So Close I Can Taste The Tequila

I can’t believe the time is passing so fast, I almost want it to slow down a little. Over the last month or so I have been insanely busy with uni, exams have been a bitch and I’ve spent pretty much the entire last three weeks studying and catching up on lectures. Thank god its finally over. I also put in my resignation at work which feels amazing – I finish up on the 6th.

It also is an incredible feeling to be able to put my money where my mouth is – so to speak. I actually feel excited telling people about it now, compared to not so long ago where I dreaded the topic coming up and would talk it down when it did come up. This was mostly due to the “humoring” and the disbelief when I bought up the trip. A lot of people assume that just because they don’t have the self restraint to save for the things they want, it most definitely wouldn’t be possible for me – it was very frustrating. Then there was the constant fear of looking like I was one upping the ones who actually thought it was achievable – when they were getting all excited about their amazing 3 week trip it definitely made me look like a douche when I mentioned mine was atleast eighteen months long.

I was actually meant to write a post about this but uni got in the way (again). For a couple of months I would avoid the subject, make it sound like it isn’t the most exciting thing that is about to happen in my life, and I would point out the negative points of long term travel when i did talk about it etc.

But anyway, I don’t care so much anymore, I’ve learnt that you cant talk your highlights down just because you’re worried you may seem to ‘one up’ others, you’ve just got to be a little sensitive about it. Obviously I’m not going to go overboard tell anyone that I think my trip is better than theirs (because I don’t believe that anyway), but I’m not going to be afraid to talk about it if I’m asked – I’ll just keep it short.

It’s so weird to think its finally happening though – it has always seemed so far off in the future. We’ve been planning for over two years (and saving of course) and a couple things have changed from the initial idea.

It started off when we booked our first trip to India with Intrepid in 2009. I decided the next trip would be a contiki tour – a natural choice as my life revolved around clubbing when I was twenty. The it expanded to include South East Asia because it seemed like a prime spot for young people and it had cheap mushroom shakes (because fun was the number one game back then).

Then I thought Fuck it, why take a Contiki tour when I can do it independently and save a bunch of money. The idea expanded to include South America and India. I planned the crap out of our itinerary for the next year – I planned so much and Google and read the LP guide until I felt like I had already done the trip. I then decided to not really have a plan at all and scrapped everything. Sure I still want to visit all those places but if I don’t get to all of them it wont be the end of the world – now we’re just going to start in Costa Rica (after my exchange in Mexico) and move downwards at a comfortable place. My orignal itinerary.

This in itself is a great thing for me. I’ve always been a control freak – I would control everything I could and I would practically plan my whole life out. Now though I’ve realized there’s more fun in not knowing and travel is a wonderful outlet for that. I want to see where I end up if I just go with the flow.  I want to go back to the ‘young’ me who’s main goals were seeking out the fun and spontaneity. I used to be fun, but two years of saving (even though it was totally worth it) dragged me away from the pretty clothes and nightlife – and I miss it a bit. I miss having crazy stories to tell and meeting new people all the time, it feels so amazing to know that come July 11th I’ll be able to do that again.

But I’ve gone way off topic here. The title mentions tequila, and I haven’t spoken about it at all.

Did you know I like tequila? Did you know the state I’m going to is the creator of tequila?

It’s going to be a fun semester.

It could only be better if there were sloths in Mexico, but tacos will suffice.

And I’m going to be fun – fun Ally is back. Lock up your non-existent sloths Mexico because I’m coming for you!

I’d love to hear if any of you have been on study abroad to a country that was totally different to your own – especially if you couldn’t speak too much of the language.

The Most Romantic Places To Travel While Backpacking

Love is in the air. However, there are times you don’t feel it in your city because of the loads of things you do in your hometown. Fortunately, there are romantic travel spots around the world that you can visit. You can feel the love by just being there and breathing the air. You can go to these cities alone with just a backpack. Here are the four most romantic places to travel while backpacking.Kyoto, Paris, Rome, Prague

Prague, the Capital of Czech Republic

The city of Prague is known for its ancient vibes. The city had preserved many historical sites you can visit and explore. The city may not sound romantic but that is during the day. At night, when the city is lit up with beautiful lights. The city is even more mesmerizing. The city’s night light gives off that romantic vibe people are looking for.

