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10 incredible cenotes to visit when travelling Mexico

10 incredible cenotes to visit when travelling Mexico

They say if you drink from a cenote in Mexico it means you’ll end up living there. I was guzzling them down!

Imagine the moon

10 incredible cenotes to visit when travelling Mexico. Now take the moon and mix it with a bag of Stranger Things, a smidgen of Waterworld and a whole load of Mad Max and you have yourself a Cenote. I find them mesmerising, I am easily pleased and simple minded but I find I always end up…

5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox

8 cafes for digi nomads travelling Holbox

My intake of coffee has exponentially increased since I became a digi nomad. More buzz than a Costa Rican bee

Wifi was a struggle here

But I found hitting some cafes at just the right time meant I could avoid the crowds and hog the bandwidth. 8 cafes for digi nomads travelling Holbox. When the clouds rolled in or the rain started to pour it was time to find THE cafe with THE coffee and THE deserts. I couldn’t find anywhere…

5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox

5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox

Oh my-oh-my I found meat! And a whole forest of health

All in all

5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox. All in all, although not as developed internet wise which kind of sucks for digi nomads, food wise – it’s rich! Myself and @themoonontheotherside spent two weeks on Holbox within a total time of 5 months in Mexico. Accommodation was easy: Tribu Hostel. Recommended by fellow travellers and we could sharp see why. Roof top yoga, bar and live…

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox

I’d live here with the noisy racoons as thy neighbour every-day of the week

Why Holbox?

10 unique photo spots for travelling Holbox. Whilst I found Holbox was still finding its feet in terms of what it is. By that I mean Valladolid has it’s small town colonial vibe, Tulum has it’s edgy hipster scene, Holbox has it’s… island? I couldn’t tell you but it’s still developing. Anyway, whilst I couldn’t put my finger on what Holbox is, it’s still a…

One awesome London weekend glamping getaway

One awesome London weekend glamping getaway

I’ll happily shit in the woods for a weekend of Mother Nature’s finest. This was her on TOP form. The Nut Plat Retreat in South Kent, London. Wowzers!

In the woods

This one awesome London weekend glamping getaway was absolute peace. And by shitting in the woods I mean an outdoor compost toilet. If like me, you enjoy a good read whilst sitting on your throne, then learning the mechanisms of a compost toilet from the useful infographic placed inside the…

Here’s why trekking Colca Canyon took my breath away. people walk off into the distance at Colca Canyon

Here’s why trekking Colca Canyon took my breath away

If I was to hike somewhere with Winnie the Pooh this is where I imagine it would be. And Winnie isn’t a metaphor for my mam

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Although she was with me on this trek. After 6 months of missing my little ass she’d flown out for a two-week adventure in Peru with me. Here’s why trekking Colca Canyon took my breath away

This was hands down her favourite activity. And being honest. It’s up there for me as one of the…

Travelling Arequipa 6 awesome things to do and where to eat

Travelling Arequipa 6 awesome things to do and where to eat

I was here with the mother visiting and that meant she was paying. Which meant hotel, good food and a little fine dining. Give a dog a bone!

If there was any place in Peru to have a little time off hostel bunk beds and experience some middle class living. I reckon Arequipa is the place for it. Travelling Arequipa 6 awesome things to do and where to eat.

We have this little town up north called…

Why travelling Lake Titicaca is stunning but also a tourist trap

Why travelling Lake Titicaca is stunning but also a tourist trap

This will always go down in history for me as the place I ate a Guinea Pig. And wore a dress.

My arse was sore and my lower back needed replacing

After the pot holed ride here from Cusco. That aside the bus, as always in Peru, was pretty dam good with its reclining leather seats. Why travelling Lake Titicaca is stunning but also a tourist trap.

I arrived to Puno in our Gecko adventure group. I hate organised…

20 EPIC Valladolid Instagram spots for travelling Mexico. A man stand in the middle of Cenote Chan Suytun with the light coming down on him and the water surrounding him

20 EPIC Valladolid Instagram spots for travelling Mexico

This place was like a eating a battered Mars bar for me. As soon as I think I’m satisfied, ten mins later I immediately want more.

