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 […]
May 17, 2018

Candyland Studios | A Woodland Retreat

I get a real buzz about staying somewhere special. Fancy Hotels might offer luxury that the majority of us aren’t used too, but what I really love is something unique and different. That’s what makes a stay special to me. Let me set the scene. Deep in heart of Devon, near enough to civilisation but far enough away to feel isolated with no preying eyes. A unique cabin made from local natural resources, designed by two creative individuals who definitely left their stamp on the cabin. This my friends, is Candyland Studios. To celebrate a good friend’s birthday (shout out […]
May 15, 2018

London’s Unmissable Festival

This week we’ve FINALLY seen some sunshine, which can only mean one thing – spring is on it’s way! Before we know it, summer will be upon us, as will this year’s House Festival. Hurrah! London hosts a zillion summer festivals each year, but there’s nothing quite like this one. I’ve been for the past 5 years now and I genuinely love it and get just as excited as each year comes around! What Is The House Festival? The House Festival is hosted by London’s exclusive members club Soho House. Each year, roughly 5,000 people gather together for an awesome […]
April 25, 2018

18-Day Vietnam Travel Itinerary

Vietnam has an extremely well-trodden travel path, which means accessing pretty much anywhere within the country is super easy to arrange. Travel by train, plane, bus, or boat, and follow this 18-day itinerary for your own Vietnamese adventure! Our itinerary In A Nutshell One for the Brits – if you can, book your trip around the Easter bank holidays to squeeze in a few extra days without taking more time off work. Otherwise just skim off a few days from my plan, to make this itinerary work for a two-week holiday. Vietnam has so much to offer, that it’s impossible […]
April 15, 2018

La Chataigne | The Perfect Getaway

For some reason I was obsessed about wanting to stay in a vineyard during our time in Franschoek. The romantic thought of being tucked up in our own cozy cottage in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing other than vineyards and the incredible mountain views. This was the plan! After a little bit of research, I found the ideal place – La Chataigne! Oh my, this was just PERFECT! This family run vineyard has belong to the Parkfelt family for several generations. Originally from Sweden, the family moved to Franschoek in the early 1970’s to set up the vineyard. […]
April 15, 2018

Challenging My Vertigo At Lion’s Head

With our time in South Africa coming to a close, we were looking for an activity to finish our trip on a high, and hiking the dizzy heights of Lion’s Head was sure fire way to do just this! On our last day in Cape Town, Adam and I agreed we’d head off on one last hike. This smaller section of Table Mountain has been named as such, due to the mountain resembling the shape of Lion. Perhaps you need a bird’s eye view to verify this though! I’d had a little Google beforehand and read some other blog posts […]
April 8, 2018

Meet The Rescue Lions of Drakenstein

Sometimes I wonder if I should change the theme of my blog from just travel related content, to travel and animal content. I have a massive passion for animals, and pretty much love them all. If you are furry and friendly looking, then I’m going to like you before I’ve even met you! Adam and I have just come back from an epic two weeks in South Africa. We spent five days on safari, and then also visited a number of other animal sanctuaries. Despite racking up quite a chunk of hours on safari, we spotted loads of wild game, […]
March 4, 2018

Monkeying Around In Jozani Forest

Centrally located on the island of Zanzibar, the Jozani Forest is home to over 2,000 Red Colobus monkeys. Unlike other black and white Colobus monkeys found across Africa, the red monkey is unique to Zanzibar. The forest is protected by the Jozani-Chwaka National Park and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960’s. The only one of its kind on the island! There are many tours available to book from Stonetown, otherwise your hotel should be able to help arrange a taxi for you. Alternatively, hire a car like we did and drive there yourself. As you approach the entrance […]
February 28, 2018

16-Day Burma Travel Itinerary

Burma is a pretty big country, but with so much to see, how do you decide on your itinerary? Temples, beaches, trekking, monk watching – what will you include? Follow this 16-day itinerary to see the best Burma has to offer! There are a number of different options for internal travel, but that will hugely depend on your budget and how much time you have. Trains and buses are frequent and affordable, but often slow and unreliable. If you can, splash out on internal flights that will allow you to follow my itinerary as below. Our Itinerary In A Nutshell With two-weeks […]
February 26, 2018

Phong Nha Ke Bang: National Park Tour

With only two days to spend in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, we decided to join an organized tour group to spend a full day out and about seeing the caves. We originally wanted to join the 7km in depth trek through Paradise Cave, however we missed out on that specific trip as we frustratingly didn’t realise the tour only departed on certain days of the week which didn’t coincide with our visit, so we were sadly unable to join that trip. Instead, we joined a National Park Tour that would take us to see the highlights of the […]
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 […]
February 19, 2018

