FRILLS

THE RAD ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Melbourne street art, where to start? Part 2

What magic we humans conjure up every day. Yes, we make and eat food, go to big termite mounds in…

A beginner’s guide to Tassie Shipwrecks

Nowadays King Island is a windy and lush haven of tranquillity, away from the city crowds and filled with beautiful…

Melbourne street art, where to start? Part 1

It’s hard to find an art form that conquers the hearts and divides the opinions of millions around the globe…

Of happy cows and shipwrecked bows: King Island, Tasmania

Pristine white powdery sand between your toes, blue skies, a world-class surf break off shore, miles of national park with…

What does your world sound like?

Every kid nowadays has a camera. In fact, most humans carry around cameras in their jacket pockets, ready to flip…

Turns out, there’s a massive volcano behind the Gold Coast

If you’ve ever ventured a short drive from Surfer’s Paradise’s bright lights and city high-rises, you’ll find yourself on what…

10 whale facts to bend your mind

We’ve had a lot of lucky run-ins with whales whilst filming projects on the East Coast recently. It’s the middle…

How to capture that summer feeling

You’ve just parked up, the sun sparkling through the gently waving palm leaves above. You’re so excited of what lies…

The Magic of Diving Shipwrecks in North Queensland

Imagine yourself surrounded by shimmering blue. Hovering in space, holding onto a rope made out of what looks like red…

The unsung heroes of Australia’s cattle country

Australia has a reputation of being a continent of red dusty desert, fringed by tropical rainforest and stunning white sand…

10 things you had no idea Melbourne was famous for

Australia. Awesome place to go backpacking. Kangaroos. Kind of cut off. Beer, BBQs, outback and beaches. Surf bums and cowboys…

3 reasons you’ll regret missing your nearest film festival

You may know that Rat & Dragon was founded on two professionals knocking their heads together above a giant wok…

A re-assessment of interconnectedness

There are certain image collections that keep on popping up on facebook. “20 scary pictures from the past”, “OMG I…

Wonder why Aussie weather is so spectacular?

We just happened to look up from our editing machines as the lightning struck full pelt across the horizon. Ominous…

5 People you’d never expect to see skydiving

We get it. You’ve seen it all already. On those posters, fliers, brochures, facebook ads and friends’ profile pics: the…

Where I live is boring. Why should anyone come visit?

Over the Christmas break, after enjoying the big city lights of Melbourne, a group of us headed to Northern Queensland…

Forget Jurassic Park T-Rex. This is way more scary.

That goat scene will never leave your memory. What had the goat done to deserve this anyway? But it could…

Skydivers doing awesome stuff

We’ve been researching a lot about skydivers recently. Last September, our project for Skydive Australia started to open up a…

Of natural hot tubs and screams of joy in pubs: The mini kiwi road trip Part 2

Did you know that you can actually see Mount Doom from Hobbiton? Mount Ngauruhoe (the volcano’s non-hollywood name) was unfortunately…

Wanna go off the beaten track? How’s the sky for an idea?

In 1797 Andre-Jacques Garnerin strapped a large bedsheet to a basket with a balloon to elevate it to the desired…

Of winery bars and a million living stars: The mini kiwi road trip Part 1

If you haven’t seen Mad Max Fury road, drop what you’re doing and check out one of the most glorious…

How to Shred a Dancefloor Before Breakfast in Melbourne

    You’ve woken early. It’s 6am on a random Wednesday morning and you’re wondering: “What shall I do with…

Of jitters up high and lords of the sky: the Aussie Skydive Project

You don’t quite know what’s hit you. A previously totally unimaginable sensation is chasing through your body and you have…

No one ain’t the boss of Karijini National Park

You know sometimes someone tells you about this amazing place they went where they escaped the stresses of modern life…

5 crazy whale shark facts

We wonder if the humble whale shark knows he’s the pinnacle of nature-related facebook selfies. Humans get a kick out…

Chased by uniforms – Perth’s artistic underbelly

Guest blog post by the wonderful Tracy Brown.   Chased by uniformed, badge wearing officers by torchlight… down dark alleys…

“The vibe or whatever” – what really made Western Australia unique

You may have noticed we’ve just been to Western Australia. Seen STA Travel’s new film? Total eye candy. Been on…

How we found the greatest hidden beauty of surfing

You can build a tennis court just about anywhere on the planet. When you finished reading this, you could probably…

More than just gaining a visa

Kindergarten, Primary School, pass the tests and get into a good Grammer School. Study hard. Don’t be too much of…

Are You a Seafood Snob (or Just a Bit Squeamish)?

