I’m currently writing up my next story on my time spent in the Ecuadorian Amazon. As a mad perfectionist, it take a while to compile my story of a treasured memory aside from gathering all the essential info to encourage you to come and experience the same! •• This was a time spent in a part of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, living with a local family and my @gadventures group of hardened jungle dwellers as we trekked, slept, bathed in the steam (everyday behind our house like in this picture) and white water rafted in this giant nature bowl of adventure. •• Often being on an organised trip or in a group often seems taboo in travel; some spread the BS that it’s not real travelling •• But that’s not true. Without his group, the Amazon wouldn’t have been the fun, unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it was. Without G Adventures we wouldn’t have had access to the family we lived with and the experiences they shared with us in their homeland, and to know we were spending our money ethically and it going to the right people and projects. This being the first ever trip G ran. •• And as much as it’s rare to get along with each and every person on a trip, when compacted into a few days and in such a remote place, we did. From encouraging each other to face our fears and exchanging cultures, to those long dinners with the soundtrack of the Amazon nature, being cut off from the rest of the world with only a few new people to learn and grow from means we all left the Amazon with more than just survival skills and a better understanding of the Amazon people. •• Don’t be too quick to diss the notion that being amongst others can ruin the raw experience. More often than you realise, it can actually enhance it. •• Travelling as part of the #gwanderers
Looking for winter travel inspiration? Want to explore on the trail of a 200 year old Christmas Carol? 🎶 On a journey of the Silent Night song in Austria, you can follow a trail of locations in three regions where the famous song was written, composed, performed and spread from #Austria to the world. 🇦🇹 You can check out my new article now live (link in bio). 🎶 Silent Night's message of peace is everlasting, and its meaning is just as special today as it ever was. A message many people will be reverberating this Christmas Eve as it echos from homes, churches and streets on every corner of the planet. 🌎⭐️ It often makes me cry when I hear it. Does Silent Night have a special meaning for you? #SilentNight200
Glühweinmas. ‘Tis the season for Christmas markets, and my first time sampling the Christkindlmarkt in #Salzburg. With warming beverages, traditional handicrafts, sweet cookies and Austrian food favourites, these markets are always a joy every winter. ⭐️ The lights at the Salzburg market represent the stars and this year the tree is special, as it came for the same town where you’ll find the Silent Night Chapel (Oberndorf - in my grid!), in honour of the song’s 200 year anniversary. #SilentNight200 @visitsalzburg
Just one visit to Northern Ireland will instantly shatter your pre-conceptions, as you step into a destination that’s outgrowing its reputation of past conflict, shaking off the negative image and ready to show the world exactly what it’s about. And I’m passionate about that, because this coastline directly leads to the part of Ireland where part of my heritage can be found. My time in NI connected me more to that. 💚 Northern Ireland’s scenic landscape and dramatic coastline have become world-renowned destinations, with journeys on the Causeway Coastal Route granted the accolade as being one of the best road trips in the world. • Want to know where to go and what to do to see Northern Ireland differently? New article on the site > link in bio. #DiscoverNI
That Silent Night trip? It was also about getting into the festive spirit and enjoying the winter landscapes as much as it was about tracking down the song’s origins. • #Achensee in Tirol is hands down one of my favourite spots in #Tirol where I once spent an adventure-fuelled summer. • So it was great to catch a glimpse of it again as it was starting to put on its winter coat and to revisit Achensee Lake - Tirol’s largest, surrounded by five villages. • But this spot in the village of Achenkirch has significant meaning. Here you’ll find the Sixenhof museum dedicated to the Rainer singers who carried Silent Night carol beyond Europe, and you’ll learn most about international singer, Ludwig Rainer who travelled across North America spreading the music far and wide. Just behind me was once the site of a hotel he built and the Seehof Chapel that still stands. #SilentNight200
Even nearing three years of living here, #Austria still throws me some surprises. There’s picture perfect pockets of scenery to be found all over - like here at the Myra Falls (Myrafälle) in Lower Austria, a one hour drive from Vienna. A scenic walk higher and higher over 26 bridges and walkways up into the woodland which the waters flow through, with small hiking routes to get a little off track for a few blissful hours.