Restaurant Review | Offbeet Vegan Restaurant | Wickham

Wickham is quaint medieval village, located in the heart of the Meon Valley in Hampshire, in the south of England. I can’t imagine that it would be on too many (if any) international travellers’ itineraries. But perhaps it should. Historical buildings, independent retailers and a couple of uber-delicious Indian restaurants amongst many other eateries. What more could you want? But I digress… This is not a post about Wickham itself, but one of the more recent additions to it’s gastro community – Offbeet Vegan Restaurant.

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Chesapeake Mill

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant is a 100% vegan and 100% gluten free cafe. It’s nestled in the back corner of Chesapeake Mill, a watermill dating back to the 1800’s which itself offers a unique shopping experience. There are only a handful of tables, some of which look out over the garden creating a wonderful ambience. So we would suggest booking a table to avoid disappointment.

The Food

Well where to start?! As you know C is a vegetarian; I am not. I have enjoyed eating vegetarian food before, including our amazing meal at Terre-a-Terre in Brighton, but I have never before considered going vegan. After tasting (and seeing) the food at Offbeet Vegan Restaurant, I may have to reconsider!

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Menu

The menu is full of exciting sounding and tasting dishes including Holey Moley, a chocolate chilli! Offbeet is passionate about fresh, local and organic produce and with all dishes made to order and almost everything being made from scratch including stocks and sauces. We opted for the Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chic-ken served with tofu ‘egg’ rice, Harissa, Lime & Cacao Tacos and a side of polenta chips.

The Tacos

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Tacos

I opted for the tacos which sounded exciting: “charred cauliflower and black beans spiced with our own harissa, lime and 100% cacao chocolate, with red onions, coriander, cucumber and garlic chipotle chilli cashew mayo,, served in our handmade tacos”. When the dish arrived, it looked like a work of art. I wasn’t sure if I should dig in or sit and admire it for awhile! But once you take that first bite, any and all concerns would be  extinguished. The smoky harissa-coated cauliflower and black beans melt in the mouth; the soft tacos are warm and a little bit chewy and the lime adds a sharp zingyness. With peppery salad leaves, and crunchy radish and cucumber the dish is complete. I also ordered the homemade ‘super guacamole’ to go with it and I was glad I did. I could have eaten it with a spoon on it’s own!

Sweet n Sour

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Sweet n Sour Chic-Ken

C chose the Sweet & Sour vegan Chicken, with tofu rice (as opposed to egg fried rice). Again we were served a beautiful looking plate of food. We couldn’t help but get the camera out and start snapping! I would challenge anyone who likes Asian food not to enjoy this. It tasted exactly like a Sweet ‘n’ Sour dish I would expect to be served in a Chinese restaurant. In my book that’s a good thing. The tofu rice was delicious too and I couldn’t tell the difference. The vegan chicken had a touch of crisp to the outside with soft chewy-yummyness inside. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable plate of food.


Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Polenta Chips

If we’re honest we didn’t need to order these. The portion sizes of our mains were ample enough, but C really wanted some chips! They were a real surprise too. Having never eaten polenta before I wasn’t sure what to expect. They were chunky, cripsy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside with a hint of rosemary. They were a perfect side dish to our meals and would also make a tasty snack.

The drinks

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Drinks

Offbeet looks more like a cafe than a restaurant. You order your food at the till, whilst staring at a glass cabinet full of droolingly tasty cheesecakes (see below) and there are bags of coffee for sale on shelves. You can also get your coffee to go. The founder of Offbeet is also involved with Winchester Coffee Roasters, so it’s no surprise really that they take their coffee seriously. C had an almond latte and assures me it was delicious! It certainly looked pretty with some amazing foam-art on top.

As well as the hot drinks (coffee, various teas and hot chocolate) there are of course soft drinks available. I opted for a Karma Cola which came in a funky glass bottle and was very tasty.

the desserts

If you’re just popping in for a coffee, don’t be surprised if you end buying some cake too. An array of cheesecake flavours, from lemon & coconut to peanut butter, macadmia and strawberry will entice you. If you want something smaller there are brownies, and muffins all freshly baked. Even better you can take them away! I opted for the aforementioned Peanut butter, macadamia and strawberry cheesecake. It was delicious!



