Tag Archive: islands

Why you should take the ferry between New Zealand’s North and South Islands

New Zealand ferry between North and South Island in dock at Picton viewed from the cliff

I’m a big fan of boats, and, beyond that moment of excitement of the plane speeding up and taking off, not the biggest fan of flying. So whenever I need to make a journey that involves crossing a body of…
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In search of koalas: Townsville and Magnetic Island

Townsville Magnetic Island Queensland Australia

I was never intending to stop off in Townsville. I was running out of time before my Working Holiday Visa expired and I had to leave Australia, and I was keen to get to Cairns and explore the rainforest and…
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White sands and boat life: Airlie Beach and sailing the Whitsundays

Whitehaven Whitsundays Airlie Beach Queensland Australia

After ticking learning to surf off my bucket list, and enjoying the tranquil beachside life of Agnes Water for a few days, it was time to re-board the north-bound Greyhound bus. Next up was the popular backpacker town of Airlie…
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Dingoes, shipwrecks and a bumpy ride: exploring Fraser Island (without driving)

Fraser Island Maheno Shipwreck Australia

It was hard to believe, but almost two years had passed since I first landed in Brisbane on a Working Holiday Visa, intending to spend just “a few months” in Australia. It was time to ditch the “Working” part of…
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North Stradbroke Island: an overlooked gem on Australia’s East Coast

North Stradbroke Island Brisbane Australia

North Stradbroke Island – or “Straddie”, as it’s known by the locals – is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, but it doesn’t tend to feature too frequently on the typical traveller’s Australian East Coast itinerary. During my time residing…
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Yoga, parties, and the most evil mosquitoes yet: volunteering on Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Thailand solo female travel volunteering Gaia Yogashala

I wasn’t that excited about going to Thailand to be honest. There wasn’t anything luring me there, but I felt that I couldn’t really miss it out on a South East Asia trip, especially as it was kind of on…
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Holidaying in the supervolcano: Lake Toba, Sumatra

Lake Danau Toba Sumatra Indonesia solo female travel

After a busy week of running around North Sumatra looking for orangutans in the jungle and chasing a volcano or two, I thought it was time for a short break before making my way to Malaysia to begin my ten…
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Why Gili Trawangan was a massive disappointment

Gili Trawangan solo female travel

One of the many great things about travelling in the way that I do now is meeting other travellers, all at different stages in different types of journeys. In hostel kitchens and cheap bars you’ll share stories of where you’ve…
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