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Four Jandals Adventure Travel Blog is Six Months Old

Four Jandals Adventure Travel Blog just turned 6 months old. We just wanted to thank everyone for all of your continued support!

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This last week has seen our wee little website, Four Jandals Adventure Travel Blog, turn a mighty six months old. It is amazing because some days it only feels like yesterday that we started it, while others days it feels like it has been going forever.

Isle of Kerrera Castle

We try not to deviate too much away from our adventure travel lives and travel tips on this blog but we thought that now would be a good time to reflect back. And we promise not to do another one until it is our one year anniversary!

If you don’t know much about us already then it might be a good idea to head over to our “about us page” to learn a little bit more. For example, did you know that even though our blog is only six months old we have actually been travelling for over 2 and a half years?

So when did we decide to start this adventure travel blog?

As we finished working for 10 months in Jasper high in the Canadian Rockies we decided to hit the road. For 8 weeks we drove over 18,000 km across Canada and then back through USA. It was pure freedom and joy. Being able to wake up each morning and decide to do whatever we wanted or go wherever we wanted was a dream.

Road Trip Across North America

On that trip I wanted to keep a record of all of our adventures. To be honest I actually really wanted to be super nerdy and record how many km’s we drove each day and how much we spent. Our daily journal slowly evolved once we arrived in Edinburgh I decided it was time to write it all up online.

One thing led to another and all of a sudden Four Jandals as you know it now was born.

Over before it began?

Let me be the first to admit that this blogging business has not been an easy ride. After just two months of writing on the blog I wrote a post about my OBD or “Obsessive Bloggers Disorder”. I was struggling to find motivation to keep going. The number of readers to be brutally honest was terrible.

At the time, even though a handful of friends had told me that they loved reading about our adventure travels, we were not seeing any progress. I am pretty sure my Mum was my number one fan (which she still is and I am always stoked about anyway). We were working our butts off trying to make this in to some sort of enjoyable hobby. The only problem was we were destroying ourselves in the progress.

I was so close to throwing it all away. However, on that post a few other bloggers commented telling us to keep at it and offering words of wisdom. Those bloggers were Dave and Deb from The Planet D, Jerick from 25 Travels, Lucy from On the Luce, Neil from Backpacks and Bunkbeds and Duane and Kim from Wright 2 Travel. That made all the difference and has kept us going. So thank you so much to all of them!

From there our blog continued to grow with a great community of several thousand followers. And even though I still have OBD I am now a lot more comfortable with the direction our blog is headed.

What inspires us?

Adventures and travel of course! Travelling the world is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Meeting new people, experiencing cultures and tasting new foods and beers inspires us to continue travelling.

Statue of Liberty Photos

But did you know that most of the inspiration for this adventure travel blog comes from…

You!

Every single person that reads one of our posts, clicks like on our Facebook page or retweets our messages on twitter inspires us to continue. In fact why don’t you click on the link for Facebook above and join us in the community. So many extra things going on there than on this blog 🙂

We love all the comments and messages of support. Not too mention all of the questions and emails we receive on a regular basis asking for advice or providing us with more inspiration to continue travelling.

So please keep them coming and keep sharing our stuff. We cannot thank you enough!

What does the future holds for Four Jandals?

Over the last 2 and a half years our travels have dramatically changed our lives. And the next six months is going to be just as life changing.

One of the ways that we have been able to travel for so long is because we work and slow travel at the same time. In Canada we worked as ski bums and then white water rafting guides.

White Water Rafting Guide - Jasper, Canada

And even though this adventure travel blog is a full-time job in itself, we both still work full-time in office cubicles here in Edinburgh! We are hoping that this is going to change over the next couple of months as we look into location independent work online.

We have so many adventure travel plans pencilled in over the next six months with Turkey in April, Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina in Spain and a journey through Hungary. Europe has so much to offer every traveller that we don’t want to leave.

