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Talking Road Trips with Charley Boorman…

We’re very excited about ‘Charley Boorman’s African Adventure’ which will be hitting our screens later this autumn and were lucky enough to catch up with him earlier this year to chat about his love for adventure and tips for overland travel…

Make 2012 the year you’ll never forget…

With the end of the year fast approaching it’s time to ask yourself whether 2011 lived up to your expectations. Did you get to visit that country you’ve always dreamed of? Did you learn something new? Did you meet the love of your life or did you simply live the year like it was your [...]

Celebrating Christmas around the Globe …

Now that many towns and cities across the UK have already celebrated their big 'Christmas Lights Switch On! we thought it was about time we started getting into the festive spirit too. To get us started, Amy from MapTheGap.co.uk has done some digging and given us a little insight into how some of our favourite [...]

Cape Town: a must-do for all adventurers

A rich cultural history and a stunning geographical location makes Cape Town one of the most amazing places in the world to visit... Originally known as the ‘Cape of Good Hope’ during colonial times it was and still is a thriving hub of economic activity well known for its staggeringly beautiful landscape and incredibly diverse [...]

Guest Post: The Highlights of my Botswana Safari…

Something that Richard and I have never done is a Safari (apart from our brief ride around Shanghai Wild Animal Park last year) and we were recently contacted by someone who reminded us that should still be very much at the top of our bucket list! Steve Hutton is a travel enthusiast and writes for [...]

Flying High in Florida… Indoor Skydiving!

While Florida is famed as The Sunshine State, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get its fair share of rainy days. So what DO you do when the heavens open?? Why not do something different and give skydiving a go!!

Guns, Gators & Rodeos… 10 days in the ‘Real Florida’

When most holidaymakers think of Florida they conjure up images of Disney, rollercoasters or Mickey & Minnie, but there really is much more to the Sunshine State than meets the eye…!

How to make your US adventure even more thrilling

Going on holiday to the USA is an adventure in itself – but if you’re an adrenalin junkie, you can make it even more thrilling. When I visited America I found there was something new to try at every destination I visited…

A guide to Machu Picchu

A favourite destination for trekkers, Peru is a fascinating country with a rich culture that oozes natural beauty. Of course, when it comes to treks here, Machu Picchu trips top pretty much everyone’s list – and reading our guide can tell you exactly why.

Ecuador: a guide to its conservation volunteer projects

Ecuador is home to a diverse range of ecosystems, many of which need protecting for a variety of reasons. As a result, it’s a real haven if you want to become a volunteer abroad and work on a worthwhile conservation project. Try to pick an initiative that really captures your interest; after all, you won’t always be doing exciting things like caring for animals or surveying wildlife – sometimes it’ll just come down to hard work and getting your hands dirty!

South America: 5 Off the Beaten Path Destinations (Guest Post)

Have you ever wished you could avoid the masses and experience some unforgettable travel moments minus the touts? Brendan from Vagabundo Magazine has dropped by to tell us how you can do just that…

Thrill, mysticism & natural splendour in the Himalayas

One of the most challenging environments on the face of the Earth, Mount Everest attracts thousands of visitors every year. Some come to see it, others to attempt to conquer it. However, as majestic as Everest is, there are many other sights, sounds and adventures to be had in the Himalayas…

China: DIY tourism and independent travel…

Following on from our Guide to Train Travel in China we wanted share with you our insights into how to organise your own visits to some of China’s must see attractions, without having to fork out for an organised trip!

Travel China Overland: Surviving those train journeys

In Part Two of our Guide to Train Travel in China we go into more detail about the train journeys themselves plus answer the question, Hard Sleeper or Soft Sleeper?!

Guest Post: Ladakh, Kingdom of Nomads…

One adventurer shares his experiences of his time in the Ladakh region of India. Trekking across the Changthang plateau, meeting the local nomads and creating memories that will last forever…

China Overland…why train travel is the only way to go!

Booking tickets, finding stations and planning your route is much more straightforward than many travel agents and booking services would have you think, so to enable you to travel independently around China and avoid paying extortionate agency fees, we’ve put together a little Guide to Train Travel in China…

Travel & Film: the truth behind the tales…

Without a doubt, one of the best things about travelling is just how much you can learn about the places you visit and the things you see along the way. We found ourselves continually fascinated by the history of every town, city and country we stepped foot in…

Crikey! Ten things you never knew about Australia….

