Garden Route Road Trip in South Africa

Witsand South Africa Sunset

We are a little over 10 months into our 14 month trip around the world and few countries have taken our breath away as much as South Africa.  From Cape Town’s superlative beauty and colourful streets, to the endlessly picturesque scenery of the Garden Route, to Kruger National Park’s charismatic megafauna, South Africa impresses even veteran travellers like ourselves.

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RTW Update – From South America to Africa

Cape Verde Sal Island Sunset

It’s been a long time since our last update and we’ve had a ton of great adventures since our 7 month post which was right before we reluctant left South America. Since then we’ve travelled to 7 countries on 3 continents, reconnected with old friends as well as my Malian maman, and wrote a mini-thesis on responsible tourism to kick off 2019. We’ve had our hands full to say the least. Now we’re once again on the Great Continent being awestruck by the incredible diversity and beauty of it all. But first, let’s catch up!

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Tips for Responsible Tourism

Airplane photo

Travel is more than a beloved hobby for some people; rather, it’s a veritable lifestyle. Travel is something that enlightens souls, expands horizons, and as the old cliché goes, is one of the few things in the world that makes you richer as you spend money on it.

Responsible tourism is important as it unfortunately takes a tremendous amount of resources to make travel possible. From all-inclusive resorts razing natural vegetation to make way for manufactured white sand beaches while paying local staff a pittance, to national parks being destroyed by careless visitors, to locals being priced out of their neighbourhoods by entrepreneurs looking to rent whole apartment buildings out on AirBnB, travel is not without its downsides. And none of those examples even touch the problem of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are required to transport a person from point A to point B.

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How and Why You Should Travel to Antarctica

Half Moon Island Antarctic Peninsula

When travelling to Antarctica, you will soon learn that it is a place of superlatives. It is the highest, driest, and coldest place on Earth. It is also the world’s most expansive wilderness area and is home to the some of the largest creatures on the planet. It is a mysterious, inhospitable, perilous, and endlessly remote environment that has inspired both incredible exploratory expeditions but also ill-fated attempts that ended in disaster.

At the same time of our visit to the White Continent, two insane brave adventurers, one from the USA and one from Great Britain, are attempting to cross Antarctica to the South Pole while completely unsupported. They face horrendous weather, immeasurable solitude, and a  treacherous, ever-shifting landscape where one  wrong step into a crevasse could end their journey or even their lives. Fortunately for most travellers, a trip to Antarctica will be more pleasure than pain and will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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RTW Update – What to do in Beautiful Bolivia

The Summit of Pico Austria in the Cordillera Real

It’s been a while since our last RTW update about travelling through Peru so here is our post about what to do in Bolivia. The country blew us away with its diversity, amazing natural scenery, and super fun adventurous pursuits. We made friends with parrots and coatis at a wildlife sanctuary, hiked to our highest height yet, played with perspective on the world’s largest salt flats, and survived the famous death road among other exciting things. Bolivia is an incredible place to visit and somewhere we would love to explore again.

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Zen Bicycle Travel Tips

Inspired by a recent cycle trip to the Valley of the Moon in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, we’ve been thinking a lot about just how fun cycle touring can be. Among other cycling adventures, we’ve spent a blissful six day cycling adventure through the Penedès wine region in Spain, and circled the beautiful Mexican island of Cozumel on a bike.  During these adventures, we’ve learned quite a few valuable lessons about how bike travel can pose some unique challenges when compared to more traditional journeys. The following are some tips for travelling by bike without losing your Zen.

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