Fun things to do in Santa Cruz

Five special trips to take in 2019

Have you got any adventures planned for 2019? We have our eyes on New England for a road trip, a return to New York, and some English travels to Cornwall. And I also have some ideas for you, based on the best trips we’ve taken in the past few years. From afternoon teas in London … Read more

How to plan a babymoon

Babymoon ideas and tips for travelling while pregnant

It’s a bit of a silly word, but a babymoon refers to the final holiday a couple takes by themselves  before their baby arrives. When I heard about the concept, I didn’t need convincing to take one. Not only do I take any excuse to travel, but I also genuinely think it’s a great idea … Read more

Eguisheim, France – Real-life fairytale village

The most colourful road trip in Europe: France, Switzerland and Italy

The most colourful (and Instagram friendly!) road trip in Europe, taking in Colmar, Lucerne, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Portofino, St Paul de Vence and the French Riviera. In April, Steve and I treated ourselves to a dream road trip in Europe. Tired of trying, at the time unsuccessfully, for a baby, we decided that a … Read more

Road trip in Italy itinerary

An Italian road trip: from Florence to the Amalfi coast

How to spend a perfect 2-3 weeks in Italy, road tripping from Florence to the Amalfi Coast via Tuscany, Rome and Naples. From the food to the country’s expertise in living la dolce vita, Italy is one of my favourite places to visit. Steve and I go back time and time again, and it was … Read more

What food to avoid when pregnant in Italy

What food to avoid when pregnant in Italy?

Italian food makes me giddy. I’m obsessed. The pizza, pasta, gelato, wine and coffee are among my favourite foods in the world. It’s one of the reasons Steve and I return to Italy again and again and ended up choosing to go there for our babymoon. But one of the things I was worried about … Read more

Notte delle Luci cross of lights

A video from Notte delle Luci festival of lights

Remember the psychedelic festival of lights we went to in Italy last year? Well, it was so visually stunning that it demanded to be put on film. So here is our very first Bridges and Balloons video. We hope you like it! And the credit most certainly goes to Steve (I mainly just had to smile, … Read more

A day in Puglia…

We recently went to an awesomely psychedelic light festival in Italy called Notte delle Luci in Scorrano. We’ve shared some photos from the event itself and we also made our first Bridges and Balloons video about the festival. As it’s a nighttime festival, here we have some suggestions for things you might like to do in Puglia during … Read more

Cross of lights at Notte delle Luci

A psychedelic festival of lights in Italy

Here begins the story of Notte delle Luci, an Italian festival of lights. Once upon a time, in the year 1600, there was a small town that was saved from the plague. The town was called Scorrano and its saviour was Santa Domenica. Santa Domenica became the town’s patron saint and each year, on her … Read more

Living life like a festival smiles

Mission: To live my life like Glastonbury smiles I wrote that at the top of my Couchsurfing profile, aged 23, fresh from a heartbreak and ready to set out an adventure backpacking around Spain. I’d just been to Glastonbury, England’s mega festival, which had become an annual pilgrimage of sorts. I never went as a … Read more

San Pancho fire sunset

Year two on the road in photos

“How long are you off for?” “Maybe 2-5 years, who knows?” said Steve 730 days ago at our party to say goodbye. It was an answer said half-jokingly. We had no idea what this journey would look like or how long it would last for. We still don’t know where it’s going, but we do … Read more