Pantanal Tour: 4 Days 3 Nights in the Brazilian Pantanal

Family, friends and regular readers will know that we began our round the world trip in South America. Among the large number of amazing things we got up to, one of our favourites was a Brazilian Pantanal tour. Until now we have only written one post about the Pantanal, being a #PhotoFriday post. We would love others to share the fantastic experience we had. The following two posts will therefore be a review of the tour followed by an overview of the activities together with some great photos.

the brazilian pantanal

Whilst planning our trip, we read various travel blogs and checked out backpacker tourist routes. We discovered an opportunity on our route through Brazil to Bolivia that we couldn’t pass up.

The Pantanal, from the Portuguese word “pãntano” meaning wetland, is a massive, (140,000-195,000 sq km) natural land area, encompassing the world’s largest wetlands.  It is a veritable cornucopia of wildlife just waiting to be discovered, whilst indulging in some fun activities!

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The Best Bits of Great Britain in Two Weeks

Great Britain is on almost all international travellers wish lists. And no, wonder! It is pretty amazing here. Though, when most people say they’re been to England, they really mean London. Although London is a must-visit, it isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of this wonderful little island we live on. If your time is short, then this is the way to see the best of Great Britain in two weeks.

London – 3 days

Great Britain In Two Weeks

Chances are you’ll be arriving into London, so it makes sense to start our whirlwind fortnight there. Just like New York, people spend years living in London without seeing everything, so you’ll never get bored. But unless you’re a natural city-dweller, three days is a perfect amount of time to stay there. Between the crowds, pollution and sky-high prices, it will be time to leave by then. Go and visit all of the world-famous highlights of the capital plus take pictures of red phone boxes and beefeaters. Once you’ve got that out of your system, there’s still loads to do depending on what you fancy. Shopping, history or art – London’s got it all.

Highlights: Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

Brighton – 1 Day

A bustling city by the sea, Brighton drips with hipster cool. Hearing seagulls and feeling the cool sea breeze on your face will feel a million miles away from London, despite being less than 60 miles away. Choose you favourite things to do out of our 48 hour guide, or keep an eye on the purse strings with the top ten free things to do.

Highlights: Royal Pavilion, Victorian Pier and Shopping in the North Laines.

Stonehenge

On your way through, pay a visit to this world heritage site. The oldest parts of this circle are over 5000 years old, but no one really knows who constructed it or why.

Fowey – 2 days

Great Britain In Two Weeks

A gorgeous and typically Cornish town, Fowey is the complete opposite of London and Brighton.  We actually spent our honeymoon here, and absolutely fell in love with the place. It has narrow, cobblestone streets and friendly people that actually say good morning to each other. You can either spend a few days in Fowey seeing country life and relaxing or using it as a base to explore the area. The favourite being the Eden Project, in nearby St Austell.

Highlights: Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Cornish Cream Teas.

Liverpool – 1 day

Known for its two Premier League football clubs and as the stomping ground of the Beatles, Liverpool definitely has its name big and bold on the England map. If you’re particularly passionate about either of those, you could easily spend two weeks here alone. Watch out for the two Liver Birds who watch over the city from the top of the Liver Building.

Highlights: Liver building, the Museum of Liverpool and the two Cathedrals.

Blackpool- 1 day

A favourite for English stag and hen parties, Blackpool is like England’s Las Vegas. Ok, maybe not, though there are rollercoasters, illuminations and shows nightly! It’s a great contrast from Brighton down south to see how the North do their seaside towns.

Highlights: Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Blackpool Illuminations

LOCH NESS – 1 DAY

Great Britain In Two Weeks

You can either take a day tour from Edinburgh, or self-drive – both will take all day. Visit the famous lake, take a boat tour and see if you can spot Nessie. She’s not a monster, she’s just misunderstood. On the way, you’ll be driving through the Scottish Highlands, with beautiful views. You may even bump into a bagpipes player!

Edinburgh – 2 days

Scotland’s capital bustles by day and by night. Tourists stream down the Royal Mile in the daylight (including visiting all of the souvenir shops). And you might meet some of the more ghostly inhabitants of Edinburgh if you choose to do a City of the Dead graveyard tour.

