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...

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...

Hello! After weeks of radio silence, we’re finally back with a new site design. What do you think? It’s been a much longer, scarier process than we imagined and there’s still lots more work to do behind the scenes, but we’re pretty happy with the results. While the re-design has been dominating our free time for the last month, I thought I’d also give you...

Beeping motorbikes, lime-green rice fields and the craziest cities I’ve ever seen. That’s what springs to mind when I think of Vietnam, one of my favourite countries. We made Hanoi our home for a year and travelled the length of the country, seeking out incredible national parks, UNESCO towns, massive caves and sand dunes. Here’s a look back at our top five destinations in Vietnam. Top...

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.