Trip planning: what kind of planner are you?

Trip planning: you either love it or loathe it. Every holiday lives and dies by how well or poorly you have prepared and each person has their own individual system and flair they like to inject. To some it’s even the most exciting aspect of the trip. For others it’s like having wisdom teeth removed, … Continue reading Trip planning: what kind of planner are you?

How not to climb a mountain: attempting Mt. Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is a major tourist draw in Sabah, the northern province of Borneo. Thousands of people successfully climb its summit each year with ages varying from teenagers through to the elderly. Daily, people slowly trudge their way up the hillside to view the sunrise from its 4095-metre-high peak. As a result, it is one … Continue reading How not to climb a mountain: attempting Mt. Kinabalu

Exploring the Kinabatangan River

If I’m being honest, I had never heard of the Kinabatangan River before I agreed to travel with a friend to Borneo. He was excited to head east and spend time exploring the area famous for monkeys, crocodiles and elephants. My theory was if someone was that damned excited, it must be worth the effort. … Continue reading Exploring the Kinabatangan River

Visiting Sepilok: sun bears, orangutans and tourists

It took very little persuasion to convince me to go on a trip to Sabah in Northern Borneo. I only had one condition- to visit Sepilok and see the orangutans. Sepilok is as famous for its wildlife conservation and rehabilitation as it is for the animals it rehabilitates and it rightly sits atop the tree … Continue reading Visiting Sepilok: sun bears, orangutans and tourists

Lessons Learned in Sabah, Northern Borneo

Sabah in Northern Borneo, is home to some of the richest wildlife and most variable countryside in Southeast Asia. With natural beauty such as the Kinabatangan River, Mount Kinabalu and the Tip of Borneo alongside kilometres of palm plantations, jungle and large cities; it’s an ever-changing and intriguing place. It has a rich history and … Continue reading Lessons Learned in Sabah, Northern Borneo

Damn Mosquitos: trying to avoid malaria

Should I take anti-malaria medication on my next holiday? I have been travelling to Southeast Asia, on and off, for the last eight years and it is still a question I ask myself every time I organise a new trip. After all this time you would think that I would have it all figured out, … Continue reading Damn Mosquitos: trying to avoid malaria

The 5 Non-Negotiables of Rarotonga: the best things to see and do

Rarotonga, the main island in the Cook Islands, is one of the most relaxing places in existence. White, sandy beaches and beautiful weather on a tropical, South Pacific island tend to create that sort of atmosphere effortlessly. You will look up at the lusciously green, jungle interior and then back towards the beach and immediately … Continue reading The 5 Non-Negotiables of Rarotonga: the best things to see and do

Relaxing Rarotonga: the king of the Cook Islands

Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, is a unique sort of place. In order to visit, I had to go back in time. I’m a time traveller. And I only had to fly to Rarotonga, one of the most beautiful places on Earth, to do it. Thanks to the mysteries of the International Date Line and … Continue reading Relaxing Rarotonga: the king of the Cook Islands

The Harry Potter Escape Room Experience in Melbourne

There is only a few things I hate in this world; warm beer, huntsmen spiders, peanut butter and Harry Potter being forced upon me. Granted, it’s an eclectic list but hey, it’s my burden to bare. You can understand, then, my feelings when I found out I was going to a Harry Potter themed escape … Continue reading The Harry Potter Escape Room Experience in Melbourne

Teens, Mountains and Wild Horses: Hiking the Bogong High Plains

Over the last eight years I have worked on and off as an outdoor leader, working with schools and helping them facilitate their outdoor education programs. This usually means leading hiking trips or paddle journeys through some of the more beautiful places that Australia has to offer. Getting paid to do this privilege seems borderline … Continue reading Teens, Mountains and Wild Horses: Hiking the Bogong High Plains