Elephant extravaganza in Botswana

A short drive and an efficient border crossing (apart from the seemingly pointless foot and mouth check where we dipped our shoes into some muddy water) and we were in Botswana, a country the size of France, but with a population of just 2.2m. The nation is known as one of the higher end safari destinations:…

Waterfalls to hippos: our first four days in Africa

Africa. It’s the only major continent we both haven’t really visited before (discounting Egypt and Morocco) and knew the least about. We always had it on the itinerary but at some points we wondered if we’d actually make it here, but after just a few days, it is already one of the highlights of the trip….

Doing Dubai like a local

We knew we’d be likely to pass through the Middle East travelling from Asia to Africa so made plans to meet up with our good friend Paul, who lives in Saudi Arabia, in Dubai. As luck would have it, his sister lives there too so we had a local to show us around. We upped…

Asia summary

Three amazing months in Asia flew by as we visited (and ate our way through) Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and the Maldives. Asia has always been our favourite continent and this trip reaffirmed it’s position at the top of the tree. Destination highlights Driving around the beautiful lush green hilly scenery in Northern…

The Maldives for £38 (yes, seriously)

A sub-£40 flight from Kuala Lumpur, coupled with the fact that we had read a few blogs which said you could now visit the Maldives on a budget, meant that adding this gorgeous tropical paradise to our itinerary at the last minute, was a no brainer. Further research revealed that since 2009 Maldivians have been allowed to…

The ghosts of yesteryear in Yangon

Yangon (formerly Rangoon under the British) was the capital of Myanmar until 2005 when, Than Shwe, the leader of the former military regime constructed a brand new capital at Naypyidaw, seemingly as a vanity project. It apparently has 20-lane motorways with few vehicles and not many inhabitants, apart from government employees. However Yangon is the country’s…

Naughty Ngapali

Our 11 days with Rach and Guy ended in the best way; three nights on the Bay of Bengal in western Myanmar. We upgraded our usual backpacker accommodation for the cheapest room in an expensive resort, situated on a prime stretch of the wide and lengthy palm-lined beach. It was gorgeous.  We spent our days lazing…

Wineries and wild dogs on Inle Lake

After our beautiful, yet tiring walk from Kalaw, we were glad to have booked a hotel with a nice pool so we could recover. So after a day of relaxing, we headed to a winery on the edge of town on bicycles. We cycled past some abandoned temples and alongside vineyards and before we knew it we…

A cross-country trek with the Power Rangers of Myanmar

To get to Kalaw from Bagan we ended up on a cramped minibus, which was a right hand drive despite the Myanmar driving on the right (this article attempts to explain why but no-one really knows). It made for some pretty hairy overtaking on mountain curves. We were keen to get out and see some…

Biking around brilliant Bagan

After saying a sad goodbye to my dad in Hong Kong, we headed to the airport for our flight to Myanmar (Burma). Our 20th country and one we were both very excited about. At check-in we were delighted to find out, for the first time ever, that we had been upgraded. They must have been…

Reflections on returning to Hong Kong

Here’s a guest post from my Dad who we met up with in Hong Kong. Over to him: Hong Kong was the place for another reunion (we also met up in Buenos Aires in July) with Jack and Becki. They were en-route to Myanmar and I was coming from Singapore where I had been visiting friends. My…

You know you’re in Japan when…

It’s normal to walk the streets in a kimono and clogs: They auction bras in the street: Toilets are amazing and never dirty:   There are cafes where you can play with cats: You can buy snow monkey souvenirs on trains: People chainsaw ice in the street: You can order your dinner from a machine: …as…