Rome, the Capital of Italy

The county itself, Italy, is known to be a very romantic one. So expect the capital itself to be the center of romance in the area. Rome is known to have the most breathtaking architectural sites designed by well-known artists. It is also the home of Italy’s finest restaurants. Every corner of the city just gives off that romantic vibe because of its beauty. Best of all, the locals are good-looking people with amazing accents.

Kyoto, The Former Capital of Japan

What can be more beautiful than nature itself? You do not have to be an environmentalist to fall in love with the beauty of nature. That is why it is so easy to fall in love with Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is filled with impressive gardens that you can walk around. It also has a lot of ancient palaces and temples that are absolutely breathtaking to explore. The city is most beautiful during springtime because of the infamous cherry blossom season.

Paris, The Capital of France

Paris is called the city of love for many definite reasons. Love is definitely everywhere there. A lot of people visit the city to find love. A lot of couples go there to walk along the River Seine and kiss beneath the Eiffel Tower. The language itself is also known as the language of love. The finest arts are also found in the city.

With these four beautiful cities to visit, you are bound to find romance or just enjoy and fall in love with the place. These cities are not only easy to stroll around but they are also surprisingly cheap. These places are best to travel with your partner. But if you don’t have one, then you can always find someone in one of these cities.

Where To Meet Singles When On Your Backpacking Adventure

man and woman meet on the streets

Are you a solo traveler who is backpacking and looking for a date at the same time? Do you want to meet singles backpacking like you as well? Do you want to know some places where you can meet them? If yes, here are the best places for meeting singles who are also backpacking.


two travelers meet at a hostelWhat better place to find single travelers than the place where you all go to sleep? The hostel’s lounging area is definitely packed with single travelers. You can just go to someone, ask about their trip so far and the rest is up to you. These people are likely to be looking for someone to talk to about their adventurous day.


Clubs have two international purposes. First, it is there so people can party. Secondly, it’s there for people to get to know each other and make friends and of course, find potential dates. It is easy to spot the single ones since they either came with their same-sex friends or they came alone.


If you don’t like looking for singles in clubs, then going to a restaurant can be the right place for you. Solo travelers are not only hungry for adventure but they are also hungry for native delicacies. Going to restaurants during peak hours can be to your advantage. There is a great chance that those single travelers will have a table for himself or herself where you can politely ask him or her if you can share the and woman meet on the streets

Tourist Spots

Where can you see all tourists flocking especially the singles? Of course, no other place than the tourist spots themselves. Travelers go to these iconic places to take pictures. You can offer a solo traveler to take a photograph of him or her with the statue or scenery. Then, you can take turns. Then, the next thing you know, you already had each others phone number.


Wherever county you go, there will always be places where you can meet singles backpacking. You just have to be creative and gumptious to where and how are you going to meet them. Do not forget to use your charm and manners so you can attract these people to you.

Landing A Date With That Foreign Man or Woman

When we travel solo to places, we are bound to meet new people. We are even bound to date foreign man or woman. Dating foreigners may not be something new but dating them in their own country is not as simple as dating them in your country.

In order for you to date foreign man or woman, there are a lot of things that you have to take into consideration. First of all, you are the foreigner in their country. It means that they had the advantage over you. For you to be able to land a date with these foreigners, here are some tips that you can follow.

Do Online Dating First

If your goal in traveling to another country is to date someone, then you should try to look for prospect dates via online dating sites. Online dating sites are joined by millions of people in different countries and races. You can set up an account on more than one dating site. You can choose only the residents of the country you are going to. When you meet someone online, he or she can be your date and your tour guide at the same time.

Learn The Culture And Language Of The Country

When going to a foreign country, it is a must that you know the laws and regulations in that country to avoid any inconveniences and just enjoy your stay. In dating foreign men and women, it is a must that you know their culture and language. You don’t have to know their entire culture or even be fluent in the language. All you have to do is show your foreign date that you are taking interest in their country and you are exerting effort. Anyone would want to date someone who can adjust to his or her culture. That kind of action screams sincerity and seriousness.

