Visiting Malaga: Just Another Brit Abroad?

Malaga. Uurgh. I let out a soft sigh. I was planning to spend a month in Andalucia and the cheapest flight into the region would land me in Malaga. Brits Abroad Central. Brits Abroad: The (embarrassingly accurate) stereotype It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of my countrymen and women who meet the sadly stereotypical but embarrassingly accurate set of characteristics that mark them out as Brits Abroad. I wouldn’t deny anybody the luxury of a 2-week break defined by sun and fun but why do some people feel the need to pack their culture with them? The sunburned skin, … Read more

The Best Hostels in Hawaii – Sleep Cheap in Hawaii

Hawaii is expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit on a budget. Whether you’re backpacking Hawaii, trying to honeymoon without taking out a mortgage or you’re a family on a budget, you may be surprised to know that you can sleep for as little as $30 a night in Hawaii. The answer: hostels. Whilst not abundant in Hawaii, they are an option on (nearly) every island and they almost always have a private room option offering the privacy of a hotel at a fraction of the cost. But aren’t hostels…horrible? They can be. I’ve certainly bunked in the stack … Read more

10 Top Things To Do In Oahu For First Time Visitors

Hawaiian Islands

In this guide, I’ll give you my 10 top things to do in Oahu for first-time visitors. I was a bit overwhelmed researching things to do in Hawaii because almost every article I read told me to swim with sharks, surf the Triple Crown (pro surf championship) or take pre-sunrise hikes up steep inclines. It all sounds admirable and boast-worthy. But what if you’re more of a sit on Waikiki beach with a shave ice kind of person? Don’t get me wrong; I did some adventurous stuff – I hiked up Diamond Head, and I eventually gathered the nerve for … Read more

15 Things To Do In Hawaii Big Island For First Time Visitors

Which Hawaiian Island to Visit

If you asked me my favourite Hawaiian Island, I’d say Big Island. Why? Hawaii’s Big Islands offers everything – nature operates at its most dramatic – where else can you witness new land being spewed forth from the earth’s core; the beaches are not just pretty but also rare (Big Island has one of the few green sand beaches in the world). And that’s not to get me started on the coffee plantations and local brewery. But what do you do if you’re on your first visit to Big Island? Where do you even start, working your way through the many things … Read more

Which Is The Best Hawaiian Island To Visit?

Hawaii Palm Trees

If you’re not sure which Hawaiian Island to visit, I’m here to help you decide. Having spent three months flitting between the islands, I crammed in as many sights and activities as I could and although I have my personal favourite (more on that below), each island offers different experiences depending on the kind of trip to Hawaii you’re planning. An overview of the Hawaiian Islands Prone to disorganisation, I didn’t have clue about Hawaii when I boarded my last-minute flight. I picked up a guidebook in San Francisco during a 4-day layover and left it neatly unopened in my … Read more

16 Best Things To Do In Kauai For First Time Visitors

napali coast in Hawaii on Kauai

Why Kauai? In short, adrenaline…and peace in equal proportions. Whilst it may be known as the Garden Island, Kauai is like no garden I’ve ever visited in my native England. The island may be a 5 million year old dormant volcano (what?) but its unique and diverse topography will find you scrabbling for your hiking boots, snorkelling mask or kayak paddle all in the same breath. If you’re less keen on activity, you can still take a boat, helicopter or car to explore things more leisurely. In this guide I will share with you the best things to do in … Read more

21 Best Things To Do in Maui – Hawaii

moonscape of haleakala national park in maui

With psychedelic rainbow eucalyptus trees, fresh-baked banana bread, moonscape volcanic craters and the opportunity to listen to the eerie sound of humpback whales singing, it is safe to say that Maui is one of the most surreal of all the Hawaiian islands. That’s why I’m so keen to encourage people off their beach loungers and out to explore the things that make Maui so special. If you do escape the manicured boundary of your resort, even if only for a while, you’ll find that Maui is bursting with sights to show you. In this article, I’ll share with you the … Read more

Santa Teresa Beach Life in Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Beach Sunset

Getting to Santa Teresa Beach from San Jose The day didn’t start well. In addition to the 4am wake-up, I ended up at the wrong bus station. I knew that I had to get there early to join the rabble-come-queue for the ludicrously popular Saturday morning bus to Santa Teresa. (Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica). So, when it dawned on me that I was in the wrong place, I broke into panicked Spanglish explaining my problem to anyone who would listen. ‘Me no in right-o place-o. Need-o bus-o.’ Within minutes I was installed in the back of a beaten up car having negotiated … Read more

How To Take The Ferry From Barcelona to Rome

Ferry from Barcelona to Rome

Last night I boarded the Grimaldi Barcelona to Rome ferry which leaves from the port at the end of La Rambla in Barcelona heading to Civitavecchia, a place about 45 minutes outside Rome. When I say ferry, really I mean a small crusie (think I’ve picked up the last leg of a holiday cruise which, for the price is not bad going). I’m currently sat in the lounge on deck 10 listening to relaxing Spanish (or Italian – can anyone really tell the difference) ballads as the expanse of the Mediterranean twinkles as far as the eye can see. Poetic, … Read more