Don’t be a pussy. You might be really missing out, you know. As we’ve journeyed across the world and delved…

Catching a life wish

The last two months have been the first in 2 years of Rat & Dragon we’ve spent in one place.…

Sh*t to say to backpackers

6:30 pm. The hostel kitchen is teaming with 18-34 year olds in city print singlets and elephant pants. You’ve scored…

The Whispered Secret of Transformation That is Spot X

Warning - the following contains information about a place so beautiful that the prose that follows sometimes collapses into poetry.…

5 Things To Do When You’re Jetlagged

So you’ve just arrived on the other side of the earth. Your eyeballs are almost hanging out of your head,…

Why photos look different when you travel

The first glimpse of our newest destination lay ahead of us, just a small sheet of plastic window between our…

Myanmar swaps surnames for an 8th weekday

We’re not usually one to dabble with mysticism, the occult or superstition. We have had to deal with quite a…

Of Thanaka tricks and pagoda picknicks: Getting off the Disney trail in Myanmar

Myanmar. The crown jewel of the adventurous South East Asian backpacker. A hard-to-reach country, long shut off to independent travel…

Why Travel is the Secret to Eternal Youth

You probably don’t remember this now, but there once was a very first time that you ever laid eyes on…

Turns out Cambodian Rock is shit hot

It’s Nottingham, 2007, and our Rat’s at uni. One of her much cooler housemates’ boyfriends is banging on about some…

Of ancient temples, glowing oceans and new beginnings: Cambodia

Thailand is diverse, yes, and distinctly Thai all over – green curry and lemongrass, laid-back beach boys and lady boys…

Rat & Dragon found hiding under Burmese lady’s skirt

We admit it. We’ve been in hiding. A whole month and a half without a word, even a simple little…

Fishing for monsters (by beginners)

Queensland. Some call it the Texas of Australia. Some call it ‘the place so humid, no one actually lives there’.…

Fun facts about Tag

11 months in the making, Tag has been our most ambitious project to date. Now spearheading STA Travel’s global Blue…

How to re-claim your wandering soul

We’re staying in a tiny Lao village among the pigs and chickens and water buffalo on the Eastern bank of…

Of Four-Thousand-Island Raves and Touring Longtail Caves: South Laos

Returning wide-eyed and open mouthed from our 3 day mind-warp to the Field of Pots, (sorry, Plane of Jars), the…

We find a field of pot(s)

Act 1. Overnight ‘sleeper’ bus from Hanoi to Vientiane, March 2014. Amongst other fellow travelers sharing our insomnia, we get…

Of Riverside Huts and Two LaoLao Cups: North Laos

The mother of water. The cocoa coloured wonder. The Mighty Mekong. Call it what you like, this river rich in…

Of Cultural Sophistication and Tender Loving Care: Thailand

6 months ago we were in a rice field shouting “Nam. You weren’t there! You didn’t know what it was…

Too good to be true? Authenticity and travel films

World Travel Market came around way faster than we’d anticipated. As a newly formed company this was our first year…

The psychology of coming home vs. the world in miniature

40,000km across the face of this earth. Back in the day, it was people like Chris Columbus, Capn’ Cook and…

Forget your iPhone. Fun things you can do with road kill.

“I must get to the other side. This is my quest, he waits for me”… a bearded armadillo stuck to…

Leg 5: Reverse Culture shock

It wasn’t the off-his-face, chanting, gesticulating, bare-chested backpacker in the middle of the road holding up central Darwin traffic and…

“Mind that tree!” – a beginners guide to camper-vaning

CCRAAAASHHHHHHHHH, SLAM, Bang bang bang bang… “Oh crap, I think I left one of the draws open”. We stop at…

Of mangrove mud crabs and big city bar tabs, the Mighty Australian Road Trip – Part 2

Part 2: Cairns – Sydney (see also Part 1: Darwin – Cairns)     The East Coast. Australia’s string of…

Of Open Roads and Souvenir Cane Toads: The Mighty Australian Road Trip – Part 1

Part 1: Darwin - Cairns   40000km into the Epic Journey and we are looking at our last of 19…

Australia wins craziest animals prize

The Canadians have a beaver. Costa Rica has a clay-coloured thrush. The Swiss have a cow and Australia, well, Australia…

Houston to Mars – we are on standby

OMG and WTF… you haven’t heard from us in a while? That’s cause we accidentally took a wrong turning coming…

Leg 4: F*ck tomorrow. We’re living in the moment.

