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

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.

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

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

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!