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

30/04/18
The ancient Daintree Rainforest, one of many Queensland highlights

Queensland highlights and wish-list

It’s been five years since we visited Australia and we barely scratched the surface during our five-week adventure. So where would we visit on a return trip? Top of the list would be one of our favourite cities, Melbourne, followed by Queensland highlights. The Sunshine State has so much to offer, from Five World Natural Heritage Areas including the Great Barrier Reef, to bushwalking in the outback and whale watching. Combine that with 7,000 kilometres of idyllic coastline and an average nine hours of sunshine a day and what’s not to love? Continue reading

12/04/18
Sea lion relaxing on the rocks on the Ballestas Islands in Peru

Paracas National Reserve and ‘The poor man’s Galapagos’

The Galapagos Islands is undoubtedly one of South America’s top natural highlights, but also one of its most expensive, so what if you don’t have thousands of pounds to spare for the trip? Well, head to Paracas National Reserve in Peru instead. We took a boat trip from Paracas to the Ballestas Islands, known as ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’, for a fraction of the price and saw incredible flocks of birds, sea lions, penguins and rock formations. Continue reading

5/04/18
Colombian arepa with tofu scramble and avocado

Vegan South America travel – is it possible and how are we coping?

Meat, fried meat and more meat, including guinea pigs and llamas. That’s been our experience of the South American diet so far. We definitely haven’t been living the vegan dream while travelling through Colombia, Peru and Bolivia this year, so how exactly have we been coping? From renting apartments with kitchens to stuffing our faces with avocados and surviving travel days on Ritz crackers, here’s how we’re managing vegan South America travel. Continue reading

31/03/18
Cayman poking his head out the river in the Amazon rainforest, Bolivia

Adventure in the Amazon rainforest Bolivia – caymans, night walks and getting lost in the jungle

“I don’t really feel safe continuing…” says our guide, Cheo, lowering his machete. He is chopping through a patch of dense Amazon rainforest, looking for an elusive trail leading back to our boat. I stop and look around the small clearing, which way had we just come from? Everything is a mass of tall trees and snaking vines, branches and leaves, and I’m totally disorientated. For the first time on our three-day Amazon adventure, I appreciate the full, epic power of the rainforest. Continue reading

7/03/18
Selfie overlooking Guatape, Colombia

Five years of travel and a South America update

Last week we celebrated five years of travel, can you believe that? I still vividly remember waving goodbye to our families at Heathrow in 2013, clutching our brand-new backpacks and one-way tickets to New Zealand, heading off on what we thought would be a two-year trip around the world. Yet, here we are in Colombia five years later, reflecting on both the amazing and tough aspects of this nomadic lifestyle we’ve managed to carve for ourselves. Continue reading

23/02/18
in the hammock at Casa Elemento

Things to do in Minca

Picture a town nestled amongst forested peaks, with dusty trails leading to icy waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints. Welcome to Minca, our favourite place in Colombia. This tiny oasis in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is a haven for trekkers and nature lovers, full of diverse wildlife such as hummingbirds and toucans. From touring coffee and cacao farms to bathing in waterfalls, here are our top things to do in Minca, how to get there and where to stay. Continue reading

15/02/18
Working on the veranda while pet sitting Algarve

Update on digital nomad life, earnings, challenges and future plans

It’s been over a year since we set ourselves up in Thailand to become digital nomads. Since then we’ve moved around Asia, Europe and South America and have somehow managed to stay solvent along the way. So, how did we make digital nomad life work for us, despite the challenges? Is it possible to earn a decent income remotely, and what are our future plans? Continue reading

9/02/18
Medellin's Parque de las Luces

Medellin Colombia, from the world’s most dangerous to most innovative city

There are two bird statues in San Antonio Square in Medellin Colombia. One is discoloured and gnarled, destroyed by a bomb in 1995 that killed 22 people who were enjoying a music concert. The second bird is identical save for the fact that it’s shiny and whole. These Pajaros de Paz, Birds of Peace, are a stark reminder of Medellin’s troubled past, but also of its transformation from the most dangerous to the most innovative city in the world. Continue reading