I adore food. After living stateside for a few years in my youth I have to confess that I am a big fan of American food, they do some dishes simply far better than anywhere else in the world.
Now, they do have a tendency to enlarge the portions and my first year living just outside New York City saw me gain 20 pounds but trust me, it was a delicious 20 pounds.
Hiring a car and driving around America is a fabulous experience and the roads are easy to navigate and most vehicles automatic so just ensure you have an international license before heading off to sample to new foods up and down the country! (more…)
The month we’ve spent in Argentina, then crossing over to Chile, the heading back to Argentina and now finally back in Chile, has been an interesting one.
Both countries have undoubtedly lived up to expectations. Patagonia has been the terrifying beauty we’d hoped it would be. With jagged mountains cutting across the skyline and miles and miles of uninhabitable terrain, my imagination was truly inspired. We are thrilled to have experienced the beauty of that region on both sides of the border, even despite waking up to find a mouse on my chest in our little tent. (more…)
“I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited — they went there.”
- Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” (more…)
Brief Travel Journal Update – El Calafate, Patagonia
Windswept and hungry, Rachel and I dragged ourself into the tiny bus terminal at El Calafate, a lonely desert town in Patagonia, southern Argentina.
While flying, I spotted the airport we were due to land at as we began to descend – It was a single airstrip. Just as the plane was coming into land, a momentous gust of wind side-swiped it, throwing us back and forth and sending a sharp thrust of adrenaline through our tired bodies.
The wind persisted as we left the airport. Dust and twisted bramble circulated the car park, riding on the tidal wind. (more…)
When we were kids in school, daydreaming was usually the fastest way to get in trouble with the teacher. But several studies have shown that daydreaming — whether fantasizing about Caribbean vacations or winning an Academy Award or something else entirely — is actually good for your mental health.
Here are five of the reasons why daydreaming is actually good for you: (more…)
In my photography travel journal today I spoke about our probable return to Korea. In truth, we both miss the place. We are craving normalcy, or stability in some sense.
While our time on the road has been nothing short of brilliant, we want to experience, for however long, a healthy routine. We want to socialise regularly with friends and have access to a gym. We want to be able to cook healthy meals and sleep in our own bed more often than not.
Travelling can be intensely fulfilling, but at the same time it can be demanding. While you experience so many great things, you also find yourself exhausted. You pull yourself from pillar to post in search of adventure and at some points you realise you just want to go to sleep for a couple of days in your own bed to recover. (more…)
Most people, when they think of Egypt, conjure up images of deserts, pyramids, and ancient mosques in their mind’s eye. There’s a lot more to Egypt than these sights, though. The country is full of quirky, offbeat attractions that are sure to thrill and entertain.
This article will list five of the best quirky, offbeat attractions you will surely enjoy when in Egypt. (more…)
Some people on their holidays prefer to go all out: safari trips, hiking, snorkelling and clubbing all night long. Others though would much rather spend that small amount of time they’ve got off work relaxing, either by the pool or on a beautiful sandy beach. If you’re the latter, this guide can maybe help you decide the best place to choose for ultimate relaxation if you’re planning a trip to Spain. (more…)
This is just a quick post listing the contents of my bag for the next 3 months. We’ve decided to challenge ourselves this time around. With the exception of a carry-on bag containing my camera gear and laptop, I’m only taking a 45 litre backpack for everything else, as is Rachel. Previously we both took 65 L packs and they were far too cumbersome.
The question we want to ask ourselves is: how much can we live without?
When you’re planning a vacation, your budget can be quickly eaten up by hotel charges. And while staying in a luxurious hotel might be part of the appeal of your getaway — who doesn’t love room service and a comfy, oversized bed? — if you’re headed to a destination with tons to do outside of the hotel, staying in a hostel might be a more affordable option.
Before you cringe and dismiss hostels for being dirty or filled with partying college kids, consider whether you’ve fallen prey to one of these common myths. (more…)