Taipei and the case of the false ceiling

When people who haven't travelled much ask me about my travel experiences, for some reason they often expect me to have terrible tales of missed flights, lost luggage, pickpockets, stolen cameras, nights out in the rain and who knows what else. The simple fact is that travel is mostly safe, most of … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day giveaway: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters

For many countries around the world, and here in Australia too, Mother's Day is coming up in May. And that makes it a very opportune time for me to hold a special giveaway here on Not A Ballerina. Yes, time for loyal readers to win a prize!Mother and daughter in Red SquareYou may recall that I've … [Read more...]

Culture shock in Japan: My pre-Japan nightmares!

It's all too easy for me, when I hear people talking about their fears and concerns about travelling to foreign countries, to dismiss their worries and just tell them to go out and do it. I've experienced lots of different cultures and foods and languages and customs and I have learnt that there is … [Read more...]

Conquering Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain

Hmm. Conquering is not really the word you should choose to describe getting to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia. But it sounds good, doesn't it?!Pathway nearing the summit of KosciuszkoLocated not too far from Canberra, Mount Kosciuszko stands tall at 2,228 metres … [Read more...]

Weekend Wanderings: Travel on the cheap

Since I've been talking about budget travel this week, I decided that this round of Weekend Wanderings will feature your favourite posts about trips that haven't cost a fortune. Bali view from Jesse Wagstaff The concept of what makes a cheap trip doesn't just vary from person to … [Read more...]

Perth: A city which installs its art gallery on the beach

If you've read anything I've written about Perth, you will probably have noticed I'm a big fan of Perth beaches. That's usually because they're quiet, unspoiled and simply beautiful. But sometimes it's because they're bustling and full of fun - like every March when Sculpture by the Sea comes to … [Read more...]

Beginning world traveller Laura plans her European trip

Remember Laura, the beginner-traveller I interviewed back in November? She's preparing to do some long-term travel and although last time we chatted, she was planning to head to Thailand first, her plans have changed and she sounds so excited about it that I just had to interview her again to find … [Read more...]

My favourite Slovak word and other Bratislava musings

As I've travelled the world I've had a lot of fun discovering my favourite words in other languages. But I have to say that of many favourite words, one that's very high on my list is a Slovak word. It means ice cream, which of course is a very good thing to start with, and it is a crazy, fun … [Read more...]

My version of budget travel (aka I’m a cheapskate traveller!)

Inspired by a piece on BootsnAll about travelling cheaply (or as cheap as possible) in five expensive countries, I have been thinking about what I'd like to call "cheapskate travel" - my version of budget travel. First up, you should know that I was raised by a bank manager father and a real estate … [Read more...]

How I use technology when I’m travelling

When I was travelling and living abroad full-time, I was basically a technology-free girl. This was pre-smart phones and tablets and although I had a laptop, it was way too heavy to lug in my backpack and usually stayed sitting on a desk wherever my home base was at the time. Not me, … [Read more...]