Chiang Mai & Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Jungle Expedition

Famous for ancient temples and elephant rescue sanctuaries, the mountainous city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand was next on our South East Asia itinerary. Chiang Mai (meaning ‘New City‘ in Thai) is steeped in history with 75 temples within the city walls. This popular backpacking destination was only founded in 1296 whenContinue reading “Chiang Mai & Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Jungle Expedition”

7 days in Laos: Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Laos wasn’t originally on our travelling itinerary but it made sense to visit because the country shares a border with Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, (as well as Myanmar and China). It was only an hour flight from Hanoi to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. Unfortunately, we only had one week to spare which meant we hadContinue reading “7 days in Laos: Vientiane and Luang Prabang”

10 days in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Travelling through Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hanoi is a well-trodden backpacking route, and it was one we were both thoroughly looking forward to embarking on. I’d only heard good things. Once under Chinese domination for over 1,000 years, Vietnam is renown for its coffee, floating markets, motorbikes (two-thirds of households acrossContinue reading “10 days in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi”

Exploring temples and historical sites in Bangkok, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity of doing all of the incredible things we’ve seen and done so far, but I ‘crashed’ after One Life Adventure’s 14-day tour of Japan. Being on the go 24/7 had eventually taken its toll. My body was achy and telling me to rest after exploring Bali, Malaysia,Continue reading “Exploring temples and historical sites in Bangkok, Siem Reap & Phnom Penh”

One Life Adventures 14-day Japan Tour: Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Koyasan, Hiroshima & Miyajima Island 

Grab a coffee, get yourself comfy and prepare to read my longest and most detailed blog post yet from the epic two weeks we spent in Japan – ‘the land of the rising sun’.  One Life Adventure’s 14-day tour of Japan has been one of my favourite overall so far, but it was also byContinue reading “One Life Adventures 14-day Japan Tour: Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Koyasan, Hiroshima & Miyajima Island “

One Life Adventures 10-day Philippines Tour: Puerto Princesa, Port Barton & El Nido

I can’t think of many more relaxing places in the world to write a blog post than from a hammock on an island in the Philippines. We loved One Life Adventure’s 12-day tour of Sri Lanka Pre-COVID so it was a no-brainer for us to book onto their 10-day tour of the Philippines. To readContinue reading “One Life Adventures 10-day Philippines Tour: Puerto Princesa, Port Barton & El Nido”

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi

Kuala Lumpur was our next destination after spending three weeks in Indonesia. Back to the city life. The capital of Malaysia has always been somewhere that I wanted to visit predominantly to see the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers which dominant the city’s modern skyline. We landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport essentially ‘winging it’. Normally,Continue reading “Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi”

Wanderlands Travel Bali Tour: Partying and Scuba Diving with turtles in the Gili Islands & exploring Lombok (Days 8-13)

From surfing, snorkelling, temples and waterfalls to crazy nightlife, stunning beaches and a sunrise hike to Mount Batur at 1771m, our first week in Bali didn’t disappoint. To read about everything we got up to click here. After spending five action packed days on tour in Canggu and Ubud and one week beforehand in KutaContinue reading “Wanderlands Travel Bali Tour: Partying and Scuba Diving with turtles in the Gili Islands & exploring Lombok (Days 8-13)”

Wanderlands Travel Bali Tour: Canggu, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Ubud & Mount Batur Sunrise Hike – (Days 1-7)

A whole new adventure – South East Asia. A huge cultural shift from the familiar Westernised world we’ve been used to. Over the next three or so months, we’ll explore Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan on guided tours, and go it alone in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Our first stop is Bali where we’llContinue reading “Wanderlands Travel Bali Tour: Canggu, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Ubud & Mount Batur Sunrise Hike – (Days 1-7)”

East Coast Australia Road Trip – The Great Ocean Road & Melbourne (Part VIII)

Our time in Australia has sadly come to an end. Over the last eight weeks we’ve clocked up nearly 3,000 miles travelling by motorhome from Cairns to Sydney and then via car to Melbourne with my Mum on what has been a truly unforgettable East Coast Australian Road Trip. Some of my favourite highlights includeContinue reading “East Coast Australia Road Trip – The Great Ocean Road & Melbourne (Part VIII)”