Tips for Traveling with Friends

We gals behind The Broken Compass have been traveling together for 4+ years. Since the moment we became true travel partners — a moment which involved a hungover bus trip and the generous gesture of a seasickness bag — it’s been a true adventure, but even with our countless ups, there are also downs to…

3 Sydney Locales You Won’t Find in the Tourism Brochure

Sydney is a city full of surprises. There’s truly so much to do and see that only a tiny percentage makes it into the ads, the tourism books, or the mainstream travel columns. The more we explore, the more we feel like we’ve only experienced a fraction of this city. But we’ve discovered three little…

If We Only had One Weekend Left in Sydney

Even after a collective three years in Sydney, we still feel like we’ve only scraped the surface of this city. And in all honesty, if we only had one weekend left in Sydney, we’d probably be crying our eyes out instead of eating, drinking, and participating in the activities below (okay let’s face it, we’d…

Photo Journal: Gili Trawangan

Our journey to the Gili islands had a bit of a rough start, but after you recover from a bumpy boat ride and become accustomed to the constant scent of horses, Gili Trawangan was a real paradise. With its beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets, Gili Trawangan was made for Instagram. Here’s a taste of our favorite…

A Comprehensive Guide to our Sydney Instagram Locations

We’d love to think that our Sydney adventures stem from our incessant need to explore and discover and stay active, but it’s more likely that we just don’t have any money so we have to go find cheap things to do on weekends. Either way, we’ve been all around this town. Whether we’re grabbing brunch,…

An afternoon in the Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Sydney CBD can get mad busy. Like, having to walk so close to other people that you thank your lucky stars you actually showered that morning. But there’s a place that we’ve discovered where you can unwind while staying right in the city. The Chinese Garden of Friendship sits as a little oasis right…

The worst parts about Bali

I loved Bali. Really loved it. But that doesn’t mean I loved every second of being there (like the notorious Gili Fast Ferry). Like any holiday you take the good and with the not-so good so here are a few things just to keep your reality in check before arriving. Overcrowded Driving through the bustling…

One Perfect Weekend in Port Douglas, Queensland

If Australia was a pizza, far north Queensland would be like the mozzerella…or whatever part of a pizza you find most beautiful and amazing and worth emptying your bank account for. It’s one of the most stunning places in Australia, and we’ve really only dipped our toes into it. We’re so keen to explore more…

Photo Journal: The Great Ocean Road

What’s so magical about road trips is that there’s always somewhere to stop along the road that you hadn’t planned. You have this huge stretch of land to cover, and each mile brings another opportunity to discover something beautiful. And that’s just how we felt when driving down the Great Ocean Road. We had a…

The Most Instagrammable Stops Along the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road—one of Australia’s classic road trips. A quick search on Google will give you thousands of suggestions for where to stop off, and it can be daunting to choose which to skip and which to embrace. As we cruised down the Great Ocean Road last year, at the top of our minds…