Travel

Liebster Blog Award

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What is the Liebster award?

A massive thanks to The Roverette for nominating me for the Blogger’s Liebster Award! She can be found over at the www.theroverette.com

What is the Liebster Award, I here you ask. The Liebster Award is, is an award that is given from bloggers, to bloggers, with the purpose of shining light on upcoming, new blogs that have potential to do well based on their posts, and is usually given to blogs with less than 200 followers. The concept of the award is very similar to that of a chain letter, although there are some who refuse to accept the award, therefore breaking the chain. It is not required of you to continue this chain, but by doing so, you miss out on the chance of getting your blog more views. Mahesh choose me, along with four other blogs that he believed are likely to do well in the future. In return, I will:

  • Link this post back to my nominator, in this case The Rouvette and her blog
  • Answer 11 questions about myself, that The Rouvette has asked.
  • Name 11 random facts about myself
  • Nominate 10 other blogs with less than 200 followers that I feel deserve the reward
  • Ask 11 new questions to the bloggers I nominate

Hear are the question that The Rouvette asked me:

  1. Are you a morning bird or night owl?I am defiantly a morning bird, I regularly  wake up between 06:30 – 07:00 every day.
  2. What is your favourite food?Now this is a tough one, I enjoy so many different types food from so many places. Hmm I think that my favourite by a very small margin is a parsnip.
  3. What is your favourite quote to live your life by?Determination: the will to succeed will overcome the greatest adversity!
  4. Pick 3 words that describe you.Determined
    Enthusiastic
    Energetic
  5. Do you have an all time favourite classic old movie or song?My classic song for this would have to be The Police – King of pain.
  6. What would you be doing if Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr didn’t
    exist?
    Hmm, who knows is the real answer, although I would like to think that, even without those amazing tools I would still have travelled, but it would have been very hard if not impossible to keep in contact with all the amazing people I would have met.
  7. What country would you always like to visit and why? Or to travel bloggers, what was your favourite country you have been to and why?There are so many countries and people that are amazing. My favourite country as it stands is Iran. The people are some of friendliest people I have ever met, the country has immense history and culture.  You can  I highly recommend Iran.
  8. Would you rather travel to the past or future? How far would you go and why?I would like to head in to the past 500 years and be at the for front of exploration in 16th Century The Age of Discovery. Going on long dangerous voyages to discovery the Americas and other unknown lands across the world really was a impressive time in exploration.
  9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?The ability to fly!
  10. How do you pick your friends?I believe that everyone can be friends, no matter where they are and who they are. I keep my book open to let anyone be my friend. Most of the people I meet on my travels are of a similar mindset as well. We can all be friends!
  11. You find a glass cube in the middle of the desert, that is meant just for you. How big is it? Your answer refers to how big your ego is. Do you think that is a good way of testing someone’s personality?Wow, this is a very thoughtful question! When I first read this I instantly had an idea in my head of a cud 1 foot square, not exactly huge. I don’t think that this can reflect  someone’s personality, for example I think that my cube is small not due to a small ego. I would like to say now that I don’t think I have a massive ego. It being just for me makes me want to instantly share it with the world, I don’t want to take burden and take anyway some else’s cube. Thoughts?

11 random facts about me:

  1. I could fly a motor glider solo before I could drive a car!
  2. My second toe is longer than my big toe
  3. Slept in crypt for 4 years (bedroom was painted in the style of an Egyptian crypt).
  4. I am currently trying to learn Russian and Spanish. It’s somewhat of a struggle at the minute.
  5. My favourite colour is Orange.
  6. For my work experience at school I worked at The Royal International Air Tattoo.
  7. I prefer to sleep; on the floor, under the stars, in a hammock, in a car, standing up rather than sleeping in a bed.
  8. I have completed my Gold duke of Edinburgh.
  9. I love just randomly walking with no particular direction or reason and just see what happens.
  10. I live in the outdoors world, climbing, hiking and camping.
  11. I have a huge appetite usually eating in 6 main meals plus snacks a day.

I have now nominated the following 5 blogs, take some time to check them out!

