The more I think about the term “gap year” the more I don’t like it. I get the concept. You take a year “off”, either between studies, or after graduating before you go into the workforce. It’s just not the best way to describe a year of travelling the world. A gap is an empty space. It’s nothing. When you …
We arrived in Delhi early afternoon. I had worked out the metro in advance and our hotel was only a 10 minute walk from the station. We emerged from the metro station, avoided the insistent tuk tuk drivers and stopped for a moment to work out the general direction we should be heading. A helpful man pointed us in the …
We just visited Bangkok for the 4th time since 2011, you might wonder why we spend so much time in one city when there are so many other places we could visit. Below are the reasons we tend to use Bangkok as our base while we travel in Asia. 1. Cost and quality of living The cost of living in Thailand is very …
When we talk with people about our travelling lifestyle, the same questions seem to come up a lot. What’s your favorite place? Where haven’t you been? Where did you hate? Where did you guys meet? Another one that we get asked a lot is: “Have you ever been robbed?” The answer is yes. I know why people ask, it’s a …
This old wooden bridge in Guatemala, is safer than it looks. I know this as it didn’t look too safe to cross on foot. Little did I know we would be crossing it in a bus. I took this photo a little before we crossed, I was amused at how unsafe it appeared, at this point I didn’t even realise that …
Until recently I had been travelling around the world with the same wallet I have had since I was 14 years old. When I got my paycheque from my first job I felt flush with money, so I treated myself to the Adidas wallet. The funny thing was, since I had spent all of my cash on the wallet itself …
“The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page” What?!?!? I see this shared all over social media and I cringe every time I read it. This isn’t inspiration, this is gloating. gloat ɡlōt/ verb gerund or present participle: gloating contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure …
The hill in Copacabana is steep, it only takes around 35 minutes to climb but with the high altitude that is not the nicest hike. However this view from the top made it completely worth it.
I’m not sure I would have the presence of mind to take a photo like this if my plane had just come down. Ferdinand Puentes recorded the aftermath of his plane crashing on its way to Honolulu, Hawaii last month. The plane went down after its engine lost power.
As I was editing my photos from Colca Canyon this one really stood out. The ladies were selling fabrics and scarves at the top of the lookout where people come to see the condors. The colourful traditional dresses and stunning mountains really struck me, if nothing else this was really good practice for Machu Picchu .
When you are traveling in Southeast Asia, it is likely that you will encounter some characters who just want to trick you out of your money. After a short while you will start to get a feeling as to how the scams work. This post might make you feel like everyone is trying to scam you – but that is …
I was nervously excited before our visit to Tiger Kingdom. Who doesn’t want to cuddle a tiger? We jumped in a Tuk Tuk and headed out of the old walled city of Chiang Mai towards the giant kitties. I was also nervous about the morals of visiting them. I had heard positive things about this particular place (more below). Tiger Kingdom …
Facebook is banned by many ISP’s in Vietnam. I spoke to many recently arrived backpackers acting like addicts going cold turkey as they had not yet found a way around the “Unofficial Ban”. Lucky for them (and me) there is an easy solution. Well there are many easy solutions so here is a rundown. 1. Use a Mobile Device – The …
Vientiane is the capital city of Laos and it has a very different feel than most capitals of the world. It has a real small town atmosphere rather than the feeling of a city. I suppose Laos does not really have cities, just small towns and villages with seemingly more temples than cars. Many backpackers don’t spend much more than a couple …
Floating down the river with the sun shining and beautiful mountains passing you by. Tubing in Vang Vieng is every bit as wonderful as it sounds. You drift along at a lazy pace, past lush forests, herds of cattle and young boys spearfishing near the banks. The Mekong River meanders slowly, giving you plenty of time to gaze up at …
Note: Nobody can really seem to agree if buying a suit in Hoi An is a good idea or not. The subject divides opinion so I will just tell you my experience. Faced with the best and worst dressed mannequins in Vietnam I found myself unable to answer a simple question. Do I need a suit? Right now, of course, …
This very quick guide is a condensed introduction to Vietnam. We have listed basic information and quick tips to help you understand the costs and practicalities of travelling the country. Visa The Visa for Vietnam is perhaps one of the most confusing at first. There is no tourist Visa on arrival and the costs of the Visa can vary depending …
There is nothing more powerful than the truth. This is why The Impossible is one of the hardest movies I have ever watched. Over 200,000 people died in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and many more were left with nothing, so it was always going to be a tough couple of hours. The film focuses on an English family, Ewan …
After all the Chang I had been drinking I realised that the two elephants on the beer bottles logo were the closest to the real thing that I had seen in Thailand. When the opportunity arose to go riding Elephants in Thailand, I could not refuse. Getting on was tricky, we were on a raised deck and had to climb …
It took me a little while to admit it because I am a generally positive person, but after a while I realised that I was not really enjoying myself while travelling in the Philippines. I had heard so many good things and landed in the country with a confidence and pretty high expectations, but after three weeks I was left …