Be Friendly To Everyone

If you haven’t got a prospect date, you can always make lots and lots of friends on your trip. Unless they are creeps, don’t snob every bright smile offered to you. Whether that person is a man or a woman, young or old, and good-looking or not, make friends with them. Why should you? Well, remember that these people have local residents as friends. One of their friends could be the one you are looking for. If you’re lucky enough, your friend could even set you up on a date with his or her single and ready to mingle friends.friendly travelers

Be Charming

Aside from being friendly, you have to get your charm on. You cannot attract anybody if you are not someone approachable or dateable. Not only that, you also have to look presentable and smell presentable. You also need to be on your best behavior.

With these tips, you are likely to date a foreign man or woman, whichever you are interested in. However, never ever forget to respect your foreign date. Whether the person is a man or a woman, rich or poor, educated or not, and whatever race he or she belongs to, it is important to treat the person with respect. Remember that showing respect is the best way you can attract anybody to date you.

How To Keep The Fire In The Relationship While Traveling

couples taking pictures in the city

Traveling is a form of escape from reality and stress reliever. That is why people, especially couples travel together. Another purpose why couples travel is in order for them to be strong in their relationship while traveling. They are more likely to stay together than couples who do not travel. Here is how you can keep the fire in your relationship while traveling and why you and your partner should try travel dating.

couples hiking

Appreciate Each Other

Life is full of problems that will make you very distressed. It is the same when you travel. But what makes it better is that you have someone to rely on.

In your moments of weakness, it is so convenient to just hide away in the comfort of your home. But when traveling, you only had each other in a foreign country. This will make you appreciate the support your partner is giving you.

Choose Each Other

When you and your partner travel, you get to meet a lot of people. You are introduced to different cultures, customs, and people of different races. You will also meet and even join fellow travelers who may share your​ interests and even guide you in your travels.

When you travel solo, you are bound to be tempted to have travel crushes that may lead to a vacation fling. But being with your partner throughout your travel will make you realize that the person beside you is far better than what the world has to offer.

Know How To Compromise

When traveling, there are times that you want to do something that your partner may not like. It can be where you will go next or where are you going to eat. Since your vacation time is very limited, there is no time for arguments.

So instead of arguing, both of you can easily learn how to compromise. You are both being trained on how to make decisions together. Both of you will learn how to give and take and just know the vacation and partner matter more than your wants.

Be More Romantic

Traveling is not only a time to escape your everyday stressful life but it is also the time to you do romantic things to your partner every single day of your trip. It can be as planned as dining at a romantic spot. It can also be as simple as holding your partner’s hand while strolling around.

Traveling can make you concentrate only on two things: the enjoyment of your trip and the happiness of your partner. Do as such and the result of this in your relationship is a lot better during the aftermath of the trip.

Become The Best of Friends

A best friend is someone you can trust with anything about you. He or she is someone who will tell you the truth even if it hurts and will defend you if you are oppressed. He or she will listen to you even if you’re just mindlessly ranting and will accept you no matter what.

Not all couples started as friends or even best friends. Some couples started dating the moment they saw each other. But when couples travel, they learn the elements of being friends which helps in building the strong foundation of their romantic relationship while traveling.

couples taking pictures in the city

With these ways and reasons, it is definitely a must that you and your partner should travel together. Traveling is not only for relationship development but also a self-discovery adventure. So make your holidays fruitful by traveling.

Can You Fall In Love While Backpacking The World?

couple kissing near the eiffel tower

Fall in love backpacking the world? When people get tired of the everyday routine of their lives, they would want to travel solo to escape reality and have fun. But for some people, they find love while backpacking the world. They meet people of different races like Asian, Latin, Middle Eastern and black singles.

Many people would wonder. Is falling in love while traveling safe? Can you find a long-term relationship in this way? Are there people who successfully found their significant other while backpacking the world? Actually, they did. Here are two true to life love stories of people who fall in love backpacking the world.


The Boy at the Ferry: Story of Jennifer Park

woman on ferryboatBeing a daughter of an interracial married couple, it did cross my mind that I might marry someone out of my race. And I did and this is how I met my husband.

