Death and culture shock at Pashupatinath

*Warning: Some people may find some of the images included in this article confronting or distressing.  Having lived in Australia for most of my life, I've never really been exposed to death. I've never even been to a funeral. Despite this, I've always harboured a small fascination with the afterlife and the rituals that accompany … Continue reading Death and culture shock at Pashupatinath

Tonsai: Astonishingly beautiful and a little bit frustrating

Leaving from Krabi to Tonsai, I had a few firm expectations about our next destination. Tonsai has picked up a reputation for being a hippie commune as well as an incredibly popular rock climbing spot. I had also heard of the beach's towering limestone cliffs and spectacular sunset. Needless to say, after Khao Sok national … Continue reading Tonsai: Astonishingly beautiful and a little bit frustrating

10 Things to Know Before You Go: Koh Tao

Mr. Ahmin's banana pancakes are the only dessert you need on Koh Tao Located on the corner next to the Lotus Resort pool on Sairee Beach, Mr Ahmin's banana pancakes became a staple part of our Koh Tao diets. Every night, Jo and I would venture forth with banana and Nutella pancakes smothered in condensed … Continue reading 10 Things to Know Before You Go: Koh Tao

Freediving: a Deep Sense of Euphoria

*Hey everyone. This article was very much a passion piece for me. As a result, it's lengthier than our usual posts. I hope you all enjoy reading it, as it was a pleasure for me to revisit these memories. Free Diving is a water sport that requires a person to dive underwater as deep or … Continue reading Freediving: a Deep Sense of Euphoria

Our Epic Journey from Kuala Lumpur to Koh Tao

Being budget travelers, Jo and I were faced with a difficult prospect when deciding how to get from KL to our future island home on Koh Tao, a mere 960km away . The expensive option was to fly to Surat Thani and catch an express ferry to the island. The cheaper alternative was to catch … Continue reading Our Epic Journey from Kuala Lumpur to Koh Tao

8 Things to Know Before You Go: Kuala Lumpur Edition

Watch the roads, not the traffic lights This may seem simple, but tourists seem to step willy-nilly out onto the road like they had a death wish.  Watch for cars on both sides of the road (and hell, even the footpath) and be aggressive when crossing the road. Be aggressive! Indecisiveness will see you standing on … Continue reading 8 Things to Know Before You Go: Kuala Lumpur Edition

How We Saved Hundreds of Dollars on Vaccinations

For those of you who are about to venture forth into the wilderness, you'll know that vaccinations are a must for certain destinations. Japanese Encephalitis for Southeast Asia, Yellow Fever for Africa, Tetanus for anywhere with rusty nails... What you'll also discover that in most cases, these shots are incredibly expensive. People who are going … Continue reading How We Saved Hundreds of Dollars on Vaccinations

The Moment I Became a Traveler

Walking out of the LCCT Airport, there was an overwhelming sense of western influence. Starbucks, KFC, McDonalds, Dunkin' Donuts, and Boost were all present in the outdoor food court. But the atmosphere was not western. It was not like home. We'd travelled 8 hours and there was such a sense of familiarity, but it felt … Continue reading The Moment I Became a Traveler

What We’ve Got In Our First Aid Kit

These are the contents of our first aid kit. Though the things we've included are applicable and useful in most countries, we're bringing some medicines that we think will be especially beneficial in South East Asia. Sunscreen This is for you to ignore the first time you go to the beach thinking that you'll only … Continue reading What We’ve Got In Our First Aid Kit

Things I Will Miss When We Leave

In conjunction with my other post about things I won’t miss when I leave, I decided to mention a few things that I will definitely have a hard time leaving behind. I’ve omitted the usual things such as friends, family, favourite hang-outs, air conditioning etc. This is because it can be assumed that they are what I … Continue reading Things I Will Miss When We Leave