Ever find yourself obsessively refreshing your weather app in the run-up to a vacation? I’m definitely guilty of keeping one eye on the elements when planning a trip away. But rainy days are all part of the travel experience – especially in Western Europe!
Luckily, Amsterdam is one city that can handle a little rain. Packed full of world-class museums, vibrant indoor markets and a blossoming foodie scene, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, come rain or shine.
High up in the Andes mountains of North-Eastern Chile, lies a town like no other. A tiny dot in the middle of the driest desert in the world, San Pedro de Atacama is an other-worldly landscape characterised by magnificent craters, looming volcanos and never-ending sand dunes.
Whilst the majority of my fellow Brits are lamenting the end of our long, hot summer, I’m secretly thrilled about the seasonal change. Call me crazy, but I love packing my flip flops and sun cream away for another year and getting out my chunky knits ready for Autumn.
Legend has it that when former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, first set eyes upon Iguazú Falls, she was so wowed that her immediate reaction was to exclaim “Poor Niagara!”
I’m yet to pay Niagara Falls a visit, but I can easily believe that any other waterfall pales in comparison to the sheer size and power of Iguazú. Consisting of 275 different falls, and spanning a distance of nearly 3km along both sides of the Argentine-Brazilian border, it’s easy to see why this aquatic phenomenon has been crowned one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock with no Wifi for 2 years, then you must have noticed the pictures of Rainbow Mountain taking over your Instagram feed by now. You’d be forgiven for thinking that these colourful pyramids had been photo-shopped to create that picture-perfect effect… but, believe it or not, this place is for real.
I know, I know, it’s July – it’s meant to be hot. But trust me, having lived through 30 summers on this little island, I can confirm that a British heatwave is the equivalent of a solar eclipse or a Jumanji reboot – miss it and you might be waiting another 20 years for it to come around again. So while the sun still has his hat on, there’s no better time to get out and explore. And there’s nowhere prettier, or more quintessentially English, than Bibury.
Happy Canada Day friends! 151 doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the 150th celebrations did but there’s still plenty of reasons to visit Canada this year. Not to mention the fact that Trudeau and his Disney-prince-good-looks are bossin’ it on the world stage right now… but I digress…
There aren’t many places in the world where, in less than 48 hours, you can see towering volcanoes, colourful lagoons, sweeping deserts, rainbow-coloured mountains, perfectly reflective lakes, active geysers, 30-foot-high cacti, wild flamingos… not to mention the largest salt flat on Earth. But that is exactly what you can expect on a multi-day tour of Bolivia’s famous Salar de Uyuni – and it is every bit as unforgettable as it sounds.
For most people who travel to Peru, Lima is little more than a quick stopover on the way to Machu Picchu or Cusco; a convenient place to rest their heads after a long flight, before immediately moving on to some of the country’s more well-known and – dare I say it – Instagrammable attractions.
But thanks to its exploding food scene and vibrant culture, Lima is a city on the rise and is worth at least a day to explore in its own right. In fact, Peru’s capital turned out to be one of our favourite cities in South America and is definitely somewhere we’d like to return in the future.
In 2016, I finally got the chance to visit Sicily – the mysterious land of my ancestors and somewhere that’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The whole trip was a sort of pilgrimage for me to discover my heritage and to meet family members I’d only ever heard stories about – so the fact that this all took place in what is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places I’ve ever visited was a huge bonus!
You know those images you have in your mind of Hawaii? Of barefoot beach bars, peach-coloured sunsets and ukelele players, serenading honeymooners along the shoreline? Well, you’ll be relieved to know that they are 100% real. Yes, Hawaii is every bit as dreamy as you imagine.
From the moment you set foot in the “Aloha” state, and are greeted with a fresh flower hula garland and mai tai (yes that actually happens), you know you’ve arrived in paradise.
Hanoi is not for the faint-hearted. Just navigating your way through the scooter-filled streets is an adventure in itself. But for all the chaos, noise and humidity, Hanoi has a magnetic pull and is one of those cities that stays with you, long after you’ve left its bustling streets behind.
It’s February. It’s FREEZING. Sometimes there’s nothing else for it but to put on a good film and escape to some beautiful corner of the globe for a couple of hours.
I’m a huge film fan and there are certain films that I always reach for when I need a bit of inspiration or to quench my wanderlust on a Sunday night… here are 10 of my all-time favourites.
Christmas may be long gone and Spring somewhat of a distant future fantasy but there’s a lot to be said for January. If ever there was an excuse to try something new, or to finally get around to doing that thing you always wanted to do, now is the time…
2017 has been a big year for me. It’s the year I decided to pursue my passion for travel, writing and photography and launch Part-Time Passport – an alternative travel blog to inspire others that a life of travel and adventure is 100% possible without having to quit your job or drastically change your lifestyle.
As a self-confessed history buff, one of the main attractions of Vietnam for me was the intrigue of its legendary past. Royal Emperors of old, majestic historic monuments, and temple upon temple of colourful photo opportunities… it all sounded rather appealing to my inner nerdy self.
As we head into the festive season, I’ve got mountains on the mind and there’s nowhere in the world quite so majestic as the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures may be plummeting in Canada right now but it’s never too early to start planning your spring or summer adventure to one of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes.
Vietnam’s iconic mountain pass is one of the world’s most famous roads and one of those bucket-list worthy road-trips that everyone should tick off at some point in their lives. Hai Van literally means “Sea Clouds” and there’s really no better way to experience this climbing, coastal road than on a motorbike, with nothing but sea-views ahead of you.
Oh Hoi An, you little heart-breaker. It’s been 8 weeks since I left your colourful streets behind and I’m still pining for you.
Where to even begin trying to convey the magical charm and atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful ancient town? From the bright yellow streets and lantern-dotted skies to the bustling food markets and rolling green countryside, every single thing about this historic town is completely mesmerising. I’ve never visited anywhere quite like it and for 4 days, I felt like I’d been transported back into a mystical, ancient fairy-tale land (well, an ancient fairy-tale land with surprisingly exceptional free Wifi everywhere…and I mean EVERYWHERE)
Earlier this year, I ticked a massive wish off my travel bucket-list and took my very first step into the exotic lands of Asia – or more specifically, I took my first step on to the chaotic motorbike-filled streets of Ho Chi Minh City (and nearly got run over in the process).
When you think of honeymoon destinations, it’s probably fair to say that Chicago doesn’t immediately spring to mind… especially in November.
But 2 years ago, that’s exactly where me and my hubby were headed for 2 days to kick off our honeymoon celebrations, before moving on to a far more predictable destination for sun-seeking newlyweds… Hawaii.
You know that feeling you get when you’re eagerly awaiting your flight at the airport, watching the planes take off and land… you hear your flight number being called and you get that buzz of excitement in the pit of your stomach that you’re about to take to the skies?