Indiana June is the main character in a real-life Pick-A-Path Adventure story.
She is cycling the globe and letting people vote to decide what she does next.
Her fate is in your hands so get voting to choose how the story unfolds.
Melbourne Tip Jar
We asked a range of clued-up Melburnians what their fave things to do, see, eat and drink were and this is the list they came up with. Enjoy!
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Don George: Finding a small truth that illuminates the larger truth.
One of the most powerful talks at TBEX Dublin was a man with 25 years experience as a travel writer and editor, Mr Don George.
He disarmed us when he took an official break to wipe the sweat fro... read more.
Ireland 2013: From twee to tweet
I cycled away from Dublin two years ago but returned last week, curious to see how things had changed.
I flew to Dublin for the TBEX conference, the world’s largest gathering of online travel bl... read more.
NYC: Up close with THE lady of liberty
I was voted to bodypaint myself in the NZ flag and visit the Statue of Liberty so I contacted local bodypainters (it's a proper profession here), I posted a job ad on TaskRabbit and I talked to ar... read more.
The perks of working in Silicon Valley
What is the coolest perk you've ever received at your workplace?
Fancy chocolate biscuits?
A 10kg ham? (I was given this by an Irish employer once!)
Silicon Valley takes it ... read more.
Day 1-4: OutTrippin in San Francisco
It's hard to believe I've only been in San Francisco for a few days, here's a snapshot of what's been going on.
Bagels eaten: 3Straight hours spent pitching OutTrippin: 11Sailing races witnessed:... read more.
What happens when superheroes retire?
Have you ever wondered what happens when superheroes hang up their capes and retire?
How do they readjust to 'normal life' after leaping tall buildings and fighting crime? Do they get a dog, li... read more.
Where is the best place I've ever visited?
On my round-the-world, pick-a-path adventure the top 3 questions I get asked are:
1. "How much does your bike cost?" (About $1000)
2. "Do you get scared traveling alone?" (Very rarely)
3. "Wh... read more.
Cardwell: What's hiding in the shallows?
When you're traveling there's always a certain amount of risk taking that goes with moving into a new territory. I've just arrived in Cardwell, Queensland a.k.a. Croc country and this morning I go... read more.
South Island of New Zealand
Here are a few of my fave instagram pics from my recent roadtrip in the South Island of New Zealand. We left Dunedin, cruised around the Catlins and down to Stewart and Ulva Island. More stories ... read more.
Santiago to Valparaíso: Exercising my adventure demons
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Good one Einstein but what if you stop, how the hell do you get moving again? Should you just get back on the bike? Wh... read more.
Indiana June's new OutTrippin adventure
I've paused my cross-continent cycling in Santiago, Chile to launch OutTrippin.com – a groovy new website that is full of kickass trips, all recommended by travel bloggers (like me).
I have met... read more.
Wishing you a Berry Christmas
I didn't realise it as a kid, but Christmas in New Zealand really is a schizophrenic experience.
On one hand you have sun-filled days spent at the beach, you eat bbqs + salads and you're tucke... read more.
Argentina: Overstaying visa advice
Argentina has rubberband flexibility when it comes to law and order. Technically you can only stay for 90 days as a tourist but most of my ex-pat friends have been here from 6 months – 5 years. As... read more.
Buenos Aires: Every wall is a canvas
When I first visited Buenos Aires in December last year I remember my first impression was that it was like Barcelona but with half the rules and twice the graffiti.
To fit in here, physical expr... read more.
Buenos Aires: Porteños & passion
Argentinians are famous for being passionate, meat
eating, polo playing, tango dancing, beautiful night owls - and
Porteños (from Buenos Aires) embody the extremities of this
S... read more.
How cycling the world trained me to be a lean startup entrepreneur
Hola chicos! If you've been following my pick-a-path adventure, you'll know I've been
voted to pause the cycling and workin
Argentina for a while. It means I get to eat loads of medialunas... read more.
Give me a T-A-N-G-O
When you arrive in Buenos Aires there are a few things that are
impossible to avoid… Inflation, dog poo and thankfully, the
So what is the official definition of the Tango?
tan·go... read more.
Holy ravioli revelations
For my birthday in Buenos Aires this year, I decided to have a
pasta making party.Who knew making ravioli from scratch
could teach me so much about life.
Here are the 10 lessons I learned f... read more.
Masa Critica: Movements that move me
Times I rang my bell: 165
Pot holes I hit:43
People riding with a potplant on their head:
------------------------------------------------------------------------... read more.
