Argentina Part Five: El Chalten, and our final fun adventure, Tuesday 10th March – Saturday 14th March 2020

Hungover, we made our way to our bus, through the sunrise and the early morning chill. Our next trip was from a poster: everywhere in Argentina were images of the mountains above El Chalten seen from the road in, and we were both so excited to get to see that incredible view for ourselves. ItContinue reading “Argentina Part Five: El Chalten, and our final fun adventure, Tuesday 10th March – Saturday 14th March 2020”

Argentina Part Four, El Calafate: Saturday 7th March – Tuesday 10th March 2020

After the terrible hostel in Punta Arenas, we decided to treat ourselves in El Calafate. We had found an online deal which meant we could stay in a 3-star hotel (with a bathtub! Such luxury!) for the same price as two dorm beds in town. It was a very easy decision to make. After aContinue reading “Argentina Part Four, El Calafate: Saturday 7th March – Tuesday 10th March 2020”

Argentina Part Three: Ushuaia, Sunday 23rd February – Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Getting to our next, very exciting location was no easy feat. We would be getting two buses for one night and a lot of hours, crossing into and then out of Chile, and taking a ferry to the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Our first issue however was that our first bus wasn’t thereContinue reading “Argentina Part Three: Ushuaia, Sunday 23rd February – Tuesday 3rd March 2020”

Punta Arenas, Chile: Tuesday 3rd March – Saturday 7th March

We woke early on our last day in Ushuaia, sad to leave but ready for more adventures. We had lots of plans to make for our remaining months of travel (little did we realise we would be heading home a few weeks later), and we knew we wanted to start exploring the Andes, so weContinue reading “Punta Arenas, Chile: Tuesday 3rd March – Saturday 7th March”

Argentina part two: Welsh Patagonia, Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd February 2020

The bus from Buenos Aires took 18 hours through the night, arriving at 8am. We were delighted to learn that the long-distance buses in Argentina have toilets as standard, since we had to get used to holding our bladders until the unscheduled stops during long bus journeys in Asia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, Jay’s firstContinue reading “Argentina part two: Welsh Patagonia, Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd February 2020”

Argentina part one: Buenos Aires, Tuesday 11th – Monday 17th February

THE LONGEST DAY We left Auckland at 6pm on Tuesday 11th February, flew for 15 hours, and arrived in Buenos Aires at 5pm on the same day. This journey also took us from the country with the greatest time zone difference from home (13 hours ahead) to the smallest since we’ve been away (3 hoursContinue reading “Argentina part one: Buenos Aires, Tuesday 11th – Monday 17th February”

New Zealand part five: North island and concussion, Jan 11th – Feb 11th 2020

All of our time in New Zealand was taken up with Jay’s health to varying degrees, but during our last few weeks in the country we became intimately more involved with the local health services than we’d ever hoped to. Back in India Jay had developed a sore throat on one side that hurt whenContinue reading “New Zealand part five: North island and concussion, Jan 11th – Feb 11th 2020”

Financial analysis: the first six months

Whilst we were planning this epic adventure (and after we’d booked our original flights), we decided over the course of a single late night conversation to double the length of the trip from six months to a year. As a result we’ve had to REALLY stretch our budget. Our travel agent at STA recommended £1,000Continue reading “Financial analysis: the first six months”

New Zealand part four: North Island part two, Saturday December 21st 2019 – Friday 10th January 2020

We took the night bus from Wellington back up to Auckland where we were collected by our friend Graz, after making time for some breakfast gelato! We were somewhat overwhelmed by the variety of vegan options available, and were very restrained to only have two scoops each. We stopped off at One Tree Hill toContinue reading “New Zealand part four: North Island part two, Saturday December 21st 2019 – Friday 10th January 2020”

New Zealand part three: South Island road trip part two, Monday 9th – Friday 20th December

After a full day of driving, both of us had stiff muscles and aching backs, so we had a little jaunt up Mt. Iron before bed. It was only a few hundred metres of ascent and provided us with beautiful panoramic views of the town and the mountains around us. Although it was after 8pmContinue reading “New Zealand part three: South Island road trip part two, Monday 9th – Friday 20th December”