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! 

 

What to eat in Xi’an – Hot Pot Train

Hot pot on a train, absurd or amazing? We all know of sushi train, by far one of the best inventions for semi-fast food ever. Not only is there a huge novelty factor, but I am sure any sushi-train restaurant owner will tell you it increases their sales because people …

What I learnt walking the Great Wall of China

Walking the Great Wall of China is one of those must-do items that is on everyone’s list who heads to China. Who wouldn’t want to walk one of the largest and most impressive structures that man has ever built? What I didn’t want to do was battle the crowds and …

The 3 Best Weekends to Visit Canberra

The only question you should really be asking yourself, is when to visit Canberra? The great thing about Canberra is that it is easy to get to and great for a weekend. Canberra, Australia’s often forgotten capital city. When compared to its competitors, Sydney and Melbourne. Or considered not worth …

$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 …