouldn’t think spending a total of 23 hours on transport would be much fun, but thanks to a couple of bafflingly cheerful bus drivers with some […]

Geysers and Gandalf: Rotorua and Hobbiton

Geysers and Gandalf: Rotorua and Hobbiton

Rotorua. Famed for incredible geothermal activity, geysers, and smelling like eggy farts. Aren’t my descriptions evocative? Though the intense sulphuric odour was more than a little off-putting, it signified more than a bad smell and a tourist attraction. Apparently some local people use the underground steam to heat their water or even cook their food, as those whose houses are located in the thermal park are licensed to bore into […]

Mud and Mishaps: Auckland and Waitomo

Mud and Mishaps: Auckland and Waitomo

When I last left off, I had just arrived into New Zealand with a terrible hangover. From that point on, the mishaps only continued. We had a lovely couple of days in Auckland, visiting nearby Waiheke Island and wandering round the city. However, we did end up with very soggy trainers, after being caught in an unexpected downpour on a hike through Waiheke’s rolling green hills – which are presumably […]

Goodbye Melbourne, Hello New Zealand

Goodbye Melbourne, Hello New Zealand!

I’ve left Melbourne for the sunny (nope, hang on, rainy) climes of New Zealand. I am sad, but also excited. Travelling is full of goodbyes. Or rather, it’s full of ‘see you later’s – because really you never know when and where you might meet a brief acquaintance again. After my three weeks exploring New Zealand, for example, I’ll be heading over to Adelaide to see some friends that I […]

24 Hours in the Grampians

24 Hours in the Grampians

It’s getting horribly close to the end of my time in Melbourne, so inevitably I’ve started trying to get things ticked off. There’s nothing like feeling that this might be your last chance to get you out of bed and going places. I still have work to contend with though – those glasses aren’t gonna clear themselves away – so it’s had to be an in-between times endeavour, exploring the […]

Why I Will (Probably) Never Be a Successful Travel Blogger

Why I Will (Probably) Never Be a “Successful” Travel Blogger

I’ve been travelling and writing about it for a pretty long time now. In 2013 I shouldered my backpack for my first solo trip, to South America, and decided to start a blog. Its main purpose was to reassure my mum that I was still alive and had not been kidnapped by drug lords. After that it became a bit of a habit. I’ve written about working a summer season […]

The Rose-Tinted Myth of Travel: Why Travel Ain't All It's Cracked Up To Be

The Rose-Tinted Myth of Travel: Why Travel Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

I think it’s pretty clear to all who know me that I quite like travelling. While I have always done my best to refrain from chipping into any and all conversations with, ‘That reminds me of the time I was in Peru/Budapest/China,’ I somehow still managed to garner a reputation as the gap year girl. Maybe it’s because all my clothes look like an Indian market stall threw up on them. […]

Saving money in Melbourne

Saving Money in Melbourne: A Practical Guide

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Australia is daaaaaaayum expensive. Melbourne, unfortunately, is no exception. Particularly if you’re just travelling – or rather, you’re not earning money while you’re here. (If you get a job, the sky-high prices of everything suddenly become more reasonable – $23 an hour wages are the norm here). I thought I’d put together a handy money-saving guide for Melbourne, to help you […]