25 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam

Hoi An River Front

Vietnam is nothing short of magical. A southeast Asian country that is one long stretch of coastline, you can expect everything from huge cities to swathes of beaches, dramatic islands and hill tribe communities. For me, Vietnam holds a very special place in my heart. It was one of the first countries I visited solo. … Read more

15 Best Things To Do in Pisa, Italy

river arno

In 1372, work was completed on a tower in Pisa that would later come to be one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. That tower was the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Located in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy, Pisa is a popular stop on most Italian itineraries. But what else is there … Read more

29 Best Things To Do in Porto, Portugal

Alternative things to do in porto - the yeatman spa

Porto is the city of queues. I didn’t expect that to be the opening line of this post. Before I visited Porto, everything I’d read about the city was described using a list of superlatives. Historic. Medieval. Rich. Romantic. Grand. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Porto is absolutely all of those things. And then some. … Read more

45 Amazing Things To Do In Venice, Italy

panorama over Venice lagoon italy

A 5th-century city of canals where romance oozes from the ornate buildings, Venice is a dream destination for most of us. I’ve visited many times (I even run wine tours from Venice). And each time I fall more in love with the floating city. With 118 islands lying across a web of canals, linked by … Read more

15 Best Deep Dish Pizza Places in Chicago

Meat pizza with cheese and basil

Pizza is a big deal in Chicago. So big that the windy city even has its own Chicago style pizza. What is it? Deep pan, with a pie-like bottomed crust, stuffed with layers of cheese and crushed tomato sauce, with a thick layer of mozzarella cheese on top. It’s an institution in the city. And … Read more

Santa Teresa Costa Rica – Your Ultimate Guide

Santa Teresa Beach at Sunset in Costa Rica

Santa Teresa in Costa Rica holds a special place in my heart. I first visited all the way back in 2011 when it was a dusty dirt strip with a scattering of cafes and bars. Of course, progress marches us ever onwards and this laid back beach town has sprung up with a whole host … Read more

La Paz Mexico – Full Travel Guide & Attractions

Sunset in La Paz in Mexico's Baja California peninsula

From hot orange sunsets to the glittering turquoise of The Sea of Cortez to sea lions, whale sharks and powder soft sands, La Paz in Mexico is a dream vacation destination. Add in tacos galore, great hotels and the fact that it’s one of the friendliest Mexico beach towns I’ve ever been to, and it’s … Read more

Mitad Del Mundo – How To Cross The Equator, Quito

Ecuador latitude 0 0 0 sign at Mitad del Mundo near Quito

It’s a rare thing to be able to stand with one foot in each hemisphere on a line that straddles the north and south of the globe. Yet, that’s exactly what you can do at Mitad del Mundo. Located near Quito in Ecuador, Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World in Spanish) is a wildly … Read more

How to Get to Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii

Unedited picture of green sand beach in Hawaii

I stand at the top of a volcanic tuff ring that was formed over 49,000 years ago and look down at the glitter of green-golden sand. I’m about to step foot on something extraordinarily rare, and suddenly the 17-hour flight, 2-hour drive and 1-hour hike seem completely worthwhile. Carefully, slowly, surely, I pick my way … Read more

Guide To Yucatan State in Mexico – with Maps

Merida in Mexico's Yucatan state with yellow colonial buildings

Sitting on the east coast of Mexico, Yucatan State is one of Mexico’s 31 states and it’s one my favourites. From world-famous Chitzen Itza to colonial cities like Valladolid and beautiful swimming holes (cenotes), there’s every reason to visit this corner of Mexico. In this guide I’ll share everything you need to know about the … Read more