Most excellent travel blog posts: October 2012
It’s time for my pick of October’s best travel blog posts. Some time spent at TBU and TBEX in September meant I got introduced to a lot of new gems, which is where many of these came from…
Time for a digital detox…
Travelling in the olden days, by which I mean 10 years ago, used to mean guaranteed internet-free periods. You’d have to seek out a fluorescent-lit hole filled with god-forsaken PCs struggling along on Windows 98. Nowadays, a laptop is almost as common as Imodium on every traveller’s packing list. A hostel without wi-fi is like [...]
Photo of the week: whispers through the light
On what would have been my Mum’s 54th birthday, Steve and I went up to the Cerro San Bernardo in Salta and made a toast while watching the sun go down. It felt like she was talking to us through the light.
If I had a Superpower: Dan and Audrey of Uncornered Market
Dan and Audrey are the creators of one of my favourite blogs, Uncornered Market. I was delighted to hang out with them on a trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal, and couldn’t resist interviewing them for If I had a Superpower.
I’m doing a yoga teacher training course – but why?
My heels hover above the ground in downward dog, I wobble in tree and tortoise looks like a distant dream, yet in a few days time I start a month-long yoga teacher training course. This might sound akin to someone rubbish at gymnastics becoming a gym coach, but there are a few differences.
Review: Izhcayluma Hosteria and Spa, Vilcabamba
Details Izhcayluma Hosteria and Spa, Vilcabamba, Ecuador Price $10 for a dorm; $25-45 for a double In a nutshell… In their spot-on words “the luxury of a resort priced for backpackers”. It’s an affordable spa hotel that doesn’t cut corners on style or quality – and the views are incredible. It’s one of our favourite [...]
Photo of the week: the evolution of feet
In the past, and sometimes still today, grapes for wine were crushed under joyous stamping feet. I imagine it like a raucous, and somewhat messy, expressive dance party. For the most part, those stampers, as I’m choosing to call them, have been replaced by these mechanical alternatives, pictured above. I took this picture and heard [...]
Some lessons on fear, fortune and gratitude: a cancer scare in Ecuador
“You’ll get your results in eight days.” That was Friday. Since then, I’ve been doing all I can to forget about the small hole in my thigh that mustn’t get wet.
Ten reasons why San Pedro de Atacama is like Glastonbury festival
There was something familiar about San Pedro de Atacama from the moment we arrived. We struggled to put our fingers on it until suddenly it became clear: the oasis in the middle of the desert was a little like being at Glastonbury festival in the UK. Here’s why:
The best of our superpower interviews, plus some changes…
If you had a superpower, what would it be? We’ve been asking this and other revealing questions to people around the world since we started our journey back in March. We’ve spoken to a chocolate seller, a horse whisperer, the owner of a restaurant in Rio’s favelas, and many, many more. We used to post [...]