Amazon Prime Day 2024 Travel Best Of!

Amazon Prime Day 2024 Travel Best Of!

We rarely post about shopping here, but once a year we celebrate – Amazon Prime Day 2024 Travel Best Of!

Shopping + nomadic travel don’t always go hand in hand. Most of us aim to shed ‘stuff’ in favour of experiences. But Amazon Prime Day is around the corner on July 16 and 17, and there are a few awesome goodies we wanted to bring to your attention that may just make your travel life better.

View our Prime Day Travel Wish List


Our Amazon Prime Day 2024 Travel Best Of Wish List

This year we plan to upgrade a few of our travel essentials including:

Prime Day Travel Live Learn 2024 Wish List


Portable power bank: to reliably keep our devices charged on the go. Something that’s perfect for long flights or days exploring off the grid.

Noise-cancelling headphones: we’re fans of Bose and Anker to block out distractions and find focus, especially when in a busy co-working café.

Travel backpack: finding a versatile, spacious, sturdy yet stylish backpack is sometimes harder than you’d think, but essential for all of us with wanderlust.

Kindle E-Reader: I had to give up a physical library long ago when moving to live and work abroad. Now my Kindle needs upgrading – 2024 may be the year!

Portable WiFi hotspot: it’s nice to never have to worry about spotty internet and online security regardless of where we roam.

Camera, lights, action, smile: you bet we are dazzled by compact cameras, bright portable lights and smooth sound! :)


Pro Amazon Prime Day Tip

If you’ve never shopped Prime Day before, you’re missing out! My top tip is to go browse Amazon now, before the Prime Day sale.

Add whatever it is you love to a wish list (here’s how to do that if you’re unsure). Then, as soon as Prime Day kicks off, go straight to your wish list to see what’s on sale and purchase if the price looks good! 

View our Prime Day Travel Wish List


What will you purchase on Prime Day?

What are your must-have travel essentials? Maybe they’re tech gadgets, sustainable products, or even items for your pets (which are also included on our wish list!)? Leave a comment and let us know what you’ll be looking out for on Amazon Prime Day this year.

Disclaimer: Some of the links here are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

What are Pintxos in San Sebastián?

What are Pintxos in San Sebastián?

We recently descended on the beautiful city of San Sebastian in Spain and were pleasantly surprised to discover Pintxos culture!

What is Pintxos then? Pintxos (pronounced “peen-chos”) are the Basque Country’s version of tapas – small, savoury bites served on slices of bread or skewered with a toothpick. While similar to tapas, pintxos have their own unique style and traditions that set them apart.

Pintxos are typically prepared with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients and presented as visually stunning small plates. They can range from classic combinations like anchovy, olive, and roasted red pepper to more creative, chef-driven compositions. The variety is endless, making pintxo hopping a thrilling way to sample the vibrant flavours of Basque cuisine.

Unlike tapas which are often served complimentary with a drink, pintxos are generally individually priced, allowing diners to custom-build their own tasting experience as they hop from bar to bar. This dynamic pintxo culture is a beloved tradition that is deeply ingrained in the social fabric of the Basque region.

Pintxos in San Sebastián


Why San Sebastián for Pintxos?

San Sebastián, a picturesque coastal city in northern Spain, is widely regarded as the pintxo capital of the world. Pintxos are not just a snack here – they are a way of life, an art form, and a point of pride for the Basque people.

The sheer density of high-quality pintxo bars in San Sebastián is staggering. The old town (Parte Vieja) alone is home to over 100 establishments serving innovative, meticulously-crafted pintxos.

San Sebastian Old Town

Venture outside the historic centre and you’ll find even more pintxo hotspots, each with their own unique culinary personality.

What sets San Sebastián apart is the city’s deep reverence for culinary excellence. As the home of numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, San Sebastián has established itself as one of the world’s great gastronomic destinations. This culture of culinary mastery extends to the humble pintxo, elevating it to an art form.

La Concha San Sebastian


How Much Are Pintxos?

Pintxos in San Sebastián are generally very affordable, typically ranging from €2 to €4 per piece. This makes it easy to sample a wide variety of dishes as you bar hop through the city.

Some of the more elaborate or premium pintxos may cost a bit more, up to around €6-€8. But even at the higher end, pintxos remain a remarkably good value considering the quality of the ingredients and the skill required to prepare them.

Many bars also offer set “menu del día” options, where you can get a selection of 3-5 pintxos for a fixed price, usually around €10-€15. This is a great way to experience a broader cross-section of a bar’s pintxo offerings.

The low cost of pintxos allows you to indulge in as many or as few as you’d like without breaking the bank. This flexibility is part of what makes the pintxo crawl such a fun and social dining experience.

Pintxos in San Sebastián Old Town


When to Eat Pintxos

Pintxos are traditionally enjoyed during two main times of day in San Sebastián:

Siesta Time (around 1-4pm): This is the prime pintxo eating window when locals take a break from work to socialize over a few plates of pintxos and drinks. Many bars will have their best and most creative offerings available during this period.

