How to escape a date who says “I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist”

There’s a moment in every horror movie which the villain/ghoul/serial killer reveals their true self, usually by whipping out a bloody knife, or a sinister grin. The victim is left reeling in a ‘How could I not have realised’ panic and ends up super dead. If you’ve seen Rachel McAdams' confused attempt to break free…

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How to Backpack New Zealand on an Extreme Budget

Accidentally glance at New Zealand on a map and when you check your wallet later you will notice that you are missing twenty dollars. There is no denying that New Zealand is expensive; $1500 will buy you a month living in some shady hostels and eating wiggly noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vegetable soup…

Kaikoura: Where the Mountains meet the Sea

Kaikoura is a special place. A quick mention that you’re going there will almost always illicit a happy recommendation. New Zealanders are quick to state just how beautiful the little seaside town is, and backpackers declare it a ‘must do’ with stories of seal encounters, cheerful hostels, and cheap food options (fush n’ chips aplenty!).…

A Campervan Adventure in Tekapo and Wanaka

Everybody and their Grandmother hires a campervan or motorhome when they touch ground on the South Island in New Zealand. Whether it is a monstrous beast that puts Howl’s Moving Castle to shame, or a glorified trash heap that is more moving garbage can than car, there is a reason for this transportation trend. I…

Becoming a Divemaster: A Short Story on Fear

This article is part one in a series on the process of getting my PADI Divemaster certification. The Divemaster certification is the first step to working as a professional in the diving industry. I felt it was important to share some backstory before getting into the details of my month long course. Unfortunately, diving can…

A Guide to Inland Mauritius: Curepipe to Chamarel

Inland Mauritius, with it's picture book mountains, tumble of vegetation, and misty waterfalls, is often overlooked and under appreciated. And I totally get why. It's so easy to spend your days sipping a fresh coconut in the shallows of a turquoise lagoon, swimming amongst a labyrinth of colourful reef, and burrowing your toes in the…

Peek Inside My Packing: Makeup and Toiletries

My last post was a peek inside all the clothes, shoes, gear and accessories that I am taking on my two-month trip to Greece. This post is dedicated to my toiletries and make-up. So maybe if you are a guy, then pass this one by. I take three bags of toiletries with me when I…

Ten Things that will Kill your Travel Blog in the First Year

  So we have all heard the statistics that most blogs fail in their first year. First off, let me say that if you love writing your blog even if you only have a couple of readers, then your blog is definitely not a failure. I have been writing this blog for seven months, it…

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp: The Practicalities

I have cobbled together some bits and pieces of information that might help you if you are planning to do some trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. If you want to read the story then click here and here! First off, why choose the A.B.C trek over all the other available treks?  A.B.C is…