1/09/18
Cliff Jumping at Randolph's Leap on the River Findhorn, Scotland

Adventure activities Scotland: our canyoning, tubing and cliff jumping trip 

After an incredible year of adventures in South America and the USA, we touched down in London in July for our annual UK summer visit. As usual, we’ve been hopping around the country visiting friends and family, but this year we also drove up north for a work trip that involved exciting adventure activities Scotland including canyoning, tubing and our first white water rafting experience.  Continue reading

21/08/18
Machu Picchu, Peru

How to visit Machu Picchu on your own  

Machu Picchu: one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and South America’s most famous landmark. We wanted to visit this iconic Incan city in the sky as cheaply and independently as possible, so we planned a DIY trip that cost us less than £200 each. Want to do the same? Here’s our detailed guide on how to visit Machu Picchu on your own, without an expensive tour or guide. Continue reading

19/07/18
An alpaca from Alpaca World, Arequipa, Peru

5 things you should know before your South America trip

Our four-month South America trip was filled with incredible experiences. We trekked through the Amazon rainforest, rode a bumpy jeep across the largest salt flat in the world, climbed up Machu Picchu mountain and watched the sunset from an eco-retreat in the Colombian mountains. It wasn’t all smooth sailing and there were definitely some things we weren’t prepared for though, including the high prices, freezing altitudes and meat-heavy menus. Continue reading

25/06/18
Me taking in the view from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Life update: falling for California, a housesitting disaster and moving to Portugal

Hello from Oregon, USA! I’m writing this from a caravan overlooking the red outcrops of Smith Rock State Park, with a cup of Earl Grey beside me, reflecting on how long it’s been since I blogged. In fact, my last post was back in Lake Titicaca, which now feels like years ago. Since then, we’ve travelled through Peru, visited Machu Picchu and spent three idyllic weeks road tripping in California. Somewhere along the way, amongst dealing with a ton of freelance work and a house-sitting disaster, I just had to let blogging go, but now I’m back. Continue reading

19/05/18
The brightly coloured clothes of the Uros women on the floating islands, Lake Titicaca Trip

Our Lake Titicaca trip  

Our Lake Titicaca trip was one of the best we’ve had in South America. We fell in love with Copacabana, a quiet town where we relaxed in hammock-studded gardens accompanied by alpacas, soaking up the sun and views of the never-ending lake. To explore Titicaca’s treasures, we took boat trips to Isla del Sol and visited Peru’s floating islands made of reeds, where families in neon outfits live in thatched houses.  Continue reading

10/05/18
Dinosaur perspective shot on the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Our Bolivian Salt Flats tour – lagoons, flamingos and a pinch of salt

Picture a carpet of white salt stretching off into the horizon, a desert of crystals left behind by a prehistoric dried-up lake. Welcome to the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, one of the most inhospitable and unique landscapes we’ve ever visited. To explore this striking wilderness, we took a bumpy, three-day Bolivian salt flats tour in a 4×4 jeep. Along the way we saw cacti-studded islands, thermal springs and red lagoons spotted with hundreds of flamingos. Continue reading

3/05/18
Mundo Nuevo, high above Minca, Colombia

How much did our trip to Colombia cost?

Thinking of travelling in Colombia? From our experience, South America can be an expensive beast to tackle, especially when it comes to activities and getting around. We budgeted £50 for two people per day, but did we manage to stick to that? Here’s a breakdown of how much our seven-week trip to Colombia cost, from food and accommodation prices to activities and transport. Continue reading