Hiking around El Chalten, the highlight of Patagonia | Argentina

The tiny village of El Chalten sits inside Los Glaciers National Park and is framed by the dramatic spiky peaks of Fitz Roy and Co. Hiking trails branch off from the village and lead directly to some of the most impressive sights in Patagonia. But the best part is it’s free to visit, this section…

Hiking in Kananaskis Country | Canada

Even though we’d visited the Rockies twice before we were still excited to return and hike some different trails. For our first few days we based ourselves in Canmore and did a few local hikes. The trails were within our beloved Kananaskis Country that I talked about in my previous post, but because they were…

Turquoise lakes, Icebergs and Lynx in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park receives way more visitors than it can cope with. It’s tucked away at the most northern section of Montana, bordering Canada and should really be a pain in the butt to visit, yet the dramatic peaks have people driving cross country to get there. We arrived in the late afternoon and popped…

Exploring the Northern Rockies

The northern rockies are very similar to their southern cousins, they have impressive mountains, dense forests and idyllic lakes. Ok so their not quite as dramatic as Banff and Jaspers scenery but what’s great about the north is it doesn’t have the tourists. It’s delightful! In fact we haven’t seen any tour buses the past…

Lakes, farms and abandoned gold mines | Alaska

‘Warning: bold black bear stalked two dog walkers and was hard to scare away.’ Another day hiking in bear country and another very real warning. We’ve heard mixed reviews about black and brown bears and which one is more dangerous. It seems the browns, or grizzlies as their also known mainly attack due to being…

Arriving in Alaska and finding our new home on wheels

After years of saying we wanted to go to Alaska we finally made it happen. Lonely planets cover has a quote saying ‘Bears larger than bison, national parks the size of nations and glaciers bigger than other US states’. We’re bound to have one hell of a trip. We arrived at Anchorage international airport from…

Tight roping along rice terraces and crazy transport

We set off on an early morning jeepney to Bontoc. One thing we’ve been seeing in this area is locals sat on the roof of the jeepneys or top-loading as its called here. So I asked the driver if we could go on the top and he was more than happy for us to. It…

Cycling along the Yulong River, China

We set off through the bustling town of Yangshuo on bicycles rented from our hostel for £1 and headed south to the countryside. The route was well set up for cyclists and many Chinese were doing the same route. The scenery was nice along here but it certainly got better later in the day.    …

Hiking to viewpoints and being hit by a truck, China

We arrived in the pouring rain and were relieved to check into our homely hostel slightly out of town. It was surrounded by farmers fields and mountains with a few other buildings scattered around. It even had an infinity pool, if only it was freezing cold outside! It also had a roaring log fire, puppy,…

More incredible mountain vistas in China

I worked out that’s Craigs had a birthday in Australia, Guatemala, New Zealand, India, Scotland, England (of course) and finally now in China, for his 33rd. It’s hard to time being in a decent place on your birthday while travelling but this time we nailed it. We had a 6 hour bus from Fenghuang to…

A mist-ical day at Zhanjiajie

We had a four day pass at Wulingyuan Scenic Area and even though the weather wasn’t great we decided to head back and try a new area of the park. After an hours hike our plans went a bit tits up as the trail we planned to take was closed for repair. We had about…

Hiking the awesome park that inspired Avatar

If Avatar was based on a real place it would 100% be Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It’s one of the main images that inspired us to come to China and it looked just as impressive in person. We had our first blue sky day in China and what a day for it!! Due to it…