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East Coast Australia Road Trip – Australia Zoo, Brisbane, Moreton Island & the Gold Coast (Part IV)

I can’t believe we’re now half way through our eight-week East Coast Australia Road Trip. Time flies when you’re having fun! Last week, we enjoyed a sunrise with wild kangaroos in Cape Hillsborough; explored Fraser Island (K’Gari) by 4WD and cruised along the Noosa Everglades before we then headed over to the Sunshine Coast. ToContinue reading “East Coast Australia Road Trip – Australia Zoo, Brisbane, Moreton Island & the Gold Coast (Part IV)”

East Coast Australia Road Trip – Cape Hillsborough, Fraser/K’Gari Island 4WD Jeep Tour & Noosa Everglades (Part III)

From Cairns, Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park in Far North Queensland, to Magnetic Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, the last couple of weeks exploring has been a nonstop adventure. To ensure that we didn’t completely burn out, we decided to spend the next couple of days in Airlie Beach before movingContinue reading “East Coast Australia Road Trip – Cape Hillsborough, Fraser/K’Gari Island 4WD Jeep Tour & Noosa Everglades (Part III)”

East Coast Australia Road Trip – The Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island & Whitsunday Islands (Part II)

Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef was something I desperately wanted to tick off my bucket list when in Queensland, Australia… and I can now say I’ve been lucky enough to do just that. A visit to Cairns wouldn’t be complete without visiting the world’s largest coral reef system. Made up of over 2,900 individualContinue reading “East Coast Australia Road Trip – The Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island & Whitsunday Islands (Part II)”

East Coast Australia Road Trip – Exploring Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Kuranda, Mossman Gorge & Port Douglas (Part I)

From the Great Barrier Reef, to Uluru/Ayers Rock, to pristine sandy beaches and vibrant cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne just to name a few, Australia has always been somewhere that has really intrigued me. I think it’s the different way of life and being on the other side of the world. Over theContinue reading “East Coast Australia Road Trip – Exploring Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Kuranda, Mossman Gorge & Port Douglas (Part I)”

New Zealand Road Trip – Mount Cook National Park, Christchurch and Kaikōura (Part VI)

Our 3,600 miles+ New Zealand Road Trip has now sadly come to an end after an unforgettable six weeks. Some of my favourite highlights include cruising in The Bay of Islands, Abel Tasman National Park and Milford Sound; checking out the real Middle Earth™ at Hobitton™; learning about the Maori history and relaxing in geothermalContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Mount Cook National Park, Christchurch and Kaikōura (Part VI)”

New Zealand Road Trip – Wānaka, Queenstown & Milford Sounds (Part V)

So far we’ve been spoilt by New Zealand’s natural beauty and it honestly just keeps getting better and better as you’re about to find out in this penultimate blog post. Last time, we enjoyed a boat cruise in Abel Tasman National Park, went on some amazing hikes in Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park and Hokitika beforeContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Wānaka, Queenstown & Milford Sounds (Part V)”

New Zealand Road Trip – Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers + More (Part IV)

The South Island of New Zealand is famed for having some of the best natural landscapes in the world. I would definitely agree! Over the next three weeks, we’ll travel over 1350 miles from Picton to Christchurch via Bluff in Norman – our camper van. We really are having the full ‘Kiwi‘ experience. If you’dContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers + More (Part IV)”

New Zealand Road Trip – Taupō, Tongariro National Park, Mount Taranaki & Wellington (Part III)

After an action packed few days black water rafting in Waitomo Glowworm Caves, canopy zip-lining and zorbing in Rotorua, we headed further South to Taupō – a town most famous for the incredible Huka Falls. Here, you can witness 220,000+ litres of water p/second barrelling over the 11 metre high waterfall along The Waikato River,Continue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Taupō, Tongariro National Park, Mount Taranaki & Wellington (Part III)”

New Zealand Road Trip – Hobitton™, Rotorua and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (Part II)

Unfortunately, we had to change our original plan of spending two days at Coromandel Town and Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula after Paihia because of a nasty storm that was passing through. Instead, we drove 246 miles to Matamata on our eighth day – a town 15 minutes away from the Hobbiton MovieContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Hobitton™, Rotorua and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (Part II)”

New Zealand Road Trip – Auckland, The Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga (Part I)

Over the next six weeks, we’ll be racking up roughly 3,000 miles by travelling down the North and South Islands of New Zealand in our very own self-contained camper van. From our point of view, what better way to travel. Welcome to our home! Unless we hired a car, this was the only way ofContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip – Auckland, The Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga (Part I)”

Island Hopping in Fiji’s Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands

Spending eight nights island hopping on Fiji’s golden sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters in the Mamanuca and Yasawa archipelago was a perfect break after travelling for nearly three months in the United States. We booked the Yasawa Wanderer package with Awesome Adventures Fiji. However, not all of the resorts were available because weContinue reading “Island Hopping in Fiji’s Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands”

Contiki Grand Alaska Tour – Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Valdez (Days 7-12)

