May 23, 2018

12-Day Nicaragua Travel Itinerary

My trip to Nicaragua was my first solo trip, my first time to Central America, and my first small group tour. Joining a whirlwind trip with G-Adventures, we covered the country’s highlights in just under two weeks. Follow this 12-day itinerary for your own adventure, however this certainly wasn’t enough time in Nica if you ask me. If you can, I’d strongly recommend for you add an extra day or so along the way. Our itinerary In A Nutshell Whilst I joined The Essence of Nicaragua tour, I have actually rejigged this itinerary slightly. Personally I would have spent more […]
February 21, 2018

Cuba – A Photographer’s Dream

Some countries are just made for photography, and Cuba is one of them. Travel to Cuba has been very limited until recently, which means that this is one country that hasn’t been ruined by tourism – yet! Cuba oozes with history, culture, colour, and vibrancy, so plan an unforgettable trip before any of that changes! With a rising popularity from both professional and budding photographer’s alike, you’ll find numerous different photographic tours available to book. If that’s not your kinda thing, then no problem. Just keep your camera at the ready, and your eyes peeled, as you’ll be surrounded by […]
January 21, 2018

Trinidad, The Heart Of Cuba

Picture cobblestone roads, pastel hue coloured low rise houses, donkeys dragging carts along the bumpy roads, vintage cars everywhere, old men playing chess in the street, and waking up in a traditional colonial home. This my friends, is Trinidad. I ABSOLUTELY loved Trinidad, and if you are visiting Cuba then you’d be a fool to miss out on this small, but perfect town. In fact, the cover image of my Pintsize Explorer blog was actually taken along one of the back roads in Trinidad 🙂 This wonderfully retained Spanish Colonial town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, […]
September 27, 2017

Living With A Local: A Nicaraguan Homestay Experience

My time in Nicaragua had already been quite eventful once I’d got past my volcano boarding saga (didn’t hear but that? Click here to read more), so when it came to spending a few days with a local family on the island of Ometepe, what was there to worry about? Our homestay experience was pre-organized as part of the G-Adventure tour group I had joined. I had never done something like this before, and I loved the idea of being able to meet and spend time with a local family. Over the next few days we would stay with a […]
September 15, 2017

Volcano Boarding – When It All Goes Wrong!

I would never really refer to myself as an adrenaline junkie, but as soon as I booked my tickets to Nicaragua, I knew there was one activity that I wanted to do – and that was to go volcano boarding. We would hike up Cerro Negro, Nicaragua’s youngest volcano, sit on a wooden sledge like board, and slide down at speeds unknown. I’ve done some pretty adventurous stuff in the past (sky diving, parasailing, zip lining) and I’ve always been glad that I’ve pushed myself to do something I didn’t think I had the balls to do. Sounds great, right? […]
September 11, 2017

Sloths Of The Jaguar Rescue Center

I visited Costa Rica in 2014 as part of a 6-week trip across Central America, and there was one thing that I couldn’t wait to see –  a sloth! I’m a huge animal lover, so there was no chance I was going to visit Costa Rica without seeing one of these furry tree dwellers. Sloths can be difficult to spot as they not only spend up to 20-hours a day sleeping in the rainforest, but also move at an incredibly slow pace of around 40-yards per day. Sounds a little bit like me with a terrible hungover, ha! To guarantee […]
September 8, 2017

Monteverde Extremo: Zip Lining

There are several spots to zip line in Central America, however none better than Monteverde, home to the highest zip line cables throughout Latin America. I hadn’t really contemplated just how high this was when I signed up, but I’m thrilled I got a chance to do this as I absolutely love zip lining! There are two main companies offering zip line experiences in Monteverde – Monteverde Extremo, and 100% Adventura. Both companies offer very similar activities. Monteverde Extremo’s main activity is their 14 cable zip line (also referred to as canopy tours) course that includes a superman cable, a […]
September 6, 2017

Sarapiqui River: White Water Rafting 

The Sarapiqui River is located in the Arenal and La Fortuna area of Costa Rica, and is a popular spot for white water rafting. The rapids are a grade 3-4, so perfect for adventurous first time rafters, but those more experienced adrenaline junkies are still guaranteed to have an exhilarating day out along the 12 km of river track. I went white water rafting many years ago, so for me this felt like I was heading out to the waters again for the first time – and I couldn’t wait !! The rafting day trip came with a hefty price […]
July 20, 2017

A Foodies Guide To NYC 

With a population of over 1.6 million people, it’s no surprise there is an endless list of old favourites and newly opened restaurants to discover in New York City. Adam and I visited New York in early December (to celebrate our first year together – yay, go us!), and between a number of friends, relatives and colleagues, we found ourselves with a ridiculous list of restaurant recommendations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Read on down to discover my hot list of over 35 restaurants, ranging from super casual to something a little more special. To make things easier for you, I […]
May 30, 2017

My Instagram 7 Day Beach Photo Challenge

In case anyone isn’t on Instagram (how is that possible?), or doesn’t follow my Instagram account yet (please add me – I need to get my followers up!), I wanted to share a challenge I set myself last week. For a little bit of fun, I thought I’d set myself a week long challenge on Instagram with only one rule – each day I was to upload a photo of a different beach I had visited. My aim was to collate a short collection of snaps to share some of my favourite memories with you. All photos are my own images and […]
March 23, 2017

48 Hours In Granada, Nicaragua

Nicaragua might be one of the least visited countries throughout Central America, but not for much longer. Sandwiched between Costa Rica and Honduras, this picturesque country is steadily increasing in popularity with more travellers visiting year on year. With so much to offer, and importantly on a such reasonable budget compared to Nica’s neighbouring Costa Rica, it’s without a doubt that this hidden gem of a country should be included on everyone’s bucket list! Although the international airport is actually located in Managua, Granada is the city that most travellers use as a base during their visit to Nicaragua. One […]