All posts tagged: travel tips

The warmest colours of Malta

On an adventure through my hard drive recently, I stumbled across these photos from a trip I took after I finished my undergraduate degree in 2013. At the beginning of the holiday, I spent a few weeks in Malta with family, and as luck would have it a few uni friends were over there at the same time- visiting their respective families (who knew that so many people had Maltese relatives?) (you probably did) (we are everywhere). Suffice to say it was an amazing experience- I ate and drank way too much (pastizzi and Kinnie forever and ever). Fortunately, we spent so much time swimming and walking and dancing, so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been. If you don’t know much about Maltese people, they are just about the most hospitable, kind and chatty souls you will come across (to generalise… but what a happy generalisation). My family (particularly my aunties, my cousin Lara and her friends) completely spoilt us- taking us to wine festivals, beaches, restaurants, parties and museums. If you …

Ten Budget Backpacking Essentials

 by Ruby Bisson I came to Europe with a mere 4700€ ($6500) in my bank account for a 33 week trip- because I was impatient to leave Australia. I knew I didn’t have ‘enough’, I knew a budget this small meant that I wouldn’t be able to shop, let alone sleep in quiet, comfortable beds. I knew I’d have to sacrifice entering into a museum or two and I knew I’d have to take long buses instead of quick flights. But I wasn’t going to let money stop me from seeing the European landscape for the first time. I am driven to return in the future when I can afford that kind of trip, so why wait? Why not have this one as well? So far, I haven’t met a single soul with a smaller budget and I honestly believe it’s because there are misconceptions out there about money and travel that need to be addressed. For those vagabonds who are Uppers and Leavers, I want to share some helpful websites and tips that can …