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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This phenomenal sunrise happened every day on Koh Yao Noi
When people talk about the Thai Islands the immediate image that springs to mind is a glistening beach, palm trees, azure ocean, longtail boats and the beautiful smiling Thai people. This image is still very much a reality but what happens when you have to share it with the hoards of holiday makers and backpackers that arrive en masse every year? Does it still have the same appeal?
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Trying to look confident!
Let’s start by going back about 25 years or so to set the scene. We were on a family day trip to a theme park close to where we lived and I was very excited to be allowed to have a go on the little motorbikes for kids. After a brief explanation about braking and how turning the right handlebar ever so slightly made you go forwards, I had my helmet on and I was ready to enter the track. I was going to ride a motorbike, how cool.
This experience came to a brutal and rapid conclusion approximately 3 seconds later!
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Just hanging out in the jungle
Seeing orang-utans in the wild has been something we’ve wanted to do for a really long time. Paul grew up being a complete wildlife geek and it’s gradually rubbed off on me over the years. We always thought it would be in Borneo but when Paul started doing research into the few places you can still see these amazing creatures, Sumatra ended up being the leading contender.
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The metropolis that is Gili Air Harbour
We’ve not got a good track record with tropical islands on this trip, after our unsuccessful stay on Rarotonga I’d come to the conclusion that being castaway types wasn’t really going to be our thing. Why then did we really enjoy our time on a tiny, tropical island just off the coast of Lombok?
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Tanah Lot temple
We wanted to see as much of the island of Bali as possible in the time we had but the idea of driving amongst the chaos of 1.5 million motorbikes and a fair number of cars and trucks didn’t appeal at all. Driving in Asia is fairly chaotic by western standards and the fact that we don’t understand any of the rules or lack thereof was enough of a deterrent to make sure we didn’t hire a motorbike. Plenty of people do and absolutely love it but we’re scaredy cats and proud!
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