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…

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…

Hiking for 9 days to Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill | Nepal

We spent 9 days hiking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal so we could stand beneath some of the worlds highest mountains. We opted to hike the route independently, without a guide or porter after our previous disaster with a porter ten years ago who we basically had to fire because he was so slow…

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…

A day trip to Chobe National Park | Botswana

Seeing as Chobe National Park in Botswana was only an hours drive from where we were staying in Zambia we decided to do a day trip there. It wasn’t an easy decision though, the trip was bloomin’ expensive and we’d of preferred to stay overnight but our visa only allowed day trips to Botswana. In…

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…