High on the walls above our heads, Chairman Mao (Tse Tung) glares dictatorially across the room at Uncle Ho (Chi…

Timor-Leste. The breaking point. So close, but never further away…

Hanging off one of the more distant of Indonesia’s haphazardly strewn eastern islands, you can find a little baby of…

Overland through Indonesia – bagus or bonkers? Part 2 – Bali to Timor

Hellooooo. Helloooooooooooo....... *pat on the cheek* Hellooooo? Ah, hello! How are you feeling today? Good? Yes, of course you're feeling…

Overland through Indonesia – bagus or bonkers? Part 1 – Singapore to Bali

We cannot recommend overland travel enough. Read through our last 6 months of blog posts and you’ll see why. Overland…

Surf Filming at Nusa Lembongan

Ever wanted a real filmmaking adventure?  Exotic tropical travel, danger, beauty and glory?  Well this could be your next project,…

Zero to Hero

How’s it going? Everything smelling as it should? Nice to sniff your behind, run around the block and get to…

Of Breathtaking Barrels and Trophy Coral Cuts: Mojo’s Epic Bali Surf Adventure

“It’s gonna be outrageous!” says Nat, the founder of Mojo Surf,  “It’s a three-week Bali & Beyond surf tour through…

King or Monster? Rat & Dragon Do a Durian

Many hate him.  His armour is so hard and sharp and that he easily punctures and tears through flesh.  He…

Cashing in on Creativity

Young, fresh, radical and more often than not totally illegal, street art has taken our hearts and minds by storm.…

Bending the rules

I am just about to do something illegal. I’m about to cross an international border with what I am told…

A Donkey’s Bridge to Remembering Language

You’ve just arrived in a brand new part of the world and it’s all incredibly exciting. You’ve remembered to get…

Of late night noodle hunters and things that go bump in the dark: Precious Penang

As night falls, the shadows are shredded by a motorbike’s headlights shining through a gate whilst a cat peeps out…

Reincarnation. What’s the worst thing to come back as?

You’re gonna die.  Sorry to break it to you.   It’s nothing personal, just the nature of life.  We’re all…

The gentrification of backpacking

As you may have gathered whilst reading our ramblings along this particular trip, we have been travelling before. And to…

Preserving Dreams

The Egyptians did it. The Mayans did it. The Tibetans did it. Even the Koreans and German Housewives do it,…

Of Temple dancers and Tuk Tuk Races: Bangkok’s hidden pearls

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your Oyster, or so they say. The Thai capital is famously home to…

Of box-shaped fish and bubbling students: Phi Phi’s Life Aquatic

It’s any given Tuesday and your alarm sounds at 6am.  You hate it.  You wonder whether you really need to…

The Ultimate Songkran Survival Guide

You are about to step into any 5 year old’s dream of dreams. Welcome to one of the craziest national…

Of Bustling Communities and Buffalo Soldiers: Vietnam’s Northern Mysteries

We know you have missed us terribly. Like being forced to wait an entire week for your next fix of…

How to shoot an Elephant

We’re up for big film challenges, so jumped at the chance when we were asked to film an elephant ride…

Of Disco Rickshaws and Simplistic Reputations: Vietnam’s Southern Treasures

1, 2, 3 – Good MOoooorniiiing, Viet-naaaaam! So many times did we hear this on our latest project, so many…

Leg 3: The Friendship Sea

Vladivostok -> Korea -> Japan -> China     We ran out of land. We took trains, busses and cars…

The adventure that is food in China

“I Kina spiser de hunde”, title of the 1999 Danish action comedy says it all. In China, they do really,…

Of Calligraphy Rats and Kung Fu Hustles: Beijing or Bust

Joy, our young Beijing local, is no professional presenter, but stick her in front of a camera, she took to…

Time Travel, Geophysics and a Nice Hot Cup of Tea

  We're half way there!   Warning! Mathematicians, geophysicists and obsessive statistics fanatics, look away now. Avert your eyes from…

Japan’s Snow Monkey Spa and how to get there

Monkeys are pretty cool at the best of times, whilst being admittedly somewhat scary and crazy mini humans, their comedic…

Filming Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Like a medieval battle re-enacted every five minutes, at a green signal, thousands of people charge at each other from…

Of Maid Cafes and Monkey Teabags: Tokyo Treasurehunt

Ready, set, GO!   If you ever thought the cost of a Tokyo experience would pump up your blood pressure,…

The Craziest Things to See in Tokyo

We’ve lost count of our visits to this unbelievable city. Everything we had heard about the place jabbed at our…

Surviving Siberia – all limbs still intact?