If you haven’t been to Offbeet Vegan Restaurant yet, you should. FACT. Whether you’re a life long vegan or a staunch meat eater, you can’t help but enjoy the food. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about what they’re serving, there is a nice relaxed atmosphere and again, the food…*drools whilst remembering*.

Offbeet Vegan Restaurant - Scenic View

Okay so it’s not the cheapest place around. We spent about £40 on a lunch which sounds crazy expensive, but we did get 2 drinks, 2 main meals with a side and 2 desserts. The portion sizes are very generous too and you could easily share one dish if you’re not overly hungry.

Overall we absolutely loved our visit and will definitely be visiting again in the not too distant future. We can’t recommend going highly enough.

Have you eaten at Offbeet Vegan Restaurant before? What did you order and what did you think? Get in touch in the comments below, we’d love about your Offbeet experience.

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Australia’s Tasty Treat | Lamington Day

Food and drink are two of our favourite things in the world. I wish we could seem all cultured; saying we could taste the differences of two wine regions, or appreciate michelin-star dining. Sadly, that’s not the case.

I became a little obsessed with drinking coffee in New York, despite D adamantly protesting that it’s not proper coffee. Our favourite food in Brazil was pizza. And lastly, the thing we bought whenever we went to a shop in Australia – Lamingtons.

Lamingtons are a light a fluffy sponge cake, covered in chocolate icing and then smothered in chopped coconut. Fun fact: They are named after the British Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington. It is rumoured that his cook was asked to prepare something for some unexpected visitors, and this is all he had left in the cupboard.

Friday 21st July 2017 is National Lamington Day in Australia. To celebrate that and the crazy hot weather we’ve been having in the UK for the past few weeks, we decided to recreate our favourite Australian treat.

And actually, it’s really easy.

We adapted the recipe from and they turned out to be soft and yummy and absolutely perfect – especially with a cup of English Breakfast. If you’d like to have a go at making them yourself, all you need is this handy-dandy recipe.

  • 125g soft butter
  • 220g caster sugar
  •  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  •  130ml milk
  •  A bag of desiccated coconut (ours was 200g)
  •  500g icing sugar
  •  30g cocoa powder
  •  120ml boiling water
  1. Put the oven on to 180°C. Grease a square tin.
  2. Mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each one.
  4. Sift the flour into the bowl and then pour in the milk.
  5. Fill the pan with the mixture and put in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Eat the remaining cake mixture while you wait*
  7. Take the cake out of the oven when a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Wait for 10 minutes and then take the cake out of the tin.
  9. Let the cake 100% cool down.
  10. Sift the icing sugar a cocoa into a different bowl.
  11. Add the butter and boiling water.
  12. Stir until there are no lumps left.
  13. Cut the cake into as many pieces as youwant. We chose 16, but I think 25 would have worked too.
  14. Set out your conveyor belt of cake, then the icing, then some coconut in a shallow dish, and then a wire rack over a baking tray.
  15. For each cake piece, dip it in the icing and wait for the excess to drip off.
  16. Using a spoon, cover every side in coconut.
  17. Place on the wire rack.
  18. Leave to stand until set (around 2 hours)
  19. Eat the rest of the icing**
  20. Persuade someone else to clear up the horrendous mess you’ve made.

* There is definitely a health risk with eating anything with raw eggs, please use your own judgement.
** This is almost pure sugar, and will leave you feeling pretty horrendous if you eat all of it. But, it does taste great mixed in with greek yoghurt.

What’s your favourite international food? Do you celebrate any weird holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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Getting the Most From Your Trip to Australia

Australia is about as far away as you can travel from the UK. The first ever commercial non-stop flight there won’t even take off for another nine months. It’s a place that’s so easy to visit because everything is so familiar (they even drive on the left side of the road), but there are more than a couple of things about Oz that make it just a little bit different from it’s far away cousin.

Getting the Most From Your Trip to Australia

A lot of travellers come here for its amazing geographical and architectural features, to make good use of their working holiday visa or just to turn all their mates back home green with envy.

