Cienfuegos: Why is the Rum Always Gone?

The chilled city of Cienfuegos, French rather than Spanish in origin, is only a 90 minute drive from Trinidad and made for a lovely, mellow stop on the way to Havana. It is blessed with some amazing architecture, a lovely little Malecon (promenade) and great sunsets. I found I passed the time in Cienfuegos byContinue reading “Cienfuegos: Why is the Rum Always Gone?”

Croatia: Winter is Coming

Croatia’s southernmost major city is probably the one I most associate with Croatian beauty – it’s certainly the city I think of when I think of Croatia. It’s perhaps ironic then that I enjoyed Dubrovnik less than Zadar and Split. However, it’s still absolutely worth a visit. A slightly less enjoyable Croatian city is stillContinue reading “Croatia: Winter is Coming”

Croatia: Doing the Split

Split is like Zadar’s slightly more full-on cousin, sitting further south along the Dalmatian coast. Despite it being more crowded and touristic, it’s got plenty going for it and the Old Town is a delightful treasure chest. Getting between Zadar and Split is easy enough with many buses plying the route daily. I booked inContinue reading “Croatia: Doing the Split”

Zadar: Autumn Chill

Croatia felt like a long time coming. Time and time again I’d seen breathtaking pictures and heard about how beautiful it was and now finally I was able to experience it for myself. There are cheap, direct flights to the coastal city of Zadar from Ryanair and this is a fantastic place to start aContinue reading “Zadar: Autumn Chill”

Flores: Country Life

Not keen to leave the hills just yet (or suffer an 8+ hour bus ride to Labuan Bajo) I decided to stop off in Ruteng after leaving Bajawa. My guesthouse was able to arrange a bus though it involved being picked up at 6.30am to then sit on a stationery bus for an hour andContinue reading “Flores: Country Life”

Australia: Wild Sydney

Sydney is more than just one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is also, like I think most Australian cities, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and nature, a lot of which is easily accessible even if you don’t drive. One of the most accessible outdoor walks you can do runs from the famousContinue reading “Australia: Wild Sydney”

Borneo: Hasta Mañana

The islands just outside Kota Kinabalu were really nice but we craved something a bit more remote to round off our Borneo adventure. One of our friends had heard of a beach resort known as Mañana, about an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu, so we decided to check it out and spend a couple of nights relaxingContinue reading “Borneo: Hasta Mañana”

Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1

Borneo’s lush rainforest is one of its main draws and we were eager to sample it after arriving in Sabah for our Easter break. During my last trip to Borneo in 2015, the Sarawak rainforest had played host to a quirky music festival. For this visit, the Sabah jungle had something much more natural planned.Continue reading “Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1”

20 Brilliant Hong Kong Hikes (Part 1)

Before I came to Hong Kong, I had never hiked. In fact, my idea of exercise was opening a tin of Aldi pasta sauce (and if you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know how much of a workout that can be). It was probably one of the biggest surprises to me that Hong Kong is ladenContinue reading “20 Brilliant Hong Kong Hikes (Part 1)”

Hong Kong: Po Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain)

I’ve become slightly addicted to hiking in Hong Kong at the moment. The weather for the past couple of weeks has been absolutely glorious – clear blue skies but a drop in temperature have meant I can still marvel at Hong Kong’s vistas without melting into a puddle of sweat. As I’m doing more hikesContinue reading “Hong Kong: Po Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain)”