Hostelling series: five ‘must packs’

What to pack for a backpacking trip? Personally, I find it easier to pack for longer travels than a short holiday because on a long trip at least I know I’ll have to wash my clothes at some point and that refrains me from bringing too much. Everyone will know the basics of jacket, fleece, pants, vest,Continue reading “Hostelling series: five ‘must packs’”

Sydney Harbour

The Sydney Harbour and skyline as seen from Macquarie’s Point. Love the view! 🙂 It always feels special gazing upon the beautifully shaped Sydney Opera House and the stunning harbour that adorns this huge metropole. I’ve been to Sydney a few times now, but I’ll never not like this view. This view is also special toContinue reading “Sydney Harbour”

Hostelling series: what makes a hostel

What makes a hostel a great hostel? What do backpackers like in a hostel? These are things I sometimes think about. What I like in a hostel has changed over the years. Not only have I gotten older but I’ve also gotten a better idea of what makes me feel comfortable in a place. In thisContinue reading “Hostelling series: what makes a hostel”

Hostelling series: experiences

Some people can’t stand the thought of sharing a room with some random stranger, other people love staying in hostels. When I travel, I mostly stay in hostels. It’s generally cheaper and it’s a great way to meet other people. I’ve had great experiences and not so great experiences (like everyone, I’m sure). Sometimes it’sContinue reading “Hostelling series: experiences”

Sydney NYE fireworks

One of the items on my bucket list was to be in Sydney for New Year’s Eve to see the amazing fireworks. As 2011 was close to making way to 2012, I was there sitting near Macquarie’s Point making this dream come true. It was very busy in the city that day. I had doneContinue reading “Sydney NYE fireworks”

Dear New Zealand

Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye to you. But before I head to the airport tomorrow, making our goodbye finite, I want to tell you something. Or actually, I want to thank you.  I want to thank you for the beautiful nature. It’s touching and calming to see that immense beauty still exists on Earth.Continue reading “Dear New Zealand”


When you go hiking, it’s smart to wear special hiking or trekking socks in your boots. Hiking socks are available from various brands and in various thicknesses, depending on the terrain and how warm the area is that you’re going to hike in. The thicker the sock, the more wool is generally used. Thicker socksContinue reading “Socks!”

Sleep tight, hope you’re insulated alright

  First off, I have to admit, I’m no seasoned camping-adventurer nor an expert. I’m simply a nut for outdoor gear and I love figuring out what the best option for a certain item is for me with my intended use. So any review is purely based on my view and personal experiences. I shouldContinue reading “Sleep tight, hope you’re insulated alright”