My 11 questions, to my nominees

  1. What is the most bizarre breakfast you have had and where was it?
  2. Who would you like to have afternoon tea with?
  3. If you could start a new life with all the knowledge of this life, would you take it?
  4. What is your favourite way to travel?
  5. Who is your favourite superhero?
  6. One thing that inspired you to start your blog/website.
  7. If you could travel to any place where would you go? and why would you travel to this place?
  8. What is your favourite colour?
  9. One thing that really annoys you.
  10. Are you usually late, early or right on time?
  11. What is the hardest thing you done?
Adventure

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
Adventure

The A to Z Challenge

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I have decided to take on the A to Z challenge in April 2016. During April I, along with over a thousand plus other bloggers will be posting to our blogs with a post that begins with every letter of the alphabet.

I will of course be posting on mainly travel and adventure topics as always but I am going to through a few spanners in as well. I hope you enjoy all the posts throughout April. However in the mean time have a look around the website.

A to Z Badge
The April A to Z Challenge 2016
Adventure

The end for 2015, the adventures of 2016

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The end is nigh for 2015, however 2016 is now here! Looking back at pictures, postcards and bits of film, it has been an interesting year to say the least. There have been many adventures, some big changes and I have met some amazing people. It has been a year of enlightenment, a year I would like to call the light bulb year! I have personally found that thing that makes me really itch and what to get up and go. Yes you might have guessed this blog is very much involved in that idea.

Well the Mongol Rally to start probably the biggest thing that happened this year. What an adventure it was driving for 2 months in a 1l Micra to Mongolia and back. This was the start, of what is to become the start of many more adventures in the near future. Some big, some small and out right mad!

He is just a quick list of some of the adventures that I am undertaking in 2016, I am sure that there will be many more spontaneous adventures;

Taking on the world and writing a documentary on how to get on the road, read more about the Biking Adventure.

Changing the two wheels for four and taking the world in Storm with the Global Convoy.

A different kind of adventure: a mental and organisational nightmare – like the Global Convoy isn’t. Organising the first Dartmoor Walking Festival which despite being at the end of August already has a full programme.

Stay tuned for many more adventures in 2016. What adventures do you have planned in 2016?

Travel

Explore huh, What is it good for? Absolutely everyone!

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The RGS Explore 2015, in the Royal Geographical Society London. A weekend of workshops, lectures  and meeting fellow adventurers and scientists.

I had the pleasure of meeting the man who first inspired me to explore. Nicholas Crane’s Map Man series is what I like to call the start of my adventurous spirit and for me starting to collect maps. The 2 seasons follow Nic, as he follows the maps that changed the way in which we see Britain.

Explore! I highly recommend RGS Explore 2015 to anyone who what’s to go an expedition, adventure, scientific research or all three!

The weekend consists of lectures, workshops, talks and loads of networking. I was not alone in this endeavour as I had went to Explore with Max. As we where hoping to get some information about our up and coming project. We are know have 2 projects after this weekend and which has a lot of support from the Adventurous community.
The inspiration and buzz in the atmosphere over the weekend is just incredible, I believe this was influenced by the first class lectures. lectures on Citizen Science from James Borrell and Communicating from the Field with National Geographic’s Justin Hall. This is only a small selection from the list.
As well as lectures I attended several workshops over the weekend, one which was blogging and writing, I thought I should try and up my game! It was a very interesting workshop and I learnt a lot about different angle and writing styles and also about the Northwest Passage from a gentleman sat next to me. The other workshops that I went along to was the mountaineering and trekking expeditions, very interesting indeed hearing what different people suggest in different environments.
This is just a few of the workshops and lectures that occurred there where so many it was rather hard to choose from all of them, to see a full list check out this years programme: Explore 2015

For a bit of a different perspective  check out this awesome video from Alexandrina Fleming check out some of her other work as well as she is also a very talented photographer. Also, see if you can spot me. I’ll give you a clue I’m the one making a fool of myself!

 

Travel

On a biking adventure… from scratch

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Motorcycle Adventure

There is no better feeling of freedom than taking a motorcycle and just riding, it doesn’t matter were you are going, it’s exhilarating. It’s the dream of many people to travel the world on 2 wheels, I am one of  those people.

To take on such an adventure the general consensus is that of a bike like Euan Mcgregor’s BMW 1200 GS, with all it’s gizmo’s and gadgets. A quick search shows that a second hand one is going to set you back £3,000, plus visas, insurance, gear. Now for many students this way out of their budget let alone having a license to ride a 1200cc motorcycle. For this reason I have teamed up with Max from Conquer Earth, to prove to it can be done a lot cheaper, but, also anyone can go on a motorcycle adventure without having to even have a full license.