The transport

Flying across Australia is easily dismissed as being very expensive. But if you are short on time and rich in cash, then it’s probably the way to go. You can visit all of the major tourist spots in a short amount of time with no worry about the vast distances that you will be covering. Unfortunately, it also means you’ll be limited mainly to the big cities, and will miss some of the gorgeous scenery there is to be seen.

Getting the Most From Your Trip to Australia

Public transport is a great way to get around. Sometimes it’s incredibly cheap, but in other times you’ll be better off flying! Short journeys that are on the tourist tracks, such as Brisbane to Byron Bay are advertised everywhere and competitively priced. Places that are a bit more off the beaten track are often still serviced by some kind of transport. While researching for our trip there, we thought about taking the train. A couple of places that we were looking to go only had trains that went through once or twice a week! It could have taken a year to travel up the East Coast.

A good portion of travellers will opt to self-drive either by renting a camper van or buying a car. Obviously having your own transport means you can go wherever you choose, at any time of the day or night. Your accommodation costs are usually kept down because you can sleep in free campsites that are scattered across Australia. We had such a great time on our Australian road trip, driving from Melbourne all the way up the East Coast to Cairns via Sydney. If you want more info on the places we stopped and the things we did, just have a look at the links below.

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The food

You might think that Australia wouldn’t have very exciting food. After all, Australia is basically the love child of America and Britain. Luckily, it moved in next door to South East Asia and they started getting saucy.

So, maybe this metaphor slightly ran away from me. But Asian cuisine is readily available in Australia in a way that it just isn’t here in the UK. There are slight tweaks and the availability of products that aren’t found quite as easily in the Northern Hemisphere.

The availability of vegetarian food in the cities is plentiful, but not quite as easy if you go into the smaller towns and villages. Still, it’s easy to ask for what you want and it’s not an entirely foreign concept.

No longer just for old couples who wear their jumpers round their shoulders, wine tours are easily found in Australia – especially outside the main cities on the cooler southern end of the country. We had a great time driving from vineyard to vineyard in the Hunter Valley outside Sydney while also stuffing ourselves with local cheese and chocolate.

Getting the Most From Your Trip to Australia
Where to stay

Although we are big fans of hostels, we weren’t terribly impressed by the ones in Australia. Generally they are filled with temporary workers, who seem to form a community in each hostel. It’s different from the atmosphere of hostels where everybody only stays about for a few nights. Sadly, there’s not quite the same opportunity to make friends.

Camping is a great way to stay in Australia. There are a variety of different campsites across Australia that cater to different budgets. Even the free sites often have a toilet block, cold shower and barbecue for cooking your shrimps. You can sit out in the warm air after the sun had gone down and drink wine from your box of goon and gaze at the stars. They are pretty rare in the big cities and so it’s almost essential to have a car to access the majority of them.

Our favourite accommodation in Australia was a housesit. We stayed in the suburbs of Sydney over Christmas and New Year and didn’t pay a single penny. There was a gorgeous house we had all to ourselves, a kitchen that had all the equipment you could ever dream of. We even had a bathroom we didn’t have to share with anyone. If you want to know more about how we got involved with housesitting, read this post,  or if you just want to jump in with both feet, use this link to get 20% off a years subscription to TrustedHousesitters.

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Things to do

There are so many amazing things to do in Australia, from small things like sitting on the beach, getting a tan to pretty big things like climbing the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. You may not make it to all of the things to do on your first trip to Australia, but there are definitely seven things to add to your bucket list right now!

  1. Visit Sydney
    Australia’s most famous city (although not the capital), Sydney is a must see for any trip to Australia. Featuring the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach – this place will do wonders for your Insta feed.
  2. Check out the spectacular beaches
    Speaking of Bondi Beach, it’s not even the nicest beach in Sydney! Our favourite beach was the beautiful white silica sand of Whitehaven. We visited as part of a trip to the Whitsunday Islands.
Getting the Most From Your Trip to Australia

3. Great Barrier Reef
Retired and Travelling wrote this fantastic blog on travelling to the Great Barrier Reef. Thought to eventually be obliterated, make sure you don’t miss it!

4. Uluru
Michela at Rocky Travel wrote this amazing guide to visiting Uluru by renting a car a self-driving.

5. Drive the Great Ocean Road
A Brit and a Southerner blew us away with this description of their road trip along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. It is top of our list to get to the next time we head back to Australia.

