Taking the slow boat from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Well then, that was an experience. There's basically two ways of doing this. You can go through each part of the process as you get there, booking for and paying as you go. This is, by a few pounds, going to be cheaper. Or you can pay an extra couple of quid to a tour … Continue reading Taking the slow boat from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Enjoying Elephants Ethically in Thailand

Ben has ridden an elephant in the past - before we really knew about the cruelty the elephants went through behind the scenes - and felt pretty gutted about it. It's easy, then, to see why we've been very dubious about any kind of elephant tourism. Ethical elephant sanctuaries are rampant now, mostly because of … Continue reading Enjoying Elephants Ethically in Thailand

Indonesian foods we didn’t know about (but do now!)

Indonesian food doesn't get out much. It's not something we've seen in the West before, despite the abundance of Thai, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Vietnamese and even Malaysian places. We obviously haven't managed to experience it all, but having visited the beaches, cities, jungles and stayed in both high-end hotels and village-style homestays alike we think we've … Continue reading Indonesian foods we didn’t know about (but do now!)

A weekend in Portland – what to do in America’s greenest city

Portland may just be one of our very favourite cities. Not just in the USA, but anywhere. It's a great combination of walkable streets, greenery and access to the great outdoors, thriving craft beer and wine scenes and - most importantly for us as British and Irish - a temperate climate. Like anywhere it has … Continue reading A weekend in Portland – what to do in America’s greenest city

Top reasons to visit Nashville, Tennessee – a guide for first timers.

Music City is booming. Direct flights with British Airways from the UK have given extra incentive to a new wave of tourists looking to see a different side of the USA to the standard New York, California or Florida destinations. One side of Ben's family grew up in Hermitage, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Despite … Continue reading Top reasons to visit Nashville, Tennessee – a guide for first timers.

Amazing day trip alert! Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge

One of the best single day trips we've done involved, counter-intuitively, escaping from one of our favourite cities. Renting a bike in San Francisco and taking it across the Golden Gate Bridge to nearby Sausalito made for great views the entire way, as well as providing a really special way to see a world famous … Continue reading Amazing day trip alert! Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge

24 hours in: Savannah and Charleston

This is cheating a bit, as it's combining two '24 hours in' blogs into one. It's 24 hours in Savannah, followed by 24 hours in Charleston... but the cities are close enough together geographically and culturally that we can combine them into one. Oh and we're lazy and this is easier for us. So without … Continue reading 24 hours in: Savannah and Charleston

South America Awards

A few days after leaving and a little relaxation later, we can properly reflect on our 3 months on the continent. We figured an easy, informative and hopefully entertaining way to do that is via some awards! So, here's our own limited rankings of our experiences... Best overall experience Inca Trail. A hard, wet, hot … Continue reading South America Awards

Following the path of royalty on the Inca Trail

Wow. The Inca Trail is one of the world's most recognised treks, and having successfully traversed it we can see why. We booked our trip with an operator called Alpaca Expeditions due to a combination of good reviews and the fact that they solely provided trips to Machu Picchu and a couple of other places … Continue reading Following the path of royalty on the Inca Trail

3 great things to do on a budget in La Paz

Bolivia's de-facto capital is a crazy, colourful place. It's noisy, sweaty, dirty, and the altitude (second highest major town in the world!) makes it all that more frenetic. Beyond the pricey Death Road, it's not especially well known for tourist attractions. A large proportion of the population live in poverty, for example, 60% of Bolivians … Continue reading 3 great things to do on a budget in La Paz