South US Road Trip - Savannah

Road Trip: Southern USA – An Epic Deep South Itinerary

The allure of southern USA has been calling me for years. I wanted to experience that famous Southern charm, the music, the moss-laden trees, the accent, the mountains, and all the colourful cities and quirks that make up the southern states. It’s a big area y’all, so coming up with a south US road trip … Read more

Best road trips in France - Verdon Gorge

The Best Road Trips in France

Driving through charming villages, seeing sunsets over the hills and picking up cheese for picnics along the way is what French road trips are made of. We’ve teamed up with other travel bloggers to create an ultimate guide to France’s best road trips. Please note that as this is a collaborative post, the accommodation recommendations … 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

The Best Italy Road Trips – 8 Beautiful Italian Adventures

A road trip in Italy ticks all the boxes of epic drives, amazing food, friendly people, beautiful culture and some of Europe’s most gorgeous sights. It’s one of our favourite places to road trip, not least because of the food. We return again and again and are always re-intoxicated by its charms. We’ve done a … Read more

Rua de Bica funicular

Things to do in Lisbon: A Handpicked City Guide

Set on seven hills overlooking the River Tejo, Lisbon is sometimes called the San Francisco of Europe, but I think that takes away from its own distinctive charm. The hills are certainly similar, and it shares a golden light, but much of the wonder of Lisbon comes from its history. Most of the city was … Read more

Road Trip Portugal - Igreja dos Carmelitos

Things to do in Porto: A Handpicked City Guide

The view from the the Dom Luis I bridge sums up the allure of Porto; port wineries on one side, a colourful hodge-podge of buildings and bell towers cascading down the other, and the peaceful Douro river filing down the centre, lined with buzzing restaurants and people ambling by. The azulejo tiles, baroque and beaux … Read more

Best Europe Road Trips: Transfăgărășan Highway

The Best European Road Trips – 21 Epic European Road Trips

There’s nothing like a road trip in Europe to make you appreciate the diversity of the continent – buy croissants and go for a walk on a French beach in the morning then sip a spritz beside an Italian lake by sunset. From mountains to coast to cute medieval villages – there’s something to suit … 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

A Special Kerala Homestay in Alleppey’s Backwaters

I’d been sitting with Anneena for an hour discussing everything from Frozen to the dangers of hiking drunk. She also told me she hopes to be a paediatrician when she grows up, but not a politician as they have a tendency to get shot. The whole conversation was in English (including the word paediatrician) and at times … Read more

The Best Tokyo AirBnBs: 19 Awesome Places to Stay in Tokyo

Tokyo has some incredible hotels, but one of the most reasonably priced ways to stay there is to choose an AirBnB. There are all sorts of options, from traditional Japanese houses to modern apartments. And if you don’t mind sharing, you could stay in a guestroom in someone’s home. We’ve curated a collection of some … Read more