Category Travel Diaries

Travels 2016: South Island, New Zealand

Picton → Christchurch → Dunedin → Invercargill → Queenstown → Wanaka → Tekapo → Christchurch And so we reach the end of our journey, and the end of the story of our three-month trip around the world. Let’s pretend that this part didn’t take me two months to write… New Zealand’s South Island is mountainous, wild, and basically just completely epic. We traipsed […]

How to Deal with the Post-Travel Blues

This post goes out to anyone who has ever been travelling for any good length of time, and you know exactly what I mean when I say Post-Travel Blues. It’s a real thing, guys. But there are ways you can counter the symptoms and learn to live a well-balanced, mindful and happy life back in […]

Travels 2016: Wellington

Wellington was our last stop on New Zealand’s North Island, and asides from being a very small capital with only just more than 200,000 residents, we found it to be a very cool, relaxed and fun city. In our two days we did a walking tour of the city, took the cable car from Lambton […]

Travels 2016: North Island, New Zealand

Wait, stop! Before you read this blog post, have you caught up with my other travel posts, especially my Auckland one? Done it? Good. You may now proceed. Auckland → Paihia → Coromandel → Rotorua → Waitomo → Taupo → Wellington So our route around the North Island of New Zealand was planned to maximise how much we could see in […]

My Travel Essentials

So, I’m back from my travels, three-month holiday, spiritual experience, whatever you want to call it. And rather than wallow in nostalgia and sadness, I’ve put together a little list of my travel essentials. So here is my gift to you, and I hope that I am able to impart at least a little wisdom […]

Travels 2016: Auckland

New Zealand! As I sit here writing and reminiscing about the beginning of our trip to this AMAZING country, a month later we are actually about to leave. Unfortunately, the real world beckons, and as sad as that is, I have nothing but happy and wonderful memories of the last country on our travels. Auckland is […]

Travels 2016: Cairns & Cape Tribulation

Ah Cairns, I have such happy memories of you. Of your sticky humidity, where walking anywhere – even at night – was a sweaty ordeal. Of the Great Barrier Reef which was everything we dreamed and more; where I snorkelled through another planet, may or may not have seen a shark, and spent the rest of the […]

Travels 2016: Brisbane & the Gold Coast

Alas, I’m afraid to say that my dreams of learning to surf from a gorgeous Aussie instructor, and then miraculously discovering that I’m some kind of surfing prodigy – something like my namesake Bethany Hamilton – were well and truly foiled in Surfer’s Paradise. And by that I mean that we never got to live […]

Travels 2016: Sydney

How to begin describing our wonderful 5 night stay in Sydney? Well, between the beaches and the bridge climb, the coffee and the cocktails, and then all the amazing people we met and the many, many things we did, I guess you could say that it was, err, OK. And by that I mean truly […]

Travels 2016: Melbourne

Yayy, country number 6 and the beginning of three weeks in Australia. Our trip to Melbourne was a short but sweet one – 4 nights staying at my friend’s aunt’s house was like luxury after all the hostels we’d been in. Laundry, TV and Tim Tams = heaven. I’d heard such good things about this […]