17 Dec 2018

The Gili Islands, Indonesia: Which Is the Best Gili Island for You?

Here’s a situation I’m sure many of you are in. You’re in Bali (or planning a trip there) and want to head over to the Gili Islands for a few days – but which is the best Gili Island for you? On face value they all look pretty similar –

10 Dec 2018

Why Dunedin is New Zealand’s Coolest, Best Looking City

This post was originally published in February 2018 and updated in December 2018 If there’s one thing New Zealand doesn’t do so well, it’s cities. I generally advise people to get out of the main centres as soon as possible, as the real appeal of New Zealand lies in its

03 Dec 2018

A Day Trip to Ajanta Caves From Aurangabad, India

If you read my recent post about Ellora Caves you’ll realise that this is basically a sequel, and sequels are never as good (with the odd exception). My day trip to Ajanta Caves started out much the same as my day trip to Ellora Caves, only the bus never arrived

26 Nov 2018

Searching for the Best Beaches in Padangbai, Bali

Padangbai is perhaps best known as the port you’ll pass through on the way to Lombok and the Gili Islands. But slip away from the traffic choked streets of the port area and you’ll find a couple of nice beaches and a laid-back little beach town. On my recent trip

The ultimate two week New Zealand itinerary
19 Nov 2018

The Ultimate Two Week New Zealand Itinerary

Do you want to make the most of your next trip to New Zealand but don’t have unlimited time to see everything? Spending two weeks in New Zealand will allow you to see a huge variety of landscapes, from beaches and volcanoes in the north to the snow-capped mountains and

12 Nov 2018

New Zealand Weather: When Is the Best Time to Visit New Zealand?

New Zealand weather is a fickle beast. The whole “four seasons in one day” line gets trotted out a lot and it is accurate. I was inspired to write this post about when is the best time to visit New Zealand after the recent trip Prince Harry and Megan Markle

The day trip to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad, India --
03 Nov 2018

A Day Trip to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad, India

People often say it’s the journey, rather than the destination, where the magic of travel truly lays. That’s not always the case in India. Sure, pushing your way onto crowded buses and trains and then being uncomfortable for a couple of hours probably sounds fun, but after the 10th time

Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand -- Taylor's Mistake from above
26 Oct 2018

17 Things to Do in Christchurch, New Zealand: Is It Worth Visiting After the Earthquakes?

This things to do in Christchurch post was originally posted in September 2017 and was updated after my recent trip the city. Upon entering the centre of the city for the first time since the 2010 / 2011 earthquakes, it became obvious what a long shadow those natural disasters still