First impressions of Taiwan | Hot spring hotel in Jiaoxi

Taiwan is home to 260 summits over 3000m, more than 50% of the land is covered in vegetation, remote hot springs can be found beside raging rivers and there’s endless beaches with great surf…need I say more? It’s been on our list of places to visit for a few years and now it’s finally time…

From Africa to Nepal | A crazy last minute decision

We made a bit of a crazy decision. After our volunteering position in Zimbabwe turned from three weeks to one we had to basically change all our plans. We’d intended on spending a couple weeks volunteering in Botswana and then Namibia but seeing how challenging the construction jobs were in the heat and knowing how…

Volunteering in a remote village in Zimbabwe

I’m in a small concrete room in a remote corner of Zimbabwe. It’s the designated shower room and I’m scooping water over my body from a bucket on the floor. There’s a postcard-sized hole in the wall where I’ve placed my soap and I can see the setting sun which is turning a fiery red…

Exploring Victoria Falls and enjoying high tea with zebras

Our flight landed at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe just as the sun was going down. The air was balmy and not as hot as I was expecting which was a relief as my forecast said it was 38° every day. Border control was very quick but bizarre as the inspector said we couldn’t pay…

Exploring the colourful sights around Cape Town

We didn’t have much of a plan for Africa so as we sat on a deckchair admiring the rolling hills in the distance and zebras grazing nearby we clicked ‘confirm’ on a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. After our three weeks in Kruger we really didn’t know where to go next, we were thinking…

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…