Where I’m At: May, 2018 – Saigon edition

Greetings from Saigon and another edition of Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to and general site news. Where I’ve Been Melbourne After transiting through Kuala Lumpur I started the month in Melbourne, my old home city. In case you didn’t already know, Melbourne is one cool city. If I […]

Notes on Melbourne: Things I noticed on my annual visit – 2018 Edition

Every year I return to my home city of Melbourne to see my family and attend to general business and personal duties. I still by default call Melbourne home, even if I haven’t lived here since 2010. I returned last year after an unintended two year absence, and like last year the city continues to […]

Flight Review: Jetstar – Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Jetstar JQ 63 From: Melbourne (MEL) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Jetstar from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City. As I am based in Saigon and Melbourne is my Australian home city I was happy to see this service when it began in May, 2017. Previously the only direct service […]

Hostel Review: Melbourne City Backpackers

Guesthouse Name: Melbourne City Backpackers Address: 197-199 King Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia I stayed at the Melbourne City Backpackers in Melbourne. This was a last-minute booking for me as I ended up staying in Melbourne another day. I’ve stayed in countless amounts of hostels around the world, but it felt strange to be hostelling in […]

Hostel Review: Space Hotel Melbourne – an up-market backpacker hostel / budget boutique hotel

Hostel Name: Space Hotel Address: 380 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia I stayed at the Space Hotel in Melbourne. It was weird to be staying in a hotel in my home city, but I can hardly call it my home now and I feel more like a visitor now. I was invited by the hotel […]

Flight Review: AirAsiaX – Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne

Flight: AirAsia X D7 212 From: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) To: Melbourne (MEL) I flew with AirAsia X from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. When I’m flying back to Melbourne from Southeast Asia I usually compare flights on Skyscanner from different starting points. I was flying from Saigon initially but I also looked at other hub cities, […]

A bemused Melburnian returns to Melbourne after two years absence

I returned to Melbourne after being away for just over two years. I didn’t intend to be away so long, as I like to return to the homeland at least once every calendar year. Unfortunately my back injury of 2016 put me out of commission for a while and I wasn’t able to travel. This […]

Flight Review: Scoot – Melbourne to Singapore

Flight: Scoot TZ 25 From: Melbourne (MEL) To: Singapore (SIN) I flew with Scoot from Melbourne to Singapore. I was looking for flights from Melbourne back to Southeast Asia and I didn’t have an exact destination in mind so I was flexible about where to fly. I compared different flights with Skyscanner to come up […]

Flight Review: Virgin Australia – Darwin to Melbourne

Flight: Virgin Australia VA 1460 From: Darwin (DRW) To: Melbourne (MEL) I flew with Virgin Australia from Darwin to Melbourne. I was originally flying from Bali to Melbourne but I noticed a cheap flight from Bali to Darwin, so I made the detour to Darwin. I compared flights with Skyscanner.com to see what my options […]

Flight Review: AirAsiaX – Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: AirAsiaX D7 215 From: Melbourne (MEL) To: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I flew with AirAsiaX from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, comparing fares on Skyscanner and booking direct at airasia.com. I was looking for the cheapest flight from Melbourne to anywhere in Southeast Asia (Singapore, KL, Bangkok) and as usual the AirAsia option came out as […]