Bali, Indonesia, Java, Travel

Exploring West Bali and Day Trip to Ijen Crater

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

Bali, Indonesia, Travel

One day driving around Ubud

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

Bali, Indonesia, Travel

Day Trip to Nusa Penida from Bali

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

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Motorbiking in Chiang Mai

Stage 3 of our big Easter adventure! After driving around Northen Thailand for the past 5 days, we decided to change things up a little and hire a moped for our final 2 days in Chiang Mai. If you've read previous posts of my travels you'll know that one of my absolute favourite things to… Continue reading Motorbiking in Chiang Mai

Asia, Thailand

Driving the Mae Hong Son Loop

Stage 2 of our Easter Adventure We left Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning after picking up our little jeep. We decided to drive the loop in a clockwise direction, heading first to Mae Chaem via Doi Inthanon; Thailands tallest peak. We set off and instantly discovered how uncomfortable our little jeep was, bouncing all over… Continue reading Driving the Mae Hong Son Loop

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Cycling around Chiang Mai

We arrived at the airport nice and early and took our time eating some lunch and doing a bit of shopping before the first 16 hour flight to Bangkok. The flight was uneventful and we landed around midday the next day in Thailand. We've been here before, so we calmly made our way down to… Continue reading Cycling around Chiang Mai

Sri Lanka

Thunderstoms and history in Sinharaja

From Dikwella it was a long bus or car journey back to Colombo for our flight, so we looked for somewhere in the middle to stay for a night to split up the journey and see a little more of the stunning island. Having spent a good few days on the beach we opted for… Continue reading Thunderstoms and history in Sinharaja

Sri Lanka

Exploring Sri Lanka’s Southern Beaches

After doing some research about Sri Lanka's south, we decided just to take the plunge and see for ourselves... You can read blogs and articles and reviews, but at the end of the day, everyone's opinion is different and sometimes you just can't beat trying it out for yourself. So we jumped into a taxi… Continue reading Exploring Sri Lanka’s Southern Beaches

Sri Lanka

Avoiding tourists in Kandy and Ella

It was calming and relaxing on the beach at Nilaveli, but after just an hour of snoozing in the sun, Pete piped up that he 'was bored' haha. I think this was a slight exaggeration, but it motivated me to look at the next leg of the trip and make a final decision about which… Continue reading Avoiding tourists in Kandy and Ella

Pigeon Island
Sri Lanka

Shark spotting in Nilaveli

After riding a train, hiring a moped, getting a tuk tuk and a taxi, we decided the time for a bus was here and boarded a bus to Trincomalee from Polonnaruwa. The buses here are, in a single word, crazy. They are usually by far the fastest things on the road, constantly beeping, overtaking everything… Continue reading Shark spotting in Nilaveli