Arriving in South Africa and staying in our first game reserve

We’ve been putting Southern Africa off for many years due to safety issues and whenever I read the FCO government website it instantly puts me off as the crime is extremely violent. But we have to remember we’re not the first tourists to visit and we can’t let the scary stories put us off. So…

The best beach in Mauritius | Le Morne

La Gaulette is a chilled little village set beside the sea with a backdrop of forested hills and hunting grounds. It’s not a nice area to swim or sunbath as it’s marshy, muddy and rocky, however it offers much more affordable accommodation than Le Morne which is just a few kilometres away and one of…

Exploring Mauritius by public bus| First stop Blue Bay

Mauritius is known for being an expensive honeymoon destination but I discovered it was just about possible to get a room for as little as €25, cheap street food and very affordable buses so it was decided, we’d fly to paradise! Mauritius sits in the Indian Ocean and was formed thousands of years ago by…

A budget layover in Dubai

We couldn’t decide where to go after Georgia, some countries we wanted to visit were still closed to tourism due to covid, others were deemed unsafe to travel by our government website. So then we considered returning to Asia but it’s the rainy season for most of those countries. We scratched our heads for a…

The four day hike from Mestia to Ushguli | Georgia

Mestia sits in the Upper Svaneti region of Georgia and it’s a major hub for mountain hiking. We checked into a really nice guesthouse for just €12 a night with cooking facilities which was a relief as we’re fed up with Georgian food and rude service already. Mestia marks the start of the very popular…

Hitchhiking to deserts, volcanoes and more in Armenia

We travelled from Georgia to Armenia in a shared taxi that drove like an absolute nutter. He was driving so fast that the police pulled him over and the first thing the driver asked was “skull ka?” which means how much? Who knows if it was a bribe or an official fine. We found a…

First impressions of Georgia | Food tasting and sulphur baths

Georgia has been on our bucket list for a few years now so we’re pretty excited to finally explore the country. We delayed our trip here so that the snow could melt and we’d be able to hike but as we landed in Kutaisi the weather wasn’t quite what we expected. Not only was it…

Exploring canyons and lakes in North Macedonia

We felt a little sad to leave Kosovo after meeting so many kind locals and we couldn’t of had more of a shock as we crossed the border into North Macedonia. To start with we had a rather rude welcome to the hostel in Skopje as I was midway through asking a question when the…

Our first impressions of Kosovo

Entering Kosovo wasn’t quite as simple as we’d hoped. We made our way through Serbia the day before, taking three buses and 9 hours of our time to reach the town of Novi Pazar. Just as we were going to bed we quickly checked the government website as we always do before entering a new…

Exploring the wild side of Serbia | Tara National Park

We crossed the border from Bosnia to Serbia and were immediately greeted by four lovely little stray dogs. It was interesting to see one act very nervously when a local went to stroke it but it came straight over to us for strokes so we were in heaven and really didn’t want to get back…