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travelling love story selfies

A Travelling Love Story – In 59 Selfies

travelling love story selfies

Selfies are all the rage these days. There have been epic selfies, 360° 3 year selfies and Oscar selfies that broke the internet.

But I like to think we were ahead of the game because Claire and I have been taking selfies on our travels since way before the craze took off and became the phenomenon it is today. Dare I say we came up with it? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. But maybe…

Anyway, whether we started the craze or not, our selfies give a pretty good track record of our travels over the years, from when we were just boyfriend and girlfriend figuring each other out to being married and expecting our first nipper. Here are some of the best (you can scroll through bigger versions by clicking on the images) from over the years…

A romantic stroll by the Ile de Notre Dame in Paris…

paris - france

Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio, Brazil…

christ the redeemer statue - rio, brazil

Iguazu Falls in Brazil…

iguazu falls - brazil

At the Boca Juniors vs River Plate fiery football match in La Bombonera in Buenos Aires…

bombonera - buenos aires

Horse Riding in Mendoza, Argentina…

mendoza - argentina

The amazing Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina…

perito moreno glacier - patagonia

Sunrise over the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia…

salar de uyuni - bolivia

Halfway through our bike ride along the World’s Most Dangerous Road in Bolivia…

worlds most dangerous road - bolivia

Floating our way across Lake Titicaca near Copacabana in Bolivia…

lake titicaca - bolivia/peru

The Marvellous Machu Picchu in Peru…

 

machu picchu - peru

Looking over the dunes of Huacachina at sunset in Peru…

huacachina - peru

An incredible lake in the mountains just outside of Huaraz…

huaraz - peru

Looking over the cityscape of Quito in Ecuador…

quito - ecuador

Straight out of a mud bath in a volcano in Cartagena, Colombia…

 

cartagena - colombia

Midway through our 3 day sail from Colombia to Panama we stopped off at the San Blas Islands. Paradise…

san blas islands - panama

The behemoth that is the Panama Canal…

panama canal

Reuniting with old friends on Roatan in Honduras where I taught English on my gap year…

punta gorda, roatan - honduras

Huntington Beach – Surf City in California! And a bad hair day…

huntington beach - california

Looking out over Santa Barbara, California…

santa barbara - california

Exploring the streets of San Francisco…

san francisco - california

Camel rides across the Sahara desert in Erg Chebbi, Morocco…

sahara desert - morocco

A trip back in time at the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey…

ephesus - turkey

The Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul. Claire said she’d go if I bought her a cap…

turkish grand prix

In the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey…

blue mosque istanbul turkey

Post crash landing after our hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia in Turkey. I was planning to propose before this happened…

cappadocia balloon ride - turkey

…so I had to wait until sunset that night….

cappadoccia - engagement

Beautiful blue skies in sunny Chicago…

chicago

Our private flight on the way to safari in South Africa on our honeymoon…

private honeymoon flight - johannesburg

On a game drive looking out for the Big Five. We saw everything but the elusive leopard!

madikwe game reserve, south africa

A rainbow at the top of Le Morne in Mauritius…

mauritius - le morne

Honeymoon paradise in Mauritius…

mauritius - beach

A trip to Riga, Latvia with matching hat and ‘tache…

riga - latvia

A stroll over the Yorkshire Moors in the UK…

bolton abbey - yorkshire dales

Relaxing hammock time in Soller, Mallorca…

soller - mallorca

A stop off in Arcos de La Frontera during a road trip through Andalucia, Spain…

arcos de la frontera

Sevilla. Our home for nearly a year and one of our favourite cities in the world…

sevilla cathedral

Plaza de Espana in Sevilla on a morning run before the tour bus crowds arrive…

plaza de espana - sevilla

On the beach in Barcelona during spring time…

barcelona - spain

Tapas in Valencia…

valencia

A weekend break in Madrid…

madrid - spain

On the waterfront in the colonial town of Galle, Sri Lanka…

galle sri lanka

Hiking through Sri Lanka’s hill country in Ella…

ella sri lanka

Marathon training in Sevilla. For one of us anyway…

seville

The view over Nice promenade, our home for 3 months…

nice - france

The final of the Monaco Masters tennis…

monaco masters tennis

Historic Antibes on the French Riviera…

antibes - france

Mixing with celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. Seeing if we can take a better selfie than Kimmy K…

cannes - france

Walking the pitlane in the run up to the Monaco Grand Prix…

monaco gp pit walk

Grabbing Kimi Raikkonen for a snap at the Grand Prix. He didn’t stop to chat…

kimi raikkonen selfie

Down at the beach in Lagos, Portugal…

lagos - portugal

Ice cream break as we check out all the boats in the harbour in St Tropez…

st tropez - france

Watching the Tour de France in London…

tour de france - london

Mojitos in Havana, Cuba….

