Some thoughts on travelling, “coming home”, building a life and what happens as free-spirited travellers start to get older. Type “travel ruins your life” or something similar into Google, and you’ll find a whole list of articles that claim that travelling has ruined their authors’ ability to live a normal existence. They’re mostly written tongue-in-cheek, … More Does Travel Ruin Your Life?
A salt mine with a theme park inside? There was no way I could turn this down. So, a few months ago, I headed to Turda, a town that’s about an hour outside Cluj-Napoca to have a look at Salina Turda. It’s basically a salt mine museum with some interesting things to do inside! Getting … More Romania: Turda Salt Caves and Gorge
It is with great joy that I can announce that I have moved again – this time to Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I hadn’t even heard of this gem of a city before September, and yet now I’m in love. In the UK – mostly thanks to the media – Romania tends to be depicted as a land of … More Romania: Introducing Cluj-Napoca, my new home
Eger is wine country in Hungary, and we couldn’t resist stopping by for a couple of days to check out its wine cellars and the thermal baths of Egerszalók. A popular weekend destination for Budapest residents, the journey from Keleti station only takes around two hours and the train we took even had free Wifi. We … More Hungary: Wine cellars and thermal baths in Eger and Egerszalók
It was a cold October evening when we arrived in Budapest. It was already almost 11pm, and most of the airport had closed up for the night, apart from a small cafe who wouldn’t break our freshly withdrawn 5000 Forint note. With our massive backpacks strapped into place, we each picked up the other two bags … More Hungary: Thermal baths and ruin pubs in Budapest
I won’t lie to you – this is not the best blog for finding out about historical monuments, art galleries, museums or other things you’ll find on your must-see itinerary. When I travel, I like to wander around, go on public transport, eat where the locals eat (if I can find this) and generally just … More Portugal: Three Days Wandering Around Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra
Nearing the end of our trip, we decided to spend our last few days (and remaining dregs of money) in Laos. Getting from Bangkok, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos by train The train from Bangkok apparently now runs directly into Laos, stopping around 13km outside of Vietniane. Research led us to believe that it would be … More Laos: Vientiane and the Buddha Park
After two nights in Hue, we caught the morning train to Danang. It was three hours late, so it’s a good job that Hue has a bunch of cafés just outside the train station that will supply you with pho and nice coffee. A friendly man who seemed to work at the train station informed … More Vietnam: Danang, Hoi An and My Son