The first time I booked my trip to Ecuador was back in 2020 before the covid pandemic. At that time, I hadn't even heard of Mashpi. I actually found out about the reserve and hotel when I was searching through BBC iplayer looking for videos on Ecuador. I had just finished watching the David Attenborough… Continue reading Magical Mashpi
I was so excited for my trip to Ecuador! I had booked the trip initially more than 2 years ago for April 2020, and was finally able to rebook for this year April 2022. A holiday was long overdue! However, one big benefit to having my trip cancelled and rebooking, was that I was able… Continue reading Arriving in Quito
Way way back in January 2020, just after I'd settled into my new apartment living on my own, I decided to book a trip of a lifetime. I had always wanted to visit the Galapagos islands because of my love of nature and serious obsession with documentaries. As a scientist, and predominantly a biological scientist,… Continue reading Ecuador Expedition
From Tulum we drove in land to Vallodolid where we were staying for just one night to allow us to get up early to visit Chichen Itza. On the way we stopped at Coba, another Mayan archaeological site, famous for it's huge pyramid, Ixmoja in the Nohoch Mul complex, one of the highest Maya pyramids… Continue reading Exploring Coba and Chichen Itza
Pete and I had flights to Mexico booked almost the minute we landed from our 3-week adventure to Thailand, New Zealand and Bali. After a ridiculous 60+ hours in the air on this holiday, one of Pete's stipulations about our next holiday was that he wanted just 1 flight, that's it... Fortunately, you can get… Continue reading Chilling in Tulum
The next day when we woke at the beautiful Menjangan Dynasty Resort, the clouds had cleared and it was a glorious day. I had Whatsapped a small company called West Bali Explorer to take us on a snorkelling trip to Menjangan island. The trip was about 1/3 of the price as the resort and the… Continue reading Exploring West Bali and Day Trip to Ijen Crater
After a great day on Pete's birthday on Nusa Penida, we decided to actually spend time on Bali today 😂 I have been to Bali before, and although everyone says that Ubud is supposed to be the Balinese capital of culture and beauty, to be honest, I don't feel this way. Ubud is commercial, busy,… Continue reading One day driving around Ubud
Stage 3 of our Big Easter Adventure! It's Pete's birthday on 5th May, which was in 2 days, so for his birthday, I suggested upgrading our 9-hour direct flight from Auckland to Bali to business class. We've flown business before with Etihad by using their bidding service, we bid £100 each for the upgrade and… Continue reading Day Trip to Nusa Penida from Bali
Thanks to everyone who liked my last post on Auckland last week. It's the most engagement I've ever had on a post, and pretty much, that post got more likes than any other post I've published combined, so, yeah... thanks! 🙂
In all my recent posts I've tried to pin our GoPro video related to the blog post at the end, but I didn't have time to compile and edit the Auckland video until today, so here it is if you're interested 🙂
I'm also just finishing up my next post about our first day in Bali; where we went straight after Auckland. It will be up tomorrow, so stay tuned! 😉
Don't forget to visit our YouTube page too to watch more of our videos. They're not vlogs or me just chatting shit, I promise. They're more of a supplement to the blog (and something to keep Pete busy whilst we're away, since he takes all the videos!).
I hope people continue to enjoy reading my blog!
Leaving Queenstown was quite sad actually, but we had certainly maximised our time there and only really had 5 days in New Zealand because of where the flights fell. I think we made the right decision to leave Queenstown after just 3 days there, because it meant we have a full day in Auckland, but… Continue reading One Day in Auckland