10 Best Cities with Beaches

I recently got told that I have a vitamin D deficiency – I know, right? How on earth can that happen to someone who travels as much as I do. Well, moving to the UK after years of chasing the sun is one possibility. Being a bit too proficient with the factor 50 sun cream is another. Either way, I feel like I’ve had my passport stamped for 10 ‘doctor prescribed’ trips to the beach. Normally, I can spend several consecutive days lying prone on a beach, flipping only with the shifting of the sun (being an avid reader helps). … Read more

Should You Take The Baz Bus in South Africa? A Baz Bus Review

The Garden Route South Africa Baz Bus review

“It’s dangerous.” “Especially for a woman on her own.” “You definitely shouldn’t drive the garden route by yourself.” If there was one piece of consistent advice I received when I was in South Africa it was that driving the garden route – the famous stretch of road from Cape Town up to Port Elizabeth – was a dangerous idea for a solo female traveller. “Really?” I asked. “Because the roads look pretty safe to me.” I’d been in Johannesburg for days and was surprised at how easy the roads looked – little traffic for a major city, good road surface … Read more

The Best Eastern European Christmas Markets

Wondering what are the best Eastern European Christmas markets? In this post, Stefan Pidruczny of StefanRTW gives you the inside scoop… Eastern Europe is a great place to visit all-year-round but the cities come alive during the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday. Almost overnight the quaint and quiet old town squares transform into festive spaces packed with holiday spirit. Thoughts of Christmas in Europe might conjure up ideas of places like Nuremberg, Vienna, and Paris. But if you’re looking to beat the busy crowds and enjoy yourself a little more without having to worry so much about costs then … Read more

Your Ultimate Baja California Road Trip Itinerary

Oceans, mountains, valleys, desert, giant cacti, whales, sea lions, tacos and beaches – taking a Baja California road trip down Mexico’s famous Ruta 1 (Route 1) gives you a lot to play with; over a thousand kilometres of coastline to play with, in fact. I visited the Baja California peninsula for the first time a few years ago but I only managed to explore the south. This summer, I returned to complete the real dream – to travel from tip to toe down the Baja California peninsula, driving from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. Where To Visit In Baja California … Read more

The Best Places to Visit in Myanmar (with itineraries)

Myanmar Travel Guide - Know Before You Go

In this article I’ll explain the best and most popular places to visit in Myanmar. At the end, I include suggested itineraries for 7 days, 10 days, 2 weeks and 3 weeks in Myanmar. I’ve written more detailed guides to most of these locations and will include links below. Yangon Things to do in Yangon Watch the gold gleam at Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sights in Myanmar See a 66 metre (216 feet) reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda Prefer a seated Buddha? How about the 12 metre (40.5 foot) Buddha at Nga Gyi Pagoda? Take the circle line … Read more

What You Need To Know Before Visiting Myanmar

Myanmar travel guide - know before you go

Myanmar is unlike any other country in Southeast Asia. Having only opened up to tourism in recent years, infrastructure can be lacking and travel can be challenging but this won’t be the first Myanmar travel blog to tell you that travelling through Myanmar is totally worth it. And now is the time to go. Spend anytime in Southeast Asia and you’ll come across a fair number of old-school travellers who will be only too happy to tell you that Southeast Asia isn’t what it used to be. It’s an unhelpful comment, given you can’t turn back time. Or can you? Myanmar is … Read more

How to Get a Vietnam Visa

How to get a Vietnam visa used to be a pretty straightforward question – you had to get it in advance, from an embassy. Full stop. However, as tourism continues to increase, the Vietnamese government has begun to adapt. While this is great news because it introduces easier and sometimes cheaper ways to visit Vietnam, the entry rules and methods seem to get more complicated each year. The good news is that I’ve been following these rule changes for some years and I’ve visited Vietnam a few times so in this guide I’ll talk you through your options. I’ll also … Read more

Planning An Affordable Copper Canyon Tour Itinerary

If you’re looking for an affordable Copper Canyon itinerary, read on. The Copper Canyon trip had been on my ‘bucket list’ for years but, to be honest, fear of straying into Narco territory put me off. Then, one fortuitous day, I bumped into a girl from the Netherlands. She was tiny (smaller then my 5ft self), blonde (so, much more noticeable) and she’d just had the time of her life travelling solo through one of the world’s most superlative canyons. It was decided. I was definitely going. After a lot of internet research, I found that it wasn’t so easy … Read more

20 Best Japanese Dishes To Try (Besides Sushi)

Before I visited the land of the rising sun, my knowledge of what to eat in Japan could be summed up in one word: sushi. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan and I dined out like sushi was in short supply during my month in Japan, but I spent half of that month with my dad who, after trying sushi for the first time, promptly declared (with a scrunched up face), “mmm, not for me,”. That turned out to be a good thing because it left us searching for other Japanese food to try. I have to say I was surprised … Read more

How To Plan A Trip To The Copper Canyon – Booking Tips

Affordable copper canyon tour itinerary divisidero view hotel walk

Depending on the metrics you use, the Copper Canyon in Mexico is either four or seven times larger than the Grand Canyon in the USA. But that difference between four and seven times hardly seems relevant – you just need to grasp that the Copper Canyon is immense and, if you take the train through it, it’s likely to be one of the best trips you take in your life. After several trips to Mexico, I finally made it far enough north to explore the Copper Canyon or Barranca del Cobre as it’s known in Spanish. I travelled both independently (without a … Read more