Barcelona will always be dear to my heart. It’s where I overcame heartbreak and re-found my independence – and later where Steve and I got together. I was always told I’d love it there, but I approached the city cautiously, nervous it might not live up to expectations. That was back in the summer of 2008. My one-week stay turned into four and six months later, I engineered my own redundancy and moved back to the city to live. Since those days, I’ve returned again and again to visit friends and spend time in the city that both mended and stole my heart.
I love sharing my favourite parts of the city and have showed plenty of people round or sent them off with a list of my top tips. I though it was about time I shared them here. Today I’ll cover things to do in Barcelona – areas to explore, places to go and where to stay. Tomorrow I’ll add Barcelona’s restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. It was this knowledge that led my friends to suggest I started a company called Victours! Read more
Coming to the Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Porto was a tricky decision. I had to make the journey from Peru so it wasn’t a simple case of catching a budget flight from Europe. I agonised over it. Could I justify the cost? This was an obvious consideration – but more than that it was a question of confidence.
Six months ago I didn’t even know travel blogging conferences existed. I was struggling to know what I wanted to do with my life and started Bridges and Balloons as a hobby while I worked that out. Little did I know that it would turn out to be the answer. Read more
The iconic teleferico in Salta became out guiding star whenever we felt lost in the city. I took this photo from the top of Cerro San Bernardo. It looks so peaceful, yet high-speed pop music was blaring out on a stereo behind. It was part of a temporary gym that’s been stationed atop the hill. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful evening watching the sun go down with medialunas and coffee.
Steve laughed at me when I said I was writing a Bridges and Balloons manifesto. “Since when did we get political?” he said. But my understanding of manifesto is different. Read more
Wow. Today I realised it’s exactly six months since we closed the door on our house in Peckham and set off on our adventure around the world.
When we left that day, we had no idea where our journey would take us – what we’d do or where we’d go beyond Brazil. We had proclaimed we were on a quest to find a way to live – to perhaps even find ourselves – but our views on that have changed since then. We’re already living the way we want to – bringing our careers on the road. We’re not aiming for a particular destination – geographically or mentally. We are digital nomads and we love it that way.
Here’s an update of what we’ve been doing during those six months and what we plan to do next. Read more
We have a winner! Thank you so much to everyone who entered round #47 of Photo Travel Roulette with our theme ‘Excellent Splendour of the Universe’. We’ve really enjoyed hosting it and seeing all the entries come in. There were some brilliant submissions and it was a tricky decision. Counting down from five, these were our favourites. Read more