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, portugal

Porto; a short guide

On the 31st August 2017, this beautiful lady turns 50! Hard to believe, I know... As I won't be here to celebrate with her, I decided to book a surprise trip. Unfortunately, keeping secrets is not my strong point and in a discussion that started with 'What is AirBnb again Emma?' I blurted out that 'Well… Continue reading Porto; a short guide

europe, spain

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona

With short, cheap flights from the UK, Barcelona is a popular spot for British tourists. The warm climate, along with reasonable prices make it an ideal destination for a short city break. We were lucky enough to spend a few days in the beautiful city and it's somewhere I always look back on with fond… Continue reading Top 5 things to do in Barcelona

asia, vietnam

Three nights in stormy Hanoi

After reluctantly leaving Hoi An, we boarded the plane in Da Nang to head north. Our next stop was the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. After leaving the airport we were greeted by a bustling city, filled with noise and traffic and we noted the similarities between here and Ho Chi Minh City, where we had been… Continue reading Three nights in stormy Hanoi