Vietnam Itinerary Ideas: Old-School Photos to Inspire New Adventures

Recently pulling her old-school camera out of storage, Morgan challenged herself to capture the true essence of Vietnam.  There’s something so genuine and authentic about only having the one change to capture a memory, don’t you agree? Check out these fabulous Vietnam itinerary ideas and stay tuned for further posts about Morgan’s incredible visit to […]

Six Months on the Road: Colombia and USA – San Francisco & Hawai’i

After countless night buses, flights, dorm beds, hikes, new friends and once-in-a-lifetime experiences our six month adventure throughout South America is over!  As I sit here, back in New Zealand, it’s hard to believe how many miles we’ve put behind us and just how much we’ve seen. How lucky are we? … but now we’re […]

Flying with Falcons: A Serene Dawn Hot Air Balloon Experience Like No Other

Jade and Mark recently stopped over in Dubai as they flew through to New Zealand.  Top of their list?  A desert hot air balloon ride with a difference; retro Land Rovers, a luxe breakfast amongst the sand dunes, a glorious Arab sunrise and hot air balloons soaring alongside the iconic falcon – need we say […]

A Stylish Staycation: Reviewing A Day at the Ajman Hotel

There’s nothing quite like a staycation when you live in a part of the world that people dream of visiting.  The chance to escape reality and pretend you’re on holiday, all without the expense of flights and the hassle of extended travel times. After a hard and extra stressful work week, I couldn’t wait to […]

A Guide to the Cocora Valley – Salento, Colombia – Home to the Tallest Palm Trees in the World!

One of the most recognisable tourist attractions in Colombia, the Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora) is home to the country’s national tree and symbol, the towering Quindío wax palm.  An easy trip from Salento, the region was our favourite and a must-see on any Colombian itinerary. Formed in 1985 (which might I add, was a mighty […]

Ecuador Island Guide – The Best Galápagos Islands to Visit!

Recently, we returned from the most incredible trip through the Galápagos Islands.  Before our cruise though, we considered many different itineraries whilst on the hunt to find the ‘best’ Galápagos Islands to visit.  Which islands were must-sees?  Was a cruise really the best way to get around?  We’ll share more about why a cruise is absolutely the […]

Five Months on the Road in South America – Ecuador & Colombia

Our penultimate month in South America (that’s right, five down, only one to go!) was a welcome change from the backpacking we’ve been enjoying for the majority of our trip.  We returned to our Abu Dhabi roots and soaked in the more luxurious side of Ecuador – after all, nobody has the budget for five-star hotels […]

Comuna 13: Touring What Was Medellín’s Most Dangerous District

Violence and lawlessness was rife in what was one of the most dangerous barrios (districts) of the most dangerous city in the world.  Citizens were short on money and opportunity and were often left with nowhere to turn. Life was tough in Comuna 13. This was the most dangerous barrio in Medellín.  It was impossible […]

Salento Travel Guide: Buses to/from Medellín and Bogota

If you’re travelling to Medellín or Bogota and have a little extra time up your sleeve, you’ll want to include a visit to Salento – the only question is how you’ll get there.  Regardless of which city you’re travelling from, this guide will help ensure you make it to and from the quaint town of Salento safely, […]

How to Get to the Swing at the End of the World: Baños, Ecuador

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen carefree travellers flinging themselves off what appears to be a swing perched precariously on the top of a mountain – feet danging right off the end of the world, so to speak. In reality, the swings are nowhere near as dangerous as they might appear.  […]

Four Months on the Road in South America – Peru & Ecuador

Laguna Churup Huaraz Peru

We’re a little over four months in and a have a little less than two months to go on this massive, diverse continent!  It’s hard to really comprehend just how much we’ve seen but at the same time, the more we speak to other travellers, the more we realise there is to see. With flights […]

Amazon Planet: Your Ticket to the Peruvian Amazon

The Amazon, without doubt, is a real bucket list destination for any nature lover.  With an ecosystem like no other, it’s one of the last true wilds in the world. When we initially planned our visit to South America, we did so with a loose plan and a number of must-see spots in mind – […]

Oh, You Count Countries, Do You?

Like the ongoing debate as to whether you’re a traveller or a tourist, others also debate whether counting countries has value or is a shallow pursuit. For those days do count countries, does stepping foot out of an airport count? Maybe spending a night?  Are you really seeing a country if you fly from point […]

Hiking Laguna Humantay – Cusco: More Than Machu Picchu

Cusco is known across the world as the gateway to Machu Picchu, the most iconic of all the Inca sites.  With so much to see in this region, those skipping through whilst only visiting the Lost City of the Incas are only tapping the surface of what’s on offer.   Join us as we explore many of […]

Three Months on the Road in South America – Brazil, Bolivia, Chile & Peru

Another month in South America is behind us and for the life of me, I don’t know where the time’s going! As we have in previous months, this post is designed to give you a summary of our recent adventures and help those of you considering a similar trip plan your route and budget. We’re […]

EcoCamp Patagonia – Reviewing Torres del Paine’s Bucket-List Glamping

With the Towers piercing the dawning sky and the wild Patagonian winds swirling around, there’s no better place to be curled up in Torres del Paine than at EcoCamp.  Recently we had the pleasure of staying at this incredible property in an equally incredible part of the world.  Having read countless reviews online it was […]