I had left Cairns feeling a tad sorry I hadn’t gone back to Gili T instead of attempting an Australian holiday for this Christmas break, and this sentiment strengthened as I found myself heading out alone the next night in Airlie Beach. After a long bus ride I had found that my well-reviewed hostel, Nomads/Base,… Read More Airlie Beach, Queensland
I hadn’t intended to go anywhere over Christmas break, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I was wasting a forced ten days of time off from work. So, heeding the advice of those who suggested I try somewhere different from my beloved Bali (where I had just been), I pretty… Read More A Cairns Christmas
The last thing I had expected was to be gripping onto my seat, trying desperately not to be sick or possibly die (it felt like) in a dramatically rollicking fast boat on the way from Gili Trawangan to Ubud, Bali. I miraculously managed it, in awe of most of the other passengers, who seemed far… Read More Ubud, Bali – an unexpected weekend
The volcanic eruption had provided me with an unanticipated extra stint in Gili T, where I had just spent an amazing and unexpectedly emotional week – and this time I had a plan.
I managed to see my beloved travel pillow go flying behind me from the top deck of the somewhat thrilling fast boat ride from Gili T to Bali as I forgot myself and moved my head up an inch. It wasn’t really explained that if you sit up on this deck you have to pin… Read More Seminyak – what’s all the yak about?
A volcano had erupted on Lombok: three people had apparently died while climbing it the day before. But the five of us new friends were headed to a boat party off the paradise island of Gili T that Wednesday, and we had hardly a care in the world.
I had only heard of ‘Gili T’ for the first time from a couple of 21-year-olds on a party boat in Koh Phi Phi, and heard of it again after I had somewhat spontaneously booked my flights to Bali a few weeks prior. I had figured, based on my proceeding rigorous internet research, that it… Read More Gili Trawangan – the first chapter
I had only just returned from my Thailand trip – reeling with post-trip blues, the likes of which I had never before experienced and which made me suddenly lament the city I had previously loved living in – when I found out that I had to take all of my annual leave in the calendar… Read More Kuta – the ‘cesspool’ of Asia, or just a really good time?
After the epic night and morning in Koh Phangan, it was always going to be a long and tiring journey across the country to Phuket for my final night. I ignorantly hadn’t realised, however, that the majority of the trip was overland on a long bus trip. I nabbed a window side quickly and was… Read More One night in Patong, Phuket
I arrived in Koh Phangan and checked into my roomy bungalow, right off the main street of Haad Rin, the party side of the island. Although I had been expecting something a bit more glamorous for the price I had decided to pay to upgrade to air conditioning, the place turned out to have a… Read More Disneyland for twentysomethings (Koh Phangan)