Books! This has been a big part of my life the last couple of years, especially because I suck at reading and used to take so much pride in never reading the book in school and still passing the exam. But this is no longer school, this is life, and reading is starting to feel kind of important Read more
2016 is in the bag. How was it? As has been tradition each year (2014 and 2015 here), I’ll be publishing my personal summary of the year gone by. Where did I succeed? Where did I fail? What was good? Bad? My own reflections are below for you to read if you wish, but more important are your Read more
I didn’t feel like going home. I’d just had dinner with some friends in the main square and they’d all clocked out early; it was only 11pm. With a belly full of beer, I decided to hit the bars for a couple more, lone cowboy style. After a twenty minute walk I was in the bar-heavy Kazimierz Read more
So you want some packing tips.
Don’t really have many good ones, to be honest. But I can tell you what I like to carry.
My backpack has all the usual stuff in it – underpants, toothbrush, pet giraffe – but I also carry a few things that might not be so obvious.
Missed the first one? Check out the original Tiny Ramblings here. In Bangkok there are massage salons with “balls massages” on the menu. Just down the road from one of the fanciest malls in the world. It’s up there on the window for everyone to see. Balls massage. And you got Read more
How much does it really cost to travel Europe? This year I went to find out. After a short jaunt with my family, I took off to backpack the continent solo for five months. 11 countries, 23 cities, 40 beds and 10,101km later, it’s finally over. Truthfully, I was a little nervous doing my Read more
Note: New Zealand passport holders have slightly different Schengen rules to other countries. If you are not a New Zealand passport holder, this post will not apply to you. You can read about the standard Schengen rules here. If you’ve travelled to Europe, you will be familiar with the Read more
Right now, I’m sitting on my bed in a hostel dorm in Berlin. My crap is all over the floor. The girl sleeping in the bed beside me also has her crap all over the floor. And then there’s a couple of tidy guys, with all their stuff locked and zipped up. Nobody has made their bed (why Read more
I stood at the window, eyes skyward. Nothing. It was my third night here in Rovaniemi; one of Finland’s smaller cities, just outside the Arctic Circle. But I wasn’t here for the sightseeing. The mornings and afternoons had been loitered through, and each night was spent lounging by Read more
Recently I completed my first extended hitch-hike – around 1,300km and four countries – from the south of Poland to the northern tip of Estonia. When I tell people about this, they often seem confused about the whole idea. Who picks you up? Is it easy? Hard? What if no one stops? But Read more