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9 Reasons to Make Sri Lanka Your Next Holiday Destination!

Sigiriya Sri Lanka - 9 Reasons to Visit

Sri Lanka is absolutely gorgeous.  It’s wild and a little chaotic at times but undoubtedly stunning. With an abundance of culture, nature, and excitement, Sri Lanka plays host as the perfect holiday destination. Find out why we would recommend a visit to this striking island nation for practically everyone…  1. Diverse Scenery From white […]

The Beginners Guide to Rio Carnival – Everything You Need to Know

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Bedazzled samba dancers parade through the streets, drunken revellers party until the early hours, vendors throw sweet caipirinhas into heaving crowds and a mass of beautiful people dance and sing their way late into the hot summer nights.  If you haven’t heard of Rio Carnival, let me introduce you… Carnival is celebrated in towns and […]

Sri Lanka’s Turtle Hatcheries: Why we arrived excited and left early & disappointed

Both Nathan and I are suckers for sea creatures.  From getting excited about spotting the tiniest little nudibranch whilst out on a dive to watching gigantic blue whales breach the surface of the ocean – we love it all. It makes sense then that when we decided to come to Sri Lanka, a visit to a […]

Adventure & Glamping in Sri Lanka – Not Your Average All-Inclusive!

Borderlands - Adventure glamping in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an amazing country.  With so many amazing places to visit in Sri Lanka, it can be hard to figure out exactly where you just have to go, but luckily for you, we’ve narrowed down one absolute must-do for adventure seekers and nature lovers! An easy drive from Colombo you’ll find Borderlands, an […]

Staying on a Working Sri Lankan Plantation – Horathapola Estate

Horathapola Estate Sri Lanka review Red Dot Tours

How many hotels do you know that would check you in at 5.30am, graciously welcoming you with a fresh coconut and showing you to your room (when you don’t officially check in until later that afternoon)? Prior to our visit to Sri Lanka, I would have said not one hotel would generally provide that level […]

Plan Your Visit to Sri Lanka! Our Two Week Itinerary

Is there any better feeling than that experienced the day or two before you head off on holiday? That feeling of excitement as you head off into the unknown, ready to soak up new sights, experiences and cultures. Sri Lanka’s not a place I ever thought I’d get to but later today we’ll be jetting […]

Kex: A Funky, Affordable Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex Hostel review Reykjavik Iceland

Iceland is has a well-deserved reputation for being drop-dead-gorgeous.  It is. It also has a reputation for being fairly expensive.  For the most part, that’s true too. It’s not generally considered a budget destination – though travelling with minimal funds certainly is possible. Though we tend to stay in more private, comfortable accommodation options these […]

Dubai: Home to the Largest Inflatable Water Park in the World!

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Dubai is a city that pushes boundaries; if they can build it bigger, better, taller or more complex then you can be certain that this city will! This attitude extends to all facets of life, so it’s no wonder that when the idea of building the world’s largest water obstacle course was hatched, that it was […]

A Weekend Itinerary in Doha – Why You Shouldn’t Just Fly Through Qatar!

With a weekend to spare, Nathan and I decided to hop over to Doha, Qatar.  Though I work with a number of teachers that have lived in Doha in the past, I’d heard mixed things about just how worthwhile the city was. Is it work a stopover if you’re flying through?  Should you book a flight […]

Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Better Than Iceland’s Golden Circle!

Some things just feel like they were meant to be. Places, rugged and wild, that are so gorgeous, they just have to be seen.  Iceland was that for us. Likewise, some people seem like they were born into their jobs, a perfect fit for what they’re doing.  Bessi of Moonwalker tours is the epitome of someone who’s […]

Adam’s Peak: A Spiritual Awakening in Sri Lanka (with Amazing Views to Boot!)

Adam's Peak Sri Lanka

Adam’s Peak is a mountain located in central Sri Lanka (known locally as Sri Pada), the mountain is famed for the “sacred footprint”, though who the footprint belongs to will differ depending on your religion. Buddhists believe the footprint was left by Buddha, Hindus claim it belongs to Lord Shiva whilst Muslims and Christians consider it to […]

Chasing Sunshine: Malta in the Wintertime

Malta in the Wintertime - A sunny winter getaway option in Europe

Christmas holidays for a Kiwi means warm weather, beaches, BBQ’s and lots of time with family and friends outdoors in the sun. So when I experienced my first cold Christmas in London, overindulging on an array of cheeses, cold cuts and carbs with the usual bad Christmas movies on TV it brought mixed feelings…  Feelings […]

How to Pick an African Overland Tour – A Guide to Booking the Trip of a Lifetime

Sarah recently planned an overland trip in Africa (without spending a fortune which is no easy feat).  This post shares her top tips to help you select the perfect budget overland trip for your needs. Overlanding and travelling in Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – one that I had been dreaming of since I was a young […]

Jebel Jais Via Ferrata – The UAE’s Newest and Best Adventure Activity!

Ras Al Khaimah, with its towering canyons and cloud-peircing mountain peeks feels a little out of place compared to the stereotypical view of the United Arab Emirates.  Dazzling skyscrapers, mind-blowing super cars and endless sand dunes, are all expected, but visitors generally don’t generally associate the UAE with such a natural, rugged beauty. Those that don’t […]

Taking on Taupo: A Two Day Itinerary – Prawn Fishing and Huka Falls (Day One)

When you live in a place like New Zealand, it’s all too easy to over-look its beauty.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been to Taupo before and enjoyed it but mostly when I was a child (and would’ve enjoyed anything). As I grew older, I would generally drive through it, as a way to get […]

Living It Up in Muscat, Oman – Pure Luxury at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, sitting just 20 minutes out of Muscat, represents pure luxury in the Sultanate of Oman.  So much more than just a resort, there is no delaying denying where you are – this hotel offers world-class hospitality, the most incredible Omani backdrop and a range of services to ensure […]

Iceland’s South Coast – Exploring with Arctic Tours

Iceland, widely known as the land of fire and ice, is a country of extremes.  Gorgeous, breathtaking, incredible extremes. During our time on this stunning island, we joined Hörður on a winter tour of Iceland’s South Coast – an experience we enjoyed every moment of. Whether you plan on joining a tour with Arctic Tours Iceland […]

A 2.5 Hour Drive from Abu Dhabi but a World Away: Jebel Dhanna’s Beachfront Paradise

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Only two and a half hours from the buzz of Abu Dhabi City, you’ll find Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, a welcome reprise from the rush of everyday life. Located on the shore of the mainland, opposite Sir Bani Yas Island, guests benefit from many of the perks of being near this natural reserve without the often-hefty price […]

5 Reasons You Need to Visit Oman Right Now!

5 reasons you need to visit Oman right now

For many, Oman is an unknown quantity. Located in the Middle East – bordering the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen – with gorgeous shorelines provided thanks to the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea, it’s not a destination that often registers on travellers’ bucket-lists. Oman should, however, be top of your list! This diverse […]