Traveling the South Pacific can be done on a budget. I couchsurfed two nights on Tahiti, and paid $20/night for three more nights on the nearby island of Moorea. But food was expensive — dining in restaurants was more than I could bear, and a 6-pack of domestic beer cost $15 so I didn’t do […]
Tahiti and Fiji are two of the most popular South Pacific islands included in ’round the world trips.
There are two things I tend to avoid during international travel – public phones and driving. I managed the public phones in Tahiti well enough (after that first mishap) and was surprised with a crazy drive on my last night. Sam picked me up about 2 hours after my ferry from Moorea landed. During that […]
Dare # 2 – From RBL: I dare you to convince single women (aged 18-35) to have their photo taken with their hand on your shoulder. Reward: $5 per woman. No limit. __________________________________ It didn’t take long for me to complete my first dare (technically the second submitted). I met Christina and Alexandra on Moorea, […]
As you saw from the previous photos, Moorea is a little bit of paradise in the South Pacific. It’s a short 20-minute ferry ride west of Tahiti. I want to try and catch you up now that I’m in New Zealand and internet access is cheap by comparison. I spent 3 […]
On my first day in Pape’ete, I managed to make some silly mistakes. Jetlag, culture shock, and oppressive heat make for a tough first day. I mostly took it easy, though Sam did give me some phone cards since he said it wouldn’t be worth it to buy my own just to call him a […]
After a really challenging travel day from New York to Tahiti, I was wondering what I had signed up for. 15 hours of flying and all the airport waiting that goes along with it. Every part of my body was sore, and I arrived at 7:30am with a full day ahead of me. The service […]
At first, I thought staying at campground/hostel Chez Nelson on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia was a godsend. It’s only $20 the first night, $16 each additional night for a dorm, and several people have recommended it in the BootsnAll forum. Then I checked Couchsurfing on a whim, and was surprised to find […]