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Yosemite, La La Land, the Golden Gate Bridge – our California adventure was packed with iconic sights. During the 18-day trip we travelled from LA to Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and San Diego. Along the way, we walked among the world’s largest trees, rode rollercoasters, visited beaches and ate delicious vegan food. So, how much does a trip to California cost? Here’s...

The Douro river route: a 200-kilometre journey across northern Portugal to the Spanish border. Picture a wide river snaking through lush valleys lined with grape and olive bushes, the landscape dotted with traditional Port-wine quintas. During the Easter holidays we headed north from the Algarve to spend a couple of days driving the Douro Valley, one of Portugal’s UNESCO-listed wonders. Visiting from Porto Most people explore the...

Picture rolling hills, magical forest palaces, river beaches and hill-top windmills. That was our trip to Central Portugal in a nut-shell. We spent a few days wandering the steep streets of Coimbra, a historic city famed for its prestigious university, exploring the peaceful Bussaco Forest and marvelling at panoramic views in Penacova. The Holy Week holiday and Loule Carnival Being stuck in the Algarve while Andrew’s teaching...

Spring has finally arrived in the Algarve! In fact, it feels almost summer-like with temperatures topping 20 degrees. Today is the start of Andrew’s half-term break and the holy week carnival celebrations here in Portugal, as well as our six-year Travelversary. Six years ago, we were saying our final goodbyes to family and heading to Heathrow to start a new life abroad. Can you believe...

When we moved to the Algarve I was looking forward to blue skies, sunshine and pool days. That’s pretty much what we got in mid-September when we moved into our apartment with communal pool, just a 15-minute walk from the beach. Little did we know that our beach days were numbered and we’d soon be shivering in our freezing apartment. Wondering what the Algarve in...

The Algarve, Portugal, one of Europe’s sunniest destinations and home to golden beaches bordered by striking red cliffs, tiled churches and ports with white-washed old towns. Since we moved here in September, we’ve been on a mission to explore the top Algarve destinations. From boat trips to beaches, castles and historic old towns, check out these top picks in our Algarve guide. Explore Algarve - our...

Looking for adventure? Moving to a new country has to be one of the most exciting life changes you can make, but also one of the scariest. We know this from experience, having lived in Thailand, Vietnam and Portugal, encountering visa issues, culture shock and even bats in our apartment along the way. If you’re planning on moving to another country, here’s a few survival...

Happy New Year! We spent the final days of 2018 in the UK, visiting family for the festive period. We’ve been busy gorging on vegan treats, getting to know our new nephew Barney and going on wintry dog walks. Before we return to Portugal at the weekend, I thought it was time for a 2018 travel round-up and a look at what we have in...

Sri Lanka – land of tea plantations, powdery beaches, elephants and UNESCO-listed ruins. We loved our brief, two-week delve into the Teardrop of India in 2017. It was the perfect place to heal after our intense trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and we were astounded by the incredibly friendly people we met. We’d love to return to this beautiful island, here’s why I...

We’ve been living in Portugal for less than three months and my thoughts are already turning to travel. Canada, the USA, Japan, there are so many places I’d love to explore. Perhaps top of the list is delving into a continent we’ve barely touched: Africa. What better place to start than with a South Africa wishlist packed with wildlife, cosmopolitan cities and diverse history? Our dream...