Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff is not somewhere I would necessarily visit again. Honestly, there was nothing wrong with it at all, there are just much nicer places in Wales to spend your time. We stayed in Cardiff as a pit stop on our drive back to London and spent a half day and a night exploring. The big…

Skomer Island, Wales

After a wonderful time in the North of Wales we decided to check out the South as well. We based ourselves in the small town of Fishguard as it was a convenient distance from Skomer Island. Fishguard is fine for an overnight stay but I wouldn’t recommend staying longer than that. For accommodation we stayed…

Snowdonia National Park and Surrounds,Wales

Hiking in the mountains is something that Andrew and I got used to doing every weekend while living in Vancouver, so is something that we really missed after moving to London. To quench our thirst for some mountain air we rented a car with a couple of friends and headed to Snowdonia National Park in…

The Cotswolds, England

Your imagination’s idyllic English country life comes alive in the Cotswolds. The area is filled will endless small villages to explore and you could spend anywhere from a day to a week in the area. Due to time constraints we only got to spend a day, but this was more than enough time to get…

Venice, Italy

Before we set off on our first Italian adventure, a friend gave us a fantastic description of Venice – that the whole city is like a living museum. And they could not have been more accurate. The city dates back to around 400 A.D. and you can really imagine people of old strolling through the…

Dorset and surrounds, England

Dorset in England is where all your fantasies of village England come true, old churches, village greens and many a pub. Relive your childhood by walking in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and discover a country of rolling hills and dramatic beach cliffs. We based ourselves in the small village of Rockbourne (technically…

Christchurch and Surrounds, New Zealand

Christchurch may not have the spectacular appeal of other spots in the South Island, however, it is the place where we went to university and will always hold some incredible (and sometimes messy) memories. Canterbury University is a great place to study and the campus is always good for a reminiscent stroll. I can’t really…

Waihi Beach, Whangamata and Surrounds, New Zealand

Given its close proximity to our hometown of Hamilton, this part of the Coromandel is one that we visit often. New Zealand summers don’t only  have to be about the beach so we usually like to make a stop at the Karangahake Gorge, just past Paeroa. The gorge is stunning and there are some nice…

Gisborne to Waihau Bay, New Zealand

The East Cape of New Zealand is wild and empty and relatively untouched by tourism. Its a long drive to get there but the rewards are great indeed. Our starting point was the lovely town of Gisborne where there are vineyards and beaches galore. A good place to get your bearings is at the Titirangi…

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park is one of the best places to visit in New Zealand if you are an outdoor lover. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the hike you want to do and at about 5 and a half hours to complete, it is a bit of a challenge. If you have a friend who is…