Standin’on the corner in Winslow Arizona | Route 66

There was a little town on the map that caught my eye and resulted in a detour to reach it. The town was called Winslow and it sat along the historic Route 66 in Arizona. My surname is Winslow-Llewellyn (thanks to my parents being indecisive and giving me both their surnames and not thinking about…

The not-so-grand Grand Canyon

I don’t know if it was the weather or us but we just weren’t impressed with the Grand Canyon on our first visit in 2010. We slept near the entrance of the park in the National Forest, listening to howling wolves or coyotes during the night and waking up to a fresh layer of snow….

Husky Sledding in Northern Norway

Husky Sledding has always been on my list of things to do while travelling the world and at long last we managed to do it in the Norwegian Arctic. It was a two and a half hour drive to the husky farm on Andøya Island in Vesterålen and on the way we passed a dozen…

A scenic roadtrip through Vesterålen | Norway

There’s not many places in the world where you can see more wild animals than humans but we did exactly that on a recent roadtrip through Vesterålen. Craig was given the job of driving a group of guests to the most northerly point of the archipelago for a whale safari and I managed to grab…

A Traditional Norwegian Christmas in Senja | Northern Norway

Senja is an area of Norway I’ve longed to visit. It’s the second largest island in the country, shaped like a piece of jagged coral reef and home to some of the most dramatic mountains that drop directly into the sea. As luck would have it we were invited to join our host on a…

Swimming with Manta Rays on Ukulhas Island | The Maldives

Ukulhas island was the fourth and final local island we visited in the Maldives and our last chance for seeing manta rays. It’s a fairly popular island with a big selection of guesthouses, a few eaterys and an award for being an eco friendly island. Our guesthouse host met us at the jetty and he…

Exploring Thoddoo Island | The Maldives

Thoddoo Island is a bit of a black sheep sitting alone in the Indian Ocean just north of the cluster of islands that form the Ari Atoll. It’s encircled by a reef and best known for its large lagoon and it’s production of fruit. Even though it’s slightly removed from the Atoll, it’s still very…

Dolphins, Turtles and Coral Reef | The Maldives

I have a bit of an obsession with dolphins, I’ve always dreamed of seeing them swimming in the bow of a boat, jumping and playing in the sea around us. We pretty much experienced this in Alaska but instead of dolphins it was porpoises…to be fair their even cooler as they are back and white…

Wildlife Safari in Udawalawe National Park | Sri Lanka

From Tangalle we caught a couple of buses to Udawalawe National Park where we had chosen to do a safari. We had to change buses in Embilibitiya and that was supposed to take us directly to the village but the driver stopped at the road junction 3km from it and said we needed to get…

Blue Whale Watching and Dreamy Sunsets in Mirissa | Sri Lanka

Mirissa is a hip beach town about an hour away from Unnawatuna. It’s the perfect place to kickback and relax but its also a great base to see the worlds largest mammal – The Blue Whale. To see the whales we needed to go on a boat trip which cost about $30 per person and…

Eagle Safari in Vesterålen, Norway

One of the volunteers here told me that an eagles eyesight is so good that it’s the equivalent of a human standing on the roof of a ten story building and seeing an ant on the ground floor!! I didn’t know how true that was, but I was about to get an idea of their…

The untold stories of Vanlife | Part One

You see all the good times of vanlife smeared across social media these days, but is it really as idyllic as it looks? What you don’t see is the breakdowns, the expensive mechanics bills, the restless nights spent in dodgy car parks and the general shit times. It’s still our favourite way to explore the…