UK National Parks

Wherever we go, national parks seem to exert a magnetic attraction for us. We seek out opportunities to explore wild places, and national park status seems like a reasonable launch point for trying to find them.

While we spent eight months last year visiting 29 national parks in the western …

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On Walking and Hiking

When I’m walking in the mountains or the countryside, my mind has time to drift freely and unhurriedly into random topics. It’s one of the great luxuries of our current lifestyle. Sometimes I find myself burrowing deep into a particular topic, and I can even feel a euphoria of imagined …

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A Month in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

We just spent a month in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, a small market town (population 1,598 in 2011) on the border with England. The locals were surprised: “What! Did you say a month? You must mean a week!” (Nope.) Or “What! How did you even hear about Hay? Did you just close …

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Discovering Asturias

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a blog. I appear to be too undisciplined and “too busy” to sit down and write. My stress level has hit a historic low, and I’m liking it. I hope you can give it a try!

So we want everyone to know we’re …

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Thoughts about work-stays

As we considered how to spend our time this year, we decided to include some work-stay experiences. Having now done three in the last four months, we’d like to share some reflections on this particular mode of travel.

A work-stay is an exchange between a volunteer who works 4-6 hours …

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Europe Anyone?

Today marks our one-year anniversary of full-time travel! Far from being ready to stop, we’re sticking to our original plan to keep going for a second year. Whah….?

OK, let’s be honest: sometimes we do get tired of being on the move. To fend off travel fatigue, we try to …

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Last Sunday we set off for a trek to Choquequirao, a large but only partially excavated Inca site. Having just completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the week before (see our last blog), we inevitably found ourselves comparing the two journeys. In short, our trek to Choquequirao was as …

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The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

April 5 was a day we had been anticipating since the mid-1980s: the day we would finally set foot on the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

We awoke that morning for our scheduled 4am pickup from our AirBnB in Cusco with great excitement and (for me) some trepidation. When …

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