My family always visit Singapore almost every year when I was still a kid and until now. I had a childhood friend back there that I always visit during my family trip there.

But one time, my Singaporean best friend had recently moved to the Philippines. She invited me to visit her and also tour around the Philippines for a week. I agreed.

So when my family and I visited Singapore again, I parted ways and I rode a ferry to Davao City where my friend will meet me. On the ferry boat ride, I met this Filipino guy. He asked if we could share tables because the dining room was already packed. At first, it was awkward but then he began talking.

We talked the whole time we were in the dining room and throughout the night. We enjoyed each other’s company. He was funny and very courteous. He worked in Singapore and he was traveling back to his hometown which coincidentally, was Davao City. He told me about his hometown and his country which made me even more interested. We both knew that we were already smitten to one another.

The trip took us a day and by morning we reached our port destination. He accompanied me until I met my friend. I thought at that moment that was a goodbye for us which made me very sad. But to my joy, it wasn’t. He offered to be our tour guide which me and my friend happily accepted. Then the rest was history.

Two years later we got married then the following years we had twin girls and a boy. But unfortunately, six years after our marriage, my husband died because of lung cancer. But nevertheless, I don’t ever regret meeting him and I make sure my children will never forget their wonderful father.


The European Date: Story by Sherry Robinson

couple kissing near the eiffel towerEver since I was a kid, I had always dreamt of traveling solo. That is why when I graduated from college, I treated myself to a two-week European Tour. On the first three days of my trip, I was in Prague, Czech Republic. I met a couple of solo travelers there and joined them. Our thrill for adventure made us become close to one another, especially a certain guy in particular.

He is from France and I am from Canada. One of the reasons we became close because we were both fresh grads and taking a break before going back and looking for a job. I really liked him a lot but I knew that vacation flings do not last. I expected that after my three days in Prague are over, I will never see him again.

But on the day I was to leave for Rome, Italy, he asked me if he can come with me. I was definitely thrilled but at the same time weary. I knew that if I allowed him to be with me, I will feel devastated when my two weeks were over. But I thought to myself, how many times will I ever experience this? So in the end, I decided to live for the moment.

We went to Rome and strolled around the city for three days. By the time we reached the next city which is Barcelona, Spain, we are comfortably holding each other’s hand. My next stop was Paris, France which he knew very well since he’s French though he lives in Orleans. That is where we took our fling to a whole new degree. Yes, I had my taste of a French kiss with him by the Eiffel Tower.

Then, my final day in Paris arrived and I have to leave for London tomorrow while he will go back to his hometown. At that moment, I felt really devastated that our little romance will be over. He accompanied me to the airport. Before I boarded the plane, he told me that he wanted our relationship to continue. At first, I was hesitant, but because I had fallen for him, I said yes.

The following three years went well for us. We meet each other twice a year which involves a lot of traveling. We were able to keep our relationship strong despite the distance. The Internet played a huge role in keeping our relationship strong. And soon enough, we’ll be living together.



Is Traveling Better While In A Relationship?


People would always want to escape to a place to get out of the regular life they had. A lot of people need to travel alone on numerous occasions but a lot of people also think if it is unhealthy if traveling in a relationship.

I initially thought this is a no for people who travel a lot because they lose a lot of time with their partners. However, I came to realize that it is not always the case. In fact, traveling can actually make a relationship even better than before and here is why and how you too can achieve it the way I did.

Alone Time Is Me Time

When I am traveling, I have a lot of alone time. This alone time will help me reflect on myself and focus only on myself. I can do things without taking anyone into consideration or convincing others what I want to do. I also made new friends every time I travel by myself. Do things that you love on your own. This will make you love yourself more. And when you can love yourself more, you can love others more.

Capable On My Own

When traveling with my partner, I tend to rely some things or even everything on her. However, when I traveled alone, this is when I learned how to be independent. I was surprised to realize that I can navigate a city on my own. You will basically be surprised to realize that you can also do what your partner can do when you two are traveling. You will definitely feel more independent and fulfilled after your solo journey.

