Category: Travel Tips and Advice


High Tea in Haputale

Namal, our Ella guesthouse owner arranged a tuk-tuk to take us down to the station. To my surprise, there was already about 100 people there and most were tourists. Fortunately for us, everyone was booking secondclass or the viewing carriage. When the train arrived we jumped quickly onto the third class carriage and secured a standing position next to the...


Tissamaharama: Safari Central in Yala National Park

We managed to get seats on the bus again on our journey from Tangalle to Tissamaharama (Tissa), the gateway to Yala National Park. It definitely pays to get on at the starting point of the route. Once again the A2 follows the beaches along the southern coast. The busy seaside towns of Ambalantota and Hambantota fell steadily behind us and...


Mirissa: More Than Just A Beach

We arranged a tuk-tuk to the bus station in Galle and jumped on the next bus in line for Mirissa. As it was the starting point, we managed to both get seats – bonus! The bus follows the A2 around the coastline  (at break-neck speed) and is quite a picturesque trip. It takes about 2 hours to Mirissa and it...


How to travel to the Maldives on a budget and still have an awesome time!

Overwater bungalows surrounded by incredibly clear blue water. Tropical islands fringed by pure white beaches. Magnificent sunsets and incredible underwater encounters. All wrapped up in an ASTRONOMICAL price tag that would make even those with money to burn think twice. That’s always been our perception of the Maldives islands and resorts, and so we never really thought about what it...

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Exploring Sri Lanka’s Colonial Capital, Colombo

As the plane descends into Negombo, the location of the international airport servicing the country, 35kms north of Colombo, you get an excellent view of Sri Lanka’s green, carpeted hill country. Our transition to arrivals was swift as there weren’t a lot of planes at the time. We bought a sim card for $10 US dollars and got the change from...


Transferwise Borderless – Saving Us Some Serious Cash

A Paypal alternative saving us thousands. Up front, I hate bank fees and gouging by financial institutions. More specifically, I hate paying more than I should for a substandard service. Freelancers,  bloggers, and Digital Nomads (like us) have the luxury of being able to work from anywhere in the world, for clients across the globe. As long as we coordinate and...


Better In Our Pocket Than The Bank’s

Update March 2020: HIFX in Australia have now joined with XE Currency. Different name, same or better great rates. Here’s a link to get $25 off your first transfer if you’re from Australia. If you’re from the UK or Europe then, you can still have an account with HiFX themselves. How we saved $1000 just by dissing our bank! Just...

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Our Top Ten Travel Items

I bought a new bottle of Tiger Balm the other day. My first was purchased in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1997 for the grand price of $1 USD. My new tub was purchased here in Saigon, last month for around $1.50. It is one of my top ten travel items on any trip. Co-incidentally, that same week, a friend asked me what...


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