Packing clothes for somewhere you’ve never been before is always a bit of a tricky endeavour, especially if you’re heading…

Leg 2: Distance and Philosophy

The Trans-Siberian: Moscow -> Vladivostok   You’re plugged in. If you’re reading this, you’re online right now, so you’ve already…

Top Tips for the Trans-Siberian

The Rat & Dragon crew has now clocked up around 500 hours travelling and filming both the Trans-Siberian and the…

Of Designer Twins and Rooftop Rabbits: Moscow Battleground

Mad and mighty Moscow looms out at you from the heavy Russian sky as you soak it up from street…

Leg 1: Social Travelling

London -> St Petersburg     The first stage of our Epic London to Sydney overland journey is behind us. …

Of Airfields and Fairytales: 14 hours in Berlin

Rat & Dragon jumped on a skateboard, a tandem bike and a snow tube to explore, thanks to a bunch…

THE EPIC JOURNEY

33,520 km to discover what sex, fairytales, eating and travel all have in common.   We all know the end…

Surviving Siberia – get the right coat!

Setting off onto our latest epic project, the Rat & Dragon team has over the last few weeks become something…

5 Lessons Learned About Dallas

“Everyday’s a school day” so they say.  Well we’d really like a day off occasionally, but when you’re constantly tasked…

How to have an epic 24 hours in London

Rat & Dragon set out to capture 24 hours to squeeze into 90 seconds of distilled London spirit, but with…

The Rats and Dragons We Carry Inside

  We know the name’s a little quirky.  ‘Why Rat & Dragon?’ is about the second most asked question as…

Of happy cows and shipwrecked bows: King Island, Tasmania

Pristine white powdery sand between your toes, blue skies, a world-class surf break off shore, miles of national park with…

Turns out, there’s a massive volcano behind the Gold Coast

If you’ve ever ventured a short drive from Surfer’s Paradise’s bright lights and city high-rises, you’ll find yourself on what…

How to capture that summer feeling

You’ve just parked up, the sun sparkling through the gently waving palm leaves above. You’re so excited of what lies…

The Magic of Diving Shipwrecks in North Queensland

Imagine yourself surrounded by shimmering blue. Hovering in space, holding onto a rope made out of what looks like red…

Of natural hot tubs and screams of joy in pubs: The mini kiwi road trip Part 2

Did you know that you can actually see Mount Doom from Hobbiton? Mount Ngauruhoe (the volcano’s non-hollywood name) was unfortunately…

Of winery bars and a million living stars: The mini kiwi road trip Part 1

If you haven’t seen Mad Max Fury road, drop what you’re doing and check out one of the most glorious…

How to Shred a Dancefloor Before Breakfast in Melbourne

    You’ve woken early. It’s 6am on a random Wednesday morning and you’re wondering: “What shall I do with…

Of jitters up high and lords of the sky: the Aussie Skydive Project

You don’t quite know what’s hit you. A previously totally unimaginable sensation is chasing through your body and you have…

No one ain’t the boss of Karijini National Park

You know sometimes someone tells you about this amazing place they went where they escaped the stresses of modern life…

“The vibe or whatever” – what really made Western Australia unique

You may have noticed we’ve just been to Western Australia. Seen STA Travel’s new film? Total eye candy. Been on…

The Whispered Secret of Transformation That is Spot X

Warning - the following contains information about a place so beautiful that the prose that follows sometimes collapses into poetry.…

Of Thanaka tricks and pagoda picknicks: Getting off the Disney trail in Myanmar

Myanmar. The crown jewel of the adventurous South East Asian backpacker. A hard-to-reach country, long shut off to independent travel…

Of ancient temples, glowing oceans and new beginnings: Cambodia

Thailand is diverse, yes, and distinctly Thai all over – green curry and lemongrass, laid-back beach boys and lady boys…