A Stronger Relationship As A Result

Many people believe that letting your partner travel alone is giving him or her the chance to cheat. I tend to develop an attraction towards one of my new friends. However, infidelity will not occur if a person’s only motive is to travel. If he or she really has a motive to engage in minor hook-ups with other people, he or she is bound to cheat.

The bottom line is traveling alone is actually a love and trust test on a couple. If passed the test, this only means that your relationship is stronger than before.

Stay On Budget

On how I achieve a better relationship with my partner when I travel alone, we just both stay on a strict budget. Money is a common cause of quarrel between me and my partner and traveling can really affect our finances. To avoid extra expenses, we budget our money beforehand and strictly not exceed the budget. My partner also has a budget to avoid spending too much when I am away. With that, we can both have a peace of mind.

Communicate Often

The key to keeping a relationship alive even though you are far away from each other is by communicating a lot. Set a specific time when you will call each other and be committed to it. Failing to do so can cause mishaps on your partner who is waiting for your call.

When I am away, I always tell my partner where I am and where I’ll be next. We also video call each other at least every other day. Most of the time, I let my partner do most of the talking because she definitely needed an outlet more than I do. After all, I am away and enjoying while she is home alone.

Basically, you just have to keep in touch with each other and be committed to your partner at all times. Most of all, do not forget to tell him or her when you are coming home. The best part about traveling is when you get home and the person you love is waiting to welcome you back excitedly.

The joys of backpacking around the world

backpacker sitting on a mountaintop
For me, backpacking around the world has always been a huge passion. I’ve visited tons of different cities and countries in my time and each adventure has always left me with a deep sense of accomplishment and amazement when it is over. Moreover, these journeys have led me to create this website about why I absolutely love backpacking around the world and why you will too if you ever try it.

The People
First and foremost, when backpacking around the world, whether it be alone or with a friend/group of people, one of the best parts of the whole journey is meeting people in hostels in every city that you visit. Not only are they extremely friendly (most of the time) but take the time out of their day to make you feel welcome and provide you with great company and memories. Furthermore, they tell stories that capture what it’s like to live the backpacking life. Basically, the people you meet along the journey are definitely the major factor that makes you want to go back over anything else. backpackers having fun in hostel

The Food
Secondly, another reason why I truly enjoy traveling around the world is that you get to experience and eat food that you’re not used to or have never tried. Most of the time, the food is absolutely amazing, rich in flavor and taste as well as seasoned with only the best spices and blends that the area has to offer. In other words, it’s great to be able to take a break from the normal breakfast, lunch, and dinners that you’re used to at home and indulge in one of a kind foreign food.

The Scenery/Wildlife
Finally, when traveling through some places around the world, it’s easy to get caught up in your surroundings as some of the cities you travel to and see offer some of the best scenic views. From bushy rain forests and gigantic mountains to the rarest species of animals, many places that you may find yourself traveling through will leave you breathless and in awe of what you are seeing. kangaroo on beach

In conclusion, these are just a few reasons that I can come up with off the top of my head as to why backpacking is one of my favorite past times and why I highly recommend it to anyone who has the time, or the desire to do it.

Books to read while on the road

adorable child reading on book stack







* Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
* The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
* The Beach by Alex Garland
* The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara
* Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
* Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
* A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz
* The Art of Travel by Alian de Botton
* Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
* Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
* Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
* The Backpacker by John Harris
* The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

India Travel Tips

Travel Tips for India

Do you need some tips for travel in India? Check these bad boys out:

