Duder Regional Park – A Rural Beachside Paradise on Auckland’s Doorstep

Though New Zealand is world-renowned for its beautiful hiking, it’s seldom Auckland that springs to mind.  With a number of fantastic hikes in the City of Sails, it’s definitely worth throwing your hiking boots or sneakers on though and getting out onto our clean, green trails; just prepare for our largest city to surprise you! The […]

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 Ultimate Guide to the Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Perfectly positioned, just off radar of many tourists, Guyana is an authentic, quiet achiever.  With the relaxed feel of the Caribbean, the tallest waterfall in the world (the Kaieteur Falls) and the raw, untouched beauty that the Amazon Rainforest delivers, this intriguing country offers so much to so many. And the best thing?  You’ll practically […]

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.  […]

!Xaus Lodge: A Unique Lodge in South Africa’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Having travelled widely throughout the African continent, Lottie had one last South African adventure to tick off before her return to the United Kingdom; the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  With varied accommodation options, she was intrigued by the community development aspect of !Xaus Lodge and jumped at the chance to find out more whilst exploring the region. […]

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 […]

Is Bhutan Worth Visiting? 10 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Bhutan Tour Right Away!

Bhutan is a unique travel destination that is yet to find its way into mainstream travel for many.  If you’re not already familiar with this incredible country, his guide will help convince you of why a Bhutan tour should be the next thing put on your credit card! Tucked away in the high Himalayas, nestled […]

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 […]

Travel in Comfort and Arrive Well Rested: Pro Tips To Get You Through!

Being able to hit the road and travel from time to time is a genuine luxury; one that we should feel blessed to be able to experience. Sometimes, however, when you’re midway through a 24-hour bus journey from hell and the aircon has just cut out, it can be easy to forget this! Doing your […]