• Guide to Buying the Best Travel Backpack
    Travel Gear

    Guide to Buying the Best Travel Backpack

    A travel backpack is that key piece of equipment that can make your journey easier or just plain painful.  Choosing the right backpack for travelling can make or break your trip or budget! We have been on many trips over the years and used a wide variety of backpacks and know what it means to have chosen the wrong backpack – and so does my husband as I complained non-stop while wearing an ill-fitting, too large or uncomfortable pack!  So, choosing the right backpack is a big decision and one that can impact on your journey from day 1! Continue Reading

  • long term travel
    Blog,  Travel planning,  Travel Resources

    Getting Ready for Long Term Travel

    Making the decision to undertake long term travel can be daunting. Find out how to get ready for a long trip, develop a long term travel packing checklist and a few long term travel tips and tricks. Long Term Travel has long been a dream of ours. In November we packed up our lives and set off on our adventure of a lifetime through long term travel – this post is about what we did to get ready and what we have learnt so far.  After decades of working hard we made the leap into the unknown, sold our house and set off to travel and explore the world  So now,…

  • paris in winter
    Europe,  France

    Paris in Winter

    Visiting Paris in Winter is a great way of experiencing this wonderful city, without the queues! Find out the best things to do, eat and places to stay when visiting Paris in Winter. This Article may contain compensated links. Please read our Disclaimer for more information. When is the best time to travel to Paris? We think it is Winter! Paris in Winter doesn’t necessarily have the same romantic ring as Springtime in Paris – but it is definitely worth checking out this wonderful city in the colder months.  The last time we were in Paris had been in July – the weather was stunning, the Tour de France was…

  • Phu Quoc Island
    Asia,  Vietnam

    Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Visiting Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam as a couple or family is simple, straightfoward and safe. Find out what we did and where we stayed. This Article may contain compensated links. Please read our Disclaimer for more information. Phú Quốc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand.  If you look at a map it looks like it is closer to Cambodia than Vietnam – but that is a whole other story.  We visited Phu Quoc Island in late December.  While we had been to Vietnam several times before we had never ventured to this lovely little island.  We chose Phu Quoc we had…

  • visiting stonehenge

    Visiting Stonehenge

    Visiting Stonehenge in Amsebury, UK is a once in a life time opportunity. Find out how to get there, where to stay and how to visit Stonehenge. This Article may contain compensated links. Please read our Disclaimer for more information. Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument.  As we were house sitting in Wiltshire, only an hour away,  we decided on a day excursion. Visiting Stonehenge is truly an extraordinary experience.  As children we watched many tv programmes about the mysteries of the henge, so a Stonehenge trip was always going to be on our list.  The bonus of going on a sunny Winter’s day is that we didn’t…

  • how to get your first house sit
    House Sitting,  Travel Essentials,  Travel Resources

    How to get your first Housesit

    So, you want to be a House Sitter? Housesitting is a wonderful way to discover new parts of the world, meet new people and connect with animals.  Since selling our house in the middle of 2017 we have been house sitting.  We spent six months house sitting in our hometown Wellington, New Zealand and are now housesitting in the UK and Europe. What is house sitting? House sitting is where you look after someones home and pets (more often than not) while they are out of town.  We love house sitting and this post describes how to get your first house sit, where to find house sits and what to…

  • a short stay in Hanoi

    A Short Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam

    A short stay in Hanoi, Vietnam. First impressions of our first visit to Hanoi, Vietnam. Find out where we stayed, what we did and what we ate. This Article may contain compensated links.  Please read our Disclaimer for more information. Hanoi, Vietnam is a great place for first time visitors to Vietnam or even South East Asia.  It is a safe city, easy to get around and a great way to start your exploration of Vietnam.  Hanoi is different to Ho Chi Minh City, in that it is a busy city but not as overwhelming as Ho Chi Minh City can be. Our first visit to Vietnam was in 2014, and…

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