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Life

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The rain is falling today in Shrewsbury, and so summertime sundown walks in Sicily feel like a world away.

But that's absolutely fine with us.

If you missed it on Stories last week, the reason for our absence is that we've been busy setting up home at our rented flat in the lovely English town of Shrewsbury. We never set out to be digital nomads, and finding a base before the end of this year made sense for lots of reasons (big and small). Emily's family links and a dash of serendipity led us to choosing this place on a bit of a whim, and we're delighted with it thus far.

In travel news, we chose Cuba.

But by the time we had made the choice, the flight prices went up and up! Coupled with fuel crisis in the country right now, the stars just didn't align. And because we waited so long on that one, flights to Mexico have also now gone over our budget!

So this week's big job is working out where the hell we are going to go... #TheConstantlyCurious
#Sicily
#Trapani

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Life

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The rain is falling today in Shrewsbury, and so summertime sundown walks in Sicily feel like a world away.

But that's absolutely fine with us.

If you missed it on Stories last week, the reason for our absence is that we've been busy setting up home at our rented flat in the lovely English town of Shrewsbury. We never set out to be digital nomads, and finding a base before the end of this year made sense for lots of reasons (big and small). Emily's family links and a dash of serendipity led us to choosing this place on a bit of a whim, and we're delighted with it thus far.

In travel news, we chose Cuba.

But by the time we had made the choice, the flight prices went up and up! Coupled with fuel crisis in the country right now, the stars just didn't align. And because we waited so long on that one, flights to Mexico have also now gone over our budget!

So this week's big job is working out where the hell we are going to go... #TheConstantlyCurious
#Sicily
#Trapani

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Would you believe that we've been in Budapest for three and a half weeks and have taken barely a single photo?! In fact, we've not really done anything even vaguely touristy or traveller-y during our time here.

You see, coming to Budapest was never really about 'seeing Budapest' or doing our usual thing. So much for #TheConstantlyCurious eh!? But after more than a year of full-time travel, we needed a base, a home and friends - and we've found all three here. We've done lots of blog work, we've spent time with some of our very favourite people (@thecommonwanderer), we've cooked (increasingly unhealthy) meals, picked our favourite coffee shops and tried out a bunch of bars, but - as is so common with places we choose to call home temporarily rather than travel - we have barely done a thing which would be on most must-see lists.

And we're okay with that.

Budapest will always be here, and we can walk its streets and visit its sights next time. But in the right here, right now, this city gave us everything we needed.

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By the way, the vote between Cuba and Mexico for our next trip ended in a 51/49 split! It seems you're all as torn as we are... However, after a few beers and travel chats last night, we think we've made our decision - but it's a secret until those flights are booked!

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Would you believe that we've been in Budapest for three and a half weeks and have taken barely a single photo?! In fact, we've not really done anything even vaguely touristy or traveller-y during our time here.

You see, coming to Budapest was never really about 'seeing Budapest' or doing our usual thing. So much for #TheConstantlyCurious eh!? But after more than a year of full-time travel, we needed a base, a home and friends - and we've found all three here. We've done lots of blog work, we've spent time with some of our very favourite people (@thecommonwanderer ), we've cooked (increasingly unhealthy) meals, picked our favourite coffee shops and tried out a bunch of bars, but - as is so common with places we choose to call home temporarily rather than travel - we have barely done a thing which would be on most must-see lists.

And we're okay with that.

Budapest will always be here, and we can walk its streets and visit its sights next time. But in the right here, right now, this city gave us everything we needed.

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By the way, the vote between Cuba and Mexico for our next trip ended in a 51/49 split! It seems you're all as torn as we are... However, after a few beers and travel chats last night, we think we've made our decision - but it's a secret until those flights are booked!

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In our Stories Q+A last week, lots of you asked for us to publish the South America packing list which had been sitting on our to-do list for waaaay too long.

So we pulled our finger out and got it done.

