Thailand is a place that always surprises me. I remember the first time I visited – we were heading to Phuket and then to Phi Phi Islands – and I just had such a totally different expectation of Thailand. Movie and TV shows I’d seen had depicted it as a hectic, manic and uber-humid place … Continue Reading

Whenever I think of Thailand, I get hungry! I know, I know, there are so many amazing things about Thailand, with places like Bangkok, Phi Phi Islands, the best Thai beaches but it’s always the food that draws me in. One of the things I love most about visiting Thailand has to be the delicious … Continue Reading

Bangkok is a fun, crazy and exciting city to visit! Chances are you kinda already know this, even if you’ve not visited yet – it’s reputation precedes it! In the midst of all this activity (and potential partying – I did say it’s a fun city after all), Bangkok is also filled with lots of … Continue Reading

Visiting the Phi Phi Islands is a gorgeous experience and one that lots of travellers to Krabi and Phuket will want to experience. Whether or not you choose a day, or choose to spend a relaxing few days on the islands, you’ll find ample opportunities to visit the famed (and pretty darn gorgeous), Maya Bay. … Continue Reading

Over the course of the past year, we’ve not so secretly been gigging as guest blogger for Bravofly. It has been so much fun writing for this amazing company and even better still when they sent us on the trip of a lifetime across Italy this year on a 3-wheeled rickshaw! I’d so wanted to do … Continue Reading

If ever there was a country to travel to for beautiful beaches, Thailand would definitely  be it. The landscapes here are absolutely stunning and it’s been one of the countries that surprised me the most to visit. It’s reputed for being a backpacker’s haven and something of a party destination but it’s so much more … Continue Reading

Thailand is one of my favourite countries I’ve had the fortune of travelling to. It really surprised me how much I loved it as my expectations were so different from the reality of being there. Mainstream media likes to portray Thailand as a place to go partying and yes, sometimes the focus is on the … Continue Reading

After an amazing time exploring the islands in Phang Nga Bay (see posts here and here), it was fair to say that by the time we got back to the mainland, we were knackered! It was quite surprising because we didn’t actually feel tired until we got to the hotel and even though we planned … Continue Reading

2014 was the year that Hand Luggage Only was truly born! Lloyd and I started toying with the idea of Hand Luggage Only back in 2012 after travelling around at every opportunity possible and accumulating quite a lot of travel photos so after a bit of “to’ing” and “fro’ing” we finally decided to go for … Continue Reading

Swiftly following the morning’s sailing/kayaking and lunch-time gluttony (if you missed that – check out part 1 of this post – which has been split to two parts due to having lots of photos), my friends and I (who must have put on quite a few pounds from lunch alone) headed off to the next … Continue Reading

First off, this is part 1 of the post as there are too many photos to fit in one post so do settle down with a good cuppa tea… actually, scratch that! Chuck that tea down the sink and get yourself a huge vat of mulled wine instead (go on – it’s Christmas time… N.B.: I … Continue Reading

The art of selfie-ing is a truly delicate one. 🙂 It takes a lot to get the right balance of face and background in the photos but once mastered can cement your position as the envy of all ‘your Facebook friends’. “Your Facebook friends’ however are very different from ‘Your friends on Facebook’ and unfortunately, … Continue Reading

Confession: I’m still not entirely sure how to pronounce Phuket! Is the ‘Ph’ pronounced like ‘F’ or ‘P’. Come to think of it, is the ‘Ket’ pronounced like ‘Pet” or ‘Pit’. To be entirely honest, I was too excited upon arrival in Phuket to ponder on these questions at any great depth. I just wanted … Continue Reading

Bit of background: I’ve been quite lucky to have spent the last few months living outside of the UK. Funnily enough, for all my love of travelling, I’d never been to Asia before and so this was  a summer of firsts. The first opportunity I got, I packed as much travel as possible into every … Continue Reading