Having a few days off over Christmas and New Year has led to the inevitable chats about where we’d like to go in 2015 and my head is now in such a spin! This year will be the first for a while where we are completely restricted to a holiday allowance. In Europe we get the most generous holiday allowance I know of and yet we’re still struggling to cram everything in that we want to do! It’s a good problem to have but as a travel buddy of ours mentioned, it’s still a problem.
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Laguna 69 in the Cordillera Blanca, northern Peru. It took a couple of hours on bone shattering roads to even get to the trailhead of this day hike – unbelievable scenery
**UPDATED** We have chosen our winner! Scroll down past the examples to see who we thought truly captured the ‘Into the Wild’ theme. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!
Travel Photo Roulette has been going for such a long time now and it’s great to see such innovative suggestions still appearing every few weeks. When our friends at 20 Years Hence hosted the fantastic Face of a Nation round I knew I had to take part, there were some beautiful entries and so many that truly captured a story. Portrait photography is something I practice but have never felt particularly skilful at, so I was so incredibly pleased to actually win!! The photo is definitely my favourite portrait from our whole round the world trip, it was one of those moments where everything just aligns perfectly and you grab that one shot.
When you’re on the road food doesn’t always look quite like you expect it to
I have eaten some exceptionally good food on our travels. I have also had some pretty insipid unforgettable meals too. However, one question I keep getting asked is what is the most unusual food I have eaten? So here you go, in reverse order this is my top 5 of unusual foods I have eaten during our trip so far.
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Does it get any better than this? The beautiful Aurora Borealis
Photo credit: Beverly
We’ve been so fortunate to visit an incredibly diverse list of countries on this trip and we feel that by the time we head home we’ll have maximised our time away without killing ourselves trying to pack too much in. We’ll have visited 18 countries which sounds like a lot but when I had a look at this I realised that by the time we head home I’ll have visited just 16% of the countries in the world. It’s crazy that there is still so much out there to explore!
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This isn’t the culprit but possibly a distant relative
All long term travellers have stories to tell about misplacing or breaking belongings during their time on the road. The number one item that bites the dust is probably sunglasses due to a variety of mishaps that occur whilst lugging your life around in a backpack. We have gone through our fair share (9 pairs between us and counting!) and aren’t too concerned about something that can be replaced for a couple of dollars. However, we may just be setting a new standard in managing to destroy anything of a technical/electrical nature.
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6 months in – hanging with a local pooch on Rarotonga
We never set out on this trip to ‘find ourselves’ or have some sort of profound spiritual experience, we simply wanted to experience different cultures, see some amazing sights and above all else have a great time. For us, the emphasis was on having fun rather than discovering some deep new meaning to our lives, shallow but true! That said, I can safely say that long term travel has changed me for the better and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. Today marks the 365th day of our adventure and I feel like a completely different person to the one boarding that plane to Calgary in 2012.
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