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 […]

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 […]

A Month in Melbourne

A Month in Melbourne

I’ve lived in a village for pretty much my whole life. Apart from a brief stint living in Jaipur while I was volunteering with VSO, and a short stay in Lekazi (a township in Mpumalanga, South Africa) during my work for Tenteleni, most of my time has been spent living the stereotype of idyllic, British country life. Melbourne, where I’m living now, is not the biggest, nor the busiest city […]

A Very Aussie Christmas

For most people, Christmas is a time to spend with family. Wherever you are in the world – whether songs about letting it snow and chestnuts roasting on an open fire are largely accurate or vastly incongruous – most people spend time with their parents and relatives during the festive period. And for me, that’s a huge part of why it’s my favourite time of year. But this year, due […]

Coff’s Harbour: One Week Itinerary

I spent quite a long time in Coff’s Harbour. Like, over a month. Which is longer than I’ve spent anywhere else in Australia so far. I kinda love it there. When I first arrived, the free shuttle bus from the hostel took me to a nearby lookout point. With the harbour in view on one side and the distant mountains on the other, it’s an amazing spot. From then I […]

50 Budget Tips for Backpacking Australia

50 Budget Tips For Backpacking Australia

I’ve been backpacking Australia for just over two months now, and made it most of the way down the East Coast. There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve learnt along the way: particularly that Australia is really bloody expensive. I am generally very good at budgeting, living cheaply and sacrificing luxuries for the sake of being able to travel for longer. But even I have struggled to maintain a reasonable spending structure […]

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A First Foray into Farming in Australia

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been a bit quiet on the travel diary front, but I’ve been working on some other blog stuff in the mean time. In case you missed them, I wrote a Gap Year Gift Guide and a Guide to Australian Working Holidays (pretty proud of that one!). I’ve also added an email subscriber box (exciting), so if you’re interested in hearing updates and announcements from Bohemiance, […]