Two days in Oaxaca, Mexico
14 Feb 2017

Two Days in Oaxaca, Mexico: Colonial History and Ancient Ruins

Mexico is full of colourful colonial towns and mysterious ancient ruins, and if you’re spending 2 days in Oaxaca you’ll get to see great examples of both. The city’s colonial core boasts bustling markets, imposing churches and a sprawling convent, while Monte Alban, the Zapotec ruins above town, offers a

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Backpacking in Hawaii: Oahu on a Budget
08 Sep 2016

Backpacking in Hawaii: Oahu on a Budget

I’d never given too much thought to backpacking in Hawaii. I always figured it’d be too expensive, but when the cheap flight gods revealed to me that the most cost effective way to get from New Zealand to Mexico was via Hawaii (and Las Vegas), we jumped at the chance to

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A day trip to Teotihuacan, pyramids near Mexico City
29 Aug 2016

Teotihuacan: Massive Pyramids near Mexico City

Mexico City is a daunting, chaotic metropolis that is currently the 6th biggest city in the world (by population in the metropolitan area). The colonial centre is a great place to explore, but a day trip to Teotihuacan is the undisputed highlight of any trip to the city known locally as DF (Distrito

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A trip to Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador
01 Jun 2016

A Trip to Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador’s Luxury Lake

El Salvador isn’t a country you associate with luxury. While this tiny Central American country is relatively poor, it is home to plenty of rich people, and a lot of them seem to have houses next to Lago de Coatepeque. That’s not great news for tourists though. Huge sections of

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backpacking in Nicaragua -- Las Isletas
16 Apr 2016

Backpacking in Nicaragua: Costs, Tips and Places to See

Why should you go backpacking in Nicaragua…? Well, this diverse Central American country is full of beautiful nature, great beaches and picturesque towns — and it also gets far fewer tourists than neighbouring Costa Rica. I spent just over a month backpacking in Nicaragua, from north to south and from

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What happens in Vegas gets written about on my travel blog
14 Mar 2016

What Happens in Vegas Gets Written About on My Travel Blog

You probably know the old line “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” — the catchphrase on many a debauched weekend in the city of sin. Does it still apply? Vegas has a reputation as a town where anything goes, but is it still that edgy, seedy and scandalous? I

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A circular pyramid at Uxmal, Mexico
22 Feb 2016

Uxmal: The Other Must-See Maya Ruins in Mexico

You’ve probably heard of Chichen Itza; the wonder of the world in Mexico that Karl Pilkington said was “alright”. It’s better than alright, but it’s definitely not the only set of ruins worth visiting on the Yucatan Peninsular. This area is packed with ancient sites full of pyramids, plazas and ball

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Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua
20 Dec 2015

Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua: The Art of Nature

We walked into a small wooden house where an old man in a wheelchair was painting. We inched closer and saw the burst of colour and life that was growing on the canvas — an Eden-like depiction of the main islands in the Solentiname archipelago. That man was Rodolfo Aurellano and

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