Hiking the Otter Trail: 45km in five days

The Otter Trail is a 45km coastal path that crosses numerous rivers, gives you endless ocean views of crashing waves and rewards you with wonderful log cabins to sleep in. It was my favourite hike out of all the walking we did in Africa and one that shouldn't be missed!

Shipwrecks and seals along the Skeleton Coast

The Namib-Skeleton National Park covers the entire coast of Namibia, stretching 1579km from Ugab River in the south to the border of Angola in the north, aptly named for the countless shipwrecks hidden along it's seemingly endless coast. You'll also find relentless sand dunes, cute little German towns and one of the world's largest Cape Fur seal colonies.

The Mayan ruins of Tulum

Tulum is an up and coming resort town on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsular. The main street is lined with hotels, shops and restaurants for every budget. It's the base for visiting the Mayan ruins with the best location - on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Relax at Mission Beach

Less than two hours south of Cairns lies Mission Beach, a series of four small villages along a 14km stretch of golden, palm tree-lined beach. South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, Mission Beach Village, and Bingil Bay have a great range of accommodation, restaurants, and activities to keep everyone entertained. Mission Beach In this small town,... Continue Reading →

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

The main reason people visit Cairns is for the daily or overnight trips to the Great Barrier Reef. If diving isn't your thing you can wander around the city and the seafront, avoiding salt-water crocodiles by swimming in the free ocean-front swimming pool. If you're flying into Cairns most hostels offer a free pick up... Continue Reading →

Wildlife in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is home to some amazing wildlife and you'll have many chances to see it. Walk among the seals, swim with the dolphins, watch the whales or feed the albatross. We tried and failed to go whale watching and swimming with dolphins... but don't worry, f you have the same luck as I did there are... Continue Reading →

A summer Christmas in Gisborne

If you're from the northern hemisphere then a Christmas in summer will seem like a strange and unnatural thing to you. It is. Having a Christmas dinner, watching snowy Christmas movies, going for a surf and a few beers on the beach. Weird, but fantastic. I spent mine exploring the beautiful beaches around Gisborne. Gisborne... Continue Reading →

Living the dream in Whangamata

Pronounced Fung-uh-ma-tah. I was lucky enough to live in this idyllic surf town for three months. I worked part-time in a bar and spent my days kayaking, surfing, swimming, sunbathing and reading. The waves here are perfect, good for beginners too. It has a cool vibe, and some good summer activities and festivals. The huge... Continue Reading →

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