Evening (around 8pm-midnight): As the sun sets, the pintxo bars come alive again as people gather to enjoy the vibrant nightlife. The vibe is lively and convivial, with both locals and tourists mingling over plates of pintxos and glasses of txakoli (the local sparkling white wine).

Cooper and fun in San Sebastian TBEX

While you can certainly find pintxos available throughout the day, these two time slots are when the experience is at its most authentic and energetic. Timing your pintxo crawl around these prime windows will allow you to soak up the full cultural atmosphere.


Where to Eat Pintxos

The Parte Vieja (Old Town) of San Sebastián is the epicenter of the city’s pintxo culture, with bar after bar serving up inventive and delicious bites. Some of the must-visit pintxo spots in this area include:

  • Bar Sport
  • Borda Berri
  • Bar Martinez
  • Casa Vergara
  • Gandarias
  • Txepetxa
  • La Viña for the Basque cheesecake :)
  • Bar Antonio for the BEST tortilla you’ll ever have!
Beyond the Old Town, you’ll also find excellent pintxo bars sprinkled throughout San Sebastián‘s neighbourhoods.

pintxos in San Sebastian


A few other top picks include:

  • Ganbara (Gros neighbourhood)
  • Rekondo (Ondarreta Beach area)
  • Zeruko (Parte Vieja)


No matter where you go, the key is to embrace the ritual of the pintxo crawl – hopping from bar to bar, sampling the unique offerings at each establishment. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in San Sebastián‘s vibrant food culture.


The 3 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in San Sebastian, Spain

The 3 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian is one of Spain’s most alluring destinations. It is renowned for a stunning coastal setting, vibrant pintxo culture, and exceptional cuisine. But what are the best neighbourhoods to stay in San Sebastian and the Basque Country then?
When planning a visit, choosing the right neighbourhood to stay in can greatly enhance your experience.
Here are the three best areas to consider for your San Sebastian accommodation.


Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in San Sebastian Spain


Parte Vieja (Old Town)

If you want to be at the heart of the action, the Parte Vieja, or Old Town, is the place to be. This historic district is the epicentre of San Sebastian‘s famous pintxo scene. It’s brimming with an array of bars and restaurants serving up wonderful and innovative small plates.

Wandering the charming, narrow streets of the Parte Vieja, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful Basque architecture, local boutiques, and lively plazas. It’s an absolutely captivating neighbourhood, with a tangible sense of history and community. Many of the best pintxo bars, such as Borda Berri and Gandarias, are located right in the heart of the Parte Vieja.

San Sebastian Old Town

The trade-off is that this lively atmosphere can mean the area gets quite crowded, especially in the evenings when the pintxo crawl is in full swing. Accommodation options may also be more limited and pricier in the Old Town. But for those who want to fully immerse in San Sebastian‘s vibrant culture, the Parte Vieja is the ideal choice.



Located just across the River Urumea from the Old Town, the Gros neighbourhood offers a slightly more laid-back alternative. We stayed in this area in an Airbnb opposite the Kursaal Convention Centre where we attended TBEX Europe. This trendy, up-and-coming district is known for its dynamic food and art scene. We would also advocate for staying here – the Old Town is just a short stroll away – very accessible.

Sarah and Cooper TBEX San Sebastian

In Gros, you’ll find excellent pintxo bars like Ganbara, as well as an increasing number of innovative restaurants. The area also has a thriving creative community, with independent boutiques, art galleries, and design studios. It has a youthful, bohemian vibe that contrasts nicely with the historic charm of the Parte Vieja.

Accommodation options in Gros tend to be a bit more affordable than the Old Town. You’ll often get more space and modern amenities here. The area is well-connected via public transport, making it easy to hop over the river to explore the Parte Vieja. For those seeking a slightly quieter yet still very vibrant neighbourhood, Gros is an excellent choice.

Top tip: visit Abba Hotel rooftop bar in this area :)

Neighbourhoods to Stay in San Sebastian, Spain



For a more tranquil, residential feel, consider basing yourself in the Ondarreta area, situated along San Sebastian‘s picturesque beachfront. This upscale neighbourhood is home to the Ondarreta Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful stretches of golden sand.

While Ondarreta may lack the frenetic energy of the Old Town or Gros, it offers a serene and luxurious setting, with elegant hotels, chic boutiques, and excellent dining options. You’ll find refined pintxo bars like Rekondo, as well as some of San Sebastian‘s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants.

Cooper filming San Sebastian

The appeal of Ondarreta lies in its ability to provide a peaceful respite from the bustling city centre, while still keeping you within easy reach of all the top sights and culinary delights. It’s an ideal choice for those who want to experience San Sebastian at a more relaxed pace, perhaps combined with a day or two exploring the vibrant neighbourhoods closer to the heart of the action.

