The World Beckons – Travel Bug Cure Found!

March 21, 2014 in Long Term Travel

It’s not a fantasy, I realise – the big travel dream is actually beginning! As long as I can remember I have had a desire for long term travel. And I’m not talking about the 2 or 3 month trips that we’ve done in the past. I mean seriously experiencing the world, living in exotic destinations, living rough, climbing mountains, […]

New Caledonia: Flashback, French Boys, Beaches and Baguettes

June 7, 2013 in World Travel

1977 was the year we heard the sounds of Abba, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Bee Gees and Hot Chocolate…. you sexy thing… We watched Charlie’s Angels, Mash and Roots on TV.  We danced a funny kind of disco dancing inspired by Saturday Night Fever.  We tried to look like Farrah Fawcet and wanted to smell like Opium a new kind […]

Jewels of the Ligurian Coast: Cinque Terre

June 2, 2013 in Italy, World Travel

A warm aura of romance and mystique hangs over the five villages. Inset like gems in the craggy coastline these villages will have you feeling like you’ve wandered onto a movie set. I had never heard of this place until I asked a young Italian in Queenstown “what is the best place to visit in Italy’  She answered without doubt […]

Gibbston Valley – Ultimate Wine & Fine Food

March 17, 2013 in Food Glorious Food, New Zealand

Gibbston Valley – New Zealand’s Famous ‘Valley of the Vines’ Just a short 20km drive from Queenstown is a picturesque valley laden with grape vines, as far as the eye can see.  Gibbston Valley, aptly named ‘Valley of the Vines’, produces many of the best grapes in New Zealand and has an enviable reputation built on, award winning, high quality […]

Your Guide to Socialising like a Spaniard

January 6, 2013 in Food Glorious Food, Spain

Spain is the home of some of the most friendly and vibrant people with a famously social way of life. The overwhelming culture of the country is often best represented in the cuisine. Nothing epitomises the vivacity of the Spanish social life better than tapas and raciones.  But do you really know what they are?  What if you get up […]

The Sophistication of Madrid

January 4, 2013 in Spain, World Travel

Not many places in the world will you observe the equilibrium of old and new carried off with as much sophistication as in Madrid.  While it may lack the glitz of Barcelona, the characteristic architecture of Paris or the popularity of Seville, it has plenty of romance of its own. All in one day you can rub shoulders with the […]

Book Review – ‘How to Become a Housesitter’

December 23, 2012 in Travel Tips and Traps, World Travel

If you’ve wanted to travel the world, but have never had enough funds to scrape together for a trip, then house sitting could be an exciting alternative for you to consider. If you’ve never heard of house sitting, or don’t know what it’s all about, then I’m sure this informative volume penned by Canadian couple Dalene and Pete Heck will […]

Girl Power: My Review of “Women on the Road”

December 18, 2012 in Travel Tips and Traps, World Travel

Fear holds so many of us back from doing what we really want to do – fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of not being in control. In ‘Women on the Road’, Leyla Giray provides a useful kick in the butt for women who are teetering on the edge of solo travel. As an independent and strong solo […]

Mountains Pinspiration – My Top 5 Mountain Peaks from Pinterest

December 15, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

“Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span on this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.” - Elizabeth Aston  Whether it’s skiing, hiking, or just plain admiring the view,  I love all […]

Balinese Cooking Lessons at Paon

December 3, 2012 in Bali, Food Glorious Food

The delicious aroma of Balinese herbs and spices waft in the air as I relax with a Bintang (Bali beer) at the outdoor banquet table ready for a culinary feast of epic proportions! The last few hours my nine new friends and I have been chopping, mixing, grinding, blending, pounding, cooking and putting together a Balinese feast. I am at the […]

Road Trips Pinspiration – My Top 5 Road Trips

November 18, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” - Fitzhugh Mullan Do you love a road trip? I am totally in love with long slow road trips.   Our best ones have been cruising around the USA in a 31ft Winnebago.  She’s our  favourite  and has carried us some 20,000 miles so far, there’s still another 100,000 […]

Postcard from Bali: Candidasa

November 17, 2012 in Postcards to Home

Hiya Guys, We’re taking a break from the buzz and bustle of south Bali and are now at Rama Candidasa. It’s the perfect spot for daily massages, yoga, swimming and daydreaming. This place is right by the sea, with mountains and ricefields behind us. We have it all and are in Bali heaven.

National Parks Pinspiration – My Top 5 National Parks

November 17, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

Exploring nature and hiking in the world’s National Parks is a one of our favourite travel activities.  This weeks Travel Pinspiration is “National Parks” around the World. Pinterest is where we  find all the most exciting places to go next, here are my TOP 5 National Parks on Pinterest.  Cinque Terre National Park – Italy Jaw dropping rugged coastline with […]

Quito – Climbing the Clock Towers of La Basilica

November 16, 2012 in Ecuador, Travel Frolic and Fun

Climbing to the Clock Towers at  La Basilica in Quito is fun –  but it’s no Stairway to Heaven. As if Quito is not high enough we are going higher. Unlike climbing to the bell tower at Notre Dame with the safety of handrails and enclosed stairs, climbing to the top of the La Basilica in Quito is a whole […]

Beaches Pinspiration – My Top 5 Beaches

November 10, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

“Live in the Sunshine –  Swim in the Sea – Drink the Wild Air” – Emerson. This weeks Travel Pinspiration is Beaches Around the World. Life’s  good when you’re at the beach… Beach at Cathedral Cove – New Zealand Gorgeous Gardner Bay Beach – Galapagos Islands Source: galapagosislands.com via Jo@WorldWideAdventurers on Pinterest Beautiful Beach at Bora Bora Source: unforgettablehoneymoons.com via Jo@WorldWideAdventurers […]

People Pinspiration – My Top 5 People of the World Photos

November 7, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” ― Donald Miller Travelling shows us there are many different  faces in the world – people from all cultures – our most memorable trips are the ones where we have made worldwide friends.

Sunset Pinspiration – My Top 5 Sunsets

October 22, 2012 in America, Photo Blog

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” C. JoyBell C. This week’s Travel Pinspiration is Sunsets and here are my TOP 5 Sunsets on Pinterest which also happen to be my most favourite landscapes in the USA. Monument Valley Utah  -  Such a Golden Hour! Half Dome […]

9 Great Walks in 9 Weeks

October 21, 2012 in New Zealand, Photo Blog, Travel Frolic and Fun

The Nine Great Walks span 550km of spectacular New Zealand terrain from the alpine peaks of the Tongariro Northern Circuit to the rainforests of the Heaphy Track, golden beaches, a stunning river journey and the glacial valleys of one of the finest walks in the world, the Milford Track right here in my own backyard. When I saw this amazing […]

Waterfall Pinspiration – My Top 5 Waterfalls

October 14, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

“Floods of humanity, lakes of peace, rivers of gold, the tides of war; all we are and do is linked to the water of life.” - David Mead There is something very special about wandering around a thundering waterfall. Igazcu Waterfalls Brazil – Smiling and Happy! Source: etravelphotos.com via Vicky on Pinterest Waterfalls Walkway, St. Beatus Caves, Switzerland Source: topdreamer.com via […]

City Travel Pinspiration – My Top 5 Cities

October 10, 2012 in Photo Blog, World Travel

“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we […]

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