11/08/17
Alyson and the boys in Romania

Life in Romania – Digital Nomad Destinations

Lisbon, Ljubljana, Tallinn, Berlin… This month our heads are spinning with potential digital nomad destinations in Europe as we try to choose the perfect base to work from this autumn. With that in mind, this week we met up with our friend Alyson from World Travel Family, who was our Airbnb host at the very start of our 2013 trip in Port Douglas, Australia. At the time, Alyson was getting ready to travel the world with her husband and two boys and now runs hugely successful travel and homeschool blogs while exploring from a new base: Romania. So, what’s life in Romania like and how does the country shape up as a digital nomad destination? 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

7/11/16
St Stephen's Square in Vienna, Austria

Our Viennese Whirl

After two days of exploring Bratislava, Slovakia’s Little Big City, we had some time on our hands. A quick map check revealed that we were just a hop, skip and a jump away from a brand new country: Austria. In fact, the capital Vienna lay just 60km away and would take only an hour to reach by bus. We couldn’t resist the temptation to get a taste of a new city, so we set off the very next day on our Viennese Whirl. Continue reading

24/10/16
Us by the River in Prague

Our Eastern Europe Travel Costs

This summer we got our first taste of travel in Eastern Europe. Although we barely scratched the surface of the region during the eight-week trip, we crammed as much culture, history and delicious food into our adventure as we could. Our journey took us through UNESCO towns and turquoise seas in Croatia to sedate Slovakia and the heaving capital cities of Budapest and Prague. So, how much did our Eastern Europe trip cost us? Continue reading

12/09/16
The scales of justice on Piazza Santa Trinita

The Dark Heart of Florence Tour

Florence in July: crowds, sweltering heat and theme-park-style queues. The best decision we made was to book ourselves onto a night walking tour so we could explore the city’s treasures in the relative cool and quiet of the evening. We also got to learn about the darker side of Florence; the medieval tales of feuds and scandals, deceit and mystery, with a taste of delicious gelato thrown in for good measure. Continue reading

17/07/16
Aerial view of Hvar City, Croatia

Our Split Island Hopping Experience

You’ll find some of the best Croatian islands just off the coast of Split, and hopping from one to the next is a perfect way to get a taste of Dalmatia. Brac, Hvar, Vis and Solta are all packed with pebbly beaches, mountains topped by ancient forts, monasteries and seaside towns full of colonial buildings, churches and restaurants serving fresh fish. There are caves and lagoons to discover, mountains, fields of lavender and never-ending views of the Adriatic Sea. Continue reading

10/07/16
Primosten, Croatia, view from above

Day Trips from Split – Gorges, Islands, Old Towns and Lakes

The Split-Dalmatia County has it all: from steep gorges, waterfalls and colourful lakes to seaside towns crafted from local stone and islands surrounded by impossibly calm, blue waters. When we settled in Split, we unwittingly picked the perfect base from which to explore the Croatian coast. With our friend Bonner in tow, we packed the trunk of our rental car with snacks and sun cream and set off to discover the best day trips from Split. Continue reading

7/07/16
Skradinski Buk Waterfall in Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park, One of Dalmatia’s Most Beautiful Natural Treasures

There’s a place you can go in Dalmatia where mountain-fresh water tumbles over rock, crashing in continuous heavy curtains into topaz pools. As you follow shady paths through dense forest, toads croak on the riverbed and the earthy smell of nature scents the breeze. It’s a landscape formed of limestone karsts; a place where you’ll find fortresses, waterfalls and ancient caves, churches and a red-roofed monastery which sits on a tiny, isolated islet. This place is Krka National Park. Continue reading