My Top 10 Travel Experiences

I’ve been pretty lucky over the last few years. I’ve been to many incredible places and done and seen some pretty amazing things. But there’s some experiences that do stand out above the rest. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten but since I have to do so (well I don’t have to, but I’m making myself do it) then I’d say that it would probably be these, so in no particular order: Continue reading “My Top 10 Travel Experiences”

Getting lost abroad: five places I’ve lost my way and found it again

A wise man – J. R. R. Tolkien, to be precise – once said, “not all those who wander are lost.” He had a point. I love wandering around a new city and I often know just where I’m going. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes when I wander I am just plain lost.

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17 Highlights From California

After yesterday’s mammoth California post, I figured it may be handy to write a shorter post with only my highlights from California – just in case you don’t want to wade through 4,200 words about the places I went shopping and where I ate lunch. Continue reading “17 Highlights From California”

A Road-Trippers Guide to California

Get ready for a pretty hefty post (there is a shorter alternative here). I wanted to do a city guide for the places I stayed in California but I realised that I didn’t explore any of them fully enough to write a good guide. Well maybe I did but it was a while ago so I don’t remember all the details. Instead, I thought I’d put together a guide for anyone planning a road trip through California, with a brief outline of where I went, ate and stayed. Continue reading “A Road-Trippers Guide to California”

My Seven Wonders of the World (and Back-Ups)

Ellis’ Bucket List: see the seven wonders of the world. 

I think the seven wonders are probably a regular feature on bucket lists everywhere: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Colosseum – with the Pyramids of Giza taking an honorary position as the last remaining wonder of the ancient world.

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California Part Eight: San Jose and Lake Tahoe

April 2010

In the morning, it was time for us to leave San Diego and drive back up to San Jose. This meant an early start. The Gap Year Buddy began the drive and we were relatively lucky with the traffic, especially in LA. After a few hours we found ourselves driving through the grapevine – a mountainous area. The scenery really was something, even though it was drizzling. The mountains were snow capped and the tips were surrounded in cloud. As we finally made it through this stretch of road, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere, however this time we were meant to be there and were not lost. Continue reading “California Part Eight: San Jose and Lake Tahoe”

California Part Seven: San Diego (Balboa Park and Beaches)

April 2010

The next day was our day at the famous San Diego zoo and it was my turn behind the wheel of our truck. The Gap Year Buddy and I managed to get to Balboa Park fairly easily and were able to park free of charge. However, as we didn’t know exactly where in the big park the zoo was, I decided just to follow the car in front and we ended up miles away from where we wanted to be.

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California Part Six: Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego

April 2010

The next day felt very long, mainly because I discovered a new time in the morning called 7am. We did not get on. It takes a lot to get me up and out before 8am, but the prospect of the Huckleberry Bakery with the Gap Year Buddy’s family did the trick. By 8.30am the place had started to fill up so the early start turned out to be necessary. Continue reading “California Part Six: Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego”

California Part Five: Big Sur, Pismo Beach and Los Angeles

April 2010

After our stay in Monterey Bay,  the Gap Year Buddy and I woke up early, made some pancakes and hit the road in the Californian sunshine. Our route was taking us through the Big Sur, alongside the coast. It was amazing; roads cutting through big red rock, big green, rolling hills, clear blue sky and the turquoise ocean hitting huge rocks that were rearing out of the sea. We even saw a pelican. We then found stretches of beach where masses of seals were sunbathing. Continue reading “California Part Five: Big Sur, Pismo Beach and Los Angeles”

California Part Four: Road Trip Begins (Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay)

April 2010

After acclimatising to both America and travelling, it was time for the Gap Year Buddy and I to break away from our cosy stay in San Jose and hit the road in our truck. Continue reading “California Part Four: Road Trip Begins (Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay)”