Croatia: Winter is Coming

Croatia’s southernmost major city is probably the one I most associate with Croatian beauty - it’s certainly the city I think of when I think of Croatia. It’s perhaps ironic then that I enjoyed Dubrovnik less than Zadar and Split. However, it’s still absolutely worth a visit. A slightly less enjoyable Croatian city is still … Continue reading Croatia: Winter is Coming

Croatia: Doing the Split

Split is like Zadar’s slightly more full-on cousin, sitting further south along the Dalmatian coast. Despite it being more crowded and touristic, it’s got plenty going for it and the Old Town is a delightful treasure chest. Getting between Zadar and Split is easy enough with many buses plying the route daily. I booked in … Continue reading Croatia: Doing the Split

Zadar: Autumn Chill

Croatia felt like a long time coming. Time and time again I’d seen breathtaking pictures and heard about how beautiful it was and now finally I was able to experience it for myself. There are cheap, direct flights to the coastal city of Zadar from Ryanair and this is a fantastic place to start a … Continue reading Zadar: Autumn Chill

Flores: Country Life

Not keen to leave the hills just yet (or suffer an 8+ hour bus ride to Labuan Bajo) I decided to stop off in Ruteng after leaving Bajawa. My guesthouse was able to arrange a bus though it involved being picked up at 6.30am to then sit on a stationery bus for an hour and … Continue reading Flores: Country Life

Australia: Wild Sydney

Sydney is more than just one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is also, like I think most Australian cities, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and nature, a lot of which is easily accessible even if you don't drive. One of the most accessible outdoor walks you can do runs from the famous … Continue reading Australia: Wild Sydney

Borneo: Hasta Mañana

The islands just outside Kota Kinabalu were really nice but we craved something a bit more remote to round off our Borneo adventure. One of our friends had heard of a beach resort known as Mañana, about an hour's drive from Kota Kinabalu, so we decided to check it out and spend a couple of nights relaxing … Continue reading Borneo: Hasta Mañana

Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1

Borneo's lush rainforest is one of its main draws and we were eager to sample it after arriving in Sabah for our Easter break. During my last trip to Borneo in 2015, the Sarawak rainforest had played host to a quirky music festival. For this visit, the Sabah jungle had something much more natural planned. … Continue reading Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1

15 Brilliant Hong Kong Hikes (Part 1)

Before I came to Hong Kong, I had never hiked. In fact, my idea of exercise was opening a tin of Aldi pasta sauce (and if you've ever tried it, you'll know how much of a workout that can be). It was probably one of the biggest surprises to me that Hong Kong is laden … Continue reading 15 Brilliant Hong Kong Hikes (Part 1)

Hong Kong: Po Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain)

I've become slightly addicted to hiking in Hong Kong at the moment. The weather for the past couple of weeks has been absolutely glorious - clear blue skies but a drop in temperature have meant I can still marvel at Hong Kong's vistas without melting into a puddle of sweat. As I'm doing more hikes … Continue reading Hong Kong: Po Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain)

Portugal: Th’Algarve

Were it not for the late October sunshine and the long beaches, Albufeira probably wouldn't be all that different from Northern England, certainly from the monopoly of 'Yorkshire restaurants' or 'home-cooked English grub' (what are they doing - flying it over?!). I think it's a place that has the potential to be unbearable during summer … Continue reading Portugal: Th’Algarve