Bali: island trip

Usually, I would suggest to take any public transport to get around a country or a city. In Bali, maybe not. First of all, there are no real public transport. Yes, there are buses, but honestly, I would avoid them. So what is the most widely used means of transport? Scooters! Would I recommend it? To the most daring.Driving in Bali seems to be completely unregulated (actually, there is one rule: I play the honk and I can do whatever I want) and although normally the right hand drive seems to be the real difficulty, here is perhaps the last problem at all. In Bali you can enter the city...

Best Places to Visit in Egypt

Best places to visit in Egypt include ancient sites, cities, museums, beaches, souks, fortresses, and oases. Egypt is full of wonders and is an affordable destination with great food, diving, and of course, sights to see. From July 1 st 2020, Egypt started to re-open. Beach areas and resorts opened first. International airlines began flying to Egypt and hotels were re-opening at reduced capacity. Luxor was due to open later. Please fully check entry requirements and health advice for tourists, for yourself. For now, take a look at some incredible places to see in Egypt and start planning your trip.Spending almost a month in Egypt allowed us to see the best of Egypt's tourist attractions and historic sites at a more relaxed pace that our first 1-week tour of Egypt 20 years ago. It's a fabulous country to explore, boasting some of the world's greatest treasures.Some of the very best, must-see places in Egypt that you should include on your itinerary. These are our favourites and best...

Bikepacking Parque Los Nevados, Colombia

Lying a few hundred kilometres west of Bogota, and jutting high above the surrounding coffee plantations of Colombia's Zona Cafetera, I plan my trip to Los Nevados between a visit to Medellin's Sunday Ciclovia, and the capital's car-free Earth Day. This four day adventure in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes is shared with fellow backcountry enthusiast Nick Gault (be sure to check out his epic paddle around the Darien Gap), and inspired by the dirt road explorations of The Ride South. Combining the likes of low-traffic jeep tracks, swathes of rolling paramo, the wonderfully...

Days in Slovenia

3 days in Slovenia was enough time to fall head over heels in love. Why didn't I know how beautiful Slovenia is? Why haven't we visited a million times? Why haven't we taken the kids to Bled and the other stunning lakes to enjoy every kind of outdoor adventure?I'm forever saying that Romania is the most beautiful place on Earth, well it has some tough competition in Slovenia.We only had a few days, we were on a road trip from Romania to London and had deadlines to meet but as Slovenia is small we managed to see a lot. We will be going back to this country to fully enjoy everything Slovenia...

Exploring Tuscany

A walk on and inside the Walls How can you walk "inside" the walls of the city? Here in Lucca, you can! It's amazing how big these 16th century walls are. They are the only ones worldwide to be completely accessible on foot or by car (cars are now forbidden). They are 4 kilometres of panoramic walkway around the city of Lucca, a great opportunity to stroll or cruise with and discover those secret corners that you won't be able to see walking through the tiny streets of the city center. And what about inside the walls? Well, the interior of the walls has only recently been made accessible and it's just as fascinating to discover the underground streets once lit only by holes on the surface. The Cathedral Choosing the best churches to visit is almost impossible. With a list of 101 churches, which ones and how many would you go for? It's hard to answer, but I am pretty sure that the Cathedral will definitely be on your list. Looking at its façade, you will immediately...

From Backpacker To Expat

It's safe to say that this year has been the craziest of my life. Last year at this time I was living the dream as a backpacker, doing things like island hopping around the Philippines, exploring ancient temples in Indonesia and eating my way through the culinary wonderland that is Malaysia. It sounds perfect, but the reality is that there was always a sense of anxiety weighing me down. Philippines On this very day last year I arrived on the tiny island of Camiguin, Philippines, where Aaron and I intended to spend a quiet New Year's. Little did we know just how seriously Filipinos take...

Heading South West, in South West Bolivia.

In another about turn, I'm heading south once more, albeit briefly… A decision has been made: we can't leave the Bolivian Altiplano without at least attempting to ride up one of the highest roads in the world. Volcan Uturuncu scratches the atmosphere at 6008m, and can be accessed - to 5777m, at least - via a rugged jeep track that wends its way up to a former sulphur mine. At neigh on...

I'm Moving To Cambodia!

That's right. Aaron and I are moving to Cambodia! More specifically, we are moving to the country's up-and-coming capital city, Phnom Penh. I am so beyond excited about our next move, so much so that I sometimes have to pinch myself because I can't believe it's actually happening. Cambodia happens to be one of my favorite Southeast Asian countries. It has it all, from one of Southeast Asia's best beaches to the ancient temples of Angkor to a happening capital city. Cambodia is indeed a wonderful place to be.During that trip to Cambodia we had zero idea that moving to Phnom Penh was even a possibility. But looking back on a post I wrote about my love affair with Cambodia the fact that this is happening is actually kind of surreal. What I wished for actually came true...that never...