I couldn’t put my camera down

20 EPIC Valladolid Instagram spots for travelling Mexico. From taco stand to taco stand I couldn’t put my camera down. Not that I’m a pro, more of a flounderer. But I will chase the shot. I find it makes places more interesting. Trying to hunt out that cracking pic…

Tips for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu. Looking at the far side of Machu Pichu after entering down from the sun gate

Tips for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu

5 days trekking this mind blowing trail wasn’t enough. So I got my mam to come out backpacking and spent another 3 doing it with her. She even went nature pooing, good on ya mam!
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Tips for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu… well, I don’t have the copywriting skills to describe what this place is like but as I trekked upon the path three descriptions came to mind.

The garden of Eden; The feeling of flying when in a…

Why travelling Cusco is epic! A view of the city from the town centre

Why travelling Cusco is epic!

I’d live here. It’s absolutely bad ass. I mean it’s surrounded by the Andes, high up in the clouds and at the heart of it is an historic village that was ruled by the Incas.
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Best of all it’s lost no charm to modern day measure, but that’s just a smidgen of why travelling Cusco is epic. I had big love for the setup of this place and I reckon I spent in total 10 days wandering it. Once alone,…

This hostel made travelling Lima awesome. The view of Lima from the far end of the coastline

This hostel made travelling Lima awesome

I ended up here three times in 8 months backpacking South America. How I’m not sure but I wasn’t complaining. Lima is just a class city.
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Hands down I loved this place because I couldn’t get enough of staying at Alpes Lima hostel. Sometimes the place makes it, some times the hostel, if you’re lucky sometimes both. Like here. This hostel made travelling Lima awesome. The guys who run it are legends, it has a roof top bar ran by a Russian…

Pro's and cons of travelling the Mahahual Coast . A large stalk bird in the blue waters of the Mahahual Coast

Pros and cons of travelling the Mahahual Coast

I’d found the perfect TRX spot and it was all mine.
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I’m not often a one to write cons but I felt this one was worthy of mention. So to the pro’s and cons of travelling the Mahahual Coast line.
When I walked off the coach and onto the coast line I was a little sceptical. Aye it was nice, golden sands, blue water but there was a lot of beach front bars and a huge cruise ship off the coast…

Is it worth backpacking Isla Mujeres? Two men run along a jetty ready to jump in the water

Is it worth backpacking Isla Mujeres?

I felt like Mario bombing around this little island on a golf buggy. The pit stops being hidden Caribbean bars and beaches hidden amongst the woods.
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So, is it worth backpacking Isla mujeres? Well, I crashed at Poc na hostel, being honest it’s the place to be. I was digging the private beach garden that’s yoga by day and a nightclub by, well night. Bang in the middle of the town centre too. The people were as you’d expect, party…

Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel. A surfer stands on the rock edge about to jump in

Why Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel

I planned three days here. After falling into sun, surf and small town chilled hippy vibes, I stayed eight.
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Why Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel…
I have a lot of love for Chile and a huge amount of love for Pichilemu. Pichilemu in Chile is a hidden gem to travel. I Think this was mainly formed by my stay at Sunset Hostel, which was more like a family home with ya mates round 24/7 than a hostel. It…

Here's why after travelling Buenos Aries I want to live there. Looking out over the main lake of BA with blue skies and blue water

Here’s why after travelling Buenos Aries I want to live there

A city and culture in love with meat? I am 100% going!
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Here’s why after travelling Buenos Aries I want to live there. I’d stay in Beunos Aries for the rest of my days. Aside from the meat reason, the empanadas and the Argentinian fiery passion. I found the city layout and infrastructure a mix of the best of Europe with the best of Latin America. I initially started my stay at Loki hostel, Christ that was a mistake. Like…

Step by step guide for planning, trekking and travelling Torres Del Paine. Looking out over green hills with Torres Del Paine in the background