6.  Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island, in Western Australia, is pretty much the only place you can see a tiny, furry quokka. The Travelling Lindfields described the feeling of this car-free island perfectly.

Getting the Most From Your Trip to Australia

7. Go surfing
Whether you’ve never touched a board, or grew up Home-and-Away-style when you’d be surfing every day after school, it would be rude not to try out this great Australian past time. Hire a board from your hostel or the beach and have a go yourself. If you feel you need more direction, there are schools all over the coast.

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Have you been to Australia? Do you have any tips for accommodation, transport or activities? Let us know in the comments below!


Minimalist Travel | The absolute bare essentials

While we were travelling, one of the first things that anyone noticed about us was our backpacks. We spent a whole year living out of a 30L and a 35L backpack. Most other people that we met had 60-70L just for themselves! After settling back into life in the UK and renting out a one bed flat, we are so grateful for the lessons that we’ve learnt about minimalist travel in this past year. It has meant that we can rent the smallest flat we’ve ever seen and still fit every single one of our possessions into it. Except a wedding dress – which I feel needs a whole post on what to do with the most expensive and impractical dress you will ever buy!

It took a lot of time for me to get into the minimalism mindset. I uprooted my whole childhood bedroom into my room in student halls (which was about half the size) without throwing anything away. I bought all the “essentials” that I needed as a young adult starting life on my own. In the end, my room was an absolute mess, and you could never see the floor! It never occurred to me that I was so busy out having fun and studying that I might not need all these things anymore. So they all stayed.

Later, we moved into a big house and bought furniture and decorations to fill each high-ceilinged echoey room. Our stuff somehow magically expanded to fit the space we had available. I was always scratching my head wondering why the house was always messy. It was about this time that I discovered blogs written by American Moms who loved to organise. I had great fun putting all my crap into pretty boxes without ever realising that I didn’t need it!

Anyway, coming back to the point. Minimalism is a great concept to explore whether you have a seven bed mansion or you’re just packing up your childhood bedroom. But it’s most useful to travellers who want to save their back by only carrying what they need, save on airplane luggage fees and always have room to bring back a few souvenirs.

Minimalist Travel

The Attitude of minimalist travel

The most important change is always going to be the hardest. Attitudes based on other people’s perceptions and ‘the way things have always been’ are ingrained and we rarely question them.

What If – This is still the biggest thorn in my paw. I hate the thought of needing something and not having it, especially when I only threw it away a week ago! But in this day and age, you can almost always get something you need in the place that you’re in – except if you’re way off the beaten track. I like the Minimalists rule that if you can get the item again within 20 miles for under $20, there’s no reason to keep it around ‘just in case’

Sunken Cost – Before we left, we bought a sterile needle kit. Whether or not this was necessary is absolutely up for debate, but I still think I would buy it again if I had a do-over. We never did use it and it’s now sitting on a shelf in our flat taunting me with its shiny redness. Anyway, we could have ditched it when we arrived in Australia and had over two months with a little extra space in our bags. “But it was so expensive and we haven’t even used it!”, we cried. This is an example of sunken cost. The money’s already gone – it’s just hurting your bag capacity to keep it around now.

That’s disgusting! – I am going to say a few things in this blog post that make me seem like I live in a bush and don’t shower for weeks on end. That’s not really how I live, at least most of the time. But if I don’t shower for a couple of weeks, it’s not going to kill me, and it won’t kill you either.


There’s this school of thought that after a t-shirt is worn once, it’s “dirty” and needs to be washed. Even if you’ve only had it on for two hours while watching a film in a cinema with air conditioning so high it feels like you’re in the middle of the arctic. T-shirts can go for 2-3 days and jeans can usually last a week, even longer if you’re only hanging out by yourself or spending most of your time in swimwear at the beach.

I think I’d cope perfectly well with two t-shirts, a pair of shorts/jeans, a bikini, a dress and hand full of underwear. Most of which I wouldn’t have to carry with me as I would be wearing it to travel. I do worry that other people see me in the same thing two days in a row and them thinking I’m icky.  But who cares what they think?!

