In 2011 I went to NZ. In 2012 I went to NZ and USA. In 2013 I’ve already been to the USA and the UK and it’s only April. I think that’s pretty awesome. Right now I’m planning my next trip for the end of the year. I thought I’d share the planning process. Visas are … More Planning: The Next Adventure
If I had a million dollars – I’d do every single NOLS course – ranging from mountaineering to snowboarding, and wilderness medicine. You can do one month, or semester courses with them – but they cost $4000+ America has a heap of outdoor schools, as does Sweden and the UK and a bunch of countries in … More Planning: Outdoor Qualifications.
I’ve flown the Australia to America route a few times now, and I’ve learnt that there is a huge difference between the airlines – bigger than I ever thought. I use Skyscanner to search for cheaper airlines/dates, since you can search by a whole month, or even year, and you can search by a whole country, … More Planning : Flights
Since I’ve been booking a whole bunch of travel plans I thought I’d share the details for the end of the year. I’m flying from Sydney (Australia) to Nadi (Fiji) to Los Angeles (America) with Air Pacific. I’ve flown with them before and whilst it’s not the greatest airline, it’s the cheapest I’ve found (around … More North America : 2013 Travel Plans
At the end of the year I’m headed back the United States (Third time’s the charm). This time, I’m headed to a bunch of different places… In the past, I’ve booked trips last minute and changed my mind numerous times, so it’s been awesome being able to really plan out an awesome trip with some … More North America : BOOKED!!!
Today I’ve been 22 for six days, and each of those days I’ve gone to the beach, and taken a photograph (or twenty). I’m amazed at how much more I appreciate the warmth, and the beautiful beaches in Australia since being in the States. This week I’ve been studying my butt off, catching up with … More Home: This week
So I’m in the process of booking/dating/finalizing/organizing the next year in travel plans. YAY! There’s some pretty ridiculously exciting trips in the next 12 months that cover all the basics: Sand, Adventure, Desert, New Cities, Snow, Oceans and People. I want to have everything (well, mostly) booked before I let my plans out of the bag but for dates there’s … More Home: Pre-plans
I’m a big fan of spontaneous trips, drives and explorations. Earlier this week, to comfort my exam-ridden sister, we explored Garie Beach, which I am proud to call a local beach. Yesterday I was accompanied by a lovely friend to…DAPTO. No, seriously, for all of those not familiar with Dapto, NSW, it has a little … More Home: Mis-adventures
I’ve seen a few other posts and videos like these: A Couple Vegabonds, AaronsWWAdventures, Ailalalatino, that talk a fair bit about ‘sink laundry’. This is just the name for how most backpackers do laundry whilst travelling – by filling a sink, blocking the drain with half a tennis ball/flat piece of rubber, and washing with … More Gear: Clothes
Whilst I was in North America, I learnt that I had become somewhat limited by my lack of technical gear and technical knowledge. Im working on researching and investing in some good quality gear, reading and taking some workshops and qualifications and sucking up being the only girl in very male dominated things. I finally … More Australia : Gear Haul
This is without a doubt, my favourite local beach. I’ve been there about four times in the past week, and each time Garie has offered me the perfect beach. This morning looked like this. It was phenomenal, with only a few other people (all surfing). It’s about 15 minutes from my house and is hidden … More Australia : Garie Beach
I’ve been pretty absent of late, pretty busy with classes and getting back into things here (if you didn’t know, I spent Nov – March in the States). I’ve got some awesome weekends coming up, but I’m particularly looking forward to these; White Water Kayaking – I’m doing three courses – flatwater,movingwater and whitewater in April, … More Australia : Absence
In celebration of my birthday I’ve decided to make two reunions (the word I used when I couldn’t remember resolutions all day today). 365 days of ocean So today myself and two of my sisters bundled into the car, jumped in the trashy trashy waves and ran back out. Why? Because it feels gooood. 365 … More Home: Birthday
Today = University + Sunshine + Beach + No Surf + Sand + Study + Last day of being 21.
