Ecuador, South America, Travel

Magical Mashpi

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

Ecuador, South America, Travel

Arriving in Quito

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

Ecuador, South America, Travel

Ecuador Expedition

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

Central America, Mexico, Travel

Exploring Coba and Chichen Itza

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

Central America, Mexico, Travel

Chilling in Tulum

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

Australia & Oceania, New Zealand, Travel

One Day in Auckland

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

Australia & Oceania, New Zealand, Travel

Day Trip to Arrowtown and Wanaka

For the last day in Queenstown, we had originally looked at driving to Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, but after a super long day of driving to Milford Sound the previous day (read about that amazing day here) we decided to have a more chilled day. We first headed over to Arrow town, a small town… Continue reading Day Trip to Arrowtown and Wanaka

Australia & Oceania, New Zealand, Travel

Road Trip to Milford Sound

Of all the things to do on the South Island of New Zealand, visiting Milford Sound was the top thing I wanted to do. It's really close to Queenstown as the crow flies, but to drive there takes about 4 hours. We set off really early and Rob drove us in his car. Simone even… Continue reading Road Trip to Milford Sound

Australia & Oceania, New Zealand, Travel

Wonder in Queenstown, NZ

Week 2 of our 3 week adventure to Thailand, New Zealand and Indonesia. Our 4 back-to-back flights later, we landed in Queenstown, New Zealand. This leg of the trip was really the main reason why we booked this flight; Pete's best friend Rob moved to New Zealand 5 years ago and he has only seen… Continue reading Wonder in Queenstown, NZ

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