10-Day Amalfi Coast, Capri, & Sicily Travel Itinerary

Our itinerary In A Nutshell Thanks to an affordable, reliable, and frequent rail service, along with several budget airlines, travelling through Italy couldn’t be any easier. Follow this simple 10-day itinerary for a taste of Italy’s Southern Coastal highlights! Adam and I were invited to a friend’s wedding in Sicily, so made the most of the trip by tagging on another week beforehand. This enabled us to spend a week before the big day exploring the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Out of all my holidays over the past few years, this was probably one of my favourites! Read on to see […]
February 15, 2018

Dada Cooking Experience, Zanzibar

Although I am not a massive foodie, food and cooking may very well become a regular theme throughout my blog. I have joined several cooking classes over the years, and I have always enjoyed the experience. My partner in crime Adam is that guy who loves cooking (just as much as he loves eating!), so it’s no surprise to see how keen he is for a cooking class. Although Africa doesn’t have a distinct food culture as such, joining a cooking class was still something we were keen to add to our to-do list. Experiences like this are a great […]
February 13, 2018

Off-Road Driving With Kankku!

With a slogan of ‘Drive. Discover. Adventure’, I was signed up to Kankku’s 4×4 off-road driving experience immediately! Based in Windermere, in the Lake District, this is an awesome activity to get involved with. During a weekend away with some of my girlfriends, one of the girls had heard of the company before, so suggested we sign ourselves up. The five of us were all over this like someone had announced that Ryan Gosling had entered the room – and we couldn’t wait! Experiences And Costs There are two types of driving experiences available to book, either a Safari drive […]
February 8, 2018

Video: Halong Bay In 4 Minutes

I’ve talked a fair bit about Halong Bay in some of my other posts from Vietnam. However, rather than reading about Halong Bay, why not see for yourselves? Covering the highlights of our three day cruise around Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island, I’ve created a fun little video to share with friends and family. Starting with our transfer from Hanoi, you’ll get to see some snippets of our time spent cruising through the bays. Highlights include kayaking through the beautiful waters surrounded by beautiful scenery. Hiking up Titop mountain for stunning 360 degree views. Visiting the Surprise cave, and […]
February 7, 2018

Worldwide Coffee From Café Frei

You’ll find travel right at the top of my list of favourite things, closely followed by dogs, coffee, and chocolate. Whilst Café Frei has nothing to do with dogs (boo!), it has everything to do with travel, coffee, and chocolate. Amazing! I struggle to function without my morning coffee, ideally in my minion mug if it’s the weekend! During the week, I’ve turned into that person with my travel coffee mug on my commuter train into London. There’s nothing worse than guzzling down my hot coffee at breakneck speed as I rush to get ready for work. Now imagine a […]
February 1, 2018

Why You Should Visit Anacapri

I’ve always had this romantic vision of Capri. Beautiful people. Beautiful food. And a beautiful island. Boy was I right. Yes, Capri naturally comes with one of Italy’s heftiest tourist tags, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid the island at all costs. First things first – avoid Capri and head straight up to the hills of Anacapri, where you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find. I’m probably a little bit biased seeing as Italy is my favourite country within Europe, plus the fact that Capri has been on my hit list for nearly 20 years, but I LOVED […]
February 1, 2018

First Timer’s Guide To Visiting Capri

Despite what I’d read and heard about Capri, I knew one day I would make my way there, and when we visited last summer, I was not disappointed! I would absolutely visit again within a heartbeat. In fact, I think I’d go as far as saying it’s one of my favourite places I’ve visited in Italy. My heart bursts a little when I think back to our time spent in Capri. Lounging around the grounds of our boutique hotel set in a pretty lemon grove, all the glorious foods we ate, hiking along the clifftops, and milling around the local […]
February 1, 2018

Our Maltese Super Villa

Renting a super villa with all the mod cons is no longer only limited to those with a big wad of cash in their pocket. Thanks to rental websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway, these amazing villa’s are now easily accessible to the rest of us ‘normal’ folk too! Now admittedly the average Joe probably needs to group up with a few friends or family to be able to afford somewhere like this, but hey, that’s cool. In fact, that’s exactly what I did when I arranged a trip for 11 adults on behalf of my friend for her hen […]
January 24, 2018

Gioan Cookery Video

Hopefully you would have read about the cookery school that Adam and I visited whilst in Hoi An, Vietnam. This was one of the highlights of our trip, and something I would recommend to anyone visiting Hoi An! Gioan Cookery are a small family run business located in the heart of Hoi An. The main reason I chose Gioan (other than the great reviews of course!), was because the offered a private one-on-one cooking experience. We were lucky enough to be hosted by the delightful and bubbly Vina, who constantly kept us laughing! We started the morning by visiting a local […]
January 24, 2018
Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan, Burma

