Asia

Dalat: Vietnam’s City of Flowers

It’s easy to get stuck for a while in Vietnam’s beautiful Dalat, nestled in the Central Highlands in the Lam Dong Province. The province is one of Vietnam’s major producers of flowers, producing 10% of the country’s flower exports, hence Dalat’s nickname of ‘The City of Flowers’. And as soon as you reach the edges… Continue reading Dalat: Vietnam’s City of Flowers

Asia

Cat Ba Island: for a cheaper (and better) Halong Bay experience

Cat Ba Island, at a size of 260 square kilometres, is the largest island in Vietnam’s iconic Halong Bay. It is best described as a cluster of the bay’s limestone karsts that have formed together to create a larger island. Although the main town, Cat Ba Town, is nothing to behold, exploring further inland you… Continue reading Cat Ba Island: for a cheaper (and better) Halong Bay experience

Central America

Leon & Granada: Nicaragua’s colonial towns

Leon The beautiful colonial city of Leon and it’s surroundings are buzzing with things to see and do. Celebrating the university’s 100th year at the time of our visit back in November 2014, the city was even more alive than ever; every evening the streets were packed with families, students and tourists alike, enjoying live music… Continue reading Leon & Granada: Nicaragua’s colonial towns

Travel Tips

How to avoid being ripped off abroad

Even the most seasoned of travellers get tricked out of their money abroad. When you’re new to a country and unfamiliar with the currency and the cost of living, it’s impossible to know how much something is worth without a little shopping around – whether it’s the cost of a taxi ride, a bottle of… Continue reading How to avoid being ripped off abroad

Travel Tips

Why we should all hitchhike more

In many places around the world, hitchhiking is the norm, and a widely used method of getting around. I’m from the UK, however, where the majority of people seem terrified by the very idea, convinced that getting into a stranger’s car could only be asking for trouble. And as for picking somebody up from the… Continue reading Why we should all hitchhike more