‘Bet Brock’: Bug’s Edition

It’s the second edition of ‘Bet Brock’. Last time, I managed to eat an entire Cobra Snake. This time, I’m eating as well, but it’s not snake – it’s bugs. Jane and Caitlin have bet me to eat a Starfish, Seahorse, Grasshopper, Stinky Tofu & Scorpian. Yikes! It turned out to be a bigger challenge…

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The Friday Five – Funny Items in Asian Stores

Asia continues to amaze me and surprise me at every corner. One of these ways is in the supermarkets. You really never know what you might find. In this Friday Five I am showing you 5 things I have happened upon while shopping. There may have been some stranger ones I have found, but these…

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Beijing, China – Dancing at the Summer Palace

Beijing, China. It’s seen a lot of controversy in it’s time but I finally arrived making it my third stop in China. It was clear from the start there would be a lot to do and see in this city. In this episode I put my best foot forward and visit the Summer Palace where…

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Xi’an, China – The Terracotta Warriors

It took 12 hours on an overnight train to get there, but I knew I could not come to China and not see the Terracotta Warriors. My jaw dropped as soon as I saw them and I’m still amazing that man kind could make something like this and then let it go missing for so…

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The Friday Five – Make Time for Down Time

When you putting together your itinerary, it is easy to try to cram in as many sites in as many places as possible. As great as this is, it’s important not to over do it either and leave some time for a break. Whether it’s relaxing on a beach or eating food you’d find at…

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Shanghai, China – Dumplings & Jacket Shopping

It’s my very first official Chinese stop. Shanghai! I’ll be quite honest that this city didn’t do much for me. Perhaps it was getting scammed by a taxi driver, or the terrible flight to get there or the incident that occurred when buying my winter coat. Whatever it was, I am in no rush to…

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Hong Kong – Modern, Trendy and Big

After almost 2 months in South East Asia, it was time to carry on to something a bit different. That something different would be Hong Kong! It was much more developed and bustling then I expected but I guess that comes with being a financial powerhouse in the world. In this episode, I couchsurf with…

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Vientiane, Laos – NGOs and UXOs

Tubing down the Nam Song in Vang Vieng was a riot but my body needed a break – not to mention a good shower. It got both of these things when I arrive in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. I was greeted by the awesome Sami and Saara, who offered me there spare room for…

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The Friday Five – How to Meet Other Travellers

It’s a big worry of many travellers, especially those going it alone. ‘How will I meet other travellers?’ There are enough uncertainties that come with backpacking and heading to an unfamiliar destination that losing sleep over whether you will be by yourself the whole time is unneeded. Therefore, this week on The Friday Five, I’m…

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Vang Vieng, Laos: Tubing Down the Nam Song River

It’s the second stop in Laos: Vang Vieng. Each year I like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the proper way. Surrounded by friends, enjoying eachothers company and a beer or two (or three). This year I decided to take it to a whole new level when I heard about Tubing in Vang Vieng. Essentially, you…

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Hanoi, Vietnam Pt III – Police Raids and Hot Pots

Alone once again, I spend a few more days meandering around Hanoi, Vietnam. This city is probably my favourite yet. There’s a certain buzz about it that just sits well with me. In this episode, not only do I hang out with some fellow couch surfers and take some food photos in a restaurant. I…

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The Friday Five – Questions For You

I figured it was high time I learned a little bit more about all off you out there who tune into Backpack with Brock. Therefore, this week’s Friday Five is a list of 5 questions for YOU! You can leave your answers in the comments below or send them as a private message if you…

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Hanoi, Vietnam Pt II – Snakes, Coffee and Spaniards


After a great time on the houseboat on Halong Bay, we make our return to Hanoi where we chow down on some Pha, drink lots of coffee, walk through the markets and enjoy the girls last few days in Vietnam. But why read about it when you can watch it above.