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…

Monks, Pagodas and Sunsets in Mandalay | Myanmar

Mandalay is a big city with plenty of sites in and around the area. We’d spent two days out of the city, exploring the Mingun pagoda up the Irrawaddy River and also in the waterfalls to the east. So on our final day we took the free bicycles from our hotel and whizzed around the…

Flying to Kazakhstan and exploring butterfly filled meadows

We had a very long sleepless night travelling from London to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the start of our Central Asian adventures. Craig seemed to start the trip in a particularly clumsy manner though. The first incident was when we were queuing up along the aisle of the plane, waiting for everyone to put their bags…

First impressions of Morocco

Our flight to Fez was an interesting one; Greece to Italy was ever so calm and peaceful while Italy to Morocco was loud and full of commotion. A man was shouting at the flight attendants about him not being allowed THREE hand luggage bags, a baby was screaming in front of us and everyone was…

Getting off the beaten track in Tulum

We knew Tulum was famous for its beaches, ruins and Cenotes but we also managed to find a cool spot off the beaten track. It was a lake called Laguna Kaan Luum and only about 8km south of Tulum town. Not many collectivo’s head south so we were lucky to only have a 15 minute…

Exploring The Temple Of Doom and Gran Cenote | Mexico

A Cenote is basically a natural swimming hole where limestone rock has collapsed and it’s like an open invitation into the magical underground river system. These mineral rich pools can be in caves or surrounded by dense jungle and the Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with them. After browsing the internet I ended up picking Gran…

A warm welcome to Hawaii

So here we are, two backpackers basking in the Hawaiian sunshine, squeezin’ fresh limes from the trees out back into our coconut rum cocktails, life’s good in Maui. We are by no means on a backpacker budget here, our Airbnb room in Kihei, southwestern Maui costs £50 a night, but on the plus side we…

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…

Snow monkeys in thermal pools, Japan

We had the same problem looking for breakfast in this ghost town as we did looking for dinner. Thankfully we spotted a coffee sign so headed into what turned out to be a very old couples house. I don’t think they get many customers and the man literally threw his wife into a cupboard along…

Sabang’s underground river and our final day in The Philippines

We’re not really that interested in caves, but the underground river in Sabang is a UNESCO world heritage site and the longest navigable underground river in the world. It cost £20 for a trip from Puerto Princesa. We could have done the trip much cheaper if we stayed in Sabang or made our own way…