We’ve travelled all around the world, to some of the planets largest and busiest cities, but nothing quite prepares you for Manila. The capital of The Philippines is chaotic, overwhelming, intimidating and bigger than you can comprehend. Crossing the city takes hours, the traffic is exhausting, the poverty of the local people is so plain
There’s nothing better than finally being finished with formal education and being able to set off into the big, wide world, where you just know that adventure after adventure is waiting for you. But what makes the best type of gap year? It’s one that mixes adventure and fun, and which is also challenging at
I stared death in the eye atop a lumber truck. As we barreled around hairpin turns at the speed of light I grasped onto the steel grate with ferocity. I had to. One moment of weakness and I would be Fijian road pizza, splattered all over the highway. Such is the way of the hitchhiker.
We are constantly trying to fly the flag for hostels here at The Roaming Renegades, attempting to dispel the myth that they are all filthy pits filled with drunken backpackers! We often go in search of the best, most modern and innovative boutique hostels that prove they can be the perfect places to stay, offering
When we think of watersports, surfing is often the first one that comes to mind. It’s a thrilling activity that’s been around for many years, and in some cases it’s just as fun to watch as it is to actually do. There’s a culture around surfing that people seem to be able to understand and
Visiting Thailand is a bi-word for fun, adventure, parties, elephant visits, temples and of course amazing food. However what many don’t expect to encounter over here is the kind of unavoidable and heartbreaking WW2 sites that litter Europe like the craters left by the luftwaffe. Kanchanaburi is the location of the infamous “Bridge on the
For years we have dreamt of meeting the beautiful elephants of Asia, but after hearing many horror stories of bad treatment and awful conditions we were wary of doing more harm than good in seeking out this dream interaction. After much research, speaking to others who had visited many of the sanctuaries and so called
Kuala Lumpur is a city of many sides, many cultures and a mixture of huge skyscrapers to historic architecture. Upon our first visit to this city we had dreamt of visiting for years we wanted to stay in a place close by to the action but with a local feel and a connection to the
When we arrived in Chiang Mai there were a few things on our list we knew we had to do, from bathing elephants at the rescue centre to wandering the glistening temples this city has too much to offer! Being adrenaline junkies the idea of whizzing through the jungle tree tops on some of the worlds
Heading back to KL this time to celebrate my birthday (the second I would be spending abroad!) it was time for something special. We were warmly greeted on our arrival and swiftly entered into the world of complete luxury; Swimming in the shadow of the KL tower, tucking into my personalised birthday cake in our
When we set off backpacking around South East Asia, doing a PADI course to become qualified open water SCUBA divers was one of the first things we added to our list of things to do! After doing a taster session over 10 years ago on a family holiday to Turkey and also having friends who
We love hostels, and we are passionate about spreading the word that rather than some dingy party hostel or a squalid backpacker joint the concept is a changing and developing one. The rise of boutique hostels with both designer dorms and creative private rooms blur the line between the hotel and the hostel. These spaces
When you have children, your life understandably gets more complex. Even the most carefully choreographed morning routine can descend into chaos – so you may think that planning a relaxing and enjoyable family holiday is out of the question. Fear not though, as we think that America could be the perfect holiday destination for the
Backpacking around South East Asia is an amazing adventure, travelling through amazingly diverse landscapes and from country to country like a true explorer. But we always like to add to the adventure if we can, for example buying motorbikes in Vietnam added so much more to our time there than just a method of transport.
After the combination of the chaos and beauty of the one time party town of Vang Vieng it was time for a very different atmosphere with Luang Prabang. This regal and sacred town on the banks of the mighty Mekong is home to 33 UNESCO listed temples and more bright orange clad monks than you