Searching for the best beaches in Sri Lanka

We kept reading that Sri Lanka had idyllic white sand beaches with turquoise water but we were still yet to find one. Our last chance of finding one along the south coast was at Tangalle. The owner of our homestay told us about the horrific tsunami that swept over much of Sri Lanka in 2004…

Wild weather, stunning beaches and spicy food in Tulum

A smooth flight took us over the Florida keys and across the Gulf of Mexico landing us in sunny Cancun for a nine day little holiday – a bizarre concept for us long term travellers. We arrived in a very organised airport with toilets much cleaner and more modern than the squaller ones at Fort…

Sunsets, dolphins and beach life | Florida

We hadn’t seen the sea since Alaska so we were keen to hit the coast and watch the sun go down. It proved to be rather difficult to find a place to watch the sunset though as every road we took was lined with private property and fancy houses…bit mean calling a road Sunset Boulevard…

Village life and idyllic beaches | The Philippines

Time to head back to paradise! It was good Friday and we’d been asking everyone if the jeepneys would be running to Nacpan but no one knew. Craig decided to walk to the bus terminal the night before to re-ask…he came back to realise his money had fallen out his ripped pocket. Man we were…

The most dramatic Island Scenery in the Philippines 

We saved the best island hopping trip till last and it was time to explore Bacuit Bay near El Nido. We were on a boat with about 18 people and were hoping to get a good group with some westerners to chat to but we ended up with lots of Filipinos, some monotone chaps and…

Island hopping, Dolphins and clown fish in Bohol

We based ourselves in Alona Beach, a popular stretch of white sand and clear blue sea. We thought it was rather pleasant but a lot of people complain about how busy it is, but maybe we were there at a good time. We had to wake super early for our 6am island hopping trip where…

The blue Kawasan Waterfalls, The Philippines

Panagsama Beach in Moalboal was much smaller and more chilled than we’d anticipated. A dirt track led close to the shore of a rocky beach and was lined with bars and restaurants. We hired out a motorbike to visit some sights in the area as it was cheaper to do this than get public transport….

Exploring Boracay’s other beaches

A tricycle took us all the way north to Puka, named after the abundant puka shells on the beach. The sea was rough but beautiful with every tone of blue shining in the sun. Some young lads played on skim boards and we enjoyed the breeze walking along the shores. It was too rough for…

Backpacking in Boracay

Plans can change last minute while travelling and we’d hoped to travel around Mindoro island, check out some of the loin-cloth wearing locals at the markets, visit Apo Reef and then get a ferry to Palawan. But upon calling the company we were told the ferry wasn’t running for another month or two. So, we…

Parasailing and beach life in Puerto Galera

Our first boat across to a tropical island wasn’t exactly the boat we’d expected. Instead of a sizeable ferry it was a brightly painted Bangka, basically a large wooden boat with bamboo stabilisers on each side tied together with fishing line. We were heading across to Puerto Galera on Mindoro Island and were so excited…

Giant crater lakes and Croatia’s highest mountains

The Biokovo mountain range seemed to just shoot up from Croatia’s coastline. The lower slopes were forested, but the vast majority was steep, grey rock rising over 1000m with sheer edges. It forms a wall along the coast and plateaus off at the top with numerous bumpy peaks including Croatia’s highest mountain at 1762m. We…

Incredible coastal drives in Croatia

There’s a 10km section along Croatia’s coastline that belongs to Bosnia. We’re not covered on our insurance to drive there, even though it’s a tiny, tiny section to drive, with our luck we’d probably crash. A bit like how we crashed in Hungary, the only country in Europe that fines you if you have an…