27/06/17
Our Over-the-water villa at Diyabubula

Diyabubula, Our Sri Lankan Jungle Hideaway

Dozens of small, furry macaque faces peered in through the panoramic windows of our jungle villa and the sounds of insects, bird calls and wind rustling through trees filled the air. Nestled deep in the heart of Sri Lanka, Diyabubula, the Barberyn Art and Jungle Hideaway, was the perfect slice of Sri Lankan paradise we needed to recover from a tough month of travel and $2 tea houses while trekking in Nepal. Continue reading

23/06/17
Us with our backpacks starting the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

Everest Base Camp Packing List

There are some trips that work best as unplanned, spontaneous adventures, but trekking to Everest Base Camp isn’t one of them. We did some serious planning for our epic hike and spent hours researching gear, routes and costs before we even set foot in Nepal. As we wanted to trek independently without a porter, we knew we’d have to carry every item on our backs, each painful step of the way. So what did we take with us? Here’s a look at our Everest Base Camp Packing list. Continue reading

14/06/17
Hiking to Ella Rock, Sri Lanka

Ear plugs, emergency tissues and yoga, our top travel health tips

Before we became perpetual travellers, I used to imagine that life on the road would be so relaxing. No more alarm clocks, winter colds or pasty skin, and all the time in the world to eat healthily and exercise. How wrong was I! Last week we arrived back in the UK jet-lagged, sunburnt, mosquito-bitten and exhausted, marked with trekking blisters, and haunted by Nepalese stomach bugs. So, how do you stay sane and healthy while you travel? Here are a few of our top travel health tips. Continue reading

20/05/17
Us at Everest Base Camp, Nepal

To Everest Base Camp and Back – we made it!

The early morning air was frigid and so thin I struggled to catch my breath. My legs felt coated in molten lead as I hauled them in slow motion up the boulder-strewn incline. Sobs caught in my throat and my head throbbed in time to my heartbeat. I knew that the only way to cure my altitude sickness was to descend, yet I was mesmerised by the view. Above me, sculpted snow-topped mountains stood against a crisp blue sky, among them, the tallest peak in the world: Everest. Continue reading

30/04/17
Hectic streets in Kathmandu

From Chiang Mai to Nepal, if you don’t hear from us for a while…

So, it happened. This week we said a very sad goodbye to our life in Chiang Mai. Two days and three delayed flights later we arrived in Nepal’s dusty, chaotic capital city, Kathmandu. Even though our lives are more transient than the average person’s, I still find change hard, especially when I’m moving on from a place that I love. So, on the first night in this strange new city, I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a few homesick tears for Chiang Mai. Continue reading

28/04/17
Watching the sunset in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Preparing for your Next Adventure

Although we’ve only just returned to the UK for a break after one of our biggest ever adventures, hiking to Everest Base Camp, we’re already beginning to plan the next leg of our journey through Eastern Europe this autumn. Our epic Nepal trek reminded us just how much easier a little bit of careful travel planning can make things, so if you too are in the process of planning your next adventure, here’s a look at some of the ways we prepare for our travels. Continue reading

22/04/17
Songkran Festival Chiang Mai, Thailand Parade

Songkran Festival Chiang Mai

Sawadee Pee Mai – Happy New Year! Last week we celebrated Songkran, the Thai New Year Festival, which is also known as the world’s largest water fight. Here in Chiang Mai, the streets were flooded with people wielding neon water guns for three days of partying, parades, Buddhist ceremonies and watery fun. This was our second Songkran experience and we’re so glad to be ending our time here in Chiang Mai with a splash (we leave for Nepal next week!) Continue reading

8/04/17
Thai fisherman, Koh Lanta Thailand

Koh Lanta Thailand – Sunsets, dog walks and jellyfish

The stormy afternoon sky dissolved into a fiery sunset that painted the clouds neon orange. Despite being in Thailand for almost eight months, this was the first time we’d sat on a beach and felt the sand between our toes. We watched a fisherman row to shore as the sun sunk slowly into the Andaman Sea and congratulated ourselves on choosing Koh Lanta as the destination for our final Thai adventure before we jet off to Nepal at the end of the month. Continue reading

31/03/17

Visa Run to the Thai Embassy in Hanoi

Our final Thai visa run took us back to our former home in Vietnam’s hectic capital, Hanoi.  We relished the chance to hang out in our old city while painlessly applying for our final Thailand tourist visa before we head to Nepal in May. Here’s everything you need to know about applying for a visa at the Thai embassy in Hanoi, including the address, cost and what documents you’ll need. Continue reading