74 tropical islands, covered in lush green rainforests and epic white sand beaches, with a whole world of colour just waiting to be discovered beneath the surface of the perfect blue waters, The Whitsundays are advertised as an unmissable paradise for anyone travelling to Australia’s East Coast…
Learning to surf was pretty high on my list of things to do in Australia, but I somehow managed to spend three months travelling around Queensland without getting around to it. When I arrived in Agnes Water – the laid-back, hippie surf town, and most northerly point you can surf on Australia’s east coast – I knew that I had to book a lesson before I left!
Everyone warned me about going to Naples. “It’s dirty” they said, “You’ll get mugged!” one horrified Sardinian exclaimed before I left for the mainland on the 13-hour night ferry from Cagliari (getting mugged would, in fact, end up happening in Milan, and not Naples…where my disgustingly smelly Nike trainers were untied from my backpack on the metro!) but despite its reputation, I absolutely fell in love with the city…and found that there are so many great things to do in Naples! Continue reading
Planning your trip around Australia’s East Coast? Here are 20 photos to inspire you to visit the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. Continue reading
Listed by most Australian travel guides as an unmissable stop on the East Coast, Maryborough is best known for its incredibly historic buildings and beautiful examples of original Queenslander houses…but there’s another reason to add this quirky town to your bucket list…and it’s magical! Continue reading
If you ask your average East-Coast backpacker about Hervey Bay, chances are they’ll say they stayed there on the way to Fraser Island…and that will be about all they can tell you…
For most people, the town is a pit-stop on the way to the world’s largest sand island – a place to sleep the night before (and shower the day after!) one of the three-day camping packages, or to stock up on food before a self-drive tour of the island. If you ask them to describe Hervey Bay itself, they are likely to say it’s a quiet town, with not much to do… Continue reading
Anyone who has visited Italy in the past will need little convincing of its beauty, but for those who haven’t been, this is a country that definitely lives up to all of the hype.
From some of the best beaches in the world to incredible works of art, stunning architecture and jaw-dropping landscapes, here are five of Italy’s most beautiful destinations: Continue reading
Spectacular sunsets, quirky locals and some of the island’s best surfing action, Balian Beach, on the South West coast of Bali, is the perfect escape from the tourist traps of the main towns. With only a handful of accommodations and places to eat or drink, hardcore partiers will be disappointed but, if you’re looking for an authentic, laidback Bali experience, this is the place to go. I stayed here during a Workaway placement last December and got to know this little village with its beach bars, restaurants, night market and the surrounding jungles and waterfalls. Continue reading
Scotland might be my home country but I’m ashamed to admit that, at 27, there is still so much I haven’t seen. When I started travelling last year, I promised myself that every time I came back to Scotland, I would try and fit in as much as possible – to travel in my own country as I would if I were abroad. I’ve been back from Sardinia for just over a month and, despite the typically non-summery Scottish weather, I’ve managed to fit in a lot of backyard travelling…including a day exploring the beautiful Ben A’an.
I have wanted to visit Paris for as long as I can remember, but despite it only being a short flight from my home country of Scotland, I somehow never got around to going when I was younger. It took me until I was 24 to finally make it to the “City of Love”, when I was invited to experience Paris as a local with HouseTrip. Continue reading
Ending up in Genoa had never been part of my original plan when I was travelling through Italy last November. It came about more through necessity – a stop off to break the journey from the Cinque Terre to Lake Como – than actual curiosity to see the city…but if I was going to be there for 24 hours, I was determined to make the most of it. Continue reading