Our short series “Undiscovered Ulster” aims to introduce you to a part of Ireland that has had less publicity than Dublin, Cork and Galway. The Ulster region undoubtedly offers some of the Island’s most stunning scenery and is far less crowded. In the first article of the series, we showed you the hidden gems of Nigel’s hometown of Belfast. Now we are taking you to the to 10 places on Northern Ireland’s stunning North Coast. View Post
Mention cities or towns in California and you probably think of Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego. There are of course probably hundreds of other smaller cities and towns. It might surprise you however that there are also many ghost towns – approximately 250 of varying sizes. But where once there may have been a thriving community, all that now remains are derelict buildings and some rusting vehicles and machinery.
With names like Grub Gulch, Coyote Lake and Lost Horse Mine, the majority are in such remote areas – often near mountains where people once sought gold – that they are rarely visited. There are some however which have been preserved to a certain degree to allow visitors a unique insight into life in the American West from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century and perhaps the best example of this is Bodie. View Post
Having talked for a number of years about doing a road trip around the South Western US states, we finally took the plunge in 2013 and had the most unforgettable three weeks, seeing some of America’s most iconic sights such as the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge and Monument Valley and driving nearly 4000km through every sort of scenery imaginable. In short, we really caught the road trip ‘bug’ and now as we are about to head off on our third US road trip in the last 20 months, Nigel has become somewhat of a walking Road Trip encyclopaedia and the go-to free travel agent of our friends. View Post
In part one of our Insider’s Guide to Road Tripping, we answered 5 of Nigel’s most asked questions regarding the planning of a road trip. Now it is time to put these tips into action and plan our route! There are literally thousands of options when it comes to possible routes for your road trip, depending on how much time you have and what your interests are. The first part of our itinerary is designed to take two weeks and is loosely based on our first road trip.
“Welcome to the beautiful Bay Area”, came the voice of the cabin steward through the tannoy, as our plane descended into San Francisco International Airport. Martha had been waiting for this moment not just since we booked our 3-week US road trip nearly a year previously, but for as long as she could remember, having had a poster of the Golden Gate Bridge take pride of place in her bedroom as a child. Tears of joy were streaming down her cheeks as she looked out the window, full of excitement.