All posts filed under: Adventure

Canyons in the Blue Mountains

We took a trip deep into the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney to find some canyons that we heard you could explore by floating down them. It turned out to be beautiful down there and no one around for miles. I took a small film camera with me and tried to capture some of the journey. A few hours trekking in and out saw 5 hours of this… Advertisements

Death Valley Road Trip

Death Valley – doesn’t exactly sound like somewhere three girls should drive out to in the middle of the night to camp out, something smells like American horror story. But I can promise you when you crawl out of your tent at 5am for the sunrise it’s all going to be more than worth it. It’s going to take away the painful memory of that 4 hour drive out of Vegas, your hire car breaking within the first half hour forcing you to turn back and the manual labour of lugging all those gallons of water into the boot because Death Valley hands down has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. You have never seen such a unique variety of landscapes in one place, no pictures, words or Instagram filters seem to do justice – trust me we’ve tried, leaving you no choice but to take our word for it and go and see for yourself. After 2 nights in Vegas you couldn’t get further away (literally – we drove to California for gods sake) …

Viva Las Vegas

What’s a trip to America without including a wild weekend to Vegas – a missed opportunity that’s what. When the chance came up in New York to go for the weekend I’d booked my flight quicker than you can say The Hangover. It was always going to happen, I mean come on…it’s Vegas, I’ve been planning a trip here ever since CSI Las Vegas first came into my life. And flights are surprisingly cheap and dangerously convenient, we flew Friday afternoon – arrived at 9pm and left Tuesday on the red eye landing at 5.30am, perfect for all those hungover businessmen to stumble bleery eyed straight into the office – we saw you. We were staying at The Paris, so perfectly cliche Vegas – but also my favourite casino, that outdoor-indoor theme was a nice improvement from some of the low ceiling smoke dens you find in the other places.  It’s pretty obvious what your weekend is going to consist of, of course there was a few cliche things I wanted to do: place a bet (and obviously lose) walk the strip, see …

A Picture is Worth a Thousands Words

As much as I love to read and write I firmly believe the saying: A picture is worth a thousands words. I have one very old, very tattered photograph that I carry around with me where ever I travel, half the time I probably forget it’s even in my purse but just a quick glimpse of the faded picture and I get such an overwhelming feeling of emotion that this one tiny picture is worth more to me in sentimental value than if my purse was overflowing with notes. I think we all have that picture, that image of something or someone that is so important and personal to us. Photographs are powerful – each one has a story. There’s something so special about being able to look at a moment that someone has carefully captured in a photograph, it’s right there in front of you offering you an insight to that experience, it doesn’t matter what it is because at that moment it meant something: We take so many photographs all the time, especially when we travel, of the places, the people, the food, …

Uluwatu, Bali

When people heard we were heading to Bali it usually guaranteed the same old speech: “avoid Kuta like the plague, spend a week in Ubud, and OMG Uluwatu is amazing” And so far we agreed with most of their points, Kuta had been bypassed quicker than a street food stall in Delhi and we had just explored the hippy out of Ubud for the last few days, so it was just Uluwatu left to rate. All I knew was I needed to see the temple on the cliff and spend a Sunday at Single Fin Beach Club watching the sunset with a mojito. Well consider them ticked. To be honest we timed this visit solely to coincide with the infamous Sunday party at Single Fin, don’t judge us, by “party” we mean perch on a chair for 5 hours to watch the sunset then people watching as the night went on, maybe with a Mojito or two. But you can see why this place is as popular as it is, I mean that view for starters is …

Snorkelling on Gili Meno

“Gimme some fin dude” My Finding Nemo quote was totally lost on Jonny, the surfer turtle? The boys were on a turtle finding mission, they’d rented snorkels for 2 days straight on Gili Air and seemed to be the only people on the island yet to spot one, I was starting to worry for the next person who mentioned they’d seen some. Everyone said that snorkelling around the Gili Islands was beautiful, you were guaranteed to see all sorts of weird and wonderful fish but more importantly turtles were as common as a Kanye speech hijack at an awards ceremony. Unfortunately for Jonny Gili Air just wasn’t coming through with the goods so it called for a day trip over to Gili Meno to test their waters. If all else failed it had a turtle sanctuary on the island as a last ditch consolation prize. Thankfully this stop off was rendered unnecessary two minutes after donning the sexy snorkels and swimming around off the aptly named Turtle Heaven Beach and meeting this fella… (I’d be …

Arriving on Gili Air

We have been away for more than three weeks now, crazy how quickly time flies from a sun lounger, but something’s been niggling at me, something’s been missing, it was only when we staggered off the local boat weighed down with bags and preconceptions and beached ourselves onto Gili Air that it all seemed to slot into place. You see going to the Gili Islands has been something I have planned and looked forward to for years, it had become ‘that’ place for me to visit, everyone has one, which absolutely terrified me because that can only mean one thing, disappointment surely? When you put somewhere on a pedestal you’re asking for failure, but as I type this we’ve just returned to our bungalow after a little stroll along the beach to catch the sunrise and everything seems pretty ideal right now to me.  Jonny will say that I’m a pessimist, and yeh he’s right, although I try to argue I prefer the term realist but anyway I have been perfecting my Gili Air fantasy since we were meant to …

Waterfalls in Lombok

Whilst we were waiting for our flight to Bali, Jonny and I sat and made our bucket list for the trip. It’s become our little ritual before we go somewhere to make a note on our phone of everything we want to do and then we try to work through it and tick it off. It can include anything: eating a particular meal, to have a Mojito whilst watching sunset on a beach, visit a special landmark… our way of making sure we don’t forget something and get even more excited at the same time, plus I’m a sucker for a list of any kind. Anyway back to the point, at the top of Jonnys Bucket list was: – visit the waterfalls in Lombok, and who am I to stand in the way of a guy and his waterfalling dreams. Whoever told you not to go chasing waterfalls clearly hasn’t ever hiked to the waterfalls at the base of Mt Rinjani, Incredible (and sorry about the reference, but I mean really, what would a waterfall feature be without that song). …