• Etihad Airways
    Journal,  Travel

    Yep, I Flew Business Class with Etihad

    You know when I said that drinks on a rooftop bar overlooking Bangkok was the perfect way to end our travels? Well, I was wrong. The perfect way to end our travels was by flying business class with Etihad! I’m not sure how I’ve kept that one quiet on social media as it was quite possibly one of the best experiences ever. You’re probably thinking, “how on earth did they afford that? I thought they lost all their money in the outback?” I’ll come to that. So, as most of my readers will know, our ten months of travelling came to an end a few weeks ago. After checking out…

  • Bangkok Skyline
    Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Bangkok, Thailand

    Well, this is it. Our last stop in ten months of travel. We’ve lived in Melbourne and #vanlifed around Australia before flying to Bali, Singapore, Phuket and Chiang Mai. In a week, we will be back in England with not a clue on where we go from here. The only way to end this was with seven nights in the City of Angels; Bangkok. This city really causes a divide between people; some people absolutely love it whilst others hate it. We booked six nights at the Akara Hotel, which is close to the shopping district, before our final night at the Tower Club at Lebua, the hotel from the…

  • Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Last time out we arrived into our fourth country, Thailand, for a relaxing week on the island of Phuket. After recuperating, we were both ready to make our way north to Chiang Mai for four nights. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and lies next to the country’s tallest mountains. Before Thailand formed, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom for approximately 500 years. When planning our journey home, we decided to visit here for three reasons; the night markets, the temples and the elephants. The Flight I don’t normally get nervous when it comes to flying but, after that plane disappeared from Kuala Lumpar, I haven’t…

  • Kata Beach, Phuket
    Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Phuket, Thailand

    Following on from our amazing stay in Singapore, we needed a bit of a break. Somewhere to relax with little exploring to be done. With that in mind, we’d booked to stay in the resort of Kata Beach on the island of Phuket in Thailand. I’ve been wanting to visit Thailand for a long time mostly for the food but also the beaches and Bangkok. Before we really looked into Phuket, I’d always thought that it was on Phuket where the towering cliffs and shimmering sands were but it turns out they’re on a separate island, Koh Phi Phi. Phuket’s reputation comes from it’s main town of Patong Beach where…

  • Journal,  Singapore

    The Long Way Home: Singapore

    We’ve now moved on from Bali to the urban metropolis of Singapore; the Lion City. Singapore is one of only three city-states in the world and is one place I’ve always wanted to visit thanks to Formula One. Before arriving, I knew that Singapore would be amazing but I didn’t expect to find such a clean, orderly, technologically-advanced and green country. Even walking between towering skyscrapers was peaceful; I didn’t hear a siren once. The Plan I’d read a lot of blog posts about Singapore highlighting what to do with just 24 hours in the country. Normally seen as a stop-over when flying long distance but I believe that Singapore…

  • Indonesia,  Journal

    The Long Way Home: Seminyak, Bali

    Following on from last week’s post, we have moved on from Ubud to Seminyak. As I said, Seminyak is described as an upmarket resort town. In my head, I pictured something similar to a European resort with nice promenades. Wishful thinking. The Hotel We stayed at the Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort, a four star hotel close to the beach and the famous Potato Head beach club. The pictures looked really good. The main pool looked inviting but not as great as the infinity pool and jacuzzi on the rooftop. Did I mention it had not one, but two, swim-up pool bars? When we arrived after a manic hour drive on the…

  • Ubud, Bali
    Indonesia,  Journal

    The Long Way Home: Ubud, Bali

    The time has come for us to leave Australia and start a new adventure in South East Asia. As I said last time out, we are on the way home to the UK.  However, we’re going the long way via Bali, Singapore, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok! Saying goodbye was hard; especially as the Perth winter had decided to heat up just for our last day. Once we were at the airport though we were ready for our first taste of Asia. Both Emma and I were anxious when checking our bags in as we were so overweight when coming across to Australia. We had so much stuff we had…

  • Perth CBD
    Journal

    Onwards: Bali, Singapore & Thailand

    Well, just like the football, we’re coming home!  As you read this, if everything goes to plan, we’ll be sat on a plane heading to our next destination. Whilst I can’t wait to get home to the UK, we didn’t want to end the trip on a bad note so we’re taking the long way.  So, for the next month and a bit, we’re heading to Ubud and Seminyak in Bali, then Singapore (hello Marina Bay Sands!) followed by Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand.  For some reason however, I’m nervous.  Like really nervous.  I think it’s because I’m heading outside of my comfort zone again but I guess…

  • Australia,  Journal

    Three Weeks in Perth

    After the nightmare of our van breaking down in the outback bringing an abrupt end to our adventures, you’ll be pleased to know that our stress levels have reduced to normal! The last three weeks have been spent in Perth recuperating.  A massive thanks goes out to Emma’s cousin, Natasha, who’s put us up and put up with us! Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is closer to Singapore than it is to Sydney. It’s winter at the moment so we’ve gone from promised 30 degree heat up in Darwin to temperatures that would ordinarily constitute a British summer. Looking at photos from back home, all I can…

  • Uluru, Australia
    Journal

    The Lap of Australia – The End of the Road

    11th June to 17th June Uluru to Tennant Creek After the mammoth of a drive last week, we planned to stay one more night at Uluru so we could see the giant red rock from up close as well as the National Park’s other highlight, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Once we were done here, the journey would continue back the way we came straight through the middle of Australia and on up to Darwin. 1,945 kilometres! Monday – Uluru Our Monday morning started early with us joining the 6am convoy into the National Park. It costs $25 per adult to enter the park for three days which is worth it.…