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Machu Picchu was not what I expected

Aguas Calientes is this small place nestled, hidden, in the mountains. And that’s all you can see – Mountains. Towering all around you. It might have been claustrophobic if it wasn’t so beautiful,

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I lost my drone on Rainbow Mountain

Since my ankle injury I don’t really run anymore, and that’s at sea-level. So it’s pretty safe to say that running at over 5,000 meters wasn’t really something I was hugely equipped for. 

But, I ran anyway. Darting about the hillside, thinking every rectangular grey rock was the drone.

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The (hailstormy) journey to Rainbow Mountain base camp

Half an hour in. The blue skies disappeared again. And suddenly the wind changed – hard, howling. Hail rained down on us. I thought about putting the camera away – wet smudges obscuring the lens. I wiped them away and kept shooting, running up and down the group as they hiked up. 

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Mountain Biking in the Sacred Valley

We didn’t really know what to expect so when we started spotting snowcapped peaks out of the windows, the excitement started to build. Mountain biking? Here? With views like this? Yeeeeeeeees!

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Acclimatising and drone flying in Cusco

It was chilly. The light was perfect. I saw this orange city in a completely different way than I had before, the roofs all creating this golden quality that just worked with the morning light and the mountains in the background.

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Photographing the Amazon Jungle

You know when you don’t even have to wake up early, but you do anyway because you have it in your head that you want something? That was me. I had this vision of getting the perfect jungle video and photos, with the golden hour sunlight filtering through the trees.

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Eating too much in Lima | A gastronomical tour

As well as our shot, we had a ginger Pisco drink made for us, and wine served at the dinner table. Safe to say this set the tone for the rest of the trip: alcohol, and plenty of it.

Touchdown in Lima

“The jittery nerves I’d been feeling in the days leading up to the trip just disappeared as I looked out of the plane window.”​

Stay in

Perhaps it’s time to enjoy the little things you might forget to enjoy sometimes and remember that rest might be what you need, however much you fight it, and try to do too much.

Be alone

The beauty of solo travel, of backyard adventures, of being able to take yourself off into the wilderness to switch off for a while – to focus on creation, reflection, and a few hours of peace.

Vegan at Disneyland Paris | Summer 2019

I’ve compiled a very quick list of places at Disneyland Paris I would recommend – easy to screenshot or glance at when you’re working out where to find vegan food.

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Don’t let one thing define you

Experimenting through so many things helped lead me to this point, knowing a little more about who I am by not defining myself as one thing.

Blindly enjoying the natural world

Blindly enjoying the natural world just isn’t an option for me anymore; sustainable life choices and travel have become intrinsically linked and I’m wondering how I can do more. There’s more to ethical living than veganism.

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Trad at the Castle Rock of Triermain

We thought that golden hour was falling a little flat. How wrong we were. I sent the Mavic up and it captured what my own, high viewpoint eyes couldn’t quite get: an even higher sweep of the two valleys, the misty hidden mountains in the background, and the stillness of the air.

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Why you should travel solo

I am putting more value into being alone. Not just accidentally, but to actually go out and seek aloneness.

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Different perspectives

So, I packed up the camera bag and we headed out. Out into rain, heavy skies, small breaks.

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Don’t go to Skye! (in winter)

On the 1st, we woke up to quiet. It was still dark when we stumbled around the little cottage, gathering our things and hoping for, finally, a beautiful dawn.