Climbing Mt Agung (Bali’s highest volcano) and sliding back down on my bum

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!

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Descending Mt Agung is one of the most terrifying experiences of my life

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Travel Budget – Malaysia

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.

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Petronus Towers in Kuala Lumpur

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Why the Osprey Sirrus 36L is a great backpack for a RTW trip

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

Bus travel around India

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

The Cheese and Chocolate Bar in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands is a striking feature of the Singapore skyline, and one of the city’s most iconic hotels. Opening in 2010, the hotel boasts an infinity pool on the 57th floor.

In order to swim in the pool, you have to be a guest at the hotel. And with the starting price for rooms being a costly S$439, it’s beyond many travellers budget.

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Why you should visit Havelock Island

Havelock island can simply be described as paradise. Located in the Andaman Sea, 1,370km from the mainland of India, and 150km from Indonesia, it is literally in the middle of no where. It’s remote location means it’s incredibly quiet and peaceful, an absolute haven if you’ve been travelling long term through India.

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Taking the government ferry to Havelock Island

The government ferry system on the Andaman Islands is utterly ridiculous, but it is also by far the cheapest way to travel to Havelock Island from Port Blair A one way ticket only costs 400 rupees, and a return ticket 800 rupees.

There is a slight catch, and that is you have to buy a return ticket. This seems reasonable, as it’s likely you’re only visiting and will want to return to the airport. However, you can only buy the government ferry tickets 3 days in advance. That means if you’re staying a week or two, you cannot buy a ticket for the date you actually want to return.

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