Downsize Your Backpack and Travel Light

Things to pack

Not all backpackers travel with backpacks.

Now you can get those bags with the four wheels that glide effortlessly through airports – but, let’s face it, you can’t beat the satisfaction of traveling light.

Imagine picking up your bag and flinging it carefreely over your shoulder. No more needing a lift to get it on your back, bumping into innocent passers by, or needing a whole row of seats on the bus.

Traveling light doesn’t just make backpacking easier, it also saves you money – no more paying for checked luggage.

But then, the question is, when you are traveling around the world, how on earth do you pack light?

Towel – Be smart and grab one of the travel towels, they’re light weight and dry super fast, so no more damp smell in your bag. And, forget about a beach towel, you can always use a sarong. They’re half the size and can be used for a skirt or scarf when you get board of your regular clothes.

Shoes – One of the best things about Australian beach towns, like Manly NSW, is you really can get away with not wearing any shoes at all. As one of your bulkiest items you need to be ruthless here, ask yourself, do you really need all those pairs? You should be able to get it down to flip flops, night out and trainers/walking shoes.

Clothes – They take up the majority of your space, so you need to be smart here. You’d be amazed at what you can get away with and how little you need. And, don’t forget most Hostels have washing machines.

Toiletries – These items take up a lot of space, but if you want to be traveling with hand luggage only, you need to keep things under 100ml. It’s easy enough to grab the empty bottles from any pharmacy and streamline your wash bag.

 

 

5 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Sydney

Rainy day

Come rain or shine, our love for Sydney is unwavering!

However, even we have to admit, there’s been a lot more rain than shine recently. But, regardless of the whether Sydney really is a place like no other, so grab your raincoat and get out and about – there’s so much to see and after all that’s what backpacking is all about.

If you need a little inspiration on great things to do on a rainy day in Sydney, check out our guide below.

MCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art is right in the heart of Circular Quay, just a 2 minute walk from where the Manly Ferry gets in. Entrance is free, with the option of paid exhibitions as well, it’s totally worth exploring. And, if art really isn’t your thing, head straight to the top floor, where you’ll find an awesome roof top spot for a coffee or a glass of wine with an amazing view.

Opera House Tour – If you’re traveling through Sydney,  Sydney Opera House is a must, and why not take the tour and learn a lot more about the history and purpose of this iconic Opera House. And afterwards, you can enjoy a smug drink in the Opera Bar, safe in the knowledge you know a lot more about it than the locals. Tours run daily and cost approximately $37.

Flip Out – Channel your inner kid and burn some energy. Flip Out is basically a warehouse full of trampolines and it’s flipping AWESOME! There’s one in Brookvale about a 10 minute drive from Manly and we love it.

Grab a coffee – Manly is full of awesome coffee shops which will all happily offer you refuge from the rain. Check out our blog post about hidden coffee shops in Manly and find your favorite.

Go for a swim – Why not? You’re already wet and let’s face it, it’s not exactly cold at the moment. Embrace the rain and jump on in. And, if you don’t fancy the sea the Andrew Boy Charlton swimming pool is in Manly and has loads to offer from an outdoor pool for laps to an indoor shallow play area.

5 Awesome Coffee Shops in Manly

Coffee in Manly

There’s so much more to Manly than hitting the beach.

Yes, yes, Manly Beach is pretty great, but did you know there’s some awesome coffee shops hidden just off the obvious route – all you have to do is explore.

However, with the recent opening of Starbucks on the corner of the main pedestrian walkway, the Corso and the beach, the need to explore, for some, is getting less.

But, if like me, you want more from your experience in a new town than a chain coffee shop and mediocre coffee, this article might just be up your street.

5 off the beaten track coffee shops that are totally worth seeking out in Manly

  1.  Fika Swedish Kitchen – 5b Market Lane – This place is loved by the locals and you’ll most likely have to wait for a table, but I promise you, the wait will be worth it. Keep an eye on their name day celebration, if your name comes up you get a free coffee.
  2. Ruby Lane, Shops 1&2, 200 Pittwater Road – It’s a good 20 minute walk from the heart of Manly, or you can catch any of the busses traveling north up Pittwater Road. With a beautiful covered deck, organic coffee and fresh food, it’s a great place to kill a few hours as you watch the world go by.
  3. Ora – 17B Whistler Street – With a strong ethical theme running through everything they have on offer, Ora is a great place to eat clean and feel good while you do it.
  4. Market Lane Cafe, 37 – 39 The Corso – Considering this cafe is in the center of Manly, it’s surprisingly easy to miss. Hidden down a small lane, they offer great coffee and a vibrant atmosphere.
  5. Showbox, 19 Whistler Street – This trendy little cafe has contributed not only great coffee to the Manly community but also generated a vibrant music scene.