16/11/17
Painted sign in Coimbra complaining about tourists using Airbnb

The Airbnb Ban issue, is it a responsible way to travel?

“Dear tourist,” the graffiti in Coimbra read, “one Airbnb tourist kicks two to three students out of our city – enjoy.” I came across this message on my first night in Portugal, and as a full-time traveller who uses Airbnb almost exclusively in expensive parts of the world, it made for uncomfortable reading. This Airbnb ban issue has been playing on my mind ever since and I can’t help asking myself, has Airbnb become an irresponsible way to travel? Continue reading

26/10/17
Sunset over the lake Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa and those perfect travel moments

It was late afternoon in Polonnaruwa, a Sri Lankan city filled with ancient ruins, and a meandering bicycle trip had led us to the lake just in time for sunset. We parked up and watched as the sun sank behind distant hills, streaking the sky with buttery oranges and yellows. As the daylight faded I felt a swell of gratitude for that perfect travel moment, for having the freedom to experience the simple beauty of a Sri Lankan sunset. Continue reading

18/09/17
Andrew and I at a wedding in Hereford this summer

Lacking inspiration and leaving the UK

It’s only now, when we’re just about to set off on a new adventure, that I’ve felt inspired to sit down and write. Amongst all the recent summer house sits, family get-togethers and work, I somehow lost my will to write. Now the car is ready to be packed, there’s a map with a route through Europe etched in our heads and I’m ready to face the road, and the blank page, once again. Continue reading

18/08/17
Creepy Cabin in the Woods, Belfast, Maine

Our 5 most unusual travel stays

Since we left the UK in 2013, Andrew and I have stayed in hundreds of hostels, hotels, guesthouses, apartments and Airbnb places. While some have been incredible, like our five-star honeymoon suite in Thailand, we’ve also stayed in some real dives and battled with bedbugs more than once. Here’s a look at five of the most unusual travel stays we’ve experienced to date, from a longhouse in Malaysia to a lavish London pig sit. Continue reading

23/07/17
Koh Lanta sunset

Four of my top travel books

What do you read when you travel? I love books that tell personal stories about the countries I visit, that teach me something about the world or inspire me to visit new places. I devour books that have vivid descriptions of lands I long to see with my own eyes and I’m drawn to stories of personal discovery and survival. So, when the Travel Republic Beach Holiday Book Club challenged me to put together a list of my top travel books, here’s what I came up with. Continue reading

18/07/17
Us on a walk with Amy's family

How to stay in touch when you travel

We’re getting ready to leave the UK again after a summer filled with family get-togethers, weddings and catch-ups with friends. By far the hardest part of our nomadic lifestyle is constantly having to say goodbye to our loved ones knowing we may not see them for many months. After over four years of travel, here are our top tips on how to stay in touch when you travel.  Continue reading

20/05/17
Us at Everest Base Camp, Nepal

To Everest Base Camp and Back – we made it!

The early morning air was frigid and so thin I struggled to catch my breath. My legs felt coated in molten lead as I hauled them in slow motion up the boulder-strewn incline. Sobs caught in my throat and my head throbbed in time to my heartbeat. I knew that the only way to cure my altitude sickness was to descend, yet I was mesmerised by the view. Above me, sculpted snow-topped mountains stood against a crisp blue sky, among them, the tallest peak in the world: Everest. Continue reading

30/04/17
Hectic streets in Kathmandu

From Chiang Mai to Nepal, if you don’t hear from us for a while…

So, it happened. This week we said a very sad goodbye to our life in Chiang Mai. Two days and three delayed flights later we arrived in Nepal’s dusty, chaotic capital city, Kathmandu. Even though our lives are more transient than the average person’s, I still find change hard, especially when I’m moving on from a place that I love. So, on the first night in this strange new city, I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a few homesick tears for Chiang Mai. Continue reading

17/03/17
The Silver Temple, Chiang Mai

5 Things I’ll miss about Chiang Mai Life

As we move into our final six weeks of Chiang Mai life, I’m trying to make the most of this city and the life we’ve built here. After failing to set down roots in Spain last year, being able to so easily slip into this lifestyle has been a huge relief. This city has given us exactly what we needed: the ability to live comfortably while focusing on our goal of building a sustainable freelance income. With that in mind, here are five of the things I’ll miss the most about our Chiang Mai life when we leave at the end of April. Continue reading