Melbourne street art, where to start? Part 2

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 our cities to sit in front of a flickering piece of electronica every day, some of us get to walk around outside or drive from one place to another in a big piece of...

A beginner’s guide to Tassie Shipwrecks

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 scenery, great food, a world class golf course and fantastic surf, only a short flight from Melbourne International airport but a world away from your...

Melbourne street art, where to start? Part 1

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 as much as street art has done since its dramatic spread over the last few decades. An essentially democratic process with art made for everyone, sometimes in...

What does your world sound like?

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 one out at a moment’s notice to contribute to the grass roots, democratised, limitless documentation of the human experience on earth. It’s quite an...

10 whale facts to bend your mind

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 of whale season, so anytime you find yourself our at sea on a boat, kayak or surfboard, chances are you’ll spot whales nearby. Make sure to not approach...

How to capture that summer feeling

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 ahead that you nearly forget your towel. Swing it over your shoulder as you manoeuvre around the pandanus trees, over a small dune and into the flat,...

The unsung heroes of Australia’s cattle country

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 beaches, vast open spaces speckled with kangaroos and the occasional pickup-truck driving, smiley, bush cowboy wishing you a G’Day. Stereotypes...

A re-assessment of interconnectedness

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 can’t believe she wore THAT to the Oscars”, “10 things you should never eat” and “these paintings sum up modern life completely.” Especially the last...

Wonder why Aussie weather is so spectacular?

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 black clouds rushed across the skyline as Melbourne’s corporate tower blocks were swallowed one by one by the encroaching bank of torrential rain. It...

5 People you’d never expect to see skydiving

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 screaming, freefalling, sometimes cleavage-heavy adrenaline portraits of the young and daring tandem skydiver, plummeting through the air at 200km/h...

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

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 also have ended so beautifully – like that Tiger in Russia who decided to not eat his takeaway-goat-dinner but befriend it instead. But according to Spielberg,...

Skydivers doing awesome stuff

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 whole new world to us, which ain’t a mean feet – we’ve been quite a few places already. We were both surprised and in awe by what you can do...

5 crazy whale shark facts

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 of going whale, dolphin and turtle spotting, but is it that one-sided? Who’s to say that dolphins don’t get together one morning and say, “hey, wanna...

How we found the greatest hidden beauty of surfing

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 be swatting at fuzzy green balls within a 10-minute drive from where you’re sitting right now. But you can’t build a surf break just any old place. And...

More than just gaining a visa

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 a teenager, this is the rest of your life you have in your own hands right now. Don’t mess it up. Go live abroad for a year with a previously unknown...

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

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 deep into the local culture, we’ve encountered all sorts of incredible foods we previously didn’t even know could be eaten at all. And when it comes to seafood,...

Catching a life wish

Catching a life wish

The last two months have been the first in 2 years of Rat & Dragon we’ve spent in one place. Shacked up in our little cabin on the NSW coast, 5 hours drive from the nearest Apple Store, our world view has gone from regularly covering thousands of travel miles...

Sh*t to say to backpackers

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 only clean-ish chopping board in the place and are waiting patiently for a free hob ring whilst an overenthusiastic Berliner called Timo tells his...

5 Things To Do When You’re Jetlagged

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, you’re that damn tired, but it’s only mid-afternoon, so you can’t go to sleep now. You’ve got to power through to a reasonable local bedtime so you get a decent,...

Why photos look different when you travel

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 noses and the vast expanse of South East Asia’s biggest country. We were hurtling through the skies at ‘one tea with milk and a coffee please’ speeds in our...

Myanmar swaps surnames for an 8th weekday

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 fair share of “yeah man, don’t worry, your bus will arrive at around mid day” prompting a 4 hour wait at the side of the road. But on the whole, we like to...

Why Travel is the Secret to Eternal Youth

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 a toaster.   You didn’t think to yourself: “Yawn. Vegemite. Maybe jam”. Nope. What you actually thought was: “Ohmygod! Ohmygod! A machine that you put bread into and...

Turns out Cambodian Rock is shit hot

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 Cambodian Surf Party a kid in the block was having last night. It sounds like another one of those ketamine fuelled, retro-novelty vegan crunk nights....

Fishing for monsters (by beginners)

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’. Some call it the Sunshine State, and our Dragon, well, he calls it home. With a plethora of backpacker-catnip along the East Coast, you’d be forgiven for...

Fun facts about Tag

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 Ticket campaign, our project of love throughout our 2014 Epic Journey from London to Sydney has quite a few Easter Eggs hiding in it. Without further...

How to re-claim your wandering soul

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 the mighty Mekong River. Thailand’s identical-looking jungle is lapped by turbid waters on the opposite bank, a short - but treacherous - swim away. From what I...

We find a field of pot(s)

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 chatting to a slightly eccentric English dude with a ginger afro, who tells us he’s off to find this mythical place. A field of pot,...

Too good to be true? Authenticity and travel films

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 in business, and we’d spent it making 24 films for different companies around the world. 19 countries, and the most time spent in one place: 3 weeks in...

Leg 5: Reverse Culture shock

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 our taxi outside Shenanigans Pub. It also wasn’t having to cough up 30 bucks for 300mb of very limited mobile phone internet...

