A BELATED UPDATE

Hello!

It’s been way too long since we’ve done an update and we are sorry about that. After a hectic first half of the year with trips to Paris, Lisbon, France, Cuba, Spain, Morocco and Italy, we’ve spent the last 3 months in sunny England. And it’s been lovely.

We’ve been reintroduced to proper coffee, got some work done, connected with some old friends and finally caught up with all (most of) the things that were on the to do list, including this update.

So here’s what we’ve been up to since April.

VILLAGE TO VILLAGE IN DEEPEST MOROCCO

In May we headed to beautiful Morocco. While Marrakesh felt more annoying than our last visit and Fez is starting to bend to the effects of tourism, the villages of the Atlas Mountains were a revelation.

Morocco’s population is growing fast and the government is catching up with infrastructure spending. Villagers, once lost in the mountains, are slowly being connected to the rest of the country. New roads are linking them to new markets; plumbed water and sewage systems bring better health and security. Electricity has connected some very remote places with wi-fi and filled dusty lounge rooms with TVs.

These parts of Morocco have something for everyone – you can be as adventurous as you want to be. There are towns accessed by shiny new roads with chic hotels, quality service and stunning scenery. Then there’s the bounce along twisty gravel tracks to villages tucked into forgotten places. Places that are rarely touched by tourism.

But whichever route you take, the highlights of this country are genuine local experiences. The Berbers are some of the friendliest and nicest people we have ever met. We shared Berber breakfast with 100 year old Mohammed, in a village you could only walk to. We drove the mayor of a small town to his home village, nestled under towering mountain, where we ate walnuts and learnt about how quickly village life was changing. And we shared stories with local guides as we explored red rock canyons, green oasis and towering kasbahs.

It was a truly great adventure and one that will stay with us for a long time.

The content is now starting to appear on the blog. So have a look over the next few weeks. It’s a great destination, well worth visiting.

HIKING IN OUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE WORLD

No sooner were we back from Morocco than we were off to attend a digital creators conference in Trento – a great opportunity to meet other people working in this space. Even though we’re a good couple of decades older than the YouTubers and Instagrammers showcasing their wares, I think we got away with our middle-aged dancing and began to make friends in this exciting industry.

Since the conference was so close to the Dolomites it seemed ridiculous not to engage in one of our favourite past times: hiking. Unfortunately, our well-planned hikes were met with lots of late snow and the odd broken-down cable car.

Nevertheless, it is a simply stunning destination and we have updated the blog with new and useful information. If you are into hiking, go check it out. You should still have a month before the snow comes in.

LONELY PLANET INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER

In July, we got together with Lonely Planet and had a great time hosting an Instagram take over on their account. With over 2.3 million followers we were giddy with excitement.

But with so many destinations we were not quite sure where to pick. In the end we went with our 5 favourite photos from our self-drive safari through Etosha National Park in Namibia. It was almost a year ago to the day that we were there and you can read more about one of our favourite trips on the blog or checkout the photos on our Instagram account.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE BLOG?

Better late than never they say. Well, those that are always late do.

But we have to confess to being a bit slow in getting the Cuba content out. Even though we visited in February we’re only now getting to our last posts. It’s a great destination if you are curious about how different economic systems work, enjoy a good beach and like to get outdoors in surprisingly great scenery. However, if food is the most important thing for you, I would give it a miss.

You can read through all our Cuba content, but here is a selection of articles you might like.

HOW TO VISIT CUBA’S CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA NATIONAL PARK

TOP 10 EXPERIENCES NOT TO BE MISSED IN CUBA

QUICK GUIDE TO PLAYA LARGA, CUBA

WHERE NEXT?

That’s a good question. The Morocco content will be out shortly but the immediate focus is to get some travel booked and we are working on it. You will just have to wait and see.

Cheers,
Mark & Paul.