Street life in Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia first impressions and being rubbish backpackers

Our first week in Colombia has been stuffed with activity. We’ve wandered around colourful Cartagena, taken a very un-relaxing trip to Playa Blanca, baked in the scorching sunshine and stuffed our faces with the biggest avocados we’ve ever seen. The week has also been a battle to balance work with exploring (as always) and come to terms with the fact that we’re not really ‘backpackers’ anymore. Read on for our Colombia first impressions. Continue reading

Miami Beach Lifeguard Hut

Florida airport hell and a taste of Miami

‘Welcome to the USA’, the sign was just visible above a sea of people crammed into the arrivals terminal at Fort Lauderdale Airport. It was nearly midnight and after a nine-hour flight from London, we’d now been stuck in immigration queues for almost four hours. The perfect start to our two-day layover in Miami, right? Continue reading

View over Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa

Exploring with the Lisbon tourist card

Portugal’s capital Lisbon is a city full of winding cobbled streets, bright yellow trams, wide piazzas, historic buildings and UNESCO treasures. Picture medieval towers, dome-roofed monasteries, baroque palaces and ornate churches. If, like us, you have just a few days to explore the city, it could be worth getting a Lisbon tourist card which grants you discounts, free travel and entry to top attractions. Continue reading

Dom Luis Bridge by night in Porto, Portugal

Europe update: tech troubles and leaving Portugal

We’re off again! As you’re reading this post, we’re in the midst of another mammoth 2,000-mile journey, this time from Portugal to Prague. This week we’re driving through France and Germany via Neuschwanstein Castle, then spending a few days in Slovenia before we head to Prague. Despite these exciting adventures, I feel a twinge of sadness about leaving Portugal, a country where I’ve felt welcomed and largely at peace, well, minus some technical troubles. Continue reading

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

View of Hvar City, Hvar Island, Croatia

Our Croatia Travel Costs

How much did we spend during our five and a half week stay in Croatia? Andrew and I travelled along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia exploring UNESCO protected Old Towns, waterfalls, islands, national parks and beaches. Here’s a detailed breakdown of our Croatia travel costs. Continue reading

Toledo, Spain

Eastern Europe and Onwards to Asia – our New Travel Plans

After going through a rough patch in Spain, we flew back to the UK to regroup. We celebrated our first Easter in years with family scoffing chocolate, completing some spring chores, visiting a friend in Devon and enjoying some home comforts. We also took the chance to do some serious travel planning for the next six months and we’ve come up with an itinerary that takes us from Spain through Eastern Europe and onwards to Asia. Continue reading

Our Jigsaw Condominium 2 Apartment

Creating a blog in five easy steps

If one of your goals is creating a blog of your own then this post is for you. It’s been over three years since we launched this blog and although it’s required a lot of hard work and commitment, we can’t imagine life without it. Travel blogging has allowed us to create a vivid record of our journey, connect with many other travellers, indulge Amy’s love of writing and hopefully inspire readers. Perhaps you’re now wondering, how do I start a blog? Well, follow these five easy steps and you can’t go wrong. Continue reading

View of Sand Beach from the Beehive Summit

Hiking in Acadia National Park

As we’ve discovered, Maine is a beast like no other. The biggest of all the New England states, (Maine is the same size as all the others combined), there are vast areas in the North which are extremely rugged and barely accessible during winter months, populated only with wildlife and hunters. After Bangor, the furthest north we ventured in Maine was to see the beautifully-preserved coastal haven of Acadia National Park. Continue reading

Branford College, Yale

Magical Mystic and Historic Yale

Have I mentioned yet that we love having a rental car? America is perfect for road trips; the petrol is a crazy $2.20 per gallon and the roads are wide and empty, well, at least compared to the UK. It’s so easy to throw all of our stuff into our red steed, Cherry, and zip from one state to the next; we’ve even grown to love the country music station on the radio. After our week in rugged New Hampshire we fired Cherry up and whizzed down to the coastal state of Connecticut. Continue reading