Andrew + Emily (@alongdustyroads) — travel more, travel better
🏆'best uk travel blog 2018'
💛 win a trip to Bulgaria
🏆'best uk travel blog 2018'
💛 win a trip to Bulgaria
End ____ And then, just like that, it was over. Four and a half months backpacking through South America gone in the blink of the eye. Mountain adventures and Caribbean paradises, beautiful colonial towns and indigenous villages, daily adventures that will long be remembered, and a confirmation that this part of the world will long hold a piece of our heart. We've had the chance to re-visit places we loved, places we knew needed a second chance, as well as add a whole host of new destinations we can't wait to tell you all about - both in photos and words. We have shared with you some of the realities of travel here - the great and the not so great - and hopefully changed some perspectives too. We leave with a longer list of places that we need to return to, and a deeper understanding of what makes Ecuador, Peru and Colombia so wonderfully special. And so, for now, this is not goodbye. This is hasta luego. #TheConstantlyCurious ____ #colombiatravel#suitcasetravels#searchwandercollect#postcardplaces#folktravel#speechlessplaces #mydomainetravels#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#thebestescapes#inspiringwanderers#youmustsee#traveltheworld#openmyworld#wanderoften#darlingescapes#IamATraveler#discoversouthamerica#visitsouthamerica #dametraveler#globelletravels#girlsthatwander#thetravelwomen#womenwhoexplore#thetravelwomen#wearetravelladies#nomadgirls#travelgirlsgo
Tayrona ____ One of our biggest regrets from our previous time in Colombia was our inability to make it to Tayrona; the heady mix of peak January holiday season and an expensive dusty road adventure in La Guajira a few days previously, meant a trip there just wasn't on the cards. Fast forward a few years, and whilst our overall itinerary may have changed more often than our underwear (in Andrew's case, it undoubtedly changed more than he changed his underwear, but that's for another story), Tayrona was the destination on our Colombia must-visit list which never faltered. This iconic place has become synonymous with a well-planned trip to Colombia; pictures of its pale sandy beaches and 'that' hammock hut adorning covers of countless guide books and travel brochures. We should have loved it. Had we visited four years ago, perhaps we would have. Of course, we're not suggesting it be scrapped from your own itinerary, or that you shouldn't feel excited for this little trip into the jungle - but perhaps temper those expectations a little (and absolutely do not go for just a day trip). The beaches really are beautiful, and even the worst night's sleep in a hammock will be forgiven, just a tad, on a still morning walk before the crowds arrive. #TheConstantlyCurious#Colombia#Tayrona ____ #suticasetravels#freshairclub#palepalmcollective#lightzine#thewildnesstonic#goexplore#searchwandercollect#vitaminsea#postcardplaces#folkscenery#passionpassport#mytinyatlas#whatisee#peoplewhoadventure#folktravel#roamtheplanet#modernoutdoors#forgeyourownpath#thediscoverer#anotherescape#inspiringwanderers#colombiatravel#visitsouthamerica#discoversouthamerica#mydomainetravels#exploreobserveshare#wanderoften
Win ____ We’ve teamed up with the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism to let you know about ‘The Great Swap’ competition. Open to British citizens aged over 18, you and a friend can win one of a selection of city breaks or seaside escapes on the pretty Black Sea Coast beaches in 2019! And to get your first taste of Bulgaria, all you have to do is make them laugh. Seriously, we’re not joking. To have the chance to win one of three free holidays in Bulgaria - including return flights, accommodation, and selected meals + activities - you just need to share a joke and let them know where you’d like to visit. Click on the link in our bio to find out more about the competition and prizes, and follow the simple steps to submit your entry on The Great Swap’s website. Успех (that’s ‘good luck’ in Bulgarian!) * Terms + Conditions apply to the competition and prizes * #sponsored#Bulgaria#TravelBulgaria@thegreatswap ____ #lightzine#searchwandercollect#postcardplaces#speechlessplaces #mydomainetravels#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#inspiringwanderers#cntraveler#theprettycities#youmustsee#flashesofdelight#openmyworld#wanderoften#darlingescapes#IamATraveler#postcardplaces #dametraveler#globelletravels#girlsthatwander#thetravelwomen#womenwhoexplore#thetravelwomen#wearetravelladies#nomadgirls#travelgirlsgo
