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! 

 

Whale Watching While Hiking from Kiama to Gerringong

Sydney is awesome, there is a lot to do here (even on a rainy day), but sometimes you just need a city break. Especially when we have been cooped up for so long and there are so many amazing and beautiful places to visit just outside of Sydney. For a …

Kayaking through Lane Cove National Park in Sydney

Sydney is a city built for water sports. Combining epic waterways and glorious weather with a large population that wants to get outside. If you can think of a water sport, I guarantee there is a place in Sydney where you can do it. This includes kayaking down a secluded …

The Parramatta River Walk – Off the Beaten Track in Sydney

One of the most underrated walks in Sydney is the Parramatta River Walk. If you are looking for things to do in Sydney that are off the beaten track, then I definitely recommend this walk. Backpacking through Sydney you will definitely be told to go out and do the Coogee …

How to See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’An

If you are heading to China, I imagine you are considering seeing the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’An. China has so many amazing ancient wonders that it is pretty impossible to take it all in, or even to choose what to see. My choice was made easy when I found some …

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 …