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5 Easy Overnight Trips from Hanoi

Getting out of the city is the most important piece of advice I give to new expats living in Hanoi. Hanoi is endlessly fascinating, full of incredible food and bursting with fun ways to spend your time creatively. Hanoi is also heavily polluted, constantly noisy and...

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Stories from Varanasi

Arriving in Varanasi was way less crazy than we imagined it would be. From the train station, a long but cheap rickshaw ride could only take us so far. Once we reached the tight maze of alleys we strapped our bags on our backs and make our way to the river.... No one...

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Where to stay in Hoi An: Cashew Tree Bungalow

A few years ago, Oli and I felt a major shift occurring in the way we travelled. After years of penny-pinching budget travel, and countless nights spent in questionable hotel rooms (were many of them even hotels?), we were craving more. Now, our kind of ‘more’ doesn’t...

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Expat Life in Hanoi: The Best and The Worst

Expat life in Hanoi, at its worst... The sky hangs heavy, drooping to touch the tips of lonely towers. A jacket, a waterproof, a mask, a helmet, visor down, and still the air gets in. Dreaming of a home where no one would usually rather be for the weather... The wind...
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What Driving Sh@#$y Bikes in Vietnam Has Taught Me about Life and Travel

Living in Vietnam, you won’t get very far without renting, buying or borrowing a bike. Whether you go for a giant automatic that resembles a spaceship, a classic traveller Win or Wave or something in between, you quickly become accustomed to zipping down tiny alleys...
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Moving to Vietnam; Finding a Teaching Job in Hanoi

In this series we are outlining our tips for moving to Vietnam, to help you get set up and settled in as quickly and easily as possible. Our first week has almost seemed too easy and we are already loving expat life in Hanoi! In this post I'm going to talk about...
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Don’t Miss the Side Trips on the Annapurna Circuit

I’ve given you the lowdown on which towns Oli and I enjoyed the most along the Annapurna Circuit, towns we think shouldn’t be missed and now I want to describe a couple of the day trips and detours that shouldn’t be left out either. The circuit alone is stunning...
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The Korea Guide is Here, Available to Buy Now!

Korea Journey Handbook Our first guidebook is now available to buy!   After a year teaching, travelling and blogging in South Korea, we have a lot of passion and knowledge for travel within the country and decided to put that to good use by creating our own...
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Sokcho Beach Camping, Or Adventures in Avoiding the Korean Military

You know a destination is a great one when you can still fall in love with it even in the worst weather. With only a day and a half of sunshine over our five day weekend at the beginning of June, Sokcho became that place for us. There was just some thing about that...
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Kem Waterfall and Pu Mat National Park

Our first foray into the many National Parks along the Ho Chi Minh Highway had not been successful. My fruitless google searches of Ben En National Park and Ben En homestay options should have been an indicator that something was amiss. We rode all the way into the...
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The Astounding and the Ordinary in Bhaktapur

Nepal's Kathmandu valley is home to three major historical centres, the downtown Durba Square in Kathmandu itself, as well as two others of the same name in Bhaktapur and Patan, a short drive from town. Having spent a good deal of time people watching in Kathmandu we...
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Cycling Down the Nakdong River – Day 1, 65km

Picture this – a cycle path that almost stretches the length of a country, following its’ four major rivers on purpose built tow paths. Korea is a cyclist’s dream and anyone who chooses to travel on two wheels here will be immensely rewarded by it’s peaceful and...
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Travel Packing 101: Random Household Items Useful for Travel

We all know that travel packing can be an absolute nightmare, especially when you are travelling for a long period of time. What should you take? How much should you take? What random useful item do I need to spend a fortune on in North Face or REI? There are so many...
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Memory Lane Monday- The joy of getting stuck in Southern Ethiopia

One of the many incredible things about travelling is the times that should, technically, be awful but magically turn out to be, well, magical. Travelling in Southern Ethiopia is hard. No scheduled buses and the most basic of accommodation and often the most basic of...
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Gubeikou, where The Great Wall of our dreams was found

Someone shook me from my short slumber, trying to tell me something: "Let’s go watch the sunrise on the Wall". I rubbed my eyes with the backs of my hands, digesting the proposed plan. I looked at the clock; it was 3.45am. "Ok. Yeh, absolutely". After a much needed...
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Expat life tips

We’ve loved living the expat life as a means of long term travel. This is where you’ll find stories and advice from living in Vietnam and Korea.

Travel advice

Seven years and 28 countries later, we’ve picked up a trick or two. Here you’ll find packing lists, budgeting advice and more.

Adventure & inspiration

From cycling halfway across Korea to hiking for 5 weeks in the Nepalese Himalaya and a hundred motorbike trips in between, we crave adventure!

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