Welcome to our blog, we are Chris & Nikki and we are travel addicts!!!
Chris is a born & bred Londoner (and a 'real' Cockney).
Nikki is originally from Chester Le-Street in Durham but has been 'down south' since she started university.
We (try to) visit four places a year and if possible try to make it a different continent each time.
We love life experiences, photography and travel and if we're lucky we combine them all in one trip.
Travelblog is pretty much our diary of places visited & a diary of our relationship,
My present to say 'congratulations' for finishing university Rome May 2005
Our first celebration in Cuba Our one year anniversary
Our two year anniversary Rio, The Carnival & Iguacu Falls February 2007
Buying the engagement ring NYC, DC & Philadelphia 25th-31st December 2007
Speaking to the 'father in law to be' before asking Nikki to marry me I have never been so nervous in my life!!!
Popping the question Proposing on The London Eye
My stag night My stag weekend, Pamplona Bull Run
Buying the wedding rings "Why do you look so scared?"........"BECAUSE IT'S A WEDDING RING"
The most amazing day of our lives Our Wedding Day at The Ice Hotel-By Chris Our Wedding Day at The Ice Hotel-By Nikki
Our honeymoonOur Honeymoon Part 1The biggest shock of my life!The biggest shock of my life Part 2Possibly the best advice ever!Bad SupermanThe Good, The Bad & The ChavvyHerculaneumA long & winding road
Renewing our vows on our wedding annversaryWe did it....again!
Some extreme sportsSkydive for charityWingwalking
and some other adventures along the way Thank god for ash clouds & the Icelandic volcano, Egypt & Jordan April 5th-23rd 2010
, Horse riding in the wild west & gambling in the number one place in the world, Arizona & Las Vegas July 2007
, The best xmas & New Year EVER!
, The most amazing place on earth, The Ice Hotel
and many more (but I wont bore you with them all on the front page lol)
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October 2nd 2012
When I initially suggested visiting Nazca to Nikki she said “But what’s there?” I showed her pictures of the Nazca lines and she said “Is that it?” IS THAT IT!!! I have been amazed by the Nazca lines for years and she says “Is that it?” as I wanted to see them so badly there was no way I was going to miss them out of my itinerary, I was going to show her how wrong she could be. When most men are in their late teens/early twenties there are three words they dread hearing from that special someone in their life. “I love you” As you grow older and mature (alot) there are four different words that you dread hearing from your wife/husband/significant other. Any ideas which four words I’m talking about? That’s right “I ... read more
October 1st 2012
The first blog of our trip around Peru is in Huacachina, a natural oasis in the Peruvian desert. Due to a monumental cock up with our travel agent we arrived in Peru a day late and instead of spending a day in Lima we went straight from Lima airport to Huacachina in a car, in total 28 hours of travelling door to door. When we arrived at our hotel it was nearly midnight and we were both so exhausted we decided to ignore the loud music from the club next door. After a terrible sleep due to the music and long journey plus jet lag we had to get up at 5am for our first excursion. The music in the club next door was still playing when we were waiting to be picked up outside our ... read more
September 29th 2012
On Saturday September 29thI learnt something new about myself. I may need anger management classes, no actually scrap that, I wouldn’t need anger management classes if people could learn some manners and stop being rude bas***ds. After waking up at 1:30am to make our way to the airport and after working for what felt like every day for the past 2 weeks I was exhausted and a tired Chris is a grumpy Chris. We got to the airport way before our flight and tried to check in ourselves but our passports were not registering on the self service scanners. So we had to wait an hour and fifteen minutes until we could check in. By the time we got up off the sofas we had found to sit on there was a queue, we began walking ... read more
May 25th 2012
***WARNING-THE CONTENT OF THIS BLOG IS RIDICULOUSLY SILLY** When someone asks you to be their best man it is an amazing honour and with that honour comes certain responsibilities, like organising the stag night. This year I have been asked to be best man by two of my closest friends and this is stag night number two. I have censored the content of this blog as Travel Blog is a family show lol but to be honest nothing too bad happened anyway.......honest! When we were younger Peter and I went on many lads’ holidays to some of Europe’s top clubbing destinations. Eastern Europe seems to be a common destination for stag nights nowadays but Peter wanted one last ‘clubbing holiday’ before his wife to be officially locks him up lol. I managed to find a 3 ... read more
February 22nd 2012
