It’s six am and a cat is prodding me. Now, I can hear the dogs rucking around downstairs followed by the insistent snorting of pigs in the garden. Yes, pigs. Welcome to our first London house sit of the summer! We’ve taken up temporary residence in a beautiful, leafy part of west London that we’d never in a million years be able to afford to really live in. Have I mentioned how much we love house sitting?
Want to know one of my biggest travel oversights? I’ve never been to Paris. Although it lies just across the channel from the UK and I’ve visited France many times, I’ve just never made it to the iconic capital. Since we’ll be heading back from Prague to the UK for Christmas, could this be the year when I finally get to fulfil my Paris wish list?
We’ve stayed in some pretty special places while travelling, including a boat on the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, a wood cabin in Maine and a chic apartment in Chiang Mai. When it comes to fancy accommodation though, Sri Lanka wins hands down. We started our trip with a stay in a secluded jungle hideaway and continued with perhaps our most lavish hotel experience ever at the Theva Residency.
What do you read when you travel? I love books that tell personal stories about the countries I visit, that teach me something about the world or inspire me to visit new places. I devour books that have vivid descriptions of lands I long to see with my own eyes and I’m drawn to stories of personal discovery and survival. So, here’s a list of my top travel books.
Finding cheap flights, arranging visas, booking hotels and plotting itineraries. Travel planning, especially for a big trip, can be an utter nightmare. Take the European road trip that we’re just about to embark on. There were ferry bookings and apartment rentals to organise, European road rules to check and car accessories to buy, and that’s just for starters. So, how do you make travel planning easier?
How much does it cost to go to Everest Base Camp? Sure, trekking to the highest mountain in the world doesn’t come cheap, but if you hike independently and without a porter like we did, it doesn’t have to break the bank either. From $2 per night accommodation to £100 hiking shoes, here’s our two-week Everest Base Camp trek cost breakdown.
We’re getting ready to leave the UK again after a summer filled with family get-togethers, weddings and catch-ups with friends. By far the hardest part of our nomadic lifestyle is constantly having to say goodbye to our loved ones knowing we may not see them for many months. After over four years of travel, here are our top tips on how to stay in touch when you travel.
After a tranquil stay in our jungle hideaway, Kandy was an assault on the senses. Cars and colourful tuk tuks choked the roads as our driver stuttered through the modern centre of Sri Lanka’s second-largest city. Although the streets were crammed with people and noise, they were also surrounded by forested mountains and in the distance, Kandy Lake lay sparkling like a jewel in the city’s heart.
Hello from a very uncharacteristically warm UK! In fact, news channels have been declaring that we’re in the midst of a heat wave (or at least we were last week when I drafted this post). As always, it’s good to return to The Island for our annual summer visit, but future travels are never far from our minds. So, what are our plans for the rest of the year?
Dozens of small, furry macaque faces peered in through the panoramic windows of our jungle villa and the sounds of insects, bird calls and wind rustling through trees filled the air. Nestled deep in the heart of Sri Lanka, Diyabubula, the Barberyn Art and Jungle Hideaway, was the perfect slice of Sri Lankan paradise we needed to recover from a tough month of travel and $2 tea houses while trekking in Nepal.