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Hayley Coutinho

About Hayley Coutinho

Before leaving her day job to travel the world Hayley studied Marketing and went on to work for a digital marketing agency where she specialised as a paid search consultant. Hayley has always had a passion for property investment and over the past 4 years, alongside her day job, she has built a property portfolio that has enabled her to quit her job and travel the world. Aside from property investment, Hayley enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying good meals out and watching her beloved Arsenal.

Mr Vieng the coffee master

This morning we left our backpacks with our motorbike rental company and embarked on a 2 day road trip around the Bolaven Plateau in Pakse, Laos. We set off on the 250km adventure aboard our hopefully trusty Honda Scoopy bike with just a carrier bag of essentials. “ Don’t forget to visit Mr Vieng ” our bike rental company shouted as we drove off. Who is Mr Vieng? The highly recommended visit to Mr [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:42+00:00June 15th, 2016|Daily Blog, Laos, Pakse|0 Comments

A step back in time

Today is the only day we have on the island of Don Kohn, which is part of the frequently visited 4000 islands of Laos. We arrived here as the sun came down yesterday aboard a small, suspect looking, wooden boat across the Mekong river. The island is small so the plan today is to hire push bikes and explore this island as well as the adjoining Don Det island. My push bike rode about as well as you [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:42+00:00June 13th, 2016|4000 Islands, Daily Blog, Laos|0 Comments

1 Year Away Q&A

Today marks a special milestone. On this day one year ago we were boarding a plane to Los Angeles about to embark on a once in a lifetime world wide trip. If you’re new to the blog let us give you a little background… Why did we leave? It was a long term plan to see the world. It was actually back in 2012 that we talked about travelling and decided it was something we wanted to do before settling [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:42+00:00June 8th, 2016|Daily Blog|11 Comments

Chanthanburi in a nutshell

Chanthanburi isn’t on many travellers itineraries. It’s mainly visited by local Thai tourists and is relatively untapped by Westerners. We’ve just spent a week on the island of Koh Samet so rather than jumping straight to another beach resort we thought we’d spend a couple of days off the beaten track exploring Chanthanburi. Firstly, everything we read online was right. It was extremely local and [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:42+00:00May 29th, 2016|Thailand, Travel Tips|0 Comments

Happy birthday to me

Today marks the start of the end of my twenties. I think my 28th birthday was probably spent renovating a house in preparation for us leaving 2 weeks later to begin this trip, so needless to say it isn’t a memorable one. So as we’re in Bangkok for this one with not a single paint roller, screwdriver or hammer in sight, it’s got to be better! It would have been great if Nick woke me up with a nicel [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:43+00:00May 24th, 2016|Bangkok, Daily Blog, Thailand|2 Comments

Swimming with whale sharks!

Getting up this morning was painful. The alarm went off at 4:50am, a time I have not seen for a long time and hope not to be seeing again! We planned to go swimming with whale sharks today and after chatting to a few other tourists we got the impression that unless you got there at opening time (6am) it would be too busy. So there we was at the crack of dawn riding on the back of a tricycle to get [...]

By |2016-05-24T08:22:07+00:00May 10th, 2016|Cebu, Daily Blog, Phillipines|0 Comments

Bohol’s Chocolate hills

We were back on our bike today, this time exploring the island of Bohol. It’s a 2 hour ferry away from where we’re staying in Cebu so it’s a popular day trip destination. The initial plan was to join one of the £30 mini bus tours and see all the sites. But then we thought why not just hire a bike when we get there and do it ourself at less than half the price (any excuse to get another bike). Boho [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:43+00:00May 4th, 2016|Bohol, Daily Blog, Phillipines|2 Comments

Best beach in the world (so far)

I think some of my most memorable days in Asia have come on the back of a motorbike. There’s something about getting out of the busy towns, going off the beaten track and exploring on a whim that’s really exciting. We always stumble across sites we never knew existed and it’s fascinating to see the locals in a more real life setting away from the tourist traps, . Today was another day to add to th [...]

By |2019-02-19T17:03:43+00:00April 26th, 2016|Daily Blog, El Nido, Phillipines|2 Comments