Hello everyone, we are indeed alive! We have been taking some time away from writing about travel to a) follow the medical professionals’ advice and lie low and b) to do landscaping on our new house. As unexciting as that may be to some of you, it’s been great to have a project to keep us busy during these strange and trying times.
While we may have been busy staying close to home and this might be a bit late given the time of year, we couldn’t help but be encouraged by how many people took up cycling this year. Most local bike shops were sold out, had long waitlists, and it was even hard to find a good used bike on Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace. Cycling is an activity we have loved doing around Calgary for years so we’re happy to share some tips for easy bike rides near Calgary to get you dreaming about cycling next year when the snow is gone (or maybe even this winter if you’re a brave frost biker!)
Why is it that the best places are often the hardest ones to get to? Travelling to Bardia National Park in Nepal (sometimes spelled Bardiya) is no exception. It takes at least 15 hours to travel to Bardia by a gruelling and bumpy bus ride from Pokhara or 17 hours from Kathmandu. But it’s worth it, we promise! This is because Bardia is the natural home to majestic royal Bengal tigers where you may see them the way they are meant to be seen: wild and free.
Wow, where to begin with this post? We have been in two different worlds and then, after over a year abroad, we finally made our way back home. From our last post where Thea hiked in the Himalaya and then we both chased tigers through Nepal’s remote terai region, we boarded a plane from Kathmandu to Bangkok for one last Asian stop before we would return to North America for the first time in 14 months.
Indeed the dream is coming to an end but not without some amazing adventures first so let’s recap!
Pokhara been nicknamed the tourism capital of Nepal and there are a lot of things to do in Pokhara that cater to every travel style. We’ve reached out to some fellow travel bloggers to put together a complete list of what to do in Pokhara and the best places to visit so read on for more!
Further to our last trip update, we parted ways in Nepal. We had both dreamed of hiking in the Himalaya but those dreams required a bit of an adjustment with Phil’s broken foot. We each travelled solo temporarily so Phil could rest and allow his broken foot to heal and Thea was able to scratch her hiking itch in the Himalaya. We also spent some time in the jungles of Nepal searching for tigers, rhinos, and Asian elephants. Read on for more!
Kayaking in Antarctica is the ultimate bucket list item. As lovers of adventure travel, when we found out that we had the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Antarctic waters on our expedition cruise we basically said “shut up and take my money”. It’s probably one of the coolest, most badass things we’ve done in our lives. Warning: this post may make you extremely jealous and cost you a lot of money when you decide to book an Antarctica Cruise. You’ve been warned!
The O Circuit Trek in Torres del Paine, Patagonia is likely among the most well-known treks in the world. The O Trek is challenging, but with a little preparation, it’s quite possible to hike on your own, self-guided. Read on for our complete guide to hiking the O Circuit in Patagonia.