A fabulous fortnight in Buenos Aires
Sitting on the balcony of my Buenos Aires apartment I am
reflecting on the past fortnight and embracing the last bit of hug
left in the waning winter sun. These little quiet moments have
... read more.
What do I want to be when I grow up?
When I was 10 years old I wanted to be a squash champion.
So I beat the girls and boys to win the Kapiti Squash
Club 'Under 11' title.
--------------------------------------------------... read more.
Who's the Argentinian New Girl? It's Indy
I love living in Buenos Aires but sometimes I need a break from
the madness of a place that feels like Spain - but with half the
rules and twice the graffiti. When I have one of these over... read more.
Buenos Aires: Oh oh, who hit the SHUTDOWN button?
When I wake up I'm looking into Nick's eyes. Something is
definitely wrong, I didn't go to sleep opposite this man and now he
is looking at me with that oh too familiar frame of face. Part
... read more.
Buenos Aires: Popcorn, kisses and bridging-holidays
Average number of cheek-kisses per day: 40
Number of jet-lagged hours of sleep I got each
Number of apartments viewed: 2
Number of bunks in my room: 4
Number of hot men in ... read more.
NZ: Indy's exclusive video interview
Ahead of my flight to Argentina on Sunday, I put a call-out on
twitter and facebook for questions. I had a great response and the
result is Indy's first video interview. We cover everything fr... read more.
Inspiring encounter at Freshwater beach
This morning I went for a walk with my cousin Bryony from Freshwater to Manly beach and back. I class it
as one of the best coastal walks in the world and I couldn't think
of a better way to s... read more.
Walking on water: Sydney Harbour
I should really start reading the challenges I'm set
before I get people voting on them.
It's come back to haunt me lately, first with the Lombard Street, San Francisco cycle challenge.
... read more.
Where do I live? Right here in the moment
Every second person asks me where I'm from but perhaps the more
pertinent question is: Where do I live?
Before starting my pick-a-path adventure I used to
spend far too much time living in ... read more.
An insurance story with a happy ending
If you've been following my adventures, you'll know it's been a
bumpy ride, like when I was robbed, mugged and stolen from in
Before the trip I looked at lots of insurers bu... read more.
Slip slap sloppy in Sydney
I've spent the last wonderful week in Sydney, Australia catching
up with family and old friends.
The reality of 8 months travelling the world on a bicycle has
finally caught up with my ... read more.
Chocolate cycle: From bean to bar to blog
Where does chocolate come from? Does it grow on trees complete
with a metallic wrapper to protect it?
My chocolate education started on the streets of Ecuador, when I almost ran over two peo... read more.
Wrapped in a beach blanket in Babylon
Chance is a wonderful friend if you're willing to accept her
outstretched hand and follow her blindly when she shows up.
My latest encounter with chance lead to me attending an
incredible... read more.
Robbed while sleeping on an aeroplane!
I boarded my flight from Los Angeles to Sydney at 11.35pm.
Thankfully there was a free seat next to me so I was able to
stretch out and snooze for a few hours. It wasn't until I was
filling o... read more.
San Francisco: Where eating is sport
I'm about to reveal three sweet-tooth experiences I had the
pleasure of devouring while in SF. Just reading these stories could
increase blood sugar levels to dangerously high levels so please... read more.
San Francisco: Cycling UP Lombard St
One of the more difficult challenges I've been voted to do, this
is Bill Cosby's take on Lombard Street...
"They built a street up there called Lombard Street that goes
straight down,... read more.
Galapagos 4: Volcanic crater climbing & horny turtles
In the last seven months I've seen more than I can squeeze into
one blog, I've met hundreds of people and been introduced to
cultural, biological and geological differences in 11 different
co... read more.
Will the Air NZ Fairy wave her wand?
The Air New Zealand Fairy waves her wand and grants one wish a
day on Twitter - big or small, fingers crossed she can help me get
my bicycle 'Meg' home.
Here's my wish @AirNZFairy...
... read more.
Galapagos Part 3: To Floreana Island
On San Cristobal Island they hand-harvest and export 200 tonnes
of coffee every year but everyone drinks the 'Colombian' stuff...
It's a crying shame for those of us who lo... read more.
Galapagos Part 2: San Cristobal
Sea lions litter the esplanade of San Cristobal. Like drunken
louts they lie passed out in awkward positions wherever they fall
on the boardwalk and beachfront each evening.
I kept c... read more.
Galapagos Part 1: Quito to San Cristobal
I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve, trying to sleep the night
before my red-eye flight from Quito to San Cristobal.
(Administration and sea lion capital of the Galapagos Islands.) We
stopped ... read more.
