Photo Essay: The Colours of Oaxaca

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Yellow and Blue A pretty standard-issue paint job in central Oaxaca. The contrast of blue and yellow is one of my favourite combinations on earth. I can’t get enough of this building.   Accidental Street Art North of the city centre, near the apartment we lived in, was this seemingly forgotten truck. We passed this scene almost daily whether we were heading to the grocery store, bakery, cafe, or our favourite taco stand. The truck never moved during our entire …

Driving in Romania

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Taking the reigns and driving ourselves is a rarity during our travels. Aside from the odd scooter rental in Asia or Latin America, we stick to more traditional travel methods. However, during our time in Romania, we decided to change things up a little and go on two separate road trips! To put it simply, driving in Romania was a remarkable experience! I believe that anyone who feels remotely comfortable behind the wheel can (and should) consider giving this experience …

An Unexpected Jordanian Feast in Romania

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For the first time in nearly a year, we could see our breath. The weather was changing quickly and it was a cold morning as we walked to the bus station in Targu Mures. Though we weren’t entirely prepared for it, autumn was upon us. We had just spent the past couple of weeks adjusting to city life once again after our road trip through Maramures, as well as basking in some proper hotel life during this time. However, it …

25 Practical Travel Gifts for Under 50 Dollars

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Snow has officially begun to fall here in Moldova, which clearly signifies one thing: the temperature in the air is cold enough to turn air moisture into crystalized flakes… It also means that Christmas is fast approaching! Are you struggling to figure out what to buy your travel bug-bitten family member or friend? Are you heading off on a warm vacation in the new year, or planning a long-term journey? We’ve put together 25 of our favourite travel gifts under …

The Liebster Award

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So, by some wonderful stroke of awesome, we received three nominations for the Liebster Blogging Award in one week! How flattered we are to be thought of that much for writing a blog. This website is our baby, it requires a lot of attention, feeding, changing and love. However, at the end of the night, we can put it to sleep and it stays that way until we wake up in the morning, so at least as parents we’re well-rested! …

Traveller Interview: Eliza

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We first met Eliza back in 2013, during our first trip through Europe. We were taking a two-week tour through the Balkans as part of our visit, and Eliza was our guide. We’ve kept in touch over the years and she has since moved back to her native Poland, where she owns and operates her own tour company these days. During our visit to Warsaw a few months back, we were fortunate enough to spend a couple of evenings drinking …

11 Unique Experiences in Maramures, Northern Romania

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The vast majority of visitors to Romania tend to stay in the more well-known parts of the country – with Transylvania being the most popular. Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, as it’s a spectacular region to visit, way up in the far north of the country, lies the magnificent county of Maramures – one of our favourite places to visit in Romania. Visiting Maramures is like stepping back in time. The entire landscape is made up of twisting …

Looking Back at One Year on the Road

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It’s that unmistakable time of year, the leaves are colouring, and exhaust fumes have that subtly different smell in the changing air. Our Australian friends are flooding social media with excitement for the coming months and everything is pumpkin-spiced. That can mean only one thing: We’ve been on the road for nearly an entire year already. With 36 buses, 11 flights, 4 trains, two boats, countless shuttles, cars and the back of a few pick-up trucks; we’ve travelled over 32,000 …

Bratislava; It Should Have Been Amazing…

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The unfortunate fact about life is that sometimes it doesn’t play out the way you’d like. Even in the beautiful old city of Bratislava, one can have a less than pleasurable experience. This is especially true when it comes to long-term, budget travel. Sometimes these negative vibes come from the overcrowding of some once-idyllic beach. Perhaps it’s the tourist hordes at some beautiful monument you’ve been dying to photograph. Other times, however, it’s subtle things, many of which add up …

Photo Essay: Foreign Roads

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“For the strange feeling of home, in the familiar unknown, These Foreign Roads we roam.” There are many reasons we chose Roads to be the focus in our name. Everything we do in our lives revolves around them – literally and figuratively. While borders divide us, roads connect us with each other and the world around us. Whether it’s on a wild chicken bus cruising down a twisting mountain highway in Guatemala or kicking back along the coastal highway in …