Category Archives: Travel

Fun in the Sun – Aquaventure, Dubai

The weather here in the United Arab Emirates is starting to warm up again, so before the crazy heat sends us racing for the confined, air-conditioned comfort of the malls, we figured it was time to check out Aquaventures over in Dubai.   This iconic water park sits to the side of the Atlantis hotel, the jewel […]

Finding Paradise on Zanzibar’s Southern Coast

We’d heard mixed things about Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania, in Eastern Africa – some of the people we know that had visited previously loved it (and their pictures certainly made it look gorgeous!) but we’d heard from other people that it wasn’t particularly safe or didn’t tick the boxes they were […]

Living in the Middle East – Just how safe is it for a woman flying solo?

It’s funny the road life takes you down.  As I sit here typing this, I’m in my apartment in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi City, having just welcomed a single friend to my relatively new stomping-ground.  Though my husband Nathan made the move with me, he’s spent over two of the last six months back […]

10 Tips to Help you see Petra like a Local

I didn’t realise how much I wanted to see the ancient cliffside carvings of Petra until travelling to the Middle East became a reality for us… once our move to Abu Dhabi got locked in, however, it was almost all I could think of!  Everywhere I turned, I spotted incredible photos of the infamous Lost […]

The Real Abu Dhabi Experience: An Evening Amongst the Dunes

The United Arab Emirates, with it’s outstretched sky scrapers and vast sand dunes does a spectacular job of highlighting the differences between modern living and traditional ways of life… If there’s one thing you do whilst exploring the contradictory nature of the UAE, make it a desert safari! After being collected from a local shopping centre at […]

An Introduction to Teaching in Southern Spain with Sonja

Welcome to the first of (what will hopefully be many posts) featuring teachers from around the world. For people with a love of travelling, teaching is sometimes seen as a way to see the world whilst drawing a steady income and immersing themselves in the local culture.  Teaching can of course be a fabulously fulfilling vocation, […]

What’s it like to teach in the UAE?

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Lottie of Princess in a Caravan about what it’s really like to live and teach in the United Arab Emirates – specifically in Abu Dhabi.  Lottie worked as a recruitment consultant for one of the largest teaching recruitment companies in the UAE and it was an honour to be featured […]

My Greatest Adventure – A Travel Linkup

Over the years I’ve been very fortunate to head off on a number of adventures (in fact I’m sitting here typing this from our new home in Abu Dhabi and I’ve been sky diving and bungy jumping more times than most people would ever want to) but nailing one in particular down is surprisingly easy. Up […]

Warming up in the Thermal Baths in Budapest

Prior to arriving in Budapest, the one thing we were determined to do was to visit the thermal baths.  These warm-water swimming pools are a throwback to when the Greeks, Romans and Turks made Budapest their home, whilst they now serve to relax travellers and locals alike.  The natural, geo-thermal water is known for it’s medicinal benefits, […]

The Best Free View in Abu Dhabi City (no strings attached!)

We love living in the UAE and though it’s not as expensive as many people imagine, there also wouldn’t be many that would describe it as cheap either. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have spectacular views but unfortunately many of these places cost a small fortune to visit – some will let you in for […]

Your Essential Four Day Itinerary in Jordan

There really are not enough superlatives to do Jordan any level of justice when describing it!  The people were incredibly warm and friendly and we enjoyed soaking up the landmarks that until then, we’d only dreamed of being able to visit. We had the absolute time of our lives on our recent trip to Jordan, and […]

Cruising – Is it for me?

If you asked me two years ago, I’d have been surprised at my answer, but now?  Absolutely, cruising could be the perfect choice for you! We spent a long time time intentionally avoiding cruises… maybe it was the cliched images of elderly people hobbling along the decks (not that we have a problem with older […]

Teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE: Your Questions Answered!

This time last year we made the decision to relocate to the United Arab Emirates and only six months ago we packed up our belongings and prepared to make the move. I’ll never forget the moment my job offer came through and the wave of anxiety we both felt as the months and months of research […]

We’re off to Africa!

Since moving to the UAE, we’ve already been fortunate to travel to a new continent (Europe, we’re talking to you!) and I’m excited to say we’ll soon be venturing to another… the wild vastness of Africa! We’ve pencilled together an itinerary that looks something like this: Tanzania – Zanzibar for some beach time (snorkelling, diving […]

A Flourish of Colour at the Chichicastenango Markets, Guatemala

The Chichicastenango (ChiChi) markets are held in the highlands of Guatemala twice a week and though it’s a bit of a trek out there, it’s well worth the effort. Each Thursday and Sunday this sleepy town comes to life in a flourish of colour, as it plays host to the largest market in Central America. […]