Tag: Journey

China Survival Guide: Communication

Communication can be an onerous business when travelling or living in China. While young people tend to have at least a smidgen of English, most of the Chinese population speak none. The result of this is that travellers often get very adept at their own brand of sign language/mime. Unfortunately there is only so much…




Epic NZ Road Trip – Part 2

I have previously lamented that New Zealand has rather draconian laws regarding freedom camping. One can receive hefty instant fines of $200 for camping in an undesignated area. And I have yet to see an area that is designated. Having said that, though not strictly freedom camping, there are a some spots that are not only free but…




A Random Act of Kindness

Well here I am again, on the road. And no sooner have I left the safe confines I had established in Auckland, than I run into a barrage of difficulties. This is a common theme for me when travelling; most of these problems could and should be avoided, but I’m far too lackadaisical. I tend…




Arrival in Mexico – Throwback Thursday

2 June, 2011 The flight from Auckland to Mexico City was fraught with problems. I had trouble processing my Esta (US security check). It was sorted in the nick of time, but when I landed in LA, security carted me off for an interview about my being in the US before. Apparently I had overstayed…




How to Book a Cheap Flight

Here are my top tips on how to purchase a cheap flight, some of which have been learnt from experience, others from research, and still more from my own costly mistakes. If you apply this information correctly, you can sleep easy on your plane journey safe in the knowledge that the person sitting next to…




Journey, Railay – Koh Phangan

The trip from Railay beach to Koh Phangan (the island of the full moon party) cost 750 baht. This included a short long-tail haul from Railay to a pier that I’d rather not attempt to spell, several bus rides across the peninsula with the obligatory hour or so wait between changes in transport, and finally…




Journey, Bangkok – Phuket

We left Bangkok a few days ago, deciding to head to the western side of the Thailand peninsula first. The bus left at 6pm, and arrived at Patong beach, Phuket, at noon the next day, after three changes in transportation and much waiting around: eighteen hours to reflect that this decision may have been a…