New Zealand: Amazing, astonishing and we’ve only just arrived

It was tea-break time for Diane and Jeanette at the general store in Ross on New Zealand’s little Highway Six. They sat at the wooden table outside the shop; as Di lit a cigarette and Jeanette sunk her teeth into a pink fruit bun. We were on a bench nearby, enjoying the ice cream they’d … More New Zealand: Amazing, astonishing and we’ve only just arrived

Spotlight on beautiful Vancouver and liberal San Francisco

We’ve just spent a week exploring the cities of Vancouver and San Francisco. But which did we like best? Setting Both cities are set on peninsulas close to the Pacific, with sheltered waterways on one or more sides. Vancouver has the more pleasing backdrop, with mountains and islands all around, whilst San Francisco has the … More Spotlight on beautiful Vancouver and liberal San Francisco

It’s an exciting world out there for empty nesters

It’s the time of year when nests tend to be emptied, so we have been reflecting on what inspired each of us to travel and why this stage of life can be the perfect moment to do it. We have both always been curious about other countries and their cultures. And for us, it has been … More It’s an exciting world out there for empty nesters

Review: Chelsea Motor Inn, San Francisco, USA

Introduction: Time of year: Sept 2016 Purpose of trip: This was our base for the San Francisco leg of our round the world trip. Why we chose this place: Accommodation is very expensive in San Francisco. The Chelsea Inn provided reasonable rooms at a price we could afford. It fitted our brief of half way between 5* and … More Review: Chelsea Motor Inn, San Francisco, USA

The view from carriage 11: Rocky Mountaineer review

A trip across the Canadian Rockies by train was one of the first things on our whiteboard when we were planning our ‘big trip’. And it ended up being the first thing we booked, alongside our round the world flight ticket. We were also aware that this was an experience that features very highly for … More The view from carriage 11: Rocky Mountaineer review

Top ten surprises from our first five days

There has been so much to take in over our first five days. But some things have come as a surprise. Here’s our rundown .. 1) Airline food can be OK. Nice teryaki chicken on Virgin Atlantic Heathrow to Chicago. 2) Kamloops–the landscape either side of Kamloops on the route on the Rocky Mountaineer was … More Top ten surprises from our first five days

Photo essay: Rocky Mountaineer Day 2

Today we did the 285-mile run from Kamloops which is in a semi-arid desert into Vancouver. The first 100 miles or so were through the dry landscape, where rainfall is only 25cm per year. It was truly remarkable scenery and we were seeing eagles and long-horned sheep throughout that stretch. Here are a few highlights … More Photo essay: Rocky Mountaineer Day 2

A last minute peek at our whistlestop itinerary

So. Everything is planned and ready. Our biggest empty nest travel adventure is about to begin. All of those places that we’ve dreamed of visiting are now in reach and we can’t wait! Here is our itinerary for you to keep track of where we are over the next 57 days: 12 Sept – Depart … More A last minute peek at our whistlestop itinerary