Arriving in Delhi for anyone is going to be a culture shock. It’s one of the busiest places on earth. You’ve got rickshaws, taxis, cows, dogs, scams… there’s a lot going on.
We almost got scammed at the airport the minute we landed … so we want this blog to help you out so you’re more prepared than we were. We cover EVERYTHING you need to be aware of before landing in Delhi.
Bali is without a doubt one of the most Instagramable places on this earth. You can find the most beautiful scenery, waterfalls, beaches, along with beach clubs, beautiful hotels, villas, great food, the list goes on!
Bali is busy & touristy, so you really should have an idea of what you would like to do to get the most out of your experience. This is where we come in. We have been to Bali 5 times now and have travelled a fair bit around Bali and its islands nearby. This blog will cover: all the apps you need, the scams to be aware of, and how to best spend you’re time on one of the most famous islands on this earth…
Malaysia is actually a lot bigger than what people normally think. Beautiful beaches, great food, amazing culture. We visited Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Borneo. Our first stop we went to was Langkawi which is a duty-free ISLAND. Yep, island. The most amazing bottles of wine for £4 or less. Would I be lying if I said we didn’t get hammered every single night?
Have you ever dreamed about seeing wild orangutans? Well since I was a little girl I have always loved animals, a teacher at my school spent a lot of time volunteering in Borneo with orphaned orangutans, which has always inspired me to go. I had to see these beautiful animals myself.
Thailand in general is such a beautiful place and as many of you know, Sam and I spent around 4 months of our trip mainly in Koh Samui, Thailand. To us, when we go back it feels like home, this is mainly because we pretty much lived at Lamai Muay Thai Camp. But Koh Samui in general is a great place, so diverse. You can chill at beautiful beaches, head to amazing parties, or have a quiet evening at a nice restaurant. Im going to run through some of the highlights Koh Samui has to offer and what we think you would also LOVE.
Packing your backpack is always a challenge. I think most other backpackers will agree that you pack and re pack about 5 times before you are properly satisfied that you have ‘everything’. I’ve put together a blog with 10 random things that backpackers seem to always forget. These are super handy and we have used every single item so many more times than anything else we have taken with us. These are also the only remaining items that we have left since we started our trip in 2017…
WHY do we love Japan so much? Well… a few reasons really. But there was 2 funny surprises/experiences we found ourselves in that we couldn’t not share with you!
We always say that Tokyo is the best city on earth and I don’t think anything will change that! The reason is always the same… Tokyo is different. Different from any other city we have visited in the whole world. From Sumo Wrestlers to robot restaurants you totally have a whole scope of different experiences you would normally have in other cities around the world.
I want to fill you in on 2 funny experiences we found ourselves in… Ever been squirted up the a*** by a toilet… WELL….
Ahhhhh Tokyo. The best city on earth. Everything about the Japanese culture is amazing and although we only saw Tokyo, it made that much of an impact that we are already deciding when we can go back to japan, it seriously blew us away.
It’s a bit pricy but worth every penny. The reason we love it so much is because it’s so much different to any other city we have visited. The people are the friendliest. The city is massive. There is so much you can do and see. If I could stay in one city forever, hands down it would be Tokyo.
5 days was not enough and we were gutted when we were leaving. Here’s some of the best things to do in Tokyo.
Hong Kong, is a cool, laid back city with plenty to do/see. It was a slight culture shock for us as we had been living it fairly rough, messy bun, dirty clothes, super cheap lifestyle… You know how it is in SEA. When we arrived in Hong Kong we realised how well kept everyone was so had to get some new clothes and put a bit of slap on, (for the first time in 3 months).
Its definitely an expensive city and busy city but worth a visit for sure. Here is 5 things we think you should do and 1 thing you need to avoid…
Travelling as a couple is by far the best thing of all time. However, it doesn’t always come easy. Some things have happened on this trip that you would never experience in a normal day to day life together. Is it always as glamorous as it seems? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
How well do you really know your other half? Do you REALLY think it could work travelling full time with them?
Yep, you read that right! One of the most famous things about Laos is tubing down the Nam Song river, whilst being off ya nut on Opium. Don’t worry guys, we wasn’t one of ‘those’, we were defiantly on one but that was due to the amount of buckets we’d guzzled down on Lozzas birthday! Laos is home to some beautiful waterfalls, scenery, temples and little towns. We really enjoyed our time here but was ready to leave after a few weeks…
Our first ever stop on our whole trip: Bangkok
First impressions? Busy, chaotic, amazing, smelly, cheap, expensive… basically every possible emotion. The city has a huge international mix of people but its big, interesting and there is something to do for everyone!
