Atlas & Boots https://www.atlasandboots.com/ Best Outdoor Travel Blog 2022 Sat, 26 Nov 2022 15:52:53 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 10 best day trips from Yerevan, Armenia https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/best-day-trips-from-yerevan-armenia/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 10:18:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=89725 After trekking the Highlander Svaneti and exploring Kazbegi in Georgia, I had a few days before my flight home so I hopped across the border to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

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Self-drive Uganda: 7 routes to suit every itinerary https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/self-drive-uganda/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=89729 Here at Atlas & Boots, some of our best memories were made while we were watching wildlife. One of our favourite experiences was our self-drive safari through Nambia, which offered close encounters with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and more zebras than we could count.

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9 best things to do in Kazbegi, Georgia https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/things-to-do-in-kazbegi-georgia/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 08:50:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=89515 After trekking the Highlander Svaneti, I headed for Kazbegi in northeastern Georgia. Surrounded on three sides by Russia and occupied South Ossetia, the nature-packed borderland is famed for its rich medley of deep green gorges, snow-capped summits and implausibly-placed medieval churches.

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The travel that changed me: Mark Vanhoenacker https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/mark-vanhoenacker-travel-that-changed-me/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=90031 Growing up in the small town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mark Vanhoenacker spun the globe in his bedroom and dreamt of distant cities. Streets unspooled, towers shone and anonymous crowds bustled in cities where Mark could be anyone – perhaps even himself.

Now, as a commercial airline pilot, Mark has spent nearly two decades criss-crossing the planet, touching down in the cities he imagined as a child. Mark revisits these cities month after month and year after year, and has seen them grow and change in a way few of us ever can.

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12 Christmas gifts for travellers https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/christmas-gifts-for-travellers/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 09:00:00 +0000 http://therapeutic-spade.flywheelsites.com/?p=3818 This year has been a life-changing one for us. Three-and-a-half years after we moved to the country, we took the decision to move back to London. We missed our friends and family too much and, after two years under the pandemic, knew it was important to be close to them. And, so, in February, we sold our house and moved 240 miles across the country.

We are now settled in our new home in East London and happier than we’ve ever been, despite the change in our finances (hi, London prices). Things feel settled, but, of course, being inveterate travellers, we are never settled for long.

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20 interesting facts about Paraguay https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/interesting-facts-about-paraguay/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 09:16:00 +0000 http://therapeutic-spade.flywheelsites.com/?p=17582 American essayist P.J. O’Rourke once quipped that Paraguay was “nowhere and famous for nothing.” He then took a business trip there, fell in love with the country and promptly moved there.

While we can't say we felt the same striking attraction, we certainly appreciated Paraguay's history and authenticity. The small and struggling country is a steamy subtropical land of remarkable contrasts with a tragic and torrid history filled with violence and loss.

Despite our relatively short stay, we came across a wide range of interesting facts about Paraguay, the best of which we share below.

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Trekking the Highlander Svaneti in Georgia https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/trekking-the-highlander-svaneti-in-georgia/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=89133 Just 20 years ago, Svaneti was considered a danger zone. Today, with an embarrassment of snow-capped 4,000m peaks, enchanting villages dotted with tower houses and gleaming glaciers towering above meadows of wildflowers, Svaneti is a paradise for hikers.

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21 interesting facts about Eswatini (Swaziland) https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/interesting-facts-about-eswatini-swaziland/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 08:00:00 +0000 http://therapeutic-spade.flywheelsites.com/?p=40179 We share the most interesting facts about Eswatini collected on our brisk but beguiling sojourn into 'Africa’s newest kingdom'.

We had been in southern Africa for nearly three weeks by the time we arrived in Eswatini – our fourth country of the trip. Having spent two weeks driving around Namibia, visiting one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations in Etosha National Park, we thought we’d seen all the African wildlife we were going to.

What could 36 hours in Eswatini possibly show us that a 17-day safari in Namibia didn’t?

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20 interesting facts about Svalbard https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/interesting-facts-about-svalbard-norway/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=88766 Svalbard is said to be Europe’s last great wilderness. This archipelago of ice, rock and permafrost lies midway between Norway and the North Pole and is accordingly untrammelled. Measuring 24,209 sq mi (62,700 sq km), Svalbard comprises nine main islands, chief among them Spitsbergen, home to the de facto capital, Longyearbyen. Very little grows in Svalbard and it’s shrouded in darkness for much of the year, making it one of the most hostile places on earth.

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Visiting Ny-Ålesund, the northernmost settlement in the world https://www.atlasandboots.com/travel-blog/visiting-ny-alesund-northernmost-settlement/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.atlasandboots.com/?p=88629 There are places and moments in my life which have felt far removed from civilisation: the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, the Atacama Desert in Chile, Lac Abbe in Djibouti, Paradise Bay in Antarctica, and 81°17’5’’N in the High Arctic.

These places have one thing in common. They are untamed and uninhabited. They felt wild because they are wild. They can be dangerous, even fatal, in the wrong conditions. It’s fair to say that these are frontier places – but none have felt so strikingly bleak as Ny-Ålesund on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway.

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