Finnish Lapland (Part 1)

Some time ago we were deciding on a holiday destination and came up with the idea of going to Lapland in the dead of winter. After much research (as usual, thank you Nathan for your hard work) we settled on spending two weeks in northern Finland (in Finnish Lapland) and then some time in the…

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The Great Wall of China

Another place which was on our travel list was China. We were anxious because we had heard mixed things about our “motherland” – it was going to be crowded, hectic and a huge culture shock. We arrived only expecting the worst, but we came out of it with a greater love and appreciation for the…

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Markets around the world

One of the places we like to go to in a new city is the local food market. I feel that markets (if you find an authentic local one) showcase the local fresh produce of a region for the season – and you get a glimpse of what life is like for the locals. Often…

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Hiking from Ausangate to Rainbow Mountain, Peru

I was reasonably hesitant about hiking to Rainbow Mountain. The second most advertised ‘tour’ in Cusco was a day hike to Rainbow Mountain – cue overly saturated photos on posters everywhere throughout the city. Was it just a tourist trap? After contemplating whether to do another hike in Peru after our hike from Choquequirao to…

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

After one month of being in the wilderness, our mouths were salivating for good food and some city life; so we set off to Buenos Aires. As with all of South America, we had no idea what to expect. It was so unknown to us and it was so different from anything we had ever…

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Memories of the John Muir Trail Pt. 2

Through-hiking the John Muir Trail would possibly be my greatest life achievement so far.  

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Highlights in Tokyo

Japan was listed as one of the places we really wanted to go to in our year of travel. As a young pre-teen my high school friends can distinctly recall how madly in love I was with anime and Japanese pop culture. Nathan had never been to Japan but has been strongly influenced by Japanese…

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Trip report: hiking from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu independently

Click here for my personal reflection of the hike. Additional resources: Stingy Nomads and Travel Outlandish‘s report on the hike. We also found this Reddit post super helpful. We hiked from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu (25 April 2018 to 1 May 2018), but arrived the night before (24 April 2018) at the starting point of…

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Personal reflection: hiking from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu independently

Click here for our trip report and itinerary of our hike. Five months ago when we were still in Australia we knew we had to pre-purchase the Machu Picchu tickets because it is one of the most visited tourist sights in the world. We monitored TripAdvisor posts, waiting to pounce on when tickets went on…

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Our road trip around Iceland

When we first started planning our trip around the world (two months prior to our departure) I listed Iceland as one of the places I really wanted to visit. The Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty certainly sold Iceland to me as a place to visit (yes, the movie says Walter flies to…

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although we spent a lot of time on the trail, we found some respite in cities as well. Rio was one of the places where we had such a relaxing time staying in a comfortable Airbnb for 7 days. Our daily schedule consisted of sightseeing, food and beach. There was an abundance of fresh fruit…

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Hiking in the Japanese Alps: as captured by a film camera

After completing the John Muir Trail, I felt like I could take on the world and tackle any single hike. But on Day 2 of our through-hike across the Japanese Alps, I was ready to give up. The steep ascents and descents were killing me physically and mentally. “If you want to quit, we will…

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The Tour du Mont Blanc

I never thought it would be possible to hike across three countries until we did the Tour du Mont Blanc. It is, as Wikipedia kindly informs me, one of the most popular long-distance hikes in Europe, circling the Mont Blanc Massif. It is approximately 170km long with 10km of ascent and descent. We started in…

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The Amazon River, Peru

We stayed at the Libertad Jungle Lodge in the Amazon region of Peru (via Iquitos) and had a great time there. We loved living right by the local village. The Amazon is all about the wildlife, and we were excited to see all sorts of animals! It’s a shame Nathan didn’t bring his zoom lens on our…

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Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats), Bolivia

Whilst making up our travels plans on the go, we decided to visit Bolivia, home to the world-famous Uyuni Salt Flats. We decided against going on a multi-day tour of Uyuni offered by many companies because we had already spent a considerable amount of time in the Atacama Desert prior to going to Uyuni and…

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Welcome to our travel blog – Discover our story.

We are a couple in our 20s currently who quit our jobs and spent a year backpacking to discover the world and more of ourselves. Nathan was born and raised in Australia. PK was born in Malaysia and lived there for the first 16 years of her life, before moving to Australia as an international…

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One month in Southern Patagonia (Part 2)

Crossing to Argentine Patagonia – Los Glaciares National Park Most travellers we spoke to had either come from or were going to El Calafate and El Chalten in Argentina, so naturally we decided we should add that to our (relatively flexible) itinerary. After about a month in Chile, we crossed the border to its neighbour…

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The Atacama Desert

Now that we visited Valparaiso in a day instead of the three days I had initially set aside for it, what were we going to do between now and Torres del Paine (TdP) [the only thing we had set in concrete (other than our Airbnb booking in Santiago)]? Nathan successfully changed our bookings for the…

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When you can’t kick this terrible sleeping pattern..

I realised that being an early riser in Santiago gets you nowhere. Starbucks may be open at 9am, but there’s only so much you can do in the morning. Museums and tourist sights open at 10am at the earliest – representative of the culture and sleeping habits of Chileans. That being said, when I get…

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Bienvenido a Santiago de Chile!

Our very first stop on our travels is Santiago, capital of Chile. Nathan and I were slightly nervous because we knew nothing about South America. On a sidenote: I had been trying to learn Spanish by audiobooks and Duolingo and am excited to have the opportunity to practise the language. I’ve forgotten how much I…

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2018: A year of adventure

Nathan and I have decided to let out work contracts run out and travel the world. It stemmed from Nathan feeling burnt out at work, and me getting increasingly discouraged that I have not had any success getting other employment in the field I am pursuing. Throughout 2017 I have battled a desire to obtain…

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