32 weeks pregnant

Pregnant in a pandemic

When pregnant with Otis, I wrote a few thoughts on anxiety in pregnancy. Little did I know that second time round I’d be pregnant amidst one of the most anxiety-inducing periods of our collective history. Part of the worry is part and parcel of being pregnant, but the pandemic has certainly added a new dimension… … Read more

14 lessons learned from five years’ travel blogging

It’s been five years since I started this blog and its been a rocky ride. I’ve watched the rise and fall of peers – some lifting to stratospheric success and others slipping away – while I’ve bumbled along, sometimes giving it my all, and other times fading away. This isn’t a blog of dizzying success, … Read more

Jungle theme kids room

A Scandinavian Style Jungle-Theme Kid’s Room

Remember our travel-themed nursery for Otis? Well that’s where baby number two will be heading, and in the meantime, we created a whole new room for Otis – and this time it was even more fun as Otis got to be involved in choosing what he wanted. After deliberating over the galaxy, travel and animals, … Read more

Europe Road Trip - Santa Margherita Ligure

On healing, guilt and self-discovery

There’s nothing like a trip home for a case of the ‘Who am I’s’… I approached it with trepidation, and was left with a sinking mix of guilt, confusion and unease. Trips of old had taught me that a return to the UK was always a disorientating experience— new lessons and growth struggling to stay … Read more

Victoria pregnant

My fertility journey: PCOS, Clomid and gonadatropins

This is one of those posts where, if you’re here for travel stories, you might want to head over to the travel section instead. However, lots of people have written to me expressing interest in my fertility journey. I struggled to find stories when I was going through all of this, so I’m sharing mine … Read more

Tom and Steve watching the sunset on Gili Air

When friends come to visit…

When friends come to visit, it’s not the time to write. It’s time to explore, …share your favourite restaurants, …drink colourful drinks, …and spot faces in walls. It’s a time to drink fancy coffee, …take a trip (or three) to the spa, …brave the monkey forest, …and then learn to wood carve when it rains. … Read more

Blue Ridge Parkway

A little update – plus news we’re heading South!

Three weeks ago, I was feeling blue. It was exactly a year since we set off on our big road trip around California and I longed for another adventure. But this year has been one of uncertainty and we’ve found it hard to plan things in advance. Over the last years, Steve has been slowly … Read more

Welcome to the new Bridges and Balloons!

It’s finally here – the new look Bridges and Balloons. As much as I loved the old site, it had had its day. It was slow as a sloth and as I’d insisted on building it myself, it was frankly a bit of a mess (code and I are not good friends). I wanted something … Read more

Cocktail on Balangan beach

Venting frustration

I woke up that morning, fed up and tired with this journey. The rats had returned to the ceiling, causing another disrupted night’s sleep while they played gymnastics above our heads, the thin plaster amplifying their patter to the sound of elephants’ hooves. Tonight we’d have to re-plug in the sonic repeller, pushing aside any … Read more

Village above the clouds bed

The words I needed to hear

When I first heard about Per, he sounded like an archetypal compulsive liar, full of the tallest of tales that would put to shame Frank Abagnale Jr. In a town like Ubud, you have to have your bullshit detector on. Then I met him, and the doubts were gone. This man, the youngest of ten … Read more