You may know that Australia is home to 7 out of 10 of the world’s deadliest snakes, you might even know what a billabong is and you definitely know that Aussies talk a bit funny, but did you also know that Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service is the largest medical practice in the world? Here are a few more things you (possibly) never knew about our favourite land Down Under…

Heading Down Under this Australia Day?

To us non-Aussies, one of the best things about Australia is its awesome beaches, which thanks to the equally awesome weather, can be enjoyed pretty much all year round! So if you’re going to be down under this Jan 26th, why not celebrate the occasion by getting down to one of these ‘awesome’ beaches!…

Tales of the Outback…

There is no doubt about it, Australia is one of the most magical places we have ever visited and the reason for this lies mainly in it’s spiritual heartland. Let us take you on a journey through the Australian Outback to explore the myths and legends surrounding some of the country‘s most mesmerising sights…

Five reasons you should visit Western Australia in 2012…

With new aerial safaris and wildlife tours launching this year plus a dash of Hollywood glamour there has never been a better time to visit Western Australia…

Happy Australia Day!

Celebrated annually on 26th January, Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation (at that time) of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland. Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26th January date [...]

Travel & Film: the truth behind the tales…

Without a doubt, one of the best things about travelling is just how much you can learn about the places you visit and the things you see along the way. We found ourselves continually fascinated by the history of every town, city and country we stepped foot in…

The Canadian Adventure: Ontario…

One of the worlds most awesome places and a far cry from its 'nice but boring' image, Canada is a definite must for those of you who appreciate beauty, adventure and fun. MyDestinationInfo fills us in on Ontario... Ontario, the most populous region in Canada, is known for being a land of exquisite natural beauty, [...]

British Columbia – As Nature Intended….

One of the world's most stunning landscapes - thank you to MyDestinationInfo for an insight into the beautiful region of British Columbia... To be walking in a place where man suddenly becomes secondary to nature is an extremely humbling and profound feeling and one that can easily be experienced while touring British Columbia; the furthest [...]

Peak District… Escape to the Farm!

We have just returned from a fantastic long weekend in the Peak District (we being me and my fiance Tom). This was a long overdue break for the both of us and we were both very much looking forward to 'getting away from it all' so opted for somewhere rural and remote! Having searched all [...]

Nordic Wonders of Wild Camping

Without a doubt, the best thing about camping is the freedom it offers, together with the unrivalled bliss of being ‘at one’ with the great outdoors. Wild Camping (or ‘free’ camping), gives you a taste of adventure that organised campsites simply can’t compete with; however many people are concerned about where they are or aren’t allowed to pitch up for the night.

Africa’s Big Five… in Wiltshire!!

Yes that’s right… Lions, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinos and Leopards, right here in the UK…, and NOT in a Zoo!
Longleat Safari Park is somewhere I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go, ever since I watched Animal Park on the BBC and my 30th birthday this year was the perfect opportunity for a surprise trip to ‘Wiltshire’s wilderness’…

Photo Flashbacks….. Up up and away in Cappadocia

Hot Air Ballooning in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. Even though I was afraid of heights, this really was the most amazing experience – floating up in the air and looking down on the strange but beautiful landscape is something i’ll never forget!

Off Piste In Norway: Careful You Can’t Affjord Avalanches

SO WHAT IS the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Norway? For me it is Vikings. I’m not sure why? Maybe it is a lack of knowledge about Scandinavian history, who knows? What I don’t think of is skiing, but apparently it should be the first thing. They say they invented it…

Glamping: Not just a Summer Thing!

The glorious weather we have been experiencing lately really does make camping a great choice for a summer holiday. However with the precarious summer weather that no doubt will not last, and the soon approaching colder months that will be here before we know it, it is great to know that glamping does not just have to be ‘a summer thing’.

Solo Adventure Travel…in Egypt!

Would you love to go travelling, but are nervous or concerned about jetting off on your own? This isn’t an unusual problem but don’t dismiss it, as it can be an incredibly rewarding experience, albeit a little nerve-wracking at times!

