Rihiveli, Rihiveli… where to begin. I’ll begin with our arrival. I questioned for quite some time whether it’d be worth it to fork out the cash for a resort on a private island. The thing is, I’m no spend thrift… anyone that’s ever seen my shoe collection knows that I’m not afraid of spending money (not always a good thing…). I place a very strong value on the money I spend, though, and have a . . .
Maldives on a budget: Part 5 – Guraidhoo
Like I mentioned in part 4, me and Jonathan were pretty fed up with Fulidhoo; we weren’t overly impressed with the people, the Kinaan Retreat was good on paper but in reality was kind of annoying with the hideous smell in the bathroom and the noisy guests (the hotel was full during our stay) so we decided to gtfo and packed our bags with the quickness and checked out. Kinaan staff graciously did . . .
Maldives on a budget: Part 4 – Fulidhoo
**Updated April 2018** Budget-friendly trip to the Maldives? Yes, it's possible! Check out this 6-part budget Maldives budget-friendly trip report and itinerary, so you can see how we were able to visit five islands on the cheap. The ferry from Maafushi to Fulidhoo takes about two hours, but it goes by quickly enough. You ferry past several resorts on your way, so you can catch a . . .
Maldives on a budget: Part 3 – Gulhi
Gulhi… I’m not sure why, but this place really made me feel some kind of way. There was very little information available on the various islands, so the decision-making process was straightforward: can we get to the island with relative ease, are there decent and affordable housing options, and is there a bikini beach. Gulhi seemed to tick all the boxes, so it made its way onto our itinerary. The . . .
Maldives on a budget: Part 2 – Maafushi
First days: arrival and Maafushi The Malé International Airport is very small, despite servicing international flights, but border control is a smooth process. We couldn’t be bothered to make our way by ferry to Maafushi as this would have required a taxi and a short shuttle ferry, then a long wait (we arrived in the morning but the ferry leaves at 3pm) and it takes two hours to reach Maafushi. . . .
Maldives on a budget: Part 1 – The Basics
**Updated April 2018** Budget-friendly trip to the Maldives? Yes, it's possible! Check out this 6-part budget Maldives budget-friendly trip report and itinerary, so you can see how we were able to visit five islands on the cheap. One of the common themes of 2016 was how crappy the year was, and how everyone just couldn't wait for it to be over. I'm not gonna lie, I found myself in that . . .
Maldives on a budget: Full series
**Updated March 2018** One of the common themes of 2016 was how crappy the year was, and how everyone just couldn't wait for it to be over. I'm not gonna lie, I found myself in that same vibe, feeling like 2016 was the longest, hardest, most tumultuous and sleep-deprived year I've had in... years. My life of gallivanting around the globe traveling for pleasure, turned into getting fully . . .
New Year’s Eve 2016: Milan & Bergamo (Northern Italy)
**Updated March 2018** This post has been in my 'drafts' folder for so long, mainly because there's just so much to say that it was tough to finally sit down and put together this post. Simply put, I already knew that I love Italy, but I now love Italy in the Winter! ❄ ☃ Milan is a great cold weather winter travel destination: less tourists, great food, super cosy. So, if . . .
Restaurant review: Picture (London)
A couple of months ago I made an online restaurant reservation using Opentable and although the reservation was fine, I immediately regretted giving them my main email address because I was getting multiple emails daily advertising new restaurants, deals, and special promotions. Right when I was about to click the "unsubscribe" link, one of the restaurants on the mailing caught my eye... probably . . .
Venice: trip report
This trip report has been in the making for quite some time because there’s just so much to say about this amazing place! Earlier today, I was going through photos from our Italian Adventures in 2014 and came across the most-recent trip: Venice in August. Seeing all the gorgeous colors and reminiscing over the delicious food... I knew it was time to publish our trip details! Jonathan and I . . .