8 years travelling the world

The lovely Danielle and Mat from Exploring Alternatives asked to interview us about our nomadic lifestyle and how we’ve managed to fund 8 years on the road. They’ve put together an awesome video which you can watch here: You can check out their other great videos, blogs and photos on the attachments below. They’re YouTube…

Exploring Hong Kong

The famous star ferry took us across the calm waters to the main Hong Kong island. We were now in the much swankier area and a pedestrianised causeway led us over the city without having to cross a single road. We then got slowly carried up the worlds longest travelator. It had pavement sections scattered…

First impressions of Hong Kong

So after 30 wonderful days spent in China we crossed the border to its very modern neighbour, Hong Kong.  We headed directly to Kowloon where our hotel was booked. We didn’t want to risk turning up in a very expensive city a couple days away from Chinese New Year without a booking. £23 got us…

The Diaolou towers of Kaiping, China

After the beautiful Li River region we were a little shocked to find ourselves in such a busy city. Guangzhou was heaving! Maybe this was the real China and we’ve been really lucky enjoying the calmness of the rest of the country. We got a bus to Kaiping a couple hours south west to take…

Cycling along the Yulong River, China

We set off through the bustling town of Yangshuo on bicycles rented from our hostel for £1 and headed south to the countryside. The route was well set up for cyclists and many Chinese were doing the same route. The scenery was nice along here but it certainly got better later in the day.    …

Chinese markets selling dog meat

**WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS** The Guangxi region of China is well known for eating dogs and we witnessed the before and after in a meat market in Yangshuo.    The first room had colourful fruit and vegetables and a nice aroma to the air. The next room was big, filled with filthy tables covered in all…

Hiking to viewpoints and being hit by a truck, China

We arrived in the pouring rain and were relieved to check into our homely hostel slightly out of town. It was surrounded by farmers fields and mountains with a few other buildings scattered around. It even had an infinity pool, if only it was freezing cold outside! It also had a roaring log fire, puppy,…

The Longji rice terraces, China

As we gained elevation up into the Longji Rice Terraces my travel pillow pumped itself up and felt like a bower constrictor was wrapped around my neck. We’d left our backpacks in Guilin and packed a small bag for an overnight stay. The hostel we booked was near Tian Tou village which was a one…

More incredible mountain vistas in China

I worked out that’s Craigs had a birthday in Australia, Guatemala, New Zealand, India, Scotland, England (of course) and finally now in China, for his 33rd. It’s hard to time being in a decent place on your birthday while travelling but this time we nailed it. We had a 6 hour bus from Fenghuang to…

Snow in the ancient town of Fenghuang

We were a bit reluctant about visiting Fenghuang due to its extortionate entrance fee of £15, but we’d regret not going so we went along. Vigilant guards (locals in red jackets) checked tickets at every entrance to the Old Town so there was no way around it. We popped into a couple hotels until we…

A mist-ical day at Zhanjiajie

We had a four day pass at Wulingyuan Scenic Area and even though the weather wasn’t great we decided to head back and try a new area of the park. After an hours hike our plans went a bit tits up as the trail we planned to take was closed for repair. We had about…

Vertigo on China’s insane cliff walks

Just a five minute walk from our hotel we were whisked up Tianmen Mountain on the worlds longest cable car. It took 30 minutes to reach the top just over 7 kilometres away.    Tianmen Mountain is a high plateau with sheer edges on all sides. We practically brushed past bushes and trees and creaked…