I have ridden a variety of different bikes in all conditions for several years now, unlike Max… who has never ridden a motorbike, so we will be literally showing you from scratch, from what gear to take, to our bikes and even to learning how to ride!

Of course we will be documenting our adventure, from finding our trusty steads to us being stuck in the middle of some strange places!

Stay tuned, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Advice on Travelling

Tips for inter railing from the UK

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Tips for inter-railing
Inter Railing a great way to travel around Europe, it is also a great as a first time medium term travelling option. Ideal for students and young people under the age of 25 after that well I would recommend another type of transport maybe horseback would be good.
I would like to explain first of all that is just an account of what I discovered in the cities that I visited on my Inter Rail. There are many other ways to get cheaper to places.
Travelling out of the UK:
Ok, first and foremost after you have decided on which Inter-Rail pass to go for and pay for it. There a few things that should know; your Inter-Rail does not work in the country that you live in so you will need to need to get to Europe under your own steam. Depending on where you want to visit will depend on how you want to do this, on another note, going outside of school holidays makes a massive difference as does avoiding national bank holidays. It also depends on where you want to start from. We went for the Eurostar in August to September, our out journey cost us £75.00 and the return fare was £34.50. On our travels we have spoken to a lot of people who have flown out to places like Nice and have gone on from there.
Tips for inter-railing trains:
With the Inter-Rail it is not as simple as getting on a train and going off at any station. Every country is different, for instance in Spain a reservation has to be made for every train even local ones, where as in Germany there are no reservations apart from the high speed overnight trains, which can be expensive in some cases. Italy well it seems to be like France in that reservations are only made on the high speed trains. I believe Portugal is the same. Your best bet is to ask at the ticket office, I am not sure if this is a thing else where in Europe, but, in Italy you can reserve seats on the fast track machines this is only for trains the country though. To do this:
1) Go it to buy tickets in your chosen language.
2) Select the where you want to go, time of departure.
3) Forward to the payment page.
4) Next on the left hand side there should be an option for ‘global pass’ (if not skip to no. 5), go on this to find how much your reservation is for your train.
5) The train you have selected does not require a seat reservation, so just use your Inter-Rail pass as normal.
Tips for inter-railing: Night Trains:
They can be expensive, then again they can be really cheap. But be prepared to not get much sleep, unless you can sleep anywhere even with some annoying person sat next to you talking all night. Not all of the direct night trains are the cheapest though, look around for connections they can save you a lot of money and you can get to see more. As an example, we had a night train from Innsbruck to Rome for €6 each, instead of the €36 each at the time This is just an example but it pays to look around.
Tips for inter-railing in Paris:
Ok so, the metro system is not great in Paris, it is not too bad but it could be a lot better. The trains are really good, but that was the same everywhere, well apart Italy which I will get to later. The Major attractions like The Eiffel Tower are very expensive, unless you research and book before you go. More or less all the museums, art galleries and exhibitions are free for under 26’s who live in the EU. It is great having nearly everything free, as the Hostels and Hotels are really expensive, I suggest you look into Hotels rather than hostels they appear to cheaper.(yes this is the right way around).
Tips for inter-railing in Munich:
Trams are probably the best way to get around, you can buy a 3 day pass for up to 5 people to go anywhere for €25.90. The best place to stay is the Tent which has an amazing atmosphere it is also very cheap at €5.50 a night as long as you don’t mind sleeping on the floor. The only issue is that it is open in July and August. As for the rest of Munich well that would be telling but a few places that are worth a visit are the Deutsche’s Museum and the English Garden, the Old Town Hall and the Markets.
Enjoy it, meet new people, experience new food, cultures and languages for travelling opens the mind. There are no limits when travelling experiences are free. And being rich doesn’t mean anything, richness come in many forms, as a traveller we are rich in experiences, which cannot be brought. Enjoy your Inter-Rail I hope I have helped in some way or another even if it waffling.
Happy exploring, whatever it is you are doing, where ever it is, enjoy it!
To get your Inter rail ticket check this out the Inter Rail website