A black and white tail eagerly skidded past me – intent on the pink squishy ball flying over the snow and nothing else in the entire world – 3 nanoseconds later he flashed past again in a delighted blur of Collie fur. We were playing in the snow-dusted lawns before our booking for lunch at Cliveden House, earning ourselves a tasty repast. The skies were blue after a thick snow flurry the day before, and… View Post

Top tips for chasing the Northern Lights – Tromso, …

Top tips for chasing the Northern Lights – Tromso, Norway

A few years ago for my birthday, Mr Kiwi and I boarded a plane up into the Arctic Circle. Thanks to the joys of social media and bloggers, we had been tipped off that one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights was Tromso in Northern Norway. We were lucky enough to not only see their elusive shimmers but also spend time under a sky where we could just about touch… View Post

The Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip: The North Island …

The Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip: The North Island Edition

Aoteoroa, Land of the Long White Cloud, God’s Own. New Zealand is known by many names, including ‘home’ for me. At least once in your life, you must do a North Island road trip. With gorgeous waterfalls, geothermic oddities, amazing beaches, snoozing volcanoes – the North Island is gorgeous, but it often plays second fiddle to the glory of the South Island.  What qualifies me as an insider? I’m a born and bred North Island… View Post

The terrific Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case

The terrific Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case

“Oh, no, really? You can’t possibly take all of that in that tiny backpack. Love, you need to take a cabin case. Or take one of the bigger cases.” – Mr Kiwi watching me pack most of my trips. Now because I’m in love with the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case, that conversation isn’t necessary at all… marital travel bliss recalibrated. Disclaimer: The Travel Hack kindly gifted me the Pro Cabin Case (affiliate link). I took… View Post

The Malmaison Hotel in Oxford: a rather luxurious …

The Malmaison Hotel in Oxford: a rather luxurious prison stay

Most people spend their lives avoiding situations that would put them behind bars. But true to past form, I actively researched the best way to get Mr Kiwi and I locked into prison – but it was at the luxurious Malmaison hotel in Oxford, rather than at her Majesty’s pleasure. When I first saw Lauren’s gorgeous stay here last year, it stayed on my mind and at the top of my UK hotel bucket list… View Post