Snorkelling with turtles at Akumal | Mexico

Our Airbnb host kindly offered to take us on a day trip for cheaper than the bus so we were happy to be chauffeured around. I think she enjoyed the company and it worked out well for us too. We headed north to Akumal which is home to a pretty beach with a calm, curved…

Let the Alaskan road trip begin

Daphne, Craig and I said farewell to Anchorage and drove east along the Seward Highway. The sky was the clearest it had been since we’d arrived in Alaska and we felt like we were constantly surrounded by mountains, probably because we were! The road wiggled along the coastline with the Turnagain Arm to our right…

Our fifth campervan conversion | Alaska

We ended up spending four days in Anchorage converting Daphne from a passenger van into a home. She will be our 5th van conversion and I feel like we are almost pros at it now. We scrubbed, shampooed and hoovered the carpet, gave her a good clean on the inside and outside, and then spent…

Incredible rock pools along Oahu’s wild coast

We arrived at Hanauma Bay an hour later than planned thanks to us missing the bus, not just missing it but watching it go past on the road parallel to us. Brilliant. Hanauma bay was formed in a volcano cone beside the coast and over time seawater has flooded it creating a diverse area for…

Swimming with dolphins in the wild | Hawaii

There’s something very special about swimming with dolphins in the wild; they decide if they swim with you, they’re not kept in a horrible glass tank and passed from one tourists to another or forced to perform tricks for food. In the wild they come and go as they please, they hunt their own food…

Shark cage tour in Oahu | Hawaii

The north shore of O’ahu is home to world famous waves and a variety of sharks. We’re only good at riding basic waves so we left that for the pros and decided to go on a Shark Cage tour splashing out $100 for the trip from Haleiwa. We decided to save a few pennies on…

Surfing with turtles and hiking Maui’s valleys

The first day we went surfing in Maui we lasted a mere two minutes before a lifeguard on a jet ski zoomed past telling everyone to get out of the sea as a shark had been spotted. All of the coast around our Airbnb house and surf board rental place was closed for the rest…

Unusual beaches along the Hana Highway

As we set off for our second roadtrip along the Hana Highway we had our windscreen wipers on full whack. All the beautiful waterfalls with inviting waterholes were now wild torrents with brown water gushing down forming whirl pools. We’d envisioned a day of jumping in the refreshing pools but we’d have a death wish…

The wild deer of Nara and 30,000 cherry trees, Japan

It was a miserable day and totally pouring with rain but we didn’t have any spare time to kill so headed to Nara as planned. A very wet walk even in our ponchos took us to Nara Park which wasn’t a typical park and lots of roads cut through it. The park is home to…

Exploring Kyoto’s top sights

The bamboo grove of Arashayama is an image I’ve seen posted online numerous times and finally it was our chance to see it. Sadly everyone else had the same idea…it was heaving and totally impossible to take a photo without anyone else in it. The bamboo forest wasn’t as vast as I expected, just a…

Geisha, shrines and cherry blossoms in Kyoto

We wanted to stay in Kyoto but everything was way out of our price range so we ended up in a cheap hotel in Osaka where 5 nights cost the same as one in Kyoto. They managed to offer the rooms so cheaply by not cleaning the bedding. I was furious. It looked like a…

A unique village in the Japanese Alps

The bus to Shirakawa-Go in the Japanese Alps wasn’t covered by our JR pass and cost us a whopping £30 each for a return ticket. It only took 50 minutes to reach the UNESCO village along empty roads and lots of tunnels. It began raining as we arrived and wasn’t the best weather but when…