Birdsnest Holiday Home, Donnellys Crossing, New Zealand

If you ever make it to New Zealand, I really recommend staying at holiday homes rather than a hostel or a hotel. These turned out to be some of the most memorable parts of my trip- the kind hosts, the hearty homes, the blissful and relaxing surroundings. These holiday homes made the ‘pureness’ in ‘Pure New Zealand’. Continue reading


Hotel Regina Garni (Oberstdorf, Germany) Review

If you ever find yourself in Oberstdorf in the Bavarian Alps, you’ll soon realise that this is the adventure capital of the region. No matter which season you come here, this town that’s enveloped in mountain ranges is always bustling with people. Winter is for snow sports, while other seasons are perfect for hiking, shopping or even cafe hopping. Continue reading

An Upcoming Summer Without Much Travels?

Around September every year, I spend the month pulling my hair out over what should be an easy decision- where to travel to over the summer (Australian summer, which is from December to February). I have been privileged enough to be able to travel overseas for an extended amount of time every summer for the past 3 years, so that over that three-month period, I have only really stayed at home for no more than 3 weeks! Yes, my routine for September has continued, but I’ve decided on something different this time. I’m actually going to stay at home! While I know I’m going to have many regrets about Continue reading

Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Costa Rica (Part 1)

When I was deciding on where to go, I resorted to the option of spinning a globe and then just doing a Google search on it. This was how I decided that I was going to spend a month and a half in Costa Rica. I’d heard a little bit about the country before, like how there were sloths there and the diverse natural phenomena this tiny country offers (volcanos, rainforests, beaches, mountains etc. etc.). Months later, Continue reading

What I Wish I Was Told Before Studying Psychology

I don’t know where you’re reading this, but at least here in Australia, psychology’s an extremely popular subject choice. At my university, 2000 people enrol in first-year psychology. There are about 500 in second-year, and in third-year the numbers drop off again. Having studied at university for three years now, psychology still takes me by surprise. If you’ve ever considered studying psychology at university, read on: Continue reading

Why I Choose To Spend More Time With My Family As I Get Older

It was my birthday the other day, and I don’t know about you, but I always think back to what I was doing on this exact day a few years ago. Sure, I might not be able to remember all of these monumental days, but I can at least compare the one this year to the ones in recent years.

I realised that ever since I started uni three years ago, I’ve opted for birthdays spent with my family more than these monumental days spent with friends. And actually, I’ve realised that often I have opted to turn down social events and various freelance jobs throughout the year just to hang out with my family.

People, and sometimes myself too, don’t understand why. I mean, I still live at home. I can see my family every day. Right? But… Continue reading

Hotel Zum Bären (Triberg, Germany) Review

Although Triberg is a touristy town, it doesn’t have many accommodation options ad most people visit this place as a day trip. I didn’t want to spend too much time on public transport, so I decided to stay overnight and hoped that accommodation wouldn’t be too expensive. As a student, I of course booked the cheapest place I could get, and this is one of those times that I’m so chuffed with my decision. Continue reading

A Young Person’s Honest Thoughts On Hostels

When I was booking my accommodation for Germany, all I had in mind was money. I wanted to spend my money on other things that I considered necessary, like transport costs and museum entry fees. For me, because I was only stayed at each place for one or two nights, I didn’t care how bad the hostel conditions were. And now that I’ve returned from my trip, I counted that out of 19 nights, I had 8 nights in a hostel accommodation. That also meant I had 8 nights of terrible sleep. That’s almost half my trip! Continue reading