Whatever we decide to do, you can be assured of one thing.

We will continue to bring you all of our stories and adventures right here!

What we want to ultimately achieve is to establish ourselves as one of the top adventure travel blogs in the world. A huge ask but as you can see we NEVER give up. We used to have this picture on our family home growing up and it has always stuck with me.

Never Give Up

So you may see a shift in writing more about our adventure travels including mountain biking, surfing, climbing, diving, hiking and white water rafting to name a few.

Don’t worry, we will continue to bring you all of our current travels and travel tips while on the road. And we want to continue hearing from you.

Let us know now exactly what you want to see on this blog so then we can meet all your needs!

Thanks again for all your support and join us as we raise a glass to us this weekend.

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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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58 Comments

  1. Sophie

    March 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Happy blog anniversary 🙂

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Thanks Sophie. Hopefully we have many more to come 🙂

  2. Kieron

    March 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Congratulations on reaching the six months – good luck with the next six, I’m sure they’ll be awesome!

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Thanks guys. You two are a big help and inspiration to us as well! Look forward to catching up again soon.

  3. Ali

    March 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Congrats on 6 months of blogging and good luck on the upcoming adventures!

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Thanks Ali! Hope all our plans work out for us.

  4. Neil

    March 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    NOooooooooooo, dont give up! Guys your site is awesome and I need your tales of epic snowboarding fails to keep me going.

    Its tough work agreed, but the one thing I would totally recommend (and you probably already do it) is keeping a month on month track of hits, twitter follower and facebook fans, nothing to complex, keep it at a high level. If I ever get down about my blog I just take a peek at tracker to see just how far i’ve come in 9 months.

    Keep up the awesome work guys.

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Hahaha our snowboarding fails are pretty good. Glad to hear everyone goes through the same problems with their blogs! Thanks for the advice 🙂

  5. Aisleen

    March 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Congrats guys! You’re doing great stuff!

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Thanks Aisleen!

  6. D.J. - The World of Deej

    March 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed tagging along, and look forward to doing so for many months/years longer!

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Cheers D.J. Hopefully it keeps going for that long 🙂

  7. Sam

    March 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    It’s certainly looking good after only six months. Keep up the good work.

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Cheers Sam. Keep up your adventures through North America!

  8. Lucy

    March 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Congratulations guys – and thanks for the mention! Here’s to a great next six months full of lots of adventures!

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      No worries Lucy. Thanks for the help after 2 months 🙂

  9. Eric @ Trans-Americas Journey

    March 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Congrats guys, keep up the good work

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Cheers Eric. Love all the encouragement!

  10. Dalene

    March 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    You guys have momentum on your side now – keep it going! Congrats on 6 months!

    • Cole

      March 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Thanks Dalene. Would love to be where you guys are right now and definitely respect all of your work!

  11. dtravelsround

    March 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    You’ve only been around for six months?!? WOW. Congrats!!!! You all are doing a great job!

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Thanks D. Yup only 6 months so far but hopefully we are doing all the right things 🙂

  12. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    March 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Awww I LOVE that you didn’t give up!!!!!! Can’t wait to see where you’ll be in another 6 months.

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Cheers Andi. And congrats on the wedding!

  13. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    March 17, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Congratulations, guys! You’re doing a great job! Best wishes for your future travels and adventures.

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      Thanks so much Ellen. Means a lot every time we get some nice comments!

  14. Justin@GreatFamilyEscape

    March 17, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Congrats guys! Big milestone! All downhill from here.

    Damn those are big beers. Got to get the forearms in shape for those.

    Never give up!

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      Haha they sure were! My arms were actually tired after hoisting them to “cheers” every single time we drank.

  15. Jodi

    March 17, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Yay for six months! Keep up the adventures!

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      Thanks Jodi, always appreciated 🙂

  16. Natalie

    March 17, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    Way – you are coming to Turkey. You will enjoy it. Any specific plans on where you are headed at the moment.