Take A Balloon Trip Of A Lifetime

We all have a bucket list of things to do, and right up there on mine was to take a hot air balloon ride. Now, I am kinda cheating here as I actually already did this a long time ago over the Yarra Valley in Australia, however the backdrop was somewhat different to my second time around so I’m going to pretend it doesn’t count. Let me set the scene. We are in Burma, in the small town of Bagan that is most famous for it’s abundance of pagoda’s and temples. In fact, Bagan contains the highest density of temples […]
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, […]
January 18, 2018

Cooking Up a Storm in Hoi An

Vietnamese food in my opinion is one of the tastiest types of Asian food, so it was a no brainer to partake in a cookery class during our time in Vietnam earlier this year. We travelled throughout the country and found that most places we visited offered cookery classes, however I opted to book this one to coincide with our stay in Hoi An, the food capital of Vietnam. Adam is a massive foodie (and my personal chef at home), so for his birthday I arranged for us to join a private cookery class. There are many popular companies offering […]
January 14, 2018
Magic Lantern Festival 2017

Magic Lantern Festival

The Magic Lantern Festival is a collection of Chinese lanterns, and is held annually around the same time as the Chinese New Year. The festival is held in multiple locations across the UK (including London, Birmingham, Yorkshire, Manchester, and Scotland), and ran for five weeks from the 24th Nov 2017 until 1st Jan 2018. Although I have visited the festival a few years back, I thought I’d pop along to the recent Christmas themed lantern exhibit. Held at Chiswick House and Gardens, the festival displayed a collection of luministic art by numerous different artists. There was a heap of different […]
January 14, 2018
Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park 

My close friends will already know how much I love animals (mainly the furry ones, not the reptiles so much), so this weekend Adam and I visited the Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. I stumbled across the park a few months ago, and have wanted to visit ever since. So off we went! Tickets cost £15.95 per adult / £14.30 per child, but you can save 10% by booking online in advance. Make sure you tick the gift aid box too to ensure the park can reclaim 25p tax for every £1 spent! Once through the Welcome Centre, you’ll […]
December 29, 2017

Zip World: Fforest Coaster

A few months ago Adam and I visited Wales for a long weekend of fun. We hiked Mount Snowden, and we zipped across the Welsh caverns on a zipline. To complete our action-packed weekend in Wales, we also headed over to Zip Worlds latest activity – The Fforest Coaster – to see what this new ride was all about! After a bit of a kerfuffle in trying to locate the site (don’t follow the sat nav as the GPS location isn’t correct!), we made it just in time to join in the fun. The Fforest Coaster is designed with the traditional […]
December 28, 2017

Zip World: Titan Zipline Adventure

As soon as we booked our weekend away in Wales, we knew we’d be booking one of Zip World’s zipline adventures! There are three main zip line activities to choose from – The Caverns, Titan, and Velocity. In The Caverns you’ll zip through a series of wires that take you through a cave like system. The Titan sees you hoisted above the slate caverns in a series of three separate outdoor runs. And then there’s The Velocity wire – the fastest zipline in the world, and longest in Europe – that will catapult you up to speeds of 100mph! We chose to […]
December 22, 2017

Discover Malta and Gozo

Located in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta consists of three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. My visit was actually part of a hen weekend that I arranged. We all love travelling and I planned to take the girls somewhere in Europe that they’d never visited before, that also offered something of interest! And that’s how we ended up in Malta! The Islands Each island has very a different feel to it. Malta is the main island of the trio with something to offer for everyone, and where most people choose to base themselves during their stay. You’ll find […]
December 22, 2017

2017, Another Great Year Of Travel

With Christmas been and gone, and 2017 all wrapped up – this means one thing for me. It’s time to reinstate my favourite New Year’s resolution. Once stolen from a friend, this New Year’s resolution is to try and visit at least three new countries per year.  And in 2017 I’ve done exactly that by visiting Vietnam, Wales, and Budapest. Hurrah. A full three out of three achieved for 2017! I think this is a great New Year’s resolution for anyone, and more people should take it up. Time and money are probably no doubt the biggest factors that hold […]
November 17, 2017

Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Without a doubt, the highlight of our two-and-a-half-week trip to Vietnam was our time spent in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The only regret we had was not staying for longer! Located in central Vietnam, I would recommend a visit to anyone travelling the well-trodden route from north to south (or visa-versa!). Why Visit Phong Nha National Park? Travelling for me is ultimately about seeing new places and experiencing new things. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is all about caving, and as I’ve never visited such a large caving system before, this was something new that I could […]