Janice blogs at Solo Traveler, writing wonderfully honest stories about her journeys around the world. She’s even written a book on the subject called The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. I was lucky to meet her at some blogging conferences in Europe, and of course jumped at the chance to ask her some superpower questions. Read more
This time last year, our journey was still a dream. I had another couple of months at work, we needed to find tenants for our house and the number 2012 was still synonymous with the Olympics. Now, twelve months later, that number has come to symbolize the year the dream came true.
Choosing to travel was a massive ingredient that helped make 2012 one of the best years of our lives. In our next post, we’ll look at what else helped create that, but today we wanted to celebrate our travel highlights from the past 12 months.
During that time, we’ve been to six countries in South America, as well as separate trips to India, Europe and the US, and now Mexico (which you’ll be hearing a lot more about soon as we’ve fallen for it head over heels). In the meantime, we’re limiting this list to our highlights from South America. Here’s the top 15 in no particular order. Read more
Lying back into Steve’s arms, listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes around a beach fire as new and dear friends danced around in the sand under the starry sky, I smiled and started to think that perhaps Christmas could be okay again.
Then, out of the shadows, appeared a girl crying to one of our friends: “You have to come, quickly, your dog just killed another dog.” The animal I had been stroking just moments before had attacked a holidaymaker’s pet. It died on its owner’s leash. Chaos ensued, tears were shed, and the owners decided to use the beach fire as a pyre for their deceased pet.
Together we built up the flames, and the party became a funeral. For me, this wasn’t the first time that death had come at Christmas. Read more
People complain about Copacabana in Bolivia. The usual gripes of too much tourism. But it’s a gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular lakes, the food is great and there are sunsets like this one. We loved it there. See more photos in our photo story on Isla del Sol.
“You have to go to Isla del Sol – it’s magical,” were common words as we travelled through Bolivia. It’s the legendary birthplace of the Incas, where the god Viracocha made his first mystical appearance, and it’s full of Inca ruins. People tend to wax lyrical about it’s tranquil, mystical nature, and we were keen to see it for ourselves. Here’s our visit in photos. Read more
When fleeing from the shape-shifting reptilians and the end of the world, the fearful Vilcabamba ex-pats also demonstrate great taste. The town, considered to be the last safe place on earth, is magically gorgeous, every day revealing a different light. This golden downpour was one of our favourites.
Read more about Vilcabamba, land of conspiracy theorists, in our latest post on one of the strangest towns we’ve ever visited…