An Easy Budget Visit to the Colosseum

Almost every first time visitor to Rome has the Colosseum on their bucket list. We did too. As soon as I started to look at all the options for our visit, I became confused and overwhelmed! There are so many companies offering tours with this or that added extra, promises of skip-the-line passes and entry … Read more

Travel Diaries – Budapest


Gap Year Days 31 – 34 Ahhh, Budapest! We arrived early in the morning after our uneventful overnight train trip from Krakow. We knew we would have to waste some time before we could drop our bags off at our accomodation at twelve, and still couldn’t actually access the apartment until 2pm, the official checkin … Read more

Travel Diaries – Krakow


Gap Year Days 27 – 30 Getting to Krakow was proving to be a challenge. Our flight (or at least getting on it) was eventful to say the least. We arrived at Berlin Tegel Airport and as usual head straight to check in. It had been an easy trip to the airport. Only one bus, … Read more

Travel Diaries – Berlin


Gap Year Days 22 – 27 We arrived into Berlin to rain, almost the story of our trip. Google Maps told us it was a bus, a train, then another train to get to our accommodation in Kurfürstendamm. After our recent brush with inspectors in Paris, we were particularly keen to ensure we got the … Read more

A Day Trip to Versailles from Paris

A Day Trip to Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was originally built as a hunting lodge in the 17th century by Louis XIII. It has been added to and renovated many times since by successive Kings of France. For approximately a hundred years it was the home of the Royal Court when Louis XIV moved to there from Paris. The … Read more

Travel Diaries – Paris


Gap Year Days 17 – 21 Paris is one of those iconic cities! I’ve never had a crazy urge just to visit Paris, but there was no way I could do a trip to Europe and bypass it. I had many preconceptions in my head. Paris is the city of romance. Time should be spent … Read more

Travel Diaries – Amsterdam


Gap Year Days 14 – 16 We arrived in Amsterdam mid afternoon and endured the usual battle to orientate ourselves. It’s always challenging to get off an international flight, make our way through the airport, get our bags and find our way to the local transport. We need to buy a ticket and find the … Read more

Travel Diaries – Norway

Travel Diaries Norway

Gap Year Days 9 – 14 We arrived in Norway after a twelve hour economy flight from Singapore to Copenhagen, then a short hop from there to Oslo. We had very little sleep on the flights and we had a two hour wait at the airport for the kids to arrive on their Emirates flight … Read more