Words About Home

There are times when this big, boisterous world is just too great to absorb. My mind can’t expand across the oceans and peaks, nor bridge gaps between cultures and hearts. There are too many strange and confronting things to voice in one breath; too many miraculous places for a single dream; and too many harsh … More Words About Home

Surprises on Losinj, Croatia’s Island of Vitality

Finding myself floating in tepid jade sea off Lošinj, Croatia’s self-dubbed “island of vitality”, was a bit of a surprise. We had always planned to spend time relaxing in the northern islands of Croatia’s Adriatic Sea, but with every blog post and travel guide read about Croatia’s glorious island options, we felt more spoilt for … More Surprises on Losinj, Croatia’s Island of Vitality

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part Two – Canyoning

Of all the outdoor adventures I imagined myself having in the alpine wilderness of Slovenia, flinging myself down a rock cliff into icy water was not one of them. But, as travelling has taught me time and time again, it’s often the adventures you least expect that deliver the biggest thrills. The conscious effort needed … More Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part Two – Canyoning

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

From the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, the world is a soothing spectrum of hinterland greens, precipice blues and alpine whites. Here, in the northern corner of Slovenia, beside the Italian and Austrian borders, silence drifts between the rugged pine slopes of Triglav National Park and the glimmering limestone peaks of the Julian Alps. It … More Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

If there is one thing you must do when in Italy, it is eat…and oh, what a chore it is! The Italians are experts at offering regional specialties, quality ingredients and simple elegance on a plate. They are also wonderfully good at nailing that heart-winning combination of incredible food and indulgent yet casual dining experiences, … More Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

A Week in Florence: The Pleasures of Italy’s Renaissance City

A week in Florence is a fabulous way to test your dedication to your travel budget. Although hosting its share of tourist traps, overpriced dining and luxury shopping, the real threat to your bottom line is the tempting suite of wine bars, restaurants, boutiques and gelatarias in the historical centre of Italy’s Renaissance city. I … More A Week in Florence: The Pleasures of Italy’s Renaissance City

188 Days of Travel

Looking out across the calm Lisbon shore, I am moved by the memories that brim to mind. It is mid-year already and time to reflect on all I have seen and experienced in my last 188 consecutive days of travelling. You would think that after six months, I would be used to living this reality … More 188 Days of Travel

6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Traditional and contemporary delights contribute equal doses of charm in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Widely known as being a UNESCO World Heritage City, the home of the tomb of Saint James and the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, Santiago attracts millions of pilgrims each year, as well as plenty … More 6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The white concrete walls and lichen-covered facades of Santiago de Compostela are a heady contrast to my view of days past. As I sit here, looking across the window-framed historical centre, listening to church bells call the city to mass, I am filled with a quiet sense of accomplishment. To get here, I walked for … More Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta

There are some things that are best experienced within the solitude of your mind, like meditating or soul searching… and perhaps, walking through the Spanish Meseta on the Camino de Santiago. The Meseta is the central Spanish tableland, which intersects the Camino Frances between Burgos and Astorga. It is a part of Spain known among … More Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta

Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim

I am shaking in my figurative boots right now as I prepare for bed in Pamplona, Spain. Tomorrow when I wake, I’ll be eating a boiled egg and fruit, drinking a coffee, pulling on my ‘day’ clothes and shaking in my literal walking shoes as I start the first day of my one month pilgrimage … More Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim

Must-have Istanbul meals for 10 Turkish Lira or less

The glory of Istanbul’s Ottoman architecture and colourful carpets is arguably matched by its exotic, flavoursome foods.  After three months of travelling around Northern Europe on budget-conscious cold sandwiches and greasy pub meals, I was delighted to arrive in Istanbul where fresh, delicious food is cheap, abundant and comes with a side of culture. Fast-forward … More Must-have Istanbul meals for 10 Turkish Lira or less

How to travel the UK & Ireland in a campervan: lessons from 1 month on the road

Driving through the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland in a campervan is one of those classic adventures that offers more delights than you bargained for. You expect the charming thatched-roof cottages of the English Cotswolds, but not the scores of swooning swans on the glassy Avon. You’ve heard about the mysterious lochs and mist-shrouded peaks … More How to travel the UK & Ireland in a campervan: lessons from 1 month on the road

A beginner’s guide to skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria

When you talk to a skier or snowboarder about their sport, you’ll notice the poetry and passion in their words. The natural majesty of towering white peaks, pine-scent air and virgin snow does not go unadmired as skiers and boarders seek the best slopes to swish down. Like pilgrims, they return season after season to … More A beginner’s guide to skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria

My Wicked Campers road trip begins: UK & Ireland here I come

Do you ever feel like you just need to get into a car and go… explore…get lost? I’m now two adventure-packed months into a nine month European trip and am craving a different pace of travel. We’ve been city-hopping, backpacking, couch-surfing, weekender-ing and ski-tripping, so now it’s time to try something new. Today Dave and … More My Wicked Campers road trip begins: UK & Ireland here I come

Looking back to step forward: lessons from past travels

I was flicking through an old travel journal while packing the other day and I found this passage. I wrote it when I was 20 and terrified to be embarking on my first international solo trip. Well, I guess my journey has started. I am feeling so much – anxiety, excitement… a headache from blubbering … More Looking back to step forward: lessons from past travels

Adventures Under $20: The Travel-Budgeter’s Guide to Brisbane

I used to consider myself a very conscientious saver. But as my pay packet has grown, so has the time between consulting those handy budgeting  spread sheets that I used to religiously maintain. I have learnt to love the financial and social freedom allowed by full time work: museums, restaurants and cafes, regular gigs, movies, even … More Adventures Under $20: The Travel-Budgeter’s Guide to Brisbane

Dancing in the Mud: the 2011 Bellingen Global Carnival

I could feel the damp seeping through my jacket as I stumbled into the Bazaar Tent and out of the evening storm. Only minutes before, I had left the campsite fortified by extra layers of clothing and ready to face another night of wet but wonderful world music. The tent was dark. Squinting through rain-speckled … More Dancing in the Mud: the 2011 Bellingen Global Carnival

The Wonderful World of Picnics Around Brisbane

In honour of World Parks Day on Saturday, I thought I would write a little bit about my favourite park activity: picnics. These lovely little events encompass many of life’s wonderful pleasures: people, food, wine, cheese, outdoorsiness, bare feet and hopefully, sunshine. I have often found that when I’m craving a little bit of casual … More The Wonderful World of Picnics Around Brisbane

The Glass House Mountain Challenge: the first climb

The challenge was conceived during a little picnic at McCarthy’s Lookout during a recent weekend away in Maleny. It was a sunny afternoon. We had cheese, sausage and pickles. The weekend adventure was coming to end and we were high on fresh air. So of course, a view of the Glass House Mountains and a … More The Glass House Mountain Challenge: the first climb

The 5 book project: posting parcels across the world

There is a unique charm about a crisp brown paper parcel arriving in the mail. Like an exotic unannounced traveller at your doorstep, a parcel is mysterious and exciting, prompting questions of origin and purpose. I’ve always had a quiet fascination with snail mail. The romance of an envelope or twine-wrapped bundle journeying across oceans … More The 5 book project: posting parcels across the world

Little things that make you smile: a photo essay on life around Brisbane

I was once told that gratitude for the things that make you smile is the best way to sustain happiness.  This seemed like good advice to me. Why not be grateful? A smile can change your whole attitude in one small flick of the lips. The best thing about smiling though is the affect it … More Little things that make you smile: a photo essay on life around Brisbane