Don’t Worry About Finding Accommodation in Ella; It’ll Find You!

When the train finally got in to the station at Ella, we knew we now had to find somewhere to stay. We needn’t have worried about choices for accommodation though, as we were completely bombarded as we left the station. Touts, tuk tuk drivers and people offering rooms all wanted a piece of the action. […]

Only in Sri Lanka: Hiking on the Train Tracks from Pattipola to Haputale

Dodging trains, shuffling through dank, dark tunnels, getting dragged into the track manager’s office and being ambushed by snarling dogs… These are only a few things that happened on our hike from Pattipola to Haputale in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Even so, this was one of my absolute favourite days in Sri Lanka.

Tea with a View at Lipton’s Seat, Haputale [Photo Story]

Ever wondered where that little packet of dust we call a teabag comes from? We think of tea as very ENGLISH. But is it really? Lipton’s tea actually comes from Sri Lanka. And when I was in Sri Lanka I had the pleasure of visiting Sir Thomas Lipton’s Dambatenne Tea Factory as well as hiking […]

InMyShoesTravel Update Feb 2017

Well Happy New Year everyone! And sorry I haven’t had the chance to say it yet. I’ve been busy busy busy… But I know, I get it; who hasn’t? Tell you something new, right? Well I thought I’d start with a little update and let you know what to expect on the blog soon…

Sri Lanka Accommodation Review: Leisure Mount View, Haputale

By the time we got to Haputale we were ready to stay somewhere nice. Not that our previous accommodations in Sri Lanka hadn’t been nice. But Leisure Mount View in Haputale was really in another league.

Riding The Trains Through Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

Hey guys, what’s up? Sorry for the recent neglect! I assure you it is not from lack of love, but purely busy-ness, what with finishing up work for the season and then taking a few amazing trips in Spain… But let’s backtrack there a bit; I’ll tell you about those things all in good time.

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    Hot Air Balloon in Mallorca

    It’s Mallorca Monday and I have a really great experience to share with you… Hot air ballooning in Mallorca. Last week, for the first time ever I went in a hot air balloon. And I loved loved loved it.

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    Off to Find Komodo Dragons!

    We were finally setting off on quite an adventure to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Komodo Dragons, found in the wild only in Komodo National Park in Indonesia. We were in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island and the day before we had contracted a boat and a local crew to take just me and […]

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    Beneath Mallorca’s Surface – The Cova Tancada

    Did you know that this cave, the Cova Tancada, existed in the north of Mallorca, near Alcudia? Cova Tancada means the closed cave, and is one of Mallorca’s real treasures and best kept secrets, with huge dramatic underground chambers that just keep opening up and seem to go on forever.

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    Only The Brave Join The Borneo Night Trek

    Is that how it went? Only the brave join the Borneo Night Trek? Or was it only the stupid join the Borneo Night Trek? I had read about night treks before I went to Borneo and even then I was thinking why would anyone want to do that?

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    From Dambulla To Kandy

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    Dambulla Cave Toilets

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    Dambulla Caves Temples, Sri Lanka

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    Why Stay in Habarana for Visiting Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle: Pros and Cons

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    Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka: To Climb or Not To Climb?

    When I was planning this trip to Sri Lanka I wasn’t sure about Adam’s Peak. I had read that it was HARD and frankly, I didn’t know if I could hack it. I discussed it with Toni and he suggested we give it a go.

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    The Magic of Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

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    How to get from Kandy to Dalhousie

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    Black Market Train Tickets in Sri Lanka

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