My Top New Zealand Sunsets

I never appreciated the majestic beauty of sunsets enough when I was back home, but travelling has awakened my eyes to this nightly event, each of which is completely unique. I count myself as being extremely lucky in experiencing many sunsets, some of which have been even more beautiful than most. These are the ones…

How not to use a guide book

Guide Books are big business.  Lonely Planets, Rough Guides and many other travel books litter hostels, backpackers, libraries and book stores. They hold a wealth of information, from an overview of a country to where to stay and where to eat in a particular city. They are great, but sometimes it’s better to put the book…

Travel Theme: Tiny

I love hiking. It doesn’t matter where, mountains or moorland, hills and dales, forests or fields. It brings me peace, and beauty, from something as small as watching a fantail flitting around me, to listening to the rush of a beautiful waterfall, or simply marvelling at amazing views that reach away to a far horizon.…

Why Don’t We Travel More In Our Own Countries?

I grew up slap bang in the middle of England. Aim a dart at the centre and if you’re a good shot you’ll probably hit somewhere near. My village is surrounded by lush rolling hills utilised by farmers for their stock, dotted with quaint villages (Including Ashby St Ledgers, where the Gunpowder Plot was planned by…

Helping to Kickstart Friendships on the Road

Sometimes it’s tough being backpacker. especially when moving to a new City, particularly one you want to live in (at least for a little while). Meeting people and making new friends is tough, I know, because I’ve been trying it out for the last 3 months in Petone. I’m lucky to have found friends amongst…

Expat Life: Starting Afresh

It’s been nearly 3 months since I started my ‘proper’ job in New Zealand, and re-joined the ‘real world’ of working and socializing with friends. The only problem was, I didn’t have any friends, and after a year during which I only did a little seasonal work, settling into a normal life after a year…