BEST DESTINATIONS FOR HIKERS WHO LOVE THE MOUNTAINS

We hadn’t really seen mountains before we started our travels back in 2008 and we certainly had no idea what it felt like to explore the great outdoors. It was something we’d never tried but we soon realised the beach towns didn’t give us the same amount of joy that a long hike through jungle…

Highlights from two years backpacking around the world

In January 2018 we set off for another long stint abroad. This time we wanted to visit some new countries and return to a few favourites. So here’s a roundup of what we got up to and some of our best photos from the trip. NORWAY After spending a month roadtripping around Norway and falling…

Our final days in Egypt and why we’re never going back

After spending our final day in Luxor relaxing in a hammock on a roof terrace with a view of the Nile, it was time to head back to the coast. We wanted to visit Marsa Alam in the south of Egypt to snorkel some of the top sites in the world, but it was complicated…

Cycling to the Valley Of Kings, Luxor | Egypt

Luxor is said to be like Cairo but a smaller, nicer version. That’s debatable – we really didn’t like the place. The city sits on the east bank of the Nile but we opted to stay on the calmer West Bank which was a great decision in the end. A public ferry connects the two…

A stressful day visiting Islamic Cairo

The next day we decided to visit Old Cairo, also known as Islamic Cairo. We walked from downtown to Khan-El-Khalili which is where the souqs (markets) are. On the way we seemed to walk through the furniture neighbourhood where narrow alleys were filled with tacky upholstered chairs. Seemed like a really stupid area to focus…

Our first week in Chile | Santiago and Valparaíso

With a night sleeping on an airport chair we set off towards Santiago, Chile with stops in Seattle and Atlanta. We were zombies after two nights without sleep and we arrived to some slimy substance covering my bag strap. We bought a bus ticket to the city center and asked a lady (in terrible broken…

How to visit The Maldives on a budget

What if I told you that you don’t need to win the lottery to be able to visit The Maldives? It all depends on how you travel the country, you could spend $10,000 a night for a water villa on a resort island OR you could pay as little as $30 for a nice en-suite…

Exploring Thoddoo Island | The Maldives

Thoddoo Island is a bit of a black sheep sitting alone in the Indian Ocean just north of the cluster of islands that form the Ari Atoll. It’s encircled by a reef and best known for its large lagoon and it’s production of fruit. Even though it’s slightly removed from the Atoll, it’s still very…

First impressions of Sri Lanka | Unnawatuna and Galle

Sri Lanka seemed like the perfect add-on to our latest backpacking trip around Asia. We loved and hated India so this country seemed like a good compromise with a colourful culture, plenty of curries but way less crowds. So we flew from Myanmar to Kuala Lumpar, waited 8 long hours in the airport and eventually…