Rolling ____ A big part of our trip was trying to go a little deeper into the importance of coffee in Colombia, the story of how and where it grows, and the role it plays in the economy. This also meant drinking many many cups of the good stuff - purely for research purposes, of course. Most of the best beans from here get exported, but we noticed that there has been an increase in a speciality coffee and cafe culture (of the sort we'd usually associate with Europe) in the cities and towns we visited. More of the beans - not many, but more - will stay within Colombia for roasting and imbibing in coffee shops via the medium of a Chemex, a V60, a syphon, or whatever espresso-based milk combo you want. Speaking to the young people working in these shops (they were all young), there was a discernible pride in the product and this new wave of a distinctly Colombian coffee culture, and the opportunity it provided for them. It's also one of the more positive sides of growing tourism. As travellers who like coffee, it also helps that the main growing region in Colombia is incredibly pretty. And so when we weren't tasting a fresh brew (we now really REALLY like drip coffee), visiting a finca, or marvelling at the cool old dudes in the pueblitos, then we would have a view like this to enjoy. Una buena vista, indeed. #TheConstantlyCurious ____ #suitcasetravels#freshairclub#lightzine#thewildnesstonic#goexplore#searchwandercollect#postcardplaces#folkscenery#peoplewhoadventure#speechlessplaces#mydomainetravels#modernoutdoors#forgeyourownpath#thediscoverer#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#chasingthelight#thebestescapes#inspiringwanderers#cntraveler #colombiatravel#youmustsee#openmyworld#wanderoften#darlingescapes#IamATraveler#discoversouthamerica#visitsouthamerica
Jerico ____ On our last visit to Colombia we stumbled upon Jardin after the recommendation from a priest on top of a rock. The man knew his stuff to be fair, and it was our favourite place in the country. We chose not to return to Jardin this time around because 1) the logistics wouldn’t’ve worked and 2) we preferred to keep it frozen in those moments and memories. Instead we went to Jericó, and it did not disappoint. In this part of Colombia - in the colourful countryside pueblos like Jerico and Jardin - the men still wear their hats, they still have their moustaches, they still dress in traditional ways, they still ride their horses into town, they still sip their strong dark coffee slowly, they still look (to us at least) like extras in a cowboy movie. And it’s wonderful. #TheConstantlyCurious#Colombia#Jerico ____ #letswander#suitcasetravels#visualscollective#exploretocreate#flashesofdelight#justgoshoot#peoplephotography#thephotosociety#lensculture#liveforthestory#visualsoflife#mytinyatlas#natgeoyourshot#searchwandercollect#whatisee#thediscoverer#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#discoversouthamerica#visitsouthamerica#colombiatravel#thetraveltag#ig_colombia#cowboyhat#burnmyeye #one_shot_#peopleoftheworld
Girl ____ I am a reluctant hiker. I am a person who, half way though a trail, questions what life decisions have brought me to be sweating, aching, and thirsty in the middle of a random rainforest, jungle, or high altitude mountain. I am in love with the outdoors, but often the outdoors don't love me. My feet, after four months of trekking and trailing in South America, are in dire straits. But I know that the power of nature and the power of exploration will always be irresistible. Doing the multi-day Lost City Trek with @gadventures (sponsored) I knew I would smell. Bad. Like, really bad. That instead of nice dresses or coiffed hair, I would become a sweaty mess. I would sleep in the outdoors to the sounds of creatures I couldn't recognise, let alone name. I would wolf down any meal put in front of me, thankful for the hit of carbs and care. I would wear no make-up, forget the internet, and enjoy the company of new friends rather than be alone. I would be a different me to the me I am in the city. Nature is precious. It brings out a different you, and reminds you of your roots, your privileges, and how you have to always cherish the moments you have in somewhere so far from the hum, thrum, and drum of urbanity. A hike makes me, well, me. #TheConstantlyCurious#Colombia#Gadventures#LostCity ____ #GWanderers#suitcasetravels#shewhowanders#womenwhoexplore#peoplewhoadventure#sheisnotlost#girlsborntotravel#ladiesgoneglobal#womenwhoexplore#girlslovetravel#dametraveler#wearetravelgirls#speechlessplaces#theeverygirltravels#globelletravels#wearethewild#folkscenery#modernoutdoors#thewildnesstonic #RadGirlsLife#SheExplores#GlobelleAdventures#Wanderluster#SheAdventures#InspiringWanderers#anotherescape
Empty ____ Cartagena is Colombia's most beautiful city. However it's also at risk of becoming its first victim to the phenomenal growth in popularity of the country amongst travellers. It's simply too popular, too crowded. Many many people will continue to arrive here and love it, but the contrast to us from our visit four years ago was a little too stark. There has been some positive development and change from this - that's without doubt - but it really felt that much of what's within the walls of old Cartagena and the Getsemani neighbourhood is no longer for those who live here, but increasingly for those simply passing through (which includes us). Because of this, we did the thing we always struggle to do, and that's get up early so that we could enjoy the city in relative silence and stillness. #TheConstantlyCurious#Cartagena ____ #colombiatravel #suitcasetravels#lightzine#searchwandercollect#postcardplaces#passionpassport#mytinyatlas#folktravel#speechlessplaces #mydomainetravels#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#chasingthelight#thebestescapes#inspiringwanderers#cntraveler#theprettycities#youmustsee#flashesofdelight#traveltheworld#openmyworld#wanderoften#darlingescapes#IamATraveler#postcardplaces#discoversouthamerica#visitsouthamerica
