Is a “normal” life really so terrible?

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In my old "normal life" I got to do stuff like this, not too shabby

In my old “normal life” I got to do stuff like this, not too shabby

I’ve been reading a lot from people recently who are all going after their career dreams with a crazy amount of ambition and motivation. It’s inspiring to see people chasing after the thing they feel they are meant to do but it also got me thinking about the rest of us, the ones that have never had a passion like that. There seems to be an often voiced opinion in the travel community that if you have a “normal” job, own a home, car etc then there is something wrong with you. It’s thought of as a terrible waste of your life if you spend your working hours in an office and people who work in cubicles are seen as prisoners that need liberating. If someone is unhappy about their working life or longs for something else then of course do something about it, but for most people (me included) taking home a regular paycheck and working a steady job will be enough.

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A visit to the Peruvian Amazon

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Sandoval Lake at dawn on day 2, the mist on the lake was beautiful

Sandoval Lake at dawn on day 2, the mist on the lake was beautiful

For me one of the things that screams South America is a visit to the Amazon Jungle. We’ve spent time in jungle environments before but this is the Amazon, the mother of all jungles that spans 9 countries across 2.7 million square miles. The mighty Amazon River is responsible for a staggering 20% of the world’s fresh water that flows into the ocean and the jungle is the most bio-diverse rainforest on the planet. You’ve probably realised by now how much Paul and I love spending time in nature and one of the main reasons for this is wildlife, we were determined to have a wildlife experience in the Amazon and one particular little lake had some animals we’d been dying to see for years.

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Ups and downs on the Inca Trail

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The profound beauty of Machu Picchu

The profound beauty of Machu Picchu

You know when you harbour a dream for an incredible amount of time and then when it is finally realised it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s exactly how my lifelong dream of hiking the Inca Trail began. Bear with me, it does get better I promise but we had a fair few mishaps and calamities on the way and it unfortunately didn’t live up to my lofty expectations. This post will be completely about our own personal journey, warts and all and no holds barred!

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Bolivia round-up

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Sunday market

Sunday market

Without a doubt Bolivia has been our favourite country during the South America leg of the trip. The scenery is spectacular, the cities stunning and the people are clinging to their culture with all their might. We felt that northern Argentina was very heavily influenced by European culture and Peru doesn’t have the same commitment to its heritage but Bolivia, most of it was like stepping back in time.

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Paradise found – Isla del Sol

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Stopping to take in the view from the trail

Stopping to take in the view from the trail

Isla del Sol, the tiny island in Bolivia that the Incas believed to be the birthplace of the sun. Situated just off the coast of Copacabana on the Bolivian side of enormous Lake Titicaca, it is a magical place that despite the many gringos who visit every day manages to retain a peaceful, pristine and idyllic quality.

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City hopping in the Andes

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Looking down on La Paz

Looking down on La Paz

In between epic outdoor adventures we spent quite a lot of time city hopping in Bolivia. For people that enjoy wide open spaces and the peace of the countryside this is quite rare for us. We were longing to escape to quieter places toward the end but it was great to see 3 very different examples of Bolivian cities.

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