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5 Most Exciting Lightweight Hiking Shoes for 2015

Trail to Peak

Anyone who follows this blog knows how much of a fan I am of footwear. To me, there is no piece of gear more important for day-to-day hiking purposes. When my feet are comfortable I can walk forever, regardless of other conditions. This was a great year for me, as the Salomon XA Pro 3D saw me cover countless miles in multiple countries, the Inov-8 Trailroc 255 helped me fly around the San Gabriels, and although the tread fell apart, the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor dug in to every terrain I threw at it. 2015 looks to be an exciting year for new offerings. I plan to stick with the Salomon XA Pro 3D for the foreseeable future, but there are a few new models coming in 2015 that have caught my eye. Here is a list of my top 5!

1.) Salomon X Alp Carbon GTX

For those of…

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Gravestones tell stories of early San Diego history.

Cool San Diego Sights!

El Campo Santo cemetery in Old Town San Diego contains much history. El Campo Santo cemetery in Old Town San Diego contains much history.

El Campo Santo, a cemetery located in Old Town, contains many of San Diego’s earliest residents. By walking respectfully among the gravestones, one can learn much about the city’s interesting history and what life was like for its diverse people. Real-life characters buried here include ranchers, gold miners, sailors, Californios, Native Americans, soldiers, politicians, merchants, actors, children and outlaws.

Established in 1849, the graveyard is the final resting place of nearly five hundred souls. Just a handful are shown in this blog post.

I took photographs of grave sites, headstones and many small signs in the “Holy Field” that describe what is known about the deceased. With a little editing, I’ve provided information here from many of those signs, and from a few other online sources.

Melchior was a Native American who lived to be 97 years old. Melchior was a Native American who lived to be 97 years old.

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Packing List: European Winter


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This week I was asked by one of my lovely readers if I was able to write a post about what I packed for months of backpacking through Europe in the winter months. So here goes!

I wanted to pack enough clothes that I wouldn’t have to do laundry every week, but I had also set myself a luggage limit of 13kg (3kg backpack included). This turned out to be pretty tricky considering that most winter clothes tend to quite bulky and heavy.

Something else that I had to keep in mind when packing  was that I also wanted to look half decent on a semi regular basis (no mean feat, let me tell you).

But I ended up making it work, although buying things along the way did make my backpack substantially heavier by the time I went back home! So here is a list of what clothing I…

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Are You A Tourist Or A Traveller?

Scratching The Itch

During my impressionable teenage years whilst formulating my travel plans from the comfort of my bedroom, I had a fierce opinion on the topic of who qualified to be a “traveller”.

A tourist, so my thinking would go, is narrow-minded, only goes on pre-booked tours with fellow ‘sheeple’ and exists in a touristy bubble, missing out on authentic experiences. Whereas I, a noble traveller, would interact with the local community, have “real” experiences and travel “harder” to ensure a more fulfilling experience than being a tourist alone. I’m sure you’re familiar with this train of thought (and it’s a line I drew rather lazily to illustrate my contrasting experiences in Cusco).

I’ve heard similar disparaging comments towards ‘tourists’ and tour groups in particular throughout my travels. True, if you are travelling solo to a particular attraction it can be infuriating to be surrounded by tour groups, blocking your path…

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A Cheesy Christmas Tradition

Pictures & Plane Tickets

Aside from the amazing photos, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and cherished memories from all of our travels, one of my favorite aspects of traveling is the opportunity to try new things–new drinks, new foods, and at times, new traditions. After the vacation is over and the bags are unpacked, I always try to incorporate some of our new experiences into our daily lives; I‘ll whip up a new drink recipe, or infuse an already solid dinner recipe with ingredients influenced by the vacation.

The Christmas after we traveled to Leavenworth, Washington, I surprised my husband by ordering a Leavenworth delicacy directly from the Cheesemonger’s Shop. You may think that ordering a block of cheese for a Christmas party is somewhat dull, and in some cases you would be right–but not in this case. The Applewood Smoked Cheddar from England is the Cheesemonger’s Shop’s best seller, in fact, it is so good that one night during our…

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The best way to find the cheapest flights


Seriously, how have I only recently discovered this?! With all the hours wasted endlessly comparing flight-comparison websites with travel agents and airline websites, I only wish I had known about this sooner.

Google’s ITA Software provides a Flight Matrix, which allows you to search for the cheapest available flights that fit your exact specifications. It doesn’t show you where you can purchase these flights, but it gives you a great bench mark as to which price is the “true” cost of the flights you’re looking for. And it doesn’t take long from there to find the website that those flights are on when you can quickly eliminate any price that looks a bit too much.

Give it a go now; it’s worked brilliantly for me so far!

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