I genuinely believe that the only footwear that is necessary are flip flops. You can hike in them and swoosh through flooded streets in them. You can dress them up and down. I used to wear them 12 months of the year in the UK. I also carry running shoes with me when I travel, although I’ve started to see articles about barefoot travel springing up all over the internet.


It is very easy to take way too many toiletries with you. Each thing is usually less than the size of a deck of cards, which you can cram anywhere. They are taking up space in your bag and adding to the weight on your back every time you pack up and travel. It also means you have to fiddle with tiny plastic bags and make sure it’s somewhere accessible in your hand luggage. What a drama.

I am going to assume that you understand why anyone looking to travel with less would not be taking things like anti-frizz serum or eye-shadow primer. So there are only a handful of things to take; soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razor, shampoo. All essential, right?

Well, no actually.

I’d like to suggest that the only essential in that list is a toothbrush. There’s some research and a lot of anecdotal evidence that says all the rest of it is unnecessary. Some people get by just fine without them. Others shout from the rooftops that their hair/skin/teeth are better for not using them. It’s about experimenting with what works for your body, ignoring the adverts companies spend millions on trying to get you to buy their products and mainly not giving a crap about what someone else thinks is disgusting.


I always spend time daydreaming about how it would have been being an Explorer 100 or 200 years ago. I would love to have the courage to not take a single electronic thing with me when I travelled. But thinking about it, I wouldn’t be able to take a photo of the town map. Then I would get lost after 5 minutes. I couldn’t phone the hotel I was staying at. I wouldn’t be able to figure out how to ask a local for directions without resorting to shouting very slowly in English.

I’m pretty sure that would not be a fun way to travel. Luckily, in the 21st century, we have a tiny device that does all of those things. You probably have one anyway – a smartphone! If your smartphone doesn’t do it, you probably didn’t need it done anyway. A charger and multi country adapter plug are probably two things worth packing.

Ultimately, the secret to minimalistic travel is getting into the right mindset and forgetting all you know about what is normal and what everybody else does.  This is a basis to start packing from. I am in no way saying that if you take more than this then you are a failure. I have never taken this little, even if I’m only going away for a weekend. But if you start from this minimum, you can rest assured that every other item you take is a luxury. Then you can really think about whether it deserves to take up valuable real estate in your bag.

What’s your biggest reservation about taking the absolute minimum travelling? Do you have any stories about when you packed way too much? What do you consider the absolute essentials? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pantanal Tour Activities – A Closer Look

In our previous post we took a look at the details of a 4 day, 3 night Brazilian Pantanal tour. This was one of our favourite activities during our time travelling through Brazil and we would encourage everyone to do it if you get a chance. As well as seeing amazing wildlife and taking part in fun activities, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers!

The activities involved and wildlife spotted during the tour are numerous to say the least! There is far too much to say for it all to be included in the overview of the tour. So we thought we would do a second post. Here we can highlight in more detail the Pantanal tour activities involved and showcase some of the beautiful members of the animal kingdom you will see.

pantanal tour activities

Pool Noodling Down the Miranda River

This was the first of our Pantanal tour activities that we took part in and it was great fun! We began by clambering in to a 12-seater motor boat, with our swim gear on, carrying two foamy pool noodles each.

Pantanal Tour Activities - Pool Noodling

Our guide Luis powered the boat a few kilometres down the river, whilst we gasped in awe as Toucans flew over the trees on either side of the bank. Eventually the engine died down and Luis turned the boat around. Then it was time to jump in! The water of the river was surprisingly refreshing without being cold; we were then free to grab our noodles and let the relatively strong current of the Miranda river take us. It was wonderfully relaxing and also a great opportunity to chat with the other guests. Overall a fantastic start to the array of Pantanal tour activities on offer.

Night Safari & Cayman spotting

Pink lightning storms in the far distance, fireflies in the river bank hedges and more stars in the night sky then we had ever seen. This was a  beautiful evening for a boat ride.  Watching the sunset was amazing and so peaceful; sitting in silence reflecting on the day and enjoying the scenery. As the boat zoomed back to the lodge, Luis turned on the searchlight and began scanning the river banks, looking out for the tell-tale signs of the speckled cayman – orange eyes. Having only caught glimpses for the most part, we were amazed when the boat slowed down and drifted into a patch of reeds right next to the lodge; sure enough there was a cayman just lying in the water.  It was the first of what would be many cayman sightings over the next few days!

