… many years ago we were bitten by the travel bug. Neither of us are sure how it happened, but it did, and over the years that followed we tried to see as much of the world as time—and our bank balances—allowed.
However, instead of quitting our day jobs, we held on to them, and to the rat race that we all know and love. While we juggled the nine-to-five with everything else that goes with everyday life, we squeezed in weekend city breaks, epic road trips and crazy-ass adventures whenever we could. Some think that work is a hindrance to travel and adventure, but to us it provides the vital funds and the motivation to make every moment outside of work count.
We’ve never thought it right, having travelled to many a far-flung place, taken thousands of photos, and found ourselves in countless extraordinary situations, for them to get filed away, in a box, on a hard drive, or in our head, never to be seen again.
I would love to say that we were meticulous in keeping notes of our travels over the years, but we weren’t. We lived for the moment, only jotting down sporadic snippets when it took our fancy. The result is that notes from our travels are all over the place, some online, some on scraps of paper and others on the back of paper napkins. But most are still in our head.
While these memories will live with us forever, the details of our adventures are slowly fading, and so we thought it was time to get them down, before they are resigned to the deep recesses of our grey matter and lost to old age.
We didn’t sit down to write a blog, just to get some of these memories down on paper, but once we started everything came flooding back. Things we had completely forgotten about popped into our heads from nowhere. We sat here laughing to ourselves at the ridiculous things that had happened, reminiscing about the crazy situations we found ourselves in and the amazing people that we met. We’d love to share some of these moments with you, so this is Our Adventurous World.
We met in the late 90’s and started travelling before blogging was big. We dabbled a little with blogging in the mid-noughties when we drove the silk route to Mongolia, and again a couple of years later when we drove across India and Nepal in an auto-rickshaw. If you followed along back then you’ll be pleased to know that a lot of that content has found its way here, but there is so much more that’s never been seen before.
Our travels have taken us far and wide—from behind the iron curtain of communist Europe to the stans of Central Asia, and from the snow-capped mountains of Canada to the islands of the South Pacific. And, while the destinations were always important to us, it is the people we met and the experiences we had that has kept smiles on our faces many years on.
So, after ten years exploring together we got married, and a couple of years later our daughter (now aged 11) joined in with our crazy adventuring antics.
Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller
It’s early days for Our Adventurous World, but already there are a smattering of stories from various moments over the years. If you’re interested in reading about what went in to cycling London to Paris; where our love of Nepalese Momos came from; or Adam’s close shave in a Turkish barbers, then please read on — and don’t forget to follow along as we add more.
Now, it would make sense for us to write up our travels in chronological order, and we may do that, but we may also hop, skip and jump around the globe, writing about whatever memory has just popped back into our heads and at whatever point in time it may have happened.
Our Adventurous World is more of an aid-memoir than anything else, but we hope it also inspires you to go explore.
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Some stories to get you going
Sol de Mañana
At 4,850 metres, the geothermal mud pools of Sol de Mañana need a good 4x4 to get to. We arrived just before sunset and wandered around, careful not to miss-step…
I stopped and bent double, gasping for air. I wouldn’t have minded, but I’d only run 10 metres. I looked up the hill, and a couple of hundred metres away…
To put it simply, our time in La Paz was far too short — we could have easily spent two or three days here, but instead we had a mere…
Valle de la Luna
Moon Valley was given its name by Neil Armstrong for looking like the surface of the moon — if anyone should know it is Mr A. himself, although it is…
Isla del Sol
Isla del Sol is an island of peace and tranquillity in the Bolivian south of Lake Titicaca. We arrived by boat from Copacabana to the ancient Incan 'temple of the…
The Uros Islands
When I was a child I read about islands that were made of reeds and floated on a lake somewhere in the depths of South America. The name of the…