Day 3 of 30 – Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช

Day 3 of my #30daytravelchallenge…

“The place where you had the most memorable meal”

My most memorable meal (for all the wrong reasons) was in Peru. A local family invited me for dinner and served Cuy! This was before I was vegetarian so I couldn’t say no (if you’ve never heard of it, look it up, but be warned).

This was one of the things that prompted me to stop eating meat . I will say, however, that I also tasted some of my favourite food ever in Peru.

Below you can see ceviche (fish marinated in citrus and red onion), Causa (which looks like a birthday cake but is made of potatoes, avo and chicken) and Dulce de leche ( which tastes like heaven ๐Ÿ˜)….and yes, i was eating this with my fingers out of the tub ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‹

Top tip – if youre planning on visiting Peru learn some Spanish. It makes all the difference and will allow you to really connect with the locals. Duolingo is a great app to learn the basics or brush up on your skills ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œโค

Dulce de leche

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

Day 2 of 30 – Goa ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Welcome to day 2 of my #30daytravelchallenge

“A place that was exceptionally affordable”

This one, for me, goes to @discovalleyrecords on Little Vagator Beach, Goa ๐Ÿ˜ . My sister and i were staying in a nearby hotel for a couple of days and were intending to head to Arambol but we found this wee place for lunch and got chatting to the super friendly staff. They told us they had rooms, with balconies overlooking the sunset, and they cost around ยฃ3 each a night! The rooms, food, the people, the drinks, the vibe were all so good we stayed for an extra week ๐Ÿ˜

This was in 2015 so prices may well have changed and it was also off season (October) so it was very shanti but I believe it can get quite lively in peak season…I’d still go back in a heartbeat ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ. Absolutely loved it! โค

Top tip – hire a moped if you can drive, the roads around here are much less chaotic than in other parts of India. If you don’t drive ask around and you’re sure to find a friendly local willing to be your driver for the day. And check out the full moon party on the beach in Goa if you’re there at the right time! ๐ŸŒ–๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ .

Day 1 of 30 – Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Albeit a wee bit late, I have decided to take up the 30 day travel challenge.

Day 1 is ‘The last place you flew to’ and, for me, that was Iceland in January. This was a pic of me at one of the natural hot springs that are dotted across the incredible landscape and below that you can see a wee video of them bubbling away in the snow โ„๐Ÿ˜โค .

Top tip – Iceland is a pretty expensive place to visit. We hired a 4×4 so that we could get to see more of the natural beauty ourselves without having to pay for organised tours during the day…it was also perfect for sitting comfortably at night watching the northern lights light up the sky ๐Ÿ˜ Otherwise you gotta hope they make an appearance before your tour coach is ready to leave ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Taganga, Colombia

Taganga is a little fishing village on the northern coast of Colombia, close to Santa Marta and it has a special place in my heart.

The blistering midday sun was relentless but there were plenty of shade giving trees on the beautifully quiet beach. Fresh seafood was served up with coconut rice at the cafes along the beachfront.

Around sunset the people would start to gather,ย eating arepas from a little cart by the side of the street and sharing a bottle of the ubiquitous aguardiente sitting on the beach wall. Always reggaton playing, always dancing. Siempre reggaton, siempre bailando, Siempre en mi corazon.

Rishikesh, India

In 2015 I spent 3 months in India studying yoga and travelling around this incredible country.

My journey began in Rishikesh, in the north of the country, at the foot of the Himalayas, where the holy Ganges begins. It is accessed via a narrow bridge which is inaccessible for cars so it makes this place so peaceful in comparison to the bustling cities. Instead of the incessant tooting of car horns, chanting from the many temples fills the air along with the smell of incense. Rishikesh is the birth place of yoga and I completed my 200 hours yoga teacher training here at Rishikul Yogshala.

When we got the odd break from our gruelling schedule we liked to hang out at omfreedomcafe, in Lakshman jhula, where this guy worked. He seemed able to play any instrument that he was handed…a guitar, a flute, a djembe or a digeridoo.

Great food, great views, great vibes, great people. โค

Follow me on instagram at @travelnicsperience for more travel inspiration and to see the food inspired by my travels follow me @bowlfullasoul โค

Overlooking the holy Ganges river