For Lord of the Rings fans, Hobbiton is one of the must see places in New Zealand (although ironically a good number of their visitors have never seen the films or read any of the books) and it was pretty high on James’s wishlist of places to see. Conveniently located between Waitomo and Rotorua it was a good place for us to stop off for a few hours and take the tour. View Post

The Armchair Backpacker

Quite regularly I see posts on Facebook of people in exciting, faraway places, doing exciting and unforgettable things, whilst I am stuck in the UK staring at the rain outside my window. I know that I’m not alone in this. It is quite easy to end up feeling miserable, and like everyone’s life is better than your own. Or you could feel resentful of those who can afford/have the time to do what they like, whilst you are stuck doing whatever you are doing. I guess all those emotions are natural, and I’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Instead, why not channel your energy into doing something positive, which also links to your desire to travel? View Post