havana - cuba

Caribbean beach time just outside of Trinidad…

ancon beach - cuba

Trinidad, Cuba. One of the prettiest towns I’ve ever visited…

trinidad - cuba

The Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Burma…

schwedagon pagoda - yangon - burma

Sunrise over Bagan in Burma, with hot air balloons flying in the backdrop…

bagan - burma

A boat trip over Inle Lake in Burma, with bikes in tow…

inle lake - burma

 And finally a 360 video from when we were in beautiful Bagan in Burma!

Have you travelled far and wide with your other half? Are you a selfie addict? Let us know in the comments!

Iguazu Falls View

Iguazu Falls: Backpacking Photo of the Week #26

It’s been quiet for a while on the Backpacking Photo of the Week series, but it’s come back with a vengeance this week in Iguazu Falls. Not difficult to take a good photo in this incredible area, whether you’re on the Brazilian or Argentinian side.

You can spend hours on end wandering the area and being wowed by the power of the waterfalls, this particular shot was taken on the Brazilian side and captures even the spiders taking in the vistas…

Iguazu Falls View

For more photo fun on the road see the rest of the Backpacking Photo of the Week series

Cusco, Peru – Backpacking Photo of the Week: Llama Time!

The trek to Machu Picchu is a long and beautiful one, so i could have picked any one from a million photos for this week’s Backpacking Photo of the Week. However, it was on the way to Machu Picchu that i established the identity of my new must-have pet – the Llama! You can’t walk anywhere in the Andes without tripping over one and they captured my heart. Now i’m not interested in getting a dog or a cat or a hamster for the garden – it’s gotta be a Llama!

We weren’t far from Cusco when i got my first sighting of a gaggle of Llamas. You can hear them coming from a mile off with the bells attached to their necks and it quickly became the signal to get cameras at the ready. This time the woman brought them right past us. It was just a sample of what was to come over the next few days, there was no escaping them, much to my happiness!

See more photos from the Backpacking Photo of the Week series here

Backpacking in Buenos Aires, Argentina: A Photo Diary

Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 8/10

Buenos Aires is an incredible city. It is a place that has captured many a backpacker’s heart and extended many a trip by weeks, months and years. Known as the Paris of South America, it is filled with romance, adventure and intrigue and can always tempt you to stay one day longer. Then another, and another…

From late night parties, beautiful steak and stunning wine to beautiful architecture, football fanaticism and historical legends, BA will enchant even the most demanding of visitors. South America is packed with wonderful cities but Buenos Aires stands up there with the best and it’s difficult to leave disappointed. The photos below should give you a little taste why, if you want more then you’ll have to book a flight…

World's Most Dangerous Road - La Paz, Bolivia

Biking the World’s Most Dangerous Road, A Photo Diary – La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is a place that is often met with some sceptism from backpackers who are travelling through South America. It has a reputation for being dangerous and not having the wow factor of other capitals on the continent. However, i loved my time there and found it an amazing destination to simply wander around and take in the sights that surrounded you.

The world’s highest capital city has a lot to offer, but one of the stand out activities is actually slightly outside of the city itself. It is famed as ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Road’ due to the number of lives that have been lost on this tight, mountain pass. However, the bike ride itself is not too dangerous if you approach it with the right mindset. Too many backpackers turn up after a late night on the town and are unable to concentrate sufficiently when you have sheer cliff edges just feet away. Many also see it as a race which is another recipe for disaster. But if you prepare correctly and approach the bike ride in the right way then it will be one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have whilst travelling. Hopefully this photo diary will give you just a hint of the experience you can have on ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Road’…





World's Most Dangerous Road - La Paz, Bolivia
World's Most Dangerous Road - La Paz, Bolivia

World's Most Dangerous Road - La Paz, Bolivia
World's Most Dangerous Road - La Paz, Bolivia

iguana galapagos islands

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – Backpacking Photo of the Week

The Galapagos Islands are a stunning (if costly!) place to visit and offer an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with some unique wildlife. This, of course, also means you get the chance to take some stunning close up photography of animals that, anywhere else in the world, would have scarpered long before you get within touching distance. Unless your David Attenborough and want to sit in a box in the jungle for 2 weeks straight!

