All posts tagged: scenery

[Nepal: Diary of a First Time Trekker]: Day 3, First Day Of Proper Trekking

It was here – the first day of proper trekking! I think we were all keen to put our hiking boots to good use (mine for their debut) and get stuck in. As our guide, Pasang, had briefed us the night before, today we were in for a long day. We needed to begin our ascent up the mountain, and that meant a long 8 hour hike up a steep stone staircase, through neatly terraced hillsides on our way to the top of Ulleri. As we rose early, the sun was not yet out and temperatures were cold. But as I quickly began to learn, it’s all about the layers in the Himalayas (rhyming unintentional) as after a couple of hours, the sun emerged mid morning and it warmed up extremely quickly, plus the sheer exertion of walking on a constant uphill made sure we had our sweat on. It was a constant striving to retain a good balance, but I made sure I was prepared – with about 4 to 5 layers to play …

Viñales: Cuba’s Green Scene

When someone says Cuba, you most likely conjure up iconic images of its capital Havana – its bustling streets, lively music, happy faces and those old school vintage cars roaming the streets. This without doubt is the heart of Cuba, its lively body and soul. Idyllic Caribbean beach scenes might also come to mind – white sand, turquoise waters and rum cocktails. And you wouldn’t be wrong. The large majority of visitors to Cuba split their time solely between Havana and the Varadero beach region, a nice little combination of city and beach with the added ease of getting between the two in just a couple of hours. However, there’s just so much more to the island if you have the time to really explore. After an incredible few days in Havana (more on that to come in a later post), we headed a few hours west to the beautiful Viñales, four to be precise. Now this is by no means off the beaten track, but perhaps due to its position in the opposite direction …

My Top 10 Ultimate Travel Experiences

I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world experiencing different cultures, meeting the local people, sampling the food and trying out new activities. It has been hard to narrow it down to such a short list, but here are my top 10 unforgettable experiences over the years…

My Little Turkish Secret

Turkey is a well known and well travelled holiday destination, its popularity having grown a lot in the past few years. From working in the retail travel industry, I know the main resorts to go, the popular beaches, and the party towns. But there is one little secret I’ll always keep to myself: the gorgeous little fishing town of Kaş!

Beautiful Bali: Uluwatu & Ubud

Uluwatu The main places to stay in Bali are Kuta or Seminyak – before I went, everyone would ask me if I was staying in Kuta or Seminyak…but I actually didn’t stay in either of those! As I’d heard that they are fast becoming more and more touristy and full of drunk rowdy foreigners (mainly Australians!!), we decided to stay a bit further out in Uluwatu in the south of the island.

Bustling Bangkok & Beautiful Beaches: A Month In Thailand

Bangkok It is one of the most interesting cities I’ve ever visited, but it is also smelly, dirty, loud and hectic, and you’ll probably have had enough of it after a few days of being hounded by street merchants and fighting your way through the crowds on Khao San Road. But Bangkok is definitely a great way to start a trip in Southeast Asia!