The famous East Coast trips of most travelers skip Newcastle and not unlike Brisbane, it has a reputation of being boring and less interesting than Sydney or Melbourne. While both capital cities are very vibrant and beautiful, so is Newcastle. The city is a great stop on most people’s travels or is a perfect weekend getaway for other Australians. Therefore I would love to invite you into my travel guide to Newcastle, New South Wales. It is full of foodie goodness, outdoor activities and espresso martinis. Nobody put’s baby in the corner. Continue Reading
While going for Thai food yesterday, my friends and I were reminiscing on what we miss in Asia. The organized chaos, the diversity, the smiles and most importantly, the street food! I still remember my first visit to a street food market in Thailand like it was yesterday. It is overwhelming and hectic, but is there anything better than sitting down on one of those plastic stools and enjoying this amazing street food that is both delicious and super cheap? I knew immediately this was going to be my next blog post. Especially after seeing this photo this morning of my personal hero Anthony Bourdain and the American president in a little Hanoi street food diner. Hey, if it’s good enough for the president, it’s good enough for you.
Not everyone is as excited about street food as I am, it can be quite scary when you arrive in Asia and it seems like everyone is making something on the corner of the street. Which food is safe and isn’t going to sentence you to the loo for most of the evening (food poisoning is violent!). Which food will taste the best? What if all the street stalls are making more of the same? What does it even say on the menu? How do I figure out how much it costs?
The best pad thai I’ve had? On a corner in Koh tao. The best and most deliciously soft squid? On a beach in Cambodia. Tom yum goon I will always remember? Next to the road on the motorbike loop of Pakse, Laos. Eating so much we lost ability to walk? Definitely all around Malaysia! There is nothing that breaks my heart more than hearing somebody went to Singapore, where eating is the national hobby, and was afraid to eat in the hawker stalls. Therefore, I wanted to give you my 20 tips for eating street food in Asia without getting sick. I’ve tried and tested all of them and hope they will help you scope out your awesome next meal: Continue Reading
Having traveled in Australia for little over four months, I notice that at times I’m longing back to South East Asia. Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with Australia. Even though every country in South East Asia presents itself with its own challenges, life does tend to be very simple which is something that I can really enjoy. In these countries there are little to no worries about how much you are spending, logistics always seem to work out and don’t cost you a fortune and the locals introduce you into a completely different way of living. Sometimes it does seem nice to live in that tiny beach town and teach scuba diving to tourists while you go out almost every night. Although, knowing myself, I would get sick of that pretty soon though. Continue Reading
My first visit to Indonesia started in the small town of Surabaya about halfway through the island of Java. I didn’t want to start in Jakarta and decided on missing Jogjakara and winning a few days further down the line. There isn’t that much to do Surabaya apart from going to the excellent restaurant Domicile and to take in the culture, religion and the people (I stayed at Hotel 88 and was very happy there). All and all Surabaya can be a bit of a culture shock, especially for women traveling alone. Soon after my arrival I started planning my month’s stay in the country starting with the famous Java volcanoes, Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen. Continue Reading
When you are going traveling for a longer period, your backpack basically becomes your home away from home. Therefore choosing a backpack is just as crucial as choosing what goes into said backpack (more about thàt later). While planning for my big adventure I knew this was going to be one of my most important decisions. Like always, I love my research and as the departure date grew closer, I became more known into the field of backpacks and which kind I was looking for. Around this time I got into contact with the people from Osprey, a brand that is better known in America than it is here. I love how streamlined and minimal their packs are and that they have a lot of travel-savvy features. Because they have such a wide selection, I thought they were the perfect brand to use when you’re deciding between certain packs. There truly are a lot of features and different qualities to choose from so I narrowed it down to 6 question that you should ask yourself. Continue Reading
Koh Tao was the final stretch of my 3-week Thailand adventure. Being a bit disappointed with the fact that I couldn’t go diving, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to spend an entire week in diving paradise. But I soon… Continue Reading
Koh Phi Phi is such a gorgeous place on our planet that it deserves a post to itself. With my foot being messed up, I spoiled myself to a fancy hotel with a great view and a pool. I figured… Continue Reading