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It seems a common trait that the characters you tend to meet travelling have interesting tales to share, a quirky attitude, or just a different perspective on how they choose to live their life – Remi is no exception to this rule. I have no idea how old he is, but I’m assuming it’s somewhere in his mid-late thirties and he has wacky travel experiences and plans for all over the world…. Read More

After spending a few more nights than anticipated in Padangbai we decided it was time to continue on, so we packed small daypacks, left out rucksacks in Padangbai and headed over the Pacific to Lombok. Now you have the option of either going with one of the tons of hecklers selling a speedboat trip between the islands, which takes roughly an hour and a half, or you have the option of taking… Read More

When it comes to travelling, having no set plans and little intention is the best way to experience any place you find yourself – the best laid plans are no plans at all. This popular belief for most travellers couldn’t have been truer today. We awoke around 8am with plans on slowly enjoying a coffee on the patio, renting some snorkelling gear and heading down to Blue Lagoon Beach, in Padang Bai… Read More

Let’s face it, for most people going to the airport is a rushed, hectic, and excited experience. Generally traffic around the area is brutal, we’re told we need to be 3 hours early for international flights, we wait in an incredibly long line to fight for squished seats in the middle of a 4-pack, then we feel our pulse raise for absolutely no reason as we walk through security. For some it’s… Read More

Basically, the idea behind this section is to ask any traveller what is it they carry in their backpack, outside of obvious toiletries and general arrangement of clothing. I’m not looking for how many t-shirts you store in the bottom of your bag, I’m looking for unnecessary items, comedic items, useful items, and sentimental items that some people feel they simply cannot travel without. Since this will serve as the inaugural edition of… Read More

If you’re anything like me, packing is a one-hour affair, whereby I’m convinced I’ve lost everything important, regret not doing anything sooner, and slowly realize that it’ll all be okay. I mean the beautiful thing about living out of a backpack is that you literally carry everything you’ll need to go about any regular day, on your back. There’s little debating as the day progresses, “What should I wear out tonight”, “I… Read More

It has been nearly a year since I last had the acute feeling of jetlag coupled with the immense excitement of arriving in a new destination and surrounding myself with the unfamiliarities that come with a foreign country. This time it’s a 34-hour tour that includes a 13-hour flight to Abu Dhabi (coupled with a 7-hour layover), a 7-hour trek to Jakarta, and a quick hop over to Denpasar. Arriving 2 days… Read More

Let’s face it. The world is becoming smaller each and every day, with a new generation hungry to see the world that value experience over earnings. While major travel destinations such as Thailand, Indonesia, and much of Europe are amazing places to see and to experience, they are slowly becoming bogged down with the tourist trap. Slowly we are witnessing a steep rise in price, a local distain for tourism, and just… Read More

1) When travelling zip of pants are always in style – hey, they’re pants….AND shorts 2) Learning how to say the word “no” in a foreign language goes a long way. 3) A travel pillow, it looks stupid but trust me, you stand out anyway 4) Imodium – 14 hour bus rides, not a risk I’m willing to take 5) A Journal – you’ll be happy you kept one when you look… Read More