Wild swimming in Taiwan’s clearest rivers

Craig woke me up at around 1am saying “we just had an earthquake!!” I was fast asleep and didn’t feel it but Craig felt the room shake for just a few seconds. Our phones had emergency messages on them from the government warning us about the earthquake and to take cover. It was 5.1 on…

Exploring Taroko Gorge | Taiwan

Hualien sits on the east coast of Taiwan, set on the shores of the bright blue pacific ocean and backed by forested mountains. Just an hour bus ride away is Taroko Gorge, a place high on my list for Taiwan. We arrived in Hualien by train and took our first afternoon easy with a stroll…

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…

Searching for the best beaches in Thailand

We delayed our visit to Thailand after realising the weather looked appalling and the monsoon season was lingering, causing flooding, landslides and a state of emergency…yet a month later the forecast was still predicting days of heavy rain. We didn’t want to wait any longer so we risked it and flew to Phuket. Less than…

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…

Waddling penguins and hiking around Cape Point | South Africa

After being warned about how dangerous the local minivans and trains can be in South Africa we opted for an Uber to take us from downtown Cape Town to a little village called Glencairn Heights. It was a very safe neighbourhood near a beach and would be our base for the next four days whilst…