Camper-Van Life, Week #3 – The End

Camper-Van Life, The End 8600 Kilometres so far NT & WA 4 showers Annoying flies, massive ants, many cows, a snake, a crocodile, two dingos and a few camels. This is a weekly update of our road-trip across Australia.  Click here to start from the beginning. The...
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Camper-Van Life in Australia, Week #2

5500 Kilometres so far, SA & NT, 4 showers, Too many flies, too many cows, a kangaroo, a few emus, a camel and a lot of big bugs, A special thanks to the spiders for joining me in my third shower!   This is a weekly update of our road-trip across Australia. ...
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Pandas, hidden spots and dumplings in Chengdu

Until I landed in Chengdu, I wasn’t sure if I could truly like China.  The food I ate at the beginning wasn’t very good, it was kind of hard to meet other backpackers (there are a lot of locals in hostels), I had a weird experience in Zhengzhou, the shock...
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Camper-Van Life in Australia, Week #1

2100 Kilometres, NSW, VIC, SA, 2 showers, 5 Kangaroos, 1 Echidna, many tiny goats and a bunch of Emus.   Australia is a huge country.  You don’t realise it until you start to drive across the country.  If you look at your big map, you’ll soon see that after...
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A night at the Rydges Sydney Airport

Being a backpacker means many different things.  My wallet thinks it’s to travel on a tiny budget.  My friends think it’s to carry a heavy backpack. I do think it’s a mix of affordable, cheap and hard-core travel. Being a backpacker is a lifestyle.  I’d prefer to...
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Camper-Van Life, Week #3 – The End

Camper-Van Life, The End 8600 Kilometres so far NT & WA 4 showers Annoying flies, massive ants, many cows, a snake, a crocodile, two dingos and a few camels. This is a weekly update of our road-trip across Australia.  Click here to start from the beginning. The... read more

Camper-Van Life in Australia, Week #2

5500 Kilometres so far, SA & NT, 4 showers, Too many flies, too many cows, a kangaroo, a few emus, a camel and a lot of big bugs, A special thanks to the spiders for joining me in my third shower!   This is a weekly update of our road-trip across Australia. ... read more

Two Classical Trekking Tours in Tibet

When I was in China, I realised how close I was from Tibet.  I didn’t have enough time to stay around longer, but it’s still on the bucket list!  If you travel to Tibet, you might want to consider taking a tour with Tibet Vista. Trekking in Tibet is a... read more

10 Signs you are Madly in Love with the World

I want you to focus here. I know how easy it is to dream, to be distracted.  There’s so much stuff to think about instead of being in a chronically boring routine. Have you ever been in love? I have a few times… with humans. But, there’s no one out there who can make... read more

I’m broke and I travel anyway.

Travelling seems to be a luxury for many. The typical Western human will have four weeks of vacation per year and eagerly await the moment to relax. Fact: working can be stressful and exhausting, but it gives us the money for our survival. So, we need this well... read more

Running Out of Money while Travelling

When nothing goes to plan… Running out of money while travelling can certainly be a nightmare. Been there! (Ahem, and more than once!) I guess this is normal considering my reality as a traveller with debts and a serious case of wanderlust. It happened back in... read more

How to find a cheap flight

Australia, please, enlighten me. Australia, why are you this far?  I mean… seriously? Is there any way I can reach you without spending 30 hours on a plane? Is there any way I can avoid losing a day of my precious life? Is there any way I can enjoy the longest flight... read more

What’s a VPN and why you might need one

When I arrived in China, I wondered if I would be able to keep up with the blog and to work on my other assignments (#digitalnomadlife). Why’s that? Because Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google are prohibited in China.  It has been like that for many years already.... read more

How to be a Travel Blogger

Everybody can start a travel blog.  It’s easy to get started!  Own a travel blog is a thing.  Be a travel blogger is another one.  I started blogging last July and so far, I love it!  Being a travel blogger is a full-time job… even if you already have a... read more
THE BROKEN ONE - MELISSA GIROUX

THE BROKEN ONE - MELISSA GIROUX

Melissa Giroux is the writer behind (or beyond) A Broken Backpack.  Originally from Quebec, Canada, she is living the dream (or at least… an English life).  Hopping in Australia (and around), she loves to explore and to live abroad.  Collecting mistakes, stories and experiences, she will embrace the changes.  She is broken.  And she likes it that way. Broke, anxious and crazy rhymes with her sarcasm. Want to work with me?