27/07/15
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On Change and Being Back in the UK

I was on a train to meet Andrew in Wales, chatting to the girl next to me, when she asked: “So, where do you live then?” the question had me stumped. After mumbling something about just getting back from Asia and visiting family in the UK I eventually had to admit that I don’t really live anywhere. “I’m just travelling around at the moment,” I replied. I could tell from the bemused look on the girl’s face that she thought I was odd and for a moment I saw my life from a different angle, one where not having a home, job or more than a backpack worth of possessions doesn’t look as amazing as it feels. Continue reading

15/07/15
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Our New England Road Trip Itinerary

To me, the start of a new year always begins with autumn, my favourite season. I suppose that’s because for most of my life, September has brought with it change, a new academic year and the chance to start afresh with a batch of brand new notebooks and pens. I love the feel of autumn’s approach as the long summer evenings start to draw in and an Arctic nip taints the morning air, bringing with it the promise of orange-tinted leaves, silver frosts and bonfire night. Continue reading

9/07/15
Buddha Statue in Mandalay, Burma

Lessons from Asia and Moving On

It feels strange to have finally left Asia after spending almost two years there. For us, travel has been inextricably linked with this part of the world. When I think of backpacking my mind conjures up images of long, cramped bus journeys and never-ending terraces of rice, gold-carpeted beaches and heaving cities full of motorbikes and street markets. I think of wading through soupy, humid air, the smell of citronella insect repellent, incense from temples, and spices from road-side food stalls; I hear beeping horns, crowing roosters, prayer calls and the lapping of the sea. Continue reading

1/07/15
Muesli, Fruit & Yoghurt from Da's Bakery, Chiang Mai

Our Favourite Chiang Mai Restaurants and Eateries

One of the things we love most about Chiang Mai is all the delicious food that’s on offer. There are literally thousands of restaurants in Chiang Mai as well as cafes, pubs and bakeries; not to mention the night markets and street food. What’s more, the city caters to all kinds of diets with restaurants specialising in vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten-free food. As a vegetarian I always eat incredibly well here, even though I’m a picky eater and don’t particularly enjoy Asian food. Continue reading

4/06/15
Our trekking guide from Sapa O'Chau

Sapa in Summer

Now that the summer weather is kicking in the temperature regularly exceeds 40 degrees in Hanoi. Within seconds of venturing outside the sun scolds your bare skin and wading through the thick, soupy air exhausts you in a matter of minutes. We were keen to escape the city heat and spend some of our final days in Vietnam up in the cool of the mountains in Sapa. Continue reading

30/05/15
Paradise Cave, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

A Caving Adventure in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

During our travels we’ve seen some incredible caves. We’ve floated through dark, blue-white glowworm studded caves in New Zealand, explored underground cities where people sheltered from war-time bombs in Laos and had an unforgettable caving experience in The Philippines which involved wading through waist-high water and squeezing through tiny gaps by the light of a gas lantern. Continue reading

19/05/15
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A Weekend in Mai Chau

Our time in Vietnam is drawing to a close; we have just two and a half weeks left in the country and  it feels like time is speeding up. This is our last week of teaching and we’re struggling to fit in all the last-minute tasks we need to complete; packing up our apartment, sorting out finances, planning for the weeks ahead and saying our goodbyes. We’re also trying to squeeze in trips to places we haven’t had time to visit over the hectic school year; this past weekend we finally made it to the stunning country getaway, Mai Chau. Continue reading