asia · australia · bali · Indonesia · northern territory · queensland · South Australia · Travel

Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 3 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Travellers

This will be the last part of my “A Year in Review” segment, I promise.  If you caught the previous two parts of this series you will have seen that they covered our first four months away from England; the first part covered China and Hong Kong, the second part of the segment covered Thailand,… Continue reading Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 3 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Travellers

asia · bali · Indonesia · Malaysia · thailand · Travel

Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 2 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller.

In the first part of my ‘Year in Review’ segment I covered our travels in Amsterdam, Beijing, Harbin and Hong Kong.  We were in Hong Kong with only three days remaining at our accommodation, and we still hadn’t figured out where we were going next – this is one of the beauties of backpacking in my… Continue reading Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 2 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller.

asia · Beijing · China (PRC) · Heilongjiang · hong kong · Travel

Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 1 – Plus 5 Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller

In January of last year I was working as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, and my partner was working as a PA in the nuclear energy sector.  We both handed in our resignations a few months earlier, booked a flight to Amsterdam and then onto Beijing; after that we were just going to… Continue reading Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 1 – Plus 5 Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller

Europe · Poland · Travel

Auschwitz-Birkenau: The Death Factory

This title is anything but a sensationalist one, the Auschwitz-Birkenau site is one of many concentration camps established by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party.  Many of the concentration camps around Europe were either completely or partially destroyed before the Allied forces managed to liberate them, this was done in an effort to obliterate as much evidence… Continue reading Auschwitz-Birkenau: The Death Factory

australia · Travel

The Australian 417 Working Holiday for Brits – Are the visa stipulations fair? A comparison of the 417 Visa and the Tier 5 Visa.

Over the years, a number of countries have introduced something generally referred to as the ‘Working Holiday Visa’, the idea is primarily to give young people the opportunity to travel and work in different countries.  Australia and Britain first introduced this scheme in the 70’s, and the number of young people jumping on board has… Continue reading The Australian 417 Working Holiday for Brits – Are the visa stipulations fair? A comparison of the 417 Visa and the Tier 5 Visa.

australia · queensland · Travel

Working holiday makers in Australia – An exploited underclass or a bunch of whinging, young travellers?

For those of you who are new to this subject, I’ll try to give you a bit of a rundown.  Like many countries such as the UK, South Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, etc; Australia offers something called a ‘working holiday visa’, this entitles citizens of certain countries such as those mentioned previously, usually between the… Continue reading Working holiday makers in Australia – An exploited underclass or a bunch of whinging, young travellers?

australia · northern territory · queensland · South Australia · Travel

Reviewing Our Australian Mega Road Trip: the Good, the bad and my top 5 locations on the trip

First of all, there’s something quite daunting about setting off on a trip of this magnitude, and it’s almost impossible not to underestimate it since it’s so hard to wrap your head around just how big the country is.  What made the trip a little more daunting was the fact that we were undertaking this… Continue reading Reviewing Our Australian Mega Road Trip: the Good, the bad and my top 5 locations on the trip