Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Papaya on Phi Phi

I originally had high expectations for Phi Phi with it being the top of many people’s lists when visiting Thailand. I had been told by someone who had visited several times that the islands attract hippies and evoke a hedonistic … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Intro

Thailand is rife with Tourism, with many of its islands resembling our teenage alcohol-fuelled antic-led holidays to European islands where local culture has been demolished by those we (shamefully) call our own race   This Tourism has infiltrated Thai food leaving … Continue reading

How to Dive Into NZ (Without Diving Into Your Purse)

One of the things I loved about New Zealand was never being far from water. Firstly, the width of New Zealand is relatively thin so you’re never more than a 2-3 hours drive away from the coast. In fact, when … Continue reading

An Affordable Afternoon Tea: Brown’s Restaurant

Afternoon Tea – the dining experience that evokes quintessential Britishness. Finger sandwiches, scones and cakes washed down with a pot of well brewed tea leaves. We can’t imagine the Queen of England spending an Afternoon doing anything but. It would … Continue reading

Beating Snake Hearts, Creepy Crawlies and Frog Guts: SE Asia’s Gory Gastronomy.

In the Spirit of Halloween I’ve decided to conjure up all the deadly delicacies I consumed around South-East Asia. I vowed to myself to try  EVERYTHING, no matter the colour, texture or life-form, however revolting or repulsive it may be. … Continue reading

New Zealand’s Food Heaven: Matakana Village

If you travel far enough above Auckland, you will reach heaven: Matakana, forty minutes North, in the Rodney District. Doves flutter over a village of pristine white colonial buildings, perfectly cut grass, strikingly happy people, an old school dairy, pony … Continue reading

Digesting Auckland’s Asia

Stepping off the plane into Auckland City Centre may surprise those first visiting New Zealand and expecting a sense of typical kiwi-life. Having not yet visited Asia, I did feel as though I had arrived at the wrong place, perhaps … Continue reading

Camping In-Outdoors: Overnight Camper Van Spots (and some hostels)

Below is a list of tried and tested campsites and hostels for those looking to travel New Zealand by camper-van. These have all been trialled by budget backpackers who travelled NZ in a self-contained Jucy camper-van from Auckland to Wellington … Continue reading