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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

Best of all viewpoint, Springbrook National Park

Hangovers in Paradise

Well, after spending five days there, I can still neither confirm nor deny that Surfers’ Paradise lives up to its name. We never got round to surfing. In fact, most of us never even got round to going in the sea. The first free day we had, the Canadians headed down to the beach early and reported back that within minutes their towels were fully submerged in sand. Unsurprisingly, we […]

Getting Lost in Noosa National Park

After Fraser Island, we slept a lot. We napped and we slept in and we luxuriated in the fact of having a real actual bed and not a roll mat on the sand. I should probably explain that since Fraser, ‘we’ no longer refers to the three of us. ‘We’ is now our extended family of six. Allie, Emma and Hillary are three 25 year old Canadians from a province […]