I Want to Travel but I Am Scared to Fly!

*This article is part of a three part series on the fear of flying. Coming later this week, I will be asking a pilot (my dad!) some questions about flying, safety and airplanes. We will address some common misconceptions and fears. Hopefully reading my story (and the following advice) and learning more about planes and … Continue reading I Want to Travel but I Am Scared to Fly!

Six experiences under $6 in Kathmandu

1.Visit the Boudhanath Stupa This ancient stupa is one of the biggest in the world and is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu. It is swathed in myth and legend and I suggest having a read about the history and purpose of this construction before visiting.The stupa itself is impressive and there … Continue reading Six experiences under $6 in Kathmandu

Books I Read Last Month #2

1. “The Orphan Masters Son” by Adam Johnson  The Orphan Masters Son won the Pulitzer prize for fiction and was published 2012. I picked this one up with a little hesitation as it’s a thick, beastly book and indeed it ended up taking me two weeks to finish it (a long time in Jo-Land). I … Continue reading Books I Read Last Month #2

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp: Part two

Part one of trekking to Annapurna Base Camp left us shivering in Bamboo, so if you haven’t read up until there then go back and do so.From Bamboo to Macchapucchre base camp (M.B.C)By this stage of the trek we had put a strict moratorium on asking our ever-patient guide, Simon, if the trek that day … Continue reading Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp: Part two

Two Months of Travel

Our second month of travel was spent in Nepal as we rested, ate and explored the city at a luxuriously relaxed pace. The first part of the month was spent in chaotic Kathmandu. We spent time walking around the city and seeing a couple of tourist sites. We both experienced culture shock at the Pashupatinath … Continue reading Two Months of Travel

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

Arriving in Kathmandu

Our time in Thailand drew to a close and we made our way back to Kuala Lumpur for our flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal would be a new experience for us as neither of us had been there before and it was our first immersion together into true poverty. On one hand it would present … Continue reading Arriving in Kathmandu

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

65 Ways to Travel Better

1.Take photos with people in them. They are the ones you will treasure later. 2. Don’t overplan, leave room for spontaneity 3. If going to developing countries, research the beggar situation. If you give to beggars will it go to buying them food or is it organised begging (a la slumdog millionaire)?4. Do it the “Official Way”. … Continue reading 65 Ways to Travel Better