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Adventures in Snowdonia

My weekend in Snowdonia was full of pretty scenery, akin to that in the Scottish Highlands (although thankfully a little bit warmer!). We had a car with us for the weekend which made getting around so much easier. The villages do have bus routes between them but it's nice to have a car and go wherever and whenever you please. We spent ...

#BestPlaceToBeToday

This was the winning entry in a Lonely Planet travel writing competition for "the best place to be today" in conjunction with the launch of their new book.   Drawing back the curtains I stare out onto the sea, blinking in the low autumnal sun and gazing across to the just visible Skegness buildings on the horizon. I enjoy a tasty breakfast of pancakes topped with locally produced bacon and lashings of maple syrup whilst ...

A guide to visiting the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo

Standing on top of a mountain north of Oslo in Norway is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. A trip up here should definitely be on your list of things to do in Oslo. Oh, and don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you should jump it! As you’ll see visiting the Holmenkollen Ski Jump is a chance to get great views of Oslo, enjoy some traditional Norwegian dishes and learn more about the history of ski jumping. If ...

Things to do in Montevideo, Uruguay

We spent a couple of days getting to know Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay after our stay on a Uruguayan cowboy ranch. Arriving on a Sunday we found the city incredibly sleepy especially for a capital city, and in South America during the world cup! Were we in the right place? Perhaps it was just because we were comparing Montevideo to the last big city we’d been in; Rio de Janeiro and host city for ...

Everything you need to know about the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. A seemingly endless array of hexagonal tiles (created by the crystalline nature of the salt) create one of the world’s most unique landscapes. The Bolivian salt flats are 10,582 square kilometres (4,086 sq mi) and is one of the most popular stops on anyone’s South America itinerary. Visiting the Salar de Uyuni is a once in a lifetime experience. It was something I knew ...

A guide to Lake Titicaca & the floating islands of Uros

In Andean culture, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. If that wasn’t enough of an accolade, it’s also the largest lake in South America, and the highest navigable body of water in the world. The deep blue lake has been home to different peoples who have all left their mark on the landscape. Today it’s the region of Lake Titicaca is a mix of cathedrals and fields against a backdrop of Andean peaks. Whilst ...

Piranha Fishing in the Amazon

Before my trip to South America I'd have told you I had no interest whatsoever in fishing. Who wants to sit at the bank of a river all day, come rain or shine, waiting and waiting for something, anything, to bite your line? Not me that's for sure. I'd rather be out doing something. It's fair to say I wasn't exactly that enthusiastic about going piranha fishing in the Amazon. Especially given that we'd failed miserably ...

11 things you should know about Brazil

Back in 2014 Thom and I spent some time travelling in Brazil as part of our three-month South American adventure. Brazil gets a pretty bad rep sometimes and whenever we tell people that we went to Brazil during the World Cup, everyone inevitably asks "was it safe?"  But that's not the only thing people don't realise about Brazil when they go to Brazil for the first time. Every country has its differences and things that ...

How To Get To Machu Picchu – Your Definitive Guide.

So, you’ve decided to visit the Lost City of the Incas; Machu Picchu. You know you want to see it and get one of those photos in front of Huayna Picchu, perhaps even a #selfie with one of the free-roaming llamas and alpacas? Just don’t get tempted to run through the Lost City without your clothes, okay? BUT once you’ve looked into it a bit more you find that there’s just SO many ways to ...

How to Travel to Iquitos by Boat from Yurimaguas

One of the absolute highlights of our three months backpacking South America was taking a cargo boat to the Amazon in Peru. We went from the small town of Yurimaguas, Peru, to Iquitos in Peru. Sure, we could have got a Lima to Iquitos flight but where's the fun in that? This Amazon boat ride was a fantastic experience and if you're planning to visit Iquitos and aren't in a rush, then I'd highly recommend ...