Author: Carrie

10 easy steps to plan your own Laugavegur hiking adventure

Frequently cited as the one of the top hikes in the world, Iceland’s Laugavegur trek does not disappoint.  The beauty of this hike is that you can set your own pace as you hike along a well marked trail, surrounded by glaciers, hot springs and all things unpronounceable! My Icelandic adventure took place mid August 2016, hiking from Landmannalaugar to Pórsmörk over 4 days (34 miles total).  I had planned to hike solo, but I met some great people along the way and here are my tips to help you plan your own Laugavegur trek! Overview of my 4 day trip: Day 1:  Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker | Distance: 12 km |  Hrafntinnusker hut Day 2:  Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn | Distance: 12 km  |  Álftavatn hut Day 3:  Áftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar) | Distance: 15 km  |  Emstrur hut Day 4:  Emstrur (Botnar) – Pórsmörk/Langld | Distance: 15 km  |  Pórsmörk hut 1. Timings – when do you want to go? Fortunately, this decision is largely made for you!  The trail is open from mid June to mid September, with varying weather conditions over the …

Tips on using social media to inspire and plan your next trip

We have all done it – “I’m just going online to check something quickly” and two hours later you have forgotten the reason that you went online in the first place!  Social media is a great distraction, but it can also be a useful tool to inspire and assist you in planning your dream holiday.  The time has come to think less guide book and more hash tag…because you know it’s all about that hash tag, #justsaying. Social media’s Big 5 in numbers… Facebook (connect) – 1.35+ billion monthly active users | billions of pieces of content shared monthly | growth has ↓ but engagement has ↑ You Tube (video) – 1 billion+ unique monthly user visits | 100 hours of video uploaded every minute | 6 billion hours of videos viewed monthly Instagram (image + video) – 300 million+ monthly active users | 70 million photos posted daily | significant ↑ in users (surpassing Twitter in 2013) Twitter (micro blogging) – 280+ million monthly active users | 500 million tweets sent per day | 80% of active users on mobile Pinterest (image book-marking) – 70 million+ active users | 80% of users are female …

Guide to getting paid to travel – living at home and away

According to the ‘Top 10 Travel Questions Asked on Google in 2014’, people are searching online to get answers to practical questions, seeking advice and tips on ways to travel and how to get paid to travel.   How to travel the world? How to travel on a budget? How do I start a travel blog? What are jobs where you can travel? How to travel alone? How do you get paid to travel? What’s the best way to fold a dress shirt for travel? What are the best times to travel to Asia? How do you apply for a travel document? Do you need travelers’ insurance? If you are one of the 1,000’s of people searching Google for inspiration or tips on how to travel the world and earn a salary at the same time, there are many options available that involve both living at home and relocating overseas. In addition, with the growth of travelers looking to connect with locals when they visit a city, there are many new ways to earn an income in your …

Weekend like a local in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch, located 50 km outside of Cape Town, is home to over 140 wine farms and the popular Stellenbosch Wine Route.  The 2nd oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is alive with exciting wine pairings and award winning restaurants, in addition to expansive nature reserves and outdoor markets. I have been a resident of Stellenbosch for over two years and daily life in Stellenbosch is laid-back, outdoorsy and fun.  Here is my pick of a few activities, restaurants and markets that are popular with visitors and locals. To see what other locals say about Stellenbosch, check out #visitstellenbosch. Saturday:  Run, pastry, market and craft beer 8 am – Run 5 km through a vine yard Start the day by joining hundreds of weekly runners, walkers and dogs that participate in the Root 44 parkrun.  Held every Saturday at 8am, it is free to participate, however you are requested to register if you are not already signed up with parkrun.  The course is fairly flat and can be run entirely at your own pace. Where:  Root 44, Audacia Wine Farm  | When:  Every Saturday @ 08:00 |  Website  |  @Root44parkrun …

Guide to cycling 1,000 km of climbs and descents through Colorado, USA

Cycling independently through small towns and vast national parks in the USA offers a truly unique way to experience a destination.  From the amazing people we met, the thrill of reaching the top of the summit and the excitement of the quick descent to finding the best Philly cheese steak in the middle of nowhere (Herk’s Cafe in Rico, we salute you) – there is no better way to explore the great outdoors. I only wish I had discovered the joy of ‘slow travel‘ years ago. In August 2012, my friend Sandra and I hit the road and cycled part of the ‘Great Parks South‘ route, which covers 695 miles from Steamboat Springs, CO to Durango, CO. With only 2 weeks available, we cycled from Idaho Springs, CO to Cortez, CO (just outside Durango). Flying into Denver, we cycled over 1,000 km experiencing challenging climbs and scenic descents through local treasures such as the Rocky Mountain National Park, Frisco, Breckenridge, Salida, Gunnison, Montrose, Telluride, Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez and more! Distances covered:  Starting – end point / distance cycled / altitude (high – …

Peer-to-peer travel: Disruptive, local, unstoppable – genius!

The Spanish were clearly ahead of the game with the humble principle behind the saying “Mi casa es su casa” (my house is your house).  Today this has taken on a life of its own, creating a win-win platform for both travelers and locals alike. Locals can now generate additional income on the side – whilst sharing their passion for their city – and travelers can be exposed to more authentic, off the beaten track experiences that can often be cheaper than booking via the more traditional channels. So what is peer-to-peer (P2P) travel? In a nutshell, P2P travel means that on your next holiday you could be sleeping in someone’s spare room – instead of a hotel room; enjoying a home cooked meal at a locals kitchen table – instead of eating at a restaurant; being guided around town on a bespoke tour with a local – instead of booking a tour through a travel agent…. and a whole lot more! If this sounds like your idea of a nightmare, you can be reassured by the …