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

3/03/17
Sapa in the Fog, Vietnam

Travel Fails and the State of Sapa

Sapa, Northern Vietnam. The very words conjure images for me of green-yellow tiers of rice, towering peaks, buffaloes wallowing in mud pools, Hmong women in brightly-patterned headscarves and the smell of fresh alpine air. However, in the two years since we last visited Sapa, the town has transformed into a giant construction site. Diggers crowd the streets and the air is filled with dust and the sound of drilling and hammering. What’s more, during our visit last week, Sapa was cloaked in freezing fog so thick we couldn’t make out a single mountain view. The trip was a total travel fail. Continue reading

10/02/17
Skydiving over Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Our Cheapest and most Expensive Travel Experiences

As time speeds on here in Chiang Mai, a slow itch is returning to my feet. It feels like an age since we got a real taste of adventure, so lately my thoughts have been occupied by our upcoming trip to Nepal and Sri Lanka. I can’t wait to hike in the Himalayas and explore UNESCO sites in Sri Lanka. That being said, I’m also slightly anxious about how our budget will cope when freelance work takes a back-seat to travel. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look back at some of our cheapest and most expensive travel experiences over the last four years. Continue reading

17/01/17
Teaching English in China at Christmas

Tales of an English Teacher in China

According to the International TEFL Academy, there are approximately 1,000 new English teachers hired every month in China. This huge demand is great news for teachers looking for high salaries and attractive benefits, but what’s it actually like as an English teacher in China?  In this post, British couple Hattie and Seb share their tales of teaching English in China, including everything from pay rates to visa regulations and how to find a job. Continue reading

10/01/17
Venkat Ganesh with his Vietnamese students in Hanoi

TEFL advice from a Non Native English Teacher

Do you long to teach English abroad but worry that you won’t find work because you’re a non native English teacher? Well, don’t despair. I get a lot of messages from aspiring teachers who aren’t native English speakers and here’s the good news: there are non native English teacher jobs to be found in Asia. In this post, Venkat Ganesh from India shares his story about teaching in Vietnam and gives some excellent advice about how to find TEFL jobs for non native speakers. Continue reading

24/12/16
Andrew and I about to release our Krathongs into the River Ping during Loy Krathong

2016 Travel Roundup and Highlights

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and our cupboards are full of festive goodies. When we started 2016 we certainly didn’t expect to end the year back in Asia but here we are, spending Christmas in Chiang Mai after a year of intense highs and lows and many amazing travel experiences. Here’s our 2016 travel roundup and a look at the highlights from what turned out to be a rocky, yet transformative year. Continue reading

19/11/16
Monk taking photos of a lantern display at Wat Phan Tao during Yi Peng, Chiang Mai

Loy Krathong, Yi Peng and a bit of Lantern-Related Terror

With a silent wish for peace, I dropped my boat of leaves and flowers into the Ping River. Entranced, I watched it float away with the current, joining dozens of other baskets all lit by pinpricks of candle light. Above me, against the black sky and a full silver moon, paper lanterns filled with orange flames sailed upwards. This was the climax of the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai, a three-day event filled with light displays, processions, and sadly for us, a little bit of lantern-related terror. Continue reading