Here is a list of things we have done in Bangkok that we are sure you will love!
Soo, the dreaded Aussie farm work. Here you’ll find all the things you need to know before starting your farm work.
Some people describe it as pure slavory, and in some ways I have to aggree. At a lot of farms you get treated like shit, and thats simply because for the most part we are all there for the same reasons: our second year visa and the dollar – even the management are getting sponsored so everyone feels the same.
We finally wrote about MONEY. Find out how much we saved to travel the world with and how much we have (accidentally) spent in 8 months. If you are hoping to travel the world one day, this blog should give you an idea on how much money you should aim to save and how much money you should expect to spend, with a few extra tips thrown in. ENJOY!
Vietnam! One of the best countries in the world, especially if you fancy a road trip on a motorbike! We travelled from the South (Ho Chi Minh City) to the very North of Vietnam. We took a completely un touristy route and honestly cannot explain the experience we had. Here you’ll find our route, places we stayed, how much we spent and a few discount codes! I hope you enjoy and even more so, enjoy Vietnam as much as we did!
Cambodia was a very special place. From the temples to the beaches, you can experience everything, and every emotion too. I wanted to write about Cambodia in a positive way because it’s an amazing place to visit. I also want to write about the negative things we have come across as well because that’s just as important.
Cambodia, the next destination on our list! We thought we would be smart arses and save a bit of cash by getting a 22hour sleeper bus. Looking at plane tickets, we were getting all sorts of different numbers. Anywhere from £115 – £250 and the flight is literally 2 hours long.
We spent pretty much the whole day before walking around town looking for the cheapest tickets. The bus station itself normally best deal so we took it upon ourselves to walk straight there. So off we went walking for what seemed like miles (it was only 1.5km) and miles in the blistering midday heat.
Getting the slow boat down the Mekong sounded long but we heard it was fun! Being the Pair of Plodders it seemed quite fitting that we were to use the slowest form of transportation, a slow boat which took 2 days to get us from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. We had a 1 night stop over in a very strange town called Pakbeng (which we will go into shortly)…
Ahh, elephants! They are probably one of the best things I have ever come across. The beauty in their eyes, the thick, soft, leather feel of their long, floppy trunk. It was amazing.
We were quite hesitant when it came to seeing elephants in Thailand. Just because we knew that a lot of places treat the elephants badly. We both love animals, and the thought of seeing one of the most beautiful animals treated badly would have broken our hearts.
…The little old ladies who were chopping up the veggies were so excited to see us. Shortly after we were being nosey someone came over and opened the gate allowing us to go in and check the place out! We were fascinated by everything going on, everyone was doing their bit to get this mountainous meal ready. The little old ladies were prepping the food, 5 or 6 soldiers out back cleaning the pots and pans, around 8 soldiers cooking on 2 different woks (these woks were the real deal, an easy 3foot wide) and one head chef directing them all to work in harmony with one another. The soldiers used these metal ores to stir up this huge wok of food moving around the wok, mixing up the food all at the same time whilst chanting ‘1,2, up’ in Thai, it was like watching a film.
We stepped off of our plane this morning and the thick, polluted air hit us with a reality check that Bangkok isn’t going to be paradise. We realised more as we got into Bangkok that, the place is quirky, busy and very noisy! We were slightly disheartened when we got here – mainly because we had lots of waiting around to do and we were both tired and hangry (hungry and angry).
When we arrived in Bangkok we were completely lost. We had no clue where we were or supposed to be going. Obviously, there is a language barrier and a massive culture difference to what we are used to as well. Neither of us have been somewhere like this before so as expected it was a bit of a shock and will take us a few days to get used to everything.
We totally underestimated how much goes into going travelling until we decided to do it. It sounds so simple… just pack a bag and go, right? Absolutely not. You have to think about so many random things that you wouldn’t think of normally… Backpackers insurance? What size bag? What brand of bag? (Does it really matter?) Packing cubes? (Didn’t even know that was a thing), shoes? (Massive stress – too many shoes), money? Cameras? Go pro? First aid stuff? Sleeping bag? (A mini one by the way, but will we actually need this?) A ‘micro fibre towel’ (like, what even?), and then you have things like, different currencies, visas, what to do/what not to do in different countries, what to wear– these are just a few from the top of my head, I will do an official list in a different post.