Rat & Dragon found hiding under Burmese lady’s skirt

We admit it. We’ve been in hiding. A whole month and a half without a word, even a simple little…

Fun facts about Tag

11 months in the making, Tag has been our most ambitious project to date. Now spearheading STA Travel’s global Blue…

Of Four-Thousand-Island Raves and Touring Longtail Caves: South Laos

Returning wide-eyed and open mouthed from our 3 day mind-warp to the Field of Pots, (sorry, Plane of Jars), the…

Of Riverside Huts and Two LaoLao Cups: North Laos

The mother of water. The cocoa coloured wonder. The Mighty Mekong. Call it what you like, this river rich in…

Of Cultural Sophistication and Tender Loving Care: Thailand

6 months ago we were in a rice field shouting “Nam. You weren’t there! You didn’t know what it was…

Of mangrove mud crabs and big city bar tabs, the Mighty Australian Road Trip – Part 2

Part 2: Cairns – Sydney (see also Part 1: Darwin – Cairns)     The East Coast. Australia’s string of…

Of Open Roads and Souvenir Cane Toads: The Mighty Australian Road Trip – Part 1

Part 1: Darwin - Cairns   40000km into the Epic Journey and we are looking at our last of 19…

Houston to Mars – we are on standby

OMG and WTF… you haven’t heard from us in a while? That’s cause we accidentally took a wrong turning coming…

Of Breathtaking Barrels and Trophy Coral Cuts: Mojo’s Epic Bali Surf Adventure

“It’s gonna be outrageous!” says Nat, the founder of Mojo Surf,  “It’s a three-week Bali & Beyond surf tour through…

Of late night noodle hunters and things that go bump in the dark: Precious Penang

As night falls, the shadows are shredded by a motorbike’s headlights shining through a gate whilst a cat peeps out…

Of Temple dancers and Tuk Tuk Races: Bangkok’s hidden pearls

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your Oyster, or so they say. The Thai capital is famously home to…

Of box-shaped fish and bubbling students: Phi Phi’s Life Aquatic

It’s any given Tuesday and your alarm sounds at 6am.  You hate it.  You wonder whether you really need to…

Of Bustling Communities and Buffalo Soldiers: Vietnam’s Northern Mysteries

We know you have missed us terribly. Like being forced to wait an entire week for your next fix of…

Of Disco Rickshaws and Simplistic Reputations: Vietnam’s Southern Treasures

1, 2, 3 – Good MOoooorniiiing, Viet-naaaaam! So many times did we hear this on our latest project, so many…

Of Calligraphy Rats and Kung Fu Hustles: Beijing or Bust

Joy, our young Beijing local, is no professional presenter, but stick her in front of a camera, she took to…

Of Maid Cafes and Monkey Teabags: Tokyo Treasurehunt

Ready, set, GO!   If you ever thought the cost of a Tokyo experience would pump up your blood pressure,…

Of Designer Twins and Rooftop Rabbits: Moscow Battleground

Mad and mighty Moscow looms out at you from the heavy Russian sky as you soak it up from street…

Of Airfields and Fairytales: 14 hours in Berlin

Rat & Dragon jumped on a skateboard, a tandem bike and a snow tube to explore, thanks to a bunch…

THE EPIC JOURNEY

33,520 km to discover what sex, fairytales, eating and travel all have in common.   We all know the end…

Melbourne street art, where to start? Part 2

What magic we humans conjure up every day. Yes, we make and eat food, go to big termite mounds in…

Melbourne street art, where to start? Part 1

It’s hard to find an art form that conquers the hearts and divides the opinions of millions around the globe…

The unsung heroes of Australia’s cattle country

Australia has a reputation of being a continent of red dusty desert, fringed by tropical rainforest and stunning white sand…

10 things you had no idea Melbourne was famous for

Australia. Awesome place to go backpacking. Kangaroos. Kind of cut off. Beer, BBQs, outback and beaches. Surf bums and cowboys…

3 reasons you’ll regret missing your nearest film festival

You may know that Rat & Dragon was founded on two professionals knocking their heads together above a giant wok…

A re-assessment of interconnectedness

There are certain image collections that keep on popping up on facebook. “20 scary pictures from the past”, “OMG I…

5 People you’d never expect to see skydiving

We get it. You’ve seen it all already. On those posters, fliers, brochures, facebook ads and friends’ profile pics: the…

Where I live is boring. Why should anyone come visit?

