Category Archives: Europe

Escape Rooms: Thinking Outside of the Box

Every day, all around the world, people are paying to be locked in a room.  Ten years ago this concept would have been unheard of but now escape rooms are featured in most major cities and heck are they fun! We’ve been through a number of escape rooms in Europe now, each and every one unique […]

Plitvice Lakes: Heaven on Earth

Plitvice Lakes National Park is gorgeous beyond compare.  One of the oldest national parks in South-East Europe, and the largest in Croatia, this aquatic wonderland attracts visitors from all around the world. The sixteen lakes, each connected by a series of waterfalls, are set deep in the Croatian wilderness.  These lakes stretch out over eight kilometres […]

How NOT to Do Dubrovnik

Avoid disaster in Dubrovnik

Our recent trip to Dubrovnik wasn’t quite what we expected; we fell in love with the city itself but we encountered a few unexpected challenges during our time in the walled city.  So you don’t make the mistakes we did, we’ve put together the following guide for you. We’re here to tell you precisely what you […]

Sarajevo: Bobsled Track or Battlefield?

Sarajevo old olympic bobsled track exploring kiwis

Growing up, my main connection to Bosnia was through news coverage of the civil war that broke out across Yugoslavia.  At the time, I was too young to understand the reasons for the war but through our travels in the Balkans, we’ve developed a much better understanding of how and why things unfolded in the […]

Lake Bled: The Star of Slovenia

Lake Bled has become an icon, synonymous with Slovenia, for good reason – it is absolutely breathtaking. The crystal clear waters are surprisingly warm in July and the mountains that surround the lake and the lush forest around it, frame it perfectly. How Do I Get to Lake Bled? To get to Lake Bled from […]

A Tuk Tuk in Dubrovnik? How to See the City from a Different Perspective

Eco Tuk Tours Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik has long been known for it’s incredible history and striking appearance but it’s now home to a little taste of Thailand too – the much loved tuk tuk! Eco Tuk Tours has been up and running in Dubrovnik since the beginning of the summer season, offering visitors a fun and unique way to see […]

Making a Splash – Canyoning in Croatia

Canyoning Croatia

We’ve been fortunate to try our hand at a range of activities (both on this trip and in years gone by) but few compare to the canyoning adventure we were treated to yesterday with Iris Adventures. Canyoning is not only a physical challenge but a mental one as well.  Standing atop a 50 metre clifftop, […]

Walking in Dad’s Footsteps – The Amalfi Coast

Guide amalfi coast

There’s no doubt that I inherited my love of travel from my parents; from a young age they took me travelling and opened my eyes to the world around us. Sadly my dad passed away a little over a year ago but as we knew he was sick, we were able to spend a substantial […]

Drifting Down the Kolpa: Canoeing in Slovenia

As the second greenest country within Europe, Slovenia is home to some of the most striking natural beauty found anywhere in the region.  Pristine rivers, crystal clear lakes, natural springs, rich farmland and untouched forests; Slovenia is a nature-lover’s paradise.  Even better, is the Kolpa River – it’s like Slovenia’s highly guarded secret, only we’re going […]

Your Guide to Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre; hard to say and even harder to forget (which is saying a lot as I’m still not really sure how to pronounce it properly!) Having seen countless photographs online, I couldn’t help but wonder if it could possibly live up to the high expectations I’d set but it did that and more. Cinque […]

Captivating Capri

Just off the coast of Western Italy, lays the island of Capri. This small island plays host to the rich and famous alongside your average holiday maker looking to enjoy the Italian sun. Capri Highlights This beautiful island has a number of attractions, all based around its beautiful scenery. Sharing the same coastline as the […]

48 Hours in Florence, Italy

In the lead-up to our big summer Europe trip I’d done lots of research regarding how we might spend our time in certain areas but didn’t make it to planning our visit to Florence (outside of accommodation and transport in/out) – we ran out of time to do so and because of this, the city was to […]

A Foodie’s Paradise: Eating Italy – Rome (+ Your Discount Code!)

There are few countries as synonymous for their food as Italy; even before setting foot here, we were aware of how Italians cherish their food and the traditions that come with it.  It seemed inevitable then, that part of our time in Italy’s capital city, Rome, would be spent checking out some of their local dishes […]

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower Pisa

A couple of days ago we travelled from Florence through to Sarzana (which is just out of Cinque Terre), passing directly through Pisa in the process.  Both Nathan and I remember being intrigued by the Leaning Tower of Pisa as youngsters but as adults we’d been told by a number of people that the tower and […]

Venice – The City of Bridges

Venice Exploring Kiwis

Venice is one of those places that you feel like you’ve seen even if you’ve never been.  Iconic images of canals and gondolas aren’t hard to conjure up, but having now visited, it’s pretty clear to me that there’s really nothing seeing it for yourself. The cities’ 100+ islands are connected to the mainland by […]

Murano and Burano – Venice’s Neighbouring Islands

Not far from Venice, amongst the most romantic of cities, lies a number of smaller but equally memorable towns.  If you’re got a little spare time up your sleeve, why not make a day of it and head over to Burano and Burano from Venice… Murano Murano feels like a glimpse into the Venice of […]