2 Kookaburras & night riding in Cuenca
I found Ecuador's Cuenca quite the captivating city and was
seduced to stay an extra day by two Kookaburra's and a gang of
street riders. Cuenca was an important Inca site,
and stones from th... read more.
Going bananas for peanuts in Cuenca
Before this trip I was a BIG fan of bananas but after two weeks
of eating them sweet, savoury, for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner
and as a snack, I've hit my limit. Plus, we've had the monot... read more.
Flat road, long days & fairytale romance
MONTANITA TO BELLENITA
Distance cycled: 55km
After having a night on my own in Montanita I cycled further
down the coast of Ecuador to the beau... read more.
Montanita: Tantrums in the surf
Check out my little $10 a night bungalow below in Puerto Lopez.
I sat, singing, swinging and typing in my aqua blue hammock chair,
the palm frond roof shielding me from unbearable heat which w... read more.
Today I'm thankful for...
Family. Good coffee. Humbling
experiences. Roasted red peppers. A fluid idea of
success. Small change. Mosquito nets.
Blind faith. Hot sauce. Penpals.
Google. Bass lines. Cloud
animals. Hot... read more.
Sauna bus, prickly parks & panama hats
Putting the picture of a fighter jet on the back of a regional
Ecuador bus is a bit like buying a muzzle for a guinea pig, total
I thought my bus ride from Esmeraldas to Manta wou... read more.
Day 5-7: Chilling out and Carnaval
DAY 5: Camarones to Esmeraldas
Distance cycled: 15km
The quick pace of our cycle tour means we're on the road at
7.30am each morning and normally don't arrive at our destination
until af... read more.
Downhills, downpours, shrimp & vultures
Day 3: Chachimbiro to Lita
Distance cycled: 100km
Longest downhill: 18km
Times I put my rain jacket on: 2
Numbers of vultures spotted: 8
We started today wi... read more.
Ecuador cycle tour: Hellooo Andes!
I'm dazed and confused trying to type this after our second
massive day of cycling. I wish I had more typing ability, I'm using
Microsoft spell check every few words just to keep this coherent... read more.
Quito: Mango & Mountain exploration
The latest vote dictated that my time in Quito was spent
sampling Mangos and Mountains. My Urban Adventures tour guide Mauro
was full of interesting information so here are four 'Mauro Facts'
... read more.
Surfing on Waitangi Day in Quito, Ecuador
I got to surf on Waitangi Day in Quito, but not on a surfboard
in the ocean.
At 6pm on the 6th of February I decided I wanted to
celebrate Waitangi Day (New Zealand Day) but I was short of ... read more.
Quit-o: I don't think so!
An update from the world's 2nd highest capital city, Quito,
where walking up the street can leave you breathless with heart
palpitations and where 179cm earns you GIANT status. It's kinda
... read more.
Horse 'n Cart-agena (Colombia)
The adventure continues in Cartagena, Colombia as Indy is voted
to take a horse and carriage ride around the walled city with her
friends Becky, Adam, Brenda and a horse called Pepe. Click... read more.
Indy's Top 10 Tips for cycle tour gear
1. DRY SACKS: Heaven is a dry nights sleep after a long wet
I have three dry bags that I pack into my ortlieb panniers. One for my sleeping bag,
down jacket and mattress. The other... read more.
KFC vs Brosty Chicken: How fried chicken stacks up in Colombia
Potato & gravy vs Chicken soup
The first difference I notice is that I'm served up a soup to
start - or the more likely scenario is that a chicken was having a
foot spa and had its ... read more.
Ciudad Perdida: Lost city FOUND
Hidden high in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta coastal
range near northern Colombia's Caribbean coast is The Lost City.
Not many people make the 5 day trek but as you can see below, it's
an ... read more.
Lost City video: 5 days squeezed into 4 minutes
This video documents a 5 day trek in the Colombian Jungle to
find the Mayan Lost City of Ciudad Perdida. River crossings, hill
climbs, medical dramas and ancient civilisations... it's more... read more.
Taganga: Coconuts & the Carribbean
Ever wondered how long it takes for a coconut to float from the
Carribbean to the coast of Ireland?
Approximately 15-16 months, considerably longer than the 5-6
months it took Indiana J... read more.
It's the people that make the places
I received a comment yesterday, from Kate
Lord, a fellow cycle nut who while cycling from Istanbul to
Norway broke her leg in three places doing an (unsuccessful) sky
dive. Sadly her trip was... read more.
