Picking My Castle – Sintra

I had seen Sintra on Instagram.  I had seen Pena Palace more specifically and I had my sights set on going to this colourful castle set high above the trees.  What I never knew is that yes, while Pena Palace is a sight to see, the rest of Sintra is equally entrancing, equally beautiful. Serra…

A grandfather’s Port

One of my most memorable encounters on our trip through Porto, was a truly beautiful one with Hugo, our tour guide’s grandparents, Ana and Manuel. I am going to back up a little to give some details. Jamie, my younger sister, had spent all night the night before stressing about finding the perfect and most…

The beginners guide to Portugal by Van

Waking up like this has been a dream for me for a while.  Parking a van in a hard to reach place, opening up the doors and having your morning coffee in a new spot every day.  It became something I had to do. And so, I write this article to assist you, if you,…

Lisbon: My guide to my favourite food, wine & activities

  Every time I travel to a place I get lots of requests for a guide to that city/place and so I have decided that I will try my best to create a sort of travellers tip article with a “tash style”. So, just so you know, when I travel, I do very little research…

Lisbon! The Luxurious Beginning

Day 1 of my holiday and I already feel like a brand new woman.  I arrived at my hotel in the evening yesterday, with a long day of travel behind me.  A couple of months earlier, I had decided to spoil myself to a luxury hotel; coerced by the delicious looking breakfast, the extra large…

A truly African Safari.

I’ve never wanted to go on Safari. Is that a shocking thing to admit?  I never quite understood the appeal.  Being an activities person, I just thought the idea of not being able to run through the game reserve or do yoga on the open plains, a little limiting. However, what I love more than…

Whimsical Deia

I have been lucky enough to have spent six months in Palma.  We have been in shipyard mode, which means we have an unusual routine, for yachties, Mon-Fri, 9-5, with weekends off.  Normal for the average human, not so normal for us.  And so, my adventurous side has been tantalized in every way, taking hikes…

TREEHOUSE DREAM :)

I am not sure I have ever walked into a more magical space.  The Rabaeng Pasak Treehouse Resort is probably my highlight of our entire trip.  I am not sure if it is because it has always been a childhood dream for me, or because you are so immersed in nature- but I just really…

Train trip: Bangkok–> Chiang Mai

I can quite comfortably say that we have covered every single mode of transport that Thailand has had to offer.  And this was one of the more interesting, throwing some great people across our paths, zero sleep for me and one very insistent Thai service stew.  I am trying to work out whether I would…

Bangkok Pitstop

When you have one full day in Bangkok and you are experience Junkies like us, you don’t just sit in your great hotel, with the rooftop swimming pool, or go to a famous restaurant or fabulous bar. Instead, you fit in as much as possible, taking every form of transport possible, forgetting any idea of…