MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary, Luang Prabang, Laos

We’re in Laos, also known as the ‘Land of One Million Elephants’.

Laos became known as this from fabled accounts of a procession of elephants crossing the Mekong River not far from Luang Prabang continuously for three days… meaning there must be at least a million elephants.

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Elephant Sanctuary Laos

We’re at an Elephant Sanctuary in Luang Prabang, Laos; sitting in a teeny, tiny long boat, just about to hit the shore and embark… when a couple of five tonne elephants excitedly approach along the water’s edge. They’re absolutely huge, towering over our boat as we beach… Read More

San Cristobal de Las Casas

Set in a lush highland valley in the southern state of Chiapas, San Cristobal de Las Casas is a perfect choice for anyone ready to step away from Mexico’s better-known tourist destinations. We spent 10 days soaking up its colonial atmosphere and exploring nearby Mayan villages. Read More

When Bali presented itself as being our home for four months, I was over the moon.

Four months, it would be the longest time in one place for three years.

There was never any question of location, we would be renting a Villa in Ubud somewhere. Finding a Villa to Rent in Ubud wasn’t as easy as I thought and proved a little challenging.

With a bit of research I was feeling like Ubud was going to be much more crowded, touristy than we had previously known. So we booked a cottage in a small village called Penestanan just outside the Ubud for a week, so we could search for a villa for our four month stay.
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Lesser known of the Mayan cities in Mexico but equally outstanding is Mayan Ruins of Ek Balam on the Yucatan Pennisula. It’s a mesmerising site well worth a visit for an off the beaten track experience.

We’re so glad to discover Ek Balam.

Dug out of a mound in the Yucatan in 90’s, Ek Balam is a fresh site and offers a peaceful encounter with the Mayan culture, free of crowds.

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My love for Mexico explodes when I think of cenotes, swimming with turtles, swimming with whale sharks, galavanting in the turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres and visiting the Plastic Bottle Floating Island.
If you’re heading to Mexico here’s five fabulous Yucatan Adventures not to miss… Read More

Discovering some of the secrets hidden behind the seemingly interminable doors and walls of Colonial Mexico is an ongoing challenge. It’s true, I have a thing about doors, windows and door knobs. 

Much of Mexico’s magic architecture shows itself as the great walls, doors and windows that you see when you are out walking the streets. Heavily influenced by Spain with a hint of French in places there’s some intricate and interesting walls, doors and windows.  Read More

We’ve just been blown away by Hierve El Agua – Mexico’s Petrified Waterfall – a freaky quirk of nature we found in the valleys of Central Mexico. 

Hierve el Agua – the Petrified Waterfall is a unique and off the beaten path experience and not exactly what we expected to find in Mexico.

But then travel is all about the unexpected and Hierve El Agua falls into that category perfectly.

We’d seen Petrified Wood but never ‘Petrified Water’ so we were super curious.

And it’s one of only two like it in the world (the other one is in Turkey) we’re off to check out this little hidden gem today.

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Escaping from Cancun we head down the coast to Tulum, the unassuming sibling to Playa Del Carmen. Tulum seems like an undiscovered paradise compared with some of the other tourist spots along the coastline. Set on the Caribbean Sea in the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum is home also to the famous Tulum Mayan Ruins.

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‘Mexico Travel Cost of Living’ – 105 Days in Mexico – So what did that cost?

This is the first in our series of our ‘Travelling the World’ living costs.  

We’ll be doing country by country, so you can see what it costs to travel and live in various places.

It will outline all our living costs/housing/transport costs/food for a meat eating, beer/wine drinking couple.

Yes, we both love our meat, eating out and a drink or two in the evenings. Read More