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Barranco Beach

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Barranco Beach, situated in the Algarve close to the town of Sagres. This is an amazing place to visit for many reasons; one being that there is a semi permanent hippie community on the beach. Who are a very  friendly and welcoming people, sharing there stories fire and beer with us on our escapade.
The beach is amazing just like many of the beaches in the Algarve, although like others this one has not been touched by tourism or anything of that matter. As such there are no facilities at all apart a compost toilet, there isn’t even a road!
Having said that this is not what this beach is about, it’s about coming back to nature have a hand a fishing in the sea, camp on the beach and generally have a good time enjoying this picturesque beach.

Looking towards Barranco Beach from the Eastern headland
Looking towards Barranco Beach from the Eastern headland
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Planning a road trip escapade – The day before

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Escapade

escapade
ˈɛskəpeɪd,ˌɛskəˈpeɪd
noun
  1. an act or incident involving excitement, daring, or adventure.
    “he told of their escapade with a ‘borrowed’ truck”

The planning stage – What’s this?

Well this one is easy, we didn’t plan anything, the ferry, the route absolutely nothing! Well that’s not strictly true the plan was to help a friend from the Mongol Rally move house from Lisbon to Amsterdam. Apart from this nothing was planned not even a ferry crossing, where we would be staying, nothing!
This trip was in fact so spontaneous that I called my ‘boss’ up Saturday morning and told him I would not be in next week and got some people to cover me for most of the week. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the whole week off and as such had to fly home on the following Friday.

Our road trip car (Later to be named Mother Theresa)

I brought the 2000 1.8l Ford Focus Estate for £350 for the upcoming Global Convoy, she needed a lot of work on her, to begin with she needed a new clutch and some sort of air hose of some kind. Apparently she also needs an idle control valve whatever one of those is, all I know is that it can make driving super hard.
I had the above fixed up before we left the UK, and replaced the air filter, checked the oil and that was it. Probably should have given her full service as you are about to find out.

Keeping costs down

We used the app Bla Bla Car to help reduce our costs and get people around Europe we had some really fantastic offers from people and meet some truly amazing people, from various backgrounds.
We also didn’t pay for any accommodation, if we couldn’t stay somewhere we camped out in the tent.
Other ways we kept costs down was trying to avoid toll roads and instead of using costly mobile data in Europe we is through large chain restaurants such as Mcdonalds, Burger kind, KFC and many others no matter where they they have free Wifi, whether it works or not is a different story.
Keeping food prices down is more difficult, especially when we are covering massive distances in such a short period of time. Super markets and cooking is by far one of the cheapest ways or another way is to go dumpster diving as taught to us by one of our hitchhikers.
There so many things that we could have done to make this trip cheaper, but that wasn’t the point of this trip. The point is you don’t need to have months do a road trip and you don’t need to spend months planning it out. However if you what to have a much cheaper road trip doing some planning is definitely advantageous.

Now on to the escapade…

road trip at dragon fest
Camping at Dragon Festival somewhere near Santa Fe
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Conquer Earth – Travel and Adventure

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Welcome to Conquer Earth a project that I am working with to help inspire adventure, travel and general wanderlust.

This the first of many videos to come  check out the channel for many more adventures, travels and how to have your own adventures.