Travel tips

How to pack for a year?

Packing cells

A friend has asked how we pack when travelling for such a long time… here is an attempt to answer! Packs vs. Suitcases For all my previous travels around the world I took my trusty Fairydown pack I got for my 21st birthday. I couldn’t imagine travelling again with anything but a backpack! But given my pack was now 17 years old and time has brought with it advancements in durable but light material, we decided to invest in new lightweight packs. Antony had […]

18 Tips for Couchsurfing in Iran

Visiting an Aunty and Uncle.

For the first-time couchsurfer Iran will provide a wonderful introduction to couchsurfing – but quite possibly spoil you if you want to couchsurf elsewhere! For the seasoned couchsurfer Iran is a dream come true with many incredibly hospitable and interesting people wanting to host. If you have never couchsurfed before I would recommend at least a few nights doing this if you come to Iran. It is an amazing way to get to know Iranian people and something of their family life, their food, […]

To plan or not to plan?

Camel riding with Teresa and Reiner on our desert tour, Iran.

When we left New Zealand the only part of our trip that was planned was our first weeks workawaying in the south of Iran. We didn’t (and still don’t) know exactly when we will come home. We knew that at the end of June we’d be in Sardinia, in July we wanted to be in France to watch some of the tour de France and we’d be away roughly a year, but otherwise everything was open. It has been great to have flexibility to […]