I’m taking five classes this semester. WOO! It’s a big change from looking at buildings and castles in London and shoveling the snow away in New Hampshire. Introduction to Italian – Language textbooks are RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. Oh Joy. Communication across Cultures – I swear I took this subject before, but the university thinks I haven’t. … More Home: Classes
If you’re wanting to visit the USA as an Australian, you have a few options, just kidding, you actually don’t. If you’re going as a tourist (not working, and for under 90 days) apply online for a visa waiver (ESTA), it’s about $14. If you want to do anything else (work, study, be there for … More Home : The j1 Visa
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus of Ephesus I just read this quote today, and it’s beautiful. It’s definitely hitting a chord. I’ve spent the whole day studying (Are you proud parents?). I’ve been learning a lot this past season, … More Home : The Man and the River
If you haven’t, here’s PART ONE Christchurch experienced a series of unfortunate earthquakes in 2011. Evidence is throughout the streets in broken walls, blocked off streets and cracks in houses. For tourists, this meant NO HOSTELS. For us, in November 2011, the search for the hostel was hopeless, although, I do recommend Jailhouse. Right near the city, … More New Zealand : Guide to the Kiwi Road Trip Part II
Grabbed a new phone (one that actually work’s in Australia, and with Telstra – 4th time’s the charm) and a new (used) laptop today. Getting another awesome awesome awesome new piece of technology in the next few weeks. Started my swanky new classes this week- Genetics and Biotech is actually really interesting. Spent a special … More Home : Technology
So I’ve decided to return to university and finish my second degree (in a double degree program). I’ve changed my mind so many times throughout my university career…you think I’m joking… I first enrolled in…a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Arts…then I decided to do a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Writing…then I decided I hated … More Home : Plans
During my first year of university I was friends with a band called the pennys an I loved their music dearly. They had a song called home (I think) here the main chorus went ‘I just want to go home’. It sounds much better when you’re not just reading it on a screen, I promise. … More Home : My favourite song
it’s stupidly warm. I keep expecting snow to be everywhere and I was unbelievably surprised that I could stand outside in shorts for hours and still be warm. I missed summer in Australia but the sun is definitely trying to cheer me up. I worked around the house today, gardening, sorting, cleaning, moving furniture and … More Home : First Day Back
I’ve spent the past few months driving in the left hand side of the car, on the left hand side of the road. Switching back hasn’t been too much of an issue. I keep turning on the windscreen wipers instead of the blinker/indicator. Today, whilst on the highway, I looked to my right at the … More Home : Driving
don’t expect public transport in many places outside the city it’s very difficult to get around and to get between places without driving. That said, if you are going between cities, there are many affordable buses (megabus is probably the cheapest). Don’t be afraid to choose a bus over the convenience and speed of a … More America : my top tips
So I received my new passport in the mail and it is pretty sweet. I’ve learnt a valuable lesson of never, ever, ever, putting a passport anywhere other than a waterproof lunchbox. Let’s hope I’ve learned that lesson anyway. I need to get a wiggle on and get myself a job, I’d like to (and I know, … More America : Update
So, funny story, I washed my passport. Well, it would be funny if by washed I meant put my passport in a safe dry place instead of the washing machine. I freaked, just a little, at the consequences of having both an invalid passport and therefore possibly an invalid visa. I googled what to do, … More America : New York, New York
I spent all of my first week in London being a huge tourist. I carried a backpack everywhere, held a camera at all times, and look confused with a giant map. Nevertheless, I found my way around London, in and out of tube stations, double decker buses and around the monopoly board. (In Case your … More United Kingdom : Week 1
I spent the week exploring London, and saw some incredibly awesome, and some incredibly weird things. The following weekend, I joined my sister and brother in-law for city exploring (photos to come) but here’s a starter… One of my old roommates Imogen, is now living in London so I met up with her for … More United Kingdom : More London photos
The London Tube or London Underground is the greatest train network I have yet seen (though I haven’t yet been to Japan). It’s a pretty clever system of moving many people throughout London, conveniently, and regularly. For me, trains came every 5 or so minutes, and weren’t too expensive. They were clean, modern and really really … More United Kingdom : London Underground/Tube
Borough Markets are fruit/vegetable/food/pastry/European markets in London. There were incredible smelling stalls of cheese, bread, olives, fruit, pastrys, jams and all different kinds of food. If I lived in London, I’d definitely head there each weekend for lunch.