Wild storms and glowing rocks at Monument Valley | Arizona

It was a bit out of our way to visit Monument Valley but we didn’t do the area justice 9 years ago as we were too budget conscious to pay the $20 entrance fee. So this time we headed back and storms followed us the whole way. You can get some views for free from…

Rainy season on a beach in Koh Chang | Thailand

As we stepped off the plane in Bangkok we were hit by a wall of heat and humidity. It was wet, our skin instantly felt damp and after a long day flying from Uzbekistan we probably smelt damp too. The temperature was 10 degrees cooler than the Stan’s yet the humidity was quite stifling. It…

Wild weather, stunning beaches and spicy food in Tulum

A smooth flight took us over the Florida keys and across the Gulf of Mexico landing us in sunny Cancun for a nine day little holiday – a bizarre concept for us long term travellers. We arrived in a very organised airport with toilets much cleaner and more modern than the squaller ones at Fort…

First day in the Rockies and our jaws have dropped

I don’t know if it was the blue skies or just the pure happiness of being back in the mountains but we had quite the spring in our step as we climbed 2200ft up the Sulphur Skyline. It was our first hike in Jasper National Park and we’d woken up at 7am which was a…

The mountains to the prairies

We’re in a mountain sandwich but the filling is shit. We left the stunning northern Rockies and have been driving for quite a few days through nothing but forest. Occasionally the scenery changed to burnt forests where wildfires had charred the surroundings leaving nothing but black tree trunks and a ground covered in bright pink…

Snow in the ancient town of Fenghuang

We were a bit reluctant about visiting Fenghuang due to its extortionate entrance fee of £15, but we’d regret not going so we went along. Vigilant guards (locals in red jackets) checked tickets at every entrance to the Old Town so there was no way around it. We popped into a couple hotels until we…

A mist-ical day at Zhanjiajie

We had a four day pass at Wulingyuan Scenic Area and even though the weather wasn’t great we decided to head back and try a new area of the park. After an hours hike our plans went a bit tits up as the trail we planned to take was closed for repair. We had about…

Vertigo on China’s insane cliff walks

Just a five minute walk from our hotel we were whisked up Tianmen Mountain on the worlds longest cable car. It took 30 minutes to reach the top just over 7 kilometres away.    Tianmen Mountain is a high plateau with sheer edges on all sides. We practically brushed past bushes and trees and creaked…

Up in the clouds of Huangshan

– photos at bottom of blog – Mount Huangshan, otherwise known as the yellow mountains are said to be among the most impressive of China’s mountains. So as nature lovers we had to visit the area. After battling through Hangzhou’s traffic in a battered taxi full of cctv cameras we got a bus from the…

Top 5 places to revisit

We try to never make decisions that we will regret…but I’m a terrible decision maker and Craig isn’t much better, so it’s inevitable that there’s a few things we’ve missed out on. Maybe we’ve made some bad choices in the past, but when you travel for such a long period of time it’s hard to…

Storm chasing our way to Andorra

We experienced one of our worst storms the other night that seemed to just torment us and circle around Pablo for hours. Flashes of lightning were beaming through the cracks in our curtains and the rumbles of thunder became louder and more frequent; I barely got to ‘one Mississippi’ before the next one hit. The…