I’m Helen – The Lite Backpacker! I have made a choice to spend my time, money and energy on seeing as much of this beautiful planet as possible.  I am constantly searching for better ways to be healthy on a  backpackers budget. Keep in touch with my talestips, reviews and recipes by subscribing when  you see the pop up box OR you can get in touch through Facebook and Twitter for updates. If you have any great recipe ideas, send them through as well as I would love to try them out.. Hope you enjoy! 

 

$5 Feast – Soup Noodle with Meat and Veg, Xi’an

I fell in love with Xi’an after only being there for 20 minutes. It was raining, and yet the place felt vibrant and alive.  There was an energy that immediately sucked me in. One morning, I woke up early and decided to head out for a random walk around the …

Is cruising for a backpacker

Are you a backpacker or flashpacker who is considering going on a cruise? Ever wondered if cruising would suit your travel style? I have. When asked to go off on a cruise, I resolutely said: “no way mate, cruising is not my style”. Only to have the phrase, “don’t knock …

The Six Foot Track – A Weekend Escape

I love hiking. However, if I am being truthful, I am not very good at hiking. It hurts my body. I get chafing. Going up hills with a pack on always makes me want to cry. Yet I keep fantasising about new treks to do. I am obsessed. So when …

Shanghai Dumpling Cooking Class and Tasting Tour – Review

Who doesn’t love dumplings? I certainly have a soft spot for a fantastically made dumpling, especially the ones with soup in the middle. Shanghai is one of the best places in the world to get a variety of different types. Over the centuries, different cultures from around China have merged …

Blackheath to Blue Gum Loop Bushwalk – A Sydney Escape

In need of an escape from Sydney? Head up into the Blue Mountains to do the Blackheath Blue Gum loop bushwalk. If you like being alone in the bush, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear swimming holes, sunbathing lizards and pushing your body to the limits, then this is the bushwalking escape …

Han Tang Inn Hostel, Xi’An, China – Review

I was a little nervous about arriving in mainland China for the first time. Everyone had mentioned to me that if you didn’t speak the language it would be very hard getting people to understand you. This is a situation I have run across many times in my travels, but …

How to Create a Budget Travel Itinerary

Creating a basic budget travel itinerary is the most important part of your trip preparation. Disagree… let me set the scene for you… You are heading away on a trip and you would like to start planning your itinerary. However, it all seems overwhelming so you decide to wing it. …

A Day in Hong Kong: How to get around Hong Kong

For a city as big as Hong Kong is, spread out across multiple islands, it is actually ridiculously easy and fun to get around Hong Kong. Seriously, it’s fun. Hong Kong has made sure that its transport system is as iconic as the city it services. With fast trains and …