Monthly Archives: January 2011


Confession: I’m a Rubbish Traveller

Z with sore hand

Meeting up with a couple of travelers t’other day, it dawned on me that, actually, I’m quite a rubbish traveller. Not, so much, when it comes to adventure travel: I take a warped pleasure in finding the only boat to a remote island and a bunch of crazy stuff to do there. Blessed with an […]


The Sunday Six: Greece


Every Sunday, we’ll be featuring six favourite places in a favourite country or region. Our first? Greece. A lot of people think of Greece as a destination for package holidays. It’s one of our favourite places – we’ve visited ten times between the two of us. Here’s six great things to do in Greece: 1: […]


A Very Little House

view over rice fields, ubud, bali

This is the view from our very little house in the rice fields in Ubud, Bali. We’ve taken it for a month, to study Indonesian formally before we take our pidgin east to Papua, so Z can do some arts, and I can work a little. Herons and egrets come to the fields every morning, […]


Nine Lessons from a Year of Travel Blogging

open road

It’s a year since my son and I stepped off the plane in Bangkok. A year and two days since I took time out from sorting through a morass of possessions to set up this blog on a whim. It’s been an amazing year. We’ve seen things I’d never have dreamt of. Been places I’d […]


Going Nuclear in the Outback

little fluffy clouds across an Outback sky

The Outback majors on crazy towns. Tiny communities, stranded in an inland sea of sand and scrub, hundreds of miles from anywhere. Yet even after the Martian landscape of Coober Pedy, Woomera, South Australia, is pretty special. Woomera sits on the edge of a bona fide nuclear wasteland: the Woomera Prohibited Zone, a landscape more […]


10 Things to Know before Driving Outback Australia

big truck carrying industrial machinery in outback australia

1: Farmers Don’t Like Pulling Your Camper Out of Their Road Outback Australia is a great place to drive a 4WD. If you know how to do it. When a road says “4WD only” it means: “only for drivers of high clearance 4WDs who know how to use a 4WD in different grades on different […]


The Craziest Town on the Planet?

spaceship in red desert, coober pedy, south australia

Arriving in Coober Pedy, in the South Australian outback, is like landing on another planet. Not just because the place has stood in for Mars in many a movie and almost outclassed Tina Turner in Mad Max III. Not just because of the crazy pits and slagheaps which dot the barren red landscape. This place… […]


10 Most Common RTW Planning Mistakes

brightly coloured curls of packing tape.

1: Booking a RTW Ticket If you’re following a fixed route through expensive cities and your time is very limited, RTW tickets can work out cost-effective. In general, most longterm or budget travellers are better off piecing together a route using cheap airlines, last minute deals, online specials and local travel agents. RTW (round-the-world) tickets […]