We’re Richard and Sarah and we have all the usual ties, full time jobs, house and limited vacation time but we love to travel. We’re not your typical 9to5ers, since 2013 we have been carefully using our holidays and our limited budget to travel the world and experience new places and cultures. Each year our adventures seem to get bigger and better. We have been documenting our travels for ourselves the entire time and thought it was about time to share what we’ve learned with others.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it – Henry Ford
In our trip reports along with what we did you will find hints and tips we hope you’ll find useful on your own holidays. We also write about any equipment we find useful, the planning process and recipes we’ve created based on food we’ve tried on our journey.
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as if ever so on the road. – Jack Kerouac
Travelling is something very important to me. I’ve never been one to work hard all year just to go and sit on a beach for 2 weeks. When I was 13 my parents took me out of school for a month to travel Japan. We travelled much of the country, from the buzz and neon lights of Tokyo to the traditional Ryokans of Kyoto. The difference in people and cultures had a profound effect on me, I’m so grateful to my parents for making that decision and I plan on spending my life creating these kind adventures for myself.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better well stay at home – James Michener
I love food and trying new types of food in the places I visit. It’s a big focus of travelling for me. We’ll seek out local delicacies or something a little different on our travels. Occasionally I try to recreate tastes I’ve discovered and I’ll post these on the blog so you can try them too.
I’m not a great cook, I’m not a great artist, but I love art and I love food so i’m the perfect traveller – Michael Palin
I’m also a massive tech geek. Sarah does all the planning, but I’m in charge of tech! It’s key for us to be able to take great photos and write for the blog while we are on the go. Also it’s nice to have some entertainment on hand even when disconnected. I’ll cover what technology we take with us and offer advice on what equipment to take on various types of trips.
I got the travel bug at a young age from travelling with my parents. By the time I left school I had visited most of Europe – or as much as could be reached by cruise ship! I have been on 12 European cruises taking in Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Madeira and the Canary Islands. London is also a special place for me having visited at least once a year my entire life and I’m still not bored of it. My biggest solo adventure was a month spent in Victoria, Australia while at university, which is just one country I want to see more of.
You might think that I must have done geography or history at university with visiting all these places but I’m an Engineer. Part of my job involves a lot of planning which I am good at, I use this skill to thoroughly plan all our trips and I love doing it. I often start planning the next years adventure before we’ve been on this years.
Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life – Michael Palin