All Posts by CJ


About the Author

We are Cath & Andy, avid travellers who are either travelling or planning the next trip. Come along and join us for the ride as we house sit and explore new destinations. On Red Door Ponderings you will find destination guides, travel essentials we love, and information about long-term travel in your 40s and 50s with your significant other.

Jan 26

A Short Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam

By CJ | 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 […]

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Oct 29

Discover Petone, New Zealand

By CJ | New Zealand

Reading time: 10 Minutes Since selling our house in August we have been housesitting in the Wellington region.  In between house sits we have been staying in Petone, Lower Hutt. We recently had two weeks in Petone and love it. Petone is a lovely seaside suburb bordered by a beach that can be wild and […]

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Aug 29

Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

By CJ | Europe

 Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, London First things first, I am a Harry Potter geek, a Potterhead if you will.  I regularly read the books and have seen all the movies.  This was our first trip to Europe together, so we focused on doing all the things we really wanted.  So it was a […]

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Jul 30

Is Visiting Ho Chi Minh City Worth It?

By CJ | Asia

This Article may contain compensated links. Please read our Disclaimer for more information. Is visiting Ho Chi Minh City worth it? Undeniably yes.  Over the last few months, I have been asked by several friends, colleagues and family members about visiting Ho Chi Minh.  Is it worth it they ask? Yes! Is it safe? Yes! […]

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Jul 20

South East Asia Packing Essentials

By CJ | Asia

Heading to South East Asia and not sure what to pack?  This article may help you narrow down those items which must make it into your bag!Packing can be a pain in the butt. But you can take the hassle out of packing by making sure you have a small set of ‘go-to’ packing essential […]

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May 20

Top Things to do in Phnom Penh

By CJ | Asia

Cambodia is a wonderful country to visit.  One of the key places to visit in Cambodia is Phnom Penh.  We have been twice and enjoyed it both times.  South East Asia is one of our favourites areas to visit, and while we had visited Cambodia and Phnom Penh before we felt that we hadn’t really […]

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