My fave pic: Hair nets & biscuits
I recently did an interview with Foto Ruta in Buenos Aires and
they asked me which photo I'd taken that I was most proud of during
the trip. I've taken thousands of photos so narrowing it to o... read more.
One pedal back, two pedals forward.
After my roadside meltdown, you can watch the video here I cycled back to
Rosario. On the way I got a puncture and after repairing it, got
electrocuted through my bicycle while under a pylon -... read more.
Rosario: Capoeira and cartwheels
After my recent brush with dodgy characters I was
relieved to see the capoeira lesson won the latest poll with 51% of the vote. (Thanks for all the
well-wishes on facebook and twitter guys.) N... read more.
Should Indiana June get: A. Robbed B. Mugged C. Sunstroke or D. All of the above?
Right now I'm the sole customer in a roadside diner, 35km shy of
my destination. The woman behind the counter keeps peering over at
me and I can only imagine how I look to her curious eyes. I ... read more.
Fake it 'til you make it: How I tricked myself into cycling the globe
Yesterday I used the 'reach-back-and-hope' suntan lotion
application technique. It left a 1cm strip along the line of my
muscle shirt exposed (minus the muscles) and my skin now resembles
a p... read more.
Road rules to (hopefully) live by in Argentina
This morning I saddled up, ready to cycle to San Antonio De
Areco in search of my inner gaucho (cowgirl). Rather than risking
my life on the shoulder of the national highway with a peleton of
... read more.
3 things I learned on 2 wheels in 2011
Riding a bicycle for hours on end does weird things to your
brain. On a good day you find yourself slipping into an almost
meditative state where your head is clear and life seems gloriously
... read more.
The spectacular Teatro Colon and stringy gooey cheesey heaven
"In the early part of the last century the vast quantities
of meat and grain that Argentina exported to the world made it a
country of colossal wealth. Completed in 1908 and occupying an
enti... read more.
Polo day: Hockey on horseback & delicioso Argentine Asado.
One of the most common questions I'm asked when I meet someone
here is: De donde es? (Where are you from?) To which I
reply: Soy de Nueva Zelandia and normally their face
lights up and the ne... read more.
Buenos Aires: Witness to a hit and dash
In Buenos Aires, not speaking Spanish or knowing the customs
makes the most trivial chore quite complex and time consuming,
often requiring multiple attempts for success. I've been here two
w... read more.
Eat Plants. Make Friends. Be Merry.
Asado, Parilla, Empanada, Carne, Pollo, Milanesa … Two
weeks in Buenos Aires has extended my Spanish vocabulary but most
of the words I've learned seem to describe meat! There's an
abundance ... read more.
Indiana June needs a helping hoof this Christmas
Over the past four months the Indiana June pick-a-path adventure
has seen me cycle more than 3000km over three continents, doing
everything from inseminating sows on a pig farm in Limerick... read more.
Finding the fun in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is like an onion with layer upon layer of fun
things to do - you just need to know how to peel it. Here are four
things I recommend giving a go...
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Spanish lessons: Before I walk I must crawl like a bebe
uno: Tongue gymanstics and
I arrive at Road2Argentina in Recoleta at 4.30pm for my
first language lesson with Interspanish. The plan is to do a two
week, two hour ... read more.
Weird stuff I spot on the side of the road
Cycling from place to place I get to see (and smell) my fair
share of roadkill but you'd be surprised what other odd stuff I
spot in my travels. It's not a glamorous pastime but litter
spotti... read more.
Plaza de Mayo: Banging drums and swearing in a president
Argentinians sure like to bang a drum and I got to see a whole
lot of it today when Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was sworn in as
president for a second term. (She's the first female
p... read more.
Buenos Aires: Facing my fears = plenty of tears
Considering how much I've travelled, I thought arriving in a new
country like Argentina wouldn't be scary at all - how wrong I was.
The best way to describe how It feels to be plonked in the m... read more.
Ask a different Q, get a better A.
Have you ever noticed when you meet someone new there are two
standard questions they always ask: Where are you from? And what do
you do? From this automatic FAQ interrogation they decide what... read more.
South Head: Rural postie paradise
Distance cycled: 0km (We put the bike in the
back as the route was 80km long.)
Number of letterboxes: 520
Times we had to stop for sheep crossing the
With my lunch packe... read more.
Wonder-weird: Innovative plastic bag storage
People do weird things. People do wonderful things. When these
two collide the result is often a character quirk that deserves to
be shared with the rest of the world. One such quirkster is my... read more.
Hitching a ride on the Coromandel Peninsular
The Coromandel Peninsular sticks out from the north
island like the thumb of hitchhiker, maybe that's what inspired me
to accept a couple of rides to break up the relentless hills. My
fi... read more.
