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A blog for travellers, would-be travellers and anybody else with a curious interest in ditching the routine and exploring our planet.
We’re Ian & Nicky and we’re here to inform, entertain and hopefully inspire you to explore more often and for longer. And we’re here to help you plan your next adventure, whether it’s a weekend city break or a 12-month expedition into the unknown.
Put the future on hold and live for today!
HOW TO PLAN A EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP FOR THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC
By Ian – 19 January 2018 – Itineraries
From sipping pink champagne in rural France to cruising the Grand Canal in Venice, it’s a European road trip made for two – as long as you’re up for sharing the driving…
HOUSESITTING FOR BEGINNERS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
By Ian – 10 January 2018 – Housesitting
In the first of a three-part series, we explain what housesitting is all about and how you can determine if it’s for you…
8 THINGS THAT WILL SURPRISE BRITS ABOUT THE USA
By Ian – 31 December 2017 – USA
For many years our two great countries have enjoyed a “special relationship”, but in the USA there remain certain cultural differences that we Brits may find surprising – here are eight examples we’ve observed in our first few weeks here…
IS THIS THE WORLD'S BEST ROAD TRIP?
By Ian – 18 December 2017 – New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island is absolutely perfect for a road trip, and we reckon this one is up there with the very best on the planet…
THE DAY WE TOOK A FERRY 'CROSS THE MERSEY
By Ian – 8 December 2017 – England
There are quicker ways to get from Birkenhead to Liverpool, but for a piece of nostalgia and the best views of the city’s iconic waterfront, the famous “Ferry Cross The Mersey” is still hard to beat…
5 RANDOM THINGS WE'VE LEARNED FROM HOUSESITTING
By Ian – 27 November 2017 – Housesitting
From flooded bedrooms and being locked out of the house to forever regretting teaching the parrot a new phrase – here are the top five lessons we’ve learned from housesitting…
16 November 2017
THE ULTIMATE NORTH INDIA ITINERARY AND HOW TO DO IT IN 3 WEEKS
6 November 2017
THE BEST WAY TO EXPLORE THE EPIC ISLAND OF FLORES IN 14 DAYS
28 October 2017
AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON – A KIWI ROAD TRIP BY CAMPER VAN
19 October 2017
HOW TO EXPLORE THE BEST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA BY ROAD
MEET IAN & NICKY
We’re an English couple who’ve swapped our corporate life for a voyage of discovery around the world and this blog is a permanent record of what we see, think and do. We hope it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, why not pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around!
We’re currently in
Anacortes, Washington, USA
OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS IN 2017
HOW WE TOURED SRI LANKA ON A BUDGET
THREE NEW ZEALAND WALKS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
THE EYE OF THE STORM – HOW WE SURVIVED DEVASTATING HURRICANE IRMA
HOW TO TRAVEL LONG TERM AS A COUPLE…WITHOUT KILLING EACH OTHER