6/11/18
Lantern display at Wat Phan Tao temple for Yi Peng Festival 2016

Top Thai celebrations and festivals

Imagine thousands of paper lanterns, lit by flickering candles, floating into the night sky against a full moon. This moving spectacle is the highlight of Thailand’s Yi Peng festival, which we celebrated around this time two years ago. Here’s a look at some more top Thai celebrations, from the famous Songkran water festival to the Full Moon Party and Loy Krathong. Continue reading

29/10/18
Amy carry the 35L Thule AllTrail backpack by the sea

10 essential travel items we never leave home without

After nearly six years of travel, we’ve got packing down to a fine art. Whether we’re backpacking through Asia or road tripping in the USA, there are some travel items we’ve discovered we can’t live without on the road. From insurance to Kindles and Earl Grey tea bags, here are 10 essential travel items we never leave home without. Continue reading

20/10/18
The Peru Rail train in the Sacred Valley

How much does a trip to Peru cost?

Peru is a treasure trove of iconic Incan sites, stunning nature and historical cities. We spent 51 nights there in spring 2018, travelling from Lima to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Arequipa and Ica. So, how much does a trip to Peru cost? Here’s a look at how we managed to travel Peru on a budget, including break downs of our accommodation, food, transport and activity costs. Continue reading

29/09/18
Pool and gardens at Hide resort in Vale Do Lobo, Algarve

A New Life and Apartment in the Algarve

We made it to Portugal! Ever since we got here last week the sun has been shining in a flawless, cloud-free blue sky. After three days of non-stop driving, an Airbnb bug scare and a fraud alert on our bank account, we’ve finally moved into a beautiful home and Andrew has started work. So, want a peek into our new life and apartment in the Algarve? Continue reading

1/09/18
Cliff Jumping at Randolph's Leap on the River Findhorn, Scotland

Adventure activities Scotland: our canyoning, tubing and cliff jumping trip 

After an incredible year of adventures in South America and the USA, we touched down in London in July for our annual UK summer visit. As usual, we’ve been hopping around the country visiting friends and family, but this year we also drove up north for a work trip that involved exciting adventure activities Scotland including canyoning, tubing and our first white water rafting experience.  Continue reading

21/08/18
Machu Picchu, Peru

How to visit Machu Picchu on your own  

Machu Picchu: one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and South America’s most famous landmark. We wanted to visit this iconic Incan city in the sky as cheaply and independently as possible, so we planned a DIY trip that cost us less than £200 each. Want to do the same? Here’s our detailed guide on how to visit Machu Picchu on your own, without an expensive tour or guide. Continue reading

19/07/18
An alpaca from Alpaca World, Arequipa, Peru

5 things you should know before your South America trip

Our four-month South America trip was filled with incredible experiences. We trekked through the Amazon rainforest, rode a bumpy jeep across the largest salt flat in the world, climbed up Machu Picchu mountain and watched the sunset from an eco-retreat in the Colombian mountains. It wasn’t all smooth sailing and there were definitely some things we weren’t prepared for though, including the high prices, freezing altitudes and meat-heavy menus. Continue reading