Horse Riding

This was a first for me, having never ridden a horse before. In fact I’d go so far as to say I was  a bit scared of horses to be honest! We jumped on the back of a jeep, rattled down a dusty stoney road constantly on the look out for deer, birds and other small mammals and arrived at another Pantanal lodge/ranch.  We were kitted out, introduced to our mounts and given some brief instructions on how to make it go, stop and change direction.

Pantanal Tour Activities - Horse Riding

As a first time horse rider it was perfect as the horses were very well trained so no riding knowledge was needed. The ride took us through flooded fields where the water reached the horses under belly, through small woodland where we met wild cows and across muddy tracks. Overall it lasted about an hour to an hour and a half and we saw plenty more wildlife including some rare hyacinth macaws.


If you’re staying right next to a really long river, it would be remiss not to get out on it and canoe. So on the second evening we were really happy that we would get the chance to do. After a long ride in the boat up the river we carefully climbed into the canoes.

Pantanal Tour Activities - Canoeing

We were pretty much left to our own devices from this point. We were free to power down the river using the current and paddle power, or we could veer from side to side trying to spot an elusive capybara. The sun began to set as we approached the lodge which was a lovely end to the day’s activities.

Boat ride & swimming

This was probably our least favourite Pantanal tour activity out of all of them. The whole group jumped in the boat and we motored down the Miranda river (something which by now we had down countless times already). This time we went much further, past the point where it meets the Red River. After stopping to look at a monkey in the tree, which was too small to see properly, and gazing over a heron nesting ground we headed back. On our return trip Luis banked the boat and we had a chance to get out an swim for a while.

C got caught in the current and had to be rescued to avoid her being swept off down stream!

Piranha Fishing

Pantanal Tour Activities - D Piranha Fishing

This is something that I was really excited about (C not so much!). After a brief jeep ride down the bumpy track we jumped off and were given our rods. They were really long, simple bamboo poles with a line attached ending in a small hook. Luis showed us how to do it: 1. Attach chunk of raw meat to hook. 2. Dangle in water. 3. Wait for a tug on the line. 4. Yank!

Despite getting off to a very unsuccessful start, in the end I caught two piranhas! After a very quick photo we carefully put the fish back in the water. It was good fun, competing against the other guests to see who could catch the most. The fish were quite scary looking too!

guided wildlife walk

On the final morning we were taken for a guided wildlife walk. This was a chance to spot some of the wildlife we hadn’t yet had a chance to see. Luis our guide, who was born and raised in the Pantanal, had an uncanny knack of spotting well camouflaged critters. From Coati’s and monkeys to armadillos and cayman. It was a great way to end our Pantanal Tour Activities.

the wildlife

If we’re honest, you need to visit to truly appreciate the beauty and sheer amount of wildlife surrounding you. We would wake up in the morning to the sound of howler monkeys in the trees. Birdsong was continuous throughout the day; a family of Capybaras would nest on the bank right in front of our room. When seeing a sunbathing Cayman and flying toucans become normal, you know you’re in a paradise. Below is just a small selection of the wildlife just waiting for you:-

Pantanal Tour Activities - Wildlife

Which of these Pantanal tour activities would you be most excited about? What is your favourite animal to spot whilst travelling? Get in touch in the comments below.

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Pantanal Tour: 4 Days 3 Nights in the Brazilian Pantanal

Family, friends and regular readers will know that we began our round the world trip in South America. Among the large number of amazing things we got up to, one of our favourites was a Brazilian Pantanal tour. Until now we have only written one post about the Pantanal, being a #PhotoFriday post. We would love others to share the fantastic experience we had. The following two posts will therefore be a review of the tour followed by an overview of the activities together with some great photos.

the brazilian pantanal

Whilst planning our trip, we read various travel blogs and checked out backpacker tourist routes. We discovered an opportunity on our route through Brazil to Bolivia that we couldn’t pass up.

