Cheap holiday travel ideas: free accommodation in local prisons

Schapelle Corby, behind Bali bars for importing kilos of marijuana in her boogie board bag

(Caveat: Mum, you may not enjoy this yarn.) We were free-spirited New Zealanders on a six-week road trip down Mexico’s Baja peninsula. Fun loving, surfing, camping, and the world was our oyster. By the time we arrived at Cabo San Lucas we were dizzy with the intoxicating mix particular to Mexico, of hot salty air, [...]

Kuta Bali hit list: we say YES!

Saul at Bingin, Bali

For fear of being mistaken as an Elizabeth Gilbert wannabe, author of Eat Prey Love (Groan, Sigh, Moan), we’ve opted to avoid the trendy jungle town of Ubud in Bali, where we’ve been told naval gazing woman armed with laptops and a vision to write crowd the free Wi-Fi cafes. We cast our eyes away [...]

Captain Coconut Surf Tour

mawi lombok sunset

THE PLAN: Book myself on a seven day surf boat trip, score some waves, have some fun. THE ITINERARY: Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Sumbawa – Indonesia THE PRICE: Under US $70 a day; amazing food, drinks included (although we topped up the beer allocation a couple of times). THE BOAT: Traditional Indonesian boat with bamboo outriggers, [...]

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