Where the culture is alive: Chiang Mai

    Unexpectedly, one of the coolest cities I have ever been to. Recommended to us by friends, we stayed at Libra Guesthouse. At approximately $10 a night, this was hands down one of the best places we stayed during our southeast Asian journey. The family running the hostel are incredible. When we arrived, after…

Whistler

Getting to Whistler took a little longer than anticipated. We arrived in Squamish (40 minutes later) to be informed that instead of the expected 1 hour drive from Squamish to Whistler, the road was blocked indefinitely, due to an accident blocking the highway. Six hours later we arrived in Whistler, after joining the ‘Whistler Crawl’…

Vancouver

Vancouver’s suburbs are extremely condensed, and all so unique. I was staying in Yaletown; a somewhat stylish and sophisticated area, with lots of delicious eateries. From Davie Street (the gay district with rainbow banners, and pink bus stops and rubbish bins) to Robson Street (shopping), Gastown (quaint, cobbled streets with lanterns) and NOT Hastings Street…

Video: Canada

With the Winter Olympics currently on, and NZ today winning not one, but two (bronze) medals in the Games (!!), how could I not get excited and think wistfully about the snow?! Having so recently been in Japan and staying in Hakuba too (which hosted some events during the Nagano Winter Olympics a few years…

Finding Paradise in Phi Phi

An early start and a smooth taxi ride saw us ready to fly to Krabi in plenty of time. From the airport we bussed to the pier where we had lunch whilst waiting for the ferry. It was so hot and sunny on the ferry across to Phi Phi – we were relieved to finally…

Full moon festivities

Most hostels on Kohphangan require a 7 night minimum stay across the Full (and Half) Moon party weeks. Being on the budget and time restrictions that we were, this wasn’t really an option to us. We took some advice from friends and opted to continue our stay on Koh Samui, and would just commute to…

Diving into fun in Koh Tao

One of the things I had always dreamed about – becoming a qualified Scuba Diver, was about to come true. A ferry ride from Bangrak Pier, Koh Samui to Koh Tao, saw us collected by the Simple Life Divers crew as well as another reunion with my friend Emma. It seemed like there were many good dive…

Let’s get tropical: Koh Samui

An early start saw these three eager travellers hit the road. Me, my friend Cam and my cousin Summer left Wellington at some ungodly hour, flying via Sydney and Bangkok and landed in Koh Samui, Thailand later that night. It was a relatively uneventful trip, aside from the fact that Cam had all of his toiletries…

The magic of Morocco

Morocco may be close to Europe, but it was different in so many ways. The food, the people, the culture, the tradition; and that’s just the beginning. I wore a band on my wedding finger, got introduced to bartering, and had to wear long sleeves – even though these were the hottest temperatures I’d ever…

Video: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the most diverse countries I have ever been to. There is so much to see and do that I found it incredibly hard to cram it all into this one wee video! South East Asia is a very popular travel destination for young people these days, and Sri Lanka is…