Tag: Backpacking

  • This surrealist jungle garden is from another world

    This surrealist jungle garden is from another world

    Or, I found the ruins of Rivendell and it’s in Mexico. About a day’s travel north-east of Mexico City is a place that feels like it fell off the pages of a fantasy novel. Like some fantastical movie set come to life. Like a vivid painting you assumed sprang from a painter’s imagination, only here […]

  • The Swiss Army Knife of Clothing!

    The Swiss Army Knife of Clothing!

    Now there’s a hoopy frood who really knows where her sarong is! The number one item that I think every backpacker should have with them at all times, male and female, is a sarong. It is the most multi-purpose tool you can have and a few quick knots can turn it into almost anything. Take […]

  • That time I thought I was getting kidnapped…

    That time I thought I was getting kidnapped…

    This is one of those stories I like to bring out over a beer or something with friends. It’s one of the scariest experiences I’ve had while travelling – and looking back at it now, it’s pretty funny. It was one of those times when everything lined up in just the wrong way. Let me […]

  • Fiji on a budget – yes really!

    Fiji on a budget – yes really!

      Ah Fiji. White sand, turquoise water, fresh coconut, wide smiles and the friendly call of “Bula!” following you wherever you go. Fiji really is a stunning place, but it’s no secret that budget travellers sometimes struggle with this Pacific jewel. It’s easy to get discouraged as a budgeter when you read about incredible resorts […]

  • Epi’s Midland Tour – old school travel at it’s best

    Epi’s Midland Tour – old school travel at it’s best

    Fiji is a fascinating place. When people think Fiji, I think most people think of relaxing on a white-sand beach with a coconut cocktail in hand, and that’s certainly a big part of what Fiji has to offer, but there’s so much more to see when you set foot outside the resorts. Fiji’s rich village […]

  • Swimming Sawa-i-Lau (the Yasawas’ worst kept secret…)

    Swimming Sawa-i-Lau (the Yasawas’ worst kept secret…)

    What’s a beautiful limestone cave like you doing in a volcanic archipelago like this? Sawa-i-Lau is a bit of a geological puzzle. While the rest of the Yasawa archipelago is volcanic, Sawa-i-Lau island is made of limestone. Beautiful sheer white cliffs reach up to the sky over the water, the “beach” as such is stone […]

  • 9 reasons why Myanmar should be at the top of your list of places to go next

    9 reasons why Myanmar should be at the top of your list of places to go next

    I’ve heard it said that backpacking through Myanmar is your chance to experience what South East Asia was like 20 years ago, before it was flooded with package tourists and screaming touts, and the internet changed the ways we travel. Well, I can’t tell you if this is true or not – 20 years ago […]

  • Island hopping in the Yasawas

    Island hopping in the Yasawas

      The Yasawa Islands in Fiji has to be one of the most stunning places in the world. The archipelago of volcanic islands arcs away from Fiji’s mainland in a graceful curve to the north-west. The Islands lie in bluer-than-blue waters, ringed by yellow and white sandy beaches shaded by bright green palms. Under the […]

  • Finding Ganesh in Fiji

    Finding Ganesh in Fiji

    One thing you might not have expected to find in Fiji is some of the finest Hindu architecture outside of India. Yet in downtown Nadi, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple sits on a T intersection at the end of Nadi’s main street shopping district, a quiet, colourful respite from the […]

  • Three awesome animal experiences

    Three awesome animal experiences

    Swimming with manta rays anyone? Or how about spending time with Mongolian wild horses?