Morocco – Where We Stayed

Our Morocco trip was one we would recommend to anyone who relishes adventure and has the urge to explore this fascinating country as we did. We steered away from the commercial package holiday hotel and decided to delve into traditional Moroccan accommodation, all super easy to book direct, or via a hotel search engine, for example booking.com. Take your pick and book as many nights stay as you please, even the minimum one night is accessible if you are on a tight time scale and eager to travel the country. Let us share with you our honest reviews of the accommodations we stayed at during our time there, the aspects we loved about them and the areas we weren’t as keen on. Take the stress out of hotel hunting, we’ve done all the hard work for you, bringing you some wonderful accommodation! Have a read and see where tickles your fancy!

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Indonesia – Our Top Picks

It’s no secret that a country as beautiful and diverse as Indonesia still remains one of the top destinations we have visited to date.  From culture capitals to tropical shores, it really has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, beach bum or culture enthusiast we truly believe anyone would relish their time here. Allow us to share with you our top recommended things to do in Indonesia, based on the areas we have visited and activities we have personally experienced.

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India – Jaisalmer

Stepping off our cool aircon train was immensely overwhelming, as we were greeted by Jaisalmers 48°C climate. Never before in all of our lives had we felt heat like it, and it can only be compared to sticking your head in an oven. Situated in the barren Thar desert, it is understandable why this city holds such a testing climate, and if we’re to be honest, we did wonder initially why on earth we had ventured here as the heat was rather unbearable. Like every other aspect of travelling, when comfort zones are left and new experiences are faced, you do adapt, and the climate is something we have slowly felt more comfortable in since our arrival 4 days ago. Our desire to adapt and manage in this dry heat has been spurred on by the mesmerising beauty of this incredible place.

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India – India’s Railways

We got up at 3:00am to make it in time for the 5:05am train to Jaisalmer and arrived at the platform at 4:40 sharp expecting the train to arrive any minute. We couldn’t believe how many locals were sleeping on the filthy concrete floor and how complex it was navigating our way through them all with our backpacks. Many appeared to be waiting around for trains, sleeping with their luggage wrapped up in their arms tightly. Others looked homeless, disheveled, in need of shelter from the monsoon rain and intense sun that was about to rise. Families lay on the floor, babies and toddlers entwined around their mothers and older siblings, we wondered what type of life they all led outside of the station, it pulled on our heart strings and was very difficult to see.

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India – Udaipur

Udaipur, the city of lakes in Western India’s state of Rajasthan, is where we have travelled to from Mumbai. We have spent the last 5 days exploring what the city has to offer two intrepid backpackers.  We decided to stay in Hotel ‘Swaroop Vila’, which has pretty good reviews and offers a nice clean pool, bedrooms and facilities. It’s definitely a step up from our hostel in Mumbai, and although it is a little out of our budget, at £28 per night including breakfast, we decided to pay the extra as it really is a slice of heaven, boasting marble interior decor in our bedroom with beautiful detail cut into the archways surrounding the windows and doorways.

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India – Mumbai

With it having been a rather warm and sticky day today, at 94% humidity, we have both struggled a tad since arriving with the whole challenge of acclimatising.  Being western travellers, we usually rely on shorts and vests when traveling in hot countries if it is socially acceptable, however, India holds a few recommendations on attire if you wish to respect their culture, traditions and values.

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India – First Steps In India

Have you ever felt so ecstatic, so immensely overwhelmed that you have no control over your emotions and are brought to tears?  Where what you had imagined and dreamt of has been outweighed to such extent by the sheer reality of a place you are left speechless? This is the impact India had on us when we arrived yesterday morning. Sitting in the back of our taxi from the airport to our first hostel, our eyes filled up, tears of happiness that we’d finally set foot in the country we have been longing to explore for as far back as we could remember. There is a powerful sense of energy here.

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Thailand – Ko Tao

We are currently spending our 2nd night in Ko Tao, after arriving here yesterday.  We had the shock of our lives when we jumped off the boat at the pier, with so many Thais pushing to sell us day trips and Taxi services. Stressful is an understatement as we had not planned on a specific accommodation to stay at, due to most of the hostels on the island having no internet website or contact number/email address.

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Thailand – Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party

The island had lost its natural heart beat.  The calm tempo and sound of the tide lapping the shore, the wind swaying the palm trees, the insects humming, the rain falling, had all but vanished.  It had been replaced with a cacophony of clashing sounds, pouring out of huge speakers positioned all along the beach. Every 50m we could hear a different bar competing to pull in customers by blasting out a different song, the music seemed unclear, it felt uneasy. At the water’s edge, at least 10,000 people congregated, packed like sardines on the sand.

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Thailand – Ko Pha Ngnan

We made it to Ko Pha Ngan by the skin of our teeth after a petrifying speed boat journey across from Ko Samui three days ago.  The captain of the boat who literally looked no older than fifteen set about trying to complete the journey in as little time as possible, despite the bad weather and rough sea! All eight passengers on board including us, spend the journey being flung round like rag dolls having to hold on for dear life, with Jay getting greener by the minute with sea sickness!

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