WorkAway – International Youth Hostel in Kyoto, Japan

1 Month Hostel WorkAway in Kyoto, Japan In April 2016,  I volunteered for a month in an international youth hostel in Kyoto, Japan. It was my third volunteering experience, the second through workaway, and I absolutely loved it! I saved $800 in accommodations, made new friends and  enjoyed a totally new way of travelling.  In…

Sahai Nan Permaculture Farm – Barefoot with Friends

In late February 2016, I pursued a new experience on my travels in the form of a permaculture farm volunteering retreat. I want to explain why this experience was worthwhile, and why it was a good decision during my travels in terms of Experience, Money and Time. Decisions have to be made on a regular basis…

Favourite Travel Apps – Saving You Money

My Favorite Travel Apps! Apps are now an invaluable part of our daily lives, honestly I would be pretty lost without them. From getting directions using google maps, reading restaurant reviews for awkward first dates, to mobile banking and so on. Today, your app store offers many useful options for international travelers. These apps can help you make…

Teman Negara – Trekking the Rain Forest

Trekking Taman Negara, an amazing experience suitable for all ages! Teman Negara meaning “National Park” in Malay was originally named  “King George V National Park” when it was officially opened in 1939. Over the course of my travels in Malaysia, I had heard great things about Teman Negara. It was described as an amazing must see…

Kota Bahru – Beach, Beers and BBQ

One night, two days in Kota Bahru. Kota Bahru is a fairly quiet Islamic city in northern Eastern Peninsular Malaysia. It is the capital and royal seat of the Kelantan State. Each Malaysian State has a Sultan or King at the head of state, although many of the positions are simply honerary. The city streets…

The Perhentian Islands – Snorkeling

Welcome to Pulau Perhentian Kecil! Snorkeling in Paradise! Beautiful beaches, scuba diving, snorkeling and fire jugglers, what more could a backpacker want in the beautiful Pulau Perhentian Kecil, the smaller of the two remote tropical islands off the coast of North East Malaysia. Isn’t there something truly sensational about being back out at sea after a…

Pulau Pinang – Spicy Cooking

While on Pulau Pinang, take a day to get out of Georgetown. With a quick bus ride from Komtar central terminal, I visited local markets, Kek Lok Si Temple & The Bronze Statue of Kuan Yin, and the Tropical Spice Garden. Other Pinang highlights include a trekk up Pinang Hill from the entrance at the Botanical…

Georgetown, Penang – Art & History

Hey Traveller! Don’t forget to visit George Town, Penang to see the cool street art on your journey throughout Malaysia! This old colonial town is rich in history and overflowing with hip, fun and inspiring artwork. I arrived in George Town on March 18th from the Cameron Highlands. I heard through word of mouth that…

Cameron Highlands – Trekking

When I first heard about the Cameron Highlands, I knew I had to visit them on my way through Malaysia. Not because of the name we share, but because of the hiking trails and the cool mountain temperature that ranges between a glorious 16-23 degrees. On march 14th, I casually made my way to the…

Cameron Highlands – Colours of Tea & Flowers

A Little History The Cameron Highlands of today is a popular tourist site for foreigners and locals to trekk, visit tea plantations and get away from the coastal heat. The Cameron Highlands was discovered by government surveyor William Cameron on a mapping expedition in 1885. However, it was George Maxwell, Chief secretary during 1920-1926 who…