Category Archives: Meaningful travel

Las Terrasas and Viñales – every good Honeymoon involves a bit of travel

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Las Terrasas and Viñales – every good Honeymoon involves a bit of travel

We decided before we booked our honeymoon that we wanted it to involve some travelling. We also decided we didn’t want to spend days on a bus. Las Terrasas is only a few hours from Havana and Viñales a few hours from there so they seemed like a great bet. And both are set in the Mountains so great views were guaranteed.

Our first stop was Las Terrasas and we only had a night. There isn’t much there but we stayed at an eco-resort and it was gorgeous, just what I’d imagined for our honeymoon. Huge room, en suite with views of the valley, balcony, fridge and a TV. We stayed a night and enjoyed some time in the pool, a storm (and a powercut, not a problem but we did have to wait for a pina colada as it required a blender) and a walk through the village. We also tried to go zip wiring but we were scuppered by the weather – those of you who read our Jodphur blog will know how disappointing this was for us. Read the rest of this entry

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A Cuba top 10!

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A Cuba top 10!

A lot of things are said about Cuba. Some are good and some are bad, but having travelled around half of the island (it’s quite big and we only had three weeks) we can’t recommend it enough. Cuba is a safe way to experience a country still largely in a socialist state. We were always welcome in everybody’s home, treated to their food and helped around the beautiful little island. We were also plied with alcohol continuously. As a rule, Cubans, and all people in Cuba, are drunk. Read the rest of this entry

Let’s take a minute…

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Let’s take a minute…

Riverkids NGO charity deserves a minute of your time. Maybe even 3 and a half minutes.

Which is why I’ve decided to shorten the video I made for them from 5 minutes to 3 and a half for those of you on a time budget. All I ask is that you use the extra minute and a half finding out how to volunteer, how to donate, or simply learning about their plight here: http://www.riverkidsproject.org/ Read the rest of this entry

South East Asia in a nutshell…

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South East Asia in a nutshell…

Hey, what was that? You want to watch a short video briefly outlining what me and Gemma got up to in South East Asia?

Well look no further!  Read the rest of this entry

The penguin song – Phnom Pehn

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The penguin song – Phnom Pehn

Back home Gemma and I worked for a children’s charity called InterActive. The penguin song was a firm favourite of ours and the children. Also my mum likes it.

In Phnom Pehn we taught the song to 30+ slum children who requested the song after we’d finished our assigned teaching. We were so touched we filmed it…. Read the rest of this entry

Riverkids charity video

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Riverkids charity video

A while back you may remember me and Gemma volunteering for Riverkids Project, an NGO based in Phnom Penh dedicated to reducing child trafficking in Cambodia.

Well, whilst I was there I made this charity video for them to persuade people to donate and/or volunteer. This is the long version, a shorter version will follow in the next few days. Read the rest of this entry

Leaving our mark

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Leaving our mark

It’s nice to leave your mark on a place. Since we’ve been travelling we’ve tried to do this where we can – in Chandigarh there’s a painter painting our portrait, as a group we tried to educate a tour guide in Jaisalmer about why plastic water bottles shouldn’t be burnt in the desert, we taught English to children and gave staff a workshop on report writing in Phnom Penh and I’d like to think that, in a small way, we helped the cause at The Elephant Nature Park. But we couldn’t be prepared for the significant way in which Gemma was to leave her mark in Hanoi. It was like fate.

Oh, and in Goa I broke a toilet. Read the rest of this entry

A week at Elephant Heaven

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A week at Elephant Heaven

I’ll be honest, like most of the volunteers to visit the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Chaing Mai, we’d come to see elephants. Of course we wanted to help the species, but ultimately we were there to get close to a magnificent animal that otherwise we may never get to see. We weren’t let down, but we came away with so much more than just having seen the elephants – we were also given a t-shirt!

Here’s what to expect from a week at ENP: Read the rest of this entry