East Java

When thinking back on our time in Java, what really stood out was the vibrancy of colours, both from the bright houses that lined the streets and the insanely lush greenery of the surrounding forests and plantations. The other thing that really stuck in our minds was the warmth and kindness of the Javanese people.... Continue Reading →

Self-Guided Ijen Tour

Anyone visiting the eastern end of Java will no doubt be planning a trip to the stunning Ijen plateau. The regular itinerary involves a midnight hike to the crater edge, followed by a stop inside the crater to marvel at the blue flames of the sulphur mine before finishing off with a spectacular sunrise overlooking... Continue Reading →

Amed (North Bali)

Returning to Bali felt a bit like coming home. There was an almost instant feeling of comfort when we stepped off the speed boat onto the coarse black sand of Amed beach. This little town on the north-east coast turned out to be the perfect fit for us. With tarmac roads only arriving in 2007,... Continue Reading →

Recovering on Gili Air

Pinch and zoom on the Map to the North West of Lombok and you'll find three tiny drops of land known as the Gili Islands. These minuscule paradise islands, each offering a slightly different atmosphere, are the de facto destination for anyone wanting to recover post Rinjani. We selected Gili Air, the middle ground by... Continue Reading →

Trekking Rinjani

We first glimpsed Gunung Rinjani, standing proud at 3,726 meters, as we flew past on our way to Bali. It pretty much screamed "climb me, I dare you" and we certainly found the call too tantalising to resist. Despite being infamous for its relentless brutality, none of the broken-willed recollections could deter us from braving... Continue Reading →

Lombok, I Love You

In light of the devastating earthquakes that hit Lombok at the start of the month, we are beginning this post by appealing to our readers' generosity. For anyone that is unaware of the situation, the island is still in a state of emergency, with many thousands of residents displaced and emergency services working tirelessly to... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Asia – Bali Kuta

We began the South East Asia portion of our trip by fulfilling a rite of passage and getting thoroughly ripped off! After strolling confidently out of the Denpasar customs gate and bypassing a horde of cajoling taxi drivers, we were finally stopped by a young chap in a Batik-print button-down who quoted us IDR450k for... Continue Reading →

Vivid Sydney

Sydney, the most populated settlement in Oceania, seems to sprawl endlessly across all directions of the Parramatta estuary. Yet despite its sheer scale, the city has the ambling, relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller seaside town. During our eight-day visit we gladly assimilated to this chilled-out pace of life, taking time to enjoy the nearby... Continue Reading →

Coffee & Croissants – Melbourne

The only thing we knew prior to visiting Melbourne was that in 2017 it was named the┬ámost liveable city in the world for the seventh consecutive year. You'd think this would prime us with high expectations but, a lot had transpired in the time between reading that fact and arriving at Tullamarine Airport, leaving us... Continue Reading →

Canterbury Tales

Canterbury was the perfect end to our New Zealand adventures. We absolutely loved our time there! Keep reading to see the highlights of our journey back into the mountainous heart of South Island. Moreaki boulders   Although technically in Otago, don't miss this pit-stop on the way north from Dunedin. Apparently, these spherical rock formations... Continue Reading →

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