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How To Get From Sapporo to Niseko in Winter

Snow on Mt Yotei photography

You finally have your ski trip booked and are looking forward to experiencing this JAPOW that everyone raves about. If you’ve booked your flights and accommodation, the next thing on the list is transport. Sapporo to Niseko Niseko is located 106km from New Chitose Airport but is a two to three-hour drive. While there are […]

Travel Japan Cheap: 24 Ways to Visit Japan On A Budget

10,000 Yen Japan money

Most people I’ve spoken to have always put off travelling to Japan because of how much they anticipate it’s going to cost. Japan DOES NOT have to be expensive and yes, it is entirely possible to visit Japan on a budget – I even had a budget of $1000 for two weeks. Since 2012, I’ve […]

Japan Working Holiday Visa: A Guide for Aussies

red shrine gate floating in water with Japan written in light

Australia has Working Holiday arrangments with a bunch of countries designed to allow young people to travel and have the means to help fund travelling while abroad. Getting a Working Holiday Visa for Japan is by far the best way to explore the country without breaking the bank (and possibly even coming back with savings). […]

Backpacking Russia | Things to do, Budget Breakdown & Travel Tips

Moscow Red square colourful cathedral church

The largest nation in the world that borders a staggering 14 countries, crosses 9 time zones and has a population of over 142 million people is by no means one that you can pop in for a quickie. Quick visit that is (what were you thinking?). Even our one month of backpacking through Russia felt […]

Backpacking Jordan | Things to Do, Travel Tips & Budget Guide

Woman walking through canyon towards Treasury at Petra in Jordan

Daniel is completely drained – physically and mentally. The parasite he had really took it out of him and despite having mostly recovered, he’s not back to himself. The 5-hour bus ride and two border crossings feel like a lifetime ago as we now sit in the back of Shaker’s truck driving away from Wadi […]

Hiking Tolmin Gorges, Slovenia: Everything You Need To Know

travel couple on the bridge at Tolmin Gorge in Slovenia

Welcome to the Tolmin Gorges, the lowest and southernmost entry point into the Triglav National Park and Tolmin’s most spectacular site. The emerald water you see flows from the Tolminka and Soca rivers. Both streams have carved deep gorges into the rocks and this spectacular hike leads you from the bottom to the top of […]

Backpacking Budget For Japan: A Breakdown of What We Spent (And NO JR Pass!!)

people walking in Japan streets

Among many travellers, Japan has a reputation for being one of the most expensive countries in the world and most people will tell you that it is impossible to stick to a strict backpacking budget for Japan. I’ve been to Japan twice now and after having travelled through a number of different countries, I can […]

Ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba (Jordan to Egypt): Everything You Need To Know

Taking a ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba is definitely the best option to travel between Jordan and Egypt so that you can avoid the long overland process through Israel. Current information online is out of date and we didn’t find much of it helpful. We were quite sceptical and didn’t know what to expect but […]

Backpacker’s Guide to Dahab, Egypt: Our Favourite Place in the Middle East

elephant statue underwater photography

If there’s one place you have to visit in Egypt, it’s Dahab. After a fairly rough 2.5 weeks in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, I was honestly tired of Egypt and wanted to leave. But as soon as I arrived in Dahab, everything changed. Almost instantly I felt a weight lift off my shoulders as I […]

Is It Safe To Travel To The Middle East? Experiences & Tips From Travel Bloggers

Terrorism. It’s a word that has changed our world in so many ways and is unfortunately now synonymous with an entire region in the world. Needless to say, many of our friends and family thought we were crazy to be travelling to the Middle East. We are fully aware of how the Middle East is portrayed […]

Please Stop Asking Where I’m REALLY From

The problem with asking "where are you really from" - the perspective from an Asian Australian.

Yeah, but where are you REALLY from? ‘Where are you really from?’ – like I had a brain fart and told you “Australia” but really, I meant somewhere else. Like I’m going to change my answer just because you put really in there.  My problem isn’t with people asking where I’m from, it’s with the rejection of my first, […]

Epic Iceland Ring Road Itinerary In Any Car: Complete Guide

As backpackers, we did the unthinkable and booked flights to one of the most expensive countries in the world: Iceland. We were lured in by cheap flights, endless waterfalls and the prospect of seeing the northern lights and couldn’t help ourselves – we were going to spend 10 days on Ring Road. We couldn’t find the perfect Ring […]

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