The story of Antuk – rising from the scrap heap

Once upon a time there was a blue and black bicycle. No one can remember what colour it was before it was blue and black, but certainly it wasn't created in those colours. One day, it found itself being loaded onto the back of a campervan in Buenos Aires, along with its red and black … Continue reading The story of Antuk – rising from the scrap heap

5 things you might not know about small honey producers

One of my favourite things about travel is how it gives you endless opportunities to learn, if you can recognise it as such. Here are just a handful of the things we learned from spending ten days volunteering with a small honey producer! All About Honey Cream Have you ever bought a jar of artisan … Continue reading 5 things you might not know about small honey producers

Austrian Alps to Italian Dolomites on foot

I felt extremely out of place walking through the streets of Kitzbühel that evening. My walking boots, leggings and fleece, which I have been wearing comfortably for many months, may have been acceptable during the summer days, but a night out in Kitzbühel apparently requires somewhat finer tastes. Windows sporting sparkling displays of the big … Continue reading Austrian Alps to Italian Dolomites on foot

Hut-to-hutting across the Ortler Range in northern Italy

Little known to walkers who tend to head the nearby Dolomites, the Ortler group holds its own amongst the giants of the eastern Alps. Ortler itself at 3905m towers over the famous Stelvio Pass, the second-highest paved mountain pass in the Alps and often featured in the Giro d'Italia bike race. The numerous glaciers snaking down … Continue reading Hut-to-hutting across the Ortler Range in northern Italy

Best apps for cycle touring

I believe it's really important to surrender yourself to your own journey and allow many of the everyday decisions to work themselves out in their own, unexpected ways. However, given that we currently live in a world of technology, I did have a number of apps that I used during my travels by bike and … Continue reading Best apps for cycle touring

Why is it important to disconnect from technology whilst travelling?

Although there were clear skies when we left Pucon, the capital of Chile's lake district, clouds were collecting over the peaks and the forecast was for heavy rain in the afternoon. My friend Nico and I donned our waterproofs and pedalled furiously into the downpour, simultaneously trying to keep warm and arrive at our destination … Continue reading Why is it important to disconnect from technology whilst travelling?

A Really Good Day: Chilecito to Santiago de Chile Part 1

In September friends had extended an invitation to visit them in Santiago de Chile for the Fiestas Patrias - the national holiday of the year, celebrating Chile's independence. Due to several other commitments in Chilecito (confusingly in Argentina) we left only two days before the fiestas began, and 1300km to cover hitchhiking - but with … Continue reading A Really Good Day: Chilecito to Santiago de Chile Part 1