Our RTW Packing List

So what do  you pack for an Indefinite Travel Adventure? I have no idea, I’ve never been on one before. So why read on? Because I’ve made plenty of packing mistakes in my ten or more years of traveling on shorter journeys, and I am hell-bent on not repeating them this time. I have a rule, or rather a phrase that sets my mind at ease: They do have shops in other countries! That means if we forget something we … Keep reading…

Our RTW Travel (Un) Plans

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It’s nearly here. I can almost feel it. Warm, tropical air, spicy curries and exotic spiky fruits with strange names. Lychee. Jackfruit. Rambutan. Okay, maybe it’s just that last one that’s weird. Our Indefinite Travel Adventure (read, this is not a holiday) is just around the corner, starting in Southeast Asia, a part of the world that is so close, yet so far away. Close in distance, but a world away culturally. And I can’t wait. I’ve always loved Asia. From my first … Keep reading…

Self Indulgence 101

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As I exited a cinema last night, I over-heard someone describe the film we had seen as ‘self-indulgent.’ This phrase doesn’t sit well with me, though I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe I’m too self-indulgent to see it… The film was The Descendants, starring George Clooney. I liked it. Good story, great location (Hawaii), strong acting by the lead characters, particularly the two young girls that play his daughters, and an irreverent, off-beat script. It was long, and there were some weak spots, … Keep reading…

We Have A Date For Our RTW Adventure!

Today was a very special day. Yesterday, after conducting a monumental clean out of all our junk, paper work and other stuff not able to fit into a 40L backpack, we were mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted. The thing about chucking out stuff is, you have to sort through it in order to decide what needs to be kept and what needs to get chucked. And then there’s this annoying category entitled, “I know I don’t need it or have … Keep reading…

An Interesting Encounter in Alappuzha

We had arrived in Alappuzah well after night-fall, fireflies leading the way down the dimly lit dirt path that ran alongside the narrow canal. The gentleman from our resort strode on ahead, wheeling the baggage trolley along behind him, whilst we dilly-dallied in the dark. Old wooden canoes creaked atop the black water that shimmered like oil, whilst their owners relaxed inside small homes along the riverbank, exhausted from another day’s fishing. We ate a simple meal at our resort, then escaped … Keep reading…

Sold! We Sold Our Home

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We sold our home today. It came as quite a shock. Let me explain… Just before Christmas, someone made an offer, a very low one. We made a counter offer, then they ‘upped’ theirs. Still too low. So we resolved to take the Christmas/ New Year period off from home-opens (i.e cleaning), and start again in the New Year when the buyers would surely come-a-lookin’. … Keep reading…

The Trouble With Excess Baggage

As a flight attendant, I see a lot of travellers. Well, duh! Mums with bubs, suited execs, and FIFO’s (Fly In, Fly Out workers travelling to and from numerous mines around Australia). Whatever their reason for boarding a tin can and hurtling through the sky, the one constant is their attachment to their bags. Now, now, I’m not judging, merely observing. And let’s get one thing straight, airline staff (especially hostesses of the sky such as myself) can be rude. I’m not … Keep reading…

The Spirit of Spending

Christmas is a strange time of year. You either love it or you hate it. Either way, you still have to participate. Okay, that may not be true for everyone, but in my family, there is no option. Christmas just is.  I was feeling very un-Christmasy a couple of weeks ago, until I bought a few gifts, which strangely got me into the spirit. I even put up my little tree, and admire all ten little flashing bulbs every evening. … Keep reading…

Dealing with the C word

I’m talking about Change, people! Big, fat change, and the rollercoaster of emotion that has me strapped into its rickety carriage, hurtling towards destination Great Big Unknown, via a series of  oh-my-god-this-is-awesome highs, and some I-think-my-guts-is-in-my-mouth lows. I’m just as scared of change as you.  No, not you, professional traveller cum blogger-extraordinare cum citizen-of-the-world-slash-digital-nomad. You! Yes, you, who has inadvertently stumbled upon this blog after a bungled google search, whilst attempting to alleviate work place boredom. You, who is stuck at work, pretending to care … Keep reading…

My Most Memorable Travel Moments

I’ve been reflecting on my most memorable travel moments. Those moments abroad that shaped the way I viewed myself, travel and my life forever. Who am I kidding, there have been heaps of those moments over the years, but here are just a few…   1. My First Trip to Bali When I was Twelve It seems fitting to start here, as this was the first time I ventured out of Australia. My love of air travel was already firmly … Keep reading…