In our last blog post I concentrated on our time spent in Florence (here), while we were there we wanted to explore some of the Tuscan countryside. We only had 2 days and we didn’t want to rush too much so we decided to spend one day visiting Lucca and another taking the Via Chiantiagiana to Siena. We decided to skip Pisa; we had been there a few years ago and didn’t feel the need to return. (more…)
Florence is probably my favourite Italian city and one of my top 5 European cities, there is just so much to do and see, you could visit over and over again and still discover something new!
Home of the Renaissance, Florence is a mecca for tourists wanting to see classic art, eat delicious food, wander winding streets and check out beautiful views. And its location makes Florence a great base for exploring the Tuscan countryside. (more…)
As tropical islands go, the San Blas Islands are up there with the most beautiful islands in the world. The 365 islands are situated off the eastern coast of Panama and are home to the Kuna people, an indigenous tribe that occupy 49 of the islands while the rest are uninhabited. As a tourist destination, they remain almost totally untouched and a trip here can be done in a number of ways. The most common means of getting here are by sailing, with lots of different companies offering expeditions from Panama City to Cartagena in Colombia and vice versa. As the Dariengap in north Colombia is impassable (you can try it if you like but it’s not recommended!!), the only means to travel from North to South America is via plane or boat – plane may be cheaper andquicker, but by boat, you can take your time, experience the islands, snorkel, sunbathe, kayak and meet lots of new people. (more…)
Vietnam is a country known mainly for its chequered past and tourist wise, it’s relatively new on the scene. Since the early 90’s however, it has become one of the go to spots in Southeast Asia, and with its beaches, nightlife, scenery, culture and the fact that it’s ridiculously cheap, it makes Vietnam a great spot to spend a few weeks. As the numbers of tourists have grown, to country has become more tourist friendly, with the numbers of English speakers continuously rising and the hospitality sector growing steadily too. Visiting Vietnam is also a great chance to visit a communist country (albeit a relaxed form of communism) and see firsthand how it ties into the lives of the Vietnamese.
It’s easy to fall in love with Colombia, with its beautiful beaches, quaint colonial towns, ancient historical sites, bustling cities and colourful countryside, it literally has it all.
Colombia is an amazing country and its popularity as a tourist destination has increased over the last few years. So, don’t let its past put you off visiting and let my 19 reasons to visit Colombia persuade you to go see it for yourself. (more…)
Only got two weeks to travel around Cuba – Don’t worry here is our two week Cuba itinerary!
Cuba is a magical country that should be on everyone’s travel list. It has something to offer everyone from backpackers on a budget (me!) to those who prefer a little bit of luxury when they travel.
As I said in my last post (read here) there’s the easy and not-so easy way to travel around Cuba and regardless of which way you decide you still need to plan where you want to go and what you want to see. Before we left for Cuba I spent a lot of time researching the places I wanted to visit, how I was going to get there, what each place had to offer and most importantly how long I was going to spend on a bus getting there, the last thing I wanted to do was spend most of my holiday admiring Cuba out the window of a bus. After all this research we decided to stick to exploring the west coast, ok so we didn’t get to see the entire country but we did get to really see the places we visited and experience Cuba and Cuban life. Cuba is a place that shouldn’t be rushed, it’s a place where you need to take it slow and live it to really appreciate how unique it really is.