Marina San Sebastian Spain


Choosing Your Perfect San Sebastian Neighbourhood

Ultimately, the best neighbourhood for you in San Sebastian will depend on the type of experience you’re seeking. Are you drawn to the historic charm and lively social scene of the Parte Vieja? The trendy, creative vibe of Gros? Or the serene luxury of Ondarreta?

No matter which you choose, you’re sure to be captivated by San Sebastian‘s unique blend of natural beauty, architectural splendour, and world-class gastronomy. With this guide to the city’s top neighbourhoods, you can find the perfect home base to explore all that this Basque gem has to offer.

TBEX fun San Sebastian


What does ‘freedom’ look like to you? | Featured in Freelancer Mag

What does ‘freedom’ look like to you? | Featured in Freelancer Mag

Right in time for my birthday, I received a lovely email! Turns out Cooper and I have inspired the fab team at Freelancer Magazine with our podcast, Freedom and Four Paws 

This means the world to us, because recording each episode was so motivating – our guests, all sourced from this community, had such powerful, wild and wise stories to tell about how they’ve made travel and remote work a full-time reality.

It’s something we’re passionate about sharing and discussing too, and we are excited that it resonates with so many people.

social post freelancer mag freedom and four paws

Freedom and Four Paws is named in honour of the freedom we in this travel-curious community seek, and the collective love of animals we share – many of us being house + pet sitters and/or pet parents. If you’re not in the Facebook Group yet but would like to join the conversation, you can do so here.

So far on the podcast, we’ve published two series covering topics like:

  • How to get paid for house sitting
  • Off-grid travel
  • Solo travel and house sitting
  • Budget travel
  • Long term travel
  • How to make the most of your digital nomad community
  • Remote work productivity tips and tricks.

If this piques your interest, you can listen and subscribe to Freedom and Four Paws on YouTubeSpotifyApple, and all your favourite podcast providers.

We’re planning future episodes too, so if there’s a burning question you have that you think would make a great topic, or you feel called to share your own story, please reach out, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch by completing the contact form on this site :)

Here’s something I’ve never told anyone before…

Here’s something I’ve never told anyone before…

It was our first travel trip abroad, and the excitement was palpable for my brother and I. We had journeyed to North America from Australia – we were naïve (and very young) to say the least. Our itinerary of five major cities in six weeks had been inspired by our individual cultural and historical interests. Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) with its urban Canadian charm and wild, natural landscapes, was my pick. Why? Well, it was 1999 and I was in my 6th year of dedicated worship of The X-Files. This was ground zero for filming!

As a true fan who could name each of the 161 episodes to date, of course I had a list of obscure and far-flung filming destinations I insisted upon tracing. And while I did have access to the internet for my research, we certainly did not have Google Maps at our fingertips to get us around in the wintery outskirts of BC.

Still, off we went into the wilderness. Little did we know, this adventure would teach us more about the magic of serendipity than any guidebook ever could.

Armed with vague directions gleaned from an online forum, we set out on a chilly, dark winter afternoon, on a bus that I thought would take an hour, but it took two to reach our destination.

The sky was a steel grey, and the air crisp with the promise of snow. As the bus dropped us off on the edge of the forest, the real journey began. The path, initially clear and inviting, soon twisted into a maze of undergrowth and towering trees, shrouded in mist.

Winter scene at Bunzten Lake

As daylight began to fade, the realisation hit us: we were lost in the woods. The trail markers had disappeared as quickly as the light, and every turn looked ominously similar. Panic was just about to set in when we stumbled upon a clearing. Our frustrations faded away, replaced by awe, as the trees parted to reveal a scene so serene it seemed otherworldly. We had reached a place called Buntzen Lake (pictured above), a frequent filming location for The X-Files but particularly well known for two episodes I loved, One Breath and Quagmire.

Before us lay a silent lake, its surface a perfect mirror reflecting the snow-capped mountains and the deepening twilight sky. It was a scene of untouched tranquillity, the kind of place that didn’t seem like it should exist so near to a bustling city. No signs of X-Files or human presence; just pure, majestic nature.

We spent what felt like hours there in the hush of the evening, the only sounds the soft rustling of the trees and our own breaths, visible in the cold air. It was a moment of unexpected magic, a gift from the universe at a time we felt most vulnerable. We found more than what we were looking for – an enchanting spot that was the complete opposite of anything we’d known in Queensland. To us, it felt like a secret kept from the rest of the world.

The experience was so profound that we ventured back the next day, this time in the full light of day. The magic of the lake was different under the sun’s rays, but equally captivating. We explored the surrounding area, finding quaint trails and scenic vistas, each step filled with the fresh exhilaration of discovery.

Returning home, the lesson was clear: sometimes, getting lost is not a misstep, but a path to the most spectacular finds. We had set out in search of a piece of television history and ended up with a personal landmark in our hearts, a reminder of the surprises waiting off the beaten path.

Now, I share this story to remind us all: embrace the unknown with open arms. Particularly if you’re feeling unsure right now – know that the path will become clear, and sometimes the best memories – travel or otherwise – are the ones you never planned for.