Visiting Zhangjiajie (The Avatar Mountains) – How to visit this wonderful, awe inspiring but confusing place!

After hearing about the mystical world of Zhangjiajie China, the floating pillars shooting straight up in an almost unbelievable fashion, the so called “Avatar Mountains” after their resemblance to the beautiful scenes from this ground breaking film… we just had to visit! But China is not the easiest place to navigate and several inquiries got […]

Exploring the epic Mutianyu section of the Great Wall Of China, How to tick off this amazing experience from Beijing

To visit the Great wall of China must be on everybody’s bucket list and to actually get the chance to experience China’s greatest feat of engineering was a dream come true. We were initially a little confused about which section to do, going to the great wall isn’t just a case of going to “the” section, […]

Entering the mysterious world of Transnistria: The time warp self declared Communist Republic between Moldova and Ukraine!

We had heard about the secretive state of Transnistria as we had been travelling through Eastern Europe. We heard rumours of a dangerous border crossing, bribing guards, Russian military and a currency that is only recognised within its tiny borders sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine. But having a rather unhealthy obsession with Communism, sketchy border […]

Being a tourist in Moldova: The forgotten country with a mixed identity. The most off the beaten track nation in Europe?

After travelling around the entire Balkans we heading into the unknown. Wherever we asked no one seemed to know much about Moldova. Everyone on this route seemed to be missing it out or even unsure of its existence. Was is a part of Romania, or even Ukraine, was it even worth bothering with this country […]

The Princes Islands of Istanbul. Getting off the beaten track on these beach lined, historic and unique islands in the Bosphorus

Istanbul is an amazing city, the energy that rises from this huge metropolis is contagious and the chaotic nature of it is a charm. Yet with such a massive and city it can get overwhelming, with traffic, people, shouting and the smog that often lingers above the historic minarets of the Blue Mosque and down […]

Reflecting on visiting Europe’s newest but little visited country: Kosovo. The once tormented state with a historic heart and a fascinating culture to discover.

As we made our way through the Balkans on our 4 month trip around Eastern Europe this year the country we knew least what to expect from was the newest: Kosovo. A country whose name brings about images of war, refugees and suffering, even the county itself is still a controversial concept across the region. […]