Stop Dreaming and Start Traveling 2 Continents at a Time


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It is so easy to while away your hours thinking of all the beautiful places you can visit - one day. But sometimes, ‘someday’ never comes around. Sometimes you have to take the leap and start planning for the trip of a lifetime. It might seem like you’re asking for the impossible but a well-planned trip doesn’t have to take months, in fact, it is perfectly possible to have an extraordinary trip in as little as two weeks. 

If you are looking to indulge in some cultural trips, browse endless museums, eat food that tastes sensational, and is of course as authentic as it gets, you have a (more than a) couple of options. Depending on how much of an adventure you want, think about the type of food you’d like to eat, and how long you would like your journey to be. 

Traveling is more than taking a holiday or a little break, it’s about growing as a person, finding some peace, learning, and being immersed for a short time in a culture you're not familiar with - all of which is pretty special. 

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

So where should we start?

Well, we are going to play it smart here, and look at how we can fit in two continents into each trip. With a quick rundown of the food, the people and some of the reasons that it should make your list of places to go. A few things to remember, pay particular attention to some customs, many countries have strict laws and enforce them very well. 

In some countries, it’s incredibly impolite to blow your nose; in others, too much skin on display is offensive also. It is important that while you travel you respect your surroundings and the locals that live there. Try to pack as sensibly but also as lightly as possible, if you have a lot of flights or connecting trains, trams, and coaches, the last thing you want to do is be carrying a large bag around with you. 

Try to book a mix of Airbnb, hotels, and hostels - this way you will be able to maximize your budget. If you have the ability to work as you go,  (depending on how long your trip will be) then take a look at that too. 


First up:

South America & Antarctica

It might seem like a strange combination, but they are surprisingly close, and the journey between one and the other is actually very easy. If you could picture yourself taking a selfie with a penguin only a few hours after catching some sun in Buenos Aires, then this double whammy is pretty neat. 

The best time to go is that start of the year, January and February. It isn’t super cold in Antarctica at that time and is summer in Argentina. There are two options to see Antarctica - first, you can get on a smaller ship, with less than 100 people, you’ll be able to go ashore and explore a bit. If you want to see it but not be in it, then a cruise-only might be your cup of tea. Eat some authentic Empanadas, drink some Yerba Maté and soak it all in. 

Why South America?
It is a vibrant hive of color and people
Like to dance? Work yourself into a sweat with the Tango
Beaches galore. Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean. 
There is said to be a spell that falls over those who visit (intriguing, no?)

Why Antarctica?
It is unlikely you will see anything like this before or after regarding landscape
Wildlife is a big draw for many
Ideal for avid photographers or Instagrammers
It isn’t exactly highly populated, making it very relaxing and peaceful
Unlikely to have mass visitors


There are so many other reasons to visit, but imagine a photo album with snow one moment and deep orange dusky sunsets the next. Going from wedges and a summer dress, to a winter coat and a pair of boots in the space of the space holiday. 

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Australia and Asia

This one just makes so much sense. The proximity and the length of the flights are so short it would almost be rude to visit one without the other. Plus it takes some serious air miles to land in either of these, so it’s better to make the most of it. Make sure you have checked out the costs of air passes. It just means you can fly to a few cities within Asia and Australia. 

There is a pass that covers around 50 cities, so that is probably your best bet. Proximity wise if you are looking to cut down on journey time and have more exploration time, then a rough triangle of Aus, Singapore, Indonesia, and then back to Aus will be ideal. A few things of note:

Why Australia?
The beaches are insanely good. Usually heaving with people and undeniably beautiful. 
You can go Cage Diving and see some sharks up close, and take a jumping crocodile cruise. 
Sydney Harbor
Tim Tams 
Glorious weather

Why Asia?
Due to the location, it is a melting pot of cultures and languages
The food is heavenly, and they cater well for vegans and vegetarians
Street food is a big deal, go hungry
Friendly locals 
The streets are so clean in Singapore; you might end up googling real estate Singapore

This one sounds like more than a quick one week trip, the flights alone will take up a lot of time, not to mention the time difference creeping up on you and stealing your days away. If you decide to combine these two, then you are really about to encounter a whole new culture and should try and make the most of it, and check out as many food markets and street food vendors as you can. 

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Europe & Africa

Europe is pretty easy to travel around on its own, interrailing is a significant trend and makes the journey really easy. You can wake up eating croissants and drinking coffee on the sidewalk of Paris in the morning and go to be chowing down on Tapas in Spain. If you are ready for an adventure, then get yourself to Tarifa and hop on a ferry to Tangier. Hey, presto you’ve hopped continents. 

Try to avoid booking June-August, which is peak tourist time, and everywhere will be more expensive and packed with people. If you want the warm weather but not the people then book your adventure for September or October, the prices drop and so does the temperature - but not by much. You can finish up the rest of your travel adventure exploring the Palace of Kasbah or go shopping in the souks

The people are generally friendly, and English is a really common language, but to make your trip more comfortable, try and pick a few words in each language that you might come in to contact with.  



Why Europe?
Super rich in history and art
Incredibly easy to travel around using public transport like coaches and trains
Midnight Sun
The Northern Lights
UNESCO world heritage sites
Easy to travel around, good for budgets

Why Africa?
The different, vibrant and deep cultures to be experienced throughout Africa
The wild and diverse mix of wildlife
Many people like to book a Safari for their visit
Whale watching
The food, a mishmash of delicious curries, authentic and traditional Southern African cuisine like boerewors, or fried bean cakes for the vegans


“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ― Rumi


BONUS:

Not everyone will be up for all of the city hopping and the packing you’ll need to do to manage two continents in one trip, but maybe you’re still looking for a few destinations that are phenomenal. So here you go:

Fiji - for nothing more than the views and the relaxation
Bora Bora - The sky at night will take your breath away, and the ocean is perfection
Victoria Falls, the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia - the most significant waterfalls in the world
Neuschwanstein - a castle in Germany that looks like it belongs in a fairytale
Iceland - for the Northern Lights
Burma - for the Buddhist temples and the surrounding landscape
Petra, Jordan. Being carved into the sides of a rock cliff potentially around 312 BC, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and wasn’t even discovered till 1812
Machu Picchu, get your hiking boots on and head up the Peruvian mountain ridge and you’ll get to see the peak of Inca civilization. 
Venice, and you can spend days and day water-bound on gondolas, while it is the city built on water is is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen
The Taj Mahal, one of the most photographed buildings in the world, and for a good reason. It is the jewel of Muslim art in India and is a place to go to worship, but also just have your breath taken away. 


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

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