Adventure ____ Aaaandddd....we're back. Five days in the jungle, four nights sleeping in the open air, far too few changes of clothes, no internet, a plethora of bug bites, and a lingering smell that we just can't quite rid ourselves or our bags of yet! It's fair to say that our time on the Lost City trek in partnership with @gadventures, was quite the, well, adventure. And a bloody unforgettable one at that! We're still ploughing through all our images, so you'll have to bear with us for a few days before we can get any photos up here on the main feed (the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that this photo is actually from Barichara), but for a sneak peak on what we got up to, head on over to our Stories where we're sharing the first day of the hike. (Thanks to for G Adventures for sponsoring our trip to the Lost City) #TheConstantlyCurious ____ #GAdventures#GWanderers#suitcasetravels#freshairclub#lightzine#thewildnesstonic#searchwandercollect#folkscenery#mytinyatlas#whatisee#peoplewhoadventure#folktravel#roamtheplanet#modernoutdoors#forgeyourownpath#thediscoverer#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander #thebestescapes#inspiringwanderers#cntraveler#awakethesoul#thetraveltag#allaboutadventures#southamericatravel#discoversouthamerica#experiencesouthamerica#ig_colombia
Tatacoa ____ In the south of Colombia, 350km from Cali, is a desert which isn't actually a desert; a seemingly otherworldly place that calls travellers who crave the unknown or surreal. Amongst the cracked ochre terrain, we followed a single walking trail through the desert's curiously shaped and plotted mounds, folds, and bulges, the maze-like confluence of this geological anomaly burnt orange in the low afternoon sun. #TheConstantlyCurious ps we're off on an adventure tomorrow, keep an eye on our stories to find out more! ____ #suitcasetravels#thewildnesstonic#goexplore#searchwandercollect#passionpassport#mytinyatlas#peoplewhoadventure#folktravel#speechlessplaces #mydomainetravels#roamtheplanet#modernoutdoors#forgeyourownpath#thediscoverer#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#chasingthelight#thebestescapes#inspiringwanderers#cntraveler#awakethesoul#thetraveltag#allaboutadventures#southamericatravel#discoversouthamerica#experiencesouthamerica#ig_colombia#tatacoa
50 ____ We reached a very nifty 50k followers yesterday - cue a happy dance from Emily! As you've all found us for different reasons - perhaps you just arrived - we wanted to take the opportunity to share a little about us + what we do at Along Dusty Roads: We're Andrew + Emily, a British couple who work, travel + eat together. The only time we actually spend alone is in the toilet, which dependent upon availability of chipotles, is sometimes more time than we'd like... We're bloggers first, Instagrammers second. We could write a thesis on this distinction, which would be quite dull for 99% of you, so we'll just leave it at that. What's important to know is that we are all about writing about travel + for travellers - with all the good bits + some of the bad - not boring you with stuff about blogging. We drink tea an awful lot. Not having access to teabags + our oversized mugs is the worst thing about travel. ADR started back in 2014, with a 2 year trip through Latin America on a budget of £15 each per day. We're actually now back in South America near the end of a 4 month trip; we've been looser with the purse strings, but stuck to the same travel style and philosophy. We met online dating in London, back in 2012, when neither of us had any intention of getting into a serious relationship. Yeah, that worked out well. We give voices, character flaws, backstories, and sometimes a theme tune, to nearly every cat and dog we meet. We write all our own stuff + only post our own photos here + on the blog. It's a mixture of practical travel advice, destination guides, + some long-form thought pieces. Our aim is to help people to travel more + travel better, as being a more thoughtful, responsible + sustainable traveller means not just better adventures for you, but better adventures full stop. If you've never read it, please check it out (we won an award last year don't 'cha know?) Emily used to be a doctor, Andrew worked in insurance. Andrew's passionate Aberdeen FC fan. If you're a Don, shout! Anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask, or if you know anyone who'd like what we do, tag 'em below! And thank you, as ever, to all of you.
