new zealand

New Zealand South Island: A 10 Day Road Trip

Whilst living in the UK, we always spent the school holidays catching flights to Europe as it was so close by. Now that we're living in Australia, catching a flight to New Zealand takes the same amount of time and costs the same amount as our previous travels to Europe. As we had never previously… Continue reading New Zealand South Island: A 10 Day Road Trip

thoughts

In defense of not haggling my way through Asia

I've been told time and time again whilst I've been travelling in Asia, both by friends and by Conor;  'Emma, you're the worst haggler I've ever known!' But the truth is this: I'm neither afraid of haggling nor bad at it, I just don't like it and honestly, I disagree with a lot of the… Continue reading In defense of not haggling my way through Asia

vietnam

A weekend in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is tiny little town in the south of Vietnam and is easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City. We took a sleeper bus from HCMC that left at 7pm and dropped us off at our accommodation in Mui Ne around 1am. Super convenient! From Mui Ne you can take buses onwards towards Da… Continue reading A weekend in Mui Ne, Vietnam

thoughts

2 months on the road; an update 

Sunday 1st October marked our 2 month travel-versary. It's a weird feeling having done and seen so much every day for 2 months. Being in the USA feels like a distant memory and we only left under 4 weeks ago. I often wonder if we'd flown home after that trip would it seem really recent?… Continue reading 2 months on the road; an update 

Taiwan

A day trip to Jiufen, Taiwan

A sharp contrast from the busy metropolis of Taipei, Jiufen offers a taste of Taiwan in years gone by despite it only being 20 miles outside of the centre of city. A short, cheap bus ride makes it the ultimate destination for a day trip from Taipei.  We caught the 1062 bus from a stop… Continue reading A day trip to Jiufen, Taiwan

Taiwan

Fenchihu and the Alishan Forest Railway

If you've never heard of the Alishan Forest Railway then I'd suggest reading this post  and putting it on your bucket list ASAP. The Forest Railway was my favourite part of our Taiwanese adventure and here I'm going to share with you a little bit about it... The Alishan Forest Railway currently runs from Chiayi… Continue reading Fenchihu and the Alishan Forest Railway

Taiwan

Kaohsiung; art, food and temples galore 

Before arriving in Taiwan, we had a small list of places that we'd like to visit but we also wanted to have some flexibility. When we arrived in Heng Chun, we had no onward plans so asked a few fellow travellers and local people where they would recommend. Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, was pretty high up… Continue reading Kaohsiung; art, food and temples galore 

europe, wales

Climbing Snowdon for beginners

Growing up just a stones throw from North Wales, I often tell fond tales of weeks spent exploring the beautiful Welsh countryside, mostly from the base of my grandad's caravan in Powys. So recently when Conor asked if I had ever climbed Mount Snowdon, my response almost surprised me; 'Well, in year 9 we went to Snowdon… Continue reading Climbing Snowdon for beginners

amritsar, india

Amritsar & the Golden Temple

If you've heard of Amritsar, it's probably because of this place... The beautiful Golden Temple; an oasis of calm in a flurried city . Around 30 million pilgrims visit the temple each year and yet astonishingly it is still has an aura of peacefulness. We arrived in Amritsar, as always, after a long car journey. As… Continue reading Amritsar & the Golden Temple

india, shimla

Shimla – Queen of the Hills

Whilst working in India as part of the LRTT project (read more about this here), we were fortunate enough to enjoy a long bank holiday weekend away from the city heat in the beautiful hill station, Shimla. Early on Saturday morning, we headed north on the winding journey up to the Himalayas. Head of the former British… Continue reading Shimla – Queen of the Hills