Australian solar power scientist travels the world for 15 years, takes photos, writes stuff, has toothpaste confiscated.

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My Advice to You


Not all those who wander are lost.

 ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

But some of those who wonder may well be! If you’re curious about who I am, how I’ve funded my travels, or how to have your own adventures whilst avoiding (or maybe enjoying, if you’re crazy) some of the travel incidents I’ve had over the years, you’ve come to the right place.

When I went on my first backpacking trip, at 21, I saved up for ages, bought a round-the-world ticket, and spent 3 months travelling the US, Europe, and Asia staying in hostels and seeing hundreds of places. It was a life-defining experience, and there were many incredible moments. There were also quite a few bad moments. And it was super tiring.

On my second big trip, I spent less time in hostels and more time hanging out with local people I met on my first trip or travellers that I met in my hometown of Sydney. I spent a lot more time hanging out and getting to know a fewer number of places and didn’t make as many plans. I also spent a lot of time in places I didn’t expect, like Finland. When I was on the move or in a new place where I didn’t know anyone, I’d stay in hostels and hang out with other travellers.

While the first trip was pretty fun, the second trip was an absolute blast 95% of the time.

Nowdays, I’ve built up connections around the world so that I rarely struggle for a place to stay. I also travel a lot for work, which means that I don’t struggle to afford to travel anymore. And usually, I’m staying in nice hotels or friend’s places and having a good old time. But some of my most amazing experiences involved rolling out a tent on the beach or sleeping in my car in the mountains. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

If you want more of this in your life, here are some links to get you started.

A list of all the best travel tips I have published on Confiscated Toothpaste.

A list of the best things to see and do and my favourite cities, to give you some ideas

A list of the all the gear that I travel with, and what I recommend for you

You can see examples of my photography here. We’ve also published a huge guide to being a better travel photographer, part 1 and part 2!

Reviews of the best hotels and airlines I’ve travelled on (this is still a work in progress, but I’m getting to it!)

I’m always looking to expand my advice and give my readers more of what they want to know, so if there’s anything you’d like to ask about travel in general, or any of the places I’ve been, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Friends at Sunset, North Carolina
“Ok, time to party”
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