Colo ____ You've all probably heard about how great Colombia is before. On our last trip in South America, it was the word-of-mouth sensation of every hostel chat when asked about a favourite country, the best place to travel, or where the most magical memories were made. It really is true; believe the hype. We spent three months here before, and were so excited to return for another couple of months. Not simply because Emily's arepa addiction would be fed, but because there were so many parts of the country we weren't able to visit or experience properly last time around. Not only is Colombia big, but its diverse and offers something for your senses and smiles north, south, east, and west; we think we could spend another six months here before we've truly got to grips with it all. We've written before, and will write a lot more on the blog, about how this is a country that has its scars and a reputation which will take a long time to change. There are undoubtedly a worryingly high number of backpackers who arrive here to purely seek out its villains and its vices. For some, they won't focus or experience so many of the elements which make us truly love travelling in Colombia. However, whilst sitting on rocking chairs in the afternoon sun with the owner of our guesthouse in San Andres, we realised that that isn't something to get too despondent about - because the majority of travellers who arrive here with stereotypes in their head and Narcos downloaded on Netflix, will be exposed to somewhere wonderful. And each of them that goes home will tell everyone else that Colombia really is so different to what they may think, and that travelling here should not be based around a fixation on coke, cartels and man called Pablo. #TheConstantlyCurious#Colombia#FeelTheRhythm ____ #suitcasetravels#lightzine#thewildnesstonic#goexplore#searchwandercollect#postcardplaces#folkscenery#peoplewhoadventure#folktravel#speechlessplaces #mydomainetravels#roamtheplanet#modernoutdoors#thediscoverer#anotherescape#exploreobserveshare#stayandwander#chasingthelight#inspiringwanderers#cntraveler #sheisnotlost#girlsborntotravel#ladiesgoneglobal#shewhowanders
Veggie ____ A couple of days ago I realised I had an important anniversary coming up - 12 years of being vegetarian (plus a fair amount of time dabbling with veganism). When I'm back home in the UK, I don't even consider it a limitation on my diet; I eat what I want, when I want, have a cupboard full of over-priced Wholefoods plant-based alternatives and have no problems feeling sated. South America on the other hand is most definitely not all sunshine and lollipops. This is a part of the world where the concept of having a meal without an animal thrown into the mix is as foreign as, well, probably half of those overpriced plant-based alternatives. I've had apparently veggie soups turn up with chicken feet as decoration, have learnt not to be a stickler for separate cooking facilities (or, if I'm really hungry, question the source of the broth), have had to remind people more often than I'd like that yes, chicken is a meat and explained that I'd prefer if you didn't simply pick the pieces of beef out of my meal. Of course, there are some truly excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the bigger cities, places that pride themselves on cruelty-free meals but they're definitely the exception rather than the rule. Instead, I've learnt that if I want more greens than a sad wilted salad on my plate - or yet another plate of bad pasta - I need to cook it for myself. Remarkably, for countries that pride themselves on fried carbs (I'm looking at you, Colombia) the fresh produce out here is exceptional. The trick is finding a hostel with more than one pan to cook it in - and the odd box of soya protein! This is Andrew's first big trip as a 99% vegetarian, and he's definitely got more empathy for some of my frustrations than he did last time. How do you find travelling as a veggie? #TheConstantlyCurious