A Week in a Homestay | Living with a Local family in Antigua, Guatemala

Before I arrived in Antigua, I had been conversing with the owner of the Spanish school as to which accommodation package I would be choosing. I went with the cheapest option, one that was $85 for the week, for a room in a homestay with a shared bathroom. On arrival in Antigua, I headed straight … Continue reading A Week in a Homestay | Living with a Local family in Antigua, Guatemala

Back to School! | Learning Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala

The first place I visited in Guatemala was Antigua. To get there,I flew from San José, (the capital of Costa Rica) to Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala. I had been told by everyone to get out of Guatemala City as soon as possible because it is unsafe, so my plan was to head straight … Continue reading Back to School! | Learning Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala

Monteverde : Jungle Swings and Cloud Forests | Costa Rica

Beautiful Journey The best way to get to Monteverde from La Fortuna was a bus/boat/bus combo, so I booked myself just that for $23. The bus picked me up from my hostel at around 8:30 and my friends Sam and Julian just after. We got taken to Arenal Lake, and on the way there a … Continue reading Monteverde : Jungle Swings and Cloud Forests | Costa Rica

Exploring La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica

After two days in Puerto Viaje, I left for La Fortuna the following morning. The journey took six hours and genuinely cost a fortune (excuse the hilarious pun). Basically to get to La Fortuna using public transport from Puerto Viaje was to catch two public buses, one to San Jose (the capital) and then a … Continue reading Exploring La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica

Costa Rica | Puerto Viaje and My First Land Border Crossing in Central America

The Border Crossing Ten days ago when I checked into my flight to Panama, I had been told to book my onward travel out of the country. It was then that I had to decide that my first stop in Costa Rica would be Puerto Viaje, a little beach town on the Caribbean coast, because … Continue reading Costa Rica | Puerto Viaje and My First Land Border Crossing in Central America

Paradise in Panama #2 | Bocas Del Toro

A few hours after returning from the San Blas islands, I left to catch a night bus to Bocas Del Toro, my next destination. Annoyingly the direct bus there was fully booked, because it was the Panamanian national holiday weekend. So as a (longer) alternative, I booked a night bus to David and then caught … Continue reading Paradise in Panama #2 | Bocas Del Toro

Paradise in Panama | Visiting the San Blas Islands

After a few days in Panama City, my friend Helene and I booked ourselves onto a tour to the San Blas islands. I hadn't originally planned to go there because I thought you could only visit the islands as part of the journey from Panama to Colombia or vice versa. Many backpackers choose this option … Continue reading Paradise in Panama | Visiting the San Blas Islands

Making the Most of Madrid: A City in a Day

Yesterday, as part of a long flight layover to Central America, I spent a day in Madrid. My flight got in at 2:15pm and my connection to Panama was at 12pm the following day so it was a bit of a whistle stop tour but better than nothing! (My choice was either that or changing … Continue reading Making the Most of Madrid: A City in a Day

Three days in Vientiane | Laos

Laos was the first country I travelled entirely on my own, back in 2015 (if I don't count my solo ten days in Thailand two years previous). Katie and I had been travelling together for two months, around Cambodia and Vietnam and we both had flights booked home from Hanoi in Vietnam. But not ready to … Continue reading Three days in Vientiane | Laos

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Last July I went on a cruise holiday to Norway with my family and I felt it deserved its own post, because the scenery was absolutely incredible. Norway has always been a country I wanted to visit because I had wanted to see the fjords; they always looked stunning in photos! Our cruise was a … Continue reading Cruising the Norwegian Fjords