Microadventures in Devon

As psychologist Claudia Hammond says, “The more we move away from our regular routine, and the more conscious we are of what we’re doing, the more slowly time seems to pass.”

So, to live in the moment, we need to actively engage the underused conscious parts of our mind – those needed for learning new skills and trying new activities or novel experiences.

This blog post (co-written by Bean11 and me) shows how we incorporated a series of microadventures into our Devon holiday to do just that. … More Microadventures in Devon

Canyoning in Dominica!

Today for something a little different on the blog. Back in February, we were lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to the most beautiful island of Dominica. Known as the Caribbean’s adventure island, it is without doubt the perfect spot for thrill-seeking families. One of our favourite days was canyoning along a lesser known part of the Titou Gorge – abseiling, traversing and cannonballing along this stunning ravine is a memory that will stick with me forever. Here’s my first attempt at editing a video to give you a taster of this awesome experience! … More Canyoning in Dominica!

Australia Part 3 – Remembering the Splendour of the Whitsundays

Australia – a vast, diverse and beautiful country, currently in the news for the terrifying and extensive wildfires which have raged across its south east coast. My heart, prayers and love go out to the families, communities and wildlife affected by these savage infernos. In these dark times, I think it’s important to remember the light and in particular the magnificence of this unique island country. It’s ten months since we spent three glorious weeks in this special country; I’ve finally managed to write up the third part of our adventures there – from Port Douglas down via Townsville to the stunning Whitsundays. … More Australia Part 3 – Remembering the Splendour of the Whitsundays

Australia Part 2 – The Beauty of Far North Queensland

I’ve finally written up the second part of our Australian adventures from earlier this year. From snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, to hiking the oldest rainforest in the world, to scenic hillside railways, topped off with fantastic food and excellent microbreweries, Far North Queensland has it all! … More Australia Part 2 – The Beauty of Far North Queensland

The Welsh Three Peaks: when it’s all going wrong around you, go climb a mountain or three!

To say we’ve had somewhat of a rocky transition back into normal life in the UK after our three months travelling would be a serious understatement. Visits to various doctors and hospitals (four in total!) have been the order of the day (and completely unrelated to our travels). With so many medical problems going on … More The Welsh Three Peaks: when it’s all going wrong around you, go climb a mountain or three!

Indonesia Part 3 – There be dragons and magnificent mantas!

So, it turns out that we inadvertently saved the very best for last (or nearly last). Our three-day, two-night boat trip around the islands within the Komodo National Park, off Labuan Bajo on the eastern tip of Flores, were some of the most memorable days of all our lives. It’s testament to how exceptional the … More Indonesia Part 3 – There be dragons and magnificent mantas!