We have been fortunate enough to have some amazing first time experiences whilst travelling round the world. From spectacular sights and meeting lovely people, to eating weird and wonderful foods and try new activities.
We wanted to share with you some of the experiences whilst travelling, that we have had the pleasure to do for the first time:-
Our Favourite Experiences Whilst Travelling
Horse riding – D had never before ridden and a horse and was actually a bit scared of horses! But as part of our 4 day Pantanal tour we went on a horse ride trek and D loved it.
Pirahna Fishing – Also in the Pantanal D tried his hand at Piranha fishing and managed to catch one! (don’t worry, it got thrown back in afterwards unharmed)
Overnight Bus Ride – Our journey from Sao Paulo to Iguacu Falls was the first time we had spent all night on a bus. Considering the chairs reclined to almost flat, it was not the worst experience in the world!
Airboat Ride – Whilst in Miami we visited the Everglades and saw lots of “gators” thanks to a ride on this airboat. It was exhilarating!
Food and Drink
Flash Frozen Ice Cream – In Miami, we visited a small ice cream shop on a strip mall. The ice cream was flash frozen using liquid nitrogen whilst we waited. It was delicious!
Chicha Morada – In Peru we were able to tickle our taste buds with a glas of Chicha Morada, a purple corn based sweet soft drink that is flavoured with cloves and cinnamon. It tasted a little like mulled wine.
Llama & Alpaca – In Bolivia and Peru D sampled the delights of both Llama and Alpaca meat in burgers, a curry and a steak. They were very tasty and not a bit like chicken.
Feijoada – A Brazillian Portuguese stew of pork and beans, sometimes described as the national dish of Brazil, and served with rice, farofa and kale. Each region of Brazil uses slightly different beans but we had it with black beans and cooked it ourselves a few times already.
Custard Apple – Although it looked very much like brains, the inside of a custard apple tastes surprisingly like custard.
Caipirinha – The very alcoholic national drink of Brazil. Made with limes, sugar and Cachaça, this will knock your socks off! Check out the perfect recipe.
South America – A whole new continent to explore! We loved all the countries in South America that we visited.
Favela – Rio de Janeiro is home to a number of Favelas, or urban slums. We had the pleasure of visiting Vidigal, which sits at the foot of Morro Dois Irmaos and is now considered safe due to the Pacifying Police Unit that monitors it. Some of the street art was incredible.
Air BnB – We were always skeptical about using Air BnB. It seemed too good to be true. But the first apartment we stayed in in Sucre was amazing!
Crossing Land Borders – Popping into Paraguay from Brazil for a pint was the first time we’d walked from one country into another.
Emergency Room – Neither of us have ever broken a bone before. That changed in Lima when C broke her toe and ended up in A&E.
Havaiana Store – Everyone has heard of Havaianas, one of Brazil’s most popular exports. However in the UK they are very expensive at around £20-£30 a pair. In Brazil they cost as a little as £5 a pair, so naturally C picked up these!
Are you currently or have you been travelling? What experiences whilst travelling did you have for the first time? Let us know in the comments below!
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