Although Bali had been scheduled as a “holiday” from my long term trip. When I heard it was possible to hike up the highest volcano on the island, I thought ‘heck I enjoy walking, this will add to the relaxation’. How wrong I was!
Arriving in Malaysia, after three months in India, I was incredibly excited to be somewhere more developed. Although somewhat apprehensive about costs, and rather worried I would spend too much.
Luckily I was pleasantly surprised, Continue reading
Upon arriving in Kamikochi (my base for the Japanese Alps) there appeared to be two types of hikers – the leisurely, flat along the river walker, and full blown mountain climbers, with ice axe, crampons etc. Being comfortably in the middle of these two categories I went in search of a middle of the road hike.
Fuji Q has to be one of the best places to visit in Japan. It has incredible rollercoasters, all set with Fuji in the background. The best views I had of Fuji were from some of these rides! Here’s some information, so you know what to expect:
Finding vegetarian food in Japan isn’t always easy, but it is possible. These are just a few options to sample while in Tokyo:
T’s TanTan (Tokyo Station)
This vegan restaurant has to be one of the easiest, and best places to try ramen. There are a selection of noodle soups, which you can ponder over without worrying about where the soup stock came from. Not only are there Japanese options, but also some Korean cuisine. The main dishes cost around 800yen.
After 4 months travelling without a cup of ‘real tea’, I was pretty desperate to try the afternoon tea at the Imperial hotel in Delhi.
Often referred to as ‘High Tea’, afternoon tea means having a pot of tea with scones, finger sandwiches and cakes. Generally speaking it’s one of the great British delights in life.
While preparing for long term travel I spent a fair bit of time researching which backpack to buy. I narrowed my choices down using certain criteria:
▪️Small enough to take on as hand luggage (40L max)
▪️Top and front loading (for easy access)
▪️Airflow back panel
▪️A pretty colour (yes, this is a totally unnecessary, girlie criteria)
And in the end I settled on the Osprey Sirrus 36L (in purple), which ticked all the boxes. Especially the pretty colour! Continue reading
Having visited many cat cafes around the the world, I couldn’t possibly resist the opportunity to go to one in Japan. After all, this is where it all started!
I opted to visit Cat Cafe Calico, which has over fifty, well cared for cats! Continue reading
Without a doubt, the best way to travel around New Zealand is with your own set of wheels. It gives you flexibility and independence the buses and tour companies just cannot offer.
Should I buy or rent?
This is likely to be determined by the length of time you plan to stay in New Zealand. Continue reading
Bus travel has to be one of the easiest ways to get around India. Typically it requires very little forethought – you can either turn up on the day, and hop on, or book a seat the day before for peace of mind. I’ve never known the buses to get booked out the way the trains do. Therefore they offer more flexibility. There are various different types of bus in India, and I’ve summarised a few Continue reading