My lifelong interest in Jakarta

I've never been to Jakarta, but here's the story of why I've always wanted to go. I bet you have your own list of places to visit from the same random kind of connections, too. So, moving house has turned up so much fascinating memorabilia, and among this is a box full of my all-time favourite … [Read more...]

Packing list for Bali or Penang or pretty much any tropical destination – and my new luggage

I have to warn you: I'm a pretty light packer. I've done a lot of independent travel which requires me being responsible for lugging my stuff around all the time and that taught me to be pretty frugal about what went on my packing list. (Although by my standards, my packing list for Bali recently … [Read more...]

Should experienced travellers go to Bali? A note from my own experience

Bail is one of the most popular destinations for Australian holiday-makers, and especially for people from Perth (my hometown) because it's basically the shortest flight you can take to get anywhere holiday-ish (apart from a few places within Western Australia which are gorgeous, but way more … [Read more...]