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March 29th 2016
Published: March 30th 2016
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Now that we’ve been back for over 5 weeks (scary!), it seems a good time to write our final blog and look back on perhaps the best 7 months of our lives.

When travelling, there are moments where you feel the need to pinch yourself to make sure that this really is your life… There are also moments where you can’t imagine things any other way, and even start taking it for granted… and, unfortunately, because you’re only human, there are moments where you’re in a bad mood and really don’t appreciate how lucky you are. Having said that, I don’t think there was a single morning that I didn’t wake up and think “how lucky am I?”! There is no doubt that our decision to go travelling was the best we’ve ever made. It’s very easy, in the day to day haze of busy, working life, to forget to appreciate what you’ve got. The opportunity to step away from that for a while is very precious and I feel incredibly lucky that I got to see some of the most amazing places in the world with my husband.

Anyway, enough of this sentimental stuff! We wanted to round off the blog with the highlights of our whole trip. There were so many, but we’ve been brutal!

-Yellowstone National Park – a geographer's dream! Such an incredible range of natural sights and great wildlife.

-The Oregon Coast - ruggedly stunning beaches and cute towns.

-Hawaii – these beautiful islands have it all, from volcanoes to mountains to beaches, along with incredible sunrises and sunsets and brilliant hiking.

-Washington DC and Boston – a visit from friends and some rare history in The States, plus a pilgrimage to the other Plymouth!

-Chicago – a wonderful surprise of a city… so much to see and do, especially when you can wear a T-shirt in November.

-Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru – an incredible four days of great people, fantastic views and a challenge! Just a shame we could barely see Macchu Picchu!

-Cusco, Peru – spending long enough here to really get to know this beautiful, friendly city and its surrounding mountains.

-Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador – amazing hiking in the unspoilt heart of rural Ecuador, amongst beautiful farmland, canyons and lakes and untouched by tourists.

-The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – breathtaking wildlife – a David Attenbrough documentary everywhere you look!

-Perito Moreno glacier, Argentina - an unreal sight especially when big chunks of ice calve and fall in!

-Fitz Roy hiking, Argentina – just the most incredible scenery I’ve ever seen and the best hiking ever!

-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Carnival parade in the Sambadrome. What can I say? You can’t imagine it until you’ve seen it!

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