This photo was taken without any zoom, i was just able to get right in the iguana’s face without it being bothered one little bit! Brilliant!

iguana galapagos islands

lake titicaca

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia – Backpacking Photo of the Week

On the border of Peru and Bolivia sits a beautiful, shimmering lake that will coem as a welcome restbite if you’ve come from cycling the World’s Most Dangerous Road in La Paz or from hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru.

You can visit the floating islands on the Peruvian side of the lake in Puno, or alternatively find some more stable ground just off the coast at Copacabana on the Bolivian side. Either way, you will meet some wonderful people with a totally different way of life.

lake titicaca
More top notch backpacking photos here for you to savour.

san pedro de atacama

Deserts, Stars and the Road to Bolivia – San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking – 6.5/10

san pedro de atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is most commonly visited as a launching point for the trip across the Salar de Uyuni and into Bolivia. It is certainly the place to head for this reason as there are jeeps leaving on a daily basis, but it is also a beautiful little town in its own right.

Most backpackers visit on their way up through South America, coming from Northern Argentina or other areas in Chile on the hunt for a taste of desert action and the opportunity to see one of the world’s most unique sights. Whilst many will expect to book their trip to the salt flats on arrival and leave the next day there is certainly the potential to get stuck for a few days exploring the desert which sprawls out into the horizon. The town itself is very pleasant if a little quiet (as you’d expect for a town dropped in the middle of the desert!), but it is the surroundings which may capture the imagination of the backpacker.

Star gazing in San Pedro de AtacamaOne activity that may suck you in is the opportunity to find the star gazer in you and experience a star show like you’ve never seen before. As the town is so isolated it is possible to go and visit a French astronomer just a few miles away who has set up his own observatory which harbours a small army of giant telescopes. They’re all lined up pointing at particular attractions, from Mars to the Big Dipper, and this makes it an easy and breathtaking couple of hours. It’s also just nice to sample the peace and quiet in this incredibly secluded spot. You might even get an amazing photo of the moon…

Once you’ve had your moment with the stars you can also get a feel for the desert in the day time which is almost as impressive. We hired bikes and rode out into the distance, finding some decent dunes and a lot of rocky, isolated vistas. Make sure you take plenty of water though as once you’re out there you’ll be lucky to find much shade and even luckier to bump into any other human life. My favourite bit was reaching a gushing river which came from nowhere (and seemed very out of place) and ‘accidently’ falling in so i could cool down a bit!

San Pedro de Atacama, ChileSan Pedro is certainly an attraction in itself, but nearly every backpacker is there for the journey out into the salt flats and this prevents it from developing an atmosphere of its own. I’d recommend it to anyone heading towards the Salar, though i don’t think many would make the long journey to this extreme spot just for the destination on its own.

More top backpacking destinations in South America this way…

buenos aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Backpacking Photo of the Week

Argentina is a renowned backpacking spot and Buenos Aires is the centre of all the fun the country has to offer. There’s so much to do there, from learning all the best tango moves to chomping on humongous steaks.

One place where the passion and enthusiasm of this city is fully encapsulated is La Bombonera – home of Boca Juniors football club. And never does the passion erupt more than at the local derby with Boca’s main rivals River Plate. Fans do anything to get a ticket to ‘El Superclasico’ and are even prepared to sit on barbed wire hundreds of feet in the air to get the best view!

Backpacking in Argentina - El Superclasico

See more from the Backpacking Photo of the Week series here.

lares trek

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, A Photo Diary – Machu Picchu, Peru

Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 9/10

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s must see icons. It’s like no other place on earth and needs to be seen to be believed. Hidden amongst the mountains of eastern Peru it stands tall and mighty, overlooking the rolling mountains for miles around. You can do various treks to get there, i was lucky enough to do the Lares Trek which included stops at some fantastic mountain villages along the way that were full of beautiful people. They say a picture tells a thousand words,so here’s a few of them to try and do this magical place some justice:

Backpacking in Peru - Machu Picchu

Llamas on the way to Machu Picchu

Lady with dog in Peru mountains

Llama in Machu Picchu

child in Machu Picchu

child in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Celebrations

Machu Picchu view from Waynapicchu

Inside Machu Picchu

Machi Picchu Classic View
Discover more fantastic destinations in South America here