Tag: Vagabonding

China Survival Guide: Transport

Public transport in China is reasonably good and ridiculously cheap. The buses’ hard plastic seats are not particularly comfortable though this shouldn’t bother you as chances are you will have to stand anyway – Chinese buses are mainly standing to cram more people on. Get this though. Any citywide bus journey costs 1 RMB ($0.15)…




Sam, tuk-tuk man, Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh: Sam, Tuk-Tuk Man

Sam the Tuk-Tuk man is my latest example for why travellers should mingle more with the locals of the countries they visit. Sam himself told me that foreigners often treat him with suspicion when he proffers the hand of friendship, perhaps assuming he is trying to sell them something or rip them off. In my…




Yellow river scenic park

Yellow River Scenic Park, Zhengzhou

Chinese to English translations can sound over-flowery and often downright weird. Halls of Mental Cultivation, Palaces of Heavenly Purity, even a Humble Administrator Garden, but the name of Zhengzhou’s chief attraction is almost amusingly succinct. Yellow River Scenic Area is, as you might expect, close to the Yellow River and from its high up vantage…




Dine out for free new zealand

How to Dine for Free in New Zealand

Budget travellers have to make sacrifices to fulfil their dream of world travel. When saving for your trip you’ll have to forgo that daily coffee, eating out, the latest phone and so on. Once you finally have enough to begin your trip it is necessary to budget carefully on the road too. Eating and drinking…




View from Bob's Peak, Queenstown

How to do Queenstown on a Budget

Situated south of the south island in New Zealand, Queenstown is a small town of around 15,000 people. Huddled at the foot of Ben Lomond, surrounded by mountains and Lake Waikato, it’s not hard to see why it is so popular with tourists and backpackers. Queenstown’s population swells to more than twice its usual occupancy…




New Zealand: 10 Things I Hate About You

Perhaps this article should be called ‘NZ, Ten Things I Find a Bit Irritating About You.’ But that wouldn’t be paraphrasing the title of a popular movie so I’ll leave it as is… Hate does seem a little strong given that I’ve spent the guts of two years travelling in the country and obviously, for…




travel bore

The Travel Bore

If there is such thing as a travel community, the Travel Bore permeates every level of it. She (it is often a ‘she’, though travel verbosity is not exclusive to the sex) has been found in every hostel, hotel, beach hut and long-tail boat at one point or another. If you travel long enough and…




Paihia and Russell (Bay of Islands)

A week after arriving in Paihia on a rain-soaked, blustery night to find that there was no room in the inn, so to speak, I’m still here. I’ve had some luck with the hostel situation, managing to stay at Base Backpackers every night since my first, despite requiring others’ cancellations to do so. Incredibly this…




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…




Bikram Yoga in Auckland

What is the purpose of travel, if not to experience new things? That is a philosophy I imagine I share with the vast majority of nomads and vagabonds around the world. And yet when an opportunity presented itself to do just that recently, I was reluctant. The reason for my reticence was that the proposed…