Hostels; the good, the bad and the ugly.

Almost every backpacker has spent at least one night in a hostel. They have evolved from dodgy budget accommodation, to a cult experience – Have you even been travelling if you haven’t stayed in a hostel? They’re cheap and you can meet some cool people. Without them, travelling would be outrageously more expensive. Tallinn, Estonia  Our…

Driving the Australian East Coast

Port macquarie -> Coffs Harbour -> Byron Bay and Nimbin -> Coolangatta -> Surfers Paradise -> Brisbane -> Noosa -> Fraser Island -> Bundaberg -> Rockhampton -> Airlie Beach -> Whitsunday Islands -> Cairns -> Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest -> Port Douglas -> Atherton Tablelands Australia is a beautiful and diverse country. From the white…

Books on the train

Tokyo is the number one largest city in the world in terms of land area, population and density. Pretty exciting stuff. So as you can imagine, commuting from one suburb to another can take a lifetime. My commute is 90 min each way. For the first couple of weeks it bummed me out that I…

‘The one who could repeat the summer day’

The leaves are changing, the air is crisper and I spent my morning collecting acorns with three year olds. Happy autumn everyone. Here is some Emily Dickinson for those who are still clinging to summer. Summer 2016 will stay with me forever, and I do wish I could repeat my own summer day. “The One…

Sunny days at Lake Kawaguchiko

There is so much to see at Lake Kawaguchiko. It is one of the most famous national parks in Japan and an incredible Mt. Fuji viewing point. Here are my top three recommendations. Most importantly soak in the beautiful, natural surroundings. Japan is exciting and vibrant, and the cities are large, bustling bright light craziness….

Summer school in Japan; update

I am now 6 weeks through Summer School in Japan. It has been 16 hour days, endless coffee, choosing between showering or eating breakfast, constantly asking myself ‘what is a lunch break?’, making endless craft, creating lesson plans 3 minutes before the lesson begins, tears, laughter and hurried chocolate breaks next to a photocopier. It…

When life is a jumble

When I was eighteen, I did not receive the grades I needed to go to my chosen University immediately. I had never expected that I would not go to University, I was the first in my family to not achieve perfect results. That day has defined my life. I remember it was gloriously sunny, I…

Yokohama happiness

There is so much to see and experience in Japan! For those who are thinking of visiting, I highly recommend a day trip to Yokohama. My saturday Yokohama extravanga highlights include: Yokohama ferris wheel Nissan global centre with open showroom Hot dog stands Cute coffee shops Kitschy bicycle stores The Pot noodle museum Amusement parks…

Universal studios Japan

I am a massive Harry Potter fan. A massive fan. So the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter world in Universal Studios Japan was not to be missed. We had read reviews online that some tourists had arrived at 8am, to be told they couldn’t enter Harry Potter world until 7pm because it was so busy. So…

Summer school in Japan

School has broken for summer in Japan, hooray! However, my school now runs an intense summer school, boo! This will actually be the busiest part of my year, so I am emotionally readying myself for the coming weeks. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying…

Books in my backpack

If you’re like me, going on a trip means more time to read. On buses, planes, beaches, trains and quiet corner cafes. One of my favourite aspects of hostels, apart from saving pennies and meeting new people, are the hostel book exchanges. Almost every hostel I have visited has a system where you can take…

#Flashback- Picture perfect Paris

I just love Paris. It is one of the most beautiful and sensational cities in Europe. The food, the art, the wine, the cheese, the books, the style. My friends and I spent a long weekend in this incredible place. Picture tipsy friends, pastries and heaps of cheese. Musée d’Orsay Musée d’Orsay was our first…