We’re headed to Vanuatu!

After a few months mulling over the possibility of buying a caravan and driving around Australia this January, we’ve completely changed our minds last-minute and decided to jet off for a 3-week Pacific Island holiday instead.

Vanuatu is known as a more rugged option in the Pacific Islands, while still providing a lot of options for travellers. We plan to move at a nice, relaxed pace (in direct contrast to our usual 2-week sprints around countries like Mongolia and Myanmar) as we explore the three main islands in Vanuatu.

If you’re interested in learning more about Vanuatu, check out these blog posts and articles that we’ve consulted for ideas:

Free Your Mind Travel, the most useful set of posts we’ve found, with lots of little-known advice and budget-conscious tips.

Blank Canvas Voyage, who have a few useful posts about Efate and Tanna.

Full of Living, a guide to Port Vila.

Tourist Destinations, with a general overview of the country.

And my favourite, The Guardian has a piece on a more luxurious version of a Vanuatu holiday, but reading it made me very excited for our trip!

Stay tuned for updates after this trip– I’m still not sure about the direction our blog will take in 2017, given that a long-term trip doesn’t look feasible until 2018, but I think given how few resources we’ve found that explain travellers’ experiences in Vanuatu, we may have to fill that void with some more blog posts of our own.

 

 

We’re on hiatus.

So, I guess I made my decision without realizing it.

Now that we’ve decided to put off our big South America year until 2018, it’s time to get back to embracing life in Melbourne. Sadly, that seems to mean stepping back from the blog for a bit.

We’ll keep coming back to share our ideas for travelling around Australia and other thoughts, but we won’t be posting quite as regularly for awhile.

Until then, check out a few of our favourite posts:

Konmari for travellers

What to do in Melbourne

My 11 favourite travel-related TV episodes

What I wish I’d known before moving overseas

Our 2-week Mongolia itinerary

Our decision to postpone long-term travel

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back soon with more adventures!

Alternative Melbourne in summer: What to do if you want to avoid tourist traps

Having lived in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs for several years now, we are sometimes asked for ideas for travel activities and recommendations from friends and family members. While the Lonely Planet and other guidebooks are helpful, the people who seek us out are usually looking for something a bit different. Here are seven of our favourite places to point travellers to Melbourne to for fun and off-the-beaten-track activities in our city.
Eat at Welcome to Thornbury – a vibrant food truck park & bar in a converted car wash away from the city but accessible by tram. They have different selections of food trucks every night but always enough variety to satisfy everyone.
 
Friday nights at the NGV – see the National Gallery of Victoria in the evening with live music and a bar. Your $30 ticket includes the special exhibit (right now it’s Degas but that might change by December) and sometimes a special talk about the art on display.

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Eek! Internet issues!

Regular posts will resume ASAP, but for now I’m typing this on my iPhone because our Internet is down. So frustrating, but it does remind me how dependent I’ve become on that little wifi signal staying strong.

I had some long stretches of time on hold with the Internet company this evening and wound up labelling all my random charging cords with washi tape so I can keep track of what’s what. Boring, yes, but useful when I’m tossing them all in bags to take on trips.

Well, that’s the update on my thrilling life. Rest assured, we’ll soon be back to our regular posting schedule.