Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Costa Rica- Manuel Antonio We had a fairly long bus ride to the Manuel Antonio area and were totally amazed by the changed climate in just a few hundred miles. In San Jose it was really quite chilly and super windy, but by the time we got to Manuel Antonio it was a whopping 36,…

Monteverde and La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Costa Rica- Monteverde and La Fortuna These two cities are the land of optional activities so we tried our hand at a couple of things we had on the agenda for a while- ATV and horse riding. ATV through the forest in Monteverde was a lot more exhilarating than we expected- as first timers I…

San Jose,Costa Rica

Costa Rica- San Jose Arriving in Costa Rica was a bit of a whirlwind- we got on the plane ready to go only to sit on the runway for a while before getting off and into another plane as the original one was broken. This delayed us significantly but we made it. The views from…

Why Is Key West so Popular?

  Why is Key West so popular? 1.) It looks like Disneyland Much of Disney was styled on the old colonial aspects of American architecture, and Key West totally embodies this feel. Cute little wooden buildings painted in white and adorned with pastel trimmings are everywhere and the town centre itself looks (in places) like…

Fiji- The Yasawas

The Yasawas must be one of the most iconic things about Fiji- the moment you get there people are asking you ‘are you going to the Yasawas?’ And if you answer with a ‘no’ you’ll be met with eyes full of pity. I didn’t want to be in the pity party so after extensive research…

Fiji- Tivua Island Stay 

When Alison said we were staying in a private island I don’t think I actually believed her, but it was real and it was extraordinary!  We started out on a tall ship for about an hour from Port Denarau to reach the island and realised straight away that we were somewhere awesome. The water was…

Fiji- The Coral Coast

As soon as we touched down in Fiji it was pretty clear it’s a special place. It’s not very often that a security guard asks if you’ve had a good day, or when you get off the plane to be greeted by a four man band. This first impression didn’t give us a false hope,…

Kaikoura, New Zealand 

In November 2016, Kaikoura was totally rocked by a huge earthquake, taking out much of the road system and thousands of businesses and homes. We had thought Kaikoura would be off limits for us and had started making other plans for the time we had intended to spend there but Chris and Barry (who we…

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo glitters like a gorgeous Topaz. I’m not even exaggerating. The colour is mind blowing. There’s not a lot to do in Tekapo aside from ogle at the lake and the bad weather meant that much of our ogling involved trying not to be physically blown over, but it is well worth a visit….

Milford Sound and The Fiordlands, New Zealand

So the fiordlands of New Zealand are pretty tricky to get to, and we had to book a night in Te Anau in order to make a visit to Milford Sound work. Milford Sound itself is a four hour drive from Queenstown so it’s not really something you want to do in a day, especially…

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is a very cool and happening place- backpackers litter the streets and boutique eateries line the high street. Nomads Queenstown is a gem of a hostel, right in town and offering the best in backpacker accommodation- a cinema, sauna and en suite rooms all are huge bonuses, but probably the best bit is the…