Author Archives: Sarah - Exploring Kiwis

The Phong Nha Caves: Finding Strength in the Vietnamese Jungle

Having recently returned from a three-day/two-night jungle caving adventure through Central Vietnam (in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park), Nathan and I reflected on what was one of our greatest physical and mental challenges to date.  Find out why we recommend taking things up a notch on your next holiday – because anyone can lay on […]

Hiking New Zealand: South Island Treasures That Are Worth the Effort

New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world; towering mountain ranges, crystal-clear waterways, lush forestry and echoing birdsong, travellers are spoilt for choice in Aotearoa. How better to see New Zealand’s beauty than to slip on your hiking boots and get out exploring? Having recently returned home to the […]

Lune Production: Hoi An’s Must-See Cultural Cirque Stage Show!

Hoi An is now home to Lune Production, an incredible group of artists combining the best of modern dance, circus arts and traditional Vietnamese story telling.  Is it one of the top tourist activities in Central Vietnam though?  We certainly think so! Set inside a custom-built dome tent, encased in modern geometric bamboo designs, the Lune […]

The XO Foodie Tour: Why a Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike is a HCMC Must-Do!

Ho Chi Minh City is awash with energy; its motorbikes and foodie culture playing a significant role in the buzz that guests experience when visiting Vietnam’s most populous city.   It almost goes without saying then that one of the best ways to really experience Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) as a traveller is to jump […]

10 Tips to Maximize Your Family Adventure Holiday

When I think back to the best memories I had as a child, they were almost always from adventures we took as a family – sometimes close to home and (very fortunately for me) also abroad. Let’s face it though, travelling with kids isn’t always easy. With that said though, given a few handy tips […]

Mashpi Lodge: Luxury in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

Deep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, a little over three hours from Quito, lays Masphi Lodge.  Recognised as one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and uncovered by the BBC in Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, this is not your standard lodge – far from it. Set on 3,200 acres of […]

Blade and Shade Eyebrows: Beauty Made Easy (& Where to Find the Best Microblading in Auckland!)

Having considered microblading for months, I decided to finally take the plunge and have Amanda Guerin sort me out with a set of gorgeous semi-permanent eyebrows.  To share my experience, I’ve jotted down all of my thoughts and have done my best to answer all of the questions that I had prior to my treatment.  […]

Laguna Churup: A Guide to Some of the Best Day Hiking in Peru

Laguna Churup lake

Huaraz in Northern Peru attracts adventurous travelers for one reason; it is home to Cordillera Blanca and some of the most incredible hiking in the country. Though Laguna Churup was unknown to us before arriving in Huaraz, it quickly became a favourite of ours.  In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s one […]

The Best 7 Day Galapagos Cruise – Life in the Lap of Luxury Onboard the Ecoventura Origin

When we first started planning out our South American adventure, we knew the Galapagos Islands were at the very top of our wishlist, along with other key highlights like Patagonia, Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Flats.  What we weren’t expecting though was for the Galapagos to take out not only the top spot amongst […]

How to Pack Light for South America

Having spent six months travelling throughout South and North America with only a 40L pack and day bag each, we’ve learnt exactly what’s essential and what’s better left at home.  This no-fuss guide will help you to pack light for your South America travels too! The truth is, in my day-to-day life, I’m a bit […]

Huacachina Tours – Sandboarding, Dune Buggies & More

A small village in south-western Peru, Huacachina is home to the only natural desert oasis in all of South America.  Just west of the city of Ica, this area draws tourists in for its many bars, unique outlook and of course, for a good blat on the sand dunes. What Does a Huacachina Tour Include? Heaps of […]

The Most Overrated Country in South America – It Might Surprise You!

Sometimes a place really takes you by surprise.  Sometimes it’s amazing – filled with unexpected highlights and memories that will stay with you forever. And sometimes you get to Colombia and just don’t understand what the fuss is all about! Having travelled from Chile and Argentina, heading North over five months, it felt like all […]

Plan the Perfect South America Travel Route – We Don’t Mind if You Pinch Ours!

After months of planning, talking to countless travellers, researching our hearts out and finally spending six months on the road, we’re pleased to be able to share our very own South American travel route. We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to! If you’re headed to South America (specifically Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, […]

The Best of the Best in South America – 12 Experiences You Can’t Miss!

With a landmass of 17.84 million km², there’s no denying that South America is a big place; in all honesty, the continent is massive!  With so much to explore and so much land to cover, itinerary planning can very quickly start to feel more than a little overwhelming. After six months spent covering a great deal of South […]

Into the Deep in Hawaii: Reviewing Fair Wind Snorkeling Cruises

If there’s one thing that both Nathan and I enjoy, it’s snorkeling and if there’s one place we never get sick of, it’s Hawai’i. Unsurprisingly then, when we finally made it over to the Big Island, getting into the water was the top of our to-do list!  Aside from a night swim with the incredible […]

Buses in South America: The Ultimate Coach Transport Travel Guide

Buses are a great means of transport throughout South America.  With many benefits and only a few shortcomings, they’re an affordable and reliable option to get you from A to B on this massive continent.  Navigating the bus system isn’t without its share of challenges for foreigners though.  This guide sums up everything we learnt […]