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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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  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

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Most Underrated Travel Destinations

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Everyone knows about Paris and Rome and London but there are so many other beautiful travel destinations that are amazingly underrated and they are cities on our list to visit again once the Coronavirus allows. The fact that so many beautiful countries go unexplored by travelers is a tragedy and we want to change that after Coronavirus. Not only because so many people are missing out on rich cultures and picturesque views, but also because a lot of these destinations tend to be a lot cheaper to travel to than popular cities. 

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are gorgeous, underrated foreign cities one can visit for a fraction of the price of touristy European cities. Forbes recently published a collection of the ten most underrated destinations you should consider visiting. 

Here are a few of them to learn about while stuck at home due to Coronavirus:

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is known for its magnificent sights of Mount Ararat, historical monasteries, and its many striking temple ruins. Armenian cuisine is other worldly with classic dishes like rabbit stew, sautéed eggplant rolls, and lamb tartare. 

Telč, Czechia

Telč is a colorful town with Italian influences in Czechia. It boasts of Baroque-Renaissance architecture and has a castle of its own with exciting tunnels and passageways that you can explore underneath the town.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile and features gorgeous architecture from the neoclassical era. There are towering cathedrals and, of course, plenty of quality Chilean wine. Plus, the city of Santiago is a great place to kick off your exploration of Chile’s wine country. 

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is often ignored due to the popular neighboring city of Amsterdam, but it is a bastion of underground music and street art. The architecture is strikingly modern since the city was heavily bombed during World War II and thus had to be rebuilt from the ground up. The city is filled to the brim with amazing cuisine and museums.

Lagos, Nigeria

If you are looking for a big city destination, Lagos is a metropolis that has plenty to see and do so that you’ll never be bored. And whenever you need a break from the urban marketplaces, private beaches are just a short drive away.

Con Dao, Vietnam

Con Dao is a Southeast Asian island that makes an excellent beach destination with two resorts and tons of fascinating history. Once host to a brutal French prison, the island is also home to the tomb of the Vietnamese martyr Vo Thi Sau. 

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

This is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay dating back to the 17th century. The city has a vibrantly decorated historic quarter and a three-century-old convent. It’s also only a short trip away from the bigger city of Montevideo.

A majority of Americans, when asked about traveling abroad, will likely shake their head and say they can’t afford such trips. Many people deal with multiple monthly bills, such as mortgage or rent, student loans, and title loans, which are all stress inducing. 

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3 Tips For A Luxury Camping Experience

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If you are used to travelling in style and staying in high end hotels, camping is probably your idea of hell. Why would you spend a week sitting in a freezing cold tent, hiding from the rain when you could be relaxing around the pool in a nice hotel? But camping gives you a completely different travel experience and if you do it right, it can be very rewarding. If you invest in the right equipment, you can enjoy all of the good things about camping without any of the downsides. If you follow these simple tips, you will have a comfortable experience and fall in love with camping.

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Buy The Right Tent

The tent is the most important thing if you want a comfortable camping experience. All of those horror stories you hear about leaking tents only happen because people buy cheap tents. If you invest in a good quality tent, it should hold up to the weather and keep you dry and warm.

When you are buying a tent, you need to check the hydrostatic head rating. This gives you an indication of how much rain the tent can stand up to before leaking. The higher the rating, the less likely your tent is to leak. It is also important to consider the size of the tent and how easy it is to put up, especially if you are planning a road trip. You need to make sure that it fits into the car easily, and you also want to avoid anything that is too complicated to put up. However, be careful with pop-up tents because most of them will not stand up to the rain.

If you want the ultimate comfortable camping experience, you should consider a camper trailer instead. There are some great camper trailers that come with all of the same facilities that you would find in a basic hotel, so you can camp in comfort. If you really hate the idea of camping, this is the best option.

Get A Good Quality Sleeping Bag

If you are worried about being freezing cold at night while you are camping, you need to get a good quality sleeping bag. A cheap one will not be comfortable and it won’t keep you warm, so you need to make sure that you buy a good thermal one. Sleeping directly on the floor will be uncomfortable as well, so you should invest in a sleeping mat as well. If you are willing to spend a little more on good sleeping equipment, you will be nice and comfortable while camping.

