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

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!)

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