Six months on and we have holidays on the brain

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

It’s our 6 month birthday today, and in the time since our launch we’ve published 94 interesting articles (well, some were just fun!), received over 197 thought-provoking comments, and we’ve entertained visitors from 57 different countries.  Hello world!

After all this hard work, holidays are at the forefront of our minds so we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite holiday spots in the hope that you will tell us about your favourite destinations and the great times you’ve had to give us some inspiration!

TheRationalOptimist loved the history and food of Mexico:

When you think of Mexico, the first thing that probably pops into your head is a mariachi band, and the second thing is probably a burrito.  Upon visiting Mexico, you do find that moustaches are indeed still a fashion trend in the country, and the food is even more delicious than you ever imagined.  But there is more to this country than facial hair and an abundance of tacos.

Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world in terms of area, which means that it has a variety of terrain from white sand tropical beaches to cold mountainous regions to vast desert plains.  There is also a deep history in Mexico, with ancient civilisations such as the Toltecs and the Aztecs leaving their legacies in the form of beautiful and grand cities all over the country, such as the vast Mayan ruins of Palenque in the humid rainforests of Chiapas, and the grand boulevards and enormous pyramids of Teotihuacan just outside of Mexico City.

Palenque

And then there’s the food!  Street stalls abound in almost every city and town offering a wide array of delicious morsels such as tacos, gorditas, tortas, chalupas, and fried grasshoppers, combined with delicous specialties such as mole poblano and cochinita pibil.  The thing that strikes you about Mexican food is the fresh ingredients combined with their love of smokey chillis, lime, chocolate or cheese.  There is such a variety of food throughout the different regions of Mexico that every new city has a new food discovery – the best type of travelling!

PerfectlyRandom had a ball in Bolivia:

Trying to choose just one of my favourite places was a tough one – and even now, I can hear Colombia, Turkey, Italy, and the USA to name just a few whispering reproachfully to me. But beautiful and diverse Bolivia has managed to just pip them at the post, this time.

It’s not a country to go to if you want a five star holiday, because tourism isn’t yet fully developed – the flip side of which, is that Bolivia is terribly, guilt-inducingly cheap. The Bolivians outside of major cities, less accustomed to tourists, are friendly, fascinated, and earnestly try to help you in any way they can. Like the locals, you’re welcome into any hole in the wall (more often than not, someone’s backyard) for simple 3 course meals for $1 – $2.

And then you have the sights. The stunning Salar de Uyuni is a magical place of salt flats, coloured lagoons, geysers, and dark red sand. Sail between islands on the world’s highest major lake, Titicaca. Wander aimlessly up and down the winding streets of La Paz during the day, although you’ll need to take it slow at the altitude of 3,600m, and party hard at night. See the whitewashed city of Sucre, a cultural heritage Unesco site, with its pretty squares and cobbled streets. Risk life and limb cycling the infamous Death Road. Brace yourself for the world’s highest city, Potosi, and experience the horror of its history of silver mining.

Wherever you go in Bolivia, it will take your breath away.

PetiteFolle has amazing memories of Nepal:

Nepal, Nepal, Nepal. You had me at hello. From the moment I stepped out of the airport and into the smelly, heavy air of Kathmandu. I will never forget that first crazy taxi ride through cow-blocked streets, dodging motorcycles and pedestrians by mere hair’s breadths. My senses were assaulted by sights, sounds, colours, smells. Unfamiliar and beautiful all.

And then there’s the mountains of the Himalaya region. The beautiful, majestic, peaceful mountains. Leave your phone and computer behind, they will serve you no good up here… just take time out to surrender yourself to the utter tranquility that surrounds you.

But even above the enchanting madness of Kathmandu and the stunning beauty of the mountains, it’s the people of the Nepalese Himalaya who mark it so profoundly in my memory. Generous, kind, and oh so happy. These people have “nothing” by Western standards (material possessions that is), but yet they have so much to give. Everything that is theirs they will share, most especially broad, beaming smiles. It was with a heavy heart that I left Nepal, and with anticipation I await my return.

Where have your favourite holidays been?  What made your time there so memorable?  And if there was one thing that you would you recommend there?

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2 thoughts on “Six months on and we have holidays on the brain

    • I love NYC it’s one of my favourite places in the world – there’s definitely something nice about being able to do whatever you want without having to consult anyone else!

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