Category: Tips & Reviews

Tinder While Travelling

Tinder While Travelling

It was the morning of my departure. T-minus 4hrs and counting. My mood was anxious, my mood was foreign. I strained for indifference. Ubering to the airport, the driver asked: “International eh, headed far?”, “Nah mate. Just Singapore”. Good boy, play it down, lest he mock your enthusiasm – so worldly are the men who …

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Back, Sack, and Travel Hacks

Back, Sack, and Travel Hacks

[Judgey John Lennon voice] And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? [Derisive Evan voice] Well, John, I haven’t written any so-called “songs”, but I’ve done a bit of travel. And here are some tips… MapsMe. My travel is divided into two distinct periods – the Dark ages before MapsMe, and the Enlightenment …

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The Travellers Workout

The Travellers Workout

I’ve only been gone a month – so, as of yet, I’ve only lost a few things. In order of descending annoyance, these are: earphones, a sock, and my fear of riding naked in a rickshaw. But there’s one thing I’m losing even as we speak – my rockin’ bod. Yes, it’s tough to keep …

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Which Bank Did This To You?

Which Bank Did This To You?

It’s three AM. I’m sitting here, alone, at a bar, waiting for my bank to buy me a drink. Sound odd? Here, let me paint a picture… Fact: at a neighbourly barbecue, it’s more socially acceptable to be a registered sex offender than to work for a bank. At least peddos have to report their …

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Scalpers Can Suck a Chode

Scalpers Can Suck a Chode

Scalpers: they’re barely human. They add nothing. As a parasite, they suck their life from the misery of others. But, in Surat Thani, I took a stand. Short back story: I love train travel – it’s often a highlight of my trip. There’s something about the rhythmic rocking and the whine of metal. It soothes …

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Lagavulin: the best scotch for $100.

Lagavulin: the best scotch for $100.

I’m a human – so part of my remit is to call out ignorance, and to shame the perpetrator. At a bar in KL, sharing a drink for the AFL grand final, a fellow punter bought a bottle of Suntory Old Whisky – and spruiked that it was “the best whisky for under $100” (sic). …

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Aura Surf Camp – Simuelue Island

Aura Surf Camp – Simuelue Island

A preface to this post: Aura is a surf camp. And the criteria for judging a surf camp are simple – it’s all about the surf…size, consistency, and variety. And for this, Aura rips in. The rooms overlook a world class peak – creatively named ‘the Peak’. Genius. The wave peels left and right and …

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Scammed in Medan

Scammed in Medan

Let this be a warning – don’t trust anyone in Medan. This week I caught up with a couple of mates for a surf. We flew into Medan, then on to Sumatra – there’ll be a post on that later… Here’s what happened, as far as I can tell. We arrived in Medan and cleared …

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Items I Won’t Travel Without

Items I Won’t Travel Without

Righto. Three days to go. A nervous excitement belies my languid façade. I’ll pack and unpack no less than five times ‘til departure. I consider a nasal spray to prolong the enjoyment – but I might need it later in the trip… Phone, wallet, passport…check, check, check. Vitals: done. But what about the left field …

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My Life Into a 20L Backpack

My Life Into a 20L Backpack

Ok, I’ll level with you. My backpack was an aspirational purchase. Like chubby girl in denial – I bought a few sizes too small. I could picture the sales girl muttering “sweetie, I just love that colour on you, but you’re definitely not a size 8”. I gave her the stink eye, and pointed at …

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