Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. – Ray Bradbury

The journey not the arrival matters

Having lived in England, Spain, Argentina and Oman, we’ve seen a little bit of the world through work, but over the last three or four years, we’ve also holidayed further afield, visiting Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico (that’s the Sumidero River Canyon on the left), Tanzania, Zanzibar and Morocco in addition to regular visits to Italy and Spain and city breaks to other European destinations.

The main photo on the front page of the site was taken from Song Saa Island in Cambodia, where we stayed in November last year after returning to Bali and briefly visiting Bangkok and Phnom Penh en route. The tiny island in the picture, Koh Bong, is uninhabited and reached, like most of the villas and the main restaurant, via a stilted wooden walkway. It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk from one side of Koh Bong to the other, at least five of which are spent slapping mosquitos (but to be fair, we did decide to cross just as the sun set).

Two of our regular destinations are Verona – where we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and have returned almost every year since – and Marrakech. In Verona, we love the ‘centro storico’, the Arena di Verona and we tend to stay in the same hotel room at the Palazzo Victoria each year!

The same is true of our trip to Morocco where we enjoy bartering in the souks, lounging in the sun, cooling off in the pool and taking a pummelling in the spa. In fact, the very best massages are at the hotel in which we stay every time we visit Marrakech – Les Jardins de la Koutoubia.

It seems a shame not to capture some of the moments, so this year I’m planning to add some photos and blog posts here to document and share our experience.