Highlights: Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and Arthur’s Seat

Cambridge – 1 day

Great Britain In Two Weeks

Home of the prestigious University, Cambridge’s main attractions revolve around the University buildings, dating back to the 13th century. Punting along the river Cam, a little like gondola riding in Venice, is very common. It’s a brilliant activity, especially when it’s sunny. In fact, Cambridge has a Bridge of Sighs named after the one in Venice despite them having very little in common.

Highlights: Trinity College, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Bridge of Sighs.

London

Whether you’re only hopping over to Ireland or France, or heading down under to Australia, the cheapest and easiest place to fly from will be from one of the London Airports. Wherever you are heading to next on your adventure, or even if you’re heading home, we hope you have had a great time visiting!

Where have you visited in Britain? What was your favourite? Did it rain all the time you were there? Let us know in the comments below!

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GoApe: The Lowdown on the High-Flying Activity

C and I both enjoy different things, which makes travelling together great. You do such a variety of activities and visit places you may not have chosen on your own. However, one thing that we both really enjoy, and have done lots of when we’re in the UK, is GoApe. It’s even on our bucket list to do every single one!

Between the exhilaration, the physical challenge and the beautiful forest scenery it’s the perfect activity. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or in a group, GoApe would make a great day out. This isn’t a sponsored post, we just really love all the courses we’ve completed and all the staff we’ve met there. Continue reading

48 Hours in Brighton

There are not too many cities in the UK that are famous all 48 Hours in Brighton | Policemenaround the world. London is the prime example, with Liverpool and Manchester following not far behind. However, these are not the cities that I would chose to spend a weekend. I would chose to spend 48 Hours in Brighton.

I’m not sure whether it’s the smell of the sea air or the sound of the sqwaking pesky seagulls, but there’s always been a part of me that’s felt so at home in Brighton. I grew up just down the road and in my awkward teenage years, I felt like I could be anyone I wanted there. Full of people who have chosen anything other than the status quo for their lives, there is so much to see and do in the city that is unique. Continue reading

Restaurant Review | Terre A Terre | Brighton

I grew up in a “Meat and two veg” kind of family. When I chose to become a vegetarian as a teenager, dinner mainly consisted of the meat-free sausages of fifteen years ago that tasted vaguely of cardboard… and two veg. Somehow, this happened less than 30 miles away from the centre of Brighton – vegetarian Mecca. Back in the day there were two prominent vegetarian restaurants. One of which, Terre A Terre, it took fifteen years for me to get to try.

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Top 10 Free Things To Do in Brighton

Whilst travelling, we love discovering all the free things there are to do. Especially in places that can be expensive such as Brisbane or Las Vegas. However, whilst there are amazing places to see around the globe, the UK is home to some sweet spots too.  Brighton, or ‘London-by-the-sea’ as it’s known, is the most popular seaside location for overseas tourists in the UK. There is so much to see and tons to do; what’s even better is there are loads of free things to do in Brighton!

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Two Week Vietnam Itinerary

Two Week Vietnam iTINERARY

Vietnam is an amazing place to visit. Full of culture, history and beautiful landscapes, not to mention the delicious food! Even better, if you’re from the UK, then you get an automatic 15 day visa exemption. If you want to stay longer, you can apply for (and pay for) a three month visa. Being the budget travellers that we are, we decided that we would be fine trying to cram all Vietnam had to offer into two weeks. So here is our two week Vietnam itinerary. Continue reading

Travelling As a Vegan

In some countries it is super easy to find nutritious and tasty vegan food, but in others it is an absolute nightmare! I was a bit terrified about traveling as a vegan on the mainland of South East Asia, especially coming from the US where even baked beans are not free from animal fat! It mostly turned out OK, but I wanted to write a guide so that anyone in my situation could be a little prepared BEFORE the plane touched down on the runway.

So whether you’re foregoing meat to save the little lambies, or because you’re hoping you won’t get food poisoning, here is my guide to traveling as a vegan in South East Asia. Continue reading

48 hours in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, or the City of Four Faces, is the capital of Cambodia. However, many travellers believe that the only sight worth seeing here is the infamous killing fields. As a result it gets missed off many itineraries which is such a shame. There is so much to do and see in and around this growing city that you should definitely consider including it on your Cambodian, or South East Asian trip.

We thoroughly enjoyed our few days here and you will too. Our luxury accommodation at the Frangipani Hotel totally helped (I mean who doesn’t love a roof top pool and buffet breakfasts?!). But the culture, the cuisine and the general atmosphere of this place will attest to it’s nickname, the Charming City. Continue reading