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      We are visiting the ANZAC day ceremonies and touring around there before checking out some of the islands on Sail Turkey. Will need to read your blog in more detail 🙂

  17. Laurence

    March 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Happy six months! Keep on going, you’ll just go from strength to strength 😀

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      Cheers Laurence. We appreciate you always reading our blog!

  18. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Happy 6 months! You guys have done so much and seen so much in that time. I’m happy OBD didn’t get the best of you, because this is one of favorite blogs to read! Congratulations and keep blogging!

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Wow that means a lot Bobbi! Thanks so much 🙂

  19. bronwen burmester

    March 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Congrats on 6 mths, your travel blog is fantastic, miss you heaps but feel we are sharing some of your awesome (and tough) experiences. Be safe and know that on the other side of the world Stef and Paul and Greg and Bron are proud of you both and love you heaps!
    xx

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Thanks Mums and Dads 🙂 As always you guys are our biggest fans and we miss you all lots!

  20. Stefania May

    March 18, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Well done guys. We're very impressed with your writing and very proud of your achievements

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Thanks Stef for being one of our biggest fans 🙂

  21. Nomadic Matt

    March 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Congrats!

    • Cole

      March 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Cheers Matt. Hopefully we will be where you are in another few years! Thanks for leading from the front!

  22. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    March 19, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    It’s only been six months?? Congrats on the milestone! By the way, that whitewater rafting photo is totally making me jealous – I grew up rafting, but haven’t been in years!

    • Cole

      March 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Where did you raft Christy? It was one of (if not the best) summer of my life!

  23. Nomadic Samuel

    March 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Congrats on 6 months! 🙂

    • Cole

      March 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Cheers Sam! Lots to learn with photos yet but will keep learning from you.

  24. Dastan

    March 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Congrats on your 6 mo. blog anniversary! I’ve traveled off and on for quite some time and thought about starting a blog so many times but didn’t. It’s been on my mind again as I’m soon heading off to Ireland so thanks for sharing your story and inspiring me!

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      So glad we could inpire you Dastan. I really hope you start a blog, even just to keep a record of all of your travel trips!

  25. Chris

    March 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Congrats on 6 months! Sounds like you two have some exciting times ahead. It’s always nice to hear how people are living out their travel dreams and how easy it really can be.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Cheers Chris. We definitely have some big trips planned and looking forward to seeing what another 6 months can do!

  26. Savannah

    March 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    That’s awesome! Congratulations on the 6 months 🙂 Definitely looking forward to your continuing adventures!

    • Cole

      March 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Cheers Savannah 🙂

  27. Stu @ WheresMyPassport

    March 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Congratulations. I didn’t realise your blog was so young based on the community following you have achieved. Nat and I have only just started our blog and hope to achieve a similar following. May the next 6 months be filled with many exciting adventures!

    • Cole

      March 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Good luck Stu! You guys are going great so far and we love the name of your blog 🙂 It is really hard work but stick at it! If you want any tips then let us know.

  28. nik @ Homestay in India

    April 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I am impressed by the quality of information on this website as it is only 6 month old. There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this place again soon.
    Best Luck…

    • Cole

      April 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Thanks Nik much appreciated 🙂

  29. Shanna Schultz

    April 5, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Congrats on making the six month mark! I am right behind you (I started my blog in December) and while I have not gotten to the “throwing in the towel” point yet, I feel like I have been working my butt off and not getting very far.

    Any words of wisdom? Was there a specific turning point where you suddenly felt like the blog was growing and attracting more readers?

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Cole

      April 6, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      If you do reach the “throw in the towel” stage then come find us for some moral support! We have all been there and need help. I actually think we have only started attracting more readers recently when we set a specific schedule of 3 posts a week. Before that it was just whenever we wanted. You are doing an awesome job so keep it up!

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

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Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

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Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

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Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

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If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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