The Hanging Coffins of Sagada – a video for Discovery

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Sagada Rice Terraces, Two for the Road Hanging Coffins of Sagada

Overlooking the rice terraces just outside Sagada

Back in 2010 I started adding all of our trip photos to Flickr under the Creative Commons licence, meaning that anyone can use them as long as they credit me in their finished product. I use other people’s photos via this method all the time and it’s nice to see the blog posts and articles discuss places you’ve been using the snaps you’ve taken. Every now and again I receive a cool request, like the promotions company that put some of my photos on fridge magnets and then sent me some samples. Or the Canadian publisher that used some of my photos of Buenos Aires in a guidebook. But nothing is quite as exciting as being contacted by the Discovery Network to say they’ve seen a particular shot of yours and they’d like to feature it in a new short film series!

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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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How 12 months of travel has changed me

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6 months in - hanging with a local pooch on Rarotonga

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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The best diet I have ever been on – travel

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Day 1 of our RTW - I cringe now looking at this

Day 1 of our RTW – I cringe looking at this now

I always knew that this new lifestyle of ours would be beneficial to our health despite everyone telling me that you put on weight whilst travelling. You see, in our previous lives at home we could be pretty lazy and I’m convinced it all stemmed from being unfulfilled. We were living for the weekend to such a great extent that takeout and huge portions cooked by me were treats after having bad days.

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A few of our favourite things

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Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

The festive season is upon us and we’re embracing the non-traditional this Christmas by spending the holiday in the rainforest and eating bbq for Christmas lunch. To celebrate we thought we’d combine the Christmas institution of The Sound of Music with the not so festive Sesame St ABC’s and share an A to Z of our favorite things (Maria style) from the first 6 months of the trip.

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A festive thank you

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Christmas in the sun

Christmas in the sun

There’s nothing like being 10,000 miles away from home on the biggest holiday of the year to make you appreciate your loved ones. I don’t tend to get homesick but man I miss the folks that are there! As you get older your friendship circle quite often shrinks but those you end up with are worth their weight in gold and are the true friends you always hoped for. Family are usually the ones you take for granted but I am so thankful for the few diamonds that I have up in the far north east and for the wonderful family in Yorkshire that now call me one of their own.

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