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Around the World Travel (2 Years and counting)

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Eiffel Tower at Night, Paris

Two years ago we hugged and kissed our families goodbye at Auckland Airport and boarded the plane to Canada. This would be our first step on our journey Around the World in Four Jandals. Right from the beginning we had it in the back of our minds that we wanted to be away for a minimum of 3 years.

We had a rough idea that we would spend 6 months in Jasper high in the Rocky Mountains of Canada working at the local Ski Resort before making our way across to the United Kingdom for a 2 year working holiday stint before heading over to Asia for a year to teach English.

White Water Rafting Guide - Jasper, Canada

However, the greatest thing I love about travel is that plans constantly evolve. We immediately fell in love with Jasper and stuck around for the summertime as well. I secured a job as a White Water Rafting Guide while Adela worked in the hospitality industry. This allowed us to explore our favourite adventure activities including Hiking, Mountain Biking, Fishing and Camping in one of the most stunning areas in the world.

Ready to Road Trip

Sadly our year quickly came to an end so we embarked on an 18,000 km road trip from Jasper across the width of Canada before driving back through America. What a fantastic way to see both countries and we only wish that we had more time to spend on that once in a lifetime journey. I say it was a once in a lifetime journey but it is fair to say we plan to come back to North America and spend some quality time driving through all 50 States of America and to explore more of Canada’s wonderland.

Edinburgh Castle

With one year down and Adela’s British Passport it was a no-brainer to follow the Kiwi tradition to work abroad in the UK and securing the working visa for myself was relatively easy. Fortunately, we made the decision to move to Scotland and settle in Edinburgh rather than London. We love the fact that we can walk everywhere and just 20 minutes drive from our house we can be Mountain Biking on some world class single tracks. And they have a freaking Castle in the middle of the City!

Marrakech Markets

Oktoberfest Celebrations

The major reason we chose to move to the UK was that the benefits are that we can travel throughout Europe very easily. So far we have knocked off ParisMarrakesh, Ireland and Munich for Oktoberfest. We also have a number of trips planned to Brussels, Bruge, Egypt and Amsterdam as well as a future Cycle Tour along the River Danube and the Euro Velo 6 route.

One of the important things to note is that there is no way we would have been able to enjoy the amount of travel, or the length of travel we have so far if we were not working in some form or another. We plan to break down all our jobs, savings, travel tips and experiences in posts to come so keep an eye out for those shortly. Although the best way for you to be kept up to date is to subscribe to our email list and to follow us on twitter and facebook.

So to wrap up, we are only two years in and with only a few items on our Bucket List ticked off we are already predicting we won’t be back to New Zealand for at least another two to three years (sorry Mum and Dad) but we can’t wait to see what is next!

Let us know below in the comments if you have travel plans, are already travelling (and for how long) or have just finished up that trip of a lifetime. We want to hear from YOU!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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18 Comments

  1. LAbackpackerChick

    October 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Nice summary! I love that you guys have been working while traveling. Such a good plan and a great way to keep going.

    I think we’re doing the opposite. We’re traveling Latin America first and when our money runs low, then we’re going to try to find a place to work.

    A US passport is the worst thing to have when seeking work abroad, though

    How did you two secure work in Canada?

    🙂

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 25, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      Thanks. The working and travelling is the only way we can manage to see so much I think. We save then travel then save and repeat haha. Not sure which is the best method as we generally then only get to do short trips rather than an extended one.
      We got work in Canada through a company in NZ that hooked us up with interviews with a number of different ski fields. Allowed us to pick which role and ski field we wanted to work on. Was awesome.
      Good luck with your travels!

  2. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    October 25, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Congratulations! I’m hitting my one-year anniversary in a few days. Enjoying South America and hoping to make it last another 6 months… or more 🙂

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 25, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Thanks Stephanie – congrats on reaching your one year anniversary! We have not done South America yet but would love to spend some time there. Just have to figure out when haha.

  3. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    October 25, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Wow. That’s a long time on the road! Good for you guys. I’m not sure if that is the life for me, but it looks like you guys are having a blast.

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 25, 2011 at 8:52 PM

      Thanks Christy. I sometimes wonder whether it is the best technique or not. It works both ways as working while travelling allows you to travel for longer but you just don’t get the opportunity to slow down and really take in each place which is a shame.