Over the Christmas break, after enjoying the big city lights of Melbourne, a group of us headed to Northern Queensland…

Chased by uniforms – Perth’s artistic underbelly

Guest blog post by the wonderful Tracy Brown.   Chased by uniformed, badge wearing officers by torchlight… down dark alleys…

Catching a life wish

The last two months have been the first in 2 years of Rat & Dragon we’ve spent in one place.…

Myanmar swaps surnames for an 8th weekday

We’re not usually one to dabble with mysticism, the occult or superstition. We have had to deal with quite a…

Turns out Cambodian Rock is shit hot

It’s Nottingham, 2007, and our Rat’s at uni. One of her much cooler housemates’ boyfriends is banging on about some…

How to re-claim your wandering soul

We’re staying in a tiny Lao village among the pigs and chickens and water buffalo on the Eastern bank of…

We find a field of pot(s)

Act 1. Overnight ‘sleeper’ bus from Hanoi to Vientiane, March 2014. Amongst other fellow travelers sharing our insomnia, we get…

Too good to be true? Authenticity and travel films

World Travel Market came around way faster than we’d anticipated. As a newly formed company this was our first year…

The psychology of coming home vs. the world in miniature

40,000km across the face of this earth. Back in the day, it was people like Chris Columbus, Capn’ Cook and…

Leg 5: Reverse Culture shock

It wasn’t the off-his-face, chanting, gesticulating, bare-chested backpacker in the middle of the road holding up central Darwin traffic and…

Australia wins craziest animals prize

The Canadians have a beaver. Costa Rica has a clay-coloured thrush. The Swiss have a cow and Australia, well, Australia…

Leg 4: F*ck tomorrow. We’re living in the moment.

High on the walls above our heads, Chairman Mao (Tse Tung) glares dictatorially across the room at Uncle Ho (Chi…

Zero to Hero

How’s it going? Everything smelling as it should? Nice to sniff your behind, run around the block and get to…

Cashing in on Creativity

Young, fresh, radical and more often than not totally illegal, street art has taken our hearts and minds by storm.…

The gentrification of backpacking

As you may have gathered whilst reading our ramblings along this particular trip, we have been travelling before. And to…

Leg 3: The Friendship Sea

Vladivostok -> Korea -> Japan -> China     We ran out of land. We took trains, busses and cars…

Time Travel, Geophysics and a Nice Hot Cup of Tea

  We're half way there!   Warning! Mathematicians, geophysicists and obsessive statistics fanatics, look away now. Avert your eyes from…

The Craziest Things to See in Tokyo

We’ve lost count of our visits to this unbelievable city. Everything we had heard about the place jabbed at our…

Leg 2: Distance and Philosophy

The Trans-Siberian: Moscow -> Vladivostok   You’re plugged in. If you’re reading this, you’re online right now, so you’ve already…

Leg 1: Social Travelling

London -> St Petersburg     The first stage of our Epic London to Sydney overland journey is behind us. …

A beginner’s guide to Tassie Shipwrecks

Nowadays King Island is a windy and lush haven of tranquillity, away from the city crowds and filled with beautiful…

What does your world sound like?

Every kid nowadays has a camera. In fact, most humans carry around cameras in their jacket pockets, ready to flip…

10 whale facts to bend your mind

We’ve had a lot of lucky run-ins with whales whilst filming projects on the East Coast recently. It’s the middle…

Wonder why Aussie weather is so spectacular?

We just happened to look up from our editing machines as the lightning struck full pelt across the horizon. Ominous…

Forget Jurassic Park T-Rex. This is way more scary.

That goat scene will never leave your memory. What had the goat done to deserve this anyway? But it could…

Skydivers doing awesome stuff

We’ve been researching a lot about skydivers recently. Last September, our project for Skydive Australia started to open up a…

Wanna go off the beaten track? How’s the sky for an idea?

In 1797 Andre-Jacques Garnerin strapped a large bedsheet to a basket with a balloon to elevate it to the desired…

5 crazy whale shark facts

We wonder if the humble whale shark knows he’s the pinnacle of nature-related facebook selfies. Humans get a kick out…

How we found the greatest hidden beauty of surfing

You can build a tennis court just about anywhere on the planet. When you finished reading this, you could probably…

More than just gaining a visa

Kindergarten, Primary School, pass the tests and get into a good Grammer School. Study hard. Don’t be too much of…

Are You a Seafood Snob (or Just a Bit Squeamish)?

