When Ash and I travel, our goal is to try and totally immerse ourselves in the culture. We always do a cooking class/dinner party of some kind to help us understand their food, the different uses of ingredients, and the etiquette. We also try to stay in traditional housing instead of hotels. On top of this, we’re adventure junkies and if we can combine understanding the culture with doing something fricken awesome, we’ll definitely do it.
Typically after each major track meet at the end of the season (World Championships/Olympics) we would stick around the area and travel. After the London Olympics, we backpacked around Europe for 3 weeks, staying in hostels (where we fought off some bed bugs), went canyoning in Switzerland, and slept on the streets of Venice where we got eaten alive by black flies. This was the only part of the trip that I really despised. It’s hard to really enjoy yourselves and take in the places that you’re in if you have insects swarming around you throughout the day, and at night as well. If we were at home, I would’ve been straight on the phone with some pest control experts that are similar to this one that you’d find in Georgia, (https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/local/georgia/), but this wasn’t an option. We just had to try and do what we could to get rid of them and to protect ourselves as we didn’t want to get bitten or stung, especially as we had other parts of the trip to look forward too. We went to Dubai for our honeymoon and got taken out into the dessert to tear around on the dunes and enjoy an amazing Middle Eastern dinner by a Hells Angel. We went to Japan, slept on the floor of a ryokan inn and ate all kinds of unknown food. Then in 2016 we headed to Peru. Since I wanted to be focusing on the Olympics, I had Brianna Glenn (who owns Milk + Honey Travels) plan our trip for us. We told her we loved adventure, the outdoors, and “thrilling type shit”.
She definitely gave it to us! We spent 3 nights in the Amazon, doing day AND night hikes and sleeping in an open air room where animals crept in and pooped on our floor during the night. We stayed in one of the top 3 most extreme hotels in the world (Sky Lodge Adventure Suites) in the Sacred Valley where we rock climbed up and zip lined down. And, of course, she sent us on the 4 day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, which was the one thing we requested to do. It was super awesome and we learned so much about these badass Inca people.
Our parents think we’re fricken nuts for not wanting to just sit and relax on a beach somewhere. While this is nice, it’s not us. We’d get antsy after a day and want to go out and do something. So if any of you have some epic adventure trips you’ve done that you think we’d like, please tell us in the comments below!! Some of the top to-do adventures on our list include: hiking in New Zealand, checking out India, heading to Antarctica, and Ash really wants to see Mongolia. Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Greece & Egypt are also on our list.
Enjoy the rest of the week you guys. Happy October & upcoming Thanksgiving to all my Canadians!!