Have you ever had one of those experiences that you genuinely can’t believe is happening? As I set off on the Kaibab Trail from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on that crisp and snow covered morning, I still felt like I was in a dream. There was just one guy in front of me on the trail, we were the first people to walk one of the busiest trails in the National Park Service for nearly 2 weeks – unbelievable.
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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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It’s all about the money, money, money
Photo credit: Doug Wheller
Since we’ve returned home there has been a consistent theme of questioning along the lines of “how on earth could you afford to travel for that long?” “You must be loaded?” “Did you win the lottery and not tell anyone?” Now this topic has been covered by tons of other travel bloggers but since the same questions are being asked we thought the info could bear a repeat visit. So, if you’re interested in how we did it, are contemplating travelling long term or if you just want to start taking more trips read on!
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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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Class Y34D with Mr D
One of the best experiences we had during our 10 days back in the UK involved mingling with a much younger generation, it sounds cliché but to spend time with amazing examples of bright kids in the UK was such a heart warming experience. The “youth of today”, an expression that is usually followed up by some derogatory comment. As you’ll see here, there are some great inquisitive minds working through the UK school system and we were privileged to meet quite a few.
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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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