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Taking the Boat from Bagan to Mandalay

In this article you will find details of how to take the boat from Bagan to Mandalay including booking your ticket, what to expect on board, the sights along the way and a short video of the journey.  There was no way I could go to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and not travel the road to Mandalay. Rudyard Kipling had all but… Read more →

How to take the boat from Bagan to Mandalay - booking tickets, what to expect on board, the sights along the way and a short video of the journey.... Read more →
Myanmar travel guide - know before you go

Myanmar Travel Guide – Know Before You Go

Looking for a Myanmar travel guide? Here’s everything you need to 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…. Read more →

The ultimate Myanmar travel guide with over 100 tips including costs, accommodation, getting around, food, culture, health and safety and sightseeing tips.... Read more →
Inle Lake Boat Tour

Inle Lake Boat Tour – Things to Do in Inle Lake

Looking to take an Inle Lake boat tour? Here’s a review of the tour I took, things to do in Inle Lake, where I ate and where I stayed. As I watched the sun set over Inle Lake, I caught sight of a local fisherman who was expertly balanced at the back of his boat. In one graceful move, he raised a… Read more →

Looking to book an Inle Lake boat tour? Here's a review of the tour I took with Rickshaw Travel including the best things to do in Inle Lake & where to stay... Read more →
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard: Finding Wine in Thailand

Finding good wine in Thailand is a bit like trying to find a unicorn: elusive at best and, according to some, this mythical creature simply doesn’t even exist. And that was how I felt until I discovered Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. For weeks I’d travelled through Thailand, craving a glass of crisp, white wine. It’s the sunshine. Does it to… Read more →

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard in Thailand. Review of the grand tasting menu, new latitude wines, the food pairing, how to get there and where to stay in Hua Hin.... Read more →
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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… Read more →

Find out how to get a vietnam visa - up to date info, cost comparison, official visa links and pros and cons of each way of applying for a Vietnam visa.... Read more →
3 days in Hong Kong

3 Days in Hong Kong – What to See and Do

Want to know what to do when you have 3 days in Hong Kong? Read on… On my first visit to this Asian cultural hub, I was so jet-lagged that my 3 days in Hong Kong were a blur of sights, snacks and somewhat insane sleeping hours that culminated in me ordering breakfast with a beer in an Irish bar… Read more →

How to spend 3 days in Hong Kong including where to stay, where to eat and drink, how to get around and a day by day itinerary for visiting Hong Kong.... Read more →
Planning an affordable Copper Canyon Tour Itinerary

Planning An Affordable Copper Canyon Tour Itinerary

If you’re looking for an affordable Copper Canyon tour itinerary, read on. The Copper Canyon 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… Read more →

This self-guided affordable Copper Canyon Tour itinerary includes first class train, rooms (inc. luxury night at the canyon) & food for under $350/5 nights... Read more →
backpacking checklist

Backpacking Checklist – Plan A Round The World Trip in 4 Weeks

Looking for a backpacking checklist? Read on… I bought my first around the world ticket in 2010. I spent the next 5 years buying 5 tickets more. Not all of them took me in a complete loop around the world but they took me on adventures that lasted several months each time: Latin America, Asia, Africa, North America and Europe…. Read more →

This backpacking checklist includes a printable checklist of what tasks to do each week. You can plan a round the world trip in just 4 weeks.... Read more →
where to go in sardinia

Where to Go in Sardinia – Self-Drive Itinerary

Want to know where to go in Sardinia? Read on… I’d always thought Sardinia would be a beach-based trip for me – after all, isn’t that why most people fly into what is Italy’s largest island? However, there’s not much you can do to talk me into sitting on a beach in November (even in Italy), so I ended up… Read more →

Want to know where to go in Sardinia? This self-drive itinerary has places, restaurants, hotels, distances and a map to help you plan your trip to Sardinia.... Read more →
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ACL Repair Surgery – What They Don’t Tell You (and My Recovery)

I recently had ACL repair surgery, which most people who follow this blog will already know. For my regular readers, apologies for the break away from my usual travel topic. If you have zero interest in reading about my ACL repair surgery, how about a few travel articles you might not have read yet: 10 Travel Experiences Everyone Should Have… Read more →

ACL repair surgery - here's 15 things they don't tell you together with my ACL recovery experience each day and week after surgery. I'll update over time.... Read more →