This image pretty much sums up my latest trip to Vietnam...amazing food and pina colada’s. I mean coconut juice.
The dish pictured below is Bun (vermicelli noodle salad) and it's what I lived off for the entire time I was in Vietnam. It’s the perfect mix of meat, greenery, fried things and noodles all in the one bowl. There were many other amazing dishes of course this one was just the easiest to say.Read More
For colour, chaos, beauty, kindness, culture and smiles...you can't go past a trip to India. There's nowhere on earth that gets under your skin quite the way India does. Often it's not until after you've arrived home that you look back and realise what an extraordinary adventure you've had, and exactly how much of an impact it has left on your soul.Read More
One of the great things about travel is the chance to immerse yourself in another culture. And what better way to see that fantastic culture on display than during a festival?
Whether its' religious, musical, artistic, commemorative or just for the heck of it, festivals have a way of bringing people together. There's usually some delicious traditional food on offer, music and a chance to get to know people while they are at their most relaxed.Read More
Sitting at home, packing for an overland tour means packing for the unexpected and unknown, which means one thing – less is best. I am what you would call a minimalistic packer. I tend to take just the basics when I travel because when you are overlanding, there are no butlers to wait on you, no porters to carry your luggage, no one to rely on but yourself, and your trusty backpack that you need to carry. Yes, and when it comes to carrying, less is definitely best.Read More
On Saturday 2 June this year, the Queen will celebrate 60 years on the throne. Celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee are happening right across the UK, culminating in a special event this weekend.
So when all the ceremonies, parties, soirees, processions and concerts wind up, we figure a few members of the Royal Family could do with a holiday.
See where we think they should go to shake off the shackles of royal duty and let their hair down (well, those of them who still have hair...ahem, William).
The Queen and Prince PhilipRead More
Going on vacation to Costa Rica with children under five years old doesn’t mean that you’ll be sequestered to only ‘kids stuff’. We have lived in Costa Rica for over one and a half years with our children (ages 3 and 1) and feel like we are the experts on places to go in Costa Rica with children under 5 that are also interesting for adults.Read More
I can't tell you the amount of times I've heard friends, family, colleagues and random strangers say, "I don't want to be a tourist, I want to be a local".
To being a local I say... RUBBISH! Be a tourist instead!
There I was in London, carrying a 20 kilogram pack on my back with a 10 kilogram pack on my front full of toiletries. Outside of Aldgate tube station, there was a parting of the clouds momentarily and the sun was setting as I waited for my future housemate to arrive with some house keys.