Pack Good Food

The food is another big issue for people when they go camping, but there is no need to live on beans all week. You can get some great dehydrated camping food packs so, as long as you take a small camping stove, you can still eat proper meals. If you pack a coolbox and freeze some food before you go, it should last a while so you can have barbecues as well. As long as you plan ahead, there’s no reason why you can’t eat well while you are camping.

Camping doesn’t have to be the nightmare experience that you think it does. If you follow these simple tips, you can have a luxury camping experience and enjoy all of the benefits of the great outdoors.

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Tips for Planning Your Uluru Tour

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Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the magnificent sandstone of Ayers Rock or Uluru stands tall at 1,142 feet above ground. The natural formation is widely known for being one of the most sacred places to the indigineous peoples in Australia. At the same time, it is also popular for attracting tourists from all over the world to the land down under.

If you want to visit Uluru in order to pay tribute to this wonder of nature, then doing so through the right tour is in your best interest. It’s not only because Uluru is located at least a few hours from civilization, but it also because such a tour allows you to enjoy the picturesque sights that come along the way within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

So what sights are there to see along the way and what other general tours suggestions you should keep in mind while visiting Uluru? To help you answer these and some other important questions, here are 5 top tips to keep in mind while visiting Uluru.

Don’t Climb the Monolith

First things first, while it is legal to climb atop Uluru, it is recommended that you do not attempt such an action in order to show your respect to the indigenous peoples.

It is a pretty easy rule to follow when you pay attention to the emotions of the indigenous tribes who have recommended time and again for people to not climb Uluru.

But that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the natural beauty that Uluru has to offer. In fact, you are encouraged to visit the sandstone and take in its natural glory by standing right beside the formation. That’s why 4WD tour is highly recommended. The tour guides would be able to tell you what you can and can not do.

Visit During Sunset

Ask anyone who has visited Uluru about the best time to see the formation, and you will instantly get the answer as “sunset.”

It’s because Uluru is not an ordinary monolith, but one that is formed through arkosic sandstone. This allows the rock to actually change its color according to the position of the sun. As a result, you can expect the formation to sport a different color depending upon what time of day you reach it.

At sunset, Uluru projects an amber glow that is surreal to take in, especially when you are seeing the formation in person for the very first time. That’s why, it is recommended that you time your trip in a way that allows you to experience this magnificent sight.

3. Take Your Time to Plan the Trip

Perhaps the best way to visit Uluru is through the nearby town of Alice Springs, which has various amenities and accommodation options for tourists who are making their way to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The drive from Alice Springs to Uluru can take around 5 hours, which is why it is recommended that you arrive at least a day before you are planning to tour Uluru.

This way, you can reach the national park while feeling fresh and rested. This also gives you time to plan longer trips to the park in order to enjoy all that it has to offer.

4. Take in the Sight of the Rock Art

Uluru is not just a wonder to look at by itself, but it also holds several little pieces of wonderful art within it.

The caves at the bottom of the formation hold several pieces of rock art that can only be found at Uluru. If you love learning about other cultures through their art, then this will be a must visit.

Just make sure that you take the time to learn about this art through a local tour guide or via the information provided within these exhibits. This ensures that you have an immersive and informative experience which you can remember for a long time.

5. Don’t Forget the Natural Attractions Around the Rock

Enjoying the breathtaking sight of Uluru sounds rewarding enough for a trip to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. But it’s not all that you can do during a tour of Uluru.

From seeing the red kangaroos and other marsupials to spending some time with the camels, and from seeing the one of a kind formations of Kata Tjuta to taking a walk by the Valley of the Winds, there’s so much to see and do around Uluru.

That is why, it is recommended that you take your time at the park and put aside at least two days to enjoy all of the unique activities that the area has to offer. It would give you a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life while also allowing you to make the most out of your long journey to the sandstone.

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