Stranded in Vava’u While I Slowly Lost My Mind

I feel awful. As I write this, I’m in Vava’u, Tonga, and I feel exhausted and malnourished and stressed and irritable and depressed. I can’t stop grinding my teeth. Occasionally, I burst into hysterical peals of laughter until I feel as though I’m deteriorating into madness. All I want to do — no, all I […]

Ha’apai: My South Pacific Island Paradise

I’ve got quite a few of these going now. There’s Koh Yao Noi (my Thai island paradise), Otres Beach (my Cambodian beach paradise), Tofo (my Mozambican beach paradise), and now I’m throwing Ha’apai, Tonga into the mix, because after seven years of travel, I think it’s the prettiest place I’ve ever been. Yeah, I’m fairly […]

Hospitalised in Tonga

One of my greatest fears in life is shitting myself on a plane. What? That’s totally a natural, healthy fear to have. Call it Travelling in the Tropics for Too Long Syndrome because the more time I’ve spent on the road, the more aware I’ve become of what my bowels are doing. And in certain […]

March 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

Travel is a rollercoaster, so after a wonderful January and a not-so-wonderful February, I was delighted when March brought me back to the dizzying highs from the start of 2018. I can’t believe how much I managed to pack into one glorious month! When I left you last, I had just arrived in Koh Chang […]

The Cost of Travel in Tonga

Tonga is a country you can either explore on a tight budget or while splurging on some relatively inexpensive luxury. It’s a place where $100 a night will get you sunbathing on the most beautiful beach you’ll ever experience and amazingly, have it all to yourself. It’s where you can get by on $15 a […]

Exploring ‘Eua: Tonga’s Forgotten Island

My flight from Tongatapu to ‘Eua was the longest of my life. Which is funny, because it was six minutes in duration. Okay, so it only felt like the longest flight of my life. In reality, it’s one of the shortest you can experience. While Real Tonga claims it as the world’s shortest flight, there’s several […]

Lying to Locals in Tongatapu

Within seconds of landing, Tonga felt Polynesian. There was a light breeze in the air that took me back to my previous trip through the South Pacific, and that combined with the scent of coconut oil had me feeling as though I’d never left. As I entered the tiny airport, I snapped a quick photo […]

Lying to Locals in Tongatapu

Within seconds of landing, Tonga felt Polynesian. There was a light breeze in the air that took me back to my previous trip through the South Pacific, and that combined with the scent of coconut oil had me feeling as though I’d never left. Immigration had strung fairy lights across their desks and smiling officials […]

What’s it Like to Travel in Tonga?

Tonga is one of my favourite countries in the world. I can’t stop talking about how incredible it is. It’s full of some of the loveliest people on the planet, has some of the best beaches I’ve ever stepped foot on, has dozens of islands to explore, and can be seen at an affordable price. […]

February 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

Pride comes before a fall, so after I excitedly announced that January had been one of my best months on the road, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that February sucked. Maybe that’s not a fair assessment. There were some good parts and there were some wonderful parts, but there were a whole lot […]

Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in Sao Miguel

On the rim of a now-extinct volcano lies an eerie reminder of what could have been. Unlike the vibrant green vegetation that surrounds it, this shell of a building is grey, unsightly, and falling apart. As you approach it on the single winding road, it looks more like a concrete prison than the 5-star hotel […]

January 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

I’m now three months into this current stint of long-term travel and I’m delighted to announce it’s going better than I had even dared to imagine. January, in particular, was one of the best months I’ve ever had on the road! I’m enjoying the spontaneity full-time travel is bringing, and I’m grateful to have the […]

13 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Trip to the Azores

The Azores was one of my best travel discoveries of 2017. I can’t believe such an incredible group of islands can be so rarely talked about by travellers. The Azores has pretty much everything you could need from a destination, from affordable prices to spectacular scenery, delicious food options to deserted beaches, from dozens of […]

How to Road Trip New England on a Budget

Seeing the fall foliage in New England was something I had been dreaming of for years. One thing my daydreams hadn’t included? Spending my life savings on achieving this goal. Yes, as soon as I began putting together a plan to road trip New England in the fall, I discovered this could easily work out […]

December 2017: Travel Summary and Statistics

Mālō e lelei from Vava’u, Tonga! One thing I’ve learned from my time in this country so far? It’s is a destination in which to disconnect! With unusable and/or expensive Wi-Fi ($25 for 500 mb!) and rarely more than an 2G connection on my phone, posting on Never Ending Footsteps has had to take a […]