Believe it or not, since we got back from our world travel adventures, we have been asked for more tips and suggestions for visiting Berlin than anywhere else we went. I reckon I’ve sent my travel notes to at least ten people in the last couple of months, so I figured that I’d post a quick Berlin travel guide based on our time spent exploring the city.
Whilst Victoria Falls is well known as a destination for more adventurous types, people who blow their travel budget on everything from bungee jumping to white water rafting, we chose to explore on a shoe string. Since we got back from our year long backpacking trip around the globe we don’t necessarily need to stick to a tight budget in the same way that we used to, but hey, old habits die hard and we’re not exactly what you’d call thrill seekers!
So, I said I’d never be one of those travel bloggers. You know – the ones who return from an extended trip all full of promises to keep the blog up to date, only to let it sink away into obscurity…
Who would have thought that Brno would be a thriving hub of hipster coffee shops? Certainly not us, that’s for sure. When we arrived in this sleepy city we had no idea that there would be so many cute (and quirky places) to enjoy a cuppa.
Nestled along the Danube, just an hour from Vienna, is Bratislava. One of the smallest and, in our opinion, most perfectly formed capital cities in Europe.
Having cancelled our trip to Nepal due to concerns about trekking in monsoon season, we did have some worries about visiting India in June / July. I did tons of research and it looked like if we stuck to our planned two week north India itinerary we’d be more or less okay and even if it did rain, it wouldn’t be 24-7. The predictions turned out to be correct and in spite of a few showers we found that our destinations were fairly monsoon proof at this time of year.
Train travel in India has its ups and downs but generally speaking we were pretty impressed by the efficiency of it all. The trains might not be the most modern and aren’t always the cleanest, but they are the same or better than your average bus in South East Asia and offer a cost effective and pretty quick way of getting round the country.
Despite arriving in the city in torrential rain and being ripped off by our Uber driver, Jodphur turned out to be one of our favourite stops on our India itinerary. Known as the Blue City for its, uh, blue buildings, it’s one of the most photogenic places we visited.
Long famous for its tigers, India is a brilliant country to invest in a Safari experience like no other. We’ve previously taken safaris in Sri Lanka and South Africa, and the experience we had on our tiger safari in India was right up there with the best of them.
One of the biggest highlights of travel for us has been the opportunity to get to see so much more of the natural world. Getting to know and understand so much more about wildlife from all over the world has been an experience we feel we’ve been so lucky to have.
Ubud is the perfect place to relax in the countryside, explore beautiful temples, eat great food and go for walks in stunningly picturesque rice fields, while Canggu is an awesome destination for surfers and beach lovers. Bali has something for everyone and despite running around trying to fit in as much as possible there’s lots that we missed!
Ten days is nowhere near long enough to see what the Philippines has to offer. I have to start this post with that disclaimer and to admit that after just a few days we were wishing we’d decided to stay and explore for at least a month!
We decided that we had time to spend a day in Manila, as we wanted to see at least some of the capital, and two islands. Initially we’d considered just one island but agreed in the end that we wanted to try and experience a few different places.
We approached our trip to Manila with a degree of trepidation, knowing that it can be a city that poses some challenges for visiting tourists. Many travellers either skip over the city all together by flying to Cebu or Kalibo, or choose to head straight from the airport onto another flight to the islands and beaches. We decided though that it would be a shame not to spend at least one day in Manila seeing what the city had to offer.
Despite a relative lack of coverage in the western media, most people are aware that the Philippines is experiencing some serious issues at the moment. In Manila it’s estimated that up to 8000 people have died as a result of the extra judicial killings designed to stamp out the city’s drug problems, whilst martial law has been declared in the Mindanao region due to terrorist activity.
One of the best things about visiting Borneo, apart from the amazing nature and wildlife of course, has to be the fact that it’s surprisingly cheap. Even tours are relatively inexpensive compared to many other popular tourist spots we’ve visited on our travels in Asia, making it easy to travel in Borneo on a budget.
Brunei was never one of those countries that popped up on our ‘must see’ list. In fact, before we reached South East Asia I have to be honest and say I don’t think I’d ever even heard of it. When we decided to go to Borneo island, we realised it was just a 20 minute flight from where we were staying in Kota Kinabalu and well, it would have been rude not to visit really.
As readers will know, we are on a bit of a fitness kick at the moment. We started to feel pretty rubbish after 6 months of paying little to no attention to our health, and decided at the beginning of the year it was time for a change. While we’re fairly active and like to eat pretty healthily, we definitely weren’t in the best shape. When it comes to staying fit when travelling, it’s not always easy but there are plenty of ways to stay on top of things.
Turns out that a lot of what we read online and we’re told when researching how to extend our Thailand visas in Phuket wasn’t fully up to date – so we thought we’d run through how it worked for us.
Firstly, the administrative office in Patong only deals with certain enquiries and isn’t open very often. All applications for visa extensions must be processed at the passport office in Phuket Town.