Portugal

Portugal has fast become one of our favourite European destinations. For a start, did you know that it’s the sunniest country in Europe? Even in late October we experience endless blue skies and sunshine. We loved Portugal so much during our 2017 stay that we returned a year later to live and work in the Algarve. On our initial trip, we completed a house sit near Lagos, where we  fell in love with the country’s sandy beaches and explored coves bordered by red, yellow and orange cliffs. We watched the sunset whilst walking the dogs along flat, almost-deserted sands.

We’ve also discovered how great Portugal’s cities are with a whirlwind few days exploring the capital Lisbon where we hopped from Cathedral to museum to historic tower. Ancient Sintra is just a train journey away from Lisbon, so we also took a trip there to visit its Old Town, castle and yellow palace. We also enjoyed a month-long stay just outside of Porto, a city we fell hard for. As well as wandering along Porto’s colourful riverfront and steep cobbled streets, we took day trips to nearby cities like Braga and Guimaraes, as well as walks along forested walkways in the Passadicos do Pava.

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...

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...

Hello from London, where we’re housesitting for a couple of weeks before we start the next chapter of our adventure: we’re moving to the Algarve! After a hectic year of travel in the Americas, our plan was always to move to Portugal in the autumn, but we had our sights firmly set on Porto until Andrew was offered a great teaching job in the Algarve.
Hello from Oregon, USA! I’m writing this from a caravan overlooking the red outcrops of Smith Rock State Park, with a cup of Earl Grey beside me, reflecting on how long it’s been since I blogged. In fact, my last post was back in Lake Titicaca, which now feels like years ago. Since then, we’ve travelled through Peru, visited Machu Picchu and spent three idyllic weeks road tripping in California. Somewhere along the way, amongst dealing with a ton of freelance work and a house-sitting disaster, I just had to let blogging go, but now I’m back.
How much does it cost to travel Europe? It's true that the continent definitely isn't the cheapest in the world, but here's the good news: it can be done on a modest budget. We spent three-months road tripping around Europe in late 2017, heading from Amsterdam to Portugal, through Slovenia and Germany to Prague. Here's how much our Europe trip cost, including a breakdown of transport, food, activity and accommodation prices.
Despite having just booked one-way tickets to Colombia, Andrew and I have been talking a lot lately about finding a future base in Europe. As much as we love our freedom, we know that after our South American adventures we’ll need to find a base in Europe where we can hang up our backpacks, work and save for the years ahead, but where could that base possibly be? Well, I think we found our answer when we rocked up in Porto.
As the year draws to a close and we prepare to leave for South America in January, it’s time to take a look at our 2017 travel roundup. I feel incredibly blessed to have enjoyed yet another year full of new experiences, adventures and travel. In 2017, we managed to live in Thailand, trek to Everest Base Camp, explore Sri Lanka and road-trip around Europe. We got married, went vegan, continued to earn a living remotely and, of course, blogged about it all.
In the last three months, we’ve travelled over 5,000 miles across nine countries in Europe by car. The journey has taken us from the canal-lined streets of Amsterdam and the beaches of the Algarve to Bavarian castles, Slovenian lakes and finally, to Prague. Here’s a look at our experience of travelling Europe by car, including the benefits, tips and some key things to consider if you’re planning your own Europe road trip. 
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.