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
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 – 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
Without doubt, the best part of our recent trip to Marrakech was a two-day hiking excursion outside the city in the nearby High Atlas Mountains. Trekking through this beautiful landscape, with the fragrant smells of the juniper trees, and discovering traditional Berber villages was an experience we’ll never forget! … More Hiking the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Hands on workshops with your family are such a fun way to learn together. Here’s a short post about how we learned how to make a traditional Moroccan brass bowl down a backstreet in Marrakech’s famous medina. … More Traditional Brassware Workshop in Marrakech
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
I’ve finally got around to writing up our Australia adventures! This post documents our forays in and around Melbourne. From surfing to exploring gold mines to holding pythons to walking the hallowed grounds of the MCG, we packed in an inordinate amount of sightseeing in one week. And had an absolute blast in the process! … More Australia Part 1 – Exploring Melbourne
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!
It’s Bean9’s turn for writing a blog post – here’s her diary entry from our two days in the creative town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. Any comments would be gratefully received! … More Indonesia Part 4 – Batik Art, Kecak Dance and Paddy Fields (by Bean9)!
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!