Category Archives: Travel Stories

January 19

“From Europe to Asia”: Turkey through the eyes of the 18 year old Kiwi version of Karl Pilkington

And so I arrived in Istanbul, ready for three and a half weeks of backpacking with my 18 year old brother who – to put it gently – was a travel novice. He had arrived the day before me and in a 24 hour period had managed to get himself trapped in a carpet store […]

January 11

The Cathedral of Junk, Cadillac Ranch and the World’s Largest Roadrunner: Oh what sights I’ve seen

Everyone has quirks. Some are more lovable than others. My father’s inability to lose a game of Trivial Pursuit gracefully. My stiff British upper lip friend’s utter discomfort with the thought of Croatian nudist beaches. My cat’s belief that ferociously dribbling all over me whenever I pet her is a suitable gesture of gratitude. People […]

January 09

48 Hours in Montenegro: The time I watched Serbian-dubbed Sex and the City alongside a man with an aversion to pyjamas

On our last day on Croatian soil, Alex and I said our goodbyes at the bus station (which had seemed such a short distance by car but in the sweltering sun with heavy backpacks was a rather arduous walk.) While Alex bussed his way to Dubrovnik Airport, back to England for an exciting schedule of […]

December 21

48 Hours in Girona: Dali, Girona Cathedral and the Call

Girona is known for one of the best maintained Jewish Quarters in Europe – ‘the Call’. Arriving in the morning from Barcelona, I gleefully abandoned my 20 kg backpack (light packing has never been my forte). I headed straight for the train station, and hopped on the first train to Figueres, birthplace of Salvador Dali. Figueres […]

November 08

Shin Deep in Tomatoes and Soaked in Wine: The Beginner’s Guide to Spanish Festivals

Despite planning for months to go to La Tomatina, we had neglected to get around to bookıng until the last mınute. Consequentially, every sıngle hostel bed ın Valencia was long gone. It looked like we’d be making ourselves cosy on a park bench…until I found Stoke Travel. Stoke ıs an Aussie company catering to young […]

October 03

The end of the South American Odyssey

Leaving Capurgana behind us, Bea and I headed back on the boat to Turbo, along with our new friend from Miami, who had blindingly white teeth. Disappointingly, the weather was fine and the sea calm, so our return trip was rather timid, with absolutely no threat of death. In addition to a calm journey by […]

June 02

From Patagonia to Panama

Arriving at Capurgana Port, we were soggy, high on adrenaline and exhausted from our two day traveling stint to get there. Deposited in the middle of nowhere, we were ready for some relaxation. Really wanting to pinch our pennies, we dismissed the hostel with harbor views and hammocks and dragged ourselves around the stony streets […]

May 23

The difference between a vacation and backpacking – The road to Capurgana

The end of my time in South America was nigh. A flight from Bogota to Europe loomed, on the third most dangerous airline in the world (I will forever be grateful my father withheld that delightful little fact until AFTER I had successfully completed all my Avianca flights). The only thing to do was go […]

May 21

Midnight Swims in Playa Blanca

Cartagena is a mecca for tourists visiting Colombia and as a result there are millions of touts hard selling day trips to Playa Blanca, a beautiful beach on the Isla de Rosario. Everything we’d heard about these tours sounded like an overpriced, padded out waste of time. Still wanting to see what sounded like a […]

May 20

Covered in Mud: A trip to a Colombian mud volcano

After our rain soaked experience on the streets of Cartagena, we decided to spend the following day covering ourselves in another substance: mud! Helen and I had been eagerly anticipating the Volcan de Lodo El Totumo since reading about it several weeks prior, but poor Bea wasn’t such a fan. Her childhood fear was mud […]