Tag Archive: islands

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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48 hours in Singapore (on a budget)

Singapore solo female travel

Time flies when you’re having fun – so the saying goes. I was certainly enjoying my time in Indonesia and all too soon found myself about to hit the 30-day limit for staying in the country. I’d gotten distracted in…
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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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Volcanoes at sunrise: hiking Mount Batur, Bali

Batur sunrise trek solo Ubud Bali

There are roughly 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia. I have four weeks, plus another couple of weeks later on in my trip. There’s no way I’m going to get round even a fraction of them, but on Day 2 in…
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Finding some balance…and some life-changing moments: solo in Ubud, Bali

Ubud Bali solo female travel

I’m still getting used to this country-hopping – going onto another foreign land rather than going home when my time somewhere is done. I’ve wanted to go to Indonesia ever since I was a child, reading books about volcanoes. As…
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