Portland may just be one of our very favourite cities. Not just in the USA, but anywhere. It's a great combination of walkable streets, greenery and access to the great outdoors, thriving craft beer and wine scenes and - most importantly for us as British and Irish - a temperate climate. Like anywhere it has … Continue reading A weekend in Portland – what to do in America’s greenest city
Music City is booming. Direct flights with British Airways from the UK have given extra incentive to a new wave of tourists looking to see a different side of the USA to the standard New York, California or Florida destinations. One side of Ben's family grew up in Hermitage, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Despite … Continue reading Top reasons to visit Nashville, Tennessee – a guide for first timers.
One of the best single day trips we've done involved, counter-intuitively, escaping from one of our favourite cities. Renting a bike in San Francisco and taking it across the Golden Gate Bridge to nearby Sausalito made for great views the entire way, as well as providing a really special way to see a world famous … Continue reading Amazing day trip alert! Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge
This is cheating a bit, as it's combining two '24 hours in' blogs into one. It's 24 hours in Savannah, followed by 24 hours in Charleston... but the cities are close enough together geographically and culturally that we can combine them into one. Oh and we're lazy and this is easier for us. So without … Continue reading 24 hours in: Savannah and Charleston
A few days after leaving and a little relaxation later, we can properly reflect on our 3 months on the continent. We figured an easy, informative and hopefully entertaining way to do that is via some awards! So, here's our own limited rankings of our experiences... Best overall experience Inca Trail. A hard, wet, hot … Continue reading South America Awards
Wow. The Inca Trail is one of the world's most recognised treks, and having successfully traversed it we can see why. We booked our trip with an operator called Alpaca Expeditions due to a combination of good reviews and the fact that they solely provided trips to Machu Picchu and a couple of other places … Continue reading Following the path of royalty on the Inca Trail
Bolivia's de-facto capital is a crazy, colourful place. It's noisy, sweaty, dirty, and the altitude (second highest major town in the world!) makes it all that more frenetic. Beyond the pricey Death Road, it's not especially well known for tourist attractions. A large proportion of the population live in poverty, for example, 60% of Bolivians … Continue reading 3 great things to do on a budget in La Paz
When we put together our South America itinerary, this was one of those anchor experiences that influenced the whole thing. We weren't missing it - regardless of what ridiculous buses we had to get to god knows what towns. At points it was hard going. It was exhausting, alternately baking then freezing, and occasionally pretty … Continue reading Dry Days. Crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats from Chile to Bolivia.
We had been excited for this for a while - the chance to spend a day in the sun cycling and drinking wine. First things first: it lived up to expectations, and it was fantastic value. We'd do it again in a heartbeat. Our AirBnB was in the south of Mendoza, near an area called … Continue reading Wining & Cycling through the vineyards of Maipu, Mendoza
The W is the major draw for visitors to the Torres del Paine national park in Chilean Patagonia... but whether you don't have the time, the money or just don't want to, we're happy to say you can do a pretty amazing one-day trip to see the most spectacular of the sights in the park: … Continue reading Torres del Paine in a one day hike (Mirador Las Torres)