La Cordillera Blanca

For most people, these incredible natural wonders are what first come to mind at the mention of Peru, a country with a range of landscapes so diverse, a traveler could easily spend months exploring it-from the Pacific coast beaches to the Amazon basin to the high-altitude Andean peaks-and still not experience everything. During my eight-month backpacking trip through South America last year, I did just that. What was originally planned as a one month stay in Peru quickly turned into three months, and when it was time to leave, the country had rooted itself firmly in my heart, its captivating beauty having left me awe-struck on more occasions than I even thought possible. I was lucky enough to see all of the aforementioned sights, each one well-worthy of the accolades they receive from travelers. But there is yet another destination worthy of such accolades. Perhaps one of Peru's lesser-known destinations and oft-overlooked by travelers is the most captivating mountain range...

My Favorite Places In Southeast Asia

Now that I'm back in Southeast Asia it's becoming increasingly clear to me why I just can't stay away from this part of the world. I spent a large chunk of the past year backpacking around the region. I visited six amazing countries and relished my time in each and every one of them. Now that I've started a new chapter of my life in Indonesia, I was inspired to share six reasons why I love Southeast Asia. Railay, Thailand Thailand is a country I find myself returning to time and again. Before I set out on my big Southeast Asian odyssey last year, I'd already visited Thailand twice. ...

Places to Visit in Northern Thailand

Don't stop at Chiang Mai! We think Northern Thailand is one of the best parts and over the last couple of years we've been exploring the north by car whenever we get a chance. Below are some suggestions for the best and most beautiful places to visit in Northern Thailand. You can get north of Chiang Mai by bus or even fly, but self driving is a great option in the north of Thailand and an affordable one. Your northern Thailand itinerary should include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, Mae Hong Song, Hill Tribes, caves, mountains, and more unusual destinations like Phayao, and Mae Salong.Chiang...

Reasons why you should visit Japan

Japan is one of those unique places in the world. The Peaceful Atmosphere No matter the city you decide to visit, you'll always find a peaceful atmosphere behind a corner. It might be a temple, it might be a garden, it might be a pond. You feel peace everywhere in this country. And it involves you so much that you really do find a certain inner peace. It can last for the time of your trip,...

The Dangers Of Motorbiking Around Nusa Penida

Ever since my first trip to the island, I've been a big booster of traveling to Nusa Penida. My most popular blog post, by far, is all about Nusa Penida. And it's also one of the destinations I get the most questions about from readers. While I highly recommend that people visit Nusa Penida, I'm diligent about emphasizing - and reemphasizing - that people should only visit the island if they're super comfortable riding a motorbike. If not, I always recommend visiting neighboring Nusa Lembongan instead. Because tourism on Nusa Penida is just starting to ramp up, renting a motorbike is...

Things To Do In Da Nang, Vietnam

Snap a Selfie at the Pink Cathedral Vietnam has a thing for pink churches. While the Da Nang Cathedral isn't quite as highlighter pink as the one in Ho Chi Minh City, it's pink enough to draw the attention of every Instagrammer in town. It's located in the heart of the city, which means it's well worth a small detour to check out the picturesque 100-year-old church. Plus, it's kind of fun watching everyone pose for those picture-perfect shots. Splash Around at My Khe Beach Instead of staying in the city center, I spent most of my time in the My Khe Beach area. My Khe Beach is a 10-kilometer stretch of sand located a mere 10-minute drive from the city center. It is truly beautiful, which is why it's one of Da Nang's top attractions. But despite its popularity, the beach is surprisingly uncrowded during the day. That being said, the place is packed during sunrise and sunset! Watch the Fire Show at Dragon Bridge At 9 pm every Saturday and Sunday the dragon on the iconic Dragon...

Ubud, I'm Just Not That Into You

I was surprised that I had such an immediate and negative reaction to Ubud, which is highly regarded as the cultural capital of Bali. Everyone I've ever talked to gushes about the city's hip cafes, international eateries, and lush countryside. I actually don't think I've ever heard a bad thing about Ubud. That being said, everyone's travel tastes are different. And the things that draw most...

Unique Things To Do In Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) is a daunting destination for first-time visitors. Not only is this place massive - it has an estimated population of 12-13 million - but it's chaotic and frenetic. On top of that, it's not always easy to get information about what to actually do in this city.I can fully understand why most travelers opt to either spend a few fleeting days in the city or choose to skip Saigon altogether. But now that I've had the chance to live here for the better part of a year, I can honestly say that this city is well worth spending a chunk of time in. There are countless things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Take Photos of Tan Dinh Church (aka Pink Church) This church is perhaps the most festive one I've ever laid eyes on. With its flamboyant pink paint job, it's no...

Where To Find Street Art In Phnom Penh

Let's face it, Phnom Penh tends to get a bad rap among travelers, but I've said it before and I'll say it again I love this city. Yes, I've had my ups and downs since moving here, but I'm still an avid booster of Phnom Penh. There are a lot of reasons why travelers should consider allotting at least a day or two (if not much longer) to visiting Cambodia's capital - and street art is one of them. I'm no artist but I am a huge fan of street art. My obsession really began after I took an unforgettable tour of Bogota's street art last year. Ever since then I always try to seek out street art during my travels. Before moving to Phnom Penh I was completely unaware that the city is home to a burgeoning street art scene. And, like me, not a lot of travelers know about it. Phnom Penh's...