Cruising Halong Bay and Lan Ha bay

When we put together our Asia bucket list items at the start of planning our RTW trip, this was one of the first up there. Ha Long Bay is one of those places you're just *meant* to see. We did painstaking research, trawling through the standard Tripadvisor Reviews as well as Booking.com (many of the … Continue reading Cruising Halong Bay and Lan Ha bay

10 budget activities for backpackers and first-timers in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a melting pot of cultures. From the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island to the tropical beaches of the New Territories, there's a lot to explore. Ben has family here in Hong Kong as his parents, aunts and uncles all grew up here so we're coming at it from a bit of a … Continue reading 10 budget activities for backpackers and first-timers in Hong Kong

Tips and plans for a first-time visit to Japan

We have absolutely fallen in love with Japan and can see why so many people rave about it. It's an eclectic mix of old and new, traditional meets modern, temples and hipster coffee shops plus, it's not as expensive as you think (more on that coming soon...) Japan can be a confusing place to figure … Continue reading Tips and plans for a first-time visit to Japan

How to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

We're currently based in Indiana, staying with family while we explore the US and plan for the next stage of our trip, with Chicago only a few hours away. Between Lauren's birthday on March 14th and St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, we knew we had to go to one of the biggest Paddy's Day … Continue reading How to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Valparaiso street art – the best in South America!

We've visited Rio, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago in the past couple of weeks. In Sao Paolo, we even went on a street art tour because we had heard such amazing things about the street art. All the cities above were full of colour and had great murals but they were confined to … Continue reading Valparaiso street art – the best in South America!

Walking on pre-historic ice at Perito Moreno glacier

We're currently in Patagonia, experiencing everything hiking related that we possibly can. Having run out of options on dry land, we decided to tick off one of the bucket list items and opted to hike the Perito Moreno glacier in Parque Nacional de los Glaciers outside of El Calafate in Argentina. Some facts on Perito … Continue reading Walking on pre-historic ice at Perito Moreno glacier

12 hours in Lisbon (as cheap as possible!)

When we were originally booking our flight to South America, we found that flying via Lisbon and staying there for one night, actually worked out cheaper than flying direct to Rio de Janeiro (https://packingitin.com/2018/03/01/our-departure-is-booked/) Lisbon has been on both our lists for a while. It's certainly an up and coming destination in Europe with the … Continue reading 12 hours in Lisbon (as cheap as possible!)

Taking the leap: booking that one-way flight.

We've booked our out-bound flight. Yep, that one-way out-bound flight with only the bags on our backs! We booked a flight with TAP air that takes us from Heathrow to Lisbon and then onto Rio de Janeiro the following day. As mentioned in a previous post, we try to book as much as we can … Continue reading Taking the leap: booking that one-way flight.