The Essential “Must do” hike in Cape Town: Lion’s Head

hiking up Lion's head

Maybe you don’t have the time or the energy for a hike up Table Mountain. But even if you do, you don’t want to skip this hike.

I saved Lion’s Head for our last day in Africa. The reason being that I wanted to finish off with a memory that would stay in my head when I got on the plane later that day.

There are a few reasons I say this is an essential hike. The first is that you have views in all directions: the city bowl, the Twelve Apostles, the ocean, as well as towards Table Mountain. I think it is the complete package as far as views go in Cape Town. Secondly: It is a relatively easy hike (provided you go the right way which I’ll describe below). Third: You can do it all in about 2 hours. On this day I started off around 5:30 am (to see the sunrise) and I was finished by 7:30. Fourth: you don’t need a guide. You can take a taxi or Uber to the Lion’s Head parking lot and the trail is right there. Easy. [Read more…]

Bashing on full time travellers – and why ‘we’ bring it on ourselves

Bashing on full time travellers – and why ‘we’ bring it on ourselves

There’s a German word that’s come to mind a few times recently. It’s Schadenfreudeie. the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. And in every case it’s come up because of the latest article about the misfortunes of full-time travellers. Who doesn’t love to bash on full-time travellers, those over-privileged or stupidly naive who decide to break with conventional wisdom? “Serves them right” says the frustrated couch potato surfing the net between shifts at McDonalds. [Read more…]

Hiking up the Twelve Apostles to Table Mountain, Cape Town

Hiking up the Twelve Apostles to Table Mountain

After the incredible India Venster hike a few weeks ago, I signed up for another Table Mountain hike – this one called the “Twelve Apostles Hike“.

This hike originates in Camp Bay and follows the Kasteelspoort trail up and through a gorge to the Twelve Apostles. From there it follows the ‘spine’ of the Twelve Apostles, through some gorges and valleys, to the top of Table Mountain.

This points highlights some of the things and views you’ll see along the way. [Read more…]

Looking back at 2015…and forward to 2016

Looking back at 2015...and forward to 2016

A lot of people hate the yearly recaps that travel bloggers come up with this time of year. I actually love doing them: year end posts are about remembering what we did in the year, how far we came in fulfilling what we hoped for, and remembering how we felt about the places we visited as well as where we are in life. After all, the main goal when I set up this website was to document our travels.

In this post  you’ll see a summary of the different places we went, our favorites (we’ve been to a few places this year that we want to return to), as well as some thoughts on our lifestyle as full-time (slow*) travellers. I’ll also go over some of our plans for the coming year. [Read more…]

Hiking Up Table Mountain, Cape Town – the India Venster Route

Hiking up Table Mountain - the India Venster Route

I’m on a ledge 3 feet wide looking straight down over the edge of Table Mountain. I’ve just come up 10 feet from the last ledge, using metal rungs to pull myself up a sheer rock wall. I look up above and see another 15 feet or so of vertical rock, with a few more metal rungs and a chain at the top. I can feel my knees start to tremble and I know that if I wait too long to go up I might not be able to do it at all. What a shitty idea this was. [Read more…]

Travel Bloggers on Tourist Traps and Disappointing Places – and where you should go Instead.

Travel Bloggers on Tourist Traps and Disappointing Places - and where you should to go Instead.

This post was inspired by our very uninspiring visit to Bran Castle last week. How is it that some places attract the tourist hordes while other places, similar or even better, get very few tourists?

I reached out to a few of our favorite bloggers and asked them simply: What destinations do you think are really just tourist traps and what would you recommend instead? It doesn’t have to be a site, it can be a country, a popular destination spot, etc. A place that really disappointed you.

I got some interesting and colourful answers.

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Highlights of our first year of Full-time Travel (and our favorite photos)

Highlights of our first year of Full-time Travel

The end of July 2015 marks the 1 year anniversary of us leaving Montreal. Since then we’ve done a lot of travelling and experienced many things. This post sums it up with some of our favorite photos as well as recollections of highlights, lowlights, surprises, things learned as well as all kinds of weird stuff experienced over a year of full-time travel. [Read more…]

A year of Airbnb apartments (July 2014 – July 2015)

A year of Airbnb

We had never used Airbnb before last summer. Move the clock forward and we’ve stayed 196 nights of the past year in a total of 15 Airbnb apartments. I don’t know how we would travel the way we do without Airbnb.

In this post I’ll feature our favorite Airbnb apartment stays over the past year [Read more…]

Why “Feel good” quotes represent everything that’s wrong with the world.

Why “Feel good” quotes  represent everything that’s wrong with the world

Uck. I hate feel good quotes. Hate is a pretty strong word.  I was reminded of how intense my feelings are towards them when we recently stayed in an Airbnb apartment in Zagreb literally jam-packed with saccharine sweet slogans and sayings. A few photos from the apartment. [Read more…]

Plitvice Lakes: Impressions, Tips and Regrets

Plitvice Lakes Impressions, Tips and Regrets

I read a lot of blogs and they always help me in planning what to see and how much time to spend somewhere. I wish I hadn’t read anything on Croatia’s famous Plitvice Lakes, because the National Park in our opinion really requires more than the one night stay/ half day excursion that most bloggers suggest. But maybe that’s because we’re old and no longer enjoy rushing through things 🙂 . [Read more…]