Baring All Down Under – A New Home extract

Following two weeks of purgatory it was time for me to move into the $18 a night 20-bed dorm hostel down the road that I had been promised. I must admit the thought of sharing a room with 19 strangers did not exactly fill me with joy but the dirt cheapness of it was a...

Baring All Down Under – Homeless extract

This was the natural progression of a backpacker, I was told: you start off slumming it in hostels where you meet people, before branching out into the luxury of an apartment. But as far as I could see it was simply living just as you would in a hostel, but in a flat...

Baring All Down Under – Arriving in Sydney extract

So, after putting a blindfold on, I took a deep breath before bravely stabbing a pen into a map to see where I would be heading. After landing on Iraq and Libya, I shrugged off these not overly appealing destinations and quickly opted for one final thrust to decide my...

Baring All Down Under: The East Coast Road Trip

The follow-up to Baring All Down Under: Hilarious Confessions of a Bewildered Backpacker, sees Steve Deeks coerced into one final hurrah before he returns to the UK. Having grown irritated at hearing endless backpacker stories of how great the east coast is, Deeks...