Well rested, we departed from the Maclaren River Lodge on 29 June and headed for McCarthy in Wrangell-St. Alias National Park and Preserve 240 miles away – one of the longest drives of the trip. Our tour guide, Chris warned us that we would be ‘wild camping’ for the next three nights, meaning no showersContinue reading “Contiki Grand Alaska Tour – Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Valdez (Days 7-12)”

Contiki Grand Alaska Tour – Denali National Park & Maclaren Riverside Lodge (Days 1-6)

After catching a connecting flight in Seattle from Las Vegas, we eventually landed in Anchorage, Alaska at 03:00 A.M on 22 June. The first thing we realised was how bright it was. It literally could have been the middle of the day. It turns out, Alaska never goes dark for six months of the yearContinue reading “Contiki Grand Alaska Tour – Denali National Park & Maclaren Riverside Lodge (Days 1-6)”

Four Days in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills (inc Universal Studios Hollywood)

We arrived in Los Angeles after stopping off in Monterey, San Luis Obispa and Santa Barbara overnight along the way. The drive along the coastal route of ‘Big Sur’ was the best highlight of our journey to LA after our time in Yosemite National Park. The aforementioned towns were used to recharge our batteries. ToContinue reading “Four Days in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills (inc Universal Studios Hollywood)”

How to maximise two days in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Natural Wonder of the World. Renown for its waterfalls, giant sequoia trees and Tunnel View – the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall, granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, make visiting very, very worthwhile! Things you should know before visiting Yosemite National Park: TimedContinue reading “How to maximise two days in Yosemite National Park”

Chicago – The Windy City

Chicago – renown for its chilling winds, amazing pizza and for depicting Gotham City in the Batman franchise. 13°C and 16°C were the temperatures for the three days we were here, which would be considered warm and probably shorts weather back home in the U.K. but here, it was freezing – layers were needed! ScenesContinue reading “Chicago – The Windy City”

The bright lights of New York – Times Square, The Empire State Building, Broadway & More (Days 1,2 & 3)

Day 1 After boarding an Amtrak train lasting a little over three hours, we arrived in New York around 15:30PM. We walked the short distance from Penn Station to our hotel, which is literally a stones throw away from the iconic Times Square. Keeping in touch with family is a priority of both of ours,Continue reading “The bright lights of New York – Times Square, The Empire State Building, Broadway & More (Days 1,2 & 3)”

Selfie on holiday

Travelling is back on!

After 763 days, Emily and I are finally continuing with our travels! This time our planned route is a little different. For those of you that didn’t know about our original travelling itinerary, you can read about it here. We spent six amazing weeks in South Africa, India and Sri Lanka before we were forcedContinue reading “Travelling is back on!”

Emily and I on the plane

An Update (17/06/20)

Today marks 3 months since Emily and I landed back in Manchester after we were forced to abandon our planned 10 months away because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A lot has changed in the world, in particular with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement and with the fight against COVID since we caught anContinue reading “An Update (17/06/20)”

Pidurangala Rock

Sri Lanka Day 1 – 3 | Hiking Pidurangala & Sigiriya Rock, Safari & Cooking Class

In this and the next blog post, I’ll be detailing the amazing 9 days we had in Sri Lanka. On our first day, we visited the Dambulla Caves, before climbing Pidurangala in the evening. The views of Sigiriya Rock (which we climbed the following morning) were absolutely spectacular and great for getting the ‘perfect InstagramContinue reading “Sri Lanka Day 1 – 3 | Hiking Pidurangala & Sigiriya Rock, Safari & Cooking Class”

Picture of Cape Town from Robben Island

Top 10 must-do activities & must-see attractions in South Africa

1. A Safari at a National Park, South Africa South Africa is home to ‘the big 5’ (African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, and Rhinoceros. Seeing these animals (and others) roaming freely in their natural habitat, brazing, and grazing and hunting for their next prey is completely different from seeing them at the zoo. WeContinue reading “Top 10 must-do activities & must-see attractions in South Africa”

Etihad Aeroplane

OPINION: Etihad Airways is overrated and us Brits are too ​nice

I’ve come to the conclusion after flying from Johannesburg to New Delhi via Abu Dhabi that Etihad Airways aren’t what they’re made out to be and that Brits are too nice. Let me explain… I’m not stereotyping all Brits, but I know I’d choose to keep quiet rather than putting someone in their place. ItContinue reading “OPINION: Etihad Airways is overrated and us Brits are too ​nice”

Myself and Emily

Full-Day​ Tour at Addo Elephant National Park with IntoTours

First and foremost, for anyone reading this article, who are planning on visiting Addo Elephant National Park, be sure to book your full-day visit with IntoTours. ‘Addo’ – as the locals call it, is South Africa’s third-biggest National Park (1,640 km²) and is home to over 600 wild African Elephants. It’s also the only park inContinue reading “Full-Day​ Tour at Addo Elephant National Park with IntoTours”

Cape Town

Waving goodbye to Cape Town and hello to South Africa’s Garden Route

Our time in Cape Town has come to an end after an incredible and unforgettable seven days. On our penultimate day, we went on a CitySightseeing Tour to Cape Point National Park, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. At Cape Point National Park we climbed to a lighthouse at the top of a mountain,Continue reading “Waving goodbye to Cape Town and hello to South Africa’s Garden Route”