Photo Flashbacks…Health & Safety in Iran!

[singlepic id=4158 w=340 h=520 float=center] Just one of the pics that left us open mouthed in Iran - a child riding in the back of a pick up truck on the motorway! We were continuously amazed by the amount of random objects, animals and people that were transported across the country in a variety of [...]

Guns, Camels and Sufi festivals…

After an already eventful 24 hours in Pakistan, we were up early for the journey to Sukkur. We were pre-warned that the roads may not be the best and that there was a danger of flooding en route, so were all geared up for a 9-10 hour drive! Bags packed and hoisted onto the roof [...]

Bridges and Bongos in Esfahan

En route to Esfahan we visited a Tabatabaei Historical House – a really grand, rural household which gave us a great insight into how people used to live in that part of the country. It was getting so hot by this point however, and the house was huge so we got a bit tired of [...]

The holiday is over and now the real adventure begins!

In our last post we asked you to wish us luck for the next couple of weeks – this is because we’re heading into a couple of countries that not a lot of people ever venture into for varying reasons! Iran and Pakistan being the most controversial, followed by India. Well we’re now in Iran, [...]

We’re in Iran and are instant millionaires!

[singlepic id=820 w=620 h=440 float=center]Just got to Tabriz in Iran. Very hot here but we are now official millionaires having just exchanged our cash for Iranian Rial! A heads up to our 'Facebook Friends' and Twitter Followers - both FB and T are banned in Iran so until (or if) we find a way around [...]

New Zealand’s Been Instagramed!

It’s nearly time for the second film in the Hobbit trilogy to be released in cinemas… as if we needed another excuse to rave about how beautiful New Zealand is!! I hope you appreciate these photos… Taken by my own fair hands and Instagramed!

Queenstown…take a hike!

Queenstown is famous for lots of things – winter sports, fergburgers, wine and generally having a bloody good time, but to get away from the adrenaline fuelled fun once in a while and get back to nature, pull on your boots and check out the Queenstown Trail…

Swap your Winter for a Kiwi Summer…

If you’re already fed up of the windy UK weather this winter (particularly those of you ‘up north’) then you’ll probably have started daydreaming about next summer already. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to wait 6 months for your sunshine fix and that a bright and sunny summer awaits you right now, just 12,000 miles away in New Zealand…

Photo Blog: New Zealand in Pictures…

A road trip really is the perfect way to see New Zealand in all her glory. Cruising up and down stunning coastal roads and twisty mountain passes for a month, gave Richard and I some of our most memorable moments while travelling with our trusty campervan 'Fred'. We thought we'd produce a photo blog to [...]

Photo Flashbacks: Rainbow over Lake Wanaka…

This pic was taken as we were cruising up New Zealand's Haast Pass in Fred, our trusty 21 year old camper van. Looking out over Lake Wanaka we spotted about three rainbows beaming brightly above the clear blue waters and are proud that we were able to capture one of them on camera... [singlepic id=4219 [...]

My 7 Links – An opportunity to ‘look back’ at past posts!

We were recently nominated by @christinahegele (thank you Christina!) to take part in the My 7 Links Project created by Tripbase. The name of the game is to create and share seven long gone but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again. We have read many great My 7 [...]

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Photo Flashbacks….. Up up and away in Cappadocia

Hot Air Ballooning in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. Even though I was afraid of heights, this really was the most amazing experience – floating up in the air and looking down on the strange but beautiful landscape is something i’ll never forget!

Photo Flashback: DIY Roadworks in Nepal!

In the UK, if a landslide or river happened to break open the road and make it unpassable, it would probably take weeks for the authorities to sort it out. Not so in Nepal. These guys take this sort of thing in their stride! A few rocks and stones later, and voila! The road is [...]

Photo Flashbacks: Prostrating Buddhists at Jokhang Temple…

This month’s photo flashback comes from Lhasa, Tibet – an inspiring place that we were fortunate enough to visit during our recent travels. On our last day in Lhasa we visited what is probably the most important temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple and came across hordes of people outside the temple – most of the pilgrims were praying, chanting and ‘prostrating’ themselves on the ground…