Step by step guide for planning Torres Del Paine

Aye, I’ll agree with Mr Attenborough on this one. Patagonia is the hidden gem of planet earth. Writing this 6-months on sends shivers up my scruffy backside thinking about it again. Absolutely, utterly, magnificent!
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Step by step guide for planning Torres Del Paine. You can find out why I found it magnificent in my other post here. The only problem is planning it. It can be a pain with multiple companies owning multiple camping areas, expensive lodges, threats of being thrown out if…

Step by step guide for planning, trekking and travelling Torres Del Paine. The view from camp Pehoe looking out over the lake with Torres Del Paine in the background

Why you should trek Torres Del Paine before you die

Aye, I’ll agree with Mr Attenborough on this one. Patagonia is the hidden gem of planet earth. Writing this 6-months on sends shivers up my scruffy backside thinking about it again. Absolutely, utterly magnificent!

So why?

Why you should trek Torres Del Paine before you die. I’m a confident solo traveller. But, even the prospect of stepping into the wilderness on my own where winds go beyond a 100km an hour with Pumas that will take you down faster than The…

How to backpack Puerto Natales. The view looking out over the blue lagoon from the very bottom of the W trek

How to backpack Puerto Natales

And so I ventured towards the end of the earth where everyman is Captain Birdseye and every women capable of putting Bear Grylls to shame. But not me and my TRX of course.
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How to backpack Puerto Natales. I mean it’s cold. Not as cold as it got down in Ushuaia but my balls still complained. 99% of people come here to trek Torres Del Paine. I wrote a simple, short step by step guide with tips here (no nonsense…

3 reasons why you CANNOT skip Pucon when travelling. The view from reaching the top of the Parque National Huerquehue trek where you can see 9 volcanoes in the 360 degree views

3 reasons why you CANNOT skip Pucon when travelling

A ski resort at the foot of a volcano, the best one day solo trek I’ve ever done, mind blowing coffee and the nicest hostel in south America, voted number 1 on hostel world. Aye, that’ll do.
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3 reasons why you CANNOT skip Pucon when travelling. Staying at  Chili Kiwi was one of those places I planned 3 nights and stayed a week. It has everything. I can fully appreciate and support why it was voted number 1 in the…

Travelling Valparaiso? There's no place like it. View of the main tourist area in Valparaiso with its multi coloured buildings and port at the back.

Travelling Valparaiso? Here’s why there’s no place like it

Banksy would eat his heart out, a city of graffiti where it’s respected and cherished. I ate my burger heart out in the best burger joint I’d found on my travels. They paired 4 pints of craft beer to each individual burger as standard. Fwooar!
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Travelling Valparaiso? Here’s why there’s no place like it. I felt like I was wandering around a film set in the small main part of Valperasio, naturally I felt right at home from my days…

How to travel, live and breath Santiago. The view from the San Cristobal at the very top looking over the whole city of Santiago. A must do walk.

How to travel, live and breath Santiago

Whenever I say this word I feel I should be singing it. Perhaps because the city itself is so aesthetically pleasing it deserves to be talked about in song. Just not with my arse sounding northern accent.
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How to travel, live and breath Santiago. After landing at the airport I caught a bus to down town central. Stayed my first three nights in Che Legarto Hostel. It was nice, big, clean and close to the centre for exploring but not…

All you need to know for backpacking Iquique

I was in the wild west crossed with a Miami sea front. That had a 1000ft sand wall behind it, which I jumped off.
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All you need to know for backpacking Iquique. I went here to surf and chill out for a few days. Following a 6 week non-stop adventure through Peru and Bolivia. I found the place authentic, truly Chilean at heart. No tourist areas or traps. In fact I met only one other English person in my three-day…

Here's the magic of backpacking San Pedro de Atacama. A view of a lagoon out in the desert with the purple evening sky

Here’s the magic of backpacking San Pedro de Atacama

If Aladdin’s cave is real, I reckon it’ll be here. And if you’ve never sweated out of all your orifices before, you will here.
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Here’s the magic of backpacking San Pedro de Atacama. I was a big fan of this little desert town because it was so unlike any other place I’d been. There’s two things I remember thinking when I arrived off the bus from the salt flat tour 1. Fuck it’s hot 2. Sand.
A…