What It’s Like To Be Home After Months Away

  It’s been 4 weeks – a month – since I landed back in Australia. And yet it doesn’t feel like I have stopped travelling. For starters, getting home was a travel mission itself with two stopovers and 38 hours between leaving my Spanish family and returning to my own (I feel like this may…

Oprah Told Me To Be Grateful So I Gave It A Whirl

Gratitude. It’s something heralded by many as a great way to change your perspective and therefore change your life. And, I tend to agree. After I read Oprah’s book What I Know For Sure, I started a gratitude journal. Sure, it looked more like a journal about what I ate that day but I found…

Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you have what it takes to be a solo travelling organic farm worker who can teach kids English in a non-English speaking home while simultaneously writing about the experience? I know it’s specific but I just wanted to be clear where I am coming from as I write more broadly and individually about HelpX,…

I’m A Strong Independent Woman Who Needs Help & Cries A Lot

That’s right, you heard me. I’m a lass who loves her independence, but is also realising more and more how much nicer life is when I admit I need help. To concede I’m not perfect. And just for the record, needing help and crying are not synonymous with weakness. It may sound ridiculous to actually…

Is There A Name for Bread that Isn’t Crust?

“The Queen of England is the head of Australia as well?” Marisa picked up her dropped jaw and hastily started translating to Javier in Spanish. At least it seemed like haste to me, but then again all Spanish sounds hasty to me. Seriously, every café I go to and ask for water, I know they…

Revel With A Cause

I’ve always been a bit of a reveller. In fun, games, anything that requires a stage and spotlight, parties, gatherings centred on food – I revel in it all. For the past four months, I have been revelling in travel. Now, revelling in travel, just like revelling in a party, may bring to mind stereotypes…

Dealing with Trolls, Bullies & Mean Commentary

One of the first exercises we had to do as journalism undergraduates at university was read out our work and have it constructively criticised in front of the whole class. It was one of those moments when fear struck and the words ‘I am not good enough’ hung in the air above all 20 of…

QUIZ: What’s Your Travel Style?

Could you handle travelling all by yourself, or are you more of a luxurious kind of lad or lassie? Are you more likely to hit up hostels or hotels, plan your trip down to the airport food you’ll eat, or prefer to keep things more casual? Take this certified* quiz and find out. 1. When…