Only in Tauranga: Windy, meaty goodness
Getting blown around at Blokart
Papamoa has NZ's only purpose blokart land sailing track. We
watched the tongue-in-cheek safety demo video with our instructor
Luke and found t... read more.
Forward and upside down thinking in Rotorua
Kiwi's have a reputation for being able to fix, make or do
anything they set their heart on, I guess you could call us a
country of 4 million MacGyvers. (The intelligent, optimistic,
laid-bac... read more.
Carving it up in Paekakariki
On a wet and wild Wellington day I took the steep and narrow
Paekak Hill Road to visit artist, Joelle Mills. But before we began
bashing stone, Joelle made us what in my opinion should become ... read more.
Raumati: Fish n chips on the beach, a kiwi classic
Population of Raumati: 4170
Seagull population while eating fish 'n chips:
Number of times I've walked this beach: 847
How much I love this place: Infinite
Kapiti Island, a... read more.
Wellington: Keeping the wheels of democracy turning
Homemade sandwiches packed, my sister and I rode into Wellington
to meet the Get-out-the-vote bike gang. The mission? To
ring our bike bells, wearing orange clothes, telling locals to get
... read more.
Wainuiomata: Learning how to speak KIWI
For a real kiwi experience forget bungee jumping or sheep
shearing, just spend a day with my grandmother and you'll learn all
you need to know about the land of the long white cloud. Here ... read more.
Wangetti: Feeding time with a croc called Trinity
Distance cycled: 40km
Roadkill count on the way to Hartleys: 1 snake,
3 cane toads, 2 kangaroos
How long a crocodile can survive without
eating: 18 months
How fast a cassowary can run... read more.
Indiana June's Movember Men... One-a-day!
Movember is a moustache growing charity event
held every November to raise funds for mens health. Men of all
hair-growing ability let their top lip go wild for 30 days and
people donate cash ... read more.
Kroombit Park: Calling all wannabe cowboys and cowgirls
After cycling, flying and boating my way from one side of the
world to the other, I've realised the experiences I treasure most
are the ones that feel most authentic. One such experience that'... read more.
Fraser Island: I'm still finding sand a week later!
Like a box of sandy chocolates, you never know what you're going
to get on a trip to Fraser, the world's largest sand island but you
can be sure of one thing - it will be memorable. Here is a ... read more.
Nambour: The BIG pineapple
I'm kind of perplexed by Australia's fascination with building
big things and turning them into tourist attractions. I mean it's
not as if they are short of big natural attractions. They have ... read more.
Brisbane: Hair emergency averted
After 3 months of helmet hair I decided I better detangle and
trim my travelling mop ahead of the wedding at Marcoola Beach. The
lovely folk at Togninis bravely offered to tame my tresses... read more.
Milan to Singapore: Loving the window seat
I'm loving the window seat on my Milan to Singapore leg of the
journey. The flight was full except for the seat between me and Mr
Grumpy aisle man, so I even got lay down and rest my head.... read more.
Enforced boozing at Singapore Airport
Leaving Milan I picked up a lovely Limincello gift set for the
bride and groom and was told I would have no trouble transferring
at Singapore airport. It was in a sealed duty-free bag but... read more.
Milano: Reenacting 'The Last Supper' with Italian football fans
I went to the 442 Sports Bar in Milano, Italy, armed with Boxerchips and the challenge to re-enact
Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last supper' painting. The locals all got
into the spirit of it.... read more.
FC Barcelona & Dirty Dancing: If you can’t beat em, join em!
Number of people at the FC Barcelona game:
Number of people ahead of us in line when hotdogs ran
Average age of dance party attendees: 19
Number of taxis it took to get... read more.
From France to Spain and from Weeping to Wooping
Distance cycled: 92km
Number of times I fell off my bike: 1
Times I wooped on the downhill: 11
Times I weeped on the uphill: 14
From the moment I opened my eyes and saw the sunrise f... read more.
Perpignan to Argeles Sur Mer: Six steps to sleep in a sandcastle
This decision was a little whackier than the normal
destination polls I post, this time y'all voted I build a
sandcastle on the beach and sleep in it for the night. So here's my
6 step tutori... read more.
Bordeaux to Gindou: This goes with that
Cycling on my own for nine weeks in four different countries
I've witnessed many things but just lately I've come to appreciate
the power of good teamwork. This weekend I took a break at Le
P... read more.
Indiana June is always on the lookout for new places to go and things to do.
If you have an idea you'd like to share, please make a suggestion.