Every year on November 1st and 2nd Mexico explodes into a festival of colours and celebration – Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. It might sound a bit bizzare and morbid for the typical Westerner but it is in actual fact over a thousand year old eccentric human believe celebration. We were lucky enough to meet up with our South African friends, an Italian and two Americans in a small colonial-era touristy town San Miguel de Allende for this peculiar festival. San Miguel is a picturesque town with cobblestone streets, magnificent old buildings an interesting town square and a beautiful old church.
The latest travel warning for Baja was updated by the PIkiPiki Department of Stop-Being-Stupid-and-Scared in April 2016. The delay time for the update was unfortunately in part the reality of bureaucracy between the real world and this publication. Despite the alarming statistics coming out of Baja California from travellers having a whale shark of a time, we made it our mission to visit Baja to confirm the warnings.
Why the hell would anyone want to travel the USA?
For a start, let’s face it the US lacks the variety of wildlife found in Africa and Australia. Okay, they do have ferocious rattlesnakes, hoards of squirrels and a lot of suicidal deer crossing roads at dawn or dusk. Although their microbrewery culture is solid and growing fast, the beers are outrageously expensive, which in my opinion is a human rights issue all on its own.
Travelling for extended periods places you in situations where you are not only out of your own comfort zone but also often in someone else’s comfort zone. People all over the world are inherently inviting and friendly. We were swamped with invitations to meals and stay overs and these experiences often became some of our most treasured memories. We also forged life-long friendships.
We also learned that what we thought to be normal manners, etiquette and conduct for us was not the same for others.
We feel a bit embarrassed to say we love some inspirational travel quotes. Some travel quotes however succeed to highlight the real truths about adventure, life and travel.
Motorcycle overlanders are a rather different bunch of misfits with a bizarre taste for the unknown and a healthy dose of adventure spirit. We wondered what inspired other crackerjack overlanders to sell up their homes, leave their day jobs and the comfort of home behind to tackle such adventures.
We asked a few motorcycle travellers for their personal favourite quotes.
After our memorable trip through Portugal, we were left with little time for Spain. We mostly toured along the coastal areas. Espana being such an unhurried relaxed and vibrant country, taught us lots of interesting bits.
For a tiny country 900 years old and only measuring 1200km coastline by about 200km, Portugal packs a massive punch; for mind altering overland experience, a colourful crazy history, and house music loud extrovert fun people. Our initial plan – to rip up this country in a short 2 weeks travelling the coastline – ended up very close to a month criss crossing the entire country.
But beware; all is not as it seems in Portugal. You should take note of the following!
Joie de vivre: Joy/happiness derived from life. Travelled 2013
Travelling Europe is not about struggling with motorcycles through soft sand like we did in Africa. Europe is an easy and very comfortable adventure. What Europe offers instead is an incredible rich history, architecture and diverse
Practical advice on how to afford that extra-ordinary motorcycle adventure trip.
There are three aspects to earning, affording and saving for that once in a lifetime, or hopefully many life changing motorcycle expeditions. Basically the same tips apply to any type of travel.
Have stories to tell not Stuff to show.
Buy experiences, not things. Take sabbaticals now and then. Travel. See new places, get out of the comfort zone. With a bit of planning, travelling fairly cheaply is possible anywhere in the world.