I wish I could have spent so much longer here. We already had to extend our stay to spend three days in Vang Vieng as to be honest, given the stories about it being a bit of a magnet for travellers acting like dickheads and more of a party town than anything else, we were pretty sure we’d hate it. Whilst we’re not averse to a good night out we’re not exactly major party people, and at nearly (ahem) thirty years old we didn’t fancy hanging out with a bunch of wasted 18 year olds.
Turns out that despite reading many many horror stories about the slow boat from Thailand to Laos (and the reverse journey) it was actually not that bad at all. In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s been one of my favourite long distance journeys on this trip.
Inle Lake was our absolute favourite place in Myanmar. Although some travellers find it a little touristy – especially in the context of the wider country which has relatively few tourists – we loved it. It has a laid back and chilled atmosphere, making it the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing and taking in what’s on offer. There are so many awesome things to do in Inle Lake we could have spent at least a week here.
We’ve loved a good cooking class ever since a fantastic experience in Siem Reap where we had the opportunity to dress like chefs for the day and create some of our favourite dishes.
This was followed up by an equally awesome class we took in Myanmar.
Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef is pretty much a bucket-list item for every traveller and unfortunately one of the most unsustainable areas of tourism on the planet. Experts believe that the Great Barrier Reef will be dead and gone within 50 years.
If you’re travelling Australia and have a spare couple days around the Sydney area, visiting the Blue Mountains is an absolute must. It’s our favourite place that we visited on our month long trip down the east coast and we spent an amazing two days in the Blue Mountains exploring some of the sights.
We love a good sunset, as do most people, and we’ve been lucky enough to see some absolute stunners on our travels. It’s always hard choosing to write a post like this as we still have so many places we’re due to go to in the next few months and I’m sure we’ll see amazing sunsets in those countries too, but hey, these ones were pretty special.
We’ve been out of Australia for a couple of days now and I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and write a decent blog post about our time there and what we got up to!
Christmas is one of the most important times of the year for us. It’s that time where we drive around trying to see as many family members as possible, eat as much as possible and drink as much as possible in the space of just a couple of days.
After spending all 28 of my Christmas days to date at home in the same house in a small village in middle England, it’s kind of surreal to find myself in Brisbane on Christmas Eve eve wearing shorts and t shirt and eating ice cream. Travelling away from home at this time of year is a strange one
Milford Sounds is not really a sound at all. In geological terms, a sound is a passage that is formed from the freezing of river water, which turns into millions of tons of glacial ice. This ice tears huge chunks out of the neighbouring mountains. Over thousands of years the relentless pressures of so much ice split widen the gaps turning them into valleys. These valleys eventually fill with sea water to become what is known as a ‘Sound’.
Located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island are the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers – probably the most famous of the country’s many glaciers. In this handy guide, we’ll explain all about how to spend a couple of days exploring these incredible natural landscapes – including enjoying heli-hiking on the glacier itself, and our thoughts on the popular question of whether to visit Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.
If you love birds, sea lions or even penguins – you’ll love the Ballestas Islands – the poor mans Galapagos. They’re home to some of the largest colonies of wild sea birds in South America and are located just off the coast of Paracas. If you don’t like birds, don’t go – it’s that simple.
It’s a bold claim, and one which may not stand up to scrutiny if our hiking adventures in New Zealand continue the way they’re going. But for now, I’m sticking with the belief that our Abel Tasman hike today is the best hike we’ve done in New Zealand so far.
The following is a typed-up version of some very quick diary notes I took while travelling the Galapagos Islands. For a more sensible representation of what the Galapagos Islands are like please see Sarah’s post – The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in the Galapagos.
After an extremely painful 5 day trek to Machu Picchu a couple of months ago we were still off hiking when we arrived in New Zealand. That didn’t last long however, once we realised just how stunning the country is and how many awesome hiking opportunities there are.
Most people are only fortunate enough to visit Machu Picchu once in their lifetime and as such, it’s really important that you spend your time wisely and visit as much as you physically can.
This post started out as a recollection of the main events from our disastrous tour of the Amazon jungle in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. It then warped into a creative writing piece written in the third person that was supposed to make it easier for me to write about these traumatic events.