  4. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    October 28, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Love that you guys are living abroad and do not know when you’ll return home. Edinburgh is high on my list of must visits. I’m jealous you get to call it home. 🙂 G and I are about to embark on our first RTW late December and we’re heading to YOUR backyard – New Zealand. Super excited! We have one month to make it from North to South so any advice/ tips and more importantly, where to eat, we’d love to hear it. Any recommendations for NYE in Auckland? Look forward to following your journey.

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 28, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      Hey Kieu nice to meet you! We love it hear in Edinburgh, although the weather can be the pits sometimes when we are wanting to get out and do some proper outdoor things. Lucky you are headed into some of the nicest weather back home in NZ as well. How long are you in NZ for in total? Would be best to email me with a bit of a rough plan. Are you headed to the Bay of Plenty, more importantly Mount Maunganui / Tauranga? Its my home town. Also recommend going along the Coromandel Peninsula. My parents live in Whangamata and they would cook you up a good feed as well if you want to head there haha. NYE just head down to the waterfront, will be awesome fireworks and big crowds. Keep in touch and let us know how you get on!

  5. jade

    November 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Our longest long term travel was for 6.5 weeks- so jealous of your two years! We can’t wait to get out there for longer, hopefully soon!

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      November 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Thanks Jade. The only way we can make it possible is by working everywhere we go with lots of little side trips. We are debating at the moment whether we should continue working in Edinburgh for another 6 months then backpack for a few months or just keep doing small weekends away to lots of places. So hard to decide because we do want to do a bigger trip!

  6. Nomadic Samuel

    November 5, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Happy anniversary!

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      November 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      Thanks Samuel. Wish we had started this blog when we started travelling but now we have loads of stories to share. If only I had the time to write them all.

  7. ayngelina

    November 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I didn’t realize you started in Canada, when you say you crossed the width, did you make it to my home province of Nova Scotia?

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      November 14, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      Hey Ayngelina,
      Yea we started in Jasper for 10 months working and then drove across Canada AND the States. It was 18,000 km over 8 weeks. We absolutely LOVED Nova Scotia. Went right up to the tip of Cape Breton. Saw our first ever Moose up there! Would love to head back to that area as we only had about 5 days there which definitely was not enough. Where are you from?

  8. saurabh

    January 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    lot know about traveling world

  9. Barbara Thomas

    February 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I like your blogs Cole – I don't think you should go back to NZ as you will be bored – Shhhh don't tell Stef that!

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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Tips Before Sending Christmas Photo Cards

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Finally, it is that time of the year! You are excited that you can gift shop for your family and friends, and maybe even spend time with them. Sending them a Mixbook Christmas photocard is a unique way of letting them know how much you value and care for them, especially with the Christmas spirit.

Below are some tips to keep in mind before mailing them the photo cards.

Take a Photo-shoot

Nothing beats the joy of a casual and fun family photo-shoot in matching outfits for the holiday season. You can also play around with different fun themes and ideas for your family photo card. For instance, you can have a matching pajama party theme and take amazing photos.

On the other hand, you can also try out a Santa theme photo-shoot, with matching red trousers, complete with the white beard, black boots, and red hats. Have fun while at it! Remember, a high-quality photo with happy faces can spruce up your holiday cards. Plan the shoot in advance to avoid the last-minute rush trying to capture a perfect angle.

Confirm Addresses

It will be sad to go the extra mile, customizing holiday photo cards only for your friends and family not to receive them. Before mailing the photo cards, kindly ensure you have the right address on the envelopes.

Additionally, you can include a mail-back address for your recipients if they need to send one to you. Seal up your envelopes and also include holiday stamps to add a unique style.

Find Your Design

Your Christmas card design plays a significant role in the general outcome of the card. The plan includes different aspects such as size, colors, format, and foil options. You can also play around with different trim options and photo orientations before settling on the final outlook. Mixbook photo cards can help you create suitable, fun, and engaging designs for your loved ones. Plus, you can experiment with different designs.

Return Favors

Have The Joneses been sending you holiday photo cards for the last three years and you haven’t mailed them one? Now it will be a perfect time to return the favor. It’s courteous and mindful of people who appreciate you and your family. Let them know that you also love and think about them.

Be Unique

Many people will send out holiday photo cards. However, what will make yours stand out? Select your photos and incorporate a unique design to complete the look. Additionally, you can also hand write the address of the envelopes with your recipient’s names.

You can also include a special event that happened during the year. Share the moment with your family. Moreover, let every personality in your family stand out in the photo.

Additionally, think of the personalized messages you can send to your family. Think outside the box and let your photo card express what you feel. However, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, ignoring limits of your budget. Be you: that is all that counts in the end.

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