Don’t be a pussy. You might be really missing out, you know. As we’ve journeyed across the world and delved…

Sh*t to say to backpackers

6:30 pm. The hostel kitchen is teaming with 18-34 year olds in city print singlets and elephant pants. You’ve scored…

5 Things To Do When You’re Jetlagged

So you’ve just arrived on the other side of the earth. Your eyeballs are almost hanging out of your head,…

Why photos look different when you travel

The first glimpse of our newest destination lay ahead of us, just a small sheet of plastic window between our…

Why Travel is the Secret to Eternal Youth

You probably don’t remember this now, but there once was a very first time that you ever laid eyes on…

Fishing for monsters (by beginners)

Queensland. Some call it the Texas of Australia. Some call it ‘the place so humid, no one actually lives there’.…

Forget your iPhone. Fun things you can do with road kill.

“I must get to the other side. This is my quest, he waits for me”… a bearded armadillo stuck to…

“Mind that tree!” – a beginners guide to camper-vaning

CCRAAAASHHHHHHHHH, SLAM, Bang bang bang bang… “Oh crap, I think I left one of the draws open”. We stop at…

Timor-Leste. The breaking point. So close, but never further away…

Hanging off one of the more distant of Indonesia’s haphazardly strewn eastern islands, you can find a little baby of…

Overland through Indonesia – bagus or bonkers? Part 2 – Bali to Timor

Hellooooo. Helloooooooooooo....... *pat on the cheek* Hellooooo? Ah, hello! How are you feeling today? Good? Yes, of course you're feeling…

Overland through Indonesia – bagus or bonkers? Part 1 – Singapore to Bali

We cannot recommend overland travel enough. Read through our last 6 months of blog posts and you’ll see why. Overland…

Surf Filming at Nusa Lembongan

Ever wanted a real filmmaking adventure?  Exotic tropical travel, danger, beauty and glory?  Well this could be your next project,…

King or Monster? Rat & Dragon Do a Durian

Many hate him.  His armour is so hard and sharp and that he easily punctures and tears through flesh.  He…

Bending the rules

I am just about to do something illegal. I’m about to cross an international border with what I am told…

A Donkey’s Bridge to Remembering Language

You’ve just arrived in a brand new part of the world and it’s all incredibly exciting. You’ve remembered to get…

Reincarnation. What’s the worst thing to come back as?

You’re gonna die.  Sorry to break it to you.   It’s nothing personal, just the nature of life.  We’re all…

Preserving Dreams

The Egyptians did it. The Mayans did it. The Tibetans did it. Even the Koreans and German Housewives do it,…

The Ultimate Songkran Survival Guide

You are about to step into any 5 year old’s dream of dreams. Welcome to one of the craziest national…

How to shoot an Elephant

We’re up for big film challenges, so jumped at the chance when we were asked to film an elephant ride…

The adventure that is food in China

“I Kina spiser de hunde”, title of the 1999 Danish action comedy says it all. In China, they do really,…

Japan’s Snow Monkey Spa and how to get there

Monkeys are pretty cool at the best of times, whilst being admittedly somewhat scary and crazy mini humans, their comedic…

Filming Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Like a medieval battle re-enacted every five minutes, at a green signal, thousands of people charge at each other from…

Surviving Siberia – all limbs still intact?

Packing clothes for somewhere you’ve never been before is always a bit of a tricky endeavour, especially if you’re heading…

Top Tips for the Trans-Siberian

The Rat & Dragon crew has now clocked up around 500 hours travelling and filming both the Trans-Siberian and the…

Surviving Siberia – get the right coat!

Setting off onto our latest epic project, the Rat & Dragon team has over the last few weeks become something…

5 Lessons Learned About Dallas

“Everyday’s a school day” so they say.  Well we’d really like a day off occasionally, but when you’re constantly tasked…

How to have an epic 24 hours in London

Rat & Dragon set out to capture 24 hours to squeeze into 90 seconds of distilled London spirit, but with…

The Rats and Dragons We Carry Inside

  We know the name’s a little quirky.  ‘Why Rat & Dragon?’ is about the second most asked question as…