  1. Drink lots of chai: Seriously this shit is amazing, and tastes nothing like the chai back home. I lived of chai tea while I was in India. Love, love, love!
  2. Don’t freak out after hearing your can’t bring Rupees into India and then change all your converted money back into dollars before flying to India: I did this when we visited in 2009 even after being told it wasn’t really enforced by an Indian friend. I had already changed some money into rupees but freaked out after being told by the travel agent that I wasn’t allowed to bring the currency into the country. A costly annoyance. You should be fine to take a bit of money over with you, but its up to you, I have since been told by a large amount of people that it is indeed not enforced but if your worried just don’t change your money over until you arrive in the country.
  3. Turn Vegetarian: Three words – paneer butter masala, the most freaking amazing vegetarian dish I have ever eaten. It’s like butter chicken without the chicken, instead with paneer cheese which soaks up the flavours of whatever yummy sauce its placed in. Anyway my point is that Indian food is so full of flavour that you can go vegertarian without missing out on feeling satisfied.
  4. Keep your cool: It can feel like your a walking dollar sign especially in the north of India. Try to keep your temper in check and resist snapping at the people who are trying to sell you items. Just say no, or ignore them and keep on walking.
  5. Find Ranch Pringles (a must for Australians – they aren’t sold there): Oh my fucking god, have you tried ranch pringles? We found them on our first trip to India and I fell in love! We have since found an overpriced packet every now and then in specialty stores back home in Australia but they never seem to taste as good as they did in India. Okay so this isn’t Indian food (it may be American?) but it was great when I wanted a break from all the paneer butter masala I’ve been eating.
  6. Eat in small, hidden cafes: We found the most amazing small restaurant looking over the lake in Udaipur (atleast I think it was Udaipur, I really wish I had taken more notes from my trip) and it was romantic and peaceful and perfect. Seek out smaller establishments, not only will they be cheaper, you get the chance to actually interact with the staff and other customers in these places. We found we would get approached more by locals (not trying to sell us things)  while eating in smaller places simply because they didn’t get a lot of tourists there and we must have been some sort of novelty.
  7. Don’t assume you have to wear hippy pants: I thought everyone would be rocking the hippy pants or comfy fisherman pants but boy was I wrong. Although in saying this we spent time only in the north, so I can’t speak for everywhere in the country. I was surprised by the amount of people wearing jeans… in March (read: extreme heat)! I don’t think I saw a pair of hippy pants (although I must admit I wasn’t looking out for them), even on tourists. So stick to jeans and long skirts/ dresses if you are visiting the cities, you’ll stand out a bit otherwise (more so than you already will). Of course in the wise words of Chris from Skins you could always just say “Fuck it” and wear them anyway if you find them comfortable.
  8. Keep small change: Always.
  9. Pick a place with a good toilet: Chances are you’ll get the, uh,  ’erge to purge’ at some point during your trip so make sure your hotel has a toilet you wouldn’t mind spending a bit of time on. Oh and pack re-hydration powder,
  10. Do a cooking class: We turned this down because it sounded a bit expensive when we were there and we both totally regretted it. Turns out sometimes they will quote you a higher price when others in the class have come from a pricier tour so you won’t accidentally let it slip that you paid less than the others; the people from our tour group who did do the class got a price nearly half the price of the one mentioned originally.
  11. Visit a wildlife sanctuary: India has animals? Yes, it sure does. I wasn’t too keen on this part of the trip in the beginning but it ended up being one of the highlights of my trip even though we only saw the tiniest bit of a tiger. Oh and the sunset at Ranthambore after a day of animal stalking is simply AMAZING, I have never seen the sun so large and it has been my favourite sunset to date. There aren’t too many animals to see though, but I still loved it.
  12. Talk Cricket: As soon as we mentioned we were Australians every single person that we met started talking about cricket, and those who were trying to sell us things even told us they knew Ricki Ponting (this happened in like four stores – he must be popular with the Indian crowd…). Now I have no idea who Ricki Ponting is (or even if he spells his name in that way) but my boyfriend did, and he found it to be a great way to connect with new people while we were over there even if they were just talking shit.
  13. Join a family or group of friends for a game of Holi: Even though I had some apprehension about going into a stranger’s house it was a lovely way to get smashed over the head with water and paint. Oh and the colour doesn’t come out too easy, I had pink in my hair for like a month, and on my skin for the next few days. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t wash it out.
  14. Stay in a castle: Not for your whole stay since it´s a little touristy but try it atleast once. Where else can you stay in an stunning castle for a low price? Not in Australia, that’s for sure.
  15. Get your haggle on: Oh I was fab at haggling, well at the ‘being a hard arse’ part not so much at getting a deal as good as the locals. Even if you don’t want to drive the price down haggling is expected and is a fun little game. Of course you have to remember that this is the shopkeepers livelihood so don’t take it too far but do give it a fair go.