It’s one of the best ways to see the world – getting a group of your friends together and heading out on the road. However, although it is one of the cheapest options when travelling, road tripping doesn’t always come at a low cost! Here are some useful tips to keep in mind. View Post
We woke early the morning after our slightly chaotic arrival in Lofoten. Correction … Nigel woke early the following morning to the cry of seagulls and bright sunshine flooding through the window. He quickly dressed, left Martha dozing and headed out with his camera into the crisp Arctic morning. We had noticed a distinct aroma of fish in the air when we arrived and sure enough about 50 metres from the hotel were numerous drying racks, many of which were laden with cod drying out. View Post
Ghosts of California
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
We all know about the national parks in the US. Parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon etc cover huge areas and would require a couple of days to even see a fraction of them. Somewhat smaller are the state parks of which there are almost 8000 within the US. It might surprise you however to find out that state parks actually attract more than two and a half times the number of visitors that national parks do and it is they that form the backbone of the park system. Whilst state parks may lack the size and some of the mountain grandeur of national parks they are none the less beautiful which brings us to what is reckoned to be one of the top 10 state parks, Slide Rock State Park in Northern Arizona.
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