Take a day trip to the Mekong Delta!

Ho Chi Minh is amazing, but after a few days in the city I was eager to see more of Vietnam and explore the countryside. We originally booked a day trip to the Mekong Delta river for Boxing Day but it was cancelled due to the aftermath of a typhoon in the Philippines which was heading to Vietnam. Luckily the day trip went ahead on the following day and we could just about squeeze it into our schedule before heading to Cambodia.  Continue reading “Take a day trip to the Mekong Delta!”

10 Things to do in Saigon, Vietnam

You have most likely heard of Saigon and perhaps Ho Chi Minh City too, but you might not have known that both are different names for the same city in Southern Vietnam. Before the trip I said I was visiting Ho Chi Minh City, but now that we’ve visited and spent time speaking to the locals I’d be more likely to say Saigon. Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City at the end of the Vietnam war, named after the communist leader who led the independence movement in Vietnam. Continue reading “10 Things to do in Saigon, Vietnam”

Sandals South Coast: Jamaica

I couldn’t quite believe my luck when I was invited to Jamaica for a 3 nights, all-inclusive stay at the newly refurbished Sandals South Coast. I received this opportunity as part of my day job as an Affiliate Marketing Manager, and all I knew was that I would be travelling with a selection of people working in the same industry as me and the dates of the trip. Continue reading “Sandals South Coast: Jamaica”

Cali Road Trip: Yosemite

During our Californian road trip it felt like everywhere we visited was building up to our visit to Yosemite National Park. When we finally arrived Yosemite was very impressive, it was by far the highlight of our California road trip! From the moment we arrived in the Yosemite area the whole experience felt surreal, there was outstanding beauty at every corner and striking backdrops all around. I couldn’t help myself, I took hundreds of pictures over the two days and nights, but everywhere is postcard perfect so it would have been rude not to! Continue reading “Cali Road Trip: Yosemite”

Cali Road Trip: Santa Cruz

After changing our plans due to the mega landslide on the Californian coast at the time of our travels we had one night spare and needed a new destination to visit, we chose Santa Cruz and I’m so glad that we did. Our original plan was to drive down from Monterey to Cambria and then up to Yosemite National Park.  However, with the road damage it was possible to still get to Cambria but it would have meant a 40+ mile diversion in land and no scenic coastal drive for us which would have been a huge shame. It turned out that our hotel booking in Cambria was the only hotel that hadn’t been paid for and we had no problems cancelling it – it was almost like it was meant to be! Continue reading “Cali Road Trip: Santa Cruz”

Cali Road Trip: Monterey & Carmel

After our busy couple of days in San Francisco our road trip finally begun as we picked up our BMW 4 series convertible and hit the road. If you’ve been to San Francisco before you will already know how steep and abundant the hills are – thank god all of the cars are automatic, I would definitely not have been ready for those hill starts! Saying that I did leave all of the driving to James as he wasn’t daunted by driving on the other side of the road like I was. Our first overnight stop was in Monterey, an idyllic small fishing town around 2 and half hours from San Francisco. Continue reading “Cali Road Trip: Monterey & Carmel”

Staycation: The Cotswolds

Before visiting I always thought the cotswolds were a couple of small towns on the East side of Oxfordshire that had once been used to film part of The Holiday. The sheer size of the Cotswolds is huge and the area of outstanding natural beauty takes up miles upon miles of hills and countryside.

The villages that make up the Cotswolds are the ultimate staycation destination, if like me you work in a busy city and want to get away and relax for a few days. There’s nothing like getting back to basics with great food, friendly faces and quaint British villages aplenty. Continue reading “Staycation: The Cotswolds”

My Travels: Thailand, 2016

In 2016 I visited more countries that I have already been to before compared to new countries. Although I’ve always made it a priority to visit new countries and cities, there is something really nostalgic about going back to the same place more than once. It’s easy to keep certain memories from your initial visit and sometimes things are how you remembered but they can also be so different as things have changed and advanced in the years since you’ve visited. Continue reading “My Travels: Thailand, 2016”