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It’s not common for a travel writer to end their travel blog and write about it, but here I am, writing my goodbye. Our travel has come to an end and so has A Ticket To.

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Which Gili Island to visit in Indonesia?

Gili Meno, Gili Air, Gili T, so much to do, so much to see. This idyllic trio of islands off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, are close in radius, but vastly different when it comes to personality. Before we went we had many conversations about which one to go to? How long to stay on each one? So what is the difference between the three islands and which one is best for you?

Why not to stay in Seminyak, Bali.

The lure of the sunny beaches, the +30 degree heat, temples, culture and the parties, who wouldn’t want to visit the island of Bali, Indonesia. But what is it really like? How ‘touristy’ is it? What is there to do? Is it really paradise? So to answer all those questions, here is my review and what to expect from Seminyak and Bali as a whole.

What to do in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Our 24 hours in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, had some unexpected surprises. The day featured shooting some arrows, almost falling out of a 4×4 on a volcano, and riding around in a neon, Pikachu pedal car. Not to mention visiting the countries biggest temples! Sounds pretty interesting right? So here is what to do with a day in Yogyakarta.

Art and Travel pt IV – Brick Bay Vineyard, NZ

Art, travel, wine – three of my most favourite things. When those three things come together, heaven really is a place on earth. That is why Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Park is my new favourite place. What better way to spend an afternoon than strolling through woodland, appreciating amazing artwork and ending the trail with a wine tasting! Pinch me now! 

Beer tasting in Wellington: Breweries and Burgers

I over indulged. So much so that my body couldn’t disgust it all and, well, the result wasn’t pleasant! But it was all in the name of research! I can’t do a post about Wellington, the craft beer capital of New Zealand, without drinking a lot of craft beer and eating a lot of food to go with it!

The wonders of Rotorua Thermal Park

I can honestly say I have never seen anything (or smelt anything) like it. This place looks like something you’d expect to see on Mars, or at least in an apocalyptic film. The Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua is a walking trail full of thermal pools, bubbling geysers and the smelliest gasses you can imagine, it’s a place with sights I will never forget.

Wobbly Waiheke: A self tour of Waiheke’s vineyards

Wobbly Waiheke, named as such as I was pretty unstable after trying 11 different types of wines! With well over 20 vineyards on the island, Waiheke is the perfect place to visit for wannabe wine-connoisseur, or anyone who just likes a glass or three. Here is what we got up to on our day at Waiheke’s vineyards.

Things to do in Bohol, Philippines

Philippines is now the country I recommend the most for a holiday. I have already boasted about Taal, Palawan and Manila, so here I am with another complimentary post, this time it’s Bohol’s turn. Unusual landscapes, animal encounters and gorgeous beaches, here is our list of things to do in Bohol.

Koh Phi Phi – Expectations vs Reality

Malia, Magaluf, Lanzarote. These are not the places I thought I’d be comparing Koh Phi Phi to. I was expecting something similar to The Maldives, Seychelles. I 100% did not expect to read ‘Topless girls and Naked guys – free bucket of booze!’ I don’t think I have drunk from a bucket since I was at University. Then again, looking around, I think most of the people are at University. We are old man. Maybe it’s time we accepted that?

Cheapest Beer in Georgetown, Malaysia

This place may not be for everyone. It definitely isn’t the prettiest, there are some questionable people around (mainly drunks) and you pretty much sit on the road. But for those of you that are budget backpackers like us, this is where you need to be.

Trekking through Taman Negara, Malaysia

Who would have thought it hey? A year ago I didn’t even own a waterproof coat! If it was raining, I wouldn’t go outside, simple! The most I walked was to and from the bus stop for work, or to Greggs for lunch. Now, my limited edition Nike sneakers are covered in mud, my butt is sore from falling over and I’m scrabbling under fallen trees – and loving it!