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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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 15 October 2011

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.


Friday 09 September 2011

Portrush to Cushendall: Dangling by a rope

Distance cycled: 64km Times I had to use the 'granny' gear up a hill: 6 Number of people allowed on the bridge at a time: 8 Number of Amercians who annoyed me today: 4 Dubbed as th... read more.


Monday 05 September 2011

Glenties to Crolly: There's music in the water

Distance cycled: 51km Number of Enya 'A day without rain' albums sold: 15 million Number of roadworkers I had to talk my way past: 5 Lowlight: The skies opening 20 min before I reached the camp... read more.


Wednesday 31 August 2011

Clonbur to Westport: Keeping a close eye on things

Distance cycled: 57km Number of touring cyclists I passed: 9 Number of scones eaten: 3 Number of old women who congratulated me: 7 Highlight: Cuddling a sheepdog puppy Lowlight: Realising I h... read more.


Tuesday 30 August 2011

Mount Gable and a Friary: Flying solo

To see more photos click here. Due to the nature of this trip I have to tell my story on a daily basis and the one thing that most people can't believe is that I'm doing it on my own. Solo travel... read more.


Saturday 27 August 2011

Galway to Clonbur: If the walls could talk

Distance cycled: 51km Number of times I saw a wall being kicked: 32 Pieces of peanut butter toast consumed: 4 Time I've been called 'June' in the last 24 hours:  5 Total length of stone walls ... read more.


Wednesday 24 August 2011

Listowel-Lehinch-Doolin-Inisheer-Moycullen: What to wear?

Distance cycled: 156km (split over a few days) Number of babies born on Inisheer in 2010: 9 Number of ballerinas busking in Galway: 12 Lowlight:  Losing my camera and not realising I had left i... read more.


Sunday 21 August 2011

Listowel: Been there, got the t-shirt!

The Irish have the best of intentions. In fact, I'd say the average Irish man and woman has moon-walking, marathon-winning, heart-surgery performing abilities if he or she doesn't stop for 'one' p... read more.


Saturday 20 August 2011

Tralee: Pouring the perfect pint

I arrived in Tralee for the penultimate event of the year, not The Rose of Tralee but the Pouring of the Perfect Pint by Indiana June. Guinness is an Irish Stout beer that has been brewed at St J... read more.


Wednesday 17 August 2011

Dingle to Castlegregory: Life-saving kindness

Distance cycled: 47km (Over Conor Pass!) Height of Conor Pass: 1300ft Number of photos I took of Fungi that ended up just being water: 17 Price of a pint of Guinness in 1960: 8 pence Price of ... read more.


Monday 15 August 2011

Skellig Michael

Distance cycled: 6km Number of days it took me to get to Skelligs: 4 Percentage of people sick on my boat: 18% Lowlight: Overhearing a tourist say 'Oh, it's just more of the same.' When he saw ... read more.


Sunday 14 August 2011

Cahersiveen & Church Island: Surfing in all weather

Distance covered: 0km Number of ancient forts visited: 2 Fresh shrimp consumed (10 min out of water):  7 Times I won LUDO: 1  Times I swore I hated LUDO: 5 -----------------------------------... read more.


Saturday 13 August 2011

Glenbeigh: Feet up with a cuppa

Distance covered: 20 metres (to the local café) Number of people sleeping in my room: 4 Consecutive days my shoes have been wet: 3 Cups of tea consumed: 6 Number of raindrops that fell: 198875... read more.


Saturday 13 August 2011

Ballinskelligs: Basking in the creative light

Distance covered: 32km Rainbows spotted: 2 Times I was 'found' playing hide and seek: 4 Number of artists that have had residence in Ballinskelligs: 750 Spoonfuls of powdered pota... read more.


Friday 12 August 2011

Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen: Not the island I was expecting

Distance covered: 54km Number of people I saw paddling wheelie bins: 4 Bugs in my tent at this exact moment: 14 (that I can see) Number of gannets on Little Skellig Island each summer: 52,000 ... read more.


Thursday 11 August 2011

Abbeyfeale to Killorglin: Pucking hard work!

Distance covered: 59km Hours the plastic bags on my shoes kept the rain out: 3 Number of people on stilts: 2 Number of times I was called an Australian: 4 Lowlight: Coming face-to-face with th... read more.


Wednesday 10 August 2011

Granagh to Abbeyfeale: This little piggy went to a piggery

Distance covered: 46km Births witnessed: 1 Jelly snakes consumed: 8 Highlight: Bonding with bacon Lowlight: The realisation that a cycle tan is from the knee to the mid thigh. Sexy! ---------... read more.


Tuesday 09 August 2011

Birr to Granagh: Miles and miles of smiles

Distance covered: 110km (My legs are no longer speaking to me.) Number of waves I received from tractor-driving farmers: 7 Number of toes that resemble small pickles: 10 -----------------------... read more.


Monday 08 August 2011

Newbridge to Birr: Tractors, pigeons & vintage attire

Distance travelled: 85km Road kill counter: 12 (8 birds, 1 hedgehog, 1 mouse, 2 unidentified.) Highlight: Riding on a restored 1948 tractor. Lowlight: Learning the hard way that I have to uncli... read more.


Sunday 07 August 2011

Dublin to Newbridge

Distance covered: 45km Bugs swallowed: 2 Hours of torrential rain: 3 Highlight: Being called a little duckling and a sweetheart in one day Lowlight: Missing the cycle lane and chasing Roz acro... read more.