Tim Baker’s ‘Surfari’ around Australia

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  Tim Baker is so stoked that he can’t put his wetsuit on fast enough. Somehow, in the middle of his life, the prolific surf scribe has slipped one past mediocrity to live the adventure he wished for as a teenager. Balancing life on the road for the best part of a year as a [...]

10 things I like about you, my travel companion

Imo and Keri sharing a laugh, a beer and life on the road

1.     A sense of adventure over a sense of direction. 2.     A sense of humour – because I sometimes lack one and laughing is good stuff especially if we get lost. 3.     The willingness to rough it. Hard floors, soft beds, old cheese, and dirty undies are all part of life on the road at [...]

The Smile File

All it takes is a smile

Here’s a little something to turn your frown upside down, to LOL and ROTFL. Share with your friends to spread a little joy. Too easy to get wrapped up in the downward spiral of daily toil and trouble… lighten up and smile with us at unstuck travel. When you no smile, belly full of bile. [...]

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, [...]

Mexican Pipeline Dreams

Mexican pipeline bikini girl

It’s flat. So I sit, drink a Balinese coffee and listen to the flirtatious conversation between two middle aged Californians at breakfast. The southern Cali twang is unmistakable and unusual next to the more common Aussie accent. Bali is to Australians what Mexico is to North Americans…good waves, a cheap holiday, contrasting culture, and white-skin [...]

Unravelling Indonesia’s culture

Some things we do the same all over the world, Christina, having a good scrub

Indonesia is the austral surf mecca. People flock to its wave infested coastline, often in annual pilgrimages. It’s affordable, tropical and the surf is sensational – why wouldn’t you? But surfing and a cheap holiday aside, what do you know about Indonesia? As much as people are products of their experiences and their environment, a [...]

Surfing and talking sh!t in Sumatra

taken by surprise on the sumatran throne

I feel like Al Bundy (Married with Children) as I sit on the loo at the Surfing Village resort. On an island off west Sumatra (Indonesia) this toilet is a throne. It is a statement in and of itself: ‘sit here and relax your majesty’ it seems to say. It is a magnificent toilet and [...]

Killing time at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Not exactly a star struck couple at Starbucks

How to kill time at international airports? Two words: free Wi-Fi. If you haven’t got yourself a connected device to milk it, you’ve got yourself a problem…boredom. So much of travelling is waiting and delay, says Paul Theroux in his epic account of travelling through China by train. This is as true today as it [...]

A castle in the Solomon Islands

john at papatura

The Location: Papatura Island Retreat, Isabel Province It is close to dusk at the end of a 22-hour boat trip when I realise I’m not sure where I am. As the ship’s tender approaches a bay I spot a man in boardies, probably in his sixties, standing alone on the typically tropical beach. He gives [...]

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