Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Herm Island

Nestled in the English Channel and bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, Herm Island lies just 20 minutes by ferry from Guernsey. At just 1 ½ miles long by ½ mile wide, Herm punches above its weight, with breathtakingly beautiful beaches offering superb water sports to puffin watching, scenic walks and some […]

Historical Xi’an Landmarks To Visit For Free!

The Bell Tower and The Drum Tower are two famous Xi’an landmarks and you can visit them for free. They’re located right in the middle of the old walled city, so you can stroll (almost) right up to them and take all the photos you want. The only time you’ll have to pay is if […]

Xi’an Report | How to Cycle Round the Old City Wall in Xi’an

When my travel buddy suggested going cycling on our trip to China, the day after visiting the Terracotta Warriors and the Shaanxi History Museum, I thought she’d lost the plot! I wasn’t looking forward to mega cities with lunatic traffic, hazardous fumes, heat, humidity and unreadable road signs. Plus we’re distinctly middle-aged and unfit! Then […]

Discover the Treasures of the Shaanxi History Museum Xi’an

If you’re visiting Xi’an and you’re a history buff, there’s one place you’ll want to make time to visit. The Shaanxi History Museum in Xian is a massive modern state museum, one the largest in China. It houses a fabulous, sprawling collection of 370,000 items. You’ll find breath-taking ancient murals, paintings, pottery and coins, plus […]

3 Things I Loved About Visiting The Terracotta Army

Visiting the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin was on my bucket list for years before I actually got to see them. So I had a (tediously) long time to plan what I wanted to see. I was determined not to miss a thing! How to get there independently The Terracotta Warriors are located outside of […]

9 Frugal Camping Hacks

My folks made sure we had a ‘proper’ 2 week family holiday every summer, but with 4 kids, budgets were tight and we went camping a lot to make the holiday funds stretch. We had some awesome trips that I have very fond memories of. I remember the excitement of seeing the car all packed […]

7 Ways To Have a Great Camping Trip In The Rain

If you plan well, you can have an awesome time even if you end up with a camping trip in the rain. We’re from North Yorkshire, so we know all about rain, even in the summer! In our daily lives, rain’s not a problem. After all it keeps our stunning countryside lush and green, but […]

Beware Spicy Hot Pots in China!

It all seemed so simple. Take a leisurely 5 minute stroll from our hotel (via a bar for a quick beer) and find a half decent restaurant for dinner. We’d had amazing food every night on our China vacation so what could possibly go wrong? Hmmm. In our defence, we were shattered from travelling to Guilin […]