What is the Schengen Area and how can you spend more than 90 days in Europe as a tourist?

 Firstly the obvious disclaimer: in this post I’m describing my personal experience and interpretation of the information provided on various government websites. I’m not an authority on visas or immigration, so be sure to check requirements before heading off travelling. I mainly use Smart Traveller, a great resource provided by the Australian Government that details information on…

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Quitting My Job: Why I’m Leaving Academia

At the end of March I walked away from my career as a medical researcher and left Helsinki, the place I’d called home for the past two years. Since then I’ve been travelling through Europe and visiting family and friends in my incredible island-home of Tasmania. Why did I leave? In a nutshell; “The cost of a…

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10 travel hacks to stretch your money when traveling

I love traveling for extended periods of time- which means I need to be careful and aware of how I spend my money whilst exploring. As I don’t want to miss out on unique experiences or feel constantly stressed about budgeting, my favourite ways to save money are to be creative and thrifty with my…

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Budapest Photo Diary: exploring one of my favorite European cities by foot

Split by the Danube River, Buda and Pest are culturally and visually distinct. Buda is the calmer more residential side, with sweeping views from Gellért Hill and stunning monuments such as Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Pest on the other hand, has more of an upbeat, lively vibe with a plethora of cafes, restaurants,…

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Photo Diary: Lake Balaton, Hungary

While I’d recommend visiting this beautiful freshwater lake in summer- when the place comes alive with water sports and holiday-makers, the lake also makes a peaceful escape from Budapest during springtime. Trains and buses will take you to most towns around the lake, however outside of peak season these can be sporadic as can accommodation…

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Venice Photo Diary

Venice is renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I have to agree- I thought it was pretty lovely. If you want to know how much to budget for your trip and tips on how to save money have a look at this post. For the best delicious, cheap eats check…

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