If you’re reading this, you must be planning on travelling by yourself and omgosh I’m so excited for you and you’ll have the best time. Ever. Ever ever. Buuut you’ve probably realised there’s a lot of information to wrap your head around (when’s the best time to book flights? Should you get an international money card?) – it can be overwhelming, so I’ve broken the hard bits down for you to make it all a bit easier to digest.
So you’ve decided to buy a ticket and hop on a big jet plant all the way to Australia, but you’re stuck on the eternal question: Sydney or Melbourne? As the country’s two biggest cities, it can be hard to know which one echoes your vibes, so I’m here to help you figure it out.
It’s early November and this is about as cold (5-degrees) and wet as it got in the depths of winter in Vancouver. Soon the rain will turn in to snow, the temperature will drop another 20-degrees, and I’ll be the coldest I’ve ever been in my life.
Is the Frank And Oak ‘Style Plan’ Subscription Box worth it? I gave a go and here’s what happened.
If you're wondering how to book a train in India, this is the post for you! It contains everything you need to know, from signing up to Indian Railways (IRCTC) from your homeland, the right platforms to book through, how to book last-minute tickets, and what class to choose.
For anyone looking to live that dreamy vanlife full of mountains, open roads, and less cash, SPOILER! I may crush that dream… Or give you a realistic account of what living full-time in a van in Canada is actually like – the choice is yours.
Sick of pouring all your liquids in to a series of 100ml bottles and hoping they didn’t run out? What if I said you never had to do that again! Here’s a fail-safe list of vegan solid toiletries for travel that won’t get confiscated at the carry-on x-ray machine.
in Australia, we just don’t do stuff like dress for the cold, install heating in every room, or wear lined boots, wind-breakers, and coats that actually keep you warm. To me, anything below 12-degrees Celsius is like an arctic-blast to the face.
This is where covering up your legs, shoulders and chest to visit places like Angkor really becomes a challenge, and you have to put comfort to the side and deal with it. I got around this by wearing leggings and a t-shirt, but if nothing else, it means you don’t get as sunburnt.
Like many, I assumed Banff would be a beautiful, tranquil town nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Locals and tourists would hike or ski most days, and the silence at night would be a nice change from city life. While it’s definitely beautiful, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and everyone does like to hike or ski on weekends, it’s anything but quiet or tranquil.
While many may think packing for a trip to Japan is straightforward, the weather during the summer can be swelteringly-hot, and on top of that, summer is also the rainy season, so pre-planning what to wear in Japan will make a huge difference to your holiday.
Whether you're going casual or fine dining, there are hidden places around the city that are happy to make you Italian-style pizza with no cheese, Vietnamese soup with no shrimp paste, and pancakes with no milk or eggs. So sit back and feast your eyes! This is the best vegan food in Sydney, and these gems are truly amazing.
Wondering what to take camping in Iceland? You’re not alone! I’m from sunny Australia, and I know I’ve said it before, but we just don’t do cold. So when I decided to camp around the fjords in the arctic circle, I had absolutely no idea what kind of stuff to take to keep myself warm and dry, and started researching like crazy to gather an assortment of stuff to keep myself alive and happy on the Ring Road.
If you, like me, looked at the costs of moving to Vancouver and involuntarily said aloud ‘Gee whiz that place is expensive...’, then read on! All hope is not lost for you and your bank account.
When I planned my trip to Iran, I was nervous – it would be my first solo trip to a country in that region and I had no idea what to expect. But instead of focusing on my itinerary or the news, I occupied myself with practical preparation – what was I going to wear?
If you’ve been told putting on weight is just part of travelling, think again! It is actually possible to remain more or less the same size throughout your trip and save money, and I’m here to tell you how because, in all honesty, I'm a veteran of piling it on while in travel-mode and I successfully figured out how to travel and not gain weight.
Want to work in Italy without a visa, stay with locals, and have food, transport, and accommodation taken care of? No problem! Here's how to do it easily, and legally.
Coming from Australia where vegan options are scarce, I figured things would be more or less the same in the land of bacon, poutine, and maple fudge. How wrong I was.
I used all my pent-up fear and frustration, and propelled myself down the hall and towards the boarding gate, stopping briefly to make sure I was headed in the right direction. I ran like Justin Timberlake was waiting at the boarding gate, holding a giant hunk of my favourite red velvet cake.
If you find yourself in Australia, a trip up the east coast is a must. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list trips that even gets locals on-board, but many don't make it all the way up to Port Douglas, and I can tell you right now, they're missing out.
As I reached in to grab my jacket, I noticed a rather large ball of black fluff clinging on to the material at the bottom. My go-to reaction any time something hairy crawls near me is GIANT! SPIDER!
All I could do was stare out the window as four men leapt out of the car and surrounded us. In their hands were a combination of guns, knives and machetes. They smashed the side window with a long machete and glass flew everywhere. Our driver tried to reverse but one of the guys stuck a gun in his face as a warning and reached through the broken window to pull his door open.
I left for Bangkok and caught up with the friend who invited me to Thailand in the first place, and when I told him about my time in Phuket, his only response was that I should go back. I completely went off my holiday plans, and asked what she was doing the following Friday night.
I meet the five other housemates. One is fixing some of the electrical wiring while standing on a disused fridge, another is frantically sweeping the floor apparently on my account, and the rest are sitting in what seems to be the central living space, burning down an enormous trompeta – a great big dooby. One Love by Bob Marley is playing in an adjoining room.
I was really excited at the prospect of entering Tallinn, so I don't want to be a wet blanket and rain on my own parade or anything, but if I'm being really honest, I'd have to say navigating the Estonian public transport system at 7am after a 16-hour bus ride from Poland was not something I enjoyed doing. And I enjoy most challenges.
When I told my 12-year-old cousin that I stayed in hostel dorms throughout my time in Iceland, she immediately (and very seriously) exclaimed: ‘Aren’t you worried you’ll get stabbed?!’
Couchsurfing gave me the opportunity to do things I never would have done otherwise, but when I shared my stories, what struck me was the amount of women were keen to try it, but hadn’t signed-up out of fear.
Throughout my four-weeks in Iceland, I met a wide range of people who were there alone to ‘find’ themselves, and I’m fairly sure they didn’t mean waking up Mr. Bean-style and finding themselves on the sidewalk.