Australia wins craziest animals prize

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 has two bloodthirsty killers.   Many a viral article has focused on Australia’s lethal every day wildlife. In fact we have it on good authority...

Houston to Mars – we are on standby

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 from Timor and have landed on Mars!   Well, not quite but it certainly looks like it here in the middle of the Australian outback, where we’ll be spending...

Surf Filming at Nusa Lembongan

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, but first, a word of warning: Rat & Dragon will not be responsible for injury, death or worse - kit damage - caused by attempting the...

Zero to Hero

Zero to Hero

How’s it going? Everything smelling as it should? Nice to sniff your behind, run around the block and get to know you a bit, you seem like a pretty cool bunch of people. Do you like my picture? I made it myself on Photopup.   If you’ve ever been to Bali or Java,...

King or Monster?  Rat & Dragon Do a Durian

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 lives in trees, and is so heavy that he can cause enormous damage – even death – if he lands on you from above.   So reviled that he is widely banned from...

Cashing in on Creativity

Cashing in on Creativity

Young, fresh, radical and more often than not totally illegal, street art has taken our hearts and minds by storm. Now way beyond Banksy (also on Artsy.net), hundreds of internationally known artists regularly enhance the urban landscapes of cities such as Bangkok,...

Bending the rules

Bending the rules

I am just about to do something illegal. I’m about to cross an international border with what I am told is an invalid passport, which on top of that lacks one of the basic entry requirements of the country I’m about to cross into. Sounds like the beginning of one of...

A Donkey’s Bridge to Remembering Language

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 all your jabs, pack more than two pairs of underwear and your passport is somewhere safe (you can’t quite remember where that place is, but probably in that...

The gentrification of backpacking

The gentrification of backpacking

As you may have gathered whilst reading our ramblings along this particular trip, we have been travelling before. And to some pretty exciting places as well, most of them, due to our fields of interest and budget requirements, well on the backpacker’s trail. After...

Preserving Dreams

Preserving Dreams

The Egyptians did it. The Mayans did it. The Tibetans did it. Even the Koreans and German Housewives do it, en masse and with gusto – in the latter’s case with the resulting treasures to be stashed in some cellar shelf to collect dust, or to be given to secretly...

The Ultimate Songkran Survival Guide

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 activities on the planet. You’re about to get soaked to the bone and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.   Traditionally, Songkran (Thai New Year,...

How to shoot an Elephant

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 in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam. “Never work with kids and animals” is advice you’ll hear from any seasoned industry professional, but being the Rat & Dragon maverick...

Leg 3: The Friendship Sea

Leg 3: The Friendship Sea

Vladivostok -> Korea -> Japan -> China     We ran out of land. We took trains, busses and cars as far east as we could. Our arrival in Vladivostok marked the completion of the world’s longest railway track, and we found ourselves in the epicenter...

The adventure that is food in China

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, actually, indeed eat dogs. But hold on a second, before you snub your nose in disgust, dear reader, hear us out.   Whilst other nations pride themselves on...

Japan’s Snow Monkey Spa and how to get there

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 value and intriguing intelligence (what’s going on behind those beady little eyes?) makes for at least plenty of entertainment.   Some of us...

Filming Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

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 5 opposing curbsides across 10 traffic lanes. Somewhere near the middle, the multiple battlefronts collide, like storm swells on a harbour wall. You...

The Craziest Things to See in Tokyo

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 curiosity, and when we finally got here, the reality blew our mind. It’s even bigger, better and crazier than we had first imagined. And we simply love it....

Surviving Siberia – all limbs still intact?

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 on a trip through varied climates. Before setting off, you may have no idea whether, once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll be too warm, to...

Leg 2: Distance and Philosophy

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 checked status updates from distant mates and some breaking international news. Now you’re about to go on a digital journey...

Top Tips for the Trans-Siberian

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 Trans-Mongolian rail routes, so we’d like to think we’ve picked up some practical knowledge along the way. If you’re thinking of parking your butt on a...

Leg 1: Social Travelling

Leg 1: Social Travelling

London -> St Petersburg     The first stage of our Epic London to Sydney overland journey is behind us.  Belgium, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have all rushed past our frosted train or bus windows.   While you could count the miles,...

THE EPIC JOURNEY

THE EPIC JOURNEY

33,520 km to discover what sex, fairytales, eating and travel all have in common.   We all know the end result is great.  Everyone loves a happy ending (so to speak) and we all love feeling full after a good meal, but who wants to get to that without all the fun...

Surviving Siberia – get the right coat!

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 of an expert on cold weather kit. There is a wide array of options available from high street fashion stores to outdoors activities outfitters. If you’re...

5 Lessons Learned About Dallas

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 with such a diversity of projects in far-flung destinations, you just can’t help but learn a new thing or two.  So when the Rat and Dragon film crew...

How to have an epic 24 hours in London

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 all the hard work of location scouting, storyboarding, and of course performing and filming, we wondered: are we going to be able to make this look like we’re...

The Rats and Dragons We Carry Inside

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 we meet people on this London to Sydney adventure (shortly after ‘Are you crazy?’).   Could it be about the balance of forces between real versus...