The end of the working holiday visa was fast approaching when we realised that we hadn’t yet visited one of Australia’s most famous wine regions of all, the Hunter Valley; which would be a crime considering that it is only a 2.5 hour or 122km trip from Sydney.
It is a great weekend trip for Sydneysiders or those of us who just enjoy wine and like to see the kangaroos. There are more than 120 wineries to choose from, gourmet restaurants, spa hotels and sunset hot air balloon rides on offer; with so much to do here, it will be hard to fit everything into one trip.
Before we left for our trip, we found travelling essentials posts really helpful to break down what we needed to take. Obviously, travelling light is always recommended so you are not breaking your back in the scorching heat (its hard enough as it is). So at around 7 months on the road, we thought it would be good time to write this post as we can actually say what we have used and what isn’t worth the weight. Bare in mind that our trip has been following the sunshine in tropical climates and haven’t planned on doing any trekking expeditions so any related equipment/clothing simply wasn’t needed. So, are you ready to read our recommended travel essentials as backpackers exploring a tropical climate? Lets go…
Now this seems a hot topic at the moment as Bali is the ‘in’ place right now. Bali is seen all over Instagram and a lot of travel bloggers seem to be choosing the Island of the Gods to pack up and move in. And for very good reason too; you can most certainly live a western style life here, but at Asian prices. This combined with a tropical paradise, cute healthy cafes, 30 degree year round temperatures and beautiful beaches…whats not to love?! So if you too are Balifornia dreamin’, here’s how to get your 60 day Bali visa extension.
How To Simply Apply For Your China Visa Abroad As A Backpacker.
Now I can imagine that for a lot of people, the visa process for China will put them off visiting the country completely. It does take a little bit of time and research, but I can assure you that it is worth it for all that this beautiful country has to offer.
Now lets just make this clear. We are backpackers, so can only walk you through the process if you are currently travelling and looking to get your visa whilst on the road. China was a country that was on and off our itinerary and only made the decision to go whilst reading a blog in Pai, Northern Thailand. The adventure that was awaiting got the best of us and it became apparent that it made sense to tick some of the world wonders off our list whilst we were in Asia. It made financial sense and time sense. So lets get you through this process as smoothly as possible!
So you think you want to go travelling the world? But do you really? Are you willing to dedicate every penny that you earn into your travelling fund? If you do, then this post is for you. This is how we saved enough money in 12 months to become globetrotters.
It’s no secret that yes, you do unfortunately need some money to travel the world. Paying in chocolate buttons simply doesn’t work. In this post I’m going to hopefully inspire you that you too can save enough money to make that around the world trip a reality and not just a pipe-dream.
Just when you think Bangkok can’t get any cooler… Then appears an ultra cool, urban epicentre, artisinal eats in Bangkok: ‘The Commons’. Once again opening our eyes to the culinary/social hub scene that is so prevalent in the city. As you approach the uber-modern concrete exterior, a plethora of steps immediately greet you, hiding the treasures that are beyond its apex.
This city still amazes me in what it has to offer (in the culinary sense). From; street food, high end restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries to standard western food places, Bangkok embraces all the cuisines of the world. This little guide will help you in your quest in finding the most scrumptious street food in Bangkok.
Its overwhelming choice is something that excites me and tourists alike. The street food that is on display here is what the true Thai cuisine is all about. It’s the foundation of the food scene here, and rightly so. Local vendors turn up to their usual spot daily, taking the utmost pride in their creations such as; chicken satay, pad Thai, spicy crispy pork & holy basil, fresh crab with yellow curry and steaming rice, to name a few. You just sense a great buzz when eating just off the roadside. The smells are divine, the clattering of pans stir-frying, the shouting street food owner known as ‘mama’ putting her staff in place and the smiles upon the local faces whilst tucking into a steaming bowl of Tom-Yum soup. It’s theatre like no other!