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. Read more…

The Story So Far...

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Indiana June – OutTrippin: Over and out

I write a lot of blog posts. Hell, I do it for a living but this one has been particularly tough. There is no easy way to say it so here goes ... This marks 'The End' of the Indiana June pick-a-p... read more.


Sunday 12 October 2014

Who goes to Burning Man?

The people who attend Burning Man are a special breed. At times it felt like I was playing a part in an animated movie with some incredibly unique characters. I spent weeks trying to describe the ... read more.


Sunday 28 September 2014

LOGISTICS: Getting in, Getting Dusty!

After a gentle 14 hour flight to San Francisco on United Airlines with their inedible food and abrupt service, I caught a Megabus to Reno for $14. Contrary to their name, they are just regular siz... read more.


Monday 22 September 2014

OVERVIEW: What's it about, how does it work?

Burning Man is a one week festival held the week before Labour Day in a temporary city in the Nevada Desert. It's set on an ancient lake bed and known as Black Rock City and is about 3 hours drive... read more.


Thursday 18 September 2014

Burning Man: Party or Pilgrimage?

Festivals have always given me the warm fuzzies. Thousands of souls in one place, celebrating and sharing in communal activities is my idea of fun. In my 20s, I traversed music and cultural festiv... read more.


Thursday 18 September 2014

Getting Ready: What to pack, how to prepare

Luckily a few of my friends had attended Burning Man and while they couldn't prepare me for what would happen, they made sure I had all the equipment I needed. The festival is set in the Nevada De... read more.


Friday 12 September 2014

Mexican road trippin' with OutTrippin

I've been working hard this year to grow my OutTrippin tailored travel planning business but to really put it to the test, I decdied to go undercover and roadtest it myself. To understand your cu... read more.


Monday 11 August 2014

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!  ==================================================... read more.


Thursday 24 October 2013

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.


Thursday 17 October 2013

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.


Wednesday 16 October 2013

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.


Saturday 21 September 2013

The perks of working in Silicon Valley

What is the coolest perk you've ever received at your workplace? Fancy chocolate biscuits? Friday drinks? A 10kg ham? (I was given this by an Irish employer once!) Silicon Valley takes it ... read more.


Thursday 12 September 2013

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.


Wednesday 04 September 2013

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.


Tuesday 30 April 2013

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.


Thursday 21 March 2013

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.


Wednesday 13 March 2013

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.


Friday 08 February 2013

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.


Friday 01 February 2013

Indiana June's new OutTrippin adventure

I've paused my cross-continent cycling in Santiago, Chile to launch – a groovy new website that is full of kickass trips, all recommended by travel bloggers (like me). I have met... read more.


Tuesday 25 December 2012

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.


Sunday 23 December 2012

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.


Tuesday 13 November 2012

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.


Sunday 09 September 2012

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 stereotype. S... read more.


Friday 24 August 2012

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.


Tuesday 10 July 2012

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 tango. So what is the official definition of the Tango? tan·go... read more.


Monday 25 June 2012

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.


Thursday 07 June 2012

Masa Critica: Movements that move me

Hours cycled:3 Times I rang my bell: 165 Pot holes I hit:43 People riding with a potplant on their head: 1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------... read more.


Sunday 03 June 2012

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.


Friday 01 June 2012

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.


Sunday 20 May 2012

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.


Wednesday 09 May 2012

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.


Sunday 29 April 2012

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 night: 3 Number of apartments viewed: 2 Number of bunks in my room: 4 Number of hot men in ... read more.


Friday 20 April 2012

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.


Wednesday 04 April 2012

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.


Monday 02 April 2012

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.


Sunday 01 April 2012

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.


Sunday 01 April 2012

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 Argentina. Before the trip I looked at lots of insurers bu... read more.


Thursday 29 March 2012

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.


Wednesday 21 March 2012

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.


Tuesday 20 March 2012

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.


Monday 19 March 2012

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.


Sunday 18 March 2012

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.


Friday 16 March 2012

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.


Tuesday 13 March 2012

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.


Monday 12 March 2012

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.


Wednesday 07 March 2012

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... instant Nescafe! It's a crying shame for those of us who lo... read more.


Tuesday 06 March 2012

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.


Monday 05 March 2012

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.


Sunday 04 March 2012

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.


Thursday 01 March 2012

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.


Monday 27 February 2012

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.


Friday 24 February 2012

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.


Thursday 23 February 2012

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.


Wednesday 22 February 2012

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 overkill. I thought my bus ride from Esmeraldas to Manta wou... read more.


Sunday 19 February 2012

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.


Saturday 18 February 2012

Downhills, downpours, shrimp & vultures

Day 3: Chachimbiro to Lita Distance cycled: 100km Climbed: 1123m Longest downhill: 18km Times I put my rain jacket on: 2 Numbers of vultures spotted: 8 We started today wi... read more.


Wednesday 15 February 2012

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.


Saturday 11 February 2012

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.


Wednesday 08 February 2012

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.


Monday 06 February 2012

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.


Saturday 04 February 2012

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.


Friday 03 February 2012

Indy's Top 10 Tips for cycle tour gear

1. DRY SACKS: Heaven is a dry nights sleep after a long wet day 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.


Thursday 02 February 2012

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.


Monday 30 January 2012

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.


Monday 30 January 2012

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.


Saturday 21 January 2012

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.


Wednesday 18 January 2012

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.


Tuesday 17 January 2012

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.


Monday 16 January 2012

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.


Friday 13 January 2012

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.


Tuesday 10 January 2012

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.


Saturday 07 January 2012

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.


Friday 06 January 2012

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.


Tuesday 03 January 2012

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.


Tuesday 27 December 2011

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.


Saturday 24 December 2011

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.


Friday 23 December 2011

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.


Thursday 22 December 2011

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.


Wednesday 21 December 2011

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.


Sunday 18 December 2011

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... ---------------------------... read more.


Wednesday 14 December 2011

Spanish lessons: Before I walk I must crawl like a bebe

Día uno: Tongue gymanstics and alpha-beta-whata? 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.


Tuesday 13 December 2011

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.


Sunday 11 December 2011

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.


Saturday 10 December 2011

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.


Friday 09 December 2011

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.


Monday 05 December 2011

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 road: 2 With my lunch packe... read more.


Saturday 03 December 2011

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.


Saturday 03 December 2011

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.


Thursday 01 December 2011

Only in Tauranga: Windy, meaty goodness

Getting blown around at Blokart heaven: 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.


Wednesday 30 November 2011

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.


Monday 28 November 2011

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.


Sunday 27 November 2011

Raumati: Fish n chips on the beach, a kiwi classic

Population of Raumati: 4170 Seagull population while eating fish 'n chips: 5780 Number of times I've walked this beach: 847 How much I love this place: Infinite Kapiti Island, a... read more.


Saturday 26 November 2011

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.


Thursday 24 November 2011

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.


Saturday 19 November 2011

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.


Friday 18 November 2011

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.


Friday 11 November 2011

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.


Wednesday 09 November 2011

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.


Monday 07 November 2011

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.


Tuesday 01 November 2011

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.