Collectively, we've travelled three times in South America in the last 10 years, spending more than 20 months in this incredible region. The packing list is fully based on our own experiences, mistakes and travels in the continent, and the items we have personally purchased and used on our travels there.

It's also got lots of practical little tips on how to pack in a more sustainable way.

So, thanks for the kick up the arse! You can find the link on Stories now, and we hope it helps a few of you out when planning your own adventures!

Just don't take as many t-shirts as Andrew... #TheConstantlyCurious

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In our Stories Q+A last week, lots of you asked for us to publish the South America packing list which had been sitting on our to-do list for waaaay too long.

So we pulled our finger out and got it done.

Collectively, we've travelled three times in South America in the last 10 years, spending more than 20 months in this incredible region. The packing list is fully based on our own experiences, mistakes and travels in the continent, and the items we have personally purchased and used on our travels there.

It's also got lots of practical little tips on how to pack in a more sustainable way.

So, thanks for the kick up the arse! You can find the link on Stories now, and we hope it helps a few of you out when planning your own adventures!

Just don't take as many t-shirts as Andrew... #TheConstantlyCurious

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#exploremore #shewhowanders #womenwhoexplore #femmetravel #theglobewanderer #infinitedestination #letsgoeverywhere #postcardplaces #sheisnotlost #girlsborntotravel #inspiringwanderers #ladiesgoneglobal #womenwhoexplore #girlslovetravel #dametraveler #wearetravelgirls #speechlessplaces #theeverygirltravels #theprettycities #globelletravels #nomadgirls #thebestescapes #CNtraveler #mydomainetravels #colombiatravel #southamericatravel #discoversouthamerica #experiencesouthamerica #ig_colombia
Still

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There is no moment in nature quite like the stillness of dawn, or that first morning light in the mountains.

With hours of scenic hiking ahead of us, and stormy rain clouds hanging low, the right thing to do would have been to simply push on after leaving the warmth of our hut high up in the alps; to fall quickly into the familiar rhythm of boot after boot against dusty trail.

But then, on any hike, it's the glancing back and behind which reveals the reasons why you've decided to be outdoors rather than snuggled up back in bed.

The perspective of place. The singularity of that moment, in that day. The peculiarity of being the only two people looking at a part of the world at that very moment.

That moment where light and dark met by the lake, and painted a picture we would never forget.

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Still

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There is no moment in nature quite like the stillness of dawn, or that first morning light in the mountains.

With hours of scenic hiking ahead of us, and stormy rain clouds hanging low, the right thing to do would have been to simply push on after leaving the warmth of our hut high up in the alps; to fall quickly into the familiar rhythm of boot after boot against dusty trail.

But then, on any hike, it's the glancing back and behind which reveals the reasons why you've decided to be outdoors rather than snuggled up back in bed.

The perspective of place. The singularity of that moment, in that day. The peculiarity of being the only two people looking at a part of the world at that very moment.

That moment where light and dark met by the lake, and painted a picture we would never forget.

Ad | We visited Switzerland on a campaign with @myswitzerland

#inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND
@ticinoturismo

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Decisions

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Early morning light at Lago di Braies.

You know this lake don't you?

Yep, thought so.

So instead of talking about it, let's just leave this pretty picture, and move on to something much more important - like travel plans.

We are having the first world problem of not knowing where to go in November, namely east or west... Sri Lanka was high on our list for the last two years, and we planned on going at the end of 2019, but - and we hold this platform largely responsible - much of the excitement has faded.

We've simply been overwhelmed by photo after stunning photo of the country, and instead of getting us more excited about visiting, we've sort of lost that loving feeling (c'mon, who doesn't love a Top Gun reference?). Andrew actually came up with a word for this a few months ago: instigued.

Definition | When you no longer have the desire to go somewhere beautiful because you've seen it so much on social media and feel like you've already been there.