The Pantanal, from the Portuguese word “pãntano” meaning wetland, is a massive, (140,000-195,000 sq km) natural land area, encompassing the world’s largest wetlands.  It is a veritable cornucopia of wildlife just waiting to be discovered, whilst indulging in some fun activities!

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The Best Bits of Great Britain in Two Weeks

Great Britain is on almost all international travellers wish lists. And no, wonder! It is pretty amazing here. Though, when most people say they’re been to England, they really mean London. Although London is a must-visit, it isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of this wonderful little island we live on. If your time is short, then this is the way to see the best of Great Britain in two weeks.

London – 3 days

Great Britain In Two Weeks

Chances are you’ll be arriving into London, so it makes sense to start our whirlwind fortnight there. Just like New York, people spend years living in London without seeing everything, so you’ll never get bored. But unless you’re a natural city-dweller, three days is a perfect amount of time to stay there. Between the crowds, pollution and sky-high prices, it will be time to leave by then. Go and visit all of the world-famous highlights of the capital plus take pictures of red phone boxes and beefeaters. Once you’ve got that out of your system, there’s still loads to do depending on what you fancy. Shopping, history or art – London’s got it all.

Highlights: Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

Brighton – 1 Day

A bustling city by the sea, Brighton drips with hipster cool. Hearing seagulls and feeling the cool sea breeze on your face will feel a million miles away from London, despite being less than 60 miles away. Choose you favourite things to do out of our 48 hour guide, or keep an eye on the purse strings with the top ten free things to do.

Highlights: Royal Pavilion, Victorian Pier and Shopping in the North Laines.


On your way through, pay a visit to this world heritage site. The oldest parts of this circle are over 5000 years old, but no one really knows who constructed it or why.

Fowey – 2 days

Great Britain In Two Weeks

A gorgeous and typically Cornish town, Fowey is the complete opposite of London and Brighton.  We actually spent our honeymoon here, and absolutely fell in love with the place. It has narrow, cobblestone streets and friendly people that actually say good morning to each other. You can either spend a few days in Fowey seeing country life and relaxing or using it as a base to explore the area. The favourite being the Eden Project, in nearby St Austell.

Highlights: Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Cornish Cream Teas.

Liverpool – 1 day

Known for its two Premier League football clubs and as the stomping ground of the Beatles, Liverpool definitely has its name big and bold on the England map. If you’re particularly passionate about either of those, you could easily spend two weeks here alone. Watch out for the two Liver Birds who watch over the city from the top of the Liver Building.

Highlights: Liver building, the Museum of Liverpool and the two Cathedrals.

Blackpool- 1 day

A favourite for English stag and hen parties, Blackpool is like England’s Las Vegas. Ok, maybe not, though there are rollercoasters, illuminations and shows nightly! It’s a great contrast from Brighton down south to see how the North do their seaside towns.

Highlights: Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Blackpool Illuminations


Great Britain In Two Weeks

You can either take a day tour from Edinburgh, or self-drive – both will take all day. Visit the famous lake, take a boat tour and see if you can spot Nessie. She’s not a monster, she’s just misunderstood. On the way, you’ll be driving through the Scottish Highlands, with beautiful views. You may even bump into a bagpipes player!

Edinburgh – 2 days

Scotland’s capital bustles by day and by night. Tourists stream down the Royal Mile in the daylight (including visiting all of the souvenir shops). And you might meet some of the more ghostly inhabitants of Edinburgh if you choose to do a City of the Dead graveyard tour.

Highlights: Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and Arthur’s Seat

Cambridge – 1 day

Great Britain In Two Weeks

Home of the prestigious University, Cambridge’s main attractions revolve around the University buildings, dating back to the 13th century. Punting along the river Cam, a little like gondola riding in Venice, is very common. It’s a brilliant activity, especially when it’s sunny. In fact, Cambridge has a Bridge of Sighs named after the one in Venice despite them having very little in common.

Highlights: Trinity College, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Bridge of Sighs.


Whether you’re only hopping over to Ireland or France, or heading down under to Australia, the cheapest and easiest place to fly from will be from one of the London Airports. Wherever you are heading to next on your adventure, or even if you’re heading home, we hope you have had a great time visiting!

Where have you visited in Britain? What was your favourite? Did it rain all the time you were there? Let us know in the comments below!

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