North Wales: Portmeirion to Shrewsbury

We woke up in Tremadog to a crisp, rainy morning. The air smelled a little like being by a boat dock, which was strange since we were nowhere close to anything like that. It had that strangely comforting salty, seaside freshness. We hit the road again with a destination of Shrewsbury, just back over the … Continue reading North Wales: Portmeirion to Shrewsbury

North Wales: Tremadog, Snowdonia & Welsh Highland Railway

The next day, it was time to hit the road again. We bid goodbye to beautiful Llandudno on a sunny morning and before we knew it, we were back in the quiet countryside with little roads and lots of sheep. Before landing in Tremadog for the night (a "suburb" of the village of Portmadog, two … Continue reading North Wales: Tremadog, Snowdonia & Welsh Highland Railway

North Wales: Conwy Castle & Afternoon Tea

We were less ambitious at breakfast the next morning. I knew I couldn't face another plate of food that spanned the width of my stomach, so I stuck to porridge and fresh fruit. The addition of 3 slices of fruit convinced me that every pint of beer consumed thus far was suddenly justifiable. Balanced diets … Continue reading North Wales: Conwy Castle & Afternoon Tea

North Wales: Liverpool to Llandudno

Just as soon as we'd arrived in Liverpool, it was time to go. We had a fleeting 24 hours to recover from jet lag before we hit the road towards Wales. We booked a car rental from Liverpool airport, hoping that we would have an easier transition back into left-side driving if we didn't have … Continue reading North Wales: Liverpool to Llandudno

North Wales: A Hop Across the Pond to Liverpool

It feels like forever since I’ve been on the road—an obvious exaggeration, but that's how my brain works. The past few weeks were full of mood swings and general malaise. I almost forgot that I had a trip coming, until my mind caught up with me and suddenly the “blahness” all made sense. I figured … Continue reading North Wales: A Hop Across the Pond to Liverpool

Voyage South Africa–Morning Game Drive & One More Jo’Burg Night

We slept another peaceful night in the beautiful wild. Morning came early again so that we could join a game drive on the reserve we were staying at. Our Kruger National Park tour was awesome, but the game drive gave us a more intimate look into animal life. Because we were on a drive within … Continue reading Voyage South Africa–Morning Game Drive & One More Jo’Burg Night

Voyage South Africa–Kruger National Park

Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area might as well have been on different planets. We hopped a short flight to Hoedspruit, a rural town adjacent to the park that sits in a “malaria zone” (I recommend getting anti-malaria pills from your doc before you come). The size of the arrival airport is jarring … Continue reading Voyage South Africa–Kruger National Park

Voyage South Africa–Stellenbosch Wine Tour

One of the main events of our Cape Town trip was visiting the wine region. A major catalyst towards our decision to visit the country at all was our local South African wine bar back home. We were itching to see the rolling hills and fields of grapes that bring about our favorite bottles of … Continue reading Voyage South Africa–Stellenbosch Wine Tour

Voyage South Africa—Toasty Gardens & Table Mountain

I thought that spending 6 days in one place would feel like a slow crawl. We are so used to moving around night after night when we travel. Cape Town is one of those places that deserves a deeper dive and more comprehensive stay. The city is layered with restaurants, beautiful outdoor space, waterfront walks, … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Toasty Gardens & Table Mountain

Voyage South Africa—Robben Island, Peninsula & Boulder’s Beach

I woke up to muffled sounds of construction that welcomed me back to city-sleeping. Our room at Oxford House felt like a little apartment. It was nice to sleep in for the first time in days, and my New York brain was barely roused by the urban sounds outside. The only “plan” for today was … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Robben Island, Peninsula & Boulder’s Beach