America’s Second Best Fast Food Restaurants

America’s Second Best Fast Food Restaurants

Here’s another blog by girlfriend Sam (with some brutal editorial reshuffling by me)! Enjoy! – James

Regular readers and our friends and family will know that my boyfriend and I have a borderline obsession with food. We go to crazy lengths to seek out the best local dishes....

Top 5 American Roadside Attractions That’d Never Work In Britain…

Top 5 American Roadside Attractions That’d Never Work In Britain…

‘Roadside Attractions’ are a uniquely American phenomenon. Seen through the eyes of a Brit they seem completely void of function and social value. Their sole function is to tempt passers by off the interstate and spend money in a place that otherwise has nothing to offer out-of-towners…

On our six week, 8,062.6 mile road trip around the USA, my girlfriend and I passed by countless examples of highway frivolity – the majority of which wouldn’t last five minutes if plonked down on a British roadside....

Toilets Of South America

Toilets Of South America

If there’s one unavoidable fact that unites all of humankind regardless of colour, creed, class affiliation, gender, sexual preference, political perspective or socio-economic status, it’s this…

Everybody craps.

But consider for a moment the variety of receptacles that people the world over crap in to…

Not everybody has fruits of the forest pot pourri sitting on top of the cistern....

Is Colombia Dangerous?

Is Colombia Dangerous?

There’s a certain amount of bravado that comes with having survived a trip to Colombia. If you are reading this blog then you can assume that my girlfriend and I made it out alive…

Since the early 1960s it has been locked in the world’s longest running civil war (still ongoing at the time of writing) against a hapless assortment of leftist narco-terrorist guerrilla groups like the infamous FARC and the lesser known ELN and M19....

What’s So Great About Ecuador?: An Expat’s View

What’s So Great About Ecuador?: An Expat’s View

Ecuador is a funny old place. In our two week stay there my girlfriend and I struggled to pin down its unique selling point.

Ecuador is perhaps most famous for being home to the Galapagos Islands. It is also where in 1736 an expedition of French and Spanish scientists worked out the latitude of the imaginary line that divides the Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres, after which the country is named....

What Does Guinea Pig Taste Like?

What Does Guinea Pig Taste Like?

A backpacker’s diet is an oft bland affair. I have, since arriving in South America five months ago, eaten enough soggy ham and cheese sandwiches to trigger a terminal medical condition in later life.

True, every country in South America we have visited so far has its local grub....

13 Surefire Ways To Tell Whether Or Not You’re In Bolivia…

13 Surefire Ways To Tell Whether Or Not You’re In Bolivia…

Backpacking around the world can be disorientating at the best of times. With so much excitement going on, it’s easy to lose track of the time, date or even country that you’re in.

If you ever wake up in the middle of the night wondering where the hell you are, use this handy guide to find out whether or not you’re in Bolivia…

1....
This Is What A Three Day Trip To The Bolivian Salt Flats Looks Like…

This Is What A Three Day Trip To The Bolivian Salt Flats Looks Like…

It’s difficult to write anything original about a three day trip to the Uyuni Bolivian salt flats. Look online and there are literally hundreds of horror stories about it.

My favourite is the one about the guy who fell in to a boiling hot geyser, was rushed to a medical bay in a mine shaft and escaped with second degree burns....

Four Questions About Santiago And ‘Middle Chile’

Four Questions About Santiago And ‘Middle Chile’

Very little has been written about ‘Middle Chile’. The lush Lake District in the south and the arid Atacama Desert in the north are the focal points of most Chilean travel guides – the centre often only ever gets mentioned for the sake of completeness....

Photos From The Road Through Patagonia

Photos From The Road Through Patagonia

Looking back over the 1,373 photos my girlfriend and I took during our 5,311 kilometre road trip through Patagonia, it’s hard to work out why the vast majority of them were taken in the first place…

212 of them are pictures of enchanting sunsets, mesmeric cloud patterns, epic mountains, curvy canyons and weird wildlife....

Nazi Hunting In Bariloche, Argentina

Nazi Hunting In Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina is famous throughout South America for its ski slopes, hiking trails, white water rafting, chocolates and Nazis. As a guy in a wheelchair, three of Bariloche’s top tourist attractions are useless to me.

My girlfriend and I ate chocolate whilst considering our options…

Welcome To Nazi Town…

From 1946 to 1955, President Juan Perón opened Argentina’s doors to some 1,300 Nazis fleeing Europe the wake of World War II....

How Not To See Dinosaurs In Neuquén, Argentina

How Not To See Dinosaurs In Neuquén, Argentina

“This week, a very special guest blog from my dinosaur obsessed girlfriend. Enjoy! - James”

We’d been travelling for 50 days and the maxim ‘see less and experience more’ had started to ring true. When we arrived in the town of Neuquén, Argentina, that maxim became redundant....

Top Three Reasons Not To Live In Buenos Aires

Top Three Reasons Not To Live In Buenos Aires

Ever since leaving England to go backpacking around the world, my girlfriend and I have been semi-seriously entertaining the notion that we might stumble across a corner of the globe magnificent enough to make us want to emigrate there permanently.

Seven weeks in to the journey, Buenos Aires has emerged as the first serious contender....

Brazil’s Best Cup Of Coffee

Brazil’s Best Cup Of Coffee

We were driving through Minas Gerais state, the biggest coffee growing region in Brazil, the biggest coffee producing country in the world…

“My cousin is a truck driver,” said Marcelo, the man behind the wheel. “A few years ago on this road he got hijacked....

The Capoeira Fighters Of Bahia

The Capoeira Fighters Of Bahia

We were searching for the definitive capoeira experience. Since arriving in Brazil, I had seen it on postcards but not on the streets.

Brazil’s very own martial art capoeira has been of fascination to me ever since my late teens – September 12th 1998 to be exact – when the videogame Tekken 3 was released on the Playstation....

Brazil’s Nowheresvilles: Crap Towns Of South America (Part One)

Brazil’s Nowheresvilles: Crap Towns Of South America (Part One)

When you think of England you think of Trafalgar Square or Buckingham Palace or Stonehenge or Old Trafford or The Cavern Club or the Angel Of The North.

These iconic locations occupy less than 0.01% of the country’s landmass – the rest of it is made up of utterly dull towns and villages and suburbs and cities and motorways....

Blood, Sweat & Cobblestones In Brazil’s Gold Mining Heartland

Blood, Sweat & Cobblestones In Brazil’s Gold Mining Heartland

It wasn’t until after we arrived that we found out Ouro Preto is officially the steepest town in Brazil. In hindsight, it seems like a daft place to visit in a wheelchair.

Not only is it the steepest town, but I’d be willing to wager my left testicle it’s also the cobbliest....

Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro

Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro

Looking down from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sunshine sparkles off the sky blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean like a billion camera flashes. Down on the flat lands where the rich people live, concrete tower blocks sprout through the vegetation....

How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

There is an inevitable process that all wannabe backpackers must contend with when deciding to go backpacking, the details of which are well documented on other travel blogs. It starts with vague notions of wanting to see the world and ends with handing over passports at the airport check-in desk....