I don’t claim to pronounce foreign names correctly all of the time but I at least say them how they are spelt. Chichen Itza, pronounced ‘Chi-Chen It-Za’ Coba pronounced ‘Co-Ba’ Not that hard is it? Or is it? Before a trip one day we heard a group of people talking. Person 1-“Where are you going today?” Person 2-“We’re going to Cobo” Person 1-“Oh really, I hear it’s really nice” Person 2-“How about you, where are you going today?” Person 1-“We’re going to Chitzen Itzen. Well, see you later guys, have fun at Cabo” How many times can 2 people mispronounce 2 names that sound EXACTLY how they are spelt lol. We were the last people to be picked up from our hotel before making our way to Chichen Itza, some of the other people had been ... read more
February 21st 2012
For those of you who have read any of our blogs before you may be thinking "I thought they were already married?". We are!!! It’s a long story.....and this is it. Most traditions are accidental, they are practices or customs that happen every year, that people enjoy and after time people continue and insist on these practices every year as that is what makes the occasion special. I started a tradition this year and fully intended to do it. Now I know this idea is not completely original but currently I have only heard of three other couples that have done this & I only found out about two of those couples in the last month. When I told friends what I was planning some didn’t believe me, some thought it took the specialness away from ... read more
February 19th 2012
Coba is the only Mayan ruin with its original Mayan name, the names of the others as we know them today were given to them by the Spanish when they arrived in Mexico. We had already visited the ruins at Tulum which, compared to the ruins of Coba, are miniscule. I knew the area would be bigger than Tulum but didn’t realise that the whole site stretches 92km squared. Only about 2% of that has actually been excavated and restored though. We had a bit of a nightmare when we originally booked this trip as our transport broke down before it even got to pick us up so the tour company , as a way of apologising, organised for us to go on another day with a private guide, which turned out to be a really ... read more
February 14th 2012
This blog is about all of our dives whilst in Mexico, some of the best dives we have ever done. Let me start with some definitions. A sulphur cloud- A layer of Hydrogen Sulphide, which is formed by the bacterial decomposition of organic material that has fallen into the cenote. A Halocline- The point at which fresh water and sea water meet creating a layer of water that shimmers. A Cenote- A sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock. It had been a while since our last dive (nearly two years to be precise) so before jumping in at the deep end and starting with a dive in a cenote we decided to brush up on our dive skills with an ocean dive. The house reef had very little in terms of fish, we saw ... read more
February 11th 2012
Our trip was one of extremes. Not in terms of high adrenaline extreme sports but in terms of a scale of enjoyment. I should have known that what happened when we arrived at Cancun airport would not be the only time I would get stressed out this trip. There are certain things that people should never say whilst at an airport, not even if they are a joke. Whilst waiting to go through passport control a very drunk man struck up a conversation with me. You know what it’s like talking to someone when they are drunk and you are sober, add to that the fact that I had been travelling for 25 hours and to say it was an effort to be polite would be an understatement. As we neared the front of the queue ... read more
January 13th 2012
With our one year wedding anniversary fast approaching we couldn’t help but get excited when Nikki found out that the London ice sculpting festival was on from 13th-14th January literally just over the road from where she works. The last time we saw ice sculptures was at our wedding at the Ice Hotel in Sweden. Being that it is January and I’m trying to lose some “Christmas weight” I decided to cycle to Canary Wharf to meet Nikki for lunch so we could see some of the sculptures and to see what other activities they might have on. After the scariest bike ride I have ever been on (6 lanes of traffic on the motorway) I arrived in Canary Wharf. Although I am a born and bred Londoner I don’t think I have ever been to ... read more