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Welcome to Emily Meets World – the adventures of a twenty-something English girl as I blog and teach my way around the world.

Current country count = 27

Where am I now? Australia. Back to work filling the coffers on the cattle station plus a few road trips thrown in to keep me on my toes!

Where was I last?  UK. With strong family roots and important aunty duties I like to touch base now and again – I even managed to step into a supply teacher role for a few weeks! Not to mention my role as head bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding….

Where am I going next? Who knows?! I’m already suffering massive Africa withdrawal so that is going to need to be addressed soon but, right now, I’m enjoying saving a bit of money and looking forward to my epic Aussie road trip in 2 weeks!

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Arequipa – calming cobbles and raging rivers

parkHaving left my travel buddy behind, I took an overnight bus across Peru to the city of Arequipa (got to love those sleeping tablets!) Along with a few guys that had been planning the same journey, we booked into a hostel just metres from the main square and quickly set out to explore. Within minutes we were ambling in one of the beautifully landscaped parks that are littered between the cobbled paths and plazas of the main town. I hadn’t really known what to expect out of this city more than just a pitstop on my way to Lake Titicaca, however, with each passing hour strolling through the pretty streets under the warming sun, I found myself growing to truly like it here. Continue reading

Huacachina: Dune-buggies and a bug in the dunes

The lagoon2There are few countries in the world where you can wake up surrounded by colourful parrots and playful monkeys in the rainforest, eat lunch in a major city and then fall asleep in a peaceful beach hut in the middle of a perfect, sand-duned desert. Luckily for Jenna and I, Peru is one of them. That said, reality is never quite as smooth as us bloggers might have you believe – a change of route, massive flight delays and a missed bus meant our relaxing commute to our sandy oasis was actually an incredibly long and stressful day. Nonetheless, we made it with our bags intact, if not quite so our patience! Continue reading

Amazon – monkeys, spiders and a life of luxury!

Stunning view of the river

Stunning view of the river

Transferring through Cusco for one more night, Jenna and I decided to treat our aching bodies to a relaxing full-body massage (heaven for just 25 soles!) followed by a slap-up meal at one of the city’s best restaurants. It was time to sample the infamously classic Peruvian dish, Guinea pig. Luckily, we had chosen our restaurant well and were served with what looked like extremely miniature steaks rather than the traditional whole-fried rodent, legs-up-in-the-air look. Less fun for photos but definitely a bonus overall. Once we’d picked through the fat and skin, the little meat that was there was actually rather tasty – sort of like a red-meat version of chicken. That said, realising such a tiny animal was never going to fill the both of us up, we decided to order gnocchi in alpaca ragu as well which, I have to say, was far more appetising! Continue reading

Mountain Gorilla trek – Rwanda

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Reblogged from Geoff shoots the world – something I’ve always wanted to do!

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We were extremely lucky to go Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

A very early wake up had us driving along in a couple of jeeps to the park where we were assigned our Gorilla family (we had the Umubano group) and a quick talk about what would happen.

You can choose the length of your hike, which dictates which family you’re assigned, as they know roughly where each family will be they can give you an idea of how much walking you’ll do, there’s easy, medium or hard. We opted for a longer walk as we all felt like a bit of exercise, which in theory would give us a 2 hourish hike up the mountain, an hour with our gorilla family, and a 2 hour hike back.

Then you’re driven to the start point of your walk. You wait at the start point while the…

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Guest Post: How to be a Conscientious Traveller

Conscientious travel is a topic very dear to my heart – thanks to Cliff Barre of http://responsible-tourists.blogspot.com/ for this excellent summary of quick and easy ways you can keep notching up the guilt-free miles…green_travel_965x467_12

Being a proponent of the environment doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling; just be more conscientious when you do.  Follow these tips to keep your journey green and you’ll not only be an advocate for the Earth, you’ll also save a little cash.

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The Ultimate Guide to Working in Australia – FREE eBook!

Last year, 5 months after leaving home to hit the open road, my funds were looking a little dry and in great need of a boost. So, arriving in Australia with my Working Holiday Visa in hand, I set about looking for a job. A week later and a rather nervous phone call to my future-boss and suddenly I was employed and heading to the outback! That phone call was probably one of the most significant of my life because, though my position was meant to be just for a few months – long enough to earn sufficient money for the next leg of my trip – I loved it so much that I ended up staying longer and even going back again this year! I´ve since spent almost 9 months living and working in Australia between my many travels and have picked up a LOT of tips and information on everything from getting a job to banks, taxes and more.

Want to know more? All you have to do is follow my blog by clicking the button on the right of the homepage and I will send you an email letting you know how you can download my brand new eBook – The Ultimate Guide to Working in Australia – for FREE!! I´ve spent a lot of time researching it on the internet and you can´t find such a comprehensive, free guide ANYWHERE – so take advantage now and you´ll also receive updates whenever I publish a new post on my blog :) Trust me, it´s the only guide you´ll ever need! See you on the road…

The Inca Trail – exhausting, emotional but bloody brilliant!

Machu PicchuWhen I first decided it was time to finally break open South America, the Inca Trail instantly went to the top of my list. With limited tickets available each day, Jenna and I made sure to book our spot with Peru Treks many months in advance. A 4-day, 44km marathon in the Andes reaching heights of over 4,200m above sea level and surpassing mountains, valleys and even cloud forest, perhaps I should have put in some practise before the big day! But, it was too late now so, slightly regretting my lack of preparation – as well as our decision to not hire a porter – we at least went for a last-minute purchase of walking poles, for which I would soon be eternally grateful! Continue reading

Travel Website of the Month – www.seat61.com

Wow a month has gone by so quickly I can hardly believe it! I guess time really does fly when you are having fun – and Peru has definitely been living up to its awesome reputation. Anyway, it’s time for the second installment in my new feature, Travel Website of the Month and the winner is…..www.seat61.com (Pause for applause!)

I first stumbled on this website by accident a few years ago when I was researching travel in South East Asia and was instantly hooked – specialising in train and ferry travel the world over, if you can’t find the information here then it probably doesn’t exist!man-in-seat-61 Continue reading