We know we're probably being stupid. That we would go and have the most incredible time in Sri Lanka or several other places we see every day here, but you know where our hearts are pulling us back to right now?

Mexico.

Where are you instigued by?

#TheConstantlyCurious

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Decisions

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Early morning light at Lago di Braies.

You know this lake don't you?

Yep, thought so.

So instead of talking about it, let's just leave this pretty picture, and move on to something much more important - like travel plans.

We are having the first world problem of not knowing where to go in November, namely east or west... Sri Lanka was high on our list for the last two years, and we planned on going at the end of 2019, but - and we hold this platform largely responsible - much of the excitement has faded.

We've simply been overwhelmed by photo after stunning photo of the country, and instead of getting us more excited about visiting, we've sort of lost that loving feeling (c'mon, who doesn't love a Top Gun reference?). Andrew actually came up with a word for this a few months ago: instigued.

Definition | When you no longer have the desire to go somewhere beautiful because you've seen it so much on social media and feel like you've already been there.

We know we're probably being stupid. That we would go and have the most incredible time in Sri Lanka or several other places we see every day here, but you know where our hearts are pulling us back to right now?

Mexico.

Where are you instigued by?

#TheConstantlyCurious

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Source

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The trail from the Oberalp Pass took us through the valley and towards the Swiss snowcaps.

Our destination was the small lake at 2,344 metres where one of Europe's great rivers starts its story.

From that small lake in the mountains, the pure water cascades and runs, expands and extends, rushing and rising through Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

From here to the sea, its story keeps on going for 766 miles.

Cities and empires have been built on its banks, and fallen as it's flowed on by, a constant current as civilisations have come and gone, lived and died.

And still the Rhine river runs.

But here, at Lake Toma where the river's story begins, we could cross the Rhine with a single step.

Everything has to start somewhere.

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Source

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The trail from the Oberalp Pass took us through the valley and towards the Swiss snowcaps.

Our destination was the small lake at 2,344 metres where one of Europe's great rivers starts its story.

From that small lake in the mountains, the pure water cascades and runs, expands and extends, rushing and rising through Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

From here to the sea, its story keeps on going for 766 miles.

Cities and empires have been built on its banks, and fallen as it's flowed on by, a constant current as civilisations have come and gone, lived and died.

And still the Rhine river runs.

But here, at Lake Toma where the river's story begins, we could cross the Rhine with a single step.

Everything has to start somewhere.

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#inLovewithSwitzerland
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Devil

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Our picturesque hike and train journey over and between the mountains of Switzerland eventually brought us to the Schöllenen Gorge.

And the story that the devil built this bridge.

For years, the villagers of Andermatt had struggled to conquer the raging Ruess river. Deaths and despair led to pleas into the emptiness, which the devil was only too happy to answer.

His price? The soul of the first to cross his completed bridge.

Thankfully, what the villagers lacked in their ability to build a bridge over troubled waters, they made up for in guile.The first to cross, and the devil's sole soul payment, was a goat.

Crafty buggers eh?

Today Andermatt is undergoing somewhat of a revolution as significant investment in the last five years has put the town on the map for tourism. It's also a stop on the famous Glacier Express train.

P.s. Can you spot Andrew on the bridge?

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Devil

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Our picturesque hike and train journey over and between the mountains of Switzerland eventually brought us to the Schöllenen Gorge.

And the story that the devil built this bridge.

For years, the villagers of Andermatt had struggled to conquer the raging Ruess river. Deaths and despair led to pleas into the emptiness, which the devil was only too happy to answer.

His price? The soul of the first to cross his completed bridge.

Thankfully, what the villagers lacked in their ability to build a bridge over troubled waters, they made up for in guile.The first to cross, and the devil's sole soul payment, was a goat.

Crafty buggers eh?

Today Andermatt is undergoing somewhat of a revolution as significant investment in the last five years has put the town on the map for tourism. It's also a stop on the famous Glacier Express train.

P.s. Can you spot Andrew on the bridge?

AD | We visited Switzerland on a campaign with @Myswitzerland

#inLovewithSwitzerland
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#VisitAndermatt
#LakeLucerneRegion

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Vaud

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Our first day of hiking in Switzerland took us from the village of Château-d'Oex to a remote alpine farm for the night. Our host was Nicolas, an artisanal third-generation cheesemaker, who retreats to the mountains in Vaud each summer to continue the traditions of his forefathers.

The trail was aptly called the "sentier du fromage" - the cheese trail.

Not long after setting off though, a storm crawled over the mountain tops and into the valley. Our weather app had it down as arriving that night, and we cursed our luck for its premature arrival.

And yet, with only the trail ahead and nowhere to turn back to, we hiked on in the summer rain and toward the mountains.

And when the lightning struck, we sheltered from the storm.

Just like Dylan said.

And we walked on through the storm. Through the wind and through the rain.

Just like Jerry said.

And we weren't alone.

Soaked to the bone, we arrived to the warmth of the farm in L’Etivaz before darkness fell. Dinner and stories and wine were shared around the table that night, as the thunder struck once more and the rain fell down into the valley.

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Vaud

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Our first day of hiking in Switzerland took us from the village of Château-d'Oex to a remote alpine farm for the night. Our host was Nicolas, an artisanal third-generation cheesemaker, who retreats to the mountains in Vaud each summer to continue the traditions of his forefathers.

The trail was aptly called the "sentier du fromage" - the cheese trail.

Not long after setting off though, a storm crawled over the mountain tops and into the valley. Our weather app had it down as arriving that night, and we cursed our luck for its premature arrival.

And yet, with only the trail ahead and nowhere to turn back to, we hiked on in the summer rain and toward the mountains.

And when the lightning struck, we sheltered from the storm.

Just like Dylan said.

And we walked on through the storm. Through the wind and through the rain.

Just like Jerry said.

And we weren't alone.

Soaked to the bone, we arrived to the warmth of the farm in L’Etivaz before darkness fell. Dinner and stories and wine were shared around the table that night, as the thunder struck once more and the rain fell down into the valley.

We visited Switzerland on a campaign with @Myswitzerland

#inLovewithSwitzerland 
@paysdenhaut
#paysdenhaut
#MyVaud
#myswitzerland
#visitswitzerland

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Paddle

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What's the country with the most islands in the world?

Sweden.

Yep, we were surprised too when we learned that.

Although most of its 221,800+ islands are uninhabited little rocks in the water, thousands of them come together to create the Bohuslän archipelago. Starting just north of Gothenburg, it stretches for 173 miles up the west coast of Sweden like a disgruntled giant's scattered pebbles. Boats and bridges link the archipelago to the mainland (truth be told, at several points on our road trip we didn't realise that we had actually crossed over onto an island until someone told us), and many of the islands are a getaway for summer.

With the afternoon sun shining, we went out with kayaks to explore a small section of the archipelago which surrounds the picturesque fishing village of Grundsund.

Idyllic.

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Paddle

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What's the country with the most islands in the world?

Sweden.

Yep, we were surprised too when we learned that.

Although most of its 221,800+ islands are uninhabited little rocks in the water, thousands of them come together to create the Bohuslän archipelago. Starting just north of Gothenburg, it stretches for 173 miles up the west coast of Sweden like a disgruntled giant's scattered pebbles. Boats and bridges link the archipelago to the mainland (truth be told, at several points on our road trip we didn't realise that we had actually crossed over onto an island until someone told us), and many of the islands are a getaway for summer.

With the afternoon sun shining, we went out with kayaks to explore a small section of the archipelago which surrounds the picturesque fishing village of Grundsund.

Idyllic.

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Summer

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Our last morning in West Sweden was spent roaming from pier to pier and pretty whitewashed street to even prettier whitewashed street in Fiskebäckskil.

It's not at all unusual for Swedes to have a sommarstuga, or summer house, to escape to for a few weeks or longer in July or August. The tradition is engrained in the national way of life, and isn't a preserve of the wealthy. Indeed, a summer house can really be anything from a verrry fancy modern place on an island to a verrry basic cabin in the countryside (with the latter much more prevalent than the former) - apparently more than 50 per cent of the population have access to one through family or friends.

With the sommarstuga dotted all along the west coast, and a preference for locals to spend a lot of their summer travelling within their own country, every place we visited on our road trip felt distinctly summery and, at the same time, distinctly Swedish.

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Summer

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Our last morning in West Sweden was spent roaming from pier to pier and pretty whitewashed street to even prettier whitewashed street in Fiskebäckskil.

It's not at all unusual for Swedes to have a sommarstuga, or summer house, to escape to for a few weeks or longer in July or August. The tradition is engrained in the national way of life, and isn't a preserve of the wealthy. Indeed, a summer house can really be anything from a verrry fancy modern place on an island to a verrry basic cabin in the countryside (with the latter much more prevalent than the former) - apparently more than 50 per cent of the population have access to one through family or friends.

With the sommarstuga dotted all along the west coast, and a preference for locals to spend a lot of their summer travelling within their own country, every place we visited on our road trip felt distinctly summery and, at the same time, distinctly Swedish.

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West

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When the sun is shining, you will always find a rainbow down by the water in Smögen.

Our summer road trip across West Sweden may have come to a close, but the light and colour which permeated most days will remain vivid and clear for a long time to come.

Wooden houses like these, which you can find all over the region, in all manner of sizes, are traditionally used to store fishing gear and boat equipment and add a wonderful pop of 'wow' to every harbour along the coast.

We think we'll have the turquoise one for next summer please - which one do you want?

Ad | We visited West Sweden on a campaign with @VisitSweden and @WestSweden

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#Smögen

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West

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When the sun is shining, you will always find a rainbow down by the water in Smögen.

Our summer road trip across West Sweden may have come to a close, but the light and colour which permeated most days will remain vivid and clear for a long time to come.

Wooden houses like these, which you can find all over the region, in all manner of sizes, are traditionally used to store fishing gear and boat equipment and add a wonderful pop of 'wow& #039; to every harbour along the coast.

We think we'll have the turquoise one for next summer please - which one do you want?

Ad | We visited West Sweden on a campaign with @VisitSweden and @WestSweden

#WestSweden
#Smögen

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Vines

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We had never associated Switzerland with wine before, but that all changed after a walk through the vines of Vaud.

Extending all the way from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Swiss Alps, these patchwork quilts of green cover the land in some surprising places. And they're all responsible for producing Chablais wine!

We learned this on the afternoon after the thunderstorms had cleared, as we walked the ten kilometre vineyard trail between the picturesque towns of Ollon and Aigle.

After working up a thirst and taking too many photos of grapes, it only seemed right to finish off the day with a glass (bottle, actually) of the local tipple.

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We visited Switzerland on a campaign with @myswitzerland

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@myvaud #MyVaud #aigletourisme
#myswitzerland #visitswitzerland
#hiking #swisshikes
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Vines

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We had never associated Switzerland with wine before, but that all changed after a walk through the vines of Vaud.

Extending all the way from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Swiss Alps, these patchwork quilts of green cover the land in some surprising places. And they're all responsible for producing Chablais wine!

We learned this on the afternoon after the thunderstorms had cleared, as we walked the ten kilometre vineyard trail between the picturesque towns of Ollon and Aigle.

After working up a thirst and taking too many photos of grapes, it only seemed right to finish off the day with a glass (bottle, actually) of the local tipple.

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We visited Switzerland on a campaign with @myswitzerland

#inLovewithSwitzerland
@myvaud #